Luxury Bedroom Design Challenge

luxury bedroom featuring a contemporary Italian bed with large luxury leather headboard from Juliette's Interiors

Today’s post is part of a style challenge that I have agreed to take part in. I was approached by the luxury brand Juliette’s Interiors who were inviting a select few of their favourite luxury lifestyle bloggers to take part in a luxury bedroom design challenge. They were working in collaboration with Hypnos, a British family-run bed making company and winners of this year’s National Bed Federation Bed Manufacturer of the Year Award. The bedroom design challenge required me to come up with a luxury bedroom design centred around one of Juliette’s Interior’s luxury beds and a hypnos mattress. I was free to use these products as my inspiration to come up with a design for a beautifully luxurious bedroom that will help provide a good night’s sleep.  Read More…

Polefit Bedding : A New Way to Dress Your Bed

Polefit Bed Sheets

Do you absolutely hate changing the sheets on the bed? Do you despise the battle with the mattress as you try to get the fitted sheet, or worse the flat sheet, snugly fitted whilst trying to ensure the sheet remains as taut as possible? I do, and I inevitably fail at doing all of those things. After tucking the first two corners of the fitted sheet onto the bottom of the bed I usually end up crawling to the head of the bed where I attempt to lift the mattress, which is now supporting my body weight. As I sit here and type this I realise what a stupid tactic that is and I feel rather foolish. But that’s neither here nor there. All we need to know at this point is that when I make the bed, the sheet is not fitted snugly and after a few hours in a fresh bed it goes all baggy and loose and if I’m really unlucky one corner might dislodge itself altogether. And I can’t stand that! If only there was a stylish, well-designed solution that could be fitted easily and could help the sheet retain its super smooth quality from night to night. Well guess what guys! Ruth and I have found one! Read More…

Eve Mattress : A Revolution in Mattress Design

Eve Mattress Special Edition typographic design

Today we have a very special post for you guys as we would like to introduce you to a new brand that sells really cool mattresses. I know, I know, that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? How on earth can mattresses be cool? Typically they are one of the most boring home interior items that exist and they don’t look interesting at all do they? And what does it matter because we just cover them in up with bedding anyway and we don’t tend to think about them again. At least not until they become uncomfortable and we decide to buy a new one. And then we are faced with the arduous task of trying to decide which mattress from the many, many on offer will be most suited to our needs. A memory foam mattress or a latex mattress? Do we need one that offers sanitized protection against dust-mites, funghi and bacteria or perhaps one that contains real, cleansing silver fibres? Or just maybe we need one that contains real Aloe Vera extract. No wait, what about a double-sided mattress with firm and soft sides just in case you and your partner like different degrees of softness. Oh crikey it really is a minefield with so many options. And at the end of the day all we want is a decent mattress that offers us the best night’s sleep at a price that won’t break the bank. Enter Eve Mattress.   Read More…

My Bedroom Inspiration Moodboard

Bedroom Inspiration Moodboard Black White & Yellow

As you all know, we moved into our flat last October and we have been a bit too busy getting to grips with being new parents to really get stuck into the decorating. Every room in the flat needs a total overhaul to take it from being a bland, characterless magnolia box to being something that we feel reflects our style and our personality as a little family. We decorated the nursery and the livingroom before Matylda arrived and until recently that is all we had got round to. But a couple of weekends ago we tackled the hallway (I’ll do a separate post about that in the coming weeks) and now I have a massive smile on my face every time I walk through the front door. This is such a refreshing change as I previously wanted to sob when I saw the magnolia walls and the red carpet. Next on our list of rooms to tackle is our bedroom and I can’t wait to get stuck in. I’ve known how I was going to decorate for months already and I had great fun making my bedroom inspiration moodboard. Read More…

Experiments in Styling with Tesco

Tesco SS14 Collection Monochrome Bedroom

As you all know, nobody loves well designed, unique products for the home more than me. Only problem is that they don’t come cheap, and nor should they when you consider all the hard work, creativity and years of experience that go into making them. But when money is tight, like it is for me right now, (having just bought our first flat at the end of last year and then with the arrival of our gorgeous little angel Matylda) these designer goods can become somewhat out of reach and we are forced to look for cheaper alternatives. Luckily there are some really great homeware ranges coming onto the market right now and from some unlikely players. You might have noticed that I have done a few posts recently about the SS14 collections that have been launched by supermarkets. Back in January I featured both Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, but it seems that they are not the only supermarkets that have upped their game in the style stakes when it comes to homeware.

I was recently contacted by the team at Tesco asking if I would be interested in receiving a sample of products from their relaunched homeware offering by the new design team under the direction of Steven Rowe, to try out and style up for my blog. I must admit I was a little skeptical at first as Tesco isn’t normally the first place that springs to mind when I think of designer homeware. But having had a good look at the range online, I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised. The products were grouped into a number of trends, namely couture, monochrome, Moroccan, seaside and sherbet crush. Many of the products were very striking and certainly not something I would expect to see down my local supermarket. And even more surprising was the fact that all these items remained in the price range I would expect from my local supermarket. This filled me with a great sense of optimism knowing that it is possible to get a designer look at affordable high street prices. Read More…

Happy World Sleep Day!

Hastens Beds on World Sleep Day

So today is World Sleep Day. So I hope you all got a good night’s sleep last night in preparation! World Sleep Day, for those of you who don’t know, is an annual event that is organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) in celebration of sleep and it aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping, which is just crazy when you think about it. Sleep is a basic human need, like eating and drinking, and therefore it is crucial to our overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is known to have a significant negative impact on our attention span, memory recall and learning. It can also lead to conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety and even psychosis. Therefore quality sleep is really important for ensuring that we have a great quality of life. And to get a good nights sleep you really need to invest in a good quality bed. But what does that mean?

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Colour Psychology: Using Yellow in Interiors

Sunshine on a rainy day

Image 1. Janicskovsky‘s Photos on Flickr Image 2. Lemon Cookies via Pinterest (source unknown) Image 3. Lemons via Decor8

I’m not really one to follow trends, I tend to stick with what I like and what appeals to me on a personal level rather than following fashion. However, just sometimes there are a few trends that come along and I can’t help but get caught up in the furore. And this is exactly what has happened to me recently with yellow.

I’ve never really liked yellow, and in fact I would even go so far as to say it was my least favourite colour. That is until a few months ago when I suddenly developed a really strong love for this bright and vibrant hue. So I started to ask myself what exactly it was that made me discover my new love for yellow.

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Kitchens with a hidden secret

I received a press release in November about this fabulous company called The Secret Drawer. I fell in love with the idea immediately and meant to write a little piece on here about it but what with deadlines and Christmas it totally slipped my mind.

Based in Yorkshire in the UK, The Secret Drawer is owned by Richard Mason, an award-winning cabinet-maker and designer who values true craftsmanship and prides himself on doing all his drawings by hand in pencil in preference to CAD.  “It’s very rare these days,” he explains “and yet our customers really appreciate it.  It reflects the individuality of both the customer’s project and our business.”

The Secret Draw produces unique handmade kitchens, bedrooms and pieces of furniture in an array of different woods and paint finishes. The timber arrives complete with bark and the Secret Drawer customers can enjoy seeing it in its most natural form, knots and all, before it is planed and crafted into their furniture.

But what is really special about the products is the secret contained within them. Imagine commissioning a product and then discovering years later there was more to it than first you thought.

As unbelievable as it may seem, the current record for a hidden drawer to remain undiscovered by the customer in a kitchen built by the Yorkshire craftsmen at The Secret Drawer is three years.

In fact, so secret are the secret drawers built into the furniture that even Richard has a hard job finding them.

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