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A few questions – my reader survey 2018

Did I ever tell you how much I love you? Yes, YOU, my readers! Without you this blog would be very boring indeed! I love making content for this blog – brainstorming, photographing, writing and more. It is my creative outlet and I feel proud to have done all of…

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Leesa mattress review, £100 off for you and a sneak peek of our new bedroom

Leesa Mattress reviewThere is nothing like a swelteringly hot night to ruin all chances of a good night’s sleep and in the recent heat wave we have had (I am not complaining, I promise) Will and I have moved our bedroom downstairs (you can see more of our old bedroom here).

Up until now we have slept on the second floor of our house, which is in the eaves and whilst it is big and spacey, the issue is in the summer it gets SO hot and difficult to cool down.

Luckily all our bedrooms are a really good size and we have a great room to move in to. I’m not too sad as we knew we would need to make the move one day – if we decide to have children, we wouldn’t really be able to abandon them on one floor whilst we reside on another now would we!

And on the plus side, it means I am able to to give our new bedroom a revamp and spruce it up to dream bedroom status which I have been itching to do for years.

Leesa Mattress review

Leesa Mattress review

I have had my eye on this absolute stunner of a bed for a while and could not wait to get my hands on it, but in order to create a bedroom you can truly dream in, we all know it is the mattress, not the bed that makes the biggest difference on quality of sleep.

Luckily Leesa got in touch at just the right time to ask if I would like to test out their mattress. It couldn’t have been more perfect an offer. The mattress we had in that room had been Will’s from when he first had his own home….a loooooong time ago! It required so many layers on top of it to make it comfortable that it reminded me of the princess and the pea.

In contrast, the Leesa mattress is a luxury mattress with three foam layers that adjust to your body to provide optimum support and comfort for each person sleeping on it. This also means he can wriggle around as much on he likes on his side of the bed, whilst I am blissfully unaware on my side of the bed!

Since we have been sleeping on it we have had great night sleeps (even in the heat), with absolutely no sign of a stiff neck, dead leg or any other malady that may come from an inadequate mattress.

You can only buy the mattress online, but whilst that may seem a bit crazy it comes with a 100-night risk-free trial so you can try the mattress out in the comfort of your own home and if you don’t like it they will come and take it away, for free.

For me, this is enough to convince me as I really can’t think of anything worse than wandering around bed shops on a hot Saturday afternoon gingerly bouncing on each one trying to figure out what it would be like to sleep on.

But I think my favourite feature of this mattress is that it comes in a box, vacuum packed and whilst it is pretty heavy, it is easy to get up the stairs and around tight corners which is great in an old Edwardian house like mine that has a twisty staircase. It is also pretty satisfying when you take off the wrapper to watch it slowly unfold and unfurl and in a short amount of time it is almost impossible to imagine that it ever fit into the box at all!

Leesa Mattress review

Leesa Mattress review


Some more reasons why I’ve fallen for the Leesa mattress


  • Every Leesa mattress is made to order right here in the UK.
  • For every ten mattresses sold Leesa donate one mattress to charities supporting the homeless, as well as those seeking refuge from domestic abuse and human trafficking.
  • The mattress is engineered with three layers of premium foam materials that work together to adjust to your body, so it feels incredible, whether you are a back, stomach or side sleeper.
  • The bunny approves too!

Leesa Mattress review

Leesa Mattress review

Leesa Mattress review

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Leesa Mattress review

Leesa Mattress review

Leesa Mattress review

Leesa Mattress review


Get £100 off your own Leesa mattress


Want to try it out for yourself? Get £100 of your own Leesa mattress using the code “THEGREENEYEDGIRL” and don’t forget, if you truly don’t like it, they will take it back!

Click here to try it for yourself

This post was created in collaboration with Leesa who provided a
mattress for review, but as always, all views and opinions are my own.
Some links in this post are affiliate links which means I may receive a small percentage of the sale if you click these links and purchase a product.
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8 shelves for perfect shelfies

shelves

I love open shelves and as you probably already know, I am more than a little partial to a shelfie! I think it is the combination of practical and pretty that makes me love styling up a shelf so much.

In fact, I realised the other day, that I have open shelves in pretty much every room in the house. Even in the porch!

