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MASTER OF THE HOUSE

MASTER OF THE HOUSE

The master bedroom is so nice on a sunny day with the sun streaming in through the front windows. This is one of the reasons we chose this as the master bedroom as well as the fact it was the only room with a wardrobe and closest to the bathroom. The fact the room had a wardrobe was great in theory until we realized it was TINY and didn't really fit clothing on hangers in it... somewhat problematic. As an interim solution before we extend the closet we just purchased a free standing double wardrobe from Bunnings which we put in front of the existing pokey wardrobe door. Some would call us crazy but this does the job until we build a nice big wardrobe.

Like the living room, our bedroom didn't need too much work done to it. It had beautiful cornices which brought some character to the room and all it needed was some nicks in the walls plastered a bit of fresh paint, new window coverings and new carpet before bringing our furniture in. The previous owners had obviously just painted this room to make it presentable for renters and done no prep at all. Once I'd started prepping the windows for primer and paint I wish I had never started. While sanding sheets and sheets of paint were just peeling off which made the job so much harder than it needed to be but got there in the end. Like all of the other rooms, the walls were painted Concrete and the joinery Alabaster. 

Now for furniture. I had a white set of IKEA drawers which worked perfectly so the only other furniture items needed were beside tables. We lived in the place quite awhile with just one random table we had next to the bed as I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. After trawling Trade Me many times I found some amazing cane bedside tables that were $60 for the pair and in perfect condition. The tables were natural which didn't go with the room so like the cane side table in the living room I decided to spray paint them. I used the same matte primer and paint spray paint from Bunnings but this time in white. Once completed and in place, I was pretty happy with my bedside tables which all up came to about $40 each.. bargain! 

Bedding. We have lived in the house just over a year and I have just changed the bed styling for a third time... oops! Firstly I got what I thought was a charcoal linen duvet however after a while realised it was more on the brown side and just really wasn't a fan. When I replaced this it was summer time so I went with a nice white linen duvet cover with a statement cushion which my mum had given me. This was a great look for summer but felt I needed to warm it up a little bit for winter. I've now gone for a floral duvet design which is greys, navy and forest green which is folded on the end of the bed with a white waffle blanket under it. Of course getting a new duvet meant I needed new cushions too :). Luckily Adairs had a sale on and had a perfect light and dark grey linen cushions which worked perfectly with the colours in the duvet. I think the styling of the bed as it is now might be my favourite. 

Changing duvet covers also meant changing accessories in the room, unfortunately. At first, I had an off white African juju hat above the bed which I absolutely loved but didn't look right when I changed to the white duvet cover. As I didn't have the money to get anything else and it looked off with nothing I decided to make a wall hanging with black wool. It was so easy to make and in total only cost about $17! 

On the chest of drawers, I always had a plant of some description whether it be an orchid or a fern and a print leaning against the wall until recently, as I purchase a 1m round mirror from my friend who has just started manufacturing them which looks perfect above the dresser. With the new mirror, the existing items looked a bit off so I purchased a second orchid from the trusty big red warehouse and a flat round glass vase (total of $50) to put the two orchids in.

Last but not least is the lighting. I really like to use statement lights where I can. After a lot of searching and contemplating different styles, I settled on a natural plywood light fixture from a place called Eden lighting which I managed to barter a good price on as it was on display. I love it and it goes with basically anything!  

 

STREET APPEAL

STREET APPEAL

TWO STAGE MAKE OVER

TWO STAGE MAKE OVER