This is part two of the room that we took for our ensuite bathroom and dressing room. You can find my earlier post about the ensuite here. So to recap, this is the bedroom that we took for these rooms in its original state.



This image below is the same view as above from the ensuite bathroom we created.



We knocked through from the Master Bedroom next door to enter this space, and this image is looking in through the new door we created from our Bedroom.


We dropped the ceiling in the dressing room, as I don't like overly high cupboards with shelves on top to collect dust. Open rails and shelves were needed as the multiple doors that would have ensued otherwise would have been too difficult in such a tight space (although it feels enormously large to us, as our previous fitted wardrobes were about half the size). The top handleless cupboards are large enough to hold the biggest suitcases.


I used a grey laminate for the cupboards. I love laminate. I know it's not fashionable any more - there is a love affair in Australia with 2 Pak (the sprayed and baked enamel surfaces used extensively in kitchens), but it was appropriate for the space, and was inexpensive as well. The carpet used throughout the house was also installed here, and I ran the same charcoal seagrass wallpaper on the walls and at the back of the hanging rails.


The blind is a Schumacher fabric, which I also used extensively in the Master Bedroom. I love the way that the silhouette pattern on it mimics the iron lace on the veranda outside. As we look out onto a private garden that is not overlooked, I didn't feel that there was a need for additional window treatment, such as sheers or shutters.


The shoe wall was created in the tiny space left next to the door, and fits perfectly. The shelves are angled so that we could fit more pairs in (it's usually full, but I removed the really ugly shoes, like running and cycling shoes for the purposes of the photos). We have a little space adjacent to the hydronic heating radiator where my husband's trouser valet fits, and his ties go behind the door. I'm still to get a full length mirror on the back of the door (hence the photos of me from the waist up in the bathroom whenever I do an outfit pic).



And our last addition has been the small armchair. It was from Mr AV's grandfather's estate, and is I think, very old. It is really small in scale, and incredibly heavy for it's size. I was thinking it might be early Victorian, or even late Georgian but I may be wrong and it's Edwardian instead. That would still make it 100 years old. I had it upholstered in a blue Kravet chenille and it's a good spot to put on shoes. There is a cushion to come - I apologise Faux Fuchsia. I should have issued a warning as I have no doubt traumatised you with these disturbing images of a cushion-less chair.


So a small space, but fairly well organised, and quite pleasant to be in. It's also a dark space (faces South) but the ensuite is bathed in light, so it actually works quite well as a transitional room. It has been a very difficult space to photograph though. I am most certainly an amateur photographer, and without a wide lens and a tripod, it's not been easy in such a small space to take these images, so apologies for the poor quality.

37 comments:

  1. Lovely! All that space! Jealous!

    Meanwhile I luff laminate too LUFF the stuff. have it on my benches in my 20 year old kitchen and just adore it and I am not kidding.

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    1. I'm going to do laminate in my kitchen as well. I think there'll be a lot of shocked readers in blogland over that, but it's tough, easy to clean, comes in millions of colours and textures and is cheap. What's not to love? xx

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    2. I desperately want a black wood kitchen but the price of the veneer + clear coating is 3x the price of 2-pac! I've just found out about a new textured laminate from polytec that might look similar and at a fraction of the 2-pac price. I don't care what I use as long as it looks the business and is practical! x KL

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    3. Jeepers - 3 x's the price of 2 pak??? I think you'd want a teeny tiny kitchen if you were going to use it.

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  2. I've no issues with laminate and especially love the soft grey you chose - lovely!

