Secret Linen Store

Happy Monday readers! Now who is up for some bed linen inspiration, and interior style with a discount to boot? I thought so, read on!


Artichoke in Navy

Secret Linen Store were recently kind enough to send me some of their Navy Artichoke bedlinen for my bedroom. When I wrote about the yellow room which featured the Dotty Coffee spot bedlinen, I was a little sad it would only get used by guests, ;) so I am thrilled to have some to use myself. It’s breaking the habit of a lifetime for me to not have white bedlinen, so it’s different, but it’s so luxurious in feel I can’t help but love it. (You can see it on my bed here.)


Coastal Stripe in Navy

It seemed like a good time to share some of the current collection as the room sets themselves are rather inspiring, as well as the bedding!


Teasels in Dove Grey

Aside from the quality and feel, I think Secret Linen Store have really nailed the balance between style and colour. The designs are modern, fresh and stylish yet won’t date easily because of their timeless feel and classic choices like the coastal stripes. I particularly love the abundance of chic grey designs! ;)


Graphite Ferns


Giant Purple Artichokes


Coastal Stripe in Natural Linen

So if you are looking to update your bedlinen for summer, you’re in luck!I have collaborated with Secret Linen Store to give a reader offer of 10% off everything with the code SLEEPY at checkout! Offer ends on the 16th of August ;)


Luxury 600 thread count white bedlinen

And there’s still all white if you’re a die hard white bedlinen fan ;)

Happy shopping!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS! A Cow Parsley Attic bedroom

Spotted: Secret Linen Store Kids!

You all know I love the Secret Linen Store. Modern designs and great quality at competitive prices. Now I’m very excited to say they have extended their talents to kids bedding and it’s just as inspired as the original range.

We’re not yet at the stage of needing ‘big bed’ linen but when we do I have already shuddered at the thought of character emblazoned kids bedding or pretty pretty ditzy florals and cliched cars and space ships. These designs feel fresh, modern and on trend enough to keep stylish parents happy, while in bright and striking colours that kids will love too!

I love the stylish grey stripes and fun teal bubbles!

What do you think readers? Would your big kids like these?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: Secret Linen Store

Now you all know how much I love my bed… so when I had an email from the Secret Linen Store I was delighted to find a gorgeous range of bedding that is right up my street. More and more recently I’ve been fancying a patterned bedding set and they are a brilliant way of brightening up a less fussy room inexpensively. Often however with my love of fresh white sheets I find printed bedding too busy or bright but their section is tonal, soft and calming – perfect for getting some quality rest.

Here are some of my favourites from the collection…



Be sure to check out the online store as the new Autumn collection is now in stock too if you fancy updating your bedroom for the colder months…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Bedded Bliss…

We spend a third of our lives in it and as the nights draw in, it becomes ever more inviting – our beds. Is it just me?

Last weekend I spent a lot of time talking to my sister about her potentially looking to buy her first home. Before that however, top of her priority list is to creat the perfect bed. Having just been to The Drawing Room in Wales (where I took Pete for his 30th earlier in the year,) she has come to fully appreciate the merits of a lovely bed, dressed with luxurious linens and layers of throws, topped with a fluffy cosy duvet and finished with mounds of pillows. It’s my idea of heaven and I spent a long time creating a slice of exactly that when we re-decorated our bedroom a couple of years back. It made me think I should do a post on my tips for getting that hotel-luxe vibe in your own bedroom back home, so every evening feels like sleeping on a cloud.

1. Invest in the basics
It might sound obvious but when you spend so much time there, surely the bed itself is worth investing in? We bought ours from Feather and Black, along with the frame and haven’t looked back but of course everyone is different. If you can’t afford a new actual bed, everyone can achieve the effect by splurging on feather duvets and high thread count bedlinens.

2. Don’t just think about sleeping
One of the best things we ever bought for our bed were the square european style pillows. Originally bought to achieve the ‘look’ of a luxurious bed, they have become my most loved item. I get a lie in once a week usually and really make the most of it by staying in bed for hours, browsing the ‘net, reading magazines and chatting with Pete, usually over coffee and breakfast. Although we don’t sleep on the big pillows (we have Tempur pillows) they are amazing for propping yourself up against and big enough to not need constant re-arranging.

3. Choose a restful colour palette.
I used to love the luxury of dark bedlinen but for probably more than 10 years now we’ve had pure white and I find it much more relaxing. Despite the addition of more colour to my bedroom recently, I still stick with the white linen, dove grey and accents of pale golds.

4. Mix textures
This is where you get to go to town and really dress your bed. Layer silk throws with knitted blankets, velvet cushions with linen backs and choose textured linens too. It all adds to the look. As shown in all of the above images, The White Company is the best inspiration for achieving this look.

5. Layer up
For the ultimate in luxury, layer them up. My bed has 4 pillows, 4 cushions, a doubled up throw (it’s reversible so I have it folded and both colours showing to add to the effect,) and then the usual bedding on top and it is so inviting. The throw was expensive but worthwhile as it’s super soft and luxurious in the day time and super warm at night.

I keep coming back to that word luxury, don’t I? I just figure, if for the price of a night or two in a boutique hotel you can get the same effect in your own bedroom and have that feeling every night, why wouldn’t you?

So tell me, have you invested in anything to do with your bed – the bed itself? The bedding? Luxurious linens? Have you got any tips to share?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*All images from The White Company Autumn/Winter 2012 catalogue. There is up to 30% off at The White Company right now and free delivery when you spend £25 or more.

Found: Magpie Miller

This afternoon, I’m delighted and excited to be introducing a super cool new homes and interiors online shopping destination… Magpie Miller.

My own personal design sensibilities are as diverse as you lovely lot are, and I would certainly say my preference was for the eclectic look that brings together elegant pieces, design classics and sprinkles what I like to call ‘quirk appeal’ around as interesting accents. As soon as I clicked over to the Magpie Miller site I knew this was the kind of place I would find just that kind of thing.


Tree Pillow cases, Amish Metal Star and Hanging Test Tube vases.

The offerings include everything from tea towels to vases, ceramics to prints and even some reclaimed and repurposed objects. If you’re looking for something to finish off a project or a couple of items to bring your home up to date, this is the place for you.


N is for New York print and Constellation print

Our remit is to source bespoke and individual home-ware items drawn from a variety of up-and-coming designers. Rather than seek to ape the approach of existing retailers… Our aim is to provide a clean and simple destination for those seeking products to enhance their living space without falling into the usual clichés associated with shabby chic and design pretensions.

Magpie Miller strives to provide you with gorgeous elements which will allow you to stand apart and imprint your personality on the environment which you live.

Doesn’t that just sum it up really?


Oh Dear! Cushion set and embroidered Antler cushion.

I could make several purchases from this site but what I think they have done really well is produced an edited collection of classic simple pieces that have considerable amounts of quirk and a real element of surprise. I love the neon zebra printed onto the tea towel here, and the ceramic lightbulb candle holders. And even the Antlers, a totally overdone trend now, look fresh embroidered onto a cushion as an outline alone.


Neon Pink Zebra Tea Towel, Porcelain lightbulb candlestick and Pharmacy Bottle vase.

So, is this kind of thing right up your street? Will you be making a purchase from Magpie Miller soon? Do share your favourites from this post or the site :)

Love,
Rebecca
xo