With pastel green panelling, peachy-pink accessories and soft cosy textures, Jo’s new-look space has put a smile on her face.
Here, she tells us all about her bedroom makeover experience…
My makeover experience
During lockdown, I finally had time to decorate my bedroom. I started by stripping the anaglypta on the walls, which instantly made a big difference. I watched several DIY tutorials before tackling the panelled wall, which I did myself for just £25 plus paint.
I’ve had the headboard, which I bought on eBay, for years but it fits in well with the new scheme. Underbed drawers are perfect for storing away towels and bed linen, and I also use them to keep things like scented candles and hair and beauty essentials.
Welcome to my home…
A bit about me I’m Jo Thorne, an advertising executive. I live with my four-year-old son, Bear. Our home is a two-bedroom Victorian terrace in Croydon, south London. You can see more on my Instagram @jothorne.d.i.y.
My problem bedroom The bedroom was plain and dated with white anaglypta-covered walls. I wanted to add colour and stamp my style on the room but with a young son and a full-time job, I never had the time. Lockdown finally provided the perfect opportunity.
To maintain the calm atmosphere as much as possible, I decided to get rid of my wardrobes. Now, I store all my clothes in Bear’s room and my coats and shoes in the downstairs cupboards and units.
I keep all of my summer and winter clothes in vacuum bags in the loft and dig them out when needed. It’s like getting a whole new wardrobe each time and it’s a good reminder not to overspend as it’s easy to forget what clothes you have.
To create depth and a luxe feel, I mixed textures and fabrics including velvet, linen, wool and faux fur. To keep the room looking fresh, I stuck to neutral white bedding and added pops of colour with accessories.
A bit more about my home…
How I made it work I’ve got a creative eye and I love throwing myself into new projects and find DIY a welcome distraction. I stripped off the anaglypta, put up panelling behind my bed and filled the room with cosy accessories and new furniture to pair with pieces I already had, like my velvet headboard.
My favourite part It’s got to be my new light-up dressing table. I love a bit of pampering and reclaiming my bedroom after co-sleeping with my little boy for so long has been life-changing!
When I was 19, I tragically lost my parents in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami while they were travelling in Sri Lanka. I’ve suffered with anxiety and PTSD ever since. My bedroom colours take me back to my happy place, when I was a child, enjoying Caribbean holidays with them. I now find it such a calming place to be.
Jo’s style advice
Panel walls yourself to save money
‘The panelled wall feature makes such a statement, and it was so easy to do. My first step was to work out how large I wanted my squares – 39.5cm – and how thick I wanted the strips – 14.5cm.
‘I drew the squares and frame with a pencil on the wall and applied No More Nails glue to the back of the strips and fixed them to the wall, using a spirit level to ensure the fit was straight. Then I sanded the MDF to smooth out the surface and left it for 24 hours until the adhesive was dry. To finish, I painted the panels in Shadowed Ivy by Valspar.’
Create a dressing area
Jo loves her Hollywood-style light-up dressing table that she bought on eBay. She has amped up the glamour by pairing it with luxe textures, including the blush pink velvet chair and shaggy sheepskin cushion from Dunelm.
Jo originally didn’t have room for her pamper corner but with some swaps and changes, she made her wish-list item work. ‘I got rid of a chest of drawers in the alcove in favour of creating this special zone where I can sit and indulge in hair and beauty products.’
Highlight period features
‘When I first moved in, I wanted to highlight original Victorian features, like these rustic cottage doors. ‘I absolutely love them and decided to give them a new lease of life by simply sanding and painting them with a coat of Ronseal interior varnish.
‘This door leads to my bathroom, which I’m forever grateful for, especially having a little one with rather unpredictable toilet habits!’
Feature Natalie Flaum. Photos Alison Hammond.