Master Bedroom Makeover: The Greige Edition

I'm sure I've said before, that the term 'Master Bedroom' in a normal, non-palatial home, totally cracks me up, hence the reason I can't resist using the term. But yes, it's just my bedroom. Nothing 'Master' about it, except that it's a little bit bigger than Edie's bedroom and has built-in wardrobes, so does that count?

In my dreams, it will be a proper Master Bedroom one day, with a slight re-jig of bedrooms, with a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite ala Kate Watson-Smyth's bedroom. One day.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

But in the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy its latest look. Gone is the saturated pink, the darkest off-black and whatever it was before then (sage green?), and here is the May 2018 version. All greige and neutral, and well, I hope, Boutique Hotel-esque. At least what my version of a Boutique Hotel is.

Now first, let me say a thing or two in defence of greige and beige, which have dreadfully bad names these days (but not for long, I might add!). These colours have become synonymous with boring and bland, and understandably so, as for years they have been in the wrong hands, and have had the life and soul sucked out of them.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

They have fallen in with the likes of Magnolia, and this really should not have happened. Because far from being safe and boring, they are actually magical colours (and pretty damn hard to get right too), that don't shout, but play a special role in a room whilst letting the other pieces take centre stage. Yet they're not boring, they're warm and welcoming. Not many colours can lay claim to that, so think about it next time, before you outright dismiss them as I have in the past. And it's not only me that's of this opinion: these colours were super popular at Milan Design Week last month, so, you know, expect to see a whole lot more of these warm neutrals over the next few years.

The colour I have chosen (and yes, after MUCH deliberation), is Donkey Ride by Earthborn Paints. The same colour as Edie's bedroom, which is in fact, breaking one of my own cardinal rules, but I loved it so much in there, that I just couldn't help myself.

It's a gorgeous neutral, and I can't recommend it highly enough. My bedroom is south-facing, and Edie's is north-facing, so it looks quite different in each room, but consistently lovely.

Also gone in here are the painted floorboards, replaced with this beautiful Light Taupe carpet from Cormar Carpets. Although it's been in for six months now, I swear it still makes me happy every single day. Plush carpet in bedrooms, brings a whole other layer of luxury that hard flooring just can not do. It's in the kids rooms too, and on the stairs, landings and back hallway. You can read more about that here - it really has transformed these parts of the house.

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In warmer countries, I probably wouldn't opt for carpet in the bedrooms, but here in the UK, I will take all the comfort and warmth on offer thanks, so my vote is for carpet all the way!

In my quest for a Boutique Hotel-esque bedroom, a wall of floor to ceiling velvet curtains were non-negotiable. So a happy arrangement with the absolutely fabulous Drop It Modern last year, resulted in these beauties coming into my world. They sat perfectly folded in their boxes rather shamefully for MONTHS as fear of getting the whole curtain track thing wrong, apparently paralysed me. See here for more about my fears and how the wonderful Shading Specialists eventually came to my rescue and hung them for me. To say I'm pleased with them is an understatement. They are GORGEOUS, and again add another layer of luxury to the room (and do a much better job of making the room nice and dark that our old Roman Blinds did too!). They are THE perfect shade of taupe, and tone in perfectly with both the wall colour and my DIY headboard (which, for the record, I'm still very much in love with!).

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

The Albany Biba table lamps from House of Fraser (which sadly now appear to be sold out, but the floor lamp version is still available) are a brilliant addition. I needed something a little bit chunkier that their predecessors so that they held their own against the marbled backdrop and didn't disappear, and these are the perfect addition. I adore these Clarissa ones too, also Biba at House of Fraser, which are gorgeous (and currently on sale!). And I have to say the Leopard, Heron and Palm ones have caught my eye too. Did you know I have a thing for lamps?! I know, who'd have guessed?

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

Linen bedding, is a firm favourite, and this my Soak & Sleep blush 100% Pure French Linen in blush (gifted a while back, but on our bed more often than not!), mixed in with a few other existing pieces.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

Despite this room now being 'finished' (Ha! Is there actually any such thing!?), there are a few things I'd like to change. The round Ikea mirror isn't really doing it for me. I'd like something a bit bigger, perhaps with a brass frame, and in my dreams that bigger round mirror would be flanked with wall lights. And come to think of it, as lovely as the vintage chest of drawers is, I'd love to replace them with something that requires less of a push and a shove to open and close again! I know, never satisfied...

