So this is the reveal of the bedroom that sent me into labour.
And I’m not even being dramatic. This labour of love was finished on 20th April. And on the 21st April, at 4:46am, I gave birth to my daughter.
If your maths it good, you’ll probably note that the 20th April was exactly six months ago today. And yes, that’s a long time to wait to do a blog post. But obviously, I never brought my little daughter home to our her bed in our bedroom when she was born. That happened six weeks later, and you’ll probably be able to tell that I’m trying my best to catch up again, and find my mojo. Remember when I actually used to write regularly? Yeah, me neither, I’m sure that was six months ago too.
Now, in my 40 week pregnancy update, I remember chatting away to the camera and saying how I didn’t want her to come that day, on her due date, because we had so much left to do, and I was currently sleeping on a mattress on the floor in a bedroom with no carpet. The carpet was due to be fitted on 20th April, which it was, and then my mum and grandparents came to help me move furniture and put our bed back together again while Mark was at work.
I remember sitting back on the bed, and sinking deeply into it, breathing in the new carpet and paint-scented air, and letting out a contented sigh and thinking: “We did it!” That was it, I was ready to have my baby. My mum must have sensed something as she urged me to go and have a rest and take it easy. But by that point I was the little preggo who could, and I decided to collect Bill from nursery and go do a shop, and then we ended up going for our last meal – The Last Supper – as a family of three at the local Italian.
And then, I woke to a contractions at 1:00am, and before I knew it she was here.
So, really, this isn’t just a bedroom update. It’s part of her story. And I will never forget that.
So to rewind, my bedroom was diabolical before this happened. And I wish I was being dramatic, but the truth was that we had a stained carpet from the previous owner, old curtains that I reckon were Sound of Music rejects for that curtain-clothes scene, and wood chip wallpaper. EVERYWHERE. There was mould on the walls, quite from where I don’t know, and I remember being mortified when I first started ‘dating’ Mark, as I didn’t want to show him my horrible bedroom.
I have made a video tour of the room, which you can find at the end of this post, which also shows some before footage, from before I was even pregnant with Daisy. So if you’d like the full effect I’d recommend having a nosey!
But, yes, this house has been a true labour of love, and I don’t mind the fact that we’ve had to wait. It’s made me appreciate every small change we make even more than I expected to.
As this was such a big deal for us – it was the last bedroom to be done of all three – I really wanted to make it something special. I didn’t want the usual white walls I go for, because, even though I find them to be the most practical and reusable with any theme or style, I just wanted to do something different.
I have long been obsessed with the blush, grey and copper combination. And I sort of created something I don’t feel like I’ve seen before. It’s a romantic mix of soft hues and fabrics, but then there’s splashes of green and it’s almost like nature has tried to creep in and take over Sleeping Beauty’s room.
It’s a very relaxing place to be. I come in here early sometimes at night, just to sit. I’ll turn on the fairy lights and just watch them glow, and I feel so peaceful. Which is a lovely comparison to before, when my skin would crawl.
As this was all done a while ago, I can’t promise that the furnishings and items will be in stock anymore. I wish I’d been able to do it earlier, but if you see something you like, it may be that you can find it elsewhere. Or take an idea from it.
The strangest part about our bedroom, and something I am asked about a lot, is our fake crawling ivy wall. As we live in a dormer bungalow, our bedrooms are in the eaves of the house – like an extension really. So we have a partially slanted area in both ours and Bill’s bedrooms, which can be awkward unless you arrange the room to incorporate it. I loved the idea of having ivy creeping in from what looked like the window, making the room feel more alive. But I didn’t like the idea of making that happen, and flies, and bugs, and dead leaves on my wall. So I decided to have a look online and see if there were any fake alternatives. The wedding market came through for me and I found some cheap fake ivy on eBay and I snapped it up and I love the effect. I know it’s a bit of a Marmite thing, but I love it.
So that’s it, in a nutshell really. Let me know if you’d like to see a tour of Bill’s room and Daisy’s room and I’ll gladly do them for you!