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A Master Bedroom "Retreat"

These hard working parents with three busy children needed a 'retreat', a special space just for them.

It was with pleasure when they asked me back a second time to help them with their

master bedroom and en-suite renovation.

T H E  B R I E F

The brief was to create a master bedroom with a relaxed vibe for my clients to enjoy and unwind in. They wanted a calming colour palette and a low fuss, casual space that looked great even with the bed unmade!

An office 'nook' was also on the list, a place to keep files and paperwork along with a small work station where the computer could be accessed easily sometimes during the night when work required.

The existing ensuite was to be gutted and extended in length, other than it needing to be practical the clients were happy to be guided here by my knowledge and expertise to dish up something a little special.


Two of the main points of interest for me was the incredible view of Wellington City through the floor to ceiling corner window, and the colourful glass lead-light in the triangular window. I was keen to promote these features so I was careful not to detract with the design.

D E S I G N  D E T A I L S

My spatial experience suggested the planned layout required some 'tweaking' before we could move onto interior finishes. The upgrade to a king size bed wasn't going to fit in the space suggested and the current position of the bed wasn't maximising the features of the room such as the view. To resolve this issue I adjusted the design to create a false three-quarter wall and moved the position of the bed allowing for the new king size bed and side tables. This option resulted in stunning views of Wellington City from their bed, a larger office/storage area whilst also hiding the entrance to the en-suite allowing for further privacy.

When you reach the top of the stairs the impact is now focused on the bed. By adding several layers such as the textured wallpaper behind the bedhead, the contrasting casual linen head board, the pop of colour through layered cushions and the chunky knit throw I created a relaxed coziness with out too much dominance.

Stunning Ombre style window treatments were made to drape casually on the floor. Not to detract from the stunning views by day whilst creating a cosy atmosphere by night.

Great lighting is key in any area of your home. With only a small amount of space next to the clients bed we opted for hanging pendant lights to free up space on their side tables.

Adding LED strip lighting into shower niches and under vanities created soft mood lighting for at night when it's time for bed.

The suspended caesarstone bench offsets the bottom shelf creating a sense of balance.

With the en-suite only being 900mm wide it took some clever thinking to make this space feel bigger than it actually was, without compromising on style! This vanity was custom designed by Compose Interiors to not only add 'wow factor' to the clients en-suite but to provide a much needed practical storage space too. I chose to add a contrasting caesarstone bench-top that was a few shades lighter than the floor tile to add strength and definition to the design.

The en-suite wall tiles were selected for their hi-gloss finish, which would bounce light around and trick the eye into seeming like the space was bigger than it actually was. The texture brought interest and to create a clean line I specified a thin 3mm grout spacing in white, giving the impression of a solid wall.

T H E  R E S U L T

I'm delighted with how this project has turned out. My clients trusted my expertise from the beginning and were happy to be guided by my interior design direction and the results speak for themselves. I look forward to working with this family again in the very near future. Watch this space!


"by the end we completely trusted Debbie to make decisions on our behalf

as she had spent the time with us to understand our brief"


You can see the entire image gallery of this project and BEFORE PHOTOS here.

If you would like help in transforming your bedroom or en-suite book a FREE CHAT with me to discuss your space and how I can be of help you!

Contact Compose Interiors for further information: 021 144 7704 or

Photography by: Nicola Edmonds (


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