Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Spare Bedroom Makeover // The Before

We've been living in our house for 1 year almost exactly. Since we moved in I've been reminding myself on an almost daily basis that "I really need to sort the spare room out" and it has not happened. I did have a bit of an overhaul for some friends who came to stay which involved a quick whip round with a tin of paint and shoving a few key bits of furniture in. This summer we slept in the spare room for a few months because it was so warm upstairs. It was during this time that I really got annoyed with the state of the room but with September being packed it has still not happened.

As you might know I'm in Seattle right now teaching workshops at the new Komedal Road studio on Bainbridge Island. The time difference means I'm awake extremely early, and the coffee is so good here I can make it through the day on very little sleep. (My favourite place on the island is Blackbird Bakery - amazing cakes and treats too). I've been pinning lots while I've been away and catching up on lots of my favourite DIY blogs. I've been so inspired while I've been here, working in Liz's studio has really given me a big nudge to makeover the spare room when I get home.

This is the spare room when we first bought the house ...

Isn't that carpet something special? So far we have removed the carpet, removed the bars on the window and replaced them with window locks and moved the radiator onto the other way. We've also taken out all the rickety wooden wardrobe and the shelf that was attached to the back wall.

The ceiling has been left alone - it's papered (yuck) but since this whole thing is going to be knocked down and made into a kitchen at some point, I don't want to spend a huge amount of money on it.

This is it after it was painted, what do you think of the floorboards? They are really thin and a bit rough looking. I did wonder about doing a stripe floor but I imagine that will take ages and I'm not sure if it would make the room look a little chaotic? I want it to be a cosy and relaxing space. Here are some of my favourite bits of bedroom inspiration from Pinterest ... it's funny when you scroll through the boards and you can instantly see common threads. Our bedroom is very calm and simple so maybe this could be a chance to add in a bit of colour and make it super cosy for the winter months.

At the moment the only piece of furniture that has to stay in the room is the bed which is a big chunky pine frame. It looks a bit like this wooden bed frame but I had an idea how I will upholster it and I really can't wait it to try it out.

This is my to do list:
  • Upholster the pine bed frame with a thick woven linen fabric for some texture;
  • Paint the floorboards, probably not white - maybe Hardwick White by Farrow & Ball and then maybe dark wax them. I've never done this on floorboards so that will be a big experiment.
  • Paint the walls with a soft warm tone as the room has a tendency to look 'cold';
  • Make some curtains with a soft linen or maybe a ticking stripe;
  • I've just finalised a new bedside table design so I will put two of those in there;
  • Rugs - I need to find some rugs, it needs to be cosy in the winter months; I love Dash & Albert but I don't think I'll get them in my suitcase;
  • Artwork - I'm going into Seattle tomorrow so maybe I can get some cool prints I can bring home with me; and
  • Change the door. At the moment it is a horrible glass panelled door and I hate it. 

Okay, well it's now 6am so time for coffee ... zing! I have lots of photos to organise from this weekend workshop which I will try and post tomorrow morning. This afternoon I am visiting the Bloedel Reserve which I am really looking forward to. Fingers crossed the weather is good.

PS: Although I'm in the US it's business as usual back at West Egg HQ - we have a few new pieces being listed this week so check the website for updates.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Hello from Seattle!

Hello from Seattle! I arrived yesterday evening after a long day of travelling and stayed the first night in West Seattle at my cousin's home. They have a wonderful view across Puget Sound and I managed to snap a few lovely photographs before going to bed. 

Luckily I was able to sleep right through to 5:30am which with my track record of waking up at 4am I was pretty pleased with that effort. This morning I left early to catch the water taxi over to Seattle to then get the ferry to Bainbridge Island. What an absolutely amazing way to get to work! I guess when it's grey and rainy it's not quite so lovely, but this morning it was bright and misty and a slight September to chill in the air to put some colour on your cheeks.

Loved all the little mussels clinging on to the pier supports. The people who get that water taxi every morning must just sit there and think gosh I am so lucky, the views are just so stunning. 

And then once we arrived in Seattle, I made my way to get the ferry over to Bainbridge Island. What looked liked 1000s of commuters descended from the ferry and there were about 10 of us heading the opposite direction.

And this last photo is from the ferry. What a lovely welcome to get such lovely weather. I'm heading over this afternoon to Komedal Road studio to organise a few minutes bits and pieces for the workshop this weekend. I'm going to try (!) to blog a little bit while I'm here so I don't feel so overwhelmed with 100s of photos when I get back. That's the plan anyway, whether it happens or not is another thing entirely... 

Best wishes from sunny Bainbridge Island, 


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