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A French Boudoir on a Budget

A French boudoir is probably the most luxurious and seductive place you can be. It’s the perfect room to get ready and feel unstoppable or to wind down for some pampering time.  If you’ve always wanted a beautiful boudoir, you don’t have to sacrifice your dreams just because of a limited budget. It’s often unnecessary to splash out on numerous new items when giving a room a makeover in your home. Instead, opt for reusing old items or making your own to save money and add personal style. Here are a couple of points to guide you through the process when creating your irresistible boudoir parlour.

The Bed

If your boudoir is going to be the bedroom then the bed is probably the biggest focal point that you want to emphasise. Make an impact with brocade bedcovers that don’t have to have multiple fabrics but instead cheaper printed patterns will work just as well. Don’t cut back on the number of pillows as a nothing says luxury better than a cosy bed full of comfort. Get your hands on some cheap, extra fabric pieces in deep purples and reds to make some simple and effective cushion covers. For a DIY project, why not create your very own designer headboard for the perfect statement with an impact.

french bedroom boudoir interior design style ideas on a budget

French bedroom DIY using grain sacks via Pinterest

The Dresser

The next most prominent feature is your dressing table. There are plenty of stunning and affordable vintage mirrors that can be found in antique shops with fantastic French style frames. Don’t be afraid to compare different shops and barter the price down for the best deal. Invest in a dark mahogany or black table and chair set that will be durable and create the essential boudoir look in the room.

The Lights

Lighting should be warm and atmospheric in a boudoir. Either opt for a lighter airy feel with a pastel or cream colour scheme or create a Moulin Rouge style parlour with dark reds and black. Either way, there should be crystal or beaded trimmings on the lights; be they wall lights, lamps or chandeliers. Empire chandeliers are always a good choice and you can even create your very own.

french bedroom boudoir interior design style ideas

Lights, chandeliers and mirrors create a French boudoir via Pinterest

Everything Else

Accessories are essential in a French boudoir. Include plush rugs, throws, cushions and chairs in the room. Vintage artwork, photographs or film posters add an intriguing touch to walls and decorate vases flowers or feathers to give that dose of glamour.

Soon enough you’ll feel like pampered royalty or an irresistible showstopper in the Moulin Rouge. French vintage boudoirs are timeless and endlessly appealing so you’ll be sure that whatever room you’ve created will last and be enjoyed again and again in the years to come.

DIY country floral bedroom ideas from House to Home


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Create a country cottage bedroom without breaking the bank

There’s no place more homely than a country cottage. A warm, crackling fire, soft sofas, refreshing scenes of nature all around you – it’s the perfect relaxing getaway. But what if you could have that snuggly cottage feeling all the time? Here are a few simple and easy ways to create the feeling of a country cottage in your very own bedroom, without breaking the bank.

Keep it Cosy
Fabrics are essential for a country cottage feel. Pick light colours and when in doubt, go for floral patterns. Even though some vintage fabrics can be pricey, they pack punch when it comes to design. To buy cheap, look out for damaged or stained materials that can be cut and shaped to what you need. You can never have too many cushions so consider buying curtain panels which should be able to make around three 20-inch pillows. You can even add cheaper coordinating fabric on the back to cut costs. Don’t forget a draped bed
skirt
 to add the essential cottage finish.

DIY country floral bedroom ideas from House to Home

Floral bedroom ideas from House to Home

Reuse Old Glass
Start collecting all those perfume bottles and jars that you’re done with. If you don’t go through many glass items you can buy them cheaply and in bulk either online or at car boot sales and thrift stores. You can use old glass containers for flower vases, sweets and treats or even shells and forest findings that bring nature indoors. By personalising and displaying these charming and handy pieces, you’ll add that personal, homely touch to the room.