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  3. thank you! I think the people with the most issues about laminate are Builders. They all look at me like I'm crazy when I specify it. xx

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  4. Just lovely Heidi. I am a new reader (also an Adelaide girl) and really enjoying what you have posted so far. Just wondering if you could give my some information on the carpet you have used in your home? Cheers Jo xx

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    1. Hi Jo, I've used a twist pile carpet. Sisal can pull out, and plush pile leaves shading, so I like a twist as it looks perfect all the time. Its specification is Quest Carpets "St Louis" 48oz 100% wool twist pile carpet, colour: Kendall Coal, on premium quality Dunlop Ultimate underlay. The colour is a charcoal with a bit of a warm brownish undertone to it. I find pure black too stark. I got it through Zappia Carpets in Goodwood, who were excellent. The colour has also been called "Chantilly Lava Stone" as apparently carpet manufacturers do the same ranges with different names in order to prevent direct price comparison. The quality of your underlay is very important, so avoid skimping on it (even though you don't see it, your carpet won't look as good in years to come if you use the cheaper stuff). Hope that helps. xx

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  5. A fantastic transformation Heidi... looks wonderful!
    xx

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  6. Love this post. Dressing rooms are always high-glam spaces.
    Love Schumacher too. Isn't it called a "vanishing horizon", (or vanishing something) when the interior reflects the exterior? You'd know more than I would. Tara Dillard commented on it once and I'd heard it before too.
    Laughed at the gaps where the running shoes go. Don't hide your everyday life. I think that's what makes a home special. I love seeing shoes beside front door, gumboots lined up in back rooms, gardening hats on tables... Those things are the soul of a home.

    xx

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    1. Oh I love seeing gumboots and hats in other's house pictures....mankey running/ cycling shoes are not so picturesque though! I haven't really styled anything in my home in the past - it's all as it is (but tidy), but I'm becoming more self conscious as viewing numbers climb that I need to lift my game a little. xx

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  7. Looks like a fantastic well organised space, unlike my very small WIR that needs to be totally gutted and redone!

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    1. It is nice to see where everything is, and not be rifling through over- stuffed racks in the back of cupboards. Look forward to seeing your redo Deanne. xx

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  8. I love laminate! Had to make-over our kitchen on a small budget recently as we moved house and I blew the budget on fixing a non functioning bathroom and various other boring things like plumbing. Anyways the plan was to make a 15 year old kitchen liveable for 5 years or so until we could afford my dream kitchen. I replaced the old benchtop with a glossy laminex job and it is amazing. Stands up to wear and tear and looks fab. At the time I wanted to use some sort of stone however couldn't justify putting something that expensive on old cupboard carcasses. So glad I didn't now as the laminate is doing the job beautifully and has fooled many people. Why are people laminate snobs?

    Love your dressing room and you have super cool shoes. Quite, quite jealous.

    On the off chance you want a peek I did blog the kitchen make-over.

    http://mylifeinthecountrytoday.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/kitchen-before-and-after-aka-results-of.html

    Take care.

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    1. I'm definitely going to pop over to yours and check out the benchtop! I don't understand why there is such snobbery about laminate. I put it into the kitchen of a $3M house I did in Melbourne (client request, so I didn't force it on her), and later had a woman from Poliform (super expensive Italian furniture/ kitchens/ wardrobes) come into quote for the walk in wardrobe and she actually thought it was 2Pak. She couldn't tell the difference. The joinery guys, who all lived in the outer 'burbs on the other hand, were appalled.

      I don't understand why you're jealous of my shoes.....surely you're trotting around the farm in Peacock feather strappy sandals whilst dodging the snakes??!! xx

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  9. Amazing! And oh so well organised!!!

    How high are the ceilings in the dressing room?

    B

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    1. Hi B, the ceilings are around 2.9m high. xx

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  10. Wow - absolutely stunning.
    I went with laminex too (but black).
    The detail and refinement in your design is truly inspirational. I am truly terrified about showing my WIR now.
    Let me know how you go with the full length mirror on the back of the door, hubby and I are at odds about putting on the back of the door, or a different wall in the WIR. I think back of the door, because us ladies really need to have a decent look at our arses before stepping out...Kx

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    1. Black would look great - it would have been too dark for this room. I'm sure yours is amazing if the rest of your reno is anything to go by K. The mirror can really only go on the back of the door, otherwise I wouldn't be able to step back and look properly - there's really no other spot for it. As an alternative I did see a beautiful freestanding mirror that I'd love for the bedroom at Quigley's Antiques, it was black lacquered chinoiserie, but as it was around $4000, it's staying in the shop! xx

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  11. A totally brilliant space! Lots of room so I imagine (and hope!) no fights in the morning about treading on toes. I love laminate too - especially now as there are so many new patterns and colours available. Laughed about the runners and gumboots - but like Janelle, I love seeing real life too, and it's nice to see there is a space for them in the gaps on the shelves.