In the kitchen, they are perfect for storing cookbooks and often-used items such as coffee mugs, plates and even dried goods in pretty glass storage jars. In the bathroom of course you can fill them with all your essential products and in the bedroom a mix of pretty goods and useful items such as perfumes, picture frames and jewellery stands would be perfect.

I love them layered with books, leaning pictures and a houseplant or two.

If you don’t have built in shelving there are so many options that you can buy to add to your home in a whole range of different styles. I don’t think you can beat a floating shelf, but I also love the more classic style of metal brackets which can add a real industrial touch too.

Just don’t blame me when you lose a Saturday afternoon restyling them!


Here are some of my favourite shelves


Shelves

  1. White Marble Shelf – House Curious – £64
  2. Black and metal shelf – Maisons du Monde – £80
  3. Burnished brass shelves – Cox and Cox – from £45
  4. Lack wall shelf – Ikea – £15
  5. Roots wall shelf – La Redoute – £74
  6. Sienna shelf – Anthropologie – from £108
  7. Railway carriage shelf with hooks  – Lisa Valentine Home – £49.95
  8. Oak shelf with metal bracket – Graham and Green – from £24

Do you have open shelves in your home?

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48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in MallorcaI think until recently I must have been the only person alive not to be aware of the charms of Mallorca. Somehow it had totally escaped my notice until Will suggested a weekend in Palma for the early May bank holiday.

After a little more thought and research we decided to ditch the city and go to the mountains instead, maximising our time by heading straight to the airport after work on Friday.

I love how doable this is in Europe. One minute I was sat at my desk replying to emails and only a few short hours later I was sipping on a Sangria in a beautiful finca in Mallorca.

We didn’t have the best of luck with the weather which thwarted our plans a little but luckily the rain only lasted a day and then the sun came out, so here’s what we got up to in (slightly over) 48 hours in Mallorca.

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

Where to stay

We were spoiled for choice of beautiful, small boutique hotels (as is our preference) on the island but decided upon hotel Mirabo near the very beautiful town of Valdemossa.

Perched on the side of what feels likes it’s own private tree-filled mountain, the finca was a stone built, ivy covered dream with shutters to boot. The interiors were all bare stone and linen with rattan and glass – plenty of Instagram fodder as you may already have seen if you follow me on Instagram.

Gravelled, orange-tree lined paths led to our stand-alone bedroom which had its own little patio and deck chairs. We didn’t get to test the pool, although I was tempted, but one dip of the foot was enough to realise that perhaps early May was a bit too early for a plunge. The views from the pool however were sublime and you could help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar conveniently located at an arms stretch from the sun lounger.

The host Antonio was friendly and charming, providing the perfect amount of information to help plan our days. In fact, we ate almost exclusively at restaurants he recommended and couldn’t fault one of them.

Breakfast was simple, good coffee, freshly squeezed orange, a small European buffet and eggs to order (excellent eggs in fact).

We could have lazed around the finca for the whole weekend, but there was too much to see to be that lazy.

A word of warning, you’ll really need a hire car if you are staying at Mirabo and ideally be a reasonably confident driver. The road to the finca is steep, narrow and basically hairpin bend after hairpin bend! The reward is the views but you’ve got to put some effort in to get them!

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

Valdemossa

The pretty town of Valdemossa quickly became our favourite place to visit.

The honey coloured buildings, cobbled paths and cute boutiques are all I could really ask for.

Our first visit was in the rain and we took shelter in Miranda. The cosy little restaurant had a wood burning stove that kept us warm and the most gorgeous arched windows allowing us a view of the fog!

Order the Sangria to drink, Patatas Bravas and caprese rolls and you won’t be disappointed.

We came back on our last night to the same restaurant and those windows were thrown wide open to let the (much anticipated) summer breeze in and this time celebrating views right over the valley, even showing is a glimpse of our finca home from home.

For something a little more sophisticated try Es Roquissar. Another rainy night had us huddled indoors in this little restaurant, where being so close to our neighbouring diners only helped add to the charm.

The food was delicious and exceptionally well presented. I chose the scallops after my neighbour to the left (Bob, who lived in Hertfordshire, enjoyed sailing and good food) made such a show of delight and the cod which Bob’s neighbour (Eric, from America, had recently sold his chain of hotels and was travelling around Europe with his wife, Sandra) also enjoyed.

We skipped desert having had a very late lunch but I would have gone for the tiramisu with Baileys had I had room.