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

The charcoal Agnes throw from Christy (also gifted), is actually meant for the TV Room, but I may have borrowed it for the bedroom. It's such beautiful quality, and I'm pretty sure it will make many appearances around the house. And as you can see, Cleo approves.

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

French For Pineapple Blog - Master Bedroom May 2018

Ed also loves the room, as do I. It makes me happy and feels calm and uncluttered, and those things are pretty important to me these days. Now onto the living and dining rooms...

This post is in collaboration with Cormar Carpets, House of Fraser, Shading Specialists, Drop It Modern and Earthborn Paints.




Baxter's Bedroom Reveal

Hello! And welcome to my second last blog post of 2017!

I thought it would be nice to have non-Christmas related post to bid the year farewell (tomorrow's doesn't count because it's about COCKTAILS!), and I'm SO excited to finally share this room with you today, because even though it's quite tiny, a whole lotta love and effort has gone into it (albeit intermittently!) over the last few months.

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When I laid eyes on the Desert Llama wallpaper in Cactus from Drop It Modern, I knew it had to go in Baxter’s room. Thankfully he agreed, at least he did once he decided that he wasn’t actually scared of the Llamas. Cue me saying lots of things like ‘Llamas’ aren’t scary, look how friendly and smiley they are!’ and other similar leading statements. I mean how can a Llama with tassels around its neck be anything other than friendly, right?!

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Baxter’s ceiling is low and where the wall and ceiling meets is less than perfect, so I was concerned about getting a clean line for the wallpaper, which is why I decided to set the wallpaper within moulded panels that were just smaller than the walls, and compliment the wallpaper with Milk Jug, the most stunning Aqua from Earthborn Paints.

I gave the room the full colour wash treatment, again getting around the wonky wall/ceiling area which would have become more apparent with a white ceiling meeting a strong colour, by painting it all the same colour, ceiling and woodwork included.

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I’m so happy with the result of the walls, and I just adore the effect of the matching roman blind - the fabric was colour-matched printed to the same scale as the wallpaper.

The lovely Cormar Sensation carpet in Light Taupe was continued into Baxter’s room from the hallway, making it much more cosy than the previous old carpet (or the temporary white painted, full of holes floorboards that he had for a few months between old and new carpet). This warm neutral goes with everything and lets the wall colour sing, whilst being as soft as can be, with a beautiful velvety sheen.

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I’ve loaned him my Moroccan wedding style blanket - he's claimed it as his own now, and it really does work well in there, and the gorgeous Cactus cushion sent to me from Bluebell Grey fits in so perfectly too.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

His black spotlight style lamp is from Made, and the floor bookcase is actually an Ikea wall shelf used on its side. It holds a really good amount of books so that they're front facing and low to the ground for him to browse through and select, without taking up any wallspace, and can be moved around to suit.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

The chest of drawers, also from Ikea is the perfect fit for the space, offering maximum storage space for clothes and toys. It’s the Tarva (a right pain in the behind to build considering it's not the cheapest) which comes in raw pine ready to paint. I was initially going to paint it black, but decided it might be too heavy and overwhelming in this small room, so I went for Earthborns Trumpet - a beautiful inky navy with purple tones, and put a finishing coat on it to give it a slight sheen, deepen the colour a bit and protect it from the wear and tear it will no doubt be subjected to in here.

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I repurposed the brass knobs from the old kitchen, though I may have other plans for handles in the new year.

The light fitting used to be in our bedroom and works brilliantly in here with his subtle dessert theme (I say ‘theme’, in truth I hate themed rooms - this is about as 'themey' as I get!).

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

And that's about it. I’ve kept everything else very simple because there’s enough going on with the wallpaper and colour. Baxter now spends a huge amount of time in there playing - has has such a brilliant imagination, and I hope his bedroom inspires and becomes a backdrop to so many more adventures.

It’s now a welcoming and cosy room, he loves it, and so do I. Result!

This post is in collaboration with Cormar Carpets, Earthborn Paints and Drop It Modern.

Drama Teen Bedroom Reveal!

