My Cool, Calm & Relaxing Bedroom Makeover

After months of waking up to badly hung curtains in a bed that was way too big for the room and tell tale signs of my terrible decorating skills, I bit the bullet and assigned my childfree weekend to give my bedroom a complete makeover. I’d spent months looking for inspiration, mainly on Pinterest and finally settled on a cool, calm and relaxing theme of whites, greys and a shot of yellow. The snippets of moments when I considered going all dark and hotel chic were always argued out of my head in favour of something where I could relax in, day or night, more of a de-stress / escape room than a boudoir.

Plus the furniture was already up cycled and time wasn’t on my side, I had a bed to build, a room to paint, more furniture to chalk paint and curtains to rehang (properly this time.) I considered installing blinds and dress curtains but after splashing out on Stylish blinds from VELUX for my teenage son’s room, so kept costs down by fixing black out lining to my existing grey curtains which my sewing machine savvy mum trimmed down to fit my window (they were huuuuge) and made throw cushions out of the left over material.

I gave the whole room a lick of white paint then finished the chimney breast with a grey and white forest print wallpaper. My new trundle-bed (topped off with an unbelievable comfy FUÜM memory foam mattress (read the review here if you’re looking for a new one and need some research) is perfect for hiding all the clutter which had previously lurked in corners on the room and made space for new bedside tables; a bargain find on eBay. I accessorised each one with small bedside lamps with grey shades from Next along with artificial roses in jam jars and yellow picture frames.


And finally, to warm up the whites and grey decor I added a cosy fur throw to my white bedding. That’s one area I can never bring myself to skimp on, once you’ve slept on quality sheets, there’s no going back!

I’ve got one last thing to find and complete my bedroom makeover and that’s a print to hang above the head, but my indecisiveness is still holding me back from finding ‘the one.’ If you’ve got any recommendations of the perfect print please share. I’m loosing sleep trying to find something which I’m not even sure exactly what I’m looking for.

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Reviewing A FUÜM Memory Foam Mattress

For me, a good night’s sleep is paramount to anything I can achieve the following day. Bad nights sleep = me walking round forgetting what I’ve walked into a room for and loosing track what mid sentence, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. It’s safe to say I love my sleep, or my bed if I’m really narrowing it down, and a decent mattress (along with pillows) can help make that magic sleep thing happen. So deciding that my sleep sanctuary was looking a little tired (see what I did there?) I decided it was time to give my bedroom a makeover, complete with new bed and mattress;

My once lush superking size one, which dominated my room, no longer served a purpose.  With no kids jumping into bed in the morning (bar one little 3 year old who quite often trudges in in the wee small hours) there’s simply no need for one as huge. So I’ve downsized giving me the opportunity to test out a lovely new squishy memory foam mattress from FUÜM.

A little more delving into the concept of a FUÜM mattress, and after accidentally spending 2 nights sleeping on it upside down (doh!) I found out that it’s made from a solid, foam base layer which creates a high-density base  for the other layers. (I wondered why it was so hard!) There’s a lot more to it that just being a foam mattress.

I'm a big fan of a memory foam mattress, my FUÜM mattress is both supportive and unbelievably comfortable

At the centre of the mattress is an  Airflow gel layer with unique cooling properties that keeps you cool in summer ( I can vouch for that) while warm in winter ( it’s lived up to a few colder summer nights so I guess that’s true.

The lack of springs is the first thing you notice, along with not waking up with aches and pains as instead, your body’s been gently supported by the memory foam. The second plus  was having it delivered, rolled up in a box. This made storing it while I decorated the room and waited for my bed to get delivered so much easier.

Watching it uncurl and take its shape is quite fascinating too! There is a slight chemical type smell which lingers for a couple of days but nothing I couldn’t handle, just worth noting its normal and will go. I’ve had to the  chance to compare a FUÜM mattress to see what the difference is as my son has a cheap and cheerful memory foam mattress and you can really notice the difference, a FUÜM one is much more supportive with loosing its soft, melt into bed feel, if you’re wondering.

I'm a big fan of a memory foam mattress, my FUÜM mattress is both supportive and unbelievably comfortable

So my little bedroom makeovers complete accompanied by good nights’ sleep in abundance!

