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This room is so relaxing, it’s my haven
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This room is so relaxing, it’s my haven

Posted Monday, 11 May 2015   |   750 views   |   Family & Home   |   Comments (0) Pippa Parker turned her bedroom into a peaceful, yet practical, space

Pippa Parker, 30, lives with husband David, 33, twin sons Harry and George, six, and daughter Elsie, aged one, in Hertfordshire where the bedroom in her Edwardian home had looked the same for years. ‘When we moved in it was painted beige and lilac and had enormous wardrobes that stretched across one wall. It was ugly but we just got used to it and put all our efforts into getting the rest of the house looking nice,’ she explains. Finally, with everything else done, and with a broken bed, Pippa was forced to take action. ‘It’s a great size but it felt cluttered with lots of mismatched furniture and the wardrobes were really oppressive. Our previous house was more contemporary and all our things looked too modern in this lovely period cottage, so it really needed a new look,’ she smiles. ‘We have such a busy family life and there’s little time or space for me to relax but I could imagine this room being a quiet haven – maybe even a place where I could escape to every now and then to read a book – that would be heaven.’ Pippa was keen to roll her sleeves up and do as much as possible to keep costs down, as well as get a huge sense of satisfaction when the room was finished.
Pippa started by removing one of the big wardrobes to open the room up. ‘I took the doors off then dismantled the frame, unscrewing one piece at a time so as not to damage the others. I soon discovered though that the carpet had been cut round the wardrobes so I was left with a patch of bare floorboards, but as I was planning on laying a new carpet anyway I wasn’t worried,’ Pippa smiles. Once the end wardrobe was gone the room felt much more open, but the doors were still rather flat and characterless – however Pippa had a creative idea to update them. Using quick drying adhesive she glued 6cm wide strips of thin MDF on the doors to create a frame then painted everything cream. For a finishing touch, she stuck panels of vintage-style wallpaper inside the frame. ‘I added new cut glass-style handles to complete the transformation,’ she explains.

Pippa then painted the walls pale green. ‘It was so good to get rid of the lilac d?cor and I was delighted with how it all looked. I decided to revamp my dark wood bedside tables and an old drawer unit with a coat of paint too and they looked great – all for a fraction of the cost of buying new,’ she smiles. The new soft buttermilk carpet was laid to complete the room’s first stage of transformation.
Having removed the wardrobe but not having any fewer belongings to store, she had to work out where to keep all her things. ‘I didn’t want to have random bits of furniture all around the room as that would make it feel cluttered again, so I decided to make the most of places often ignored,’ she says. ‘I bought a low set of drawers to fit at the end of the bed and some underbed baskets. I can store everything without it looking like a furniture showroom,’ she smiles. Pippa then turned her hand to making simple curtains with ties at the top, as well as a padded cushion for the low unit to make it into a comfortable seat.  She also couldn’t believe her luck when she saw a ?200 chair she’d been eyeing up on the internet for ?45 in a local charity shop. ‘I snapped it up straight away and used the removable covers as a pattern to sew my own new ones. I couldn’t decide which fabric to use from a lovely collection I’d found, so I used lots of them and made a patchwork-style cover instead. I love the finished look –it’s so unique and cosy,’ says Pippa.

The walls looked bare and were in desperate need of some character. ‘I’d been to an upmarket hotel and seen an amazing display of butterflies, each in its own frame, all grouped together which I loved. I couldn’t afford to do it exactly the same, but I had an idea,’ Pippa smiles. She bought some printed wrapping paper from Willow & Stone, and stuck it to thin card before cutting each butterfly out. She took the glass out of a collection of charity shop frames, then added cream paper inside each one. She creased each butterfly either side of the body then stuck them in place.

Two shelves on antique-style brackets provide a place to display ornaments and she completed the room by adding layers of soft bedding to make her new bed the most relaxing place in the house. ‘I am so pleased with the room and I was able to do most of it myself which is great. It’s a wonderful place to wake up,’ Pippa smiles.

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