This was my bedroom in 1996 when I was 16. What I love about this picture is that I can see the seeds of my future career as an interiors journalist – I’ve quite obviously taken time to tidy the room, make the bed, arrange things in a way that I thought looked visually pleasing. It’s like I was practising for the hundreds of homes I’d end up styling during my future career.
I’m sharing this picture for a throwback challenge set by Marks & Spencer to see how I’d refresh a room from my past using products from M&S’s new Spring/Summer collections. The basic palette of blue and white in my 1996 bedroom is a classic that I think would work well in 2014, but I’ve swapped the dull, deep red accents for hot pink ombre and that awful orange pine wood for oak details.
Freya footstool, from £429; jacquard tribe bed set, from £59; tile print photo frame, £19.50; two round weave baskets, £55; tree table lamp, £79; step ladder, £129; Conran Kitson side table, £199; pure linen ombre cushion, £25; lace design jug vase, £35.
Disclosure: M&S are sending me an item from my moodboard for writing this post