I’ve been working on Edie’s bedroom between a myriad of other projects for quite a while. 

In fact, in between me originally designing this Drama Tween room, she’s actually gone and turned thirteen and is in fact a proper TEENAGER now, so I've revised the name to Drama Teen. And if someone finds out where the last thirteen years went, can they let me know?

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Anyway, the thing is, it should have been finished in July (I did the moodboard back in April!), and was kind of meant to be a birthday present, but that didn’t happen. Sometimes things just don’t go according to plan, and this was one of them, for no one particular reason, but a combination of many things, plus life. 

But the day has finally come when it's finished and I'm ready to share it! Whoop!

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom
Edie’s room was a mish-mash of colour, and just a bit of a mess before. I admit I didn't follow previous plans for her room through, and as a result it was looking worse than ever a few months back.

For her new room, she really wanted a big bed, and wanted it to be more grown up, a bit glam and a little bit cool.

In order to do this she got ruthless and threw away, gave to charity, and passed on a load of stuff to smaller family friends. I was impressed.

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom
We started with some amazing Drop It Modern wallpaper called Kitten, which quite frankly, injects instant cool into any space. It's fabulous and feminine without being really girly, and would work beautifully in a nursery, or grown up bedroom or living room. To be honest, I'm jealous that she has it and I don't.

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

I decided to set the wallpaper within frames that I made from dado rail from Skirting4U, which came pre-primed saving me loads of time, and keep the wallpaper and moulding to the wall behind her bed only. Then I painted everything in a warm greige colour by Earthborn Paints called Donkey Ride. It's a really soft pretty colour that changes quite dramatically depending on the light, and looks so good next to the wallpaper. I used their Lifestyle Emulsion on the walls, and Eggshell on all the woodwork. I've left the ceiling and cornicing white, but everything else was colour-washed with Donkey Ride. Earthborn paints are easy to work with, they don't smell, they're durable, breathable, have a gorgeous selection of colours, and are eco-friendly too. So if you don't know them, you should go check them out.

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom
I had been wanting to put carpet into the bedrooms for YEARS. I come from warmer climes, and I absolutely hate being cold - especially in the bedroom, where it should be warm and cosy. I couldn't be happier to now have replaced the carpet on the stairs with Cormar Carpet - specifically their Sensation carpet in Light Taupe, and it continues into the kids rooms and our bedroom too. Carpet not only makes a room physically warmer, but it imparts a feeling of comfort and luxury too, which is exactly how I want our bedrooms to feel. We absolutely love it, it has a subtle velvet-like sheen, and is super bouncy and soft to walk on. The kids may even love it more than me, and I love it a LOT.

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Edie's gorgeous new 'Redford' bed, came compliments of the very lovely Mood Collections, who do a fabulous range of upholstered furniture (and accessories including the most gorgeous mirrors). It was made to order in my choice of fabric and leg colour. Ridiculously soft Taupe velvet, and Ebony wooden legs since you asked. And it was made in my choice of colour, not because I'm a complete control freak*, but because it was a surprise. It has a softly curved headboard, is low to the ground, and incredibly inviting. She adores her new bed, which is great obviously, but I'm a little concerned she may never leave it.

*I might be a bit of a control freak.


French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom
On her bed is something she's been wanting for ages - beautiful French Linen in the palest blush, from Soak & Sleep. Yes, my daughter of thirteen knows the difference between cheap high street linen, and high quality French Linen, and I often used to find her snuggled up in our bed, under our Soak & Sleep linen, but now she has a set of her very own, which she loves. There's no going back for her now!

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

I added some stunning gold hued velvet curtains, also from Drop It Modern, and her broken blind has been relegated to the scrap heap. The lovely thing about curtains (well, there are MANY lovely things), is that she can easily open and close them herself, whereas the blind was a total pain. But more importantly than the practicalities though, is that she absolutely loves them (and so do I!), and they add an extra layer of luxe-glam to her room.

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

And finally, alongside a few little bits and pieces, new cushions and lamps, she has this lovely 'Colette' chest of drawers from Maisons du Monde, which ties in beautifully with the ornate mirror that we've had for fourteen years and used to be in our bedroom. The natural wood adds more warmth and charm to her room and finishes the look perfectly.

