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Guest Room Makeover: accessorising

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Save those unforeseen, yet nevertheless inevitable, additions and re-arranging of "stuff" (oh! and a new light fitting!), OneandSeventy's Guest Room makeover is pretty much complete.


After a stunning transformation from Fairytale Castle to Cool Monochrome, it was time to accessorise. If you missed it, you can catch up on the story so far here and here.


When I first visualised this primarily black and white room, I knew it needed a pop of colour to bring it alive. IKEA's funky Bollkaktus curtains were perfect. So much so, that Beloved drove 200 miles and braved "The Nasty Shop" not once, but twice to buy these babies! (Translation: it pays to check product availability before setting out! Sorry darling!)


IKEA Bollkaktus Curtains

With the bed set against the window wall, I knew I'd need to significantly reduce their 300cm length, but with my new-found sewing confidence, I wasn't phased in the slightest. I measured from the double curtain pole (also IKEA) to where I wanted the curtains to finish, before cutting and hemming those lengths of gorgeousness as if I'd been sewing all my life.

Go me!

I didn't even bat an eyelid when I discovered they were still too long and had to be turned up another 2½ inches! (Translation: my measuring and cutting skills may, erm... require a tad more work!)


I planned to make a cushion and a bed runner with the remaining curtain material so, armed with a 30cm x 50cm (12" x 20") cushion pad from Dunelm, I began. Such was my confidence that after a fruitless interweb search for recommended seam allowances, I winged it!


Winging it!

At sewing!

I know!

For my simple, fully sewn cover, I laid the cushion pad onto the fabric, added 2 inches (5cm), cut the material and then sewed around three edges. However when I inserted the pad, it was swamped! 2 inches was WAY too much! As you've no doubt gathered by now, I'm the really patient sort so naturally, I unpicked the three sides...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!


Instead, I went shopping at OneandSeventy and discovered a couple of old (slightly squished) cushions that were a perfect fit! We no longer have matching sofa cushions, but hey ho!

After inserting the re-purposed cushion pad, I simply hand-sewed the opening and hey presto - a matching cushion!

IKEA Bollkaktus curtains with matching homemade cushion - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

After that, I was really on a roll and went to work creating some Kelly Hoppen inspired cushions, which cost me the princely sum of £9 as opposed to £95 for the genuine article.

Kelly Hoppen Inspired Cushions - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I also shortened a pair of IKEA Vivan curtains, to hang on the inside of our double pole.


 IKEA Vivan Curtain Panels

When we moved in, the Guest Room had a perfectly adequate vertical blind, which I removed to hang in the kitchen. My cunning plan was going swimmingly, until we discovered the blind was too long! I'd only measured the width and not the drop. D'oh!

I shall be attempting to shorten the veins myself, so watch out for that in a future post.

Finishing touches

With newly dressed windows, homemade cushions and some new crisp white bedding, the Guest Room was starting to take shape and looking pretty damn good (even if I do say so myself!)

Guest Room Makeover - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Deciding a Bollkaktus runner would be too much, I ditched that idea in favour of an almost-black fur throw, which I stole from SueCo Towers, the home of SueCo Virtual Assistance and OneandSeventy's third bedroom.)

Another OneandSeventy steal, The Mischief Spell, beautifully adorns the black feature wall. I bought this limited edition pencil illustration by the insanely talented Ed Org directly from the artist about ten years ago.

White IKEA Expedit units which provide valuable storage and double up as a bedside table plus a funky, half price Dunelm mirror and some original World of Suzy Homemaker artwork complete the look.

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A hui hou (Until we meet again) - by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Thank goodness for friends - by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Guest Room Makeover - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I am, however, very tempted to replace the bedside table with this Joss & Main Vichy Stool. It might satisfy the hankering I've had for such a piece since the moment I discovered my inspiration for this room!


Guest Room Makeover - the inspiration: www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The inspiration (because you absolutely need to see it again!)

OneandSeventy's Guest Room was my first major project for The World of Suzy Homemaker and despite some minor issues here and there, I'm really chuffed with it.

Indeed, Beloved finds it highly amusing that I keep peeking into the room and getting all excited at my achievement! I wonder if he realises that my sense of pride means more upheaval is about to take place?

A hui hou,


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