Country House Bedroom Design Before & After

by Kelly Sparkes on November 17, 2012

Autumnal morning in LancashireLast weekend I enjoyed a couple of beautiful, crisp autumnal days up in Lancashire with my family and finally got a chance to take some photos of the completed bedroom.

My Mum & Dad asked me to design their room back in March I was pleased to be able to do it as part of my KLC coursework.  It makes such a difference doing work knowing it will be implemented.  In true home show style, here is the before photograph of the bed, busy and frilly with a green and peach colour scheme.

Four poster bed before
After, still the traditional feel that my Mum wanted, but slightly less feminine, but a bit more glamorous. Mum did a great job with all the sewing.

Four poster bed afterThis is how Mum’s dressing table looked before, with a tiny mirror and a big bare wall above it.

Dressing table beforeAnd after, I was concerned I may have gone a bit too big on the mirror, but I’m really pleased with it now, it reflects the light and makes a huge difference to that corner of the room.

Dressing table area after - with a betsy dressing table and oversized mirrorHere’s a close up of the star-burst canopy, read how I made it here.

Four poster bed canopy
It feels great to see a project for someone else through to fruition, can’t wait for the next now!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Claire November 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

Hi Kelly,
It looks AMAZING! Great work. As you say it is wonderful to see ideas executed. I bet your Mum loves it.
Sorry to have missed you at the Savoir Beds event yesterday. The winning designs were really beautiful.
See you soon, Cx

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Hi Claire,

My Mum is very pleased with it and even my Dad (who’s not normally interested in these sorts of things) admitted to me that he takes his slippers off before going in there :)

I was gutted I couldn’t go to the Savoir thing after all that hard work and it would have been lovely to catch up, but I can’t complain as I was sunning myself on holiday!

We should organise a catch up soon x

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Sam Lennie November 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

What a difference, the stripe fabric really makes it. The mirror is fab, huge is good and I love the dressing table. I’d quite like that myself. Well done lovely x

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks sweetie, I love the striped fabric too, it was the first fabric I chose. It’s Designers Guild Trevelyan, in Natural. I had a bit of a nightmare trying to find a nice dressing table to be honest but I’m pleased with how this one fits in after the initial shock at it looking a little bit green. x

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annie November 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Wowsers Kelly it looks amazing. I’m not sure you should bother finishing the course! That mirror looks amazing.
I am yet to see any of my work implemented :(
Hope you are having a lovely holiday xx

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Aww thanks, it won’t be long before you are doing before and afters of your flat and I can’t wait to see them!

Had a lovely holiday thanks, back to reality and frost this week :) x

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tina November 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Wow! It looks transformed and I like that Mirror a lot. The dressing table, everything makes it all so much more sophisticated and, dare I say, ‘interior designed:)) Well done you. Pat on back x

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thanks sweetie for the lovely compliments :)

Seems like the mirror is a hit, really glad a went for the biggest one I could fit! x

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Laura Passey November 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

Fantastic work, Kelly! What is the material used for the window treatment and around the top edge of the four poster? It looks like satin. Such a pretty, glamorous colour. I think it is still feminine, but in a much more cool and understated way. You did right to take the plunge with the big mirror over the dressing table. Being brave playing with scale always seems to pay off. See you soon, lovely girl xxx

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Thanks lovely! The fabric was hard to choose as they wanted a blackout fabric for the curtains. In the end I went for Designers Guild, Moray in Dove, it is a lovely fabric to work with x

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Alex Parker November 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Lovely! I like the way you have blended the traditional bed and button back chair with contemporary furniture. It has worked really well. You (and your Mum) must be really pleased. Love the mirror, you have exceptional taste, I have it in my hall :) Well done you, looks really good xx

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Ha Love that you have the mirror in your hallway, I was wondering where I could put one in my house!

It was tricky to incorporate the traditional furniture with th enew, but loads of fun and makes the project more of a challenge x

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geraldine November 27, 2012 at 12:25 am

Wow! Such an amazing bed transformation Kelly. Also loving the dressing table :)

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thanks Geraldine, It’s really lovely to see it all come together, but also nerve wracking when your spending someone elses money! x

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Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} November 28, 2012 at 5:53 am

What a fantastic makeover Kelly! You really transformed the room. I love the vanity area, and agree you made the right choice with the mirror. What a fantastic way to be abel to supplement your design training!

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Kelly Sparkes November 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Thanks Sarah! It was great to be able to finally be able to implement my coursework, it’s frustrating creating all of these schemes and not seeing them through to implementation :) x

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sue December 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

this looks fab kelly… my absolute favourite bit is the dressing table area because it’s like looking at two entirely different spaces in the before & after… also love the sunburst on the bed! great job & a good piece for the portfolio!

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