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

Deia

The next town along from Valdemossa is Deia and it instantly had me dreaming of my retirement in a hillside finca of my own on Mallorcal.

This tiny place is perched on the hillside and oozes charm and glamour.

Lemon trees grow two the the dozen and sport lemons the size of melons.

We spent a blissful hour meandering the few streets and taking pictures before heading on.

The roads between these town are winding and beautiful and a magnet for cyclists. If you have heard people warn you of the roads on the Amalfi Coast, they haven’t been to Mallorca in the spring. I had to cover my eyes as I was sure we would hit a car, bike, coach or dive off the road in a bid to miss one of the above. Luckily Will took it in his stride and navigated is though safely!

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

Port Sóller

We had planned to stop at Sóller but opted for the coast instead and carried on going to Port Sóller. We parked up at the beach end and strolled along the promenade to the port side.

It’s a lively area with plenty of restaurants, shops, a good beach and plenty of gorgeous boats to ogle at.

Finally the sun made it’s way out from behind the clouds and we stopped for a bite to eat ordering all the dishes of the day including some delicious garlic prawns.

If I hadn’t have packed my carry on suitcase full to burst on the way out, I would have made the most of any remaining free space by filling it full of basket bags which were for sale on every corner in Mallorca.

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca48 hours in Mallorca

48 hours in Mallorca


And what we would do/see if we went back
(which I hope we will)


Before we went, I did a shout out on Instagram of what we should see and had loads of great recommendations. Sadly we didn’t have the time to do everything but here are some of the things that are on my list for next time:

  • Soller Market and the Seller to Port Soller tram! It only takes about 10 minutes and looks like a great way to travel between the two towns.
  • Pollenca – A beautiful old town with gorgeous views, buildings, shops and a market worth catching
  • Ecovinyasa Citrus Farm – I only found out about this place after our visit thanks to Rebecca from Roses and Rolltops. There is an entrance fee but you get a light lunch and drinks and can eat as much fruit as you like.

Have you been to Mallorca before? What would you recommend
to see/do?


Read more of my European travels:
The Amalfi Coast
Barcelona
Puglia

 

 

 

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Some new black and white prints for my home – and 25% off for you

Whilst we have been in our home for years now, we are still slowly chipping away at the decor, adding to each room little by little until one day *hopefully* we’ll reach a point where it looks somewhere close to finished!

We love the proportions of our airy Edwardian home, but what I hadn’t banked on when we bought it was large rooms = large walls = a lot of art and stuff! We still have empty rooms and a lot of blank walls, so when Desenio got in touch and asked if they could help fill some more spaces, of course I said yes – especially as it means a great discount code for you!

Desenio have a huge range of wall art and prints– so much so it can be a little overwhelming to make a pick. They do a pretty good job in helping you though as all the prints are in searchable categories such as botanical or photography and they also have a section called perfect pairings and inspiration where you can buy a whole gallery wall, already curated for you.

As you will probably already know, I am partial to a black and white print in my home (remember my search for these black and white prints here?). There is just something about the simplicity and timeless-ness of black and white art that I like, so that’s what I was thinking about when I was looking. It also meant I would be able to move them about my home when I felt the need for a refresh as they would work in every space.

My favourites were a mix of black and white photography and hand drawings. Here’s how I have styled them up in my home:


The utility room


I am just coming to the end of refresh of our little utility room. It had a lick of paint last year (although it now needs redoing after we had a new door fitted) and desperately needed a bit of interest. I went for simple line drawings of poppies in oak frames to being a bit of warmth in and tie in with the worktop. I’ll be sharing more of this room when I get the final details finished but until then here is a peek.

Line Poppies poster

Line Poppy poster

Oak picture frames


The porch


I love moving things around and switching things about so took the opportunity to refresh the art in the porch. I’ve mixed up a more abstract piece with a hand drawing of a hand and I like to juxtaposition of the two different styles together.

Ink Dots poster

Line Hand No 1 poster


The Living Room


I absolutely love styling up the shelves in this room. They don’t half take some filling though! I picked this vintage car picture for Will as he loves cars – and I think it looks pretty snazzy in here.

Vintage Car poster


What do you think? Do you like any of the picks I have made?

I’d love to see what you go for with your 25% off!

*It’s worth noting that the oak frames in the utility were from Desenio but I had all the other pictures framed locally.


The code “thegreeneyedgirl25” gives 25% off posters* between July 5th and 9th.  *Except for frames and  handpicked-/collaboration posters.


