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: How to mix patterns

One of the things that is hardest to do (I find) in interiors, is to get that eclectic mix of items and style them all together without it looking like a jumble sale. When items that you love just work together then that’s great, but when you’re trying to achieve that look from scratch it can be frustrating for you and disastrous for your design project if you’re just not progressing with it.

So, when I stumbled across this video last week, I thought you might all enjoy watching it and learning from Emily, who I later found out started out as a props stylist, then won a TV design competition and now hosts her own design show on HGTV. Maybe you already know her? Either way, I found the advice was fantastic, clearly presented and Emily even goes so far as to show the mistakes you can make when only applying one design theory.


How to mix patterns, Styling 101 by Emily Henderson.

Do let me know if you found this interesting and useful and make sure you check out Emily’s blog, Style by Emily Henderson.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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