Bedroom reveal – blank canvas to beautiful nest

As you may know we embarked on a little bedroom makeover last weekend and I’m back to reveal all. You can see before shots here

Freshly renovated 2 years ago, the bright white canvas of a room didn’t require any major changes, just some layering of love. The main aim was to bring some character & interest to the room. That, and the lovely Earthborn* paints offered us 2 of their beautiful colours to paint our alcove wall and mirror.

I’ve annotated the photos below, so hopefully to those reading on a phone, the text & subtext will make sense.

Alcove wall painted in Earthborn Paint – Inglenook
Mirror by Ross Trent Cabinet Maker painted in Earthborn Lily Lily Rose
Carefully selected treasured items help to bring a story to the room: the beaded garland from our wedding, a framed hand-written poem from Ross, my polka dot bag {hand-sewn while lily was newborn}, beautiful stool Ross found in our local Antique barn, & our little drawers handed down from my grandma. 

Things we were careful to consider:

We love our room for all its bright white-ness! We spent ages picking the right shade, and as it turned out, for this north facing room, a slight purple toned white brought warmth. It therefore seemed a no-brainer when choosing a colour that we should choose purple tones. I am a huge fan of grey, but this would have looked cold. Inglenook plays on the muted grey story, but gave us the gentle warmth, perfect in a bedroom.

The drawer unit was rescued from a house clearance & its our dream to one day buy a marble top for it. (I’ve always hoped it would go in a future bathroom as a bespoke sink unit)
Wardrobe by Ross Trent Cabinet Maker. Too small a space for doors, I’ve hung a curtain from fabric we used on our wedding table. Shaker style boxes hold my necklaces & clutch bags.
You may remember I made these wreaths for my styling the seasons post in February, they helped win me a competition, so a happy little reminder of this wonderful creative blogging community. They also add a much-needed pop of green to the room, along with some dried Eucalyptus.


The scandi mix of white and wood is common in a lot of rooms, and although I adore it, it seemed a little stark for a bedroom. Bringing texture into the room has really softened and created understated interest I hadn’t expected.

Bed by Ross Trent Cabinet Maker – Ross made this for us while he was still an apprentice & it’s been with us in each home we’ve owned. I love the handy shelf on top (normally holding tissues & Lily’s night time bottles!)


Little treasures: Clock painted in Earthborn – was one of the first little gifts Ross made me, it has little wooden tulips on the front. The recycled glass beads have been with us nearly a decade & just love them hanging like a happy garland over the bed.



I removed my bedside table in favour of our wooden trunk – my first handmade gift from Ross.  It’s now topped with my handmade Liberty print cushion, perfect for Lily to hop on.  The vintage leather suitcase was my Grandad’s & now hides blankets under the bed.

Our room has always been so clear & calm, so adding only truly personal trinkets into the room was important. This meant being super selective from my pile of ‘things’  Sometimes {especially} in a blank room, it’s too easy to over fill. It was a case of careful editing. Adding 3 things and taking away 2.

Happy garland, happy heart, happy bed x


Our makeover took 1 day, and the difference is incredible.  It’s something I’d been thinking about for a while, compiling Pinterest boards and gathering, quite literally, a pile of precious things I wanted to include, so completing it in a day was pretty straight forward. {thank goodness!}

As planned as it was in my mind, the reality was all together better than expected. I knew that by bringing more of our personal items into the room might ‘look’ good, but I hadn’t realised how much more lovely it ‘feels’.

Likewise, by using such a beautiful pop of colour from such an ethically sound paint company, there were no nasty smells, the finish is perfect and it just feels better.

Ultimately thats the true magic of a makeover.

Jess x

*Earthborn paints provided us with complimentary paint for this post. All views expressed in this and my previous post are our own.

7 thoughts on “Bedroom reveal – blank canvas to beautiful nest

  1. Oh it looks beautiful – love those tones together – such a calming space. I’m having a hard time deciding which colours to go for in our new home – think I need to ponder a while and see it through the seasons – amazing how much the light can change…

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