Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Fancy Some Bedroom Action?

 
I'm delighted you enjoyed yesterday's tour. Today's the turn of our bedroom.

Our interior design scheme was never planned, we bought (or hoisted out of skips) things that took our eye and it evolved from there. Like my wardrobe, it's a eclectic mix of vintage, second-hand and Indian market tat that reflects my personality (or at least that's what my guests tell me).

The 1950's kidney-shaped stool was found in a skip and recovered using a jumble sale curtain and car booted pom-pom braiding.

We intended this room to be the guest bedroom but after decorating it we loved it more than our own bedroom so moved in. I keep almost all my stuff in the other bedroom so this room's solely for sleeping, relaxing and reading.The most expensive thing in here is the 1920's French Corbielle bed we bought from eBay for just shy of £120.


The dressing table was given to me by an ex-landlord in the 1980's after I pleaded with him not to burn it. It's been with me for over twenty five years in various guises. Currently it's painted in Crown's Fairy Dust (a pot of which was the second most expensive item in the room).


This pre-war Guilloché dressing table set was 75p from a jumble sale, I bought the 1960's musical box from a charity shop as a teenager, it plays Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head whilst the turntable revolves.


When I met Vintage Laura's mum she told me how much she loved this lamp after seeing it on my blog. She is a beauty and well worth the £1 I paid for her. The 1960's Bambi set were 25p and the glass swan a quid.



This 1950's glazed cupboard was £4.99 from eBay and is ideal for storing some of my bags and handbags. It's painted in the same shade of Crown paint.



This is Jon's side of the bed. I never pay more than a pound for a vintage leather suitcase, there seems almost a glut of them these days, rarely a day goes by without a blogger posting about buying one at a boot sale.



There's no system to my method of picture hanging, if I like it then it gets hung on the wall, the fact that it's all fabulous (and less than a pound) being the common theme.


Jon converted this £2 1960's Lady Shick hairdryer into a groovy bedside lamp. I've since bought another one currently awaiting the same treatment. The Cole & Son wallpaper was an eBay bargain (£7 for three rolls) and Lusty Lloyd Loom bedside table was 20p from a jumble sale.


Some of my poodle collection.




The Edwardian day bed was found in an outbuilding on the property. Like the patchwork curtains the cushions and bolster cover were all me-made utilising jumble sale curtains and bedding.The one-eyed dog was Jon's pyjama case when he was a baby.


The ottoman was £5 from a charity shop, we recovered it with a jumble sale curtain to match the dressing table stool. My Mum made the Afghan blanket when she was expecting me back in 1966.


The mahogany chest of drawers are Victorian and were in the house when we moved in. They are so heavy I think they'll still be sitting there when we're long gone. They're currently housing Jon's video and cassette collection.


The 1960's bedcover was from a jumble sale. I'm not bothered about using second-hand bedding in the slightest, it's washed before it goes on the bed after all. The ottoman holds blankets and spare bedding.


The cast iron fire surround was £10 from a car boot sale and painted matt black. The original fireplace is bricked up and after opening up all the others in the house we've lost the will to do this one. It's being concealed with a dressing table mirror I found in a skip decorated with cuttings from some tatty WW2 era magazines.

Vintage floral maxi skirt (courtesy of the gorgeous Sarah) worn with a car booted Zara tee shirt (50p) I remade into a fringed boob tube, a tooled leather belt (£1, car boot sale) and piles of Indian Lamani gypsy jewellery
Hope you enjoyed the tour. The kitchen'll follow very soon.

80 comments:

  1. Wow Vix! I so love looking around interesting houses - you have such great style and you have no fear in expressing it! How amazing is the hairdryer lamp - fab xx

    Can't wait to see the kitchen xx

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  2. Love your new bedroom and very curious to know what your old room, with it's fabulous grey walls looks like now :)

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  3. I love these tours Vix, you have great style! So much to love in that bedroom, no wonder you love being in there.

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  4. Dear Vix,
    I love your house!
    I'm not surprised that you guys decided to move into the fairy dust room, as it looks like such a magical place!
    I love all your retrotastic knick-knacks, especially the turntable musical box, awesome.
    Old suitcases are much more expensive here in London, I wanted one for keeping scarves in but none were less than a tenner :(
    Take care luv,
    Jennie
    xXx

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  5. You are joking! The Shick really works as a lamp? REALLY?

    That may be the coolest thing I have ever ever seen. That is...*words fail me*

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  6. It is my goal in life to be as fabulouas as you one day. I'm totally serious.

    You are so beautiful, fascinating, mysterious, and other-worldly.

    And your house is spectacular. It's like looking into a time machine! :)

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  7. Wow Vx you should do guided tours. You really live in a contemporary museum.So unique!!!
    How fantastic is that???

