Just over a year ago Mr OLS and I started talking about how we could make best use of the space in our spare bedroom.
I think the conversation probably started with another imagining of what it would be like to have a walk in wardrobe (me) followed by a reminder that we live in a modest, three-bed house in the New Forest which doesn’t really leave much scope for such things (him)… and this isn’t Sex And The City.
Wanting to retain space for when guests stay over we decided the best option was to turn it into a dressing room/quiet escape room complete with sofa bed for occasional sleep over visitors.
The pine furniture we bought when we got engaged and the olive green shade that Mr painted whilst I was pregnant with JC.
A Farrow & Ball colour choice saga (Hardwick White won in the end) and temporary rail storage in our room – aka The Dumping Ground!
Opting for the customisable PAX system with high-gloss FARDAL push opening doors, Mr OLS worked out just how many units we could fit into what is quite an awkward shaped room, leaving enough space for it not to fill too cramped.
The fun part was choosing all the internal storage although trying to figure out exactly what would go from our current cupboard and drawer mish-mash into the new space was something of a challenge!
And lets not mention how many shades of Farrow & Ball grey we looked at before finally deciding – let’s just say it was a similar amount to a particular movie staring Jamie Dornan.
The expert hard at work – even seeing the undercoat go on was a complete joy.
The dog “helped” on many occasions whilst my role was to document the stages, provide snacks and endless tea and coffee and to sometimes supervise…
In terms of Before snaps, in my excitement at getting the go-ahead, I didn’t manage to capture the room exactly as it was with the old bed in situ but you get the idea from the photos here.
After a couple of weeks of minor upheaval as we removed old furniture, decorated and moved things back and forth from room to room in order to make room, I’ve ended up with what I think is the most beautiful space in which to “visit the clothes”.
You didn’t think I’d leave it at just the one Sex And The City closet reference did you?
Apart from the bonus of more and better organised storage, if I had to pick favourite elements of the room they’d be the light that floods in and bounces off all the white surfaces, pull out shoe racks, sensor lights that come on when you open wardrobe doors and the jewellery organiser tray.
Can you say Storage Geek?
A Few Interior Views…
There are a few things to finish off and I’m still coming up with ways to store things appropriate to garment and care required so the dressing room might be popping up as subject matter from time to time.
And that’s without getting started on seasonal change overs and necessary edits!
So if you need me, this is where you’ll find me. Seems I’m not the only one…
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