Revamp Restyle Reveal: Study / Guest Room Reveal [Season 3]

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IT'S REVEAL DAY! WHOOP!! If you've come over from Lisa Dawsons' blog (thank you and HELLO to any new readers!), how AMAZING is her bathroom?! A hard act to follow that's for sure!

It's so exciting to be Revealing my new study come guest room today, alongside nine other supremely talented bloggers.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

I should start by saying that there was nothing 'wrong' with this room, but my son Baxter had moved into a different room upstairs in the loft conversion, that used to be the guest room, and the plan was for this room to become a cosy study that doubles as a guest room. You can see what it used to look like when it was

Baxter's bedroom here

.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

I had given up my office and had been working here there and everywhere around the house, but it just wasn't conducive to getting work done - I'm easily distracted, so a designated work zone really is necessary for me, so this room needed to be a dual-purpose, hard-working room, in spite of its size (which is approximately 2.5m x 3m).

Despite the fact that the photos would have you believe that this room is bright and light, in reality, it's quite a dark room that often feels dingy depending on the levels of natural light on a given day. I wanted to go with a neutral palette in here so that it felt more cohesive with the rest of the house which has been heading that way over the last year or two, but feared that a pale neutral would just look grubby and not at all help with the dingy-factor (technical term, obvs!).

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

I'm not a fan of dark interiors generally speaking, though I love many a dark room in photographs, my real life experience of them has not been positive. My short-lived black bedroom was a huge mistake from the get-go, and I felt like I was living in a depressing cave more than a chic bedroom. And lets face it, I do actually

live

in my house, so although I obviously like it to

look

good in photos, I need to

feel

happy in it too.

I suspect that's why the move back to the light side has begun if my instagram feed is anything to go by, but that's a whole other story. Or blog post as the case may be.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

But this room was crying out for a dark colour - they definitely have their place, so I opened my mind to it again and took a look at the darker tones that Zoffany had to offer. Besides, the two rooms I'd previously painted dark and really not liked were both South facing rooms with abundant natural, light, not north facing darker rooms, so I took the plunge! The current theory in paint colour choices is that you should work with and not against the natural light available in any room, so keep naturally lighter rooms light, and go darker where there is less natural light.

I fell in love with this chocolatey brown called Cobblestone by Zoffany. It's a beautiful colour that can look grey or deep olive in different lights. It's simply stunning, and once I found it, I knew I was on the right track and my doubts totally disappeared. It's actually not super super dark, but it does make the room feel really cosy and inviting.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

Once I stripped all the wallpaper and prepped the walls, I painted the colour all over - a colour wash of the lovely Cobblestone. The ceiling is low and slopes above the sofa, and there is no cornicing, so painting it all the same colour makes the ceiling blend in rather than having a high contrast white ceiling which would be distracting in this room. I also painted all the woodwork in the Acrylic Eggshell version of the same colour, and I have to say that Zoffany paint is a dream to use. Amazing coverage and even the Acrylic Eggshell wasn't in the least bit sticky. Two coats on everything did the trick!

I was ridiculously excited to get rid of the old radiator and replace it with this absolute beauty from soak.com. This is a relatively new addition to their already great range of radiators and I just love the black finish which is perfect against the Cobblestone walls. This room has always been noticeably colder than any other room in the house with it's two external walls, single glazing and probably not enough insulation anywhere including the roof. It's positively warm and cosy now, and that makes me very happy indeed.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

Then it was time to start bringing in the furniture. I breathed a massive sigh of relief when the sofa was delivered and did indeed fit through the door - with a whole centimetre to spare. PHEW!

