Create Your Own Chinese Boudoir

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, it’s the perfect excuse to create a little sanctuary in a corner of our homes where we can indulge in some well deserved me-time. It’s also a good excuse to take advantage of the jewel coloured tones currently available in the shops. Teal, plum and raspberry hues will help beat the winter blues for months to come, and satins, silk, and velvet textures will feel indulgent and luxurious.

This Oriental Boudoir invites you in for a quiet autumnal afternoon. The rich colour of the walls will make you feel cocooned and comforted as you relax with some gentle music and a cup of green tea. Don't forget to surround yourself with things that make you feel special. Fur rugs and plenty of cushions will up the comfort factor, while perfumes and candles will make you feel cosseted.

Chinese fans, a vase of flowers and some favourite jewellery will add glamour to the dressing table, making it reminiscent of an old Hollywood movie set. And what could be more glamorous than that?

Old perfume bottles are a great way to add a bit of sparkle. Don't worry if the perfume is long past its best; simple replace with some water coloured with a tiny drop of food dye and watch them twinkle in the candlelight.

And as afternoon turns into evening. How about a long bath with the latest essential oils, followed by diving into a gorgeous silk kimono and retreating back to your very own boudoir?

Because after all. Staying in, is the new going out.

Stylist: Aurélien Farjon. Photographer: Alex Edwards


Chinese Fish Vase, turquoise, from Joy, £20. Sanela Dark Pink velvet effect Cushion from Ikea, £7. Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson Cushion from Debenhams, £25. Boeme Peacock Cushion from Heals, £75. Perfume atomiser, get similar from Ikea, Ackan set of 3, £8. Round Cushion, get similar from Debenhams, £25. Hummingbird Hand Mirror from Joy, £12. Pearl & Gold  Necklace from Joy, £19.99. Pink Candle Stick from TKMaxx from £14.99. Dark Purple perfume bottle from TKMaxx from £4.99. Kimono, get similar from Topshop or Fashion Bible £19.99. Fejn Faux Sheepskin, from Ikea, £10. Chinese fan, in purple, find similar on ebayTub Chair, get similar from Next Home