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Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover – The Reveal! – A Goodbye

September 3, 2019
Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal!

With a couple of days to go before our big move to the coast, it’s a time of reflection and, of course, the prospect of new beginnings. Especially as I get to redesign a whole new home. One room we will definitely find hard to part with is our bedroom. I thought we’d take one last look together of its creation as we move on to pastures new. The question moving forward is, will I replicate this space or will I design something new?

The only detail I changed since designing our bedroom were the cushions on
our bed to pink. Oh, and I may have indulged in another new dressing gown to match the decor.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover – The Reveal!

Welcome back to a New Year and we’re kicking off with the long-anticipated bedroom reveal.

The past couple of months has been a whirlwind of planning, decorating and finalising the final look. The Hubs has been equipped with every decorating tool imaginable, whilst I’ve been busy telling advising what needed to be done. The race was on to complete it before Christmas and the arrival of family and friends. We just about made it by the skin of our teeth. There’re a few minor details to finish off but basically we’ve achieved what we set out to do. Exhausted is an understatement, but before I drop, here’s our bedroom makeover in all it’s glory.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! A bedroom that introduces touches of old school glamour with contemporary pieces such as this Barcelona lamp that is perfect for bedside reading with it's diffused soft lighting.
Barcelona Lamp – Lime Lace | Va Va From Wallpaper – Woodchip & Magnolia

The end result has left us relishing in a bedroom space that offers us a clear, clutter-free zone to rest our minds and bodies. The decor choices are a far cry from the pre-existing mishmash of styles and needless to say an unassuming bedroom space that we loathed to retire to.

We now have a bedroom that literally makes our hearts sing. And to be quite honest, not want to leave. It has become everything we had dreamed of and more.

Not Just a Reveal…

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! - The Interior Editor

I wanted today’s reveal to be a helpful one, offering tips and advice along the way that you might find helpful for your own projects. And hopefully, inspire you to have the confidence to design a room that is both meaningful and that you’ll love. I’ve included lots of images but I’ve also dabbled with film making of sorts and have included some videos.

Let’s just say I won’t be giving up my day job to become a TV presenter, preferring to articulate through the written word rather than the spoken. If you do happen to click on them, I hope you’ll find some inspiration through my mumblings. Oh, and do forgive the intrusion of my appearance (mainly back of head shots as insisted by myself) throughout this post. The daughter decided it would be a good idea to show myself on here for the first time. I’m not so sure, but we all have to face our inner demons and 2019 is one where I’m challenging myself further.

Right, I’ve digressed enough so let’s get on with the reveal if you haven’t already scrolled down that is.

The Reveal

The All Important Storage -Wardrobes

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Bespoke Wardrobes built by Gleeson Brothers | SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds
Bespoke Wardrobes built by Gleeson Brothers

When you think about it, getting storage right from the off is key, especially when it comes to bedrooms. No matter what decor choices you make, if you haven’t paid enough thought to storage solutions, you’ll have wasted time and money. No matter how pretty it looks. Every room needs adequate / correct storage otherwise it won’t function well and will look messy and cluttered.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Before pictures of bedroom which lacked storage in a huge way.
Before & During Decorating – Our Bedroom was so awful, we were too embarrassed to even show you the full extent of its ugliness!

Our bedroom spaced lacked storage in a huge way. And looked more like a local jumble sale rather than a place to unwind and rest. Storage was a top priority for us.

Initially, we considered freestanding wardrobes. But since the daughter moved back in, I lost my dressing room and needed to rethink our storage solutions. The end result? We ended up creating the ultimate storage with floor to ceiling wardrobes built to our very own specifications.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Bespoke Wardrobes with a hidden dressing table built by Gleeson Brothers | SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds.
Bespoke Wardrobes built by Gleeson Brothers | SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds

After doing our research and receiving a quote for the princely sum of £12k – yes I nearly fainted! It became clear we had to do some rethinking, as this was more than our entire bedroom budget and more.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Bespoke Wardrobes built by Gleeson Brothers | SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds | Storage is key to any room especially bedroom spaces.
Bespoke Wardrobes built by Gleeson Brothers | SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds

We decided to look into having bespoke wardrobes made for us. Lucky for us we were recommended, Gleeson Brothers. And received a surprisingly much more realistic and purse-friendly quote of £2,750. This was to build the wardrobes ready for us to paint. And yes I did volunteer the Hubs rather than get a decorator in. He really shouldn’t be so skilled with the paint brush.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Bespoke Wardrobes built by Gleeson Brothers | SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds
Considering we had an awkward angle in our bedroom space due to the chimney breast, Gleeson Brothers certainly knew their angles when it came to building our wardrobes.