This post is sponsored by Desenio. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

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Courgette and ricotta pasta – creating beautiful meals with intu Derby

Courgette and ricotta pasta

This is the perfect summer pasta dish. Fresh, tasty and full of seasonal produce.

It is fancy enough to serve to guests and quick enough to cook as a mid week supper.

I first ate a similar courgette and ricotta pasta dish almost over a year ago when I visited Puglia, sitting on a wonky table down an unassuming side street in Ostuni. I ordered this half-heartedly, then tucked in to it so voraciously, Will immediately wanted a taste!

I took a picture and vowed to try and recreate it as soon as I got home. Then of course promptly forgot…that is until a recent visit to Carluccio’s at intu Derby and I was struck with inspiration.

As you know I have been working with intu Derby to showcase how great the centre is for home and interior lovers like me – see how I refreshed my bedroom for summer with items from the centre.

During a recent visit I had a gloriously slow breakfast at Carluccio’s, ordering far too much to eat as usual and flicking through the many cook books available in the shop to buy (and browse).

On a side note, cook books are one of my guilty pleasures. I rarely follow a recipe from a book, but I LOVE looking through them getting inspiration and looking at the pictures. 

All of a sudden I remembered this dish and whilst there wasn’t a courgette and ricotta pasta recipe in the books, I knew I could try to create one myself. I set off in a bit of a hurry to buy all the items I would need. I knew I would be able to pick up some pretty items for m home at the centre, but I hadn’t realised it would also be the perfect place to get everything I needed to make an amazing meal – and make it look pretty too!

The Carluccio’s at intu Derby has a fabulous array of goods for sale that you can take home, including a dessert table (oh the meringues!) and a deli (oh the olives and mozzarella!) as well as dry goods such as pasta, coffee, oils…everything you would expect in an Italian pantry in fact.

I *may* have gone a bit wild with my selections, but the key things for this recipe were spaghetti / linguine, ricotta and sun blushed tomatoes.


Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you
inhale it like a vacuum cleaner
– Sophia Loren


I couldn’t help myself and whilst in the centre picked up these gorgeous pasta dishes from Next Home – the bigger the better for pasta as far as I am concerned, and some essential kitchen tools from Lakeland; more on that below.

Courgette and ricotta pasta

Courgette and ricotta pasta

Courgette and ricotta pasta

Courgette and ricotta pasta

Courgette and ricotta pasta

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Pasta bowls – Next Home | Microplane fine grater – Lakeland
Amazing zester (watch your knuckles) – Lakeland | Pasta – Carluccio’s
Chopping board – similar | Julienne Peeler – Lakeland

Courgette and ricotta pasta

Courgette and ricotta pasta

Courgette and ricotta pasta

Courgette and ricotta pasta


Recipe: courgette and ricotta pasta


You’ll need:

Your favourite pasta – I always pick spaghetti or linguine
3 courgettes
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
A good chunk of parmesan, grated
Tub of ricotta
Large handful of fresh basil
Sun blushed tomatoes (or, if easier to get hold of, cherry tomatoes halved)
The zest of 1 lemon
A drizzle of olive oil

To make: 

Put on a pan of salted water to boil, and when bubbling add in your pasta.

Cut your courgettes in to thin strips. I used this julienne vegetable peeler, and I don’t want to get all geeky but its the best kitchen tool ever! It makes chopping veg SO quick, takes up almost no room and is only £3.99. Win win.

Gently sauté the courgette in a frying pan with a drizzle of oil. When softened add in your crushed garlic and stir frequently so it doesn’t brown.

Once your pasta is ready add it in to the pan with the courgettes, allowing some of the pasta water in too. Grate in the parmesan, add the tomatoes and sprinkle over your lemon zest. Mix together.

Dot in the ricotta and tear in the basil and mix gently – you don’t want the ricotta to be completely dissolved in. Serve in pretty bowls with a sprig of basil – the most delicious, easy and fresh courgette and ricotta pasta recipe you’ll find.*

Buon appetito!


What’s your favourite holiday-memory recipe?

This post was created in collaboration with intu Derby but as always, I only partner with brands I love. 

 

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Our garden – the patio area

Patio garden and pizza ovenThis post has been a long time coming, but we are finally getting to a place in the garden where I feel like it is taking shape. Whilst the main garden will take a bit more care and planting over the coming years,  I am excited to show you what we have done so far and then maybe next year I can do an update and show how much has changed/grown.