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  8. Still in awe of your bed. £120? !!!

    The wallpaper was A BARGAIN, and the re-made lamp is a SMASHING idea.

    Kind of feel like a bit of interior decoration, now.

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  9. really your home original decoration and all that pretty details are awesome!, love you're sharing this with all of us!!
    besos & fun

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  10. Can't believe almost everything in that room was cheaper than a tin of paint, you're an inspiration! Love that wallpaper and the hairdryer-turned-lamp :) xx

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  11. It's fantastic! How clever of Jon to turn the hairdryer into a lamp - I would never think of something like that! The picture collection is great too. You look suitably relaxed and gorgeous in the photo x

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  12. fantastic!!.. what an exciting and fab room. . theres so much to look at and nose at..love that its all fab and everything has a little story attached to!!
    charl
    x

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  13. Excellent - love the 50s cupboard, the hairdryer light and 60s musical box - though I do think you could have dressed up in a baby doll nightie for us!

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  14. Loved this post and totally loving your bedroom. I spied a few bits that i also own, one being the max factor perfume kitty (i got two of these) and I have the same ottoman (mines awaiting a make over in my mums garage!). I love the cabinet with all your bags in - looks amazing! Scarlett x

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  15. I am in awe of your beautiful, gorgeous fairytale house! Love your style in clothing too. I am am going to be a devoted follower of you blog!

    x Miss Dee

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  16. What a fabulous boudior! I love its crazy genius touches of creative recycling - that hairdrier bed lamp is inspired!

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  17. its all fab! loving the wallpaper; glam AND a bargain, too. I get a good feeling when people have left furniture behind when you move in somewhere - as long as its not minging ;) - so a lovely history behind the daybed and chest of drawers. like the way your floorboards aren't "too done" - they look good like that!

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  18. It's fabulous seeing more of your house I love it all! I have a special love of your bathroom and look forward to more pics of that!
    Kandi xx

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  19. Your bedroom is very personal and I think it’s wonderful you have shared it with us.
    I really like the 1950’s cupboard, I love seeing stuff on display- just like the clothing rail, I think it really does make for a great feature.

    The wallpaper and bed are both stunning. All of your treasures on display tell so many different stories; I am so very envious of your immaculate poodle collection!

    The re-vamps and hairdryer lamp are completely one of a kind, just fabulous Vix xxx

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  20. I love the photograph of the woman standing on her own, bottom left. She looks like she's staring right into the camera, kind of 'yeah, what are YOU looking at?'.
    Or maybe that's just me......

    K xx

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  21. Wow thank you for the wonderful tour. Your bedroom is gorgeous and so classy and elegant like yourself. I love it all. I love the random arrangement of the pictures they just look so right all together and the pink and flowers i just love it. Your music box.. wow i have never seen one like that before "raindrops keep falling on my head" bless that took me right back to my first ever jewelry box that sadly i don't have any more as it played the same tune ;-) And your 60's glazed cupboard and dressing table and the bed are just gorgeous. You have a beautiful and unique style that is in a class of your own and its wonderful to see, dee xx

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  22. Love that dresser and the ottoman!

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  23. Fabulous bedroom and dresser.

    Love your outfit the pattern is so pretty xx

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  24. Oh Vix - your bedroom is soo fab, can't wait for more.... xxx

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  25. Im absolutely loving the guided tour photos! Every corner of your house is filled with fantastic artifacts which no doubt each have a story of their own, better than Ikea any day!

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  26. Kerist on a stick,I'm actually a bit speechless at your glorious taste and eye for a fabulous bargain!It's just such a beautiful room,filled with personality and wonderfulness! I could happily wallow in there for hours.....you never cease to impress,amaze and inspire me!! I adore and LOVE you!!!!!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  27. Vix your bedroom is so chic! I love it all, it made me really nostalgic as I remember my mum having the bambi's and poodle busts you have in your home and I used to play with them when I was little. I love the thought you've put into your decor and your bed is amazing, I love it.
    Much love xxxxxxxxxx

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  28. Oooo errrr what a tittle!

    Love your room. It has real character to it. I used to have a stool and ottoman just like yours! Takes me back.

    Thanks for sharing.

    X x

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  29. I'm in love with your bed. When our bed gives up the ghost I'm going to be on the look out for something similar. It really does look very luxurious!

    I love the shade of pink that you have chosen to paint your furniture and I think the dressing table is absolutely gorgeous!

    I really do love that chalkware lamp, she's beautiful and so are you!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful bedroom with us. I can't wait for the next instalment! xxx

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  30. your house seems to be a little vintage museum, my dear! really lovely, and I adore your maxi skirt!