We also provided the handles which I had fallen in love with from Dowsing Reynolds. (See further down the post for more details as to why.)

We actually saved quite a lot of money with the Hubs decorating which allowed us to be able to budget on accessories for our bedroom.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Bespoke Wardrobes
Bespoke Wardrobes – Gleeson Bros | SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds

Gleeson Brothers built our wardrobes from a quick sketch that I had drawn. Experts in their field, they created the ultimate bedroom storage that fitted in with our needs as well as providing us with professional advice and service.

Hidden Gem…

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The gem of the bedroom storage was to incorporate a hidden dressing table/storage area. It hides away the everyday paraphernalia that usually clutter dressing tables and bedsides.

The gem of the bedroom storage was to incorporate a hidden dressing table/storage area. It hides away the everyday paraphernalia that usually clutter dressing tables and bedsides. As you’ll see when you scroll down (if you haven’t already) we chose minimalistic elegant clean furniture pieces to adorn our bedroom with. The video below provides an insight into how and why we chose to incorporate this area.

An insight into why we chose to incorporate a hidden dressing table/storage into our bespoke wardrobes. The ultimate in keeping our bedroom free of clutter for the first time in 10 years!

It’s All In The Detail…

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds
SKYSCRAPER knurled handles from Dowsing & Reynolds

As much as we wanted the wardrobes to blend in with the walls, we also wanted to add the perfect finishing touch and that meant choosing handles that were not only a pleasure to look at but also the feel of them too.

TIP: Choosing every day objects such as hardware makes life more pleasurable to use.

Walls

Feature Wall

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Feature wall using Va Va Frome Wallpaper - Pearl Lowe Collection - Woodchip & Magnolia
Va Va Frome Wallpaper – Pearl Lowe Collection – Woodchip & Magnolia

As you may recall from my surprise bedroom update a few months back, we completely and utterly fell head over heels in love with Woodchip and Magnolia’s Va Va Frome wallpaper by Pearl Lowe. It became the inspiration behind the whole of our bedroom design as well as combining my love of the Art Deco era (a result of my obsession with Agatha Christie books from a young age to this very day).

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Feature wall using Va Va Frome Wallpaper - Pearl Lowe Collection - Woodchip & Magnolia

Woodchip & Magnolias wallpaper is a paste the wall wallpaper which means it’s incredibly easy to put up. Even the Hubs has overcome his dislike of wallpapering since. And it’s encouraged him to consider wallpapering other areas of our home already. I’d say it’s a win-win on my behalf.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Feature wall using Va Va Frome Wallpaper - Pearl Lowe Collection - Woodchip & Magnolia
The delicate leaf fromes on a background of pink added a softness and elegance to our bedroom space without being visually overwhelming.

TIP: When choosing wallpaper for any room it’s important that it fits the rooms dynamics in terms of proportion if using a patterned design. You’ll also need to give considerations as to how you want a room to feel as well as look in terms of style and purpose. You can read more about choosing the right wallpaper for your homes here with my Ultimate Guide To Wallpaper and Your Homes.

Paint

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Dulux paint in Overtly Olive
Overtly Olive – Dulux

Our master bedroom, like so many suburban homes isn’t particularly large in size. To help create a sense of space, we decided to paint the walls and brightwork (including the wardrobes) in one colour.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Painting the walls and wardrobes one colour creates the illusion of space making the bedroom feel larger. Adding decorative touches balances out the overall look providing interest. Paint Overtly Olive by Dulux, Decorative plates by alijoedesigns, Diving Man Hook - Rockett St George
Painting a room in one colour is a topic I’ve written about before here and it has certainly provided the illusion of space especially with our wardrobes which could have dominated the room if they’d been painted an alternative colour to the walls.

We chose Overtly Olive by Dulux. It also happens to be the same colour we have in our kitchen but in this room it actually looks and feels very different. The natural light is stronger in the afternoon and combined with pink provides a completely different look.

You’ve only got to look at Mother Nature to see how versatile green is. It’s a colour that compliments all others and allows you to play with pattern and colour.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Decorative lightshade from Coldharbour Lights together with art work using Alijoedesign vintage plates add elegance and interest to the bedroom space. The Va Va Frome wallpaper from Woodchip and Magnolia provides a feature wall to the bedroom. Pink and green decor choices are calming as well as being on trend.
We wanted the overall look and feel of the room to feel restful but not boring. Green is such a calming and peaceful colour as this room is our sanctuary away from the hubbub from the rest of the house.