I chose the stunning Andes Futon Sofa Bed from West Elm our headline sponsor, and not only is it a beautiful shape, and the perfect foil to the dark walls, with a creamy/grey flecked fabric, but it has a 'click-clack' mechanism allowing the back to lie completely flat to be used as a double guest bed.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

I also like the idea of being able to work from the sofa in if I don't feel like sitting at my desk, but still being in my work zone. It was love at first sight with the round cushions which finish it off nicely, adding that extra bit of comfort and interest, but keeping the tones similar means it doesn't feel at all busy. Calm and cosy is the name of the game in this room. The beautiful quilted blanket is by Harlequin from the Style Library, and I predict arguments over it already - between me, the cat and the kids.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

And speaking of my desk, I'm quite besotted with this gorgeous mid-century style number that ticks all my boxes. Desks are quite tricky I think, and I wanted something that was a good size, with some drawers, but that didn't feel too heavy in the room. This is perfect and I love this new 'Pebble' colour too - a beautiful beigey-grey with the most beautiful grain, and the hardware is an antique bronze finish that just oozes quiet grown-up glam. Perfect.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

I couldn't be happier with my new RBM Noor desk chair from Flokk, it's SO comfortable, and such a gorgeous shape - the woodgrain being off-set beautifully by the wool seat. Black aluminium  connects the base and legs and has a just a hint of the industrial about it - such a gorgeous piece. Flokk has a brilliant

configuration platform

, so you can design your own dream chair and see exactly how it will look, choosing from 14 shell colours, loads of different fabrics, and various leg options too - it's such a cool tool. They're also really passionate about sustainability, so the chairs are made from recycled and recyclable materials.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

Sat upon my desk is a white Sonos One speaker which makes me very happy indeed. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Sonos speakers have changed my life. I may be behind the technological times, but music streaming really does still blow my mind! Now that we have a Sonos One in the study, I can link it with the kitchen and living room speakers to have my music streaming throughout if I want to. They're super easy to link and unlink (literally just hold the play/pause button down for a second or two), meaning that Ed can listen to his Talk Sport in the kitchen, and more importantly, that I don't have to.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

The Sonos one also has built-in Alexa so it's the perfect painting companion with hands-free music control - not to mention saving ones sanity!

It was so important to get the lighting right in this room. With the dark walls, I wanted it to feel cocooning at night, with several light sources. My electrician replaced the previous pendant with a three armed Antler pendant from David Hunt Lighting (check out their website for a really cool video demonstrating how the make the 'Antlers' - so fascinating).

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

In one corner I added the absolutely stunning Apache marble lamp also from David Hunt which is teamed with an Ivory linen shade from The Light Shade Studio - a match made in heaven! It's probably wrong to love a lamp as much as I love this one.

There's a gorgeous little 'Clint' lamp from West Elm on the Mid Century storage tower in the opposite corner (the unit has the added bonus of three drawers under the three shelves for more storage) and my desk lamp too. Not going to lie, I keep getting distracted from my work because it's so damn lovely to look at. See? Lamp addiction issues.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

The Hot and Cold Dyson fan from ao is a god-send. Not only is it VERY handily a heater

and

a cooling fan, but it's an air purifier too. And a very clever one at that. It can tell you exactly what pollutants it has taken from the air via the app. Amazing technology. I love the fact that it's instant heat - especially handy when you can't wait for the heating to warm the room up on those freezing winter mornings, and of course to cool it down when summer finally hits.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

To throw some more light around, we have the oversized Iris mirror also from soak.com above the sofa. It instantly made the room feel twice the size. Ah the magic of mirrors! And its black metal frame ties in with the finish of the radiator too.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

And of course, light is is important, but so is darkness and privacy. As this room will also double as a guest room, so I needed a lovely window covering and The Blind Shop came to the rescue. I chose a beautiful heavy herringbone fabric in the 'Seashell' colour and it's perfect with the other tones in the room. It's blackout lined and I had it made slightly wider than the window frame and installed above, so that it makes the window look bigger and doesn't block out any light when pulled right up. It's so well made and finishes off the room so beautifully.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

At the eleventh hour I decided that I needed a pin-board above my desk, for both inspiration and organisational purposes, but most pin-boards are so ugly! I was in the process of making a wall of fabric covered pin-boards for Baxter's new bedroom and had some of the board left over, so I decided to make a smaller one for my study too. I cut a piece of insulation board to around 60 x 90 cms, and covered it in a textured Prism Plain from Harlequin at Style Library in Particle Safari which again tones in with the wall colour beautifully. I secured it to the wall with mirror screws and screw caps in a bronze finish to hid the screws and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Such a satisfying DIY.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room
Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

A trip to a Dobbies Garden Centre was the final step in finishing off this room and I picked up a selection of indoor plants including a really good sized fig and a snake plant for my desk (two of my favourites), and some really lovely textured concrete pots for them too. I was super impressed with their pots in fact - they had such a great range in loads of different sizes.