Last year the garden was a building site, so we are very much looking forward to being outdoors this summer, soaking up the sun, relaxing and simply making the most of outdoor living.

Patio garden and pizza oven

Here’s our garden’s story:

Our garden took a bit of a battering when we were focussing all of our attention on the house renovations and needed a fair bit of TLC afterwards. We are lucky it is a really good size and is surrounded by a lot of mature trees and plants, however the neglect (during our tenure) along with taking a VERY large tree right out of the middle that was blocking all of the light really meant it needed some help.

In the end we realised we were going to have to give it a pretty radical make over! We have done it in stages and the patio was the first area to get some attention. We did the bulk of the hardcore work when we built the extension over four years ago (I really don’t know where time has gone) and then ignored the garden until last summer when we started work back up.

Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven

When we moved in there wasn’t  much of a patio at all – just one slab outside the patio doors and then straight to grass – or as the case may be, mud. The side return patio was too high and above the damp course so we needed to dig that out. There was also the most beautiful old vine that climbed up the old extension of the house that created the a lovely canopy of vines leaves and grapes (never edible unfortunately) in the summer. Sadly, despite trying to save the vine when we knocked the old extension down, it didn’t make it so we were really left with a blank canvas.

Patio garden and pizza oven

We decided to lay a reasonably good sized patio that went across the back of the kitchen and stepping down to the side return. I thought it would be nice to have a curve to balance out the hard square angles of the house and that would also create a triangle type border fill with plants. We also decided a wall would be good as the levels are all different and that curved round too. A lesson we learned during the building of this wall is that curved walls take longer and cost considerably more than straight walls!

Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven

There are a number of fig trees in the garden that provide delicious fruit, and two of them are either side of the patio.  We curved the wall round the trees making it look like the wall had always been there and that it was all planned!

Patio garden and pizza oven

As part of last summer’s work, we dug out part of the lawn so we could create the flower beds. The landscapers did plant them up but they weren’t quite as I wanted them so this spring we have been adding/editing what’s in there. My vision for the overall garden is for it to be a modern country style garden, and I love perennials such as roses, peonies, foxgloves, hydrangeas and lavender  as well as anything that is edible and can be used in cooking – so rosemary and bay too.

Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven

We edged the lawn side of the beds with box hedging and started filling the beds with some of my favourites. We have planted lavender closest to the wall so the purple heads will just be peeking over and giving off a lovely scent, with rosemary in the near side corners – perfect for easy picking for the Sunday roast. We have just planted up some other bits so they are still looking pretty small but I am hoping they will grow and spread and look less bare and formal soon. I think it will take a few years to get it to where I really want it – and I am learning as I go!

Patio garden and pizza oven

The other big thing to happen to the patio last year was of course the pizza oven which you can read all about here. This year we managed to invest in some beautiful outdoor seating and it has transformed the side return in to a really cosy and useable area.

Patio garden and pizza oven

I have planted up loads of herbs in old terracotta pots which are perfect being so close to the kitchen and the pizza oven – I have a number of oreganos which are perfect for sprinkling  over pizza just before it goes into the oven, and mint for Mojitos of course!

Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven


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Sofa, chair and coffee table (modular and all sold individually) – St Ives range from John Lewis
Festoon lights – Cox and Cox

Indoor and outdoor striped rug – BundleBerry by Amanda Holden from qvcuk.com c/o – I am also liking this one

Pizza oven – read more in this blog post.

Garden shelving unit – Cox and Cox

Whitewashed rattan tray – The White Company c/o

Coriander and citronella outdoor candle (smells AMAZING) – The White Company c/o

Glass cocktail jug – The White Company c/o

Cube dining table and chairs (similar)  – Ebay

Amazing patio heater – Sunwood (our friends very generously gave
us ours and it looks so beautiful lit)

Glass lantern candles holders – The White Company c/o – looks like they are sold out now, but these look equally as cool with these.

Fringe cushion and Bobble cushion – House Curious

Slatted fencing (behind pizza oven) – Garden Trellis Co.


Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven

Patio garden and pizza oven

And I think I love it even more when it starts to get darker. Lighting all the candles, putting on the festival lights and firing up the BBQ or pizza oven makes for a perfect evening in the garden. I snapped a few pictures as the sun started to set one night to show you.


