Something new, something old

May 24, 2016
Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.



Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.


RECLAIMING MY SPACE WITH ANOTHER BEDROOM REFRESH

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You may have gandered from my web absence (websence?) of last week that I've been somewhat indisposed. And how. What a week it was: between being haunted by the ghosts of the past on a daily basis, struggling to stay afloat in the mire of the present, and falling into the heady intoxication of what looks to be an exciting future, the past week has been a mental & physical rollercoaster of Christmas Carol proportions. 

With the dangerous cocktail of low and high emotions, slow and seductive evenings of single malt (what was the saying? You have more fun with blondes?) and the Dickensian reference, you could certainly say that my life lately has been spirited...

My body and my bed are the temple (a certain worshipper would certainly agree) so as my place of serenity I've given the bedroom both an exorcism and an enhancement. I firmly abide by the proverb 旧的不去新的不来 (old no go, new no come). And so the relics of horrible history have been deported by way of the cardboard train (British Heart Foundation have picked up the better spoils). Things I love which were once relegated to storage by way of compromise have returned to their rightful place of pride. Small new additions intended to fake some semblance of minimalism in a small-yet-crowded 170 sq ft bedroom plus enhance the ambience have arrived - and believe it or not, these little upgrades cost pennies. It's amazing what you can do with a bit of smart shopping + a little DIY...


Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.
Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.
1/ PURE EVIL
I bought this apartment - my very first London property to call my own - when I was 25. At the time I was still very much in my 'hedonism, all day all night' phase: a revolving door of nightly house parties (at mine) followed by dusk-to-dawn clubbing in East London and then afterparties (back at mine, naturally). Acquaintances would jokingly take bets on how long I would last, so as a housewarming gift to myself I bought a screen print with the motif 'LIVE EAST DIE YOUNG' by graffiti artist Pure Evil. Thankfully that anthem didn't turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and I lived long enough to buy another Pure Evil screen print - MR OSBALDISTONE AS THE BRIGAND CHIEF.

I retrieved both screen prints from storage, removed them from their frames and displayed them on skirt hangers for a raw and 'fresh from the studio' feel.

2/ LET THERE BE LED
I love the romance and ambience of candlelight but there just isn't enough oxygen in the world for my asthmatic self, let alone a dozen or so block candles in my bedroom. These STOPEN LED candles (£10 for a set of 3) are a brilliant alternative - safe, realistic, energy efficient (especially if used with rechargeable batteries) and cheap. I have 10 sets dotted about my home.

3/ THE BLOGGER'S FURNITURE MUST-HAVE
It seems like every blogger (especially the makeup-loving variety with a Youtube channel) has an white IKEA chest of drawers - MALM, HEMNES, or in my case the KULLEN. Customise it with that other blogger cliché - marble contact paper - and I have generous bedroom storage that looks almost unique, that is, if you've never read a beauty blog or watched a vlog. So meta.

           
Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.


4/ A DELICATES DISPLAY 
Where have I seen this before? This clothing rail, which I've spray painted gold to match my curtain rod, was intended to hold my capsule wardrobe. I've since decided that the golden rod (snigger) and these lovely copper hangers are far too delicate and lovely to be crammed with the dirty thirty pieces of clothing of the season. Hence, this clothing rail is now a display for only my favourite lingerie (corset and basque by Agent Provocateur) and my capsule wardrobe has been banished back into my walk in wardrobe (talk about doing a full 360...)


Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.

Something new, something old  - A budget bedroom refresh to tackle storage and clutter issues in my small London bedroom, with some help from IKEA and a little DIY.
5/ SLAYING THE GIANT
My favourite addition to the bedroom yet is this solution for the clutter of my bookcase. You may have seen, from my previous bedroom refresh, Goliath in all its glory. As much as I love the LIATORP bookcase for being roomy enough to hold my collection of handbags, shoes, cameras, jewellery, stationery (basically, a blogger's idea of assets) the fact is: I have a lot of crap. And I'm struggling to reconcile my love of minimalism with my inherent hoarding tendencies (I got it from my grandfather - he had houses across the region dedicated to storing his ridiculous collection of relics and antiques including an airplane cockpit in his garden which he turned into a whisky bar!).

Rather than shell out to have custom bookcase doors made for Goliath, I decided to kill three giants with one stone. Enter the TUPPLUR, a ridiculously versatile roller blind beloved by IKEA hackers as an economical projector screen. One gentle tug, and my clutter is out of sight behind an expanse of white. One gentle tug, and I have a projection screen for lazy movie nights. One gentle tug, and I have a white backdrop for photography. Three functions (four if you include saving my sanity from having to look at my things on the open shelves everyday) for £22 - that's multitasking at its finest!


What say you about my latest bedroom refresh? Do I DIY, or do I DIY?

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