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Vintage glamour; Become an old hand at working the luxury look.

HOW you decorate your bedroom is a big deal. I have always thought this, but no more so than in the past few weeks while I have been decorating my own.

You see, every room has a different role, and to me each has its own personality. Having just waved my family off after a loud and laughter-filled weekend dinner, I've tidied up the kitchen, put the dishes away and settled in for the night.

The kitchen is the heart of my home, where I do all my entertaining, and I like it to feel warm and welcoming. My bedroom, on the other hand, is something personal to me. It's not decorated for guests because it's the room I retire to and it helps me close the door to the world every night.

It is my sanctuary and, for the past four years, it has been a feminine hideaway... silk-rose pink curtains, clean white walls and a neutral carpet has been my thing.

But not any more. As of this week, my room has had a makeover. Gone are the curtains, replaced with luxurious ash grey velvet.

My new wallpaper is black and silver, and my neutral carpet is now an ankle-deep dark smoky sea of smoothness. I wanted my room to have the feel of grown-up vintage glamour, and that's exactly what I've got.

It has the shine and sparkle of a glamorous starlet and the brooding intensity of a black and white movie star. It's a bedroom fit for Hollywood royalty and, as I'm now sharing it with my own Prince Charming, it is a room we can both live in, happily ever after.

I DON'T think you need to ask which mirror is the fairest one of all once you've seen this one, it's pretty clear that there can be only one winner.

Aurum mirror, PS58, Not On The High Street THE art of the dinner party is still alive and kicking, and I like an excuse to bring out any of my crockery that is still matching, never mind sparkling. Make every night special with this sensational set.

Hotel Glamour 16-piece dinner set, PS49.99, Dunelm GOLDFINGER himself would be proud to add this to his collection.

Gold effect 746 telephone, PS64, Rockett St George FEW colours spell out glamour as beautifully as black and gold. There is something decadent about it - and sums up a richness that's been passed down through the years.

Biba Selina black vase, PS35, House Of Fraser JAZZ up your drawers with these sparkling beauties!

Glass and chrome doorknob, PS18.95 each, Graham and Green THIS classical beauty has been used in decor for years. Now you can use it to store your bits and bobs, and add glamour to any room.

Lady face jar, PS12, Rockett St George I THINK everyone will agree this stunning light will make a beautiful addition to any room.

Antique brass Ursula empire pendant light was PS300, now PS150, BHS YOU used to have to wait until you retired to be given a carriage clock, but now you can buy your own timeless classic with-atwist.

Glass diamond shaped clock, was PS12, now PS9.60, BHS WHEN it comes to glamour, everyone knows it's all about the accessories, whether it's a streak of dark eye shadow or glittering heels. So think about the little things to make a real impression.

Mirror jewelled frame, PS20; Diamante lines frame, PS30; large Swarovski vase, PS45; Swirl carafe, PS38; martini glass, PS4.70; candles, set of three, PS16; wine stopper, PS12; swirl flute, PS8; mirrored jewellery box, PS38; leopard-print coasters, set of four, PS19; bead runner, PS25.60, all Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams I AM a sucker for a French style dressing table - the only bedroom in my home not to have one is my teenage son's! String white fairy lights round the mirror for a boudoir feel.

Antique French-style dressing table set, PS189.99, Homes Direct 365 MANY bouquets of flowers cost PS15, but they won't last as long as this floral tealight holder. Cut glass tealight holder, PS15, M&S

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White 'Layla' bedding set PS60; diamante cushions, PS20 each; sequin cushion, PS24 each; chandelier, PS319; Regent Chesterfield double bedstead, PS965, all Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 21, 2016
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