I’d love to know what you think?


 

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The Saturday Edit

1. I spent a delicious weekend in London last week, visiting Chelsea Flower Show for the first time. I absolutely loved it and took home a lot of inspiration (and notes) for the garden! I didn’t take any proper photos for the blog, but luckily the brilliant Rebecca from Roses and Rolltops did. Take a look at her blog post here.

2. My love for a straw/basket bag is unending. Over the years I have collected a number and still can’t help but look at more! Here are a round up of my favourites at the moment:

3. Do you meditate? It is something that I have never been able to get the hang of so I was pleased to read Monica’s post on mindful activities that aren’t meditation on her blog The Elgin Avenue. One more to add to the list – gardening! Which is my current go-to for when I need to forget about everything else! I always love Monica’s heart and wellbeing led content and this post is no exception.

4. The first #addictedtointeriors event that myself and my friend Jennie held last week went really well and we were delighted with how many people came. So many people asked us about the next event so it seems we shall be putting another one on! Watch this space!

5. I’ve moved some bits and bobs about in the house including bringing the coffee table  in to the kitchen and I love it. We site in here much more now it is light in the evenings. Oh, and the tray and lidded jar pictured were (gifted) from Lene Bjerre, a Danish interiors brand who have just started shipping to the UK. You can thank (or blame) me later for everything you see and can’t live without!  Shop: Tray | Jar

ps. Did you catch up on the blog this week? I wrote about my visit to intu Derby and how I have refreshed my bedroom for summer. Check out the post here, which includes a very loverly, affordable linen duvet set.


Have a great week ahead 🙂

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5 ways to get your bedroom ready for summer with intu Derby

Now that summer is here, I wanted to make sure my bedroom was summer-ready. Having a space that is calm and cool is really important to both Will and I as we need to be able to quickly relax and get to sleep once it is bedtime – which too often is later than we’d really like.

I’ve purposely kept the decoration in our room very simple and plain for the exact reason but I like to change things up a little with the seasons, not only visually but so the room works practically too.

Working with intu Derby to showcase the shopping centre as a great place for interiors lovers like me (read more about our partnership here) was the perfect opportunity to give my bedroom a little summer refresh. There are a number of stores in the centre that are perfect if you want to refresh your home a little, or even give it a complete overhaul. I loved that everything was so close to one another and I didn’t need to walk for miles, or even go outside to get the the stores I wanted.

I made a beeline for Marks and Spencer’s and Next as they both have large homeware sections in the centre and I knew I would be able to  get everything I needed to give my bedroom a seasonal refresh.

For summer, fresh bedding, new sheets, cushions and mixing up our bedside table decoration makes it feel like a whole new space and keeps it comfortable for those sticky nights.

First up I headed to Next Home for a new summer appropriate duvet. I love our deliciously heavy feather and down duvet for winter but need a lighter, more cooling one for the summer months. If Will had his way we would have swapped it in February but I like to leave it until it really has started to warm up! There was a great range and I went for a 4.5 tog that keeps you cool.

I was pretty excited for new bedding. I have been eyeing up linen bedding for a couple of years but not been able to commit as it is generally so pricey however when I saw that Marks and Spencer’s had a new 100% linen range I couldn’t resist. They have it in quite a few different colours and I went for a white duvet cover and bottom sheets but picked out a neutral colour for the pillow cases to mix things up a bit.

I absolutely love the way linen is all crumpled and inviting! I know it would drive some people crazy wanting to iron it but I am not a bed cover ironer so it is perfect for me! It is also wonderfully cooling for the summer.

I love layering up a bed – it might be my show home styling training from work – but I think it makes it look very inviting and cosy. I have layered different sized pillows – using large square ones at the back which are great whilst sitting up in bed reading or sipping a coffee on a weekend morning, and then super king size pillows followed by regular ones. A few mix and match cushions finishes it off perfectly.

A couple of easy-care plants from Next (I didn’t realise they did live plants until I visited the centre) and a restyle of the bedside tables is all it takes to finish it off and make it feel like a new room altogether! Not to mention a little pillow spray to help us nod off with ease.