*******       To get £150 off a FUÜM mattress use the code FUUM150     *******

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Quick Interior Updates To Refresh A Bedroom
I’m in the mood for a change, a change of the house type. But moving right now simply isn’t an option so my only way to fuel my urge for a change in scenery is to make a few little updates to what I’ve got. Which leads me onto my other quandary, any changes I make to my house need to be portable. I’m still in the throws of no-man’s land with regards to my house, the joys of divorce mean I’m still uncertain whether I’ll still be in my here post D-day so it’s all down to changing the accessories.
It’s actually quite refreshing having the decision making put on hold. Usually I’ve got a project in mind, but not at the mo. Plus a change in season is the perfect time to jazz up a room and put any urge to move to rest for a few months.
So where do I start?
Curtains. That’s where I’m kicking off. Something as simple as changing your curtains can give a whole new feel to a room. With a blank canvas on the walls, you can really go to town on bringing a whole new colour scheme in. I fully embraced the grey trend last year with gumption and still hanker after the fresh yet warm tones, it’s become more of a habit than anything. My default, safety blanket if you like.
Staying in the stunning boutique hotel,  The Gannet in Cornwall didn’t help much either. With it’s  brown leather, greys and fresh whites I’ve been hankering to copy that style in my home ever since. (Hotels are always a great inspiration starter, incase you didn’t know) To get the look think grey checks like theses from Julian Charles  and warm wool throws on crisp white bedding. If you need a little more inspiration they’ve also realised an ebook .
Once you’ve got the theme set, you can go to town with accessories, a quirky light fitting and wall art in one of your three chosen shades help give it some personality. I always try to stick to 3 main colours, so in this case it’s a grey, brown and white and that’s pretty much all I’ll be doing….
Hey presto! I’ve updated my bedroom and created a room to relax in, and put that nagging urge for pastures new to bed.
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Little Things Which Make your home energy efficient

Ever get that urge to reassess how energy efficient my house is? I’ve had a rejig of finances lately and it was the perfect time to look at how my house was doing, it’s so easy to become complacent and let things just tick by. A quick calculation and I realised it’s been 12 years since I looked at way to cut costs which was all kick started by a chance encounter with a social media post about solar panels.

I’ve done the whole cavity wall thing, helped by a grant, as was the boiler. But 12 years is along time and my once efficient boiler is now verging on the ready to be replaced corner. (Check out the  boiler grants website for more info) and I’ve switched to a water meter recently which halved my bill and has made the whole family think about how much water we’re using. Baths have been swapped for showers and the garden is watered from the rain gathered in the water butt. Simple things which I always intended to do but never really had the incentive until we switched.

That’s not all though, little things, such as only filling up the kettle to boil what’s needed, turning the TV off when no one’s actually watching it and fitting lined curtains and new roof window blackout blinds have helped keep the warm in,  roofwindows.co.uk has a good choice a beautiful range of roof blinds and I upgraded to some thermal curtains from Dunelm Mill. In the colder months I close all curtains and blinds at dusk to help stop heat escaping from the windows.

I’d love to take it a step further with getting those solar panels I read about, maybe one day, I’ve been toying with the idea for years. But for now it’s the combination of all these little things which lead to making my home more energy efficient.

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Why You Should Choose Rattan For Your Home

Rattan furniture is usually associated with conservatory furniture, sun rooms and orangeries, the natural style and feel helps give a streamless transition from the outdoor in. Whilst also giving a mediaterrean feel and warmth which you can create with natural materials.

I have neither a conservatory, sun room or orangery, sadly.

That said, I’ve introduced lots of rustic wood to my modern grey colour scheme to warm up the feel of the subtle colours and help give a rustic cottage feel to my home.

The latest addiction is a pride if place, tall abaca rattan storage rack sitting pride of place in my dining room. Like with many other pieces of furniture in my home, you get what you pay for and this is never more evident when choosing rattan. Cheaper, lower quality items tend to consist of a lightweight, powder coated alluminium frame and flimsy drawers which wouldn’t have suited my need.

Extra storage for kitchen bits and bobs was the order of the day, my cupboards are bursting (mainly plastic containers without any lids but that’s a fact of life I have to live with.) So it’s important to choose a weave which will suit your needs. Abaca which this set is made from, is a close relative of the banana plant family, and is the native to the Philippines, known for its exceptional strength and flexibility to bend and shape. Strength being the optimum word here. Flimsy just won’t cut it for my spice jars & ramekins which I need access to regularly.

Rattan is the perfect compliment to the slate topped table and plastic modern chairs in my open plan home where shots of oak and pine take the edge of the modern style and the forest scene wall paper. It’s also on this year’s must have list in interior design trends for 2017 so it’s happy days that I’m keeping on-trend!

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