The reason behind painting the woodwork including the wardrobes was to create the illusion of space as visually you don’t see any defining lines. The only part of the room that I couldn’t persuade the husband to paint were the coving (which I’m not a lover of and the radiator, of which he now wishes he had done so is on his list to do this year.

Flooring

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Feature wall using Va Va Frome Wallpaper - Pearl Lowe Collection - Woodchip & Magnolia We chose to carpet the bedroom to add softness underfoot as well as sound proofing qualities. Carpet from Finishing Touch
Silk Satino Royce in misty pink carpet from/fitted by Finishing Touch

When it came the flooring we had considered sanding the floor boards and putting down a large rug. In the end we decided to go with carpet. For one, it added a layer of comfort underfoot and two it also added sound-proofing qualties that meant noise such as the tv in the living room below wouldn’t be heard.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal!
Silk Satino Royce in misty pink carpet from/fitted by Finishing Touch

We decided to support our local independent flooring specialist Finishing Touch to provide and fit out carpet rather than go with a high street multiple. And we are so glad we did. Not only did they offer great customer service, but they were also able to work with us and our tight deadline/schedule. They also offered invaluable advice when it came to choosing the right carpet.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Bespoke wardrobes were made to fit our awkward bedroom space as well as carpeting the area to add softness underfoot and sound proofing qualities to the room. Handles from Dowsing Reynolds. Paint colour Overtly Olive by Dulux
We were impressed with the care and attention that Finishing Touch Flooring specialists provided especially as we had only finished painting the wardrobes the previous day.

We opted for a silk Satino Royce in misty pink to lighten the room and add an additional layer of silk-like reflective texture that contrasted well with the other design elements.

Furniture

The Bed

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The Wallis bed from Heal's was a must for our bedroom as it fitted in with our decor choices and is super comfortable to sleep on. An unimposing design with simple clean lines.
Wallis Bed in Jade – Heal’s

Like the Va Va Frome wallpaper, the Wallis bed from Heal’s was a must for our bedroom. Both I and the Hubs fell in love with it when we visited Heal’s Kingston-upon-Thames store and just knew it was the one for us.

Considering this was a huge investment for us, I have to say that Heal’s surpassed themselves throughout the whole process. From receiving invaluable instore advice on choosing the right mattress from their bed expert Tyra-Jade to keeping us up to date with the beds manufacturing progress and delivery date of our bed. We had peace of mind throughout the whole process so if you ever consider parting with your hard earnt cash and need a new bed, I’d highly recommend Heal’s as your first point of call.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The Wallis bed's from Heal's fitted in with our bedroom space perfectly. It's sleek, slender form wasn't imposing even though we choose the largest bed we could to fit our room. It also suited our bedroom decor especially the feature wall which we used Va Va Frome wallpaper from Woodchip and Magnolia.
The Wallis bed’s form fitted in with our bedroom space perfectly. It’s sleek, slender form wasn’t imposing even though we choose the largest bed we could to fit our room.

Shopping for a bed is much the same as shopping for clothes. If you think about it, your bed is accommodating your body pretty much like your clothes do. Your ideal size of bed should be one that fits your body’s size, weight, and height as well as being comfortable enough to move around in.

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Bed – The Interior Editor


Bedding

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Organic Fair-trade Cotton Bedding from Square Flower - The perfect balance between breathability and a luxurious feel.
Square Flower – Organic Fair-trade Cotton Bedding – The perfect balance between breathability and a luxurious feel.

We’re incredibly grateful to Square Flower who sent us a set of their beautiful supersoft organic fairtrade cotton bedding. As someone who sleeps a minimum of 12 hours due to my M.E., I have to say I have never slept in/on more comfortable bedding such as this. We’ve washed it a couple of times since we’ve received this natural bedding and its softness has improved each time.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Organic Fair-trade Cotton Bedding from Square Flower - The perfect balance between breathability and a luxurious feel. It's super soft and kind on the skin.
Square Flower – Organic Fair-trade Cotton Bedding

Natural bedding that allows the body to breathe without overheating with no chemical nasties ensures a better night sleep.

The attention to detail and the quality of Square Flower’s bedding is obvious from the moment we opened the box and will definitely be ordering another set maybe in blush.