DIY ideas for glass vase & perfume bottle display in country cottage room

Pretty glass display via Pinterest

Natural Style Wood
When it comes to furniture in a country cottage bedroom, stick to wood as your first choice. This can either be reclaimed wooden furniture or investment in a lasting solid oak piece that will be worth the initial price in the long run. You can easily personalise and dress up the items by adding your own customised knobs onto doors and drawers. Look out for quirky, vintage knobs at flea markets and thrift shops to fit onto your own furniture.

DIY furniture makeover tutorial for country cottage design - chest of drawers

Add country cottage style to drawers with new handles

Gingham and Buttons All the Way
Get crafty and upcycle boring cushions and lamps with essential country cottage trimmings. Gingham and buttons are fail-safe decorative elements that you can sew or glue onto the body of cushions or trim the edges of lampshades with. It’s a good idea to stick to a particular colour scheme that suits your bed covers and curtain material. Pastel shades of light blue or yellow work well but the pop of traditional red and white gingham can also work too, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

ideas for a gingham country cottage interior design from Country Living

Gingham accents from Country Living

Check out ideas online for the many kinds of country cottage bedroom designs and you’ll probably be spoilt for choice. Be sure to whittle down a clear theme that you would like to create and get thrifty to make your bedroom a cosy place of comfort that you’ll always enjoy. Please check out my series of blog posts on my very own bedroom makeover and check back for more updates soon.

fairy princess bedroom with drapes from Decoria blog


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A Fairy Bedroom in a Tiny Space on a Little Budget

Celebrate your little girl’s love of fairies and all things magical by turning her bedroom into a beautiful fairy cove, no matter what size the room is or your pocket. Here are a few simple ways you can add a touch of fairy dust and sparkle to your girl’s bedroom that she will love and cherish.

Drape, Drape, Drape

There’s no easier way to create a dreamy, soft atmosphere than to drape billowy, light fabrics around the room. Use cream or white coloured sheer fabric that you can buy cheaply to create curtains for windows or attach to the ceiling with simple hooks and string to drape over the bed. Your little one will love entering into her luxury little chamber at night with a simple draped covering.

fairy princess bedroom with drapes from Decoria blog

Fairy princess bedroom ideas from Decorica blog

Sweet Dreams

Speaking of beds, the sleeping space in a small room can often take over it completely. You can find plenty of affordable mid-sleeper beds for kids with perfect fairy themes that are often multi-purpose as they feature a desk, storage drawers or play spaces to boost the functionality of the room.

DIY fairy bed ideas for little girls bedroom

Fairy bed ideas via Pinterest

Crafty Ornaments

One advantage of your little girl being into fairies is that there are endless amounts of cheap and fun craft activities that they can do. Spend some playtime getting creative and making fairy-themed decorations for her room like fairy drawings with real flowers that you can frame and hang. Make simple hanging vines out of green string and tissue paper leaves or cut symmetrical butterfly wing paper shapes that your kids can paint or colour with their own designs (don’t forget the glitter!). You can either hang their crafted ornaments around the room or place them carefully on windowsills or surfaces. Another clever idea is constructing a toadstool seat out of reclaimed wood and an up-turned salad bowl!

DIY fairy mushroom toad stools and table tutorial from MummyMakesIt blog

DIY fairy toadstools tutorial from MyMommyMakesIt blog

Wall of Lights

No fairy bedroom is complete without soft, twinkling fairy lights. These can be bought cheaply, especially after Christmas time and why not create a fairy light wall by hanging the lights across in a zig-zag pattern with a couple of nails. You can even add tiny wooden pegs that they can use to hang their favourite pictures or some of their crafts up on the wall too.

bedroom-fairy-lights for childs fairy princess bedroom

Bedroom fairy light tutorial from Lights4Fun blog

Your little one is bound to love all of these additions to their room. Not only do they add to the enjoyment of their own space but it also shows how much you care about what interests them. It’s easy to go out and spend loads of money on expensive decorations and interior designs but by creating your own you can get your kids more involved in the process, adding that personal, heartfelt touch to your family home.