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

If you can't already tell, I'm so happy with how the whole room has turned out - exactly as I'd imagined it. Maybe even better, and you can't ask for more than that!

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

Here are all the products used in my room:

West Elm

Sofa - 

Andes Double Futon - Stone (Twill)

Cushions - 

Cotton Canvas Round Cushions - Platinum & Stone White

Shelving Unit - 

Storage Tower - similar here

Desk - 

Mid Century Desk - Pebble

Desk Lamp - 

Curvilinear Mid-Century Table Lamp

Lamp on Shelving Unit - 

Clint Mini Task Lamp

Sonos

Speaker - 

Sonos One

David Hunt Lighting / The Light Shade Studio

Chandelier - 

Antler Bleached 3 Light Pendant

Marble Lamp - 

Apache Marble Table Lamp

Style Library

Wall Colour

Zoffany Elite Emulsion - Cobblestone

Woodwork 

Zoffany Acrylic Eggshell - Cobblestone

Pinboard Fabric -

Harlequin Prism Plains Textures - Particle Safari

Throw on Sofa -

Demoiselle Quilted Blanket

ao

Fan -

Dyson Pure Hot + Cold HP04 Air Purifier

Flokk

Desk Chair -

RBM Noor

Dobbies Garden Centres

Various indoor plants and planters available

online and in store

soak.com

Mirror -

Iris Round Mirror

Radiator -

Black Vertical Colosseum Traditional Radiator

The Blind Shop

Made to measure Roman Blind in Herringbone Seashell

I didn't have any need for tiles in my room, but do check out

Ca Pietra

for the most stunning selection!

Revamp Restyle Reveal wouldn't be possible without our incredible sponsors who we are so proud to have supporting us. Every single product I've received for my room is the most amazing quality that I would 100% have in my home - sponsored or not!

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 3 - French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

West Elm

soak.com

Style Library

Flokk

Dobbies Garden Centres

Sonos

Ca Pietra

David Hut Lighting / The Light Shade Studio

ao

The Blind Shop

And of course, Lisa and I enlist the best of the best bloggers, with incredible flair and passion for interiors - not to mention a keenness for DIY. They're also *slight* gluttons for punishment as a huge amount of work and dedication is required to take part, so THANK YOU to all of you for being utterly brilliant. Please do go and check them all out - there are links to all of the other nine reveal posts below, but start with the lovely

Ross & Ian over at Our 30's Fixer Upper

 to check out their gorgeous updated kitchen and entryway, and follow the blog hop on from there!

Here's the full list so you don't miss anyone out...

Lisa Dawson - Family Bathroom

French For Pineapple - Study / Guest Room

Our 1930's Fixer Upper - Kitchen & Entryway

Tamsyn Morgans - Attic Space

Design Sixty Nine - Living Room

Daniela Tasca York - Bedroom & Ensuite

Rock n Roll Bride - Dark & Cosy Snug

Luke Arthur Wells - Office

Lust Living - Monochrome Hallway

Matthew Shaw - Master Suite

Thanks so much for reading and for following along - we hope you've enjoyed it as  much as we have! Right, I'm off to sleep for a week before starting my next project. Oh okay, maybe a glass of celebratory fizz first!

Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two: Lift-off!


Today is the day! The first day of the second season of Revamp Restyle Reveal, and are we excited to get going? YES WE ARE!

If you don’t know what Revamp Restyle Reveal is, in a nutshell, Lisa Dawson and I ask eight bloggers to join us in Revamping a room in our homes over a set four week period, supported by a group of sponsors, keeping you up to date with our progress via our Instagram stories, the Revamp Restyle Reveal Instagram, and with weekly You Tube video updates. 