Natural bedding that allows the body to breathe without overheating with no chemical nasties ensures a better night sleep.

Dressing The Bed

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! We used Va Va Frome wallpaper from Woodchip & Magnolia to create a feature wall. We added other decorative pieces such as the Coldharbour nightshade to add to the feel of elegance and luxury to the bedroom. Bedding from Square Flower, Green velvet throw from Maison Du Monde, Green Cushions from Monsoon
Organic Cotton Bedding – Square Flower | Green Velvet Quilted Bedspread 240×260 – Maison Du Monde | Monsoon Linen Tassel Cushion – Very | Aitliving Bolster Pillows Cushions Cover Cotton Velvet – Yellow Cushions Cover Yellow Ochre  – Amazon

Bedding is an easy way to introduce texture and interest as well as colour and pattern. We dressed our bed by layering it with a Moss green velvet throw from Maison Du Monde as well as a faux fur throw. Both of which contrasted beautifully with the natural organic cotton bedding from Square Flower.

TIP: Decorative throws and cushions allow you to play with colour and pattern when it comes to dressing your bed. I’ve kept it simple, but already have my eye on an illustrative cushion that will add more interest and detail.

Again, take time to live with your bedroom spaces to see how and where you can introduce detail with accessories.

Dressing Table

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The Senzo dressing table from Swoon added an Art Deco vibe to the bedroom and the Joan Beauty Baa Stool is another luxurious addition to our bedroom setting.
A glorious mixture of materials, the Senzo is the ultimate Art Deco dressing table – featuring a pill-shaped white marble top, a green marble vanity shelf and a cleverly positioned mirror, framed in a brass finish that gives it glamorous charm. – Swoon

Our Senzo dressing table is from Swoon and is a minimalistic Art Deco-inspired piece. Choosing this dressing table as with the bedsides allows the eye to travel further adding to the illusion of space within the bedroom.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The Senzo dressing table from Swoon is minimalistic in it's form and adds an air of elegance to our bedroom. The dressing gown is from One Hundred Stars.
Senzo Dressing Table from Swoon & Joan Baa Beauty Stool from Baa Stool | Dressing Gown – One Hundred Stars

TIP: If you want to make your rooms appear larger than they actually are opt for furniture pieces that allow you to see more through them. The further the eye sees, the more we are fooled into thinking a space is larger than it actually is.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The Senzo dressing table from Swoon adds to the Art Deco vibe to the bedroom. The Joan Beauty Baa stool adds to the luxurious feel whilst providing contrasting textural interest.
Senzo Dressing Table from Swoon & Joan Baa Beauty Stool from Baa Stool 

TIP: Also consider the form of the furniture piece – heavier more solid forms impose on a room more than simple and minimalistic pieces as they are less intruding on a space. They can take up the same amount of space in the room but have a completely different effect on how your room feels and looks.

Joan Beauty BAA Stool

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The Senzo dressing table from Swoon adds to the Art Deco vibe to the bedroom. The Joan Beauty Baa stool adds to the luxurious feel whilst providing contrasting textural interest.
Joan Beauty BAA Stool in Ivory. This beauty stool is perfect for luxurious comfort at your dressing table. BAA Stool’s British sheepskin is the perfect choice for homeware as wool resists spills, dries very quickly. It’s also naturally fire retardant, resists static, dirt and dust, is hypoallergenic and sustainable.

This luxurious Joan BAA Beauty Stool was gifted to us by the wonderful people at BAA Stool. And I love how it adds another layer of texture to our bedroom. This UK independent company are definitely one to consider when looking for exceptional, sustainable design right here in the UK.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! The Joan Beauty Baa stool offers a generous sized seat to the Art Deco minimalist Senzo dressing table from Swoon.
The Joan Beauty Baa Stool offers a generous sized seat that is not only comfortable to sit on but is a joy to look at too.

You see Joan in her full beauty by viewing the video below.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! | The Joan Beauty Baa stool offers a generous sized seat to the Art Deco minimalist Senzo dressing table from Swoon.
Senzo Dressing Table – Swoon | Joan BAA Beauty Stool – BAA Stool  |Dressing Gown – One Hundred Stars

Bed Side Tables

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Biella bedsides again from Swoon were an obvious choice when it came to choosing our bedsides. They compliment the marble and brass of the Senzo dressing table. Again allow the eye to travel that little bit further creating the illusion of space and openness.
Unfortunately, Swoon has sold out of these Biella Bedsides since we purchased them.

