Ditch the drab in your downstairs cloakroom and turn it into something fabulous…


Hi everyone,

First of all, I want to apologise for the lack of blog posts of late but we have been in full decorating mode in the house over the last few weeks as my husband had three weeks off before starting his new job and so with the help of my Dad (apologies for the topless picture below Pops!) we have been very busy (along with a number of photography shoots for me to edit). It’s been non stop!

Jake also decided to start crawling 3 weeks ago and is into everything which is also keeping me on my toes and means I get very little time to do much of anything except run around after him during his waking hours!

During the last 3 weeks we have decorated Jake’s room, Grace’s room, the hallway and the kitchen. Phew!

With all that in mind it felt appropriate to share one of the first rooms in the house we tackled when we moved in. Although the house is beautiful and full of lovely period features, some of the rooms were in desperate need of some TLC. So, where better place to get started than the downstairs loo!

What The Telegraph has to say about the British downstairs loo, where anything it would seem goes…!

“The key thing about the downstairs loo, compared to the living room or study, is that everybody goes there. “It’s like the commercial visitors’ waiting room at Buckingham Palace.”

It can also affect the price of your house. “The downstairs loo, or ‘cloakroom’ is becoming more and more important,” says George Franks, sales director at Douglas & Gordon. “It’s a real showpiece, and it certainly adds value to your home. Because it’s so small you can decorate it expensively, for not a huge amount of money.” Design is important too: a wooden seat is much better than a plastic one.”

When we first moved in the cloakroom was pretty drab and lacking in imagination as you will see below. I was keen therefore to give it the wow factor and thought some statement wallpaper would help create the boudoir look I was after….

After searching online I found this beautiful Majestic Hot Pink Damask wallpaper by FADS which retails at £24.99 a roll so bought two rolls to cover the main wall and back wall and balanced it out with plain white walls on the opposing sides.

We swapped the tired lino for fresh light oak and then dressed the room to give it a shabby chic feel using a fabulous ornate mirror, birdcage (bought on eBay) and clock (bought in a local store).

I bought the beautiful artificial flowers from a flower shop locally, added a fragrant candle (although not used during the day in our house with little people around but great for evenings when guest are over) and accessorised with hot pink hand towns and a white towel stand.

To complete the look we added a framed poster to compliment the wallpaper above the door (from Not On The High Street.com) and a small wall gallery to the white wall using ornate white frames that I purchased off eBay.

I now love my new downstairs loo and would go as far to say it’s one of my favourite rooms in the house! So, if your cloakroom is looking a little uninspiring, why not come up with something fabulous of your own?! It’s the perfect place to get creative and have some fun!

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