This is an unpaid but gifted collaborative post with the lovely Cassandra of Atelier Ellis paint and a competition at the end for you to win some beautiful paint by creating your own Pinterest mood board for your next renovation project!
I started on a new colour journey last year when I discovered this paint range created by Cassandra Ellis. Cassandra asked if we’d like to try out some of her colours and also share the story of our home and in her Portrait series and we said yes, please!We have been living with the cool greys forever now and although we love them, the bright Southern light and dark North light at either end of our house call for something fresher in some places and more cosy in others. We have always loved white so we will be introducing more of that back in the living space, but before that, we have been painting some of our walls with warmer tones, starting in our bedroom. This cosy colour journey began when we repainted the bedroom with – Warm Mud Brown. We were looking for a snug and relaxing feel and chose this soft, deep dusky pinky brown for cosying up, reading and sleeping in. Inspired by the old painting hanging above the bed that we bought at a yard sale for £10 – it is our version of forever autumn in here. All the seasons unfold with their own magic to me but Autumn is my favourite season by far. I really wanted to create a hibernating space for us that would be restful all year round, filled with warmth, nature and layers of delicate interest and inspiration. The images here are at different times of the day so we can see how the colour changes in the light. In the rest of the room, the furniture is mostly antique, some pieces from India – I have had a bit of a crush on the fairtrade vintage pieces from Ian Snow for ages and have now bought four of their cupboards. Two for in here and two in our living room and we have re-painted them all in deep browns and muddy greens. The antique optician’s desk was a birthday present from Dean when we lived in our apartment in Hastings and the small chest was another junk shop find that has had many repaints. We love to burn woodsy incense in here in the day to cleanse the space for the evening. Our clothes are stored in another room, meaning this space is kept quite calm with just a few decorative items, places to house the books we are currently reading, skincare products and spare bedding.The bedside lights I pieced together from flex and fittings we have been hoarding up in the loft since we moved, and the twig is from our favourite birch tree in the garden. Dean made the bedside shelves from a piece of elm with hidden brackets. I made the little paper lampshade on the table opposite the bed from tissue paper and some favourite grasses that run wild in our garden. The ‘new’ bed was a bit of a bold move as we’d had enough of the giant mid-century headboard towering above us on our bed, but couldn’t afford a new frame – so we plunge sawed the top off!We have used a mix of cream, white and muted pink bedding in different textures with ivory curtains. Everything is linen or wool and can be washed in the machine after a muddy trampling by Marlo after she’s been out on one of her rainy day adventures. You might be able to spot her under the covers in some of the pictures, as she tucks herself away to sleep like this every day and refused to get up when I was taking my photos.So, now for the exciting bit – are you planning a room redecoration this year? Cassandra and Atelier Ellis have kindly offered 10L of their amazing paint in any colour and type of paint to one of my lovely readers. It can be all emulsion, Eggshell, wood paint or a mixture. Depending on what the winner prefers and what you have planned, they will send sample pots/colour charts etc to you first so you can try out the colour. For more painterly colour inspiration you can also catch up with these lovely peeps on Instagram here.
Years ago when I first started blogging, I won a mood board contest on Decor8 and I had a ball putting it together, so thought it would be fun to ask you to make a Pinterest board inspired by your favourite Atelier Ellis colour. Planning a room by making a mood board full of your hopes for the style and atmosphere you are hoping to create, is such a great help when designing a room.
Pin your favourite colour from the beautiful Atelier Ellis palette and then lots of other images (these can be from anywhere) that would make up your dream room? This is the kind of thing I mean here I made this board to channel my colour dreams for 2019 and all my other pins are all hanging out here and Atelier Ellis’s here – if you need a little more inspiration!
Atelier Ellis are intensely pigmented paints, they are quiet and painterly, but also hard-wearing and washable – essential round here with muddy cats paw prints on EVERYTHING. We are really pleased with how easy this paint is to work with, two coats are plenty for a perfectly chalky matt finish. Elsewhere here I have used Tea Rose to jolly up the Tea Shed and we have also invested in the crisp Tabula Rasa white for our kitchen/living space and Sabi Grey for our hallway.
To enter – just pop a link to your Pinterest mood board in the comments here with the name of your favourite colour and the room you hope to decorate and we will pick a winner in two weeks on Wednesday the 6th of March.