Bedroom re-style

My friend asked me recently if I would help her do a really quick makeover of her bedroom. She’s just moved into an unfurnished shared house and wanted to make her room look ‘grown-up’ but wasn’t sure where or how to spend the money. The constraints were that she needed furniture within two weeks and she wanted it all to be brand new. Huh, I said to myself. Did she know that most furniture shops have leading times of weeks rather than days, I asked. No, apparently not.

So, I got searching, ordering and then helped her put it all together to create a fresh, simple, grown-up bedroom. I bought all the furniture from Loafwho were super helpful and got the bed to us within ten days. I then grabbed a few things from around the house to help style the room.


I ordered the Loaf Bobbin bed and once it had arrived my friend moved in but she wasn’t sure how to style the room. The problems were:

– Mismatching bed linen

– No lamp

– Blank wall

– Temporary bedside table

– Exposed wires

Bedroom makeover before shot



The changes I made were:

– I bought Loaf’s Campaign bedside table and Little Dane lamp.

– I sorted out her bedlinen so she had a matching set, which instantly lifts any bedroom. A well made bed makes a world of difference.

– I framed a piece of vintage wallpaper to fill the blank wall. Don’t use unframed prints or posters if you want a more sophisticated feel to your room.

– Fresh flowers, which instantly brighten any interior.

– I added some colour with the linen, wallpaper and tea-cup. A colour scheme can tie a room together as long as it’s not a ready-made colour scheme i.e. matching cushions, curtains and duvet cover – yuk!

– I hid the wires by drilling a hole into the side of the wardrobe and fed the lamp wire through it as there is a plug socket in the wardrobe.

Bedroom makeover Loaf furniture

Ta da!

Bedroom makeover  Loaf Campaign bedside table

The Campaign bedside table, whilst being brand new, has character and style. I love the Little Dane lamp and have my own at home. The colour of the lamp base is beautiful.

Bedroom makeover Loaf Bobbin bed

The Bobbin bed is well made, simple and classic. It’s made of wood and painted in matt white paint. The vintage wallpaper I framed is gorgeous and the colour ties in with the linen and the frame goes with the wood of the bedside table.

Bedroom makeover after shot

What do you think? Hopefully you’ll agree this is more sophisticated and stylish than ‘before’.

Now it’s a question of adding some personality and ‘stuff’ to make it more homely – maybe some photos, a rug, shelves, a quilt. But hopefully, this is a good canvas to start with.

It’s my birthday today so I’m off to the Cinnamon Club for a yummy dinner with Jules. I wonder if I’ll get some nice presents (wouldn’t mind some new furniture myself – just sayin’!) x





  1. JulesO
    8th October 2013 / 8:35 am

    Oh wow! What a difference! it looks amazing – I love the bed, table and lamp and the wallpaper looks fab

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 12:16 pm

      Beautiful, isn’t it? I don’t usually like it when people frame wallpaper, but vintage wallpaper is differnt – a little work of art in itself x

  2. Melanie
    8th October 2013 / 8:50 am

    Beautiful transformation!
    The rooms looks tranquil and lovely!

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Mel 🙂

  3. 8th October 2013 / 11:43 am

    Happy birthday! 😀 Wow, what a wonderful post – good work you. You should been an interior designer. 😉 I cannot believe I’ve only just heard of Loaf, they have some beautiful pieces that I would love for my home. One question I have is where you got the ‘Bluebells at Kew’ print, that sits on the side table?

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks, Leanne. I wish I was an interior designer!! I got the Bluebells pic from the London Transport Museum – you can buy four A4 prints online for £4.99! I’ve got a set at home – was going to do a little post about it xx

      • 8th October 2013 / 12:50 pm

        £4.99?! That is a bargain! Definitely worth a post – I’ll keep an eye out for it. 🙂 Have a great birthday x

      • 23rd August 2015 / 7:49 am

        Is there any more info on the Bluebell print? I have looked at the website and can’t find it.
        Love your site, am enjoying seeing your gorgeous pictures.
        Best regards, Chris

        • Katy
          27th August 2015 / 12:34 pm

          Hi Chris. The Bluebell print is part of the pack of 4 Kew Gardens A4 prints. The pack costs £4.99. Hope that helps.

  4. Emma
    8th October 2013 / 1:13 pm

    Beautiful! I’m moving in to an unfurnished flat in a few weeks’ time, so I’ll be using Apartment Apothecary as my inspiration! x

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks, Emma! I want to see pictures! x

  5. 8th October 2013 / 3:53 pm

    Lovely. I adore that little table and lamp. Where’s the bedding from?

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Katharine. I’m not sure about the bedding – she already had it so I will find out for you…

  6. Farah
    8th October 2013 / 6:24 pm


    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 9:30 pm

      When shall we finish your guest room? That needs to be next!

  7. Lizroesch
    8th October 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Beautiful Katy! We have two new bedrooms to decorate (eventually) and your blog is great for inspiration. X

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 9:32 pm

      I can’t wait to see your house finished! Happy birthday, birthday twin x

  8. Evelyn
    8th October 2013 / 8:22 pm

    What a transformation. Very effective. Happy birthday.

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  9. Lino
    8th October 2013 / 8:36 pm

    What a beautiful bedroom! Good work….I bet your friend is really happy!

    • katy
      8th October 2013 / 9:31 pm

      So she says!!

  10. Karen
    17th October 2013 / 6:42 pm

    Hi Katy,
    Just strayed across your site from your comment on Design Sponge! What a beautiful bedroom (by way of your puppy pics!), will look forward to following your blog now!

    • katy
      17th October 2013 / 9:21 pm

      Hi Karen and welcome! So glad you stumbled across my blog. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Katy

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