Saturday, 31 January 2015

Friendships and bedrooms

Hello lovely people of the blogland, how are you all on this beautiful grey and somewhat rainy Saturday?  You know the feeling when you've met up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a long while, and when you’re all done, you think why did it take you both so long to meet up….well I'm having those feelings….I've just come home for a delicious lunch with a dear and lovely friend of mine who is leaving soon to stay in St Helena Island for six months.  Sometimes we don’t make time to invest in friendships, which are equally if not sometimes more important than family relationships and I haven’t even got an excuse.   How many friendships does one have where you don’t see each other for 18 months but as soon as you set eyes on each other, it seems like yesterday….they are few and far between and to be cherished. My lovely friend will be blogging about her experiences whilst there, and I’ll be posting a link to her brand new blog soon, so you can follow if you have any interest in life on an Island where there are only approximately 3800 people! Yes, no typo….imagine that….we are 64 million peeps in the UK and growing daily!

With the bedroom project under way, my thoughts have turned to all things bedroom, headboards, bedlinen and all the lovely accessories that can change a plain bedroom into a luxurious haven.

As you know, I'm all about budget finds, vintage and DIY but sometimes it’s worth splurging on accessories and lighting because they can really take your room to another level especially if they are well chosen and really give the room a wow factor! Taking a mediocre room from bad to fab will involve spending a little money, but if you’re not replacing the headboard or the bedside tables, you can dig a little deeper and spend money on those items that will take the room to another level visually, providing of course that the pieces remaining will marry well with the new changes you’re making.  In my own home I have found that changing the accessories like cushions and swopping out the table lamps can really change the mood of a room.  It’s all in the details, the pattern on the cushions, the shape and size of the lamps and adding wall art to a bare wall.

I like to source my cushions from Etsy because some shops use designer fabrics which are way cheaper than if I bought them straight from the designer, so I am saving a few pounds which is never a bad thing.  Cushions are one way of adding instant visual impact without spending loads of cash.  Of course, they were never going to be cheap, and let’s face it, what’s the point of redesigning a space if you’re not going to spend the money on the one thing that will give your room instant impact.  If you can’t afford original art, art prints are value for money and having a huge artwork above the bed can create just the drama you are looking for.  Bedside table lamps can make such an impact, but sometimes they are the last things we think about, so we plonk a tiny 30cm tall lamp down when we've spent loads on decking out the rest of the bedroom and we wonder why it still doesn't feel right. 

So does your bedroom need a refresh?  Does it look a bit grey, flat and uninteresting?  Get rid of the patterned bedding, and invest in some luxurious white bedlinen, change out the table lamps, think tall, sculptural and big, add a few stunning cushions in a great design…. so a little inspiration, sharing a few of my favourites from my Bedroom Pinterest board….of course I love colour, so I'm posting colourful bedrooms with lots of pattern and texture.























Have a great week!
Sharon
xxx

14 comments:

  1. What a great selection of bedrooms Sharon! Yes, most times bedrooms look uninspired,colorless and neutral.A touch of vibrancy or a luxurious item can recover their look.
    Happy Sunday!
    Olympia

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    1. Colour can really change a mood in a space...glad you liked them Olympia! Sharon x

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  2. Lovely pictures of nice bedrooms Sharon! Interesting thoughts about friendship too...
    Have a happy weekend, take care.
    Love,
    Titti

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    1. Hi Titti, glad it made you think a little and glad you liked the bedrooms! Hugs x

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  3. Hope your bedroom makeover is going well Sharon?! My bedroom is dated, but I still like it. I have to finish the kitchen and the bathroom first before I make a start on it. You showed us some beautiful examples!

    Have a good weekend!

    Madelief x

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    1. This one is going to take a long while to finish I think. Can't wait for you to share your new kitchen and I'm glad you like the bedrooms! Take care Madelief! x

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  4. My bedroom is white with pastels, as I love on the 8th floor we never have the curtains closed, so I can always dream away watching the sky, clouds, moon and stars...
    Love your bedrooms though.
    Hugs
    Erna x

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    1. love an all white bedroom, even though I'm a colour junky kind of girl! Hugs x

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  5. Beautiful bedrooms...happy sunday Shane ...love Ria...x!

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  6. Hello Sharon.

    These bedrooms looks amazingly refreshing, I do would like to update mine, so some new ideas here to keep in mind when I finally redo mine.

    ps.: I'm going to looking for your friend's website about living in St. Helena island. I'm curious about it.

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    1. Hi Regina, glad you like the bedrooms, I love a bit of colour! I can't wait for my friend to share her blog either, I'll keep you all posted and post a link as soon as it's up. Take care. Sharon x

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  7. I hope you friend has a good time in St Helena. I knew someone who used to live out there for some of the year, the contrast must have been so huge, It will be interesting to read your friend 's blog. I only refresh my bedroom with a new duvet cover. I can't wait to see your changes and inspiration. Sarah x

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  8. Lovely bedrooms...it´s so nice with some color there! I have a very white/beige bedroom, now I got some inspiration to get some color there! Thank´s for all lovely pictures...

    Have a nice week!
    Titti

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