Emily Murray is the founder and editor of The Pink House, an award-winning interiors blog all about fabulous family living. The blog is all about taking interior inspiration and advice from fabulous people and places, and using it to make yourplace amazing. Emily has chosen our Quirky B Liberty Fabrics Capello Shell carpet for her bedroom, so we thought it’s time to pay a visit.
WHY DO YOU LOVE PINK?
It never fails to make me happy, especially in blush and fluoro forms. I named my blog and business The Pink House because, for me, pink is shorthand for fun and fabulousness. I wanted to speak to people who had the same passion for colour.
DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM HOME?
It’s pretty much the house I live in now, on top of a hill in creative South East London, but with the following adjustments:
- the ground floor bathroom knocked out and added to the side of the house, to open up the hallway
- de-beiged hallway and stairs, with Alternative Flooring stair runner (I had Quirky Dotty Damson in my Edinburgh house – maybe this time I’ll choose Quirky Tess in Pink…)
- more pink (sadly, The Pink House Husband is nearly at pink capacity. Apparently)
WHERE DOES YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATION COME FROM?
Everywhere! Friends’ houses, magazines, the clothes I buy, cool boutiques, travel, random colour combinations, works of art, hotels, restaurants, bars, Instagram, Pinterest, interesting new people, my kids…
WHAT ARE YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS FOR THIS BEDROOM?
This room is about tricking The Pink House Husband into thinking it’s all about blue walls, when really, it’s all about pink! I was told that under no circumstances was I allowed to a) paint the walls pink, or b) include a patterned wallpaper in my design for this room, so I thought, no problem – I’ll put the pattern and pink on the floor instead and Capello Shell is just perfect! This is a great tip for designing a bedroom where you have to take your partner’s dubious taste into consideration – just focus on the area you know he (or she) will approve of – in this case blue/grey walls (so very masculine) – leaving you free to get creative in the rest of the room.
I chose a wall colour that would go with the bed and carpet, without stealing its thunder. Un-patterned walls also meant that I could use books, lamps and plants to create interest either side of the bed. As it’s not a very big room, bespoke built-in wardrobes painted the same colour as the walls make the most of the space. As a final touch, I plan to add a mirror over the bed and hang a large artwork on the blank wall.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PATTERNED CARPET DESIGN?
I chose Capello Shell as it was simply the prettiest, most delicious carpet I had ever seen, and ideal for a bedroom – I had to have it! It also goes perfectly with the bespoke pink headboard I had made.
WHY IS WOOL AND WALL-TO-WALL CARPET GOOD FOR BEDROOMS?
Your bedroom is somewhere you want to feel comfortable and relaxed – it’s a room for winding down, waking up and taking time for yourself. A wall-to-wall wool carpet was my first choice for my bedroom because it’s soft, warm and welcoming as soon as my feet touch the floor in the morning, and last thing at night. As soon as I walk into my bedroom and feel the luxurious wool carpet beneath my toes, my whole body relaxes.
DESCRIBE ALTERNATIVE FLOORING IN THREE WORDS?
Creative, contemporary, luxurious
Emily’s cool boots on her new Liberty Fabrics Capello Shell Coral bedroom carpet
AF: DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS?
Fun, fabulous, luxurious
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