A new look for our top floor bedroom

Dark decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We’ve mentioned our top floor bedroom a few times in past posts. It’s been well over ten years since it was last decorated so a spruce up has been long overdue. We thought we’d share a few photos of progress to date.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We love this room. It’s our retreat of choice in the evening – particularly dark, cold winter evenings when we light the stove, watch TV, listen to music or work on the computer – all from the comfort of bed!

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We like the structural ‘bones’ of the space with its exposed stone wall and original, wide floorboards.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It was a great opportunity to introduce some darker colours into our home décor which we’ve intended to do for many years! These shades have a real sense of atmosphere and drama – particularly on said dark winter evenings with fires, candles and fairy lights flickering away.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

They look good by daylight too – contrasting very well with warm natural shades of wood and wicker – and providing a great backdrop for artwork.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

The bed is a very important occupant of this space, so we decided on a complete re-vamp. We exchanged a very old, squeaky frame for a new powder-coated metal one; the fabulous people at Tweak supplied us with an amazingly comfortable luxury mattress that we recently reviewed. And last, but certainly not least, some lovely black cotton satin bedding – bought locally (at generous mates’ rates) from good friend, Shaun who owns Rochdale-based textile company FabTrad. They’re wholesale suppliers to some major retailers, but also sell on eBay.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It’s hard to put our finger on the exact look of our top floor bedroom. We wanted to furnish it with interesting objects and specimens from nature (in a Victorian gentleman’s study kind of way).

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

So you’ll find shells, fossils, skulls and the like…

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

…favourite antique finds too – that form interesting little vignettes on table tops and walls.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We also dotted the room with brass, gold, copper and pewter (desperately trying not to overdo it and ending up with a pub snug style). We do love these flashes of metallic though – they give the room a real lift and look fabulous when light catches them.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It’s still work in progress, but we’re getting there. We hope you approve!

Pick of the Pads: Ski-lodge Luxe

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'Ski-lodge Luxe' feature from the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration Magazine

For this month’s Pick of the Pads we’ve chosen this wonderful Alpine ski-lodge in Northern Italy owned by Laura & Maurizio Gasparini.

Cover of the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration Magazine

It’s featured in the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' living room sofas

This is no pine-clad monstrosity of floor to ceiling, orange stained tongue & groove. There’s no mistaking this chalet for a giant sauna!

'Ski-lodge Luxe' dark colours

There is lots of wood, but it’s this glorious backdrop of boards reclaimed from old barns. They have the subtle colour & texture variation produced by weathering & oxidisation. It’s not overbearing in any way.

collection of antlers above a bed

The silvery wood is complemented with furnishings in a cool palette of greys & creams.

bunk beds with cushions and furs

In fact, there are no bold flashes of colour at all… but it all works together so well.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' living room sofa

Natural light streams in through the huge windows and there’s the glint of metallics dotted around.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' decorative pieces

It’s quite pared back, but there’s interest everywhere – textiles, luxurious furs and collections of found objects. The spaces are so atmospheric.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' galley kitchen

What a wonderful place to relax after a day on the slopes!

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