We have a confession to make – our spare room was a disaster zone! So we decided to give it the Roomie treatment – complete with Moodboard and instagram hashtag! And in the process a new Roomie Design Kit was created. We call it ‘Roomie Source & Style’ – but more on that later. Here, in all their glory, are the before photos. The spare room / office was officially a dumping ground, the after thought.
So we embarked on this project, starting with a concept and put together a mood board
Here are the elements of the initial design:
RUG: Striped Cotton Rug from LET LIV – which we have wanted to incorporate into the house, and this was the perfect basis to begin our design.
BEDDING: We wanted to keep the overall tones of the room fresh, but with layered texture and depth – so we chose crisp white linen and a strong contrasting black waffle duvet with matching valance from Briscoes.
BED: This room acts as a home office as well as a sometimes guest room – we long ago decided against a fold out couch – one – because we wanted our guests to actually get some sleep, and two, we realised we would never actually use it as a couch, and it would most likely become a dumping ground. So we opted for a trundler bed which is uber comfortable and practical.
SIDE TABLE: This fun side table from Collected was chosen for its casual nature – easily moved when the trundler comes out, but still large enough to house all the bedside essentials
LIGHTING: The room overall has a serious lack of decent lighting (think one central light) so we added a black hanging pendant from Lighting Direct.
COLOUR: Because the room has a dual use we decided to define the sleeping area with a feature wall and chose a soft, deep, chalky blue – aptly named ‘Smalt Blue’ – from the Resene Karen Walker Range. The rest of the room was painted Resene SeaFog, a white which has a hint of grey, and complements muted colours perfectly.
ART: The hero piece of the space is surely the Margaret Petchell ‘Parson’ Art Print from Endemic World– we have been in awe of Margaret’s work, and it’s safe to say it’s even better in real life than we imagined.
CUSHION: This gorgeous cushion adds texture, and a final pop of unexpected colour – it’s utterly beautiful, a real statement item from Tribe&Co
From here we documented the journey on instagram (#roomrefreshproject) and made a few changes along the way. Below are the photos we took over the weekend – such beautiful weather and the sun was pouring in – and also some of the instagram photos during the makeover.
We are pretty happy with the way things turned out – a little DIY painting, some online shopping, a few trips to the hardware store – and voila! Having a vision and a plan for the space made it easy to make decisions and purchases – knowing what to expect with the overall budget certainly helped too.
The process did not feel restricted though, and there were a few changes along the way – such as the addition of a Gorgi Velvet Quilt – which adds a touch of luxury (and we think it’s the most beautiful quilt in the entire world!). The final touches to the side table were some design books, a cute wee succulent terrarium (in a stemless wine glass) and an adorable vintage lamp picked up at a thrift store. Our favourite vintage stool also made the cut, and now doubles as a blanket and cushion storage spot.
We will be introducing the new Roomie Source & Style Kit, which was inspired by this refreshed room, in our September Newsletter – sign up here and we will treat you to an exclusive giveaway.
For this makeover we will share all our secrets! Here are all the elements of the space and where you can source them
> SMALT BLUE & SEAFOG / RESENE <
> MINI TERRAINIUM: Mini Succulent from local hardware store & stemless wine glass from the Warehouse <