    Also had to say thank you for your wonderful comment about the summer Christmas Tree and my rant thereabouts. Maybe I'm not cuckoo after all?? xx

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    1. Oh you are definitely not crazy at all - I couldn't agree with you more about the Christmas themeing, especially as I was just down near the shops and viewed all the snow globes etc in the windows...!
      And there's definitely enough real life on my blog to pull the runners out of frame for this photo. One of the early pictures I posted has my son's sock lying on a magazine. I didn't notice when I took, and then uploaded the photo and wrote a post, and after a week noticed what was there so too late to remove it! xx

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  12. That is a great dressing room Heidi!
    Nice to read lots of positive comments about laminex-I agree. Laminex benchtops in my old kitchen are still great-But the 2-pac cupboards have chipped and "fluffed" Kitchens have to be practical, not just showpieces.
    We've moved now and are just debating what to do about cabinetry...looking for inspiration so you really helped!
    Cheers, Renie

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    1. Hi Renie, I had a lot of problems with the 2pak in the house we rented for a year. It was a renters nightmare with small children. I'd always warned clients about the problems, but it was good to actually experience it myself. Good luck with your upcoming renovation. xx

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  13. Wow,so many shoes.EVerything looks so beautiful!
    Melodylouise
    xx

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    1. There's a territory war going on with the shoe space - for some reason my husband thinks he's entitled to the same amount of shelves as me! Ridiculous! xx

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  14. Your WIR looks fabulous! I think the coloured laminate really takes it from ordinary to something really special. I am thinking about having a WIR now instead of parallel doored robes (a cost saving on doors!) but think I'll check out the laminate ranges to up the glam factor. I popped $30 stick on full length mirrors from Kmart onto my daughter's inside robe doors. They love them and if angled right they can see front & back of their outfits. x KL

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    1. I thought the hardware stores would have some - I've just got to get around to getting there! Definitely check out the laminate ranges. They have some quite good new ones....I'm investigating at the moment for the kitchen. xx

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  15. WOW!! I have just found your blog and I am in heaven! I love your roman! I love schumacher fabrics (and wallpapers) The chair is gorgeous as well. I love your wall paper and laminate choice! I could go on, but honestly, I'm gushing.

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    1. Thank you so much Laura, you've made me laugh! Thank you for your lovely comment. xx

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  16. How wonderful for you. You have done an amazing job. The chair is the finishing touch. Enjoy:)

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    1. Thanks Julie-Ann. It's nice to have somewhere to put on shoes after a year and a half of trying to balance on one foot while doing so. It's the little things.....! xx

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  17. Hi Heidi,
    I stumbled across your blog a couple of months ago and have loved reading about your beautiful home and its transformation. I was wondering if you would share with me the details of your skirting boards, architraves and internal doors?
    Cheers
    Sara

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    1. Hi Sara, the architraves, skirtings and doors were all original to the house. The builder had some new sections of architrave and skirting made up by taking samples and getting them to match it.... Sorry I can't give you an off the self type place to go to! If you'd like details of their measurements then let me know and I'll get the tape out for you. Xx

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    2. Hi Heidi,
      Thank you so much for getting back to me. I would love measurements if it is not too much trouble xx

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    3. Hi Sara, the skirting boards are 28cm deep, the architraves are 15cm deep and the doors measure 210cm high x 80cm wide. Hope that helps? xx

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