You've probably read on more than one occasion, me sighing at the state of our bedroom. As soon as one corner is neatly displayed and totally instagram worthy, the rest immediately looks like a bomb has dropped due to it being our go-to dumping ground. But that is all going to change! Spring is in the air and the lovely people at British Gypsum have asked me to bare all *eek* and show you the reality of our space, so that I can design my bedroom using the Thistle Magnetic Plaster from the British Gypsum's Rooms Made For You range, and create the space I've always wanted. *Hurrah*
Using Magnetic Plaster in our bedroom make over is so exciting in terms of the flexibility it will create in the space, think movable prints, office mood boards, interesting lighting ideas, and oh my love of green babies hanging from wall planters *all the heart eyes*. After taking a little look at the British Gypsum's Inspiration Page and seeing how other people have used the wall to add shelves, create galleries and more, I was very keen to get started and begin my design.
As our bedroom is weirdly the largest room in the house, this certainly feels like a daunting task, but it's exactly the kick in the pants we needed to get on top of a space that is slowly growing out of control. For us the lack of storage plays a major part in things being stored/left lying around the room, creating a cluttered and chaotic space. So the first thing on the agenda is a good old fashioned spring clean.
OUR BEDROOM BEFORE
Ah the shame, it feels a little eek showing you the messy corners of our home, the ones that I like to hide away from the world, BUT I know it will feel good when I can compare these photos to the completed project and see the hard work pay off. So here goes, this is our room snapped just as it is.
The guy side, yep this is Paul's side of the bedroom and to be honest he is certainly the tidiest out of the two of us! So as you can see the wall has cracks where our current plaster is old and tired, the broken bottom drawer means we can't close the Ikea unit that is bursting with files and papers and desperately needs sorting through *a mega job in itself*, there's wires peeking from under the bed and a general dumping of mags and papers. Actually compared to my desk at the moment this is practically dreamy.
So here is my own instalife verses real life, you can see here a small corner of the mantelpiece that I've styled, but in reality the mantle is full of random bits and pieces, the floor has F's bag of toys, a toy car that he has outgrown and a random vase that seems to have been left out *hand up to that one*.
So here is the start of the mess, oh yes this is me and my small world of clutter. My clothes are spilling out of the drawers and they don't close properly, there are SO many prints stacked because I can't commit to hanging them as I change my mind so often *hello magnetic plaster wall*, an old bathroom wooden storage box full of baby clothes and general mess. Now on to the desk....
Oh how I dream of a minimalist desk space, functional, beautiful and pinterest worthy. Instead I have a huge desk perfectly situated to get all the light, but overflowing with stuff and taking up a lot of floor space. The one thing you can't see here is our rental curtains, they are brown and oh so ugly and I can't wait to replace them with something like this or this.
Whenever I have to design or plan a space the first thing I do is envisage the final look and work backwards from there. So for me making a moodboard is a must, I've been pouring over Pinterest for ideas and trying to pull a look together that will work well in the space and feel like us. Here's what I came up with: a mix of pale colours, cool features prints, interesting wall lights, rubber plant and succulents, big mirrors and interesting magazine storage. What do you think of my bedroom design board?
So I've decided to use the Magnetic Plaster on the wall behind the bed in the hopes we can easily display some cool prints, which we change depending on our mood. My other idea is to create some statement lighting either side of the bed like this stunning home make over from Cup of Jo, the lights in this bedroom are amazing! In theory any metal light casing can be held in place with the magnetic strips onto the plaster, meaning no need for nails or screws! Genius.
• Empty and sort through drawers on Paul's side of the bed.
• Dismantle Paul's bedside unit
• Donate unwanted prints.
• Sell wooden storage box.
• Vacuum pack F's baby clothes and store at my folks.
• Go through clothes, wardrobe and shoes and donate any unworn/unwanted items.
• Sell F's old toy car.
• Declutter desk and file papers.
• Order some colour samples for the wall
• Book the plasterer.
In term of colour and products I've been looking at pulling together some pieces from my favourite brands and I can't wait to share with you my progress in a few weeks time in the next blog post instalment. I'm excited to be working with British Gypsum on this renovation project and you can find out more about their Magnetic Plaster here.
If you fancy checking out some bedroom inspiration you can head over to my Interior Sleep in Style board here. Have you ever taken on a room makeover? I'd love to hear of any space saving tips and tricks and I'll mention the best in my vlog in my next bedroom design post.
*This post is brought to you in collaboration with British Gypsum.