our master bedroom


I have been so excited to show you this room in particular, as we really made such a change in here.  I was wary at first, panicking that I’d regret it or make a wrong choice (I totally did on the paint first time round but we’ll not talk any more of it! 😉 ) but we really, really love how everything has turned out.  It’s such a calming, restful room now and I love the whole 40s, botanical feel that we have going on.  I think it works really well with the more industrial features, and it definitely has a heritage vibe, whilst still remaining really contemporary too.

Some pictures!





We bought our new bed from John Lewis.  I had really wanted an upholstered one, but nothing too glamorous looking (I found, in doing my research, that lots of them were velvet or shiny type fabric and I wanted to keep to a much more utilitarian type look.) This one is a linen effect in a taupey grey colour and it suits the style and feel of our room perfectly I think.

Our bedlinen is all from M&S (as are the white cushions!) and the huge grey knitted cushions are from Next.  Grey knitted throw from Dunelm and  Love sign from The White Company (small version here!)

When it came to lighting I searched everywhere for the exact look I was after.  I came across these pendant lights in Debenhams and really loved them (cluster version on sale here!)  There’s just the tiniest hint of copper on them which matches with handles and features elsewhere, and I think they complement our M&S task lamp pretty perfectly too!

I’m really getting away from matchy matchy bedsides now and so we just used a wicker basket on one side of the bed (this one is from Laura Ashley, but you can pick these up all over) and an antique chair, which we reupholstered in Foxford Herringbone fabric, on the other.





We were really kindly gifted the fabric for this chair and footstool from Foxford Woollen Mills and I absolutely love the options we chose.  I wanted a bit of a mismatched look and so opted for a number of different fabrics within the same colour palette.  I worked closely with the lovely guys at Blenheim fabrics, who helped direct me towards what I was after and then reupholstered the pieces for me.  The service was outstanding, and the quality of the upholstery is second to none.  You wouldn’t even know that these pieces looked a bit tired and dated before.  They are super chic now, almost like something from a 1940’s Gentleman’s club, which is exactly the look I was after. 🙂  From pick up to return, these pieces were back to me within three days, and I can’t recommend them highly enough if you are after something made or re-covered in the run up to Christmas.





I repainted an old sideboard in Farrow and Ball Mole’s Breath, and changed the handles for mismatched ones that I picked up on ebay.  I love how it turned out and the colour is just beautiful against the coppery antique brass and dark wood.  On top I placed some framed prints from The Motivated Type and Sonni and Blush, a plant from M&S and a wicker heart from Gisela Graham.





We managed to reclaim this original chest of drawers and I added a foil print from Sonni and Blush in a copper frame, a little succulent and a feather print from The Motivated Type.  The laser cut M is from Maria Allen Boutique.

In the fireplace, I removed our old cream stove and added some bits and pieces that I previously had elsewhere in the house.  I still really love our electric stove, but felt that the cream was just a bit too bright for the new moody colours we have going on.  I’m really happy with how it all looks now!




Andrew made me a new desk from an old pallet that he found (super talented man! :))  I love how rustic it looks, and it’s proving to be the perfect backdrop for photos too (always a bonus!)  We placed it on these trestle legs, picked up really inexpensively from IKEA.

I repainted this old piano stool in Mole’s Breath, and we recovered the seat pad in hessian fabric that I picked up on ebay for next to nothing.  It fits so well with the whole look and has tonnes of storage inside the lid too!

My mirror is from M&S (love the art deco look!) and wire basket from George at Asda, as are the wicker baskets to the side of the desk.  The flowers print is this one, and little fiscus tree from IKEA.  I keep my makeup brushes in an old White Company candle jar.  As an aside, you can recycle these really easily by popping them in the freezer once you are finished with them.  The cold causes the wax to contract, peeling it away from the edge of the jar. You can pop it out really easily then and use the glass jars for storage!

I’ll maybe do a full dressing room tour at some stage, and talk a bit more about how I store my bags and shoes, as well as makeup storage and what I’m currently using.  Let me know if you’d like that!

And that’s it for now!  I’m so, so happy with our finished look and find myself escaping up here lots during the day.  The perfect little oasis of calm!


E x

P.S  For those that have asked, the paint we used in here is the same one that we have in our hallway – Parfait by Crown.  It’s from a little French range that they did a few years ago and is discontinued now, however all good paint suppliers and decorators can get it mixed for you really easily.  The closest available colour would be Farrow and Ball’s Ammonite.



  1. November 21, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    That is such a good sized room and look beautiful, such a sanctuary x

    • Emma Martin
      November 21, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks so much Donna xx

  2. Heidi Martin
    November 21, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Beautiful, Emma! Do you have hidden blinds at all your windows? Xx

    • Emma Martin
      November 21, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      We do Heidi! Andrew designed special reveals in to our original plans. They disappear when up. 🙂 xx

  3. Cheryl Humphreys
    November 21, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    It looks lovely, very tranquil and airy. Please could you tell me what light bulbs you have and where they are from. Thanks Cx

    • Emma Martin
      November 21, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      They were all part of the light fitting Cheryl but IKEA do similar bulbs, or try Cox and Cox too! Xx

  4. Louise Allen
    November 21, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Thank you so much for the tour Emma; there is such a beautiful natural light in your house and it all looks stunning. I am now amassing succulents in pretty pots by the way and am very grateful for the tip about removing wax from candle jars as I have a load just thrown in a cupboard!

    • Emma Martin
      November 22, 2016 / 8:07 am

      It works a treat Louise! Good to be able to use the jars again, especially if they have been expensive candles! 🙂 xx

  5. Sarah Montgomery
    November 21, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    One word……. LOVE!!!! Actually 2 more….. it all!!!
    Hurry up with the dressing room


    • Emma Martin
      November 22, 2016 / 8:08 am

      Haha! Thank you so much Sarah xx

  6. November 22, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Ahhh your room is so gorgeous!

    Rachael xx.


  7. November 22, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Oh gosh I can only dream of a bedroom like this!! Gorgeous x

  8. December 7, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    It looks GORGEOUS Emma!! Our bedroom never looks that restful; the twins have a habit of leaving IKEA fabric fruit and veg, little matchbox cars, socks, books and other paraphernalia in and around our bed so it never looks tidy!! But hey. It was tidy for years before they arrived so I’m making the most of their mess!! 😉 Cx
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  9. December 22, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog – this is the most stunning room! You’re making me want to redecorate! Xx

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