My Pretty Bedroom – Living on the Island

metal bed with granny blanket and vintage accessories

My Pretty Bedroom – Living on the Island.

I realised the other day that I haven’t added any pictures of my pretty bedroom and I know how much you all like taking a peek into the Happy House decor…well here is some well overdue eye candy for you to hopefully get some inspiration from…

old bed decorated with union jack and patchwork cushions

As you can see I love everything vintage and even if it isn’t old, I love the vintage vibe of new things, as long as it all matches in my head anyway!  The colours I just can’t get my head around though is Purple or Orange! Pink – Yes,  Yellow – Yes, but purple and orange is a definite NO.  Do you have any colours that you can’t stand to decorate with?

vintage rose bag on chippy painted chair
Cath Kidston; well she plays a part in my style, seeing that it is extremely hard to find old pieces of material and anything vintage really, her designs fit into my decor perfectly and seeing that I have also helped her with sourcing fabrics for her books and collections, is it a wonder that I love the brand!

[NOTE] – This post was written back in 2008 so the wonderful cottagey prints and ethos of the original CK designs are no more unfortunately!  You might like the new stylesicon…they have definitely moved on, trying to appeal to a more modern customer, I think! and to us Die Hard folks that started our blogs, all linked by the fact that we all loved Cath and her pretty vintage style!…well we are fans no more!  Cath no longer owns the company but I pray that soon she will show her face to the world again and pretty up this male orientated world with pretty girly florals again x

vintage bedroom with checks and union jacks

I just love the chippy rubbed away painted look, I often buy pieces just for that look!  When I buy something like say the french blue chair above, people often say to me ‘it’ll look good after a rub down and a repaint!’  I always laugh!  Why would you want to do that!  I love it just the way it is!  It could tell a story that I am sure, every bit of rubbed off paint worn away over the years…how lovely is that!

You just can’t beat the shabby look…a little bit battered, showing it’s age, i think its beautiful.

What do you think?

Bye for Now x



  1. happy zombie
    28th September 2008 / 5:40 am

    What a dreamy room! It’s my ultimate fantasy room. Love, love, love your style, Happy. xo – the other Happy :o)

  2. GeorgiaPeachez
    25th September 2008 / 10:16 pm

    I love it! I am so jealous of all that CK that you have all about. Cute gollywog too! xo, suzy

  3. Shelley
    19th September 2008 / 1:50 pm

    Hi Happy, just wanted to comment on your lovely blog. It is a very happy place,and I love your style.Although I decorate in mostly primitive. I love what you do with your treasures. I to have a great love for things from my childhood,dolls,books,toys,etc. I have really enjoyed visiting you and will be keeping you on my sidebar so I can return often! Love your Golly, I think he would fit in great with my prims…..Blessings, Shelley

  4. Jennie
    17th September 2008 / 9:22 pm

    ooh I absolutely adore your bedroom! And your golly.. and your blog…:D

  5. jaana*maaria
    17th September 2008 / 8:47 pm

    *cryoutloud*We should have known, your bedroom ist pure sugar! Love it. Your style is unique, always a pleasure to be here! Happened to see, you love Tempur… me too! It IS like sleeping on a cloud(s)…

  6. Heleen
    16th September 2008 / 7:50 pm

    You sure have a great taste! Love your boudoir! thanks for sharing!

  7. Stämningsfullt
    15th September 2008 / 7:43 pm

    Oh, what beautiful and colourful bedroom you have! I found your blog today and I really like it! So many fine and wonderful pictures you show! Now, I will continue to look around here:) You are welcome to visit my blog if you want!

  8. Katherines Dream
    14th September 2008 / 12:20 pm

    Hi Happy, the bedroom is wonderful, I love it. I bet you are really cosy in there in the winter months. Very cheery and bright it is.Carol x

  9. angel
    12th September 2008 / 1:24 pm

    I have just ordered a Tempur Mattress ………….. and its all your fault Happy. *Smile* you have convinced me.

  10. Amy
    12th September 2008 / 11:40 am

    I think we all long for our younger years’s comfort belongings as we get older. I think age is just a number because I feel just as young as ever…maybe it is all my toys from 30 years ago I keep around me! Haha.I love your Golly. I have a few myself here in the USA.Amy

  11. Happy
    12th September 2008 / 7:08 am

    Hi – No surprisingly, it doesnt!…its the best nights sleep you can have, I would recommend it to anyone, its like sleeping in a cloud!Luv Happy x

    12th September 2008 / 4:00 am

    Hi Ya,Doesn’t the TEMPUR material get too warm or clamy at night?

