Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

May 17, 2018
Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom



Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom
LONDON LIVING - MY LONDON 
APARTMENT  'HOME TOUR',  
PART 2: MASTER BEDROOM

   NINE ELMS, LONDON

My bedroom, as I’m sure yours is, is my sanctuary: where I rest and recharge. In keeping with the style of my living room, my bedroom has an ecletic feel with a mix of traditional and contemporary elements in a modern space. Likewise, the colour story is similar - shades of grey and gold throughout, with a few fun accents like tiger print cushions (a nod to my Chinese zodiac animal) but otherwise somewhat restrained.

Mirrors and transparent furniture seem to be a running theme, both of which are essential for creating the illusion of light in a small space. Coming into my bedroom from the hallway, the view of my sleeping space is framed by the smallest of antechambers (really just a nook with a mirrored wall on one side and my bathroom entrance on another), whereas entering my bedroom through my vanity area (again, really just a nook in the winter garden) offers a wider view thanks to the wall of mirrors that directly faces the winter garden entrance. The result is a cozy, calming space that, although compact, is just right for my needs thanks to its layout, proportions, and the added luxury of having an adjacent “outdoors, but indoors” area for any overspill.



Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom




RESOURCES:


• SKYE Super King bed in Owl Grey, MADE.COM (pink, royal blue velvet, Midnight Grey Velvet) 

Copper Oakland Side TablesWAYFAIR

• Bourgie Lamp, KARTELL (crystal, black, gold, rose gold) 

Chandelier light-up canvasDUFFY LONDON

• Black and gold ornate mirror, antique (similar here and here)

• Gold octagonal mirror, antique (similar here and here)

Grey washed linen duvet setH&M HOME

Waffle bedspread, tiger cushions, throw, runner, H&M HOME

Metal plant pot, H&M HOME

• Orchids, BATTERSEA GENERAL STORE 



Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom


The biggest challenge with furnishing and decorating my bedroom, as with my living room (and in fact my entire apartment); was reconciling my love for all things gilded, old-fashioned, and pointlessly pretty with my desire for an airy, uncluttered, modern space with plenty of room to breathe. Think “Madame de Pompadour discovered minimalism but can’t quite wean herself off her addiction to gold leaf-everything”. This contradiction is of course not helped by the fact that I live in an apartment, which although considered ample by London standards, is simply not built to accomodate a lifetime struggle with hoarding.


To this end, I decluttered, donated, and sent about 90% of the rest of my clothing back to the vault (aka my mother’s house in Kuala Lumpur). The few that remain are seasonal items or the classics that I constantly revisit. Even so, organisation - and the discpline to follow through - is key. The compact built-in closet is just enough for my coats, jackets, blazers, and dresses (whittled down to an positively ascetic total of no more than 30 items at a time) plus a top shelf for storing personal effects and ephmera in a suite of mint green and gold (2 of my favourite colours) boxes.



Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom


I refuse to have free-standing wardrobes, choosing instead to store the bulk of my clothing folded Marie Kondo-style in a chest of 15 drawers: the top of which acts as a display unit for the few keepsakes I allow myself; one of my beloved orchids, scented candles, crystals for good energy, a jewellery box and a jewellery stands, a James Gillray print I discovered in a dusty antinque shop, and an antique gilt box for everyday items within easy reach.

Gold foil paper adds an interesting colour detail to an otherwise stark closet and chest of drawers, and ties in the modern furniture with my decorative items.



It seems fitting that my clothing storage leads a direct path to my vanity area. While this end of my winter garden is only 50 square feet, it is more than enough to hold my dressing table, a large free-standing mirror, a bookcase, and act as a conservatory for my fiddle leaf fig, Delicious Monster, wall garden, and seasonal houseplants. Most importantly, it affords me the incalculable luxury of doing my makeup in natural daylight with a view of the courtyard and gardens below.


Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom



SHOP THE POST:








Kullen chests of drawers, IKEA, 
jazzed up with gold foil paper


• James Gillray print, Hermes set of 3 prints, gold box, copper jewellery box, marble jewellery box, crystals, were all sourced from various antique shops.
• Marble and gold jewellery stand (similar here and here)

• Marble slab (similar here, here, and here)

French Pear soy wax scented candle,
ECOYA

Hourglass oil diffuser,
DIPTYQUE


While by no means perfect, it is for now everything that I need and want in a master bedroom - a bijou jewel box that, although compact, is somehow able to contain my excesses while simultaneously feeling calm and tranquil. An apt metaphor for the restorative balance anyone strives to seek from their place of rest. 




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