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  31. Your decor is Absolutely Amazing!! I LOVE that lady lamp and the bedside lamp. SO FABULOUS! I also Love little collectibles! Truly Gorgeous home. I would feel right at home there!

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  32. OMG Vix, I'm almost breathless with excitement (!). Love the poodles, the music box, the hairdryer lampy thing. Love it all. Can't wait for tomorrow.

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  33. love your tours. i totally admire your poodle shelf!! i once saw a lush poodle print, by dallas simpson or similar but it was £20, way too much for my pocket money, but i regret not getting it so much i shouldve gone for it!! i think you should charge people to come round your house, i know i'd pay to wander round with a cuppa and hear all your stories!!! xxxxx

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  34. thank you so much for your looovely comment.

    your house looks like i could spend hours in every room by finding gorgeous little (fabulous bigger and fantastic huge things as well)treasures on every centimeter... just adorable.

    as you know, i'm a big lover of pattern mixing... so it's no miracle that i fell in love with your amazing outfit.

    xoxo

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  35. I love your taste amor, that bed is precious. the cabiner with your hats and bags is amazing.. that mirror and vanity is gorgeous. love it all.
    One day I will rummage in that bedroom.
    Your such a beautiful Mama, love your close up fotos and your feather look lovely.

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  36. I love to nose around your house, it's so fantastic, I'd probably never go out if I lived there! Looking forward to the kitchen, and I'd love a closer look at all your handbags one day...

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  37. Thank you for sharing, I really like your electic style. I will definitely be keeping an eye on boot sale bargains in the future! I am totally jealous of your brass bag collection on your previous post. There's a gold metal bag in a shell shape at Accessorize that I've got my eye on but might just have to check out ebay for a vintage one. xx

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  38. I'm a little bit in love with your musical box. I just think it's so lovely that you hold onto things - like the blanket - my mum is brutal and chucks things out after a couple of years. Unsurprisingly me and my sister have turned into right old hoarders. Lovely room, Vix - can't wait for the kitchen xx

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  39. I love the photos on your blog!

    http://thepileofstyle.blogspot.com/
    follow each other? ;)

    <3

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  40. I love the whole room.Cam't even decide what to comment on.lol.I love that bed and vanity.And all the poodles and your lamp on your vanity is beautiful.xxx

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  41. What fun. I love seeing people's houses and this is just my kind of house, everything second hand or free. Your bed is gorgeous.

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  42. The hair dryer lamp is Brilliant! Fun to look inside the inner sanctum.

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  43. Your place is like...my dream land. Can I move in? Can I just be you??


    strawberry freckleface

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  44. I love ... it all. That wallpaper is super gorg, and you and your beau deserve and award for the hair drier lamp!! Your place could be in the design pages, have you ever thought of that (perhaps you've already been featured somewhere)?

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  45. I really love the comb/mirror set, it's so beautiful. I think the suitcases as a nightstand is a fun idea, and very affordable.

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  46. I notice different things each time you do a post like this--this time the music box, the wallpaper, and the hair-dryer lamp!

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  47. I want to see what in your shed/s now! Those leather suitcases go for a fortune here, how lucky are you?!

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  48. You have so many lovely and sentimental items around you that make this room special and an extension of both of you personalities and taste.
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Con mucho amor,

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  49. I love the tours! You have one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen. It's all about you & Jon, and not some overpaid interior designer making your house look fancy. I love all of your little odds & ends, and everything reflects "you" so well!

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  50. Wow Vix... but of course...

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  51. Oh once I get there it will be very difficult to get rid of me!

    I just love it all, especially: your baby blanket, your bed, the amazing dressing table and cabinet, the poodle collection, the wall of fab one pound prints and YOU! You are so gorgeous in your gypsy outfit. Honestly, I am incredibly envious!

    Sarah xxx

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  52. I was ooooing and ohhing about so much so much but that music box and lady lamp and bedisde lamp oh wow.
    I am at present being picked on coz I have too much stuff and no where to put it so have to move alot of it on Oh for the day when I can stick up things where I want!!!

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  53. Vix, you have a fab-u-lous bedroom, I'm loving the pink dressing table!
    And, what's more, I'm loving your maxi skirt!

    Julia @ Retro Jules

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  54. What I love is that EVERYTHING is salvaged, vintage/thrifted. Some people think its clever to have a house full of 'new' pieces with the odd second-hand piece here and there. The only way to get a home as interesting as yours is to fully embrace the vintage lifestyle. If I visited your house I'd be like a kid in a sweet shop, I love a good nose around. My mum used to be a home-help and sometimes I'd go with her. I really enjoyed looking at all the elderly ladies' perfume bottles, ornaments and trinkets.

