Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sarah's bedroom makeover

Sarah Maddox runs the fabulous Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast. If you are ever planning a trip to sunny Brighton, the San-Fran of the South East, Magnolia House is a gorgeous oasis to return to after a day perusing the fabulous, quirky shops of the North Laines. This was her guest room before she decided to transform it into a holidaymaker's haven:
Guest room
Unprepossessing, to say the least. Tired bedlinen is never exciting, and that office chair and shelf of files would guarantee traumatic flashbacks for anyone who had come to escape that soul-sucking treadmill that is the world of work. But this makeover just shows what a difference a few small tweaks can make to the feel of a room:
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A fresh coat of paint brings light into this south-facing bedroom, while a pillowy-soft new duvet and bedlinen just call out to be dived into:
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A plush new rug in a neutral shade adds a luxurious finishing touch and a treat for bare feet that have just stepped out of bed:
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But the biggest difference comes from turning that corner-office into a welcoming breakfast-area. Files have given way to flowers, wicker storage and space for toiletries and that horrid swivel chair has been replaced by simple seating and a space for tea for two. This inspires me to make the kind of simple changes that take a space from sad to glad overnight.

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