Summer ready bedroom

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All of the following items were from intu Derby:

Linen bedding – Marks and Spencer | 4.5 tog duvet – Next Home |
Pom pom cushion – Marks and Spencer | Linen cushion – Marks and Spencer | Mini succulents – Next Home |Sleep spray – Next Home

Not bought at intu Derby:

Bedside tables – West Elm UK | Lamps – Homesense |
Bed frame – Love your home | Mattress – Loaf |

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom

Summer ready bedroom


5 ways to get your bedroom ready for summer


Summer ready bedroom

Change your bedding

I love a big, fluffy heavy feather and down duvet for most of the year but switch it out for a lighter option in the summer months so I don’t get too hot. A 4.5 tog is perfect for when it is warm and you can also get options now that are made from cooling fibres that help regulate your body temperature during the night. Top tip – go in store to buy your duvet. You can feel the different options and make a better choice than taking a punt ordering online – duvets are really personal and it pays to get it right.

Refresh your sheets

I love new sheets so a change of season is the perfect opportunity for me. Linen has that beautifully lived in a rumpled look (great if you don’t iron your bedsheets like me) but cottons are also lovely. Buy the best you can afford – they get better with every wash and will last you years to come.

Pick a fresh colourway

White sheets are my favourite and my go-to, and I always think it looks great in the summer. I normally accent my white sheets with grey and charcoal however for summer I have picked warmer neutrals and I loved the relaxed summer vibes they have.

Add new throws and pillows

New throws and pillows can give your room a whole new feel and you can have fun with different textures in the summer. Try mixing wool with linen. I wandered around M&S with piles in my hand choosing which went with which – it was so much fun and I kew they would look great once I got them home.

Add plants

Adding plants is my tip for almost everything, but a bit of greenery looks great on a bedside table during the summer months! I love that Next now sell live plants in store – it saves an extra trip to the garden centre.


Will you be getting your bedroom ready for summer?

This post was created in collaboration with intu Derby but as always, I only partner with brands I love. 

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The Saturday Edit

1.I restyled my kitchen shelves last week using this gorgeous dinner set from Royal Doulton (gifted).  It is from a range designed by Ellen Degeneres and I loved the effortless style each of the items has. I’m not sure what age dinnerware becomes more exciting than shoes, but I think I’ve reached it! 

2. Does anyone else LOVE herbs? I get through so much basil, coriander and parsley in cooking – they are just so fresh and tasty, and I love these earthenware planters from The White Company (gifted). As you know, they can do no wrong in my eyes and these planters are no exception!

3. How lovely has the weather been?! The sun has been shining and I have dusted off my summer clothes. Despite what I said in point 1 above, I do still love a shoe and one thing I have particularly enjoyed with the warmer weather is being able to ditch tights and socks and wear sandals instead. Here is a round of up my favourites right now:


4. Exciting blog news – I am working with intu Derby over the coming weeks as part of their Welcome to our World campaign to showcase how great the shopping centre is for home and lifestyle lovers like me. I had a blast exploring the centre and must say, the staff in the shops there were the friendliest I have come across. Have a look at their website to see more about my shopping trip there (OMG i’m on the front page) and keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for more including what I bought and how i’ll be styling it up in my home. I can’t wait to share it with you.

5. I can’t quite believe it but we sold out of tickets for our first #addictedtointeriors event! If you’ve missed me talking about it so far, it’s an event for interiors and instagram lovers in the Midlands. The event is at the very beautiful Neptune Home store in Birmingham on Thursday evening. If you are coming, I can’t wait to meet you and I’ll be sharing more as it happens over on Instagram on Thursday evening!

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Pretty white tops for summer

Come summer, the only thing I wear are white tops and jeans. Well, not quite but pretty close!

A colleague recently commented it was my uniform – what I looked best in and I took this as a massive compliment as I find a white top and jeans the easiest thing to throw on.

Luckily for me the shops are inundated with white tops this year, and just to make me even happier there are plenty frills, ruffles and broderie anglaise – my summer favourite!

I have rounded up a few of my favourites, many of which I have and a few more that I have my eye on.

9 pretty white tops for summer


Shop white tops


1.Broderie smock from ASOS

2. Embroidered off the shoulder from Zara

3. Embroidered blouse from Zara

4. Off the shoulder ruffle top from ASOS

5. Bow vest top from Mango

6. Knotted linen t-shirt from H&M

7. Frill and ruffle embroidered blouse from Zara

8. Sleeveless vivien top from Monsoon

9. Pom pom top from Monsoon


What’s your summer uniform?

 

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