When I try to imagine my ideal bedroom, I think back to when I was a child. My room was my sanctuary, where I played with cuddly toys, and read books using a torch under my duvet after the lights went out. It was a bright and colourful place, a far cry from the beiges, chocolates and other neutrals that the hotel chains I frequent as an adult seem to favour.
Dear Designer laid down the challenge to design my dream bedroom – the Laura Ashley Design Blogger Competition from Good to be Home powered by Anglian Home Improvments – and so, I started to dream. How could I create my four-walled utopia of warmth and light?
First, I considered the furniture. The elegant white door pictured above is a customised design from TruStile, and the Hannah Ceramic Door Knob is available from Laura Ashley. The bed, wardrobe, blanket box, drawers and desk shown below are also in bright vivid white, taken from the Laura Ashley Devon Range. I like to have a desk in my bedroom for writing letters and keeping my diary. Even as a grown-up I prefer a hard-backed school-style chair when I’m writing, so the Devon Desk & Chair Set (RRP £700, currently on sale for £392) would be ideal.
These are complemented by a bookcase, dresser top and sidetable from the new cranberry-coloured Laura Ashley Dorset Range. The Capri Full Length mirror from their catalogue was an absolute must: my bedroom is also a place of Very Important Primping and Preening, and I need to be reminded how fabulous I look first thing in the morning!
The basics covered, I set about finding some colourful pieces to decorate with. I chose three items from Laura Ashley: the mismatched Awning Stripe Cerise Curtains and Cranberry Stripe Wool Rug to bring brightness into the room, whilst the Farleigh Amethyst Floral Wallpaper is unusual and eye-catching, without being overwhelming. The Kimono Figurina Blush Lamp from Spirit Boutique provides a perfect match for the cranberry-coloured decor. The cushions and bedding, designed by Clarissa Hulse, added the quirk and the vibrancy I was aiming for.
I also chose two pieces of art from artgallery.co.uk that I felt would add to the ambience of the room: Quality Street by Caroline Ashwood (£595), which continues the patchwork theme set by the bedding, and The Colourful Rainbow Tree by Casimira Mostyn (£75) – a beautiful, vivid piece that captures the magic I was hoping to convey.
Finally I looked at bedroom accessories. The Honeysuckle Floral Range of accessories by Laura Ashley are functional and stylish: the laundry bag, hangers and scented hearts match well with the wardrobe. A selection of scented candles and perfume bottles would also add to the overall character of the room. The pink and black vase I chose isn’t available in any shops, but a unique vase with fresh flowers would be the finishing touch for my dream bedroom.
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The total cost if I were to buy everything new would be in the region of £5,000. That’s a lot of cash for something that’s a want and not a need: so for now it remains my “dream” bedroom. Luckily it’s a vision that can be built piece by piece – and Casimira’s painting will be mine by the time my next payday rolls around.