These Biella bedsides again from Swoon were an obvious choice when it came to choosing our bedsides. They compliment the marble and brass of the Senzo dressing table. Again allow the eye to travel that little bit further creating the illusion of space and openness.

Lighting

Lighting is such an important element to get right in any space no matter how large or small. It’s pretty simple to achieve. Layering your lighting at different height levels helps create interest and highlights areas you want to. I’ve included a video to show you how we achieved the correct lighting in our bedroom space.

The Decorative

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Handmade Juliette Light shade from Coldharbour lights. Elegant and exquisite with its feather and gold beaded detail it's a quick way to transform existing pendants.
An easy way to quickly transform your existing pendant light into a stunning form of decorative lighting. Juliette Light Shade – Coldharbour Lights

The star of our lighting show has to be this handmade Juliette light shade from Coldharbour Lights. It was an early Christmas present as I just couldn’t resist not having her adorn our bedroom.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! An easy way to quickly transform your existing pendant light into a stunning form of decorative lighting. Juliette Light Shade - Coldharbour Lights
Juliette Light Shade by Coldharbour Lights

Soft delicate feathers combined with delicate gold bead detail add to the Art Deco vibe. It’s luxuriant and glamorous in every way. We absolutely adore our Juliette light shade. I’ve even found myself just popping my head around the bedroom door to take a peek at her.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! An easy way to quickly transform your existing pendant light into a stunning form of decorative lighting. Juliette Light Shade - Coldharbour Lights
Juliette is a smaller version of Gloria lightshade from Coldharbourlights

The appeal of not having to rewire and incur electricians costs for installation was a bonus. Although, I am contemplating adding a pop of colour to the pendant flex by changing it up for a pink one I’ve seen. I’ll also be researching decorative bulbs just to add a more refined look.

Bedside Ambient Lighting

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Barcelona Lamp by Dyberg Larsen from Lime Lace contrasts beautifully against the Va Va Frome wallpaper from Woodchip and Magnolia.
Barcelona Lamp by Dyberg Larsen from Lime Lace

Lime Lace happen to be one of the best one-stop- online interior shops when looking for homewares including lighting. I have to say they’re one of my favourites and have featured quite a few of their products over the last couple of years. They very kindly sent me two of their beautiful Barcelona Lamps to adorn our marble and brass bedsides.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! These. Barcelona lamps by Dyberg Larsson from Lime Lace offer simple globe forms perched on-top of a brass base. They contrast beautifully against the pattern of the wallpaper. They offer the perfect solution to bedside lighting; adding soft diffused ambient light which is easy on the eye. As an avid reader, these Barcelona lamps couldn't have been a better choice to curl up with a good book with as they emit such a comfortable light.
A beautiful soft ambient light source – Barcelona Lamp by Dyberg Larsen from Lime Lace

We adore their simple globe forms perched on-top of a brass base. They contrast beautifully against the pattern of the wallpaper. They offer the perfect solution to bedside lighting; adding soft diffused ambient light which is easy on the eye. As an avid reader, these Barcelona lamps couldn’t have been a better choice to curl up with a good book with as they emit such a comfortable light.

Floor Lamp

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! An original Bakerlite Brass Floor Lamp - Princess Alice Hospice Charity Shop Find |  Velvet Curtains - JD Williams
An original Bakerlite Brass Floor Lamp – Princess Alice Hospice Charity Shop Find | Velvet Curtains – JD Williams

This elegant floor lamp was a brilliant find from our local Princess Alice Hospice charity shop. At £20 it’s an incredible bargain too.

It adds a mid-height level layer of lighting to our bedroom. It’s elegantly angled lamps highlight the dressing table area as well as the feature wall and the soft velour curtains from JD Williams.


How we added layers of lighting to our bedroom.

Accessories

Diving Man

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Every room in your home should have something that makes you smile and this Diving Man wall hook from Rockett St George does exactly that every time I look at him. His decorative art deco form adds interest and character too. He really is an exceptional addition to our bedroom space. Door painted using Overtly Olive by Dulux. Wallpaper - Va Va Frome from Woodchip and Magnolia
Diving Man Wall Hook (Brass) – Rockett St George

Every room in your home should have something that makes you smile and this diving man from Rockett St George does exactly that every time I look at him. His decorative art deco form adds interest and character too. He really is an exceptional addition to our bedroom space.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Every room in your home should have something that makes you smile and this diving man from Rockett St George does exactly that every time I look at him. His decorative art deco form adds interest and character too. He really is an exceptional addition to our bedroom space.
Diving Man Wall Hook (Brass) – Rockett St George