French For Pineapple Blog - Teen Girls Bedroom

The design of this room has been a collaborative effort between Edie and I, as I really wanted her to have a say in how it was going to look. Oh, alright, I may have steered her in certain directions when needed, but she absolutely loves her new room now that it's finally finished and has a cohesive look. It's a room that will work for her for several years to come, and will be her own little sanctuary. She's a lucky young lady, but don't worry, she knows.

A massive thanks to the brands that worked with me on this transformation for Edie - I couldn't have done it without you!

This post is in collaboration with Earthborn PaintsMood CollectionsDrop It ModernCormar CarpetsMaisons du MondeSoak & Sleep & Skirting4U.





Drama Tween Bedroom Makeover

Edie's Room has been in need of a major overhaul for quite some time. She's at that certainly-not-a-little-girl-anymore-but-not-really-a-teenager-either, in-between stage. She turns 13 in July, so technically almost a teenager, which is a really tricky age to decorate for I think. Her needs will change a lot over the next few years, so I'm trying to future-proof her room to a certain extent, while making sure she can enjoy it now, and not hate it in a year or two. At least that's the plan!

On one hand she's clinging onto lots of stuff from her younger little girl days, that she's not actually touched for years, and on the other hand she wants her room to look cool and more grown up.

I think all of the above is why our last attempt at a room makeover for her never really got off the ground - The Tweenage Dream room, never quite materialised, and then it got forgotten about completely.

However, this time we've put our heads together and have well and truly formed a proper plan. And we're both excited, which is obviously important too.

We've decided to go FULL-ON-GIRLY-GLAM - I'm calling it Drama Tween. See what I did there?! 

She's wanted wallpaper for years, and I'm über excited to be doing some work with Drop It Modern over the coming months. They have an amazing collection of really fun, modern, super cool wallpapers and they've recently introduced drapes too. I love the word 'drapes', but yes, I mean curtains.

Edie's room will feature this AMAAAAAAAZING Kitten print wallpaper, that I've loved for quite some time, and, wait for it....matching curtains too! Yep that's right, I told you we were going super-girly glam.

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I haven't figured out the exact plan for storage yet, but she doesn't have a wardrobe at the moment - she's not a dress kind of girl, so the few things she does own that need to be hung, currently go on the little rail on the back of her Ikea full length mirror, but that's going to go, as are the two chests of Ikea Malm drawers that currently house the majority of her clothes.

So we need a decent sized chest of drawers to replace them, and a wardrobe. In preparation for her 'new room' she threw out loads of stuff over the weekend, which was ridiculously satisfying.

I love the Antoinette French Bedroom Company oak chest I've popped on the moodboard below, which kind of surprises me as it's not my usual style, but I love the idea of mixing up some more traditional ornate pieces in here with some simple contemporary ones. And how great would they look against that wallpaper?!

The Siena from Habitat is a contender for a wardrobe, alongside the good old Pax from Ikea, not least because a sliding door requires less room, but I like it's streamlined design that would work in pretty much any space.

Perhaps controversially, we've decided to get rid of her desk, which she rarely sits at. This will come as no great surprise to the majority of parents whose kids have desks in their bedrooms. She'll be using the computer more and more for homework, so we've decided she's more likely to work from my desk when she needs to, so there may be space to pop a nice chair in the corner too. And I'm more than a little bit in love with the recently released Stockholm rattan chair from Ikea.

The lamps are both from Made.com, and that cute white side table is actually an outdoor tray table from Ikea. Perfect for the princess who likes to lounge in bed eating her breakfast every weekend.

I'm so excited to get my teeth into this project and totally transform her room. 

French For Pineapple - Drama Tween Bedroom Makeover - Moodboard


Because I'm a glutton for punishment, there will be decorative moulding involved, and that needs to commence as soon as possible so this makeover doesn't drag on for months on end. So keep your eyes peeled for Instagram Stories of my riveting DIY tales in the next week or two.

Although I haven't got a specific deadline for this project, I do want to get it done in the shortest timeframe I can reasonably achieve, because there's a small boy's room in need of attention too, and I'm going to share my plans for his room with you soon.

I think she's a pretty lucky young lady, don't you? 


Bedroom Makeover: The Reveal!

