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mini bedroom makeover

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side table and mirror - bedroom makeover

i was sent vouchers for the purpose of this post.

it’s amazing how just a few new things can make such a huge difference to how a room looks, isn’t it? plus a sunny day helps too! some time ago we decided to use our small dark spare room as our main room, as we found the street lights and traffic noise from the front room meant we weren’t getting the best sleep we could. of course it’s a fab room for working in as it’s by far the lightest room in the flat, but come bed time you want somewhere dark and quiet. or, well, we do.

because it’d been a spare room for so long, we’d not really done much to it other than put one of my bookshelves in there and use the extra space for letting clothes dry when it’s raining outside. glamourous, i know. thanks to homebase i had the opportunity to perk it up a bit, and it’s definitely a nicer room to be in. i still want a nice rug and some thick curtains, but it’s a lot better than it was!

side table with plant and books

selection of art and illustration books

triangle pattern bed set - bedroom makeover

succulent plants

i think the two things that make the main difference (in terms of making it feel lighter and bigger) are the mirror and bed set. the mirror is almost opposite the window, so it reflects the light coming in, and because the duvet cover is mostly white that reflects some of the light too. we only have two bed sets so having another was my main reason for getting it though! another thing that made it feel instantly better was bringing some plants and i can’t for the life of me think why i’d not done so before. i have plenty so no harm in spreading them about right? plants make everything better.

i absolutely love the side table, and so glad i got that rather than a bedside table, but saying that i might actually move it and put it by my bed instead of the plastic-y thing i have there now. the mid century feel is totally to my tastes and an affordable way to bring a bit of retro into the home.

framed vintage marie france cover

marimekko wallpaper lined baskets

this cute french marie claire cover was begging to be looked at so i got a frame for it and put it atop a stack of magazines that have my work in. i also got a couple of baskets to put ‘clutter’ in – stuff like my inhaler, sellotape …things that are useful to have to have to hand but look messy just laying about. i cut into a marimekko wallpaper sample to pop inside to make it a little nicer too (secured with spray adhesive). easiest DIY ever! i did want to spray paint the baskets a different colour but decided i like them white.

how would you make over your room if you had the chance? would you make it look brighter, add a statement piece or use some smaller bits to perk it up?

home decor wishlist

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home decor wishlist

dominoes cushion / ‘dalmatian’ trinket box/ kono lamp / vintage swedish vase / 50’s wall clock/ retro mint vase

do you ever put together wishlists and not realise until after that everything you’ve chosen fits within the same colour scheme? that totally happened here. but turquoise and yellow are two of my favourite colours, so i feel naturally drawn to them. black and white are always a winner in my book, too. i must admit i’m surprised there’s no pink in there.

like many others, i definitely have a ‘dream home’ in my head and it’s stayed pretty much the same for many years. décor wise i’d want it to be colourful, a mix between minimal and eclectic (no set ‘theme’ but not in disarray either), with lots of vintage (or vintage looking like this indian furniture) and antique items and lots of pattern …obviously. i can see it in my head so clearly. and on my pinterest too, come to think of it.

my dads love of antiques has definitely transferred to me, but as i often can’t afford things like that, i tend to go for vintage (so, still old, just not as old) and items that have a retro feel to them. sometimes this just means that the item will have a ‘quirky’ look to them, like that interesting looking kono lamp or things like the cushion that could fit in with many kinds of decor whilst still having a retro appeal.

if like me you’re on a budget, places like etsy, ebay and charity shops are fantastic for looking for one of a kind pieces that no one else will have. it’s always worth taking some time to look around to find items that are perfect for you and your home.

tell me about your dream home. where is it? what does it look like? do you actually have it?

disclosure: collaborative post. all words and opinions my own.

the habitat momo sofa

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habitat momo sofa
the momo sofa by habitat

i don’t have a studio space to travel to, or even room for a proper desk space, so much of my work (both illustrating and blogging) gets done in my bedroom/the front room uncomfortably perched on my bed.

until now, that is. for the longest time we’ve wanted to take the bed out of that room and put a sofa or some form of seating in there instead. the sofa in the living room that the landlord provided is a monstrosity, and whilst comfortable, is pretty damn ugly.

thanks to the very kind people at habitat, i now have this beaut, the momo sofa*. it’s the exact style of sofa i’ve wanted for many years, and it’s much better for my back than a bed! i was very tempted to go with turquoise, but i knew dark grey would be much more versatile should we choose to redecorate or move.

habitat momo sofa and nicki mcwilliams cushion

the habitat momo sofa is a compact, retro sofa perfect for small spaces. it’s great for all kinds of decor, especially anything modern or homes with a retro touch. as well as being useful as a sofa, (as one would hope!) the space underneath is just about right to store boxes underneath. lots of things and a small flat don’t mix, so you have to take these options where you can, right?

at first i was concerned that the firmness of the sofa would make it uncomfortable, but it’s actually the opposite. because you don’t ‘sink into’ it, i find it’s much easier to sit on for prolonged periods of time. however, i did quickly learn this is not the type of sofa for ‘lounging’. more so to sit with a good footstool under your feet and a couple of pillows by your side. i sound like an old lady, don’t i?

this sofa really feels like it will last a long time. it’s sturdy, well made and the fabric seems thick enough that it will take a bit of cat scratching. luckily ava isn’t that kind of cat, but she does like to dig her claws in things from time to time. it’s look is ‘timeless’ in that i can’t see it looking old fashioned any time soon.

we like this sofa so much, that when we have the funds to, we’re going to buy the matching armchair. that way we get to spend more time in the best (aka lightest) room in the flat and i can continue working whilst the boyfriend sits with ava on his lap on the chair.

+ this sofa was sent to me for the purposes of a review. as always, all words and opinions my own.