Art

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Alijoedesigns decorative plates framed using Va Va Frome wallpaper. The walls are painted with Overtly Olive by Dulux paint.
Driving Me Crazy – Alijoedesigns Vintage Decorative Plates

What can I say but choosing artwork for the bedroom was an easy choice for us as I’d recently purchased these decorative vintage plates from Alijoedesigns at a pop-up shop at West Elm in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Alijoedesigns decorative plates framed using Va Va Frome wallpaper. The walls are painted with Overtly Olive by Dulux paint. Botanical leaf mirror from Littlewoods online.
Aliejoedesigns Vintage Decorative Plates | Va Va Frome Wallpaper – Woodchip & Magnolia

I’ve featured Debbies fabulous designs before here and I’m thrilled to be able to include this design in our bedroom. They’re aptly named ‘Driving Me Crazy’ from her Twisted Leg Collection which the long-suffering loving Hubby can relate to. The perfect wedding anniversary gift from me considering the demands I’ve put on him to get the bedroom done.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Alijoedesigns decorative plates framed using Va Va Frome wallpaper and frame painted using Farrow and Ball.
Due to my lack of decorating skills, the frame for Alijoedesigns “Driving Me Crazy” decorative plates was the only part of the painting/papering process that I was involved in.


With regards to finding other art for our bedroom, we have decided to wait until we find something that has meaning rather than just serving the purpose of filling a gap on the wall.

TIP: It’s easy to have a kneejerk reaction to try to complete a finished look to a room. My advice especially when it comes to art is to wait unless you already have a piece as we did otherwise you could end up wasting not only money but also your time having to fill in holes and repair especially if you have wallpapered like ourselves.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Alijoedesigns decorative plates framed using Va Va Frome wallpaper. The walls and door are painted with Overtly Olive by Dulux paint. Diving Man Wall hook from Rockett St George. Dressing gown from One Hundred Stars.
I love how these two decorative pieces combine to add interest with their 3d forms and put a smile on our faces.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Mirrors are a great way to help reflect light but in this instance, the mirror we chose was mainly for decorative purposes. I absolutely adore the leaf edging that mimics the wall itself. It may not be large but it certainly feeds the soul when you look at its detail.
I absolutely adore the leaf edging that mimics the wall itself. It may not be large but it certainly feeds the soul when you look at its detail. – Tropical Leaves Oval Mirror – Littlewoods

Mirrors are a great way to help reflect light but in this instance, the mirror we chose was mainly for decorative purposes. Although we could have chosen a larger mirror, to adorn the feature wall, we wanted to leave space for artwork/decorative shelves either side. We just haven’t decided yet.

Something Old…

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Not everything has to be new when you decide to redesign a space. Often it's personal treasures, no matter how large or small that actually help define a room. My Art Deco Dancing Lady statue has been with me since my childhood and I have fond memories of trying to emulate her dancing stance as a young child.

Not everything has to be new when you decide to redesign a space. Often it’s personal treasures, no matter how large or small that actually help define a room. My Art Deco Dancing Lady statue has been with me since my childhood and I have fond memories of trying to emulate her dancing stance as a young child. It may have even instilled my love of dancing of which I went on to do professionally as a young adult.

Older objects offer more interest and are often conversational pieces that intrigue and provides a space its uniqueness.

Meaningful Objects…

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal!

Having meaningful objects allows us to connect with our spaces on a personal level. For me, that can include books, a childhood favourite ornament, or a charity shop find like this Oriental lady that I bought at a carboot many years ago. It’s worthless in terms of its value, but I love the elegance and simplicity of her.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal!
Senzo Dressing Table – Swoon

Flowers have played a massive part in my life as a former florist. Introducing them even in the form of silk brings a smile to my face and are more practical in a bedroom setting.

Window Treatments

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal!
Create an opulent look in any room with these luxury velour lined curtains. Velour feels supersoft to touch and drapes beautifully, with a subtle sheen. The heavyweight woven fabric and full lining helps to insulate your home by retaining heat in a room and blocking draughts from windows.

