I've lived in my current home for ten years now. It was the first flat that I bought and my mortgage-provider and I are happily in cahoots for the next fifteenish years. It's probably the most expensive purchase I've ever made and, conversely, the quickest. We're talking want flat-see flat-buy flat in a flat-out-month-flat.
Since moving in I've pulled all the floors up, a good chunk of the walls off, replaced the kitchen, bathroom and windows, and redecorated no less than eight times. What can I say, I was a Changing Rooms child.
So when my bedroom roof fell in on me earlier this year my first thought was repair, rather than despair - and yes, just how I would redecorate.
When I first moved in to girlinthecity towers my bedroom was a powder blue affair - shaggy blue carpet, knobbly blue walls and roof. It was by no mean the dressing room of my dreams but I had bigger kitchen and bathroom shaped problems to tackle. For my thirtieth birthday my mum gifted me a decadent, burgundy boudoir - my artexed walls were plastered smooth and painted plums and soft pinks, my new fluffy carpet was a swirl of lilac and bouncy and my bedding was decadent and damson coloured. Pretty and pink and perfect.
But with the penthouse suite (okay, top floor of a tenement) comes the ways and wiles of water penetration, and a persistent leak soon spiralled into my very own indoor water feature. And when a roof comes down it brings a whole-lotta dust, dirt, ash and grime with it. Eww.
And so, earlier this year, my shiny new perfect roof proffered a shiny new perfect chance to start again. I embraced my inner grown-up goddess and invested for the first time in a brand-new bed - a huge walnut sleigh bed that I now star-fish in rather than choose sides. I've replaced sugary tones with sage green and clean white satin wood finish and salvaged re purposed vintage furniture.
It's the little touches that really finish a room and with a mood board that mixes graceful colonial plantation with intricate artisan textiles I've sought out everything from local artists to online trend boards for inspiration.
I'm a little in love with this Non-Colour home trend set on kandco.com. The warm muted tones, rustic furniture and natural textures is perfect. I've already draped my bedstead with pretty wicker fairy lights and softened my steel work mirror with delicate paper roses - but adore the juxtaposition of the clean white angle poise lamp perched on an old wooden box seen here.
I'm recycling my Kylie cushions (and tempted to purchase the entire Kylie at K&Co Bedding range, is there really a better brand to jump around on, perfecting my singing-into-a-hairbrush skills?) by matching the soft lilacs with heritage style tartan and knitted mustard cushions, and clashing my patterns with this little striped number from Queen of all-things-interior, Kirsty Allsop.
Oh, and the last thing on my winding wish-list for my all-new, grown-up little calming bedroom bubble of serenity? - a large framed print of the Return to Oz film poster please. Scratch the grown-up after all.
What's on your bedroom wish list?