Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Spare Room Makeover

Earlier this month, one of those lovely moments when life just falls together beautifully happened.  Matthew and I spent the first Bank Holiday weekend in May clearing out lots of stuff from rooms, piling up donations to the charity shop and generally decluttering like mad things.  Once we were done I looked around our front spare room, previously the home to eleventy million boxes o' junk and said "I'd love to makeover this room soon."  I closed the door and toddled off the make a quick spreadsheet to see when I could afford a few bits and bobs.

I love me a spreadsheet.  Almost as much as I love making rooms friendlier and prettier.  I set myself a budget and looked forward to giving the room a wee spruce in a few months.

The next morning I got an email asking me if I'd like some items from Asda, to improve a room in our house.  Either Big Brother really exists or I was just a very lucky badger! The George range has created four looks for the current season (Eden, Desert, Meadow and Shore), and after a very happy half hour looking over the ranges I decided the Shore range was perfect for our spare room!  We've used Asda items in our hosue before so I was very happy to return to a tried and true brand.  Here are a few shots of the finished room - I can't wait to have guests to stay!

Love a good stripe!

The lampshade that had been here was a £2.50 reduced one from a bargain bin.  I like this clean, crisp one so much more!

Always love a good bit of storage!  I'm going to look for something beachy/nautical on honeymoon for the hurricane and the baskets will be great for stowing guest room toiletries.

How chic is this lamp?  I'm trying to be mature and not just snaffle this for my study!

Cute, cute nautical cushions.  Such a fun part of any room!

Plus two of these cable-knit bad boys which are really soft and squidgy.  I can see me curling up with a cat to read in this room....soon.

This blanket is lovely - it's already journeyed out of the spare room on a picnic in Hyde Park!

Decent bath sheets are always a joy to find, and the matching hand towels are great too.  I thought these wicker baskets worked well as a storage place for them.

Love these tealights...

...and these candles!

I think the detailing is so pretty - this would be a fun gift too!

Isn't this little beach hut doorstop grand?

This lantern will be great for candles with the cats around - I love containers where they can't brush near to danger.

This Bristol-blue vase is gorgeuos and goes with so many of my other blue bits and bobs.  The bottles I might use for shampoo, conditioner etc.  I love making guest rooms cosy!

As is often the case with a project, a job is still to be done - I'll be pinning up these pegs next week.  Such a cute motif and great for hanging up a few hangers for clothes which may require doing so.

I'm so pleased - it feels cosy and inviting.  Compared to the chaos that was there it truly is a sea change.  Fnar fnar.

I do love a bad pun!

Looking forward to having visitors soon!

Thank you to Asda for providing me with items from the Shore range to complete this makeover.  Such fun!  All items highlighted can be found on the page linked to.

Linking up with #HomeEtc - inspiration everywhere!
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  1. Very nice! It's like something right out of Pottery Barn, and I LOVE Pottery Barn. Well done!

    1. Thank you sweetie! Such a fun project.

  2. It looks amazing and so stylish! Very welcoming too. When can we visit?! Thanks for sharing!


  3. It looks FABULOUS!! No wonder you're thrilled with it! :) I love all the bits and pieces you chose — really lovely! Thanks for sharing Claire — Caro xx #HomeEtc

  4. That looks great - and isn't it great when it all comes together like that. Love the doorstop #homeetc


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