I have to say, the Hubs wanted shutters installed to our bedroom, but I held my guns when it came to choosing the window treatment for our bedroom. And I’m so pleased I did. These beautiful velour lined curtains are from JD Williams and were inexpensive for their luxurious quality. They’re super soft to touch and drape beautifully.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal!
Rose Velour Curtains – JD Williams

Opting for longer length curtains added to the elegant feel of the bedroom and although they covered the radiator, it wasn’t really a problem for us in terms of heating. This room is incredibly warm and as we turn the heating off at night time, we didn’t necessariy worry about heat being emitted and lost from longer length curtains.

Lessons Learnt…

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Jung Luxe Light Switch - Swtch
Jung Luxe Light Switch – Swtch

We had wanted to change the existing chrome light switch to match the rest of the hardware in brass and found this beautiful one from Swtch. Unfortunately, we hadn’t realised that the back box to the light switch was small at 1.5cm and the switch that we would have loved to have gone for only fitted a back box of 3cm.

Tip: If you want to change your light fittings to fit in with your new decor design scheme, check out your back boxes before you undertake decorating any space as this may entail you having to chisel out a larger box and then replastering. Also with so many varieties available now, such as round switches, you may need to alter the back box altogether.

Still To Do..

Is a room ever complete? As much as we have achieved the perfect sanctuary for us to sleep and unwind from our day to day, it is far from finished.

Our Decadent, Elegant Art Deco Inspired Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal! Kilim Vintage Rug in Blush Pink - 
The French Bedroom Co
Kilim Vintage Rug in Blush Pink – Cut out
The French Bedroom Co
  • We are on the look out to add a layer of interest to our bedroom floor with a rug/rugs.
  • Change up the white plastic plug sockets that are visible behind the bedsides to brass ones.
  • Door – change handle to a brass one so it’s in keeping with the rest of the room’s aesethics.

There’s always room to improve even a newly redesigned room. Once you have set down the foundations of a rooms design and your decor choices, you then have the pleasure of actually playing around with different elements such as pattern, layering additional textures and experimenting with decorative objects such as artwork, cushions, throws etc.

Wowzers That Was A Long Post!

Hats off to you for reaching the end of this rather long post. I do hope I’ve inspired or at least helped in some way when it comes to decorating/redesigning your own spaces. You might want to bookmark or Pin to Pinterest for future reference.

It would be great to hear from you and if you have any questions hit me in the comments box below!

As always thanks for stopping by.

Maria xx

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24 Comments

  • Reply Debbie January 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Absolutely fabulous,love in the colours ,looks amazing,well done 😘

    • Reply Maria January 8, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Thanks so much Debbie! Pink and green is such a beautiful combination especially for bedroom spaces. I still can’t believe the Hubs agreed to having pink in the bedroom though 😁 x

  • Reply Cara - Caradise January 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

    What a gorgeous room! I love your attention to detail with all the beautiful accessories and pink can do no wrong at the moment as far as I’m concerned. xx

    • Reply Maria January 8, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much Cara! I have to say the smaller details combined with our accessories really do make our bedroom special to us. Thanks again! ☺️ xx

  • Reply Mary Middleton | hello peagreen January 8, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    How exciting and what a transformation! I think your wardrobe are a real triumph, well done you for rethinking your storage and including a dressing table space. Brilliant idea.

    • Reply Maria January 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Mary! It was a challenge getting it ready for Christmas but so worth the stress levels as we’ve gone into the new year with a place we absolutely adore to retreat to at the end of the day ☺️ The hidden dressing table is invaluable when it comes to keeping our bedroom free of everyday clutter 👌🏻 xx

  • Reply Wolf January 9, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for the massively inspiring and illuminating post. So much detail and thought went into it – really amazing!

    Thank you also for mentioning our switches, it’s a real shame it didn’t work out because the brass LS990 would have been perfect. The one with your name on is still sitting here… 😢

    • Reply Maria January 11, 2019 at 6:15 am

      Thank you so much Wolf! It was a lot of hardwork for sure but so totally worth putting this post together.

      And as for your beautiful light switch, I’m still tempted to get the Hubs to bash a bigger hole in the wall and replace it… just need to allow him a rest after all my demands lol 😆

  • Reply Becky at PinksCharming January 10, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Oh WOW this is such a brilliant transformation, I love everything about it. The wallpaper is to die for, the organic bedding, the bed, those incredible wardrobes, it’s a real inspiration for our makeover that we hope to do this year, thank you x #HomeEtc

    • Reply Maria January 11, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Your making me blush with your lovely words! Thanks so much Becky and can’t wait to see what you do with your makeover this year! :D x

  • Reply Lin Warwick January 10, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    What a beautiful post Maria. Love the photography, glamorous model with matching silk robe – such attention to detail. Painting the wardrobes to match the walls works perfectly and I am great fan of Ali Joe Designs, her plates are perfect for this vintage creation. Hope you are enjoying it now!

