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Recycled Home- Garden room make over

24 May, 2013

CRUMBS! Who has had quite enough of babies, eh?! Not of actual babies, Juno is continuing to rock our worlds (in a good way) but, blimey, has this blog gone all babyville or what? Here is a bit of reprieve- a little peep at a wee thrifty makeover we did in our spare room.

One of my favourite rooms in our house is one that began as the most unpromising. It overlooks our garden and we keep trying to pretentiously name it “The Garden room”, but it inevitably only ever gets named after the person who happens to sleep in it the most. At the moment it is called “Jojo’s room” after my sister who comes to stay a little bit.

Here is the BEFORE shot, in all it’s mauve and blue glory:
Before Spare Room

We carpeted and wallpapered and painted but I think it is the fun bits and bobs we have around it that make it such a bright room.

Recycle Home - spare room makeover

See this bed? It is made of beautiful native New Zealand wood and is soooo comfortable. We found it about 4 years ago when we were living in a little flat in Kings Cross. We had just decided that day that we would need to invest in a comfortable double bed. That VERY night we found this ON THE DOORSTEP awaiting the morning council pick up for landfill items. Couldn’t make it up, could you?!

I found the curtains in a car boot sale for £5, they aren’t luxury or anything but someone at that car boot sale obviously got the memo that we were creating a “Garden room.” *high fives stranger*

We found the mirror discarded in the street and the two vintage parasols came from car boot sales for a few quid. They only smell faintly of old man’s cigars, hehe.  I love their shape and their colours and the delicate imagery on them.

ballon pictures

I love these pictures, the image of a hot air balloon WELL fills me with joy! I got them from a charity shop for cheap, they were originally framed in pine which just made them look mega 1990’s Habitat. A lick of white just makes them a bit cooler, I reckon.

(In the first AFTER picture there is a string of stuffed fabric birds hanging out from one of the parasols- funnily enough I bought that from Habitat in the nineties… it is pulling off the nineties much better than pine does I think…)

retro embroidery

This is a beautiful retro embroidery given to me by my sister who found it in one of her local charity shops. I’d go so far to say that retro embroidery is THE second hand item to snap up these days, it is so often bursting with colour and can fill a room with nostalgic happiness.

Including the cost of paint I’d say this room cost less than £40 to makeover, a thrifty nook indeed.

I am going to be revealing a few other rooms from our recycled home over the next few weeks. I’ve been meaning to do it for YONKS, so keep tuned!

Have a fab bank holiday weekend! We are off camping with family and friends in Gloster (yes, I’m aware of how you spell it and it’s ridiculous.) Here’s hoping it’s a bit dry sometimes. (Hey, look, this is the hope of a realist- it’s rained and poured every second of every bank holiday camping trip we’ve ever done, I think.) Have fun!

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  • Jo 24 May, 2013 at 7:42 am

    That is such a gorgeous, light, pretty room. Lucky guest who gets to sleep in it.

    • Lucy 28 May, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Thanks! It is the lightness of it I love, I think it is the brightest room in the house 🙂

  • nyssapod 24 May, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The re-vamped room looks lovely.

    I keep meaning to do a blogpost about my retro embroidery stash! Will add it to my blogging to do list right now 🙂

    • Lucy 28 May, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I would love to see your stash!!

  • Shinypigeon 27 May, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Super gorgeous! I love how it all fits so wonderfully together.

    • Lucy 28 May, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Hello there Shiney Pigeon! And thanks. Bet your wee home is coming along beautifully 🙂

  • Jennifer 29 May, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    What a beautiful room, I love it!

    • Lucy 31 May, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you!

  • Gina Caro 3 July, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    wow the room looks fantastic, gotta love charity shops x

  • Alana 30 June, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Wow, nice room. looks like beautiful. I love it.