You know I love a room makeover reveal don't you? Well, I'm particularly excited about this one, because I've stepped outside my colour comfort zone, and just really gone for it. Yes, even for me, this colour was pushing it.

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If you saw my moodboard post, you'll know the colour I chose is called Pink Nevada 3. This is no shrinking-violet blush, it's unapologetically, in your face P I N K. But what saves it from being sickly and overbearing, is a good dash of dirtiness. It's this dirtiness that makes it feel calm, cocooning and warm. In the day it's bright, but not overwhelmingly so, and at night it's just beautiful - relaxing and inviting, with a soft glow that makes me so happy. And I can actually see in my bedroom again! The oppressive black walls are but a distant memory...

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


Though I chose the colour with the headboard in mind, and I didn't want to steal it's thunder, I didn't want to go neutral either. Maybe one day, but I was definitely feeling the need for pink this time round.

Because I always get asked, I used Dulux Endurance Plus Matt on the walls. It only took two coats to completely cover the previous black which was a pleasant surprise. I didn't use a base coat first.

On the woodwork and wardrobe doors, I used their Paint Mixing Eggshell. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught me singing the praises of this eggshell on my stories. Not only did it cover beautifully - again, just two coats to cover the black, when I was expecting to have to do three at least, but it's so nice to work with. It's quite thin, but in an easy to work with way, and doesn't get gloopy and clog up your brushes really quickly like so many other eggshells do. Again, no base coat or primer was used because the last paint was still in excellent condition and was also a water-based eggshell, so it wasn't necessary.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom


I just adore the bold pink next to the Earthed 'Torrent' fabric.

The Beni style rug that used to be in the bedroom has been relocated to the living room, where it looks as if it's meant to be, and in it's place is this stunning silk 'Obsessions' rug, from Plantation Rug Company. Aptly named, because honestly, I can't stop looking at and stroking this rug, and although it was chosen after the paint colour and headboard fabric, it's as if it was made for the room and the colour scheme. The pinks and soft golden browns of the mesmerising painterly abstract pattern, tie in so beautifully with the rest of the room - it must have been fate!

It's ridiculously soft and lovely to walk on, and the colour are either lighter or darker depending on which way the pile and light are facing. I absolutely love it.

If you don't already know about Plantation Rugs, they're are great source for really reasonably priced great quality fashion-led rugs, so do check them out.

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom





French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom



And of course in my quest to up the glam factor and make the room feel a little more boutique hotel like, it would not have been complete without new bed linen.

Now I get the whole crisp white sheets thing, really I do, but give me soft, relaxed French linen over that any day. 

A friend once said that a linen bedding was like being given a lovely big hug every time you got into bed, and she's exactly right. Linen falls around your body in a way that cotton just can't, instantly cocooning and relaxing you. So I'll have French linen in my Boutique Hotel thanks very much!

This is the Blush French Linen from Soak & Sleep, a barely there pink that complements that wall colour and headboard so well. I've teamed it with some of their white linen pillowcases too.
French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom
French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

Edie has become *slightly* obsessed with our bed. I keep finding her in it, and she's actually spotted that there's definitely a difference between our linen, and hers (that's from a certain high street store) saying that ours is way softer. She's like The Princess And The Pea - I may have created a monster! 

I wanted to go with acrylic bedsides, so that the headboard was covered as little as possible. On my side, where there's a larger space because of the door, I've used a vintage piece that used to be in the living room, swapping it for my old bedside table. The vintage acrylic piece is one of my best ever eBay finds from a few years ago and I just adore it. I paid £50 for it, and I recently saw exactly the same one for £475. I remember Ed saying when he got back from collecting it, that the seller (a vintage furniture dealer), said to tell me that I'd got a real bargain. Which of course I knew! I absolutely adore this piece. 

On Ed's side, I had a simple acrylic side table made with a bespoke height to match mine. 

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom

French For Pineapple - Pink Master Bedroom




The room looks and feels like a completely different space, and my plan to keep it clutter free has held up for several weeks now, which is a good sign.

A huge thank you to the lovely companies that worked with me on this bedroom transformation...

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Let me know what you think in the comments below! And keep your eyes peeled because I'll be sharing plans for my next TWO room makeovers very soon.