A Cotswolds bedroom: Garden Trading Brompton Lamp and Farrow and Ball fixes

Welcome to our teeny tiny little bedroom! It just fits our gigantic superking IKEA bed in it – a bed I am very keen to replace, or paint, or chop the headboard off. Slowly slowly I’m changing our mid century and modern furniture. Fixing it up, tightening old screws, hammering old nails back in place. And painting.

We have quite the collection of mid century stuff, which looked amazing in our London house but in our new small space does look rather odd cuddled up so close to our farmhouse antiques. So I’m taking to it with my Farrow and Ball paintbrush – certainly not the done thing – but I’m really enjoying turning my office upstairs into a restoration room and getting rid of all the orangey brown varnished wood (and soon the high gloss IKEA wood too).

My first project was this little set of drawers. Once teak veneered MDF (the horror – I hadn’t checked that when we paid a rather hideous London price for it, ahem), I sanded up a storm and then had a lovely time painting it Manor House Grey. A very grey grey the drawers look quite industrial now and I love them. Perfect for storing my laptop and magazines in – the perfect bedside table in fact. Although the paint hasn’t fully dried even after a week so when I’m not photographing them the drawers are actually open, drying while it rains (a lot) outside.

I am really loving my Brompton Lamp in Slate – thanks so much to lovely new blog friend, Garden Trading. We are pretty much neighbours – they are based only twenty minutes away in Burford – and we spend far too much time admiring their wares at Burford Garden Centre. Which is quite a nice way to while away a Friday afternoon, in fact.

The attention to detail in the lamp’s design is great – I especially love the woven lamp cord – it makes having to hide ugly electrical cords a thing of the past. I shot 900 photos for the bedroom before I was 100% happy with the styling and I can tell you, with great certainty, the Brompton Lamp works with a lot of styles – including mid century modern, Kartell’s Componibili in white, country rustic and my new hybrid modern rustic industrial I’ve created here with my grey paint.

One piece of furniture you won’t catch me painting however, is the beaten up, water stained mahogany chest of drawers. We bought it for a third of the price of the tiny drawers from my favourite furniture shop in London – Paul’s Emporium in York Way, Kentish Town. Such an amazing shop – we’d drop in every weekend to see what new pieces had come in. His prices are fantastically low so there is a very fast turnaround of stock.

Two other rather sweet little things I’ve bought lately from Daylesford are the little hanging tea-light holder (£5) and the little glass vase (£3) – very pretty with a little bunch of white candy tuft from our garden.

Where to buy: Blue Tiger Flower throw (covering chair – fits king size bed) by Susannah Cotton. Grey linen duvet cover and pillow cases H&M. White Copenhagen pillowcases (sold out) from The White Company. White Biggie Best bedspread and paisley cushions from Cotswold Trading, Broadway. Dolls from le Train Fantôme. Floral boxes from Laura Ashley. Garden Trading Brompton lamp in Slate. Grey linen curtains from IKEA.

Many thanks to new blog sponsor Garden Trading for providing a much needed bedside lamp.







3 responses to “A Cotswolds bedroom: Garden Trading Brompton Lamp and Farrow and Ball fixes”

  1. Megan avatar

    Looking gorgeous Charlotte – I love what you’ve done to the drawers.

  2. formandreform avatar

    Hi Charlotte,

    Just wondering if you’d thought of making a slipcover for the bedhead? You can pad it if you like with batting to make it plumper and make the gaps vanish.

    It’s a great way of making a big change easily and as your bedhead is basically square, it would work seamlessly. Just make a giant cushion cover and pull it down – use ties to hold it down to the bed base if needed.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Michelle – yes I did look that up but it was just far too much work and I didn’t have any time to do it. I think I might just ditch the entire bed. Well, I mean we. I quite like having a mattress on the floor.

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