How to create a free spirited-style bedroom

Create a beautiful, handcrafted look in the bedroom with these decor tips. Transport your mind to far-flung places with this exotic look created using artisan pieces


It’s never been easier to embrace your inner gypsy and source beautiful and unique decor that reflects a freedom-loving spirit. Jewel-coloured linens, hand-finished metallics and lots of wild foliage are key pieces for this thrown-together look, mixed and matched with treasures from faraway lands. Think outside the box and do away with your bed frame and clunky furniture – use a pile of tatty, well-read books to hold your herbal tea, or an upturned woven basket as a table for your cup of foraged roadside flowers.


Get the look
-The key to this look is using beautiful handmade pieces to dress a room.
-The bed is low and layered with amazing linens. Using linen bedding gives the bed a casual, undone feel.
-An upturned basket is used as a bedside table. It’s the ideal height beside this low-lying bed, and the woven texture adds to the room’s handmade feel.
-A vintage Moroccan rug and leather pouf have been added to underscore the bedroom’s authentic, artisanal aesthetic.
-Rich, jewel-like colours add warmth and depth to the room.


Credits: Wall colour Resene ‘Maverick’; Vida-Moda standard pillowcases in ocean, $115 per pair, from Allium; Bedouin Societe standard pillowcases in wisteria, $155 per pair, from Indie Home Collective; Mulberi velvet cushion (gold colour), $79, from Republic; Italian linen cushion in aubergine, $135, and Bed & Philosophy flat sheet in piscine (on top of bed), $380, both from Madder & Rouge; Vida-Moda king linen duvet in ocean, $499, and Vida-Moda linen queen flat sheet in white, $355, both from Allium; Coast waffle throw, $239, and hammered copper pendant lights, $248 each, all from Thread Design; Indian mirror, $149, from Madder & Rouge; Rattle basket, $109, and Bloom planter, $49.95, both from Freedom; Philodendron xanadu plant, $25.90, Broste brass tray, $93.90, Broste candle plate, $20, crystal (amethyst), $125, all from Indie Home Collective; lassi cup, $49, and Beldhi glass, $7.50, both from Madder & Rouge; Moroccan boucherouite rug, $695, from Madder & Rouge; Moroccan leather pouf, $199, from Let Liv. Jewellery, stylist’s own.

Words by: Shelley Ferguson. Styling by: Claudia Kozub. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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