We recently ran a competition on Pinterest where we asked you to create your dream bedroom for the New Year. Loads of you got involved and we were inundated with great entries but there could only be one overall winner. Selected by our wonderful interior design judge, Lucy Gough, our winner was the lovely Josie with her gorgeous Scandinavian inspired board.
We were all so impressed by Josie's board that we wanted to find out a little bit more about her to see where her design inspiration came from.
What do you do when you’re not creating beautiful bedrooms on Pinterest?
I'm an English teacher in a Bristol secondary school and a mum to two boys, aged 5 and 3. During rare moments of me-time I like running, photography and skimming through my collection of interior design magazines!
What was your inspiration for creating your board?
I'm obsessed with Nordic Noir literature and drama - The Killing, Borgen and especially The Bridge. Whilst relishing the characterisation and twisting plot lines, I always have half an eye on the paint colours and light fixtures in scenes! My brother lives in Bremen, Germany and the year before last we spent our summer holidays exploring Northern Europe with him. This confirmed my love for Scandi style. I love really minimal design but that's hard to maintain with two young boys racing around the house. The Scandinavian look is user-friendly, fusing modern design with natural materials and treasured vintage pieces, which give spaces personality and make them more practical.
What does the rest of your home look like and does your new bedroom reflect your style?
Definitely. Last June we bought our dream home, and Scandinavian design has defintely influenced my choices when decorating it. I've kept a natural, muted colour scheme throughout (am obsessed with shades of grey) and had the floorboards stripped and stained. It is a Victorian house so I think it's important to keep features that fit the style of the architecture - I bought the traditional chandelier in the lounge from the person who owned the house before us, but have updated it with modern furniture and art prints, which I collect from exhibitions and vintage fairs.
Where do you start when decorating a room? Key piece of furniture etc.?
I like to keep the backdrop simple - neutral walls and natural floorings - to let key pieces take centre stage. Some of my favourite things are artworks - a print by the artist Michael Lin I picked up from an exhibition years ago, artworks by local artists and a framed vintage Scandinavian tea towel in the kitchen!
I inherited a couple of pieces of furniture from my Granny when she passed away two years ago, and they are very precious to me. As a result, I fell in love with the mid-century style of the Ercol furniture on my board. I love statement lighting and this is often a focus when I think about decorating a room. I have had my heart set on a tripod lamp for a while, so this was an essential when I started this bedroom design.
Is this bedroom going to be a “you space” or will your whole family take advantage of it?
That's a good question! Before we moved house, my husband and I had a tiny bedroom so that the boys had space for their toys. Now they have a playroom we have reclaimed the master bedroom... however, we frequently get little visitors in the early hours and often wake up with four in a bed!
Who was the first person you told about winning this competition?
I was out for lunch with my sister who is a junior doctor and had just had a really important interview. She had really got behind my Pinterest board for the competition, sharing it with her friends online and was so pleased when we saw the Twitter announcement. Fingers crossed that her interview turns out to be a success too!
How did you celebrate?
A large glass of wine each was swiftly added to our lunch order!
We're busy putting Josie's brand new bedroom together and it's all very exciting! We'll be popping over to her house, with Lucy Gough, so we can style her room and take some snaps for you so you can see the transition from board to reality.