Introducing the Dupenny Boudoir...
Last summer I was approached by the lovely folk at Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco about collaborating on a room of theirs. A little room in the attic was in need of a revamp and they decided I was just the girl to do it!
They had already purchased some of my Burlesque wallpaper in a custom cream shade back in May, so we thought it was best to stick with this theme for the entire room, naming it the Dupenny Boudoir. Since we were working to a tight timeframe and the room had previously been decorated by lingerie brand, Ophelia Fancy, we chose to work with what was already there rather than start from scratch.
I’m going to guide you through the refurb process, showing how we worked with what was in the room. There are some great ideas for simple DIY projects you can try at home. More tutorials will be coming to my blog soon.
Of course, I couldn’t resist setting up a photo shoot just before the launch party in December! I asked burlesque beauty, Dollie Doré to be my model and partner in crime, and Jessica Milberg to take the photos. We had so much fun with this shoot!
Here’s how the room looked before the make-over…
A reclaimed wooden headboard was spruced up with a few coats of furniture paint and I added some padding to the front and upholstered it using my Burlesque Linen Fabric, finishing with some black studs around the edge.
The giant white bow cushion was one of the room features we chose to keep, since it fits with my monochrome theme. We added a luxurious velvet bedspread to contrast with this and add a touch of glamour.
I used some offcuts of my Burlesque Wallpaper to decoupage the side tables, which were already there, and the lampshades on the bedside tables were handmade by me. I purchased a couple of lampshade-making kits and used some Burlesque silk fabric and some black fringing.
Above the bed there’s a shelf that runs along with props, which were already there. We kept a few pieces, which went with the room theme and added a set of my Burlesque Plates to the wall above to fill the space.
Being an attic room, a slanted wall runs along one side, making the space rather tricky to decorate. We didn’t want to overdo it with the wallpaper so instead we hung some of my Art Prints on this wall, which soon brightened it up!
On the opposite side of the bed there were some framed Ophelia Fancy nipple tassels , which I jazzed up with my burlesque lady illustrations. And the plain black clothes rail was given a new lease of life with a touch of my 1920s Glamour Fabric, with added fringing to match the details of the lampshades. And fluffy black robes are provided for Dupenny Boudoir guests when they stay in the room.
Meanwhile on the other side of the room I decoupaged the existing vintage dressing table to match the Burlesque Wallpaper feature wall. Dollie Doré is rocking a sample of my 50s Housewives Dress. I hope to be launching something similar soon, so watch this space!
Once again the slanted wall called for one of my Art Prints.
My Burlesque Silk Cushions add a bit of pizzazz to the monochrome chairs, and some antique suitcases have been stacked and painted to create a quirky coffee table feature. Tea and Curly Whirlies are served in generous Dupenny Mugs on a vintage tray, decoupaged with my 1920s Glamour Wallpaper.
Let’s not forget about the bathroom! To greet you at the door is Ophelia - a life-size character from my Burlesque pattern design.
Whilst inside awaits a monochrome washroom adorned with Dupenny custom designed and decorated metro tiles. (Photo by Phase Photography).
We thought it would make a change to use the tiles vertically instead of the standard horizontal layout, so I figured we could perk them up with my pinup illustrations.
Each tile was hand-decorated by myself and fired in my workshop kiln. We thought it would look striking to use contrasting black grouting for added effect.
We were really pleased with the final result!
Hotel Pelirocco is renowned for being “England’s most rock n roll hotel” and was one of the first boutique guesthouses of its kind. Each room is decorated to a different theme, from Star Wars to the infamous ‘Lover’s Lair’ with its 8ft round bed and pole-dancing area.
Located in the heart of the city on Brighton’s popular seafront, the location couldn’t be better. Prices are seasonal and to stay in the Dupenny Boudoir costs from £129 per night.
Here’s a short promo video for your viewing pleasure!