Calm Master Bedroom Reveal by Tash South

To me, the master bedroom is a sanctuary, somewhere calm to escape to at the end of the day, to unwind and recharge. I wanted our master bedroom to be exactly that, somewhere without too much clutter and visual annoyances that I could go to every evening to switch off and unwind in.

When we saw the architect’s 3D walk-through plans for the house, the angled window in this bedroom was one of the things we were most excited about seeing come into reality. It feels like we’re sleeping in the treetops, and it’s absolutely magic to wake up early enough to catch the firery sunrises. And as a complete bonus – we knew there was a slight chance we may get a view of the city, so when we climbed the scaffoldong up to this floor when it was first constructed, we were just blown away by the fact that we were high enough and perfectly placed to capture the view of Canary wharf and The Shard between the large trees.

The bedroom is by no means huge, but the amount of light and the clean surfaces make it feel larger than it actually is. The structure of the room echoes the rest of the house with a pale herringbone wooden floors, and as in the kitchen/diner, I decided to keep the ceiling beams exposed and painted white, to increased feeling of height in this room. The rear of the house had to be sloped to satisfy planning conditions and neighbours, so to make the most of this, the architect used the angle to add the bespoke window.

The Décor

I’ve kept colour minimal, using Steel IV, a cool grey architectural mat, by Paint and Paper library, I love the calming effect it has, and it also works really well with the pure white and brass detailing I’ve used in the space. The wooden floor and pendant add some warmth.

I’ve kept the furniture white, the bed we’ve had for years, it’s been freshened up with a new coat of white paint – until I decide which one to get next.

The black metal and marble bedside tables add interest against the white and grey in the room, and the greens of the cushions and throw add a touch of complimentary colour and texture.

The driftwood and ceramic wall hanging by Rebecca Harker adds further texture and looks great next to the wooden pendant and white bed.

The Lighting

One of my favourite things in this room is the Tom Raffield Skipper pendant in walnut, which I’ve hung in a slightly unusual place to the left of the bed, but there is also the option to place a chair and a little table underneath the light for a lovely little reading area if I decide to move the bed to a different position in the room. I’ve put a large Edison-style bulb inside the pendant to give a soft, golden glow.

Elsewhere in the room, and on a separate circuit, I’ve used clever, recessed spotlights by Levello with a paintable coverplate for a minimal finish, to give bright, practical light when required. On a third circuit, I’ve had some brass floor lights installed, they give off a gentle, golden ambient up-light under the angled ceiling and on either side of the window, accenting it at night. The three circuits, plus bedside lamps give very flexible lighting options – much needed in a bedroom.

The Storage

The wall of built-in wardrobes provide plenty of storage, which leave the floor space feeling clear and spacious. Behind the door was a natural place to include some floor-to-ceiling wardrobes to maximise the storage, originally we were planning to have a walk-in wardrobe, but in the end decided to use that space to increase the size of the adjoining office space and en-suite bathroom instead.

The door knobs are the Avant Garde Knurled knobs in raw brass by Dowsing & Reynolds

The Details

Cushions are Pelham at Andrew Martin. Bedding and beadspread are from Urban Collective. The driftwood and ceramic ‘White Fringe’ wall hanging is by artist, Rebecca Harker

The marble side table is from La Redoute and the table lamp is the Fitz from Habitat.

Round mirror with leather strap is by La Redoute. Jewelery box is Jonathan Adler.

Photo Credits:
Image 1: Michelle Beatty for MAB Architects
All others: Tash South

This post contains items loaned to me for a photo shoot:
Bedding from Urban Collective (Pure PR)
Cushions from Andrew Martin (Pure PR)
Wall hanging from Rebecca Harker,

Guest Loo Reveal by Tash South

Considering these are the smallest room in the house... under the stairs loos are a big deal. They are so useful to have as they are quite often the only toilet on the ground floor of the house, saving the trek upstairs every time you need to spend a penny, so when we built our house, we made sure to include one.
As it’s a modern house, and a compact one at that, we have an unusual L-shaped stair layout with half landings, meaning the space under the stairs is very tight.

Coming in at a tiny 114 by 68 centimetres it was a huge challenge as I had to source the smallest items possible to go inside it and painfully plan every centimetre of space. To make things even trickier, the ceiling slopes steeply down as you enter the small space.

The tiny 114cm by 68cm space has been transformed into a useable guest WC

To make the absolute most of the space, I pushed out the left hand side wall by adding two recesses, stealing space from the adjoining cavity wall that forms the stair banister. The WC is so narrow, that without the recess, the small marble basin would not even have fit into the space, so this tiny bit of extra space was essential to making the room functional.

Because the WC leads off the main living areas, where I’ve used a strong palette of black, brass and marble, I decided to carry it through into this area as well, using Harlequin’s bold black and gold Tessellation wallpaper and painting the sloped ceiling in Off Black by Farrow & Ball.

The Floor Plan

To make the most of the tiny floor area, I sourced a wall hung wc with a short projection – Rak Ceramics’ Metropolitan Wall Hung Pan was amongst the shortest I could find. Even though the basin had to be tiny to fit into the recess, I still wanted it to be beautiful and unusual, rather than standard white ceramic, so after weeks of research I sourced the Kaloo white marble Stone Basin from Living Roc and tiled the surrounding triangular recess with a large format marble effect porcelain tile.

The wall-hung basin and pan free up floor space and the recesses push the wall out giving the illusion of a larger area.

The Details

Carrying the brass theme through the interior from my brass island in the kitchen and the Flos wall lights in the living room, I chose the brushed brass MPRO Monobloc mixer from Crosswater, it has a tactile knurled lever, which is exactly the kind of little textural detail that I love. The flush pate was originally chrome, but I spray- painted it in matte black to blend in with my scheme. And always staying true to my mission of adding warmth, character and texture to modern homes, I chose the handmade Black Siham tiles from Bert and May for the floor and half way up the back wall. The simple black, gold edged round towel hook is from Ferm Living and the modern touch light plate is by Ilumos.

The solid marble basin, although small, adds a touch of luxe.

The knurled detail on the Crosswater tap is a great textural detail.

The Ferm Living hook (purchased from Amara fits in perfectly and the sleek controls suit the modern build.

The Space Enhancing Tricks

I had to go into overdrive with visual space trickery in the area! Besides the wall hung pan and the basin recess, the additional square recess is a much needed storage pocket for toilet paper and a couple of pretty things like a candle or room scent and small plant (faux of course, because there is no natural light in here!)

I’ve used clean lines to maximum effect in this small area, designing the door to be taller than is standard, giving a sense of height, there is also no trim or moulding around the door, removing any extra visual clutter. Usually these tiles would be laid horizontally or in a brick pattern, but I decided to have them laid vertically on the floor, so that the room appears deeper than it actually is. All these little details give the visual effect of the space appearing larger than it actually is.

Interior design, styling and photography by Tash South.

DETAILS: Mirror, Laura Ashley. Candle Malin & Goetz. Plant pot: Oliver Bonas. Hand wash, Ashley & Co (gift)

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