    • Reply Maria January 11, 2019 at 6:23 am

      So thrilled you enjoyed this post Lin and thank you for all your lovely compliments. I’m not so sure about the glamorous model part but the robe was the Hubs anniversary present to me of which I may have dropped a few hints lol. As for our alijoedesigns plates, I’m thrilled with how they look in our bedroom and how they add to this old school glamour look I’ve created.

  • Reply JENNY KAKOUDAKIS January 12, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    There are so many elements in this room yet it does not feel busy AT ALL! Great touch with the art that you prepared – painting the frame and adding some of the wallpaper to match the opposite wall

    I have a question about the wardrobes as I was considering wall to wall wardrobes to replace the existing ones that frame our bed (the bed will be placed on the opposite side). Do you feel at claustrophobic by just having the closets opposite you and not being able to hang anything on that wall? I have been given some drawing of what our room would look like with wall to wall wardrobes and felt it looked uninteresting. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. It’s the lack of depth maybe because I am going for matt off grey….

    Anyway, LOVED what you have done here!

    • Reply Maria January 13, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Thanks so much Jenny! I’m quite proud of my little piece of artwork preparation as it ties in beautifully with the feature wall and adds a small additional interest to the room without being overwhelming.
      As for the wardrobes, I kept them very simple (only adding the smallest detail with the Dowsing & Reynolds handles) otherwise they would have drawn attention away from the feature wall and made the room look too busy. We also stopped by only having one wardrobe after the chimney breast so there was still a sense of space when we walked into the room. It was much about creating a sense of balance to the bedroom overall. To be honest, when the wardrobes were initially built and there wasn’t anything else in the bedroom, they did feel overwhelming and made the room feel smaller due to their being floor to ceiling and not being able to see above like you would freestanding. That said as soon as the rest of the bedroom was implemented the eye was drawn away from the wardrobes to the other areas of the bedroom. As per lying in bed looking at the wardrobes, yes, it’s not the most interesting of views, but we do find it calming and easier to relax and go to sleep as there’s no visual stimulation (if that makes sense). Moving around the bedroom and seeing it in its entirety is completely different and has a massive feel-good factor. No clutter, clear surfaces (due to the amount of storage) and just having beautiful things to look at and touch (the magic of adding and layering textures). I hope this helps! x

  • Reply Natalie Holden January 12, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    My favourite details are the wallpaper, the wardrobe handles and the dressing table! I’m using those exact handles in a project atm!

    • Reply Maria January 13, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Natalie! They’re some of our favourites too! And as for the Dowsing Reynolds handles, they really are stunning to look at and touch. I bet they’ll look great in your current project.

  • Reply Lins Drabwell January 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Maria I don’t know what to say, I am IN LOVE with this reveal and obsess over all the little details. Thank you for sharing with #HomeEtc X

    • Reply Maria January 13, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Thanks so much Lins for the bedroom love! We find it hard to get up in the morning and leave it lol xx

  • Reply Juan Sandiego January 22, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    What a lovely makeover, Maria! It’s so stylish and sophisticated. The attention to detail is exquisite and I can feel the Art Deco vibes immediately.

    • Reply Maria January 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Juan! We’re thrilled with it all and I adore the Art Deco aspect of our bedroom ☺️

  • Reply Elena (@LovedbyElena) January 22, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, what an amazing bedroom. I love the beautiful wallpaper, striking and feminine and even though it’s Art Deco style it fits really well in a contemporary room.
    I also love your bedside tables, I’d love to get similar ones but I’m very messy so I need drawers to keep my junk hidden
    #HomeEtc

    • Reply Maria January 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks so much Elena! You’re actually making me blush with your compliments 🥰
      To be honest I’m the worse person for being untidy (I blame my creative streak 😉) but have to say the hidden dressing table in our wardrobes is working incredibly well at keeping our bedroom free of clutter 😃 In fact it’s the tidiest place in our home!!

  • Reply Caro | The Twinkle Diaries February 2, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    It’s absolutely GORGEOUS Maria!!! That wallpaper is divine! What a beautiful space — you must be really thrilled with how it’s all turned out. I’m so envious of your dressing table; I’ve always coveted one but we’ve never really had enough room. I love it! I bet you feel like a film star!! Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc

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