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Dream bedroom: Homebase Anthology. Before….


Not long ago my bedroom was featured over at UK Interior Design blog Love Chic Living as part of Jen’s Real Living feature. Well, the comments were tactful, but airing your bedroom on the internet is one sure fire way to spur on a decorating scheme. The room has promise, but was really lacking something.

Luckily Homebase got in touch, to share their Anthology range and to ask whether I would like to review some wallpaper and accessories from the range. I fell in love with Anthology instantly and could see it working brilliantly in this room, more on that later, first a bedroom tour.

We have recently moved our bedroom into the attic room, leaving the kids to have bigger rooms downstairs. I love this room because it feels like an escape, it is peaceful, the sound of the traffic far below is soothing. I love the period features, the old fashioned bed and the butterfly theme which carried on from our wedding. We lost our statement wall of butterfly wallpaper to Miss L when we moved upstairs, this room feels a bit empty.100_0357

All the furniture in this room tells a story. I always coveted my mum’s Edwardian dressing table when I was little, I was so excited when I found one just like it on freecycle, along with the wash stand we use as a TV stand. When mum died I inherited her actual dressing table and my old one went back on freecycle.

My husband was left a grandfather clock, which needs some repairs, you can see the amazing clock face below. In his will his Grandad stated he could have it as a wedding present. The rocking chair was a present from my mother in law.


As you can see the room needs some TLC, last night the heavy rain dripped through the window, there’s some damp, the curtains are faded and because we have a wardrobe in a cupboard downstairs, I always have piles of clothes on chairs. The ‘All you need is love’ wooden signs Mr A bought me need re hanging. It needs something to brighten it up, but I can see it feeling like a hotel room one day.

So here is the plan…I’m going with all the accessories you see below and with the butterfly wallpaper to continue our wedding day theme. the main picture helped me to see how well the look goes with dark woods.  What really enticed me was the way travel, nature and history inspire the range. Old maps, globes, artefacts, butterflies, collections. It seemed to pull together both masculine and feminine elements successfully, and to appeal to our joint love of maps and travel.

So the wallpaper is now up, I have clicked and collected the items from my local Homebase, so do pop back and see how I am getting on!

The items featured:

Antique brass lighting

Bath accessory

Throw pillow

Holiday decoration

Framed wall art



  1. Emma
    06/12/2013 / 1:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing the story of your furniture, Penny. I too have items from grandparents and parents in my house and value them so much more than any newly-bought piece of furniture.

  2. Filipa
    06/12/2013 / 4:21 pm

    Really glad you’re sharing this Penny. We did our room 9 years ago magnolia and pine and plain. Since the boys came along the carpet is calpol stained, drawer front are off, wall are decorated with crayon and the duvet looks like a dog sleeps on it. It’s really bad. I would be so ashamed to share photos of it, but we are currently sleeping in the spare room and slowly trying to give it a make over. I feel so un-inspired so it’s really great to see some of the lovely things you have shared here. Your room actually looks very nice as it is, but I’m very much looking forward to see what you decide to do! Fleeps xxx

  3. 06/12/2013 / 7:25 pm

    oh cripes, I really can’t wait to see it finished, it’s going to be amazing!!

  4. 07/12/2013 / 12:11 pm

    Oh good luck penny can’t wait to see what you do x

  5. 09/12/2013 / 9:08 am

    I think time seems to fly so quickly that with all the great intentions, you just get used to certain rooms and before you know it you haven’t changed a thing for a year or two! Like us, we’ve been living in our new home for two years and still haven’t got round to putting up blinds or curtains (except our bedroom of course) and it was only when someone mentioned this to us that we realised that we’d completely forgotten about them and got so used to our rooms with no curtains!

    Sounds like you’ve got a lovely plan for your bedroom, I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Good luck, happy decorating!

    Katie x

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