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  55. I. Am. Gobsmacked. Seriously that is one bedroom I would want to spend all day in, playing with the bambi set, the hairdryer lamp (!!!!!!!!) and the musical box. Gah! The wallpaper and ottoman are gorgeous and I remember you buying the bed and the dressing table stool - I wondered back then how on earth you could resist that incredible bed!! xoxoxoxo

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  56. Oooh I love your house, it's so interesting. i coudl spend days discovering new things! Dressing table is gorgeous - I'm obsessed with them at the moment. sadly missed all the cheep ones last year in our local charity shop as I didn't have the room. Kicking myself now! The musical jewellery box is amazing too xx

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  57. Loving seeing your house! Its got so much depth and character - very interesting! Love the lady light and the day bed is something I'm currently hunting for - fabulous!

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  58. The bedroom is totally wonderful and I love the way that its full of special items that have a story behind them (I'm very much like you here). I'd rather have a room filled full of secondhand stuff than that brought from the high street or from some expensive designer shop. And I'm with you too on secondhand bedding - as long as it can be given a good wash etc. then its fine by me!

    I'm looking forward to the tour of the kitchen next...

    xxx

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  59. Wauw, I love it so much! :)

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  60. You're looking particularly lovely in these photos.

    I'm very impressed by Jon making the hair dryer into a lamp!

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  61. I absolutely adore your bedroom! I am incredibly jealous of the pink furniture, bed and amazing lamps!

    xoxo.

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  62. Hooray! More of Vix's house! It is all amazing, I love your furniture makeovers. I must admit that I am a little amused at the poodle collection. They are cute but I never had you down as a poodle girl!

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  63. What a special bedroom you have made! The prettiest thing in there is you! You look so beautiful, elegant, sexy and funky!

    I love your stuff too. The bed and vanity are my favorites and that barbie lamp!

    EEEP!!! Thanks for the tour!

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  64. Vix I am crazy about everything you haz, but most of all i am crazy about vix!

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  65. Just so y'know, I'm going to steal everything you have. ;)

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  66. Vix, your bedroom is so delightful, completely you, and the fact that everything was free or bargainiferous makes it even more impressive.

    You have such style, you brilliant woman you!

    Looking forward to continuing the tour.

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  67. Love your Shick lamp, dressing table and you look gorgeous in your maxi!

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  68. Yay! I love the tour. I don't much like dogs but somehow am totally taken by your poodle collection. And I am supremely jealous of your glazed cabinet, having only recently been discussing with my other half getting one to house my loose or particularly beautiful shoes! I'm off to check out the post befre this - see you there!

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  69. I've finally caught up with your blog after I've been away for an eternity!! Loving the "through the keyhole" tours!! You have such amazing finds, I feel a re-decoration of my bedroom and craft room coming on ;-) Oh and boy does my Mom go on about that lamp!! She loves her little mention by the way, makes her feel like a celeb ;-) xxx

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  70. Like your room, love. Everywhere you look, there is something interesting to see.

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  71. Amazing! Love the wallpaper and the Edwardian daybed plus amazing patchwork bolster cushion and curtains.

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  72. That dressing table is absolutely beautiful, especially in that colour. I'm not a big fan of pink (much to everyone's surprise) but I adore the dressing table, stool and the beautiful wall paper. I wish I was as interior savvy as you. It's definitely a talent.

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  73. Vix I love your house!
    You have the most fab stuff ever. That top photo of you is so great, I just love the warm tones, looks like it could be in a magazine.

    xoxo
    Sis

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  74. Fascinating as ever. My favourite bits are the wallpaper, cat perfume (I was outbid on one of those the other day), jon's lamp, the afghan, and the ballerina jewellery box. I had one of those when I was little and have just started thinking I'd like one again, and then one pops up on your blog! xx

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  75. OMG! I love your style. The photo with the wall that has all the quirky frames rocks! I just did something similar in my hallway and I HEART it.

    xo,
    Sarah
    Get Up & Go

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  76. Your house is wonderful and that hairdryer lamp is magic. Such an inspiration!
    Laura

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  77. Dearest Vix, beautiful pictures of you, I love them.

    Wow! Where do I start!! Your room is gorgeous. I love all the history to everything.

    I've always wanted a corbeille bed. I bought one covered in lemon silk from Ebay but my flatmate Sam didn't want to go from kingsize to double which I hadn't even noticed. I got carried away with what it looked like.

    The Actor sleeps on the same side of the bed as Jon. I don't care about secondhand bedding either. I love my 1930's quilts.

    I'm finding it hard to pick a favourite... The record player music box!! Amazing. The Egyptian head lamp, you know I love that. The poodles, the hairdryer lamp and your pictures look fabulous the way you've hung them.

    I love you!! xx

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  78. Your bedroom is incredible! I love every single piece! You've given me so much inspiration, am currently doing mine up.

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