  13. Happy
    12th September 2008 / 2:58 am

    Hi Rachel – I bought it at the Country Living Spring fair…the christmas one will be coming up soon, do you live in blighty…if so – you’ll have to go! love Happy x

  14. Rachel
    12th September 2008 / 1:56 am

    I love it! And I love your golly. Makes me wonder where mine is (probably in my daughter’s room). Where did you get the Union Jack pillow? I need one of those!

  15. oldflowers4me
    11th September 2008 / 10:02 pm

    good morning-darling girl-im just having my morning coffee ,our jordy who is 21 now has a collection of old gollys -he started when he could talk-he say’s he liked them becouse they are naughty…mmmmm-thats my boy-

  16. Nostalgia at the Stone House
    11th September 2008 / 1:27 pm

    GORGEOUS room Hayley – thanks for allowing us to peek into your private space. Love what you have done with the collection of mirrors and all the lovely paint colours that you have chosen. Golly doll looks pleased to be living with you! Bless!Niki x

  17. Daisys Little Cottage
    11th September 2008 / 3:40 am

    Poor unwanted Golly//Baaad Fred! Love your room colors and style. Golly is the focal point. I started hoarding items form my childhood when I was about30. Here I am…18 years later…up to my ears in the past!smilesDarLy*~

  18. Emily
    11th September 2008 / 12:28 am

    Your decor is alway’s inspiring. So cheerful!

  19. Lavender hearts
    10th September 2008 / 9:56 pm

    I love you style, it’s very bright and vibrant. I much prefer it to a lot of this French-inspired white painted furniture you see around. I’m glad someone else likes a bit of colour it’s nice to see! 🙂

  20. mollycupcakes
    9th September 2008 / 9:43 am

    Argh! I missed you at the fair because we where away.I’m just gonna email you about a few items I’ve spied on your gorgeous stall.Will you be going to the next one?Fabulous bedroom photos, very colourful.And a very big well done to your Rosie.Many hugs,Catherine x

  21. Lace Threads
    8th September 2008 / 10:30 pm

    How gorgeous your bedroom is. You must wake up with a smile on your face! I remember Fred showing me the golly and his derogatory comments. hee hee. You go for it!

  22. Rosa
    8th September 2008 / 8:44 pm

    Your bedroom is fabulous! Your luggage is wonderful! Everything is wonderful!!

  23. Amanda
    8th September 2008 / 6:25 pm

    Beautiful! I absolutely love the colors.

  24. Rabbit Hill Creations
    8th September 2008 / 2:43 pm

    so pretty as always…love seeing your pictures, so very inspirational.

  25. Country Bliss
    8th September 2008 / 1:11 pm

    Beautiful bedroom, it looks so relaxing!Golly is so cute too.Yvonne

  26. Alexis
    8th September 2008 / 12:32 pm

    I love every inch of it!

  27. prettyshabby
    8th September 2008 / 8:03 am

    Ooooh I so love your could you fail to wake up cheery when you wake up to all that gorgeousness! its all so lovely. xps. Best of luck with the hairdressing course to your Rosie..hope she loves it!(yes you did do the right thing H..wish I had with my 2)

  28. angel
    8th September 2008 / 7:57 am

    Lovely Bedroom Scrummy.Now what does my roo… oops the guest room look like …. just as delish i’m sure. 🙂

  29. Happy
    8th September 2008 / 1:48 am

    You would sleep well, coz we have a TEMPUR matress…you only have to sleep for 6 hours and you wake up feeling like you had had 10 hours…its lovely….thanks for your kind comment fitty xx

  30. fitty's pinky rose cottage
    8th September 2008 / 12:08 am

    that is absolutely awesome bedroom.. I love everything in there. Seriously, I can imagine myself sleeping like a baby on your bed.. hope you have a great weekend!

  31. Happy
    7th September 2008 / 11:39 pm

    OoOoOh how could you say that about Golly – he has feelings you know!…I think he is sooo cute, but fred says he looks like MJ before he had the surgery….Bless him!

  32. Kitschen Pink
    7th September 2008 / 10:48 pm

    Zing! Love that green! I’m afraid I’m with Fred on the Golly… despite having eaten gallons of marmalade in my day! t.x

  33. Vintage Tea
    7th September 2008 / 10:29 pm

    Fabulous bedroom!I’ve started buying a lot of toys and things recently from my past, you can see a recent post of mine on comics and annuals I’ve recently broight.Victoria x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *