29 June 2015

Styled Canvas Challenge: Breakfast in Bed

Would you look at that? Almost July already, which means it has been nearly 30 days since I first started umming and ahhing over whether to take part in Styled Canvas's new monthly styling challenge. You already know that I love watching home makeover shows like The Block franchise and if you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that I've enjoyed putting together a few scenes for the 7 vignettes series that is run by Jen from Interiors Addict. One of the criteria for this particular styling challenge was to borrow at least three items from businesses, friends or acquaintances to use in the photos. Part of me was excited about the concept (I even had a list of places here in Wellington to approach) but most of me was intimidated by the thought. Would homewares stores be happy to lend me some of their products? Expensive products. To little old me. A jandal-wearing, messy up-do non-stylist driving a car with a dent in it. Would I have to wear makeup to go and see them? Would I have to hide the car? It was too much for me to cope with. Mel's whole idea is to push people out of their comfort zones so I may be brave to approach businesses next time. Unless it's laundries, because no-one deserves to see the shambles that is where we wash our clothes. So, I was quite relieved to find that Mel had relaxed her criteria which made the decision easier to join in for this month's Breakfast in Bed theme with items I already own or borrowed from other parts of the house.
The theme Breakfast in Bed has been taken to mean breakfast pillows, in part because I wanted to do something a little different from a scene of enjoying breakfast in bed. I tend not to have hot drinks anyway so this probably a better reflection of what a relaxing Sunday morning would look like for me. I read blogs and spend time on my own one. I have also been going through some photos and thought they'd be a good prop.
I've never shown my bedroom to you before, it's quite a personal space after all. Or in my case,  generally very untidy and just a bit grim. That charcoal duvet cover is so old and sunfaded now and really needs replacing but you'd never know in these photos. We don't usually have that many pillows on the bed either, I borrowed some from the lounge and then wrapped up another pillow from Sienna's room in some of my favourite Leanne Culy rata fabric for this photo. Photo styling hack 101.

It's quite a grey wintery day here at the moment, and there is nothing better than being snuggled up in those flannelette sheets when the weather is cold. Red is one of my favourite colours so you'll often find it sneaking in somewhere in the rooms of our home. The woven bag on the floor was a gift from my husband. It had been laying forgotten in the wardrobe and that book has been sitting on my nightstand for a while, gathering dust. My favourite item in the room is the Infratherm lamp that my husband bought me many years ago. I love industrial pieces and the warmth of timber together.
Usually, the space above our bed is empty because I am still waiting for the money fairies to deposit great lumps of cash under my pillow so we can go and buy a Julie Heffernan or Jane Mogensen artwork but here in the real world, we just put up a fabric map of Europe with packaging tape. I plan to turn that fabric into a floor cushion one day.

So, there is your little peek into my bedroom, taken from angles that hide the floral mattress base, all the cardboard boxes of children's art and old schoolbooks stored under the bed and deftly ignoring the other side of the room that looks like a student flat. Don't forget to check out the other entries for this month and maybe I have given you some courage to have a go interpreting next month's theme when it is revealed, or if you're quick you can join in for the Breakfast in Bed challenge. Entries close tomorrow.

11 comments:

  1. I've always admired your style and styling... Nicely done Leanne :) PS: Love the map ;)

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  2. Leanne, this is such a beautiful scene that you've set up here! Good for you to join in and don't beat yourself up about not getting out and borrowing. I'll always keep it as a suggestion to borrow if you want/can later. I adore the Infratherm lamp (nice husband you've got!) and the map - which I love how it is, taped. So cool! Thanks so much for joining in. Mel x

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  3. gosh I don't know whether I would be game either asking to borrow items from a shop! eeek! I love how you have put this all together, you're a natural stylist, me thinks! What a laugh my breakfast in bed would look like! A massive mirror hanging over the top of our bed, that only hides half of the wall where there's missing wallpaper from where the old fireplace was....no duvet cover for the moment and a kitchen in the background! lol

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  4. It looks so natural and relaxing! I love your honesty too about the unseen parts - we've all got those bits we're not sharing with the world ;)
    I'd happily lend to you - and I'm sure there are other small 'businesses' out there that would be super flattered to be approached and love to be involved in that way
    Can't wait to see the July theme!

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  5. So beautiful and natural - I love your headboard! I had all sorts of plans over the course of the month too, none of which happened for a variety of reasons...so had to make do with what I had! It's actually quite nice hunting through your home and finding new ways of using bits and pieces. The Leanne Curly fabric is lovely, great styling tip!

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  6. Your bed looks so nice and cosy! My bedroom is my sanctuary :D

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  7. Great styling! I absolutely love this casual toused setting. It looks so comfy...don't you just love flannel sheets in the winter? Gray is my go to neutral and has been in my bedroom for years now...we are of like minds.

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  8. Fantastic looking bedroom!!! Love the lamp especially! xx

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  9. What's wrong with the floral mattress and base? You've already borrowed a styley piece right there :) Great work btw! You know who this is! X

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  10. Love this for so many reasons! I have just hung a world map above my bed, having always loved them, and recently seen a great one in a bedroom pic. How many things do we do the same?! Love the pics and love how we can make things look beautiful with a little effort (& secret stashing away). LOVE that lamp. Coffee early next term eh?

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  11. This certainly looks like a comfortable place to be! I love the lamp on the bedside.

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