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Dream a little dream… big boys beds

You may remember that I shared a blog post about cushions with you and promised that I’d be having a go at sewing my own accessories over the weekend? However, it’s now Wednesday and my cushions are still not completely finished. They are in progress though – I’ve cut the fabric, chosen a suitable backing fabric for the cushions and have decided on a simple pillowcase opening at the back of the cushions. The only thing left to do now is to actually sit at the sewing machine and stitch them together. It’s just that I’ve struggled with motivation this week and would really rather be playing around on Pinterest! Oh well, the cushions are coming soon – I promise! Here’s a photo of my striped fabric and the red-rose cushions are the ones that will be re-covered (although I will keep the red rose covers to use in  my caravan!) – see how close I am to getting them done?!

dream a little dream cushions for bedroom makeover

In the meantime, another special person in my life is having a bedroom makeover – my nephew. He has finally grown out of his cot and a new big boys bed has been bought for him. I wondered how he would handle the transition into a big bed, but his parents have been excellent at introducing the bed slowly – putting him in it when he has fallen asleep for his afternoon nap and then he’s been waking up in the bed so he’ll slowly get used to it. My nephew even took me to his bedroom to show me the new bed and I was so impressed when he hopped into bed and pulled the duvet up over him – now I think that’s a good sign and hopefully he’ll be a child who won’t have any trouble moving into his big boys bed!

steens for kids midsleeper bed from childrensbedshop

Steens midsleeper beds for girls and boys

I’m already thinking about the next step and what my lovely nephew will be sleeping in next and I think these Steens for kids high sleeper beds are excellent for growing boy and girls. A small bed turns into a cabin bed as he gets older and will certainly make the most of the space in his little bedroom by allowing room for storage and playspace underneath the bed. Pretty cool, huh? See, I told you I was spending too much time ‘researching’ bedrooms online rather than finishing off my own bedroom makeover! But I will get back to it soon, honest ;) In the meantime, here are links to my other bedroom makeover articles so you can catch up with any you’ve missed:


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Dream a little dream… Light my fire

Please cast your mind back to just before Christmas when I was telling you all about my bedroom makeover and it was going surprisingly well. Then Christmas hit and it kind of grinded to a halt – although I did put up ‘themed’ decorations in the bedroom during the festive period (below)! So now that we’re into the new year and now that I’m in full-on ‘sort out the house’ mode, I’ve gone back into the bedroom and have taken a look at what needs doing. As you know, I’ve talked about the new cushions that I intended to make over the weekend, but I kind of ran out of time, what with all the decluttering I’ve been doing, so my sewing project will continue into this week and I’ll share my updates with you soon! In the meantime, I’ve managed to add a feature to the bedroom that looks cute and quaint and I couldn’t wait to share it with you…

Bedroom makeover DIY new hotel chelsea white sheets sleep challenge christmas decorations

I love houses with fireplaces in the bedroom and have coveted that cute victorian style for years. Ok, I know my little bungalow isn’t as classy as that, but there’s no reason why I too can’t have a feature fireplace in the bedroom, albeit a little one! Back in history there had previously been a fireplace in the bedroom, and the chimney stack is still there but there’s no sign of a mantle or hearth etc. But surely that means there’s potential to install a fire place, doesn’t it?

modern balanced flue gas fireplaces

Modern balanced flue gas fires

I’ve been doing my research and there are a variety of fireplace styles that I like and would to have something like the fireplaces above fitted in my house, but I think that might be a bigger job that my husband had in mind for the start of the year, so I’ve settled for something smaller and ‘just for show’ rather than for heating the room. While we were wandering around a vintage yard, hubby spotted a cast iron fire surround and even though we haven’t opened up the fireplace yet, we decided to go ahead and fit it on the chimney-breast wall  to give the impression of a small fireplace. This brings a bit of a heritage feature into the room and it immediately feels much more grand and glamourous. It’s amazing what a difference a fireplace can make to a space, even when it’s not a functioning fire!

bedroom makeover small cast iron feature fireplace

Let me know what you think of my tiny little fireplace and have you done anything similar in your own home to create a feature fireplace? :)

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