Friday, 13 April 2012

Bedroom Transformation

Well as promised, now that our bedroom make over is just about finished, I have posted some "Before" and "After" photos to show the transformation.
About 20 years ago, the exact year has vanished in the mists of time, we decorated this room from scratch with a lovely Zoffany wallpaper and fabrics and bought some traditional mahogany furniture. Approximately 10 years later we decorated again with new carpet curtains and wallpaper. This time we kept the same furniture and some of the Zoffany fabric that I still loved.
At this point in time I visited India for the first time, whereas Paul was already a regular visitor with his job going out to inspect suppliers of mangoes, poppadoms and spices. We had collected quite a few artifacts of interest like cushions, statues and woodblocks and so we decided to have a bit of an Indian theme going on, using quite a bit of gold paint and rich colours.
Before 1 - Golds and terracottas, framed prints
of  maharajahs and silk cushions
After 1 - Greys, cerise pink and bold yellow,
velvet throw and my embellished cushions
and wallpaper I designed for my FMP

Before 2 - Mahogany wardrobes,Zoffany
fabric on doors and silk curtains 

After 2 - Same wardrobes painted to match new
furniture, new curtains at window and doors

Before 3 - Canopy above bed and rocking
chair  with more cushions
After 3 - Canopy gone and wallpaper now
the feature, still needs a chair but the one I
want is out of stock

We still aren't quite finished as some of the plain walls need some artwork, our Georgian chair for the dressing table has gone off to be french polished and upholstered and I'm still hoping to get a small chair in grey felted wool but apart from that it's done! I have had some very positive feedback but I still wonder if people are just being polite knowing that I designed the wallpaper. Honest comments welcome.

The lovely new curtains I made with Villa Nova fabric from Jackie


  1. It is absolutely gorgeous Mavis, it must be so lovely to wake up and see your own work and it is great to actually use something in your own home. Jayne x

    1. Thanks Jayne. You are always really encouraging.

  2. What a transformation Mavis!!

    1. Hi Joy,
      Yes it is even though I hung on to a few old time, well loved pieces like the bed ends, dressing table mirror and chair. It was tempting to have everything matching but I think it would have lost character and looked like ashow bedroom.