'I've lived in the Newbury area all of my life and love the countryside, so when a converted barn came up for sale, my husband and I were quick to snap it up. I'd always dreamt of living in a barn and this one was just what we wanted. Our bedroom, however, was quite small so we decided to convert the garage and create a gorgeous new master suite.'
This house was originally a narrow old barn, so they were able to take advantage of this and create a dual-aspect bedroom out of the garage. 'As we didn't need planning permission, we contacted a local building company that could complete the project fairly quickly. My only problem was clearing out all our junk! Within four weeks, the garage door was removed and blocked up, new windows were cut out and fitted, and the walls plastered.' The owners knew they wanted a luxurious new bedroom that would be clutter-free and relaxing but not too feminine, as it had to work for them both. 'I was keen for the design to have a slightly organic feel.'
1/7 Relaxing and clutter-free bedroom
Even though the walls were brand new, the owner still sanded and prepped the area behind the bed so it was ready to wallpaper. 'I ordered the paper from an artisan designer, and painted the room a matching blue.'
2/7 Window and fitted wardrobes
The project quickly progressed to the painting stage, but after speaking with a local carpenter they decided to add built-in ceiling-height wardrobes, as the house lacked storage. 'The result is amazing!' The wardrobes were given a lick of brilliant white satinwood paint to ensure they wouldn't chip or get damaged with constant use. 'There's room in the wardrobes for all our clothes and linen, plus suitcases up above.'
Skylight Estate Emulsion from Farrow & Ball
3/7 Bedroom seating
For the windows, the owner chose white slatted blinds as she wanted to keep everything very natural and light. Initially they painted all the walls white and got used to the space for a few months, seeing where the light fell in the room before they chose any paint colours. 'I knew I wanted a calming, neutral feel, and my husband was insistent it wasn't too girly. Luckily, I'd found some wallpaper that I just knew would be the starting point for the look I wanted to achieve.
'Once we'd finished painting, it was time to think about additional furniture, so I looked online and found some lovely handcrafted pieces.' She went for dark wood, which sits well against the blue. 'I love the fact that it looks like lots of different drawers rather than just three, and we didn't have to choose a carpet as the builders fitted a soft, neutral one, which worked well.'
Chest of drawers
5/7 Bedside table
'I also picked up an old pair of steps, which I sanded down and painted in a complementary colour - they make perfect bedside tables.' This quirky bedside table is ideal for books and a night light.
Glass and concrete accessories and rustic flowers picked from the garden finish the look. 'The room now has the natural, calming effect I was after.'
Lamp and vase
Cox & Cox
The wall hooks provide useful storage and allow extra items to be on show. The items ties in with the decorating scheme.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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