Transforming two spaces for a soon-to-be-married couple in their first home together with Made.com. This lovely competition winning couple won a re-design of one room and we took it to the next level, giving them two new spaces, to set them up for a great start to their married life together. Designing their happy place for them was a joy.
The Brief – we asked entrants to this competition to tell us why they wanted their space to be redesigned. It was amazing reading all the entries (we would have loved to do so many of them), this one stood out because it is a white box apartment that we feel many can relate to. Storage is a major issue, and bringing some personality to the spaces. Starting a new life together is also a big step and deserves a great start.
Here is the original brief sent in by Victoria and Martin:
First of all, this is VERY exciting, I love both MADE and 2LG! In January, my partner is moving in, and we are getting married in Feb (woo!). At the moment the flat is very much my space and it would be lovely if it could become more of a space for us both. It would be amazing if either the bedroom could become a warm romantic space (with actual room for two!) OR the spare room made lovely so we can have guests but cleverly designed so we can use it as a space to work in and put instruments in – we are freelancers in music and theatre. Whichever space it is, we’re in a flat so we need to be savvy with making space for both our stuff. At the minute the rooms are very simple and white. I have followed 2LG for a while and have adored the bright colours, the curved edges, scallops and arches – and a shout out to your GORGEOUS terrazzo table! I’ve also been inspired to try and make a curved edge backdrop for our wedding in true 2LG style! On the whole, I’d love to jazz up either room and make it more special for us both, as we start this new chapter of married life together.”
The primary issues were storage, personality and a lack of space. Going from living alone to sharing your bedroom with your partner can be daunting, especially on the wardrobe front.
The solution we came to after meeting them and seeing the rest of the apartment was to take the wardrobes out of the bedroom, creating a calm, spacious bedroom, with king sized bed and also do the other guest room, but make that a transformational space. So the second bedroom has a sofabed, for guests if necessary, and all the wardrobes so that it can be their dressing room too. We also gave them a desk so that it can be a quiet workspace away from the living room as they sometimes both work from home.
We talked with the couple and Martin revealed that he travels a lot with work so it was really important for him to have a cosy, soft bedroom to return home to.
We then gave them everything they had said they loved about our work, bold shapes and colour and lots of layers of texture, to make it feel like an exciting new part of their life that reflects them both. The colour palette came from Victoria’s original artworks that were all around the home, their book collection and Martin’s three guitars, that will eventually be displayed on the wall in this office/music room/guest room/dressing space.
The spaces feel lighter and brighter eventhough the walls are no longer white.
Get the look to design your happy place – here are the pieces we used.
Hayllar Kingsize Bed, with Ottoman storage base, £699
Orson 3 seat Sofa Bed, vintage pink velvet, £799
Amalyn Compact Desk, walnut, £349
Wespa Lined Curtains – Ready made cotton eyelet curtains, £139
Orko Rug, Large berber style, £399
Elona wide chest of drawers, Racing Green, £399
Bex Large Round Mirror, Made essentials, Blush Pink, £99
Stretto Bedside Tables, tonal grey, £129
Zurn Round Coffee table, Concrete, £299
Masako Pendant light, LED smoked glass, £99
Vetro Ceiling light, White, £49
Skasen Table lamp, Concrete, £59
Vetro Bedside Lamps, Aqua Green, £49
Vetro Floor lamp, Peacock Green, £139
Corolla Wall planter, Large Brass, £35
Haalo Ceramic vases, from £18
Bosca Earthenware planters, Set of two, Green, £39