We’ve been slowly decorating our not-so new home over the last couple of years that we have lived here. It’s been a patchy process to say the least – with a few things hung here and there, a bit of tiling here and a new rug there – and so on. Recently I decided to tackle one room at a time, to really get each one decorated properly, so that our home started to feel a little more complete. I know that homes are ever evolving projects and ours will certainly change as the children grow and as our tastes change – yet I’d still like to feel that each room in the house has had a good bit of attention.
It’s always difficult to know where to start with a big decorating project like a new home. When we moved in two years ago, we painted every wall, oak skirting boards – Uk Oak Doors – and picture rail in white. I don’t regret that one bit – and although I hope to add colour to the walls eventually, it has given us a good clean start to creating a fresh space at home.
You may have read an old post here about coping with tiredness. I was not blessed with good sleeping babies unfortunately, and the last four years have been (at times) a difficult ride of sleep deprivation and exhaustion. Our bedroom situations have been mixed up from one week to the next; from co-sleeping, to having the boys in separate rooms, to them in a shared room, to us all in the same bed, to three beds in one room….and so on! The last month or so has seen a giant shift for us as a family, as the boys (now sharing a double bed in their own room) have begun to settle better and sleep through the night together . This major sleep breakthrough has been nothing short of life changing for me – not only am I sleeping better, I also have my bedroom back!
To celebrate these new victories in family sleep patterns, I decided to focus on making our adult bedroom fresh and new. I wanted to create a space for myself and Owen that felt serene, clutter-free and peaceful – exactly how I want my mind to feel after a busy day looking after the children. Now I have a little more control over the night time situation at home, I wanted to make getting a good night’s sleep a complete priority.
When planning my bedroom make-over, I pondered over the interior variables that would influence me sleeping well – and I figured that there were four things most important to me in aiding a good night’s sleep.
1) THE RIGHT MATTRESS & PILLOWS
We had a bad mattress for so many years, and I couldn’t believe how much better I’ve slept since replacing it. We now have the Ikea Malvik memory foam mattress. It was in our price range and it’s been a dream to sleep on. Personally, I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to pillows. As long as my neck feels comfortable during the night and in the morning when I wake – I’m good with something simple like these softtouch ones, from John Lewis.
2) CURTAINS & BLINDS
We have white wooden venetian blinds at all of our windows at home. I like how much we can control the light coming in, and I’ve always loved the aesthetic, both inside and outside of the house. However, I love a draped curtain for softness – and we interchange these between soft white voile panels to let extra light through on dark winter mornings, and dark grey linen curtains for keeping early hours summer light out.
3) BEDROOM DÉCOR
I have made a concerted effort to get more things on my empty white walls at home! In our bedroom, I’ve tried to strike the balance between clean, yet curated and welcoming. I love the two mirrors we hung as they bounce so much light around the room. Our shelves home some of the few nik-naks that I cherish, mostly from our travels, and a couple of other much loved items, like my handmade dream catcher. Because we have wooden floors throughout most of the house, a cosy rug was a must for our room. I was so pleased to find this natural rag-roll one in Spain for ¢6!
4) BED LINEN
This is my ‘last but not least’ choice in bedroom decorating must-haves. I am a very tactile person and so I love to climb in to a bed that is soft and inviting. We chose a pure linen duvet cover and pillowcases from H&M’s premium range – which is so snug and perfect for wrapping myself in after a long day. We recently bought the boys an organic cotton bedding set from Toast, an investment I certainly don’t regret. Their bed linen is so soft and luxurious, and they have never slept so well. I also love the 100% cotton range, available at Yorkshire Linen. After so many years of bad sleep, I can’t stress enough how important a decent set of bed linen is to me now, in aiding a peaceful night’s rest.
bed linen / brushed cotton sheet / linen cushion covers / mirrors / african milk bush cactus / chair / small wooden bench / copper basket / blanket / slippers / ring holders / natural fibre wall hanging / a year of mornings / fourth trimester magazine / trainers / bag / dream catcher / fathers journal / leather pouch / cup / shelves / print.
*This post is in partnership with Yorkshire Linen*