Transform Your Bedroom From Fab To Drab!

Summer is just around the corner, and with that in mind, I’m looking at a few Summer resolutions, which you can spruce up your home as June rolls around. In particular, you may find your bedroom needs a bit of TLC in order to make it your dream space.

I have been working with Laura Ashley who have been looking at the key ideas for bedroom transformation for 2018 and have produced some key tips when it comes to bedroom design.

Now, in this post I am going to expand on some ideas to turn your bedroom into your personal sanctuary.

Eliminate all distractions

Sometimes a lot of us find we suffer from lack of sleep – and much of this can be down to having so many distractions in our bedroom. Of course, we’re not suggesting you get rid of your eye candy partner, but rather the digital distractions – smartphones, tablets, laptops and televisions should all be eliminated. This is a bedroom, not a university common room – make it a place of sleep.

 Give your bed some va-va voom

Does your mattress feel like a bed of nails? Does your headboard resemble something from the Depression era? Your bed is the central focus of your room so you need to make it look as appealing as possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean purchasing a whole new suite – you can even jazz it up with something as simple as a headboard. A beautiful metal headboard in chrome can completely change the look of your bed.

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Create the illusion of space

If you’re not blessed with the luxury of extra space, you can make your bedroom look all the bigger by employing a few tips. First off, consider painting or papering your room in brighter colours, which instantly open up a room. Second, think about the first thing your eye is drawn to when you enter the room – is it something big and bulky? Try moving furniture to have smaller items as the point of focus, which will create the illusion of freeing up extra space.

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Make a personal dresser

This is the room where you’ll inevitably be primping and preening yourself, so you should make an effort to have this area of the bedroom looking organised. Put in a cheap dressing table, even if it’s just a side table, and arrange your products neatly around the mirror. Keep it far from the bed if you can to avoid any accidents.

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Add those individual touches

This is particularly fitting if you’re co-habiting with a significant other. While distractions are a no-no, there’s nothing wrong with having a few photos around the place. You could get creative and add some quirky photo frames around the place, filled with personal photos of your favourite memories.

 

Laura Ashley New Season picks

For my latest look towards the upcoming Autumn/Winter season, I decided to turn to an iconic British brand, Laura Ashley.

Laura Ashley first came to prominence in the 1960s, but it was the famous throwback styles of the 1970s, the dairy maid, Edwardian style cotton maxi dresses in cream and white, that really shot the brand to fashion immortality. The early 1970s was a time of fashion reflection, with the film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ being very influential on the style of the era. Laura Ashley’s innocent look was perfectly evocative of the period the film was set in.

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1970s Laura Ashley – such an iconic look.

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Laura Ashley died in 1985, but her name lives on, with the Laura Ashley brand producing season after season of gorgeous clothes. The brand produces clothes that are great quality, and although the romance of the maxi dresses may have been replaced by more practical elements, the designs still retain the femininity that makes me such a fan of the 1970s originals.

For the coming season we have a very English heritage feel from the Campus collection, all blues and burnt oranges, and a paisley top that harks back to the 70s and is top of my Autumn shopping list. The Keepsake collection is full of beautiful floral prints and has a romantic feel, but with enough pretty cardigans to ward off the Autumn chills. The Carousel collection has a basis of coral and grey, mixed with ditsy prints. Again, very English heritage, very pretty and very Laura Ashley.

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Floral Print Wrap Dress £70 click to visit Laura Ashley

Floral Print Wrap Dress £70 click to visit Laura Ashley

Navy Sleeveless Dress £70 click to visit Laura Ashley

Navy Sleeveless Dress £70 click to visit Laura Ashley

Paisley Print Blouse £50 click to visit Laura Ashley

Paisley Print Blouse £50 click to visit Laura Ashley

Tan Suedette Panel Pencil Skirt £65 click to visit Laura Ashley

Tan Suedette Panel Pencil Skirt £65 click to visit Laura Ashley

Navy Suedette Trim Skirt £55 click to visit Laura Ashley

Navy Suedette Trim Skirt £55 click to visit Laura Ashley

 

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Sprig Print Sheer Scoop Neck Dress £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Sprig Print Sheer Scoop Neck Dress £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Floral Print Pleat Neck Dress £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Floral Print Pleat Neck Dress £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Rose Pink Silver Stitched V-Neck Top £50 click to visit Laura Ashley

Rose Pink Silver Stitched V-Neck Top £50 click to visit Laura Ashley

Rose Pink Cotton Mix Smocked Shoulder Cardigan £45 click to visit Laura Ashley

Rose Pink Cotton Mix Smocked Shoulder Cardigan £45 click to visit Laura Ashley

Mink Brown Bird Print Pashmina Style Scarf £25 click to visit Laura Ashley

Mink Brown Bird Print Pashmina Style Scarf £25 click to visit Laura Ashley

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Pebble Spot Print Frill Hem Dress £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Pebble Spot Print Frill Hem Dress £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Dobby Spot Blouse now £33.75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Dobby Spot Blouse now £33.75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Cream Jersey Lace Trim Shirt Top £35 click to visit Laura Ashley

Cream Jersey Lace Trim Shirt Top £35 click to visit Laura Ashley

Grey Biker Style Zip Front Jacket £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Grey Biker Style Zip Front Jacket £75 click to visit Laura Ashley

Blush Pink Chiffon Embellished Front Blouse £50 click to visit Laura Ashley

Blush Pink Chiffon Embellished Front Blouse £50 click to visit Laura Ashley

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The final Summer sales; What to choose?

The Summer sales signs are everywhere, designed to enticing and seducing us with some amazing bargains. Sales are great and you can pick up some real bargains, but, if like me you’ve recently been on holiday and money is tight, you may need to have a sort out to sell some unwanted stuff before you start buying even more.

And this is definitely worthwhile, as when the sales are almost over, the savings get bigger. We are now coming to the end of the summer sales and the Autumn collections are now hitting the stores.  But there are still some bargains to be had, and if you follow a few simple hints and tips you may find yourself a real bargain.

1. Look for sale items that are out of season. I often buy knitwear sales, knowing I will get far more wear out of this than swimsuits. Many companies bring out last season items, to pad the sale out; hence you can pick up jackets, jumpers and cardigans even in summer.

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Gold Thread and Sequin Open Front Cardigan

2. Avoid anything that is obviously ‘fashion’. Many sales are selling those horrible Harem trousers that look like rejects from MC Hammer’s wardrobe – but listen to his advice and ‘Don’t touch this’. Fashion mistakes from this season can never be an investment buy and are best avoided.

3. Look out for items marked as special purchase.

One example of this is Debenhams, who are selling many beauty sets and fragrances at 50% off. These can be stored away as birthday and Christmas gifts for loved ones.

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Moschino Pink Bouquet 50ml Eau de Toilette Gift

4. Think ahead. I look for toys and electrical gods that can be kept until Christmas. I always used to buy beach bags, kaftans, sandals and sundresses as Christmas presents for my mother-in-law.

She spent every Christmas somewhere hot and really appreciated things she couldn’t buy in the middle of a British winter.

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5. Stick to classics. Leather handbags, simple flip-flops, plain t-shirts and maxi dresses seem to always be in style, so you will use them again and again. For men, look for plain coloured polo tops that can be worn under jumpers when the weather turns cooler, and thin knits that can be layered in autumn, are good buys.

6. Ask yourself – Am I buying this because I love it, or am I buying this because it’s cheap? Be honest with yourself – you will thank yourself later.

If all else fails, set a budget, shop with just cash and leave the credit cards at home. Look around first, until you decide what you really want. Then you might actually enjoy your purchases when you get home.