Weekend Bedroom Makeover


Hey guys! Dropping in today to share a mini-project I’ve been working on. I was hired to turn a bedroom in a rental house into a calm and inviting space for it’s resident, despite the existing elements that needed to remain in place – outdated wallpaper and bulky furniture that needed to stay in the room. I’m sure there are many of you who read this blog that rent houses and face the same situation, you want a lovely room but can’t do anything too dramatic to the actual space so I thought I’d share with you what we did to this bedroom.

This space was a little tough form the get go because of the wallpaper, the size of the room and the existing elements that had to stay. Nonetheless, the client wanted a light, bright and calming space she could retreat to at the end of a busy day. I could handle that. I presented her with the below concept to get the project started.

Moodboard blog

She wanted to incorporate some colour (blues with a hint of ochre yellow) so that’s what we did, while keeping the rest very basic and neutral. The goal here was making the small space feel airy and bright despite a couple of heavy pieces that needed to remain in place. Here’s a peek at what we started with:



The first thing we did was tackle the wall behind the bed. That wallpaper HAD to go but we weren’t allowed to touch it. We were also not allowed to paint the existing walls.

So we did some measuring, hit the local hardware store and bought two gigantic sheets of thin MDF board to create our own wall. The sheets were placed side by side along the wall, gently double-sided taped to the existing wall at the top, joined together with some putty, sanded, primed, painted and then held in place by the bed, which the client already had.

Next thing I couldn’t wait to do was replace the curtains. The ones the client had really close up the space – too short and too dark. We went for white linen curtains that were hung might higher to: a) cover up those weird pipes sticking out of the wall, and b) elongate the room and make it feel larger and lighter.



We gave the wardrobe the same treatment as the back wall, attaching a sheet of thin MDF board to each front panel with double sided tape, and painted them white to take the focus away from the wardrobe a little and allow more night into the space. I found the little vintage bedside table at the local antique markets for a steal. A touch of wood helps to break the space up a bit and add some texture.

In a perfect world, a telescoping lamp coming out from that little bit of wall that juts out would have made this area, and that is still something the client intends to do with a fun vintage harmonica lamp.


Bedroom delft

I brought those beautiful textured pillows back from my recent trip to Marrakech. They are made out of cactus fibre (silk) and add a lovely, delicate touch to the space combined with the natural textures of the more basic wooden blankets we brought in, plus they brought the whole palette together. If you are interested in purchasing these, contact me. I still have a few pieces for sale. One last peek at the before/afters:





Do you wish your bedroom felt a little more bright and airy? Perhaps you’ve got a lovely light bedroom already but you’re missing a bit of texture? You don’t need much to achieve a space like this. Here’s are 12 steps to achieving this look:

get the look

YOUR SHOPPING LIST | 1. Linen duvet set | 2. Linen pillow By Mölle from Hello Blackbird | 3. Textured pillow | 4. Knit throw blanket By Mölle from The Fine Store | 5. Bedside lamp | 6. Picture frame from Stilleben| 7. Print by Maartje van den Noort| 8. Chunky denim knit blanket By Mölle from Hello Blackbird | 9. Linen curtains | 10. Plant ‘Bird of Paradise’ | 11.  Blue paint / White paint | 12. Bed and Headboard |

Hope you guys liked this little tour and came away with some inspiration for making your bedroom feel a little more cozy and textured, particularly now as the winter is in full swing. Even if you’re on the side of the earth where temperatures are nice and warm, this light colour palette and breezy look and feel will still work for you!

Holly and team x

Concept, styling & photography: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle | Assistance: Malou Muizer

9 Responses to “Weekend Bedroom Makeover”

  1. Ilse says:

    I don’t know how you do it. I just love the feel of all the places you style, it just looks amazing. Again.

  2. Aukje says:

    Looks amazing! Giving all us renters glimmers of hope…

  3. Marleen says:

    Love love love it!

  4. Laura says:

    A great behind the scenes and in your thoughts peek 🙂 thanks for sharing. Client must be so relieved!

  5. Wow, what a difference… Love it!

  6. Ledya says:

    Holly, thank you for sharing some tricks. It’s inspiring.I like the end result.

  7. Yanira says:

    Im thinking on linen duvet set + linen curtains to my bedroom. Both in white 😛


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  9. Nadya says:

    What a clever way to cover the wallpaper and wardrobe, much sleeker and yet warn and appealing!

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