We then Reveal the finished rooms with a blog hop, which will be on the 17th of May at 11am, starting on Lisa Dawson’s blog.

You can see who the bloggers and sponsors are this season over on our website.

For the first season last September, I did my kitchen, and I won’t lie, it nearly broke me. It was stressful for so many reasons, and I seriously questioned why I’d taken it on, and questioned my sanity. And I highly doubted it would be finished on time. (Sorry Kat if you're reading this, I'm sure yours will go much more smoothly!!)

By some miracle, and a lot of help from my long-suffering husband, plus a brilliant electrician and plumber, not to mention our sponsors, it did get done. Just. And I love it! You can see the fruits of our labour here.

This season I’m doing my TV room, and I have to admit I’m pretty pleased that the only plumbing required will be to change the radiators, and at this point there is no electrical work required, although the light switch is dodgy, so that should be replaced!

That said, there is a LOT of painting to do as it’s currently Teal ALL OVER: Walls, woodwork and ceiling. And the fact that I’m going pale is going to mean MANY, MANY coats of paint! 

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two Intro And Plans

I realise you may (or may not!) look at the room as it is now and wonder why I’m changing it at all, as it's not terrible. BUT I know I can make the space better, and there is method in my madness!

As I’ve gone lighter and a bit more neutral elsewhere in the house, I feel it doesn’t flow well, and it’s no longer a room I feel drawn to spend time in. Essentially, I’m over the colour, and want something quieter.

And there are a few things that really bug me about the room:

The room is an awkward layout, and if I had my time again I would not put a door right in the middle a wall, but it is what it is: a long narrow room and the floorplan options are limited.

I hate seeing the tv, cables and ugly radiators, which is what greets you as you walk in.

The corner sofa isn't doing it for me, and as we rarely spend time in the room with all four of us, and have a guest room, it doesn't need to double as a guest bed, and I want a sofa that just runs the full length of the wall instead. I'm sad about this as i LOVE this sofa, but it's not right for the room and needs a bigger space to breath.

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two Intro And Plans

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two Intro And Plans

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two Intro And Plans

So, what am I going to be doing to the room over the next four weeks?
  1. The TV will move to one end wall above the sideboard.
  2. The walls, ceiling and woodwork are going much paler and more neutral. The existing decorative moulding is staying.
  3. There will be wallpaper on the two end walls, bringing in some texture.
  4. The builder grade radiators with chipped paint will be upgraded. Yay!
  5. I’m pimping the sideboard with moulding that will echo the existing wall moulding, and painting it. That will probably take longer than painting the entire room. What can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment. 
  6. Some new Roman blinds to work with the new colour scheme.
  7. Cosy cushions and throws to add more texture and visual warmth.
  8. A new sofa to run along one wall only, and a large mirror above it.
  9. A new rug for sofa end of the room only (I've always struggled with rug size for this long narrow room, but I think I know the solution).
  10. A declutter of the sideboard (inside and out!) to make way for some tech and some gorgeous new lamps.
  11. Those often photoshopped out cables stand out like a sore thumb on that colour, and the neon will be relocating.
I hope to end up with a warm and welcoming, multi-purpose room that will flow nicely from the rest of the house and be used every day. It's such a lovely light room, so I'm going to make the most of that light during the day, and make it feel extra cosy at night. Fingers crossed anyway!

Here's my moodboard, I've made a few changes to it already, but this is the general feel of the room. I hope you like it, and that you'll follow along with me and the other bloggers as we work on our rooms!

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season Two Intro And Plans


How do I follow along I hear you ask?


Check our weekly You Tube updates, which will also be added to the website.

Follow along on mine and all the other bloggers personal social media accounts (all linked on each bloggers page on the website).

The big REVEAL day blog hop is the 17th of May and will start on Lisa Dawson’s blog at 11am, so don't miss it!

And really importantly we want YOU to join in with us! Have you got a room in your home in desperate need of a little TLC? Then why not get Revamping along with us?

We’ll be re-gramming and storying our favourites, so show us your before and progress and after shots using the multi-image feature on Instagram and use #revamprestylereveal. There will also be weekly prizes for our favourites! 

Let’s go!