Emma Block Illustration


The creative life of an illustrator living in London

New Home - Bedroom Tour

Post sponsored by Vinterior

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I am really excited to share a little tour of my bedroom with you. Last week Vinterior came to visit my flat to take some photos and interview me about my interior style. I’m so pleased with how our bedroom has come together. I would describe our bedroom as Gothic Victorian meets mid century modern. It sounds like a total mess but in reality it feels charmingly eclectic in a boutique hotel kind of way.

I had always liked the idea of having a navy wall behind the bed, and in the end we decided to just be brave and go for dark blue on all four walls. I’m so glad we made this decision and it gives the room such a dramatic yet cosy feel. I think the combination of high ceilings and the massive window means we get away with using such an intense colour. The colour is Breton Blue from Dulux. It was my husband’s idea to paint the radiator black to match the fireplace, and it works so well.

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The thing with our bedroom is its biggest asset is also its biggest challenge; it has a beautiful original fireplace which somewhat limits the layout of the room. I love the fireplace, it’s so dramatic and unusual and it’s actually what originally drew me to the flat. 

Obviously we wanted to celebrate the fireplace and making a focal point of the room, but that meant carefully buying furniture and that would squeeze into the remaining space. At first I wasn’t sure what kind of furniture I wanted, so I ordered a practical looking three door wardrobe from a high street retailer for just over £500. After the third time they failed to deliver it I thought to myself, what am I doing? It’s so expensive, it’s flat packed, it’s not even made of real wood and by the time we move house again it will probably look awful. So I had a look on Vinterior, and found my wardrobe of dreams which happened to be the same dimensions as the other wardrobe, but made out of solid walnut and £200 less. I immediately ordered it.

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I found most of our other pieces of furniture on Vinterior as well. Initially I was a bit worried about how an antique wardrobe would you look in a room with a mid century chest of drawers and bedside tables, but I think the dark dramatic colour makes everything cohesive. 

I love buying vintage furniture, you can find something unique that is well-made yet affordable, and it’s good for the environment. Vinterior made it so easy to find beautiful pieces in my price range and have them delivered to my flat. The nice thing is the pieces came from independent vintage and antique shops from all over the country, that I never would’ve found otherwise. 

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The finishing touches in the room are a pair of grey velvet curtains from DKNY, by at TK Maxx, a simple king size bed from made.com and a Peruvian rug next to the bed. The walls are decorated with framed Otomi embroidery we bought on our honeymoon, a vintage map and a giant gold hand painted fan I found in a vintage shop. I love the way it looks against the blue wall and how it catches the light in the afternoon. My friend Migle from Your London Florist gave me this enormous bunch of dried flowers and they still look amazing for months later. I love the how the colours look against the blue walls. 

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This post is sponsored by Vinterior, however I paid for all of the furniture in this post myself, and all opinions are my own. You can get 10% off your first order with this link. Read the interview and watch the home tour here.