The white stuff…

Since we moved there are a lot of empty spaces in our house and although new furniture is more for ahem, finished rooms, I do find myself browsing for various pieces. Right now my focus is on the nursery and I’m working on a mood board to share with you soon but in the meantime, I want a sideboard for baby’s room. Long low and white with a hint of midcentury modern about it and equally at home against a patterned wall or in a serene airy space.

  1. Dumont buffet, West Elm £599
  2. Hemnes 8 drawer chest of drawers, IKEA £180
  3. 6 drawer Ercol chest, The White Company £945
  4. Milton 3 drawer sideboard, M&S £549
  5. Bess sideboard, Dwell £399

Whether this is a good idea or not I’m not sure, and I’m imagining putting a changing table top onto of this piece so I’m not necessarily looking for something so low as some of these are, but I love the elongated look and think drawers may well suit baby storage better with shelves for toys or books? I also like that in the future this would work well repurposed in another room.

Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts and your favourites from my selection…

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.

Florence’s Gift Guide #4

This morning for the fourth Florence’s Gift Guide, I’m tackling one of my favourite things to buy – kitchen goodies! Everyone knows someone who considers themselves a whizz in the kitchen and often, the kitchen is where people feel they can’t really splash out or spend money on frivolous finishing touches. I often see gorgeous items that I really want to buy for people so this was an easy one for me :)

  • I bought this for my sister last year and think it looks super smart on a kitchen worktop or table displaying your latest creations! Laura Ashley Cake stand with dome.
  • Do you know someone who collects Le Creuset but can’t afford to add to their collection? These are super cute and affordable at £20 – Le Creuset Preserve Jar – John Lewis
  • Perfect for a new couple or first married Christmas gift… White Heart serving bowl – The White Company
  • I love drinking bubbles and often take them to friends houses to celebrate little achievements or milestones, but not everyone has lovely champagne flutes. Marks and Spencers has several fabulous rages of glassware at the moment – well worth a look even for your own home! Champagne Flutes – M&S
  • For those who want to splash out there’s nothing better than the Candy Apple Red KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer – John Lewis
  • Warm somebody up with this tactile cable knit textured tea set – Cable Knit tea set – BHS
  • Because everyone needs one ad this is scandi-style at it best: Red Biscuit tin – M&S
  • Also available in white, I love the witty take on this ceramic Silver Milk Carton – NOTHS.com

Have you found anything here to help with your Christmas get shopping? Or is there something I have missed? Come back at 11 for the next gift guide – for home lovers, or check out the past gift guides for men, Etsy Gifts, and the girls.

Love,
Rebecca
xo