Creating a comfy festive bedroom

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At this time of year, as the days are cold and we are heading towards the shortest day of the year, a cosy, comfortable, festive bedroom sounds like the perfect sanctuary. A bedroom should always be a refuge from the outside world – a boudoir as well as just a place to sleep, but on those coldest of Wintry nights it also becomes the place we can’t wait to get back to, cuddled up with our loved ones because baby, it really is cold outside.

This year there are just so many lovely touches that can be used to add a few festive touches to our bedrooms, but, first things first. The bed has to be as comfortable as possible and this is usually down to your mattress. We have recently got a new mattress from Fishpools and can honestly say that the difference is incredible, it is firm and yet soft enough to be conducive to the best nights sleep. My choice for the perfect mattress would be one made up from memory foam – it is frankly amazing.

Perfect 5Mattress from £485 Click to visit Fishpools

Perfect 5Mattress from £485 Click to visit Fishpools

A festive duvet cover is the perfect way to add a festive touch to your bedroom and Asda George has some brilliant (and so affordable designs) that are great for both a children’s bedroom, or a grown ups retreat.  I love the retro 50s design cover with the ice skating pin up girls, as well as the atmospheric home snowy scene.

George Home Snowy Scene Photographic Duvet Set £15 Click to visit Asda George

George Home Snowy Scene Photographic Duvet Set from £15 Click to visit Asda George

 George Home Illustrated Stag Reversible Duvet Set from £12 Click to visit Asda George


George Home Illustrated Stag Reversible Duvet Set from £12 Click to visit Asda George

George Home Ice Skating Pin Up Reversible Duvet Set from £15 Click to visit Asda George

George Home Ice Skating Pin Up Reversible Duvet Set from £15 Click to visit Asda George

If you are not looking for a Christmas duvet, Christmas scatter cushions can add a festive touch on a more low key scale, they look great when used with crisp white bedding for a seasonal look that is fun and festive, but can easily be transferred when Christmas is over and done for another year.

Glitter Scene Cushion £12 Click to visit Next

Glitter Scene Cushion £12 Click to visit Next

Prosecco Cushion £10 Click to visit Next

Prosecco Cushion £10 Click to visit Next

Tapestry Christmas Scene Cushion £12 Click to visit Next

Tapestry Christmas Scene Cushion £12 Click to visit Next

A final, pretty touch is a set of fairy lights. I love this set from The White Company that have such an ethereal look to them.

Star Fairy Lights – 30 bulbs - Clear £15 Click to visit The White Company

Star Fairy Lights – 30 bulbs – Clear £15 Click to visit The White Company

A few tips for updating your bedroom on a budget

For me, Summer is always the time of year to decorate and renovate. The warm weather means that it’s OK to have all the windows open as paint dries, and once September hits, I’m too caught up in Christmas planning to give the house any real thought.

I had already mentioned in a previous post that we are currently planning on decorating the dining room before the summer is out, we also have plans for an overhaul in our bedroom too. But it has to be said that doing a host of home decoration at one time can be expensive, so I have put together a few tips that may help you stick to a budget.

Can’t afford a new bed – just change the mattress

A complete new bed – frame, headboard and mattress, can be very expensive, so why not just change the mattress. Wooden headboards can be repainted, but the changing of a mattress will make you feel like you are getting a new bed, especially if the old one had lost it’s bounce, or had a few springs popping up.

may be time for a new mattress...

may be time for a new mattress…

Save on a New Duvet

There are some very beautiful duvet sets out there, but they can be expensive, so why not look at the budget ranges available in Supermarkets. Asda do a great range of duvets for as little as £10, these look lovely without breaking the bank. If you chose a plain block colour, you can add interest with pretty scatter cushions.

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unusual cushions can change the look of your bed.

 

 

Need New Furniture – Upcycle or check out the Charity Shops

Upcycling is a great way of finding new furniture for your bedroom – many people literally give things away on sites like Guntree or Freecycle, you just need to collect your item. You can sand down old wooden wardrobes, give them a fresh lick of paint or a distressed look to create something that looks new and fresh.

If you love the vintage look, it is well worth checking out furniture branches of charity shops like the British Heart Foundation and St Giles Hospice. They often stock wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside tables and you can find some incredible finds.

Here are a few vintage pieces I have seen in charity shops and shared on my Instagram feed.

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These are just a few simple and easy tips that could help you to re-style your bedroom on a small budget.

 

Reasons Why You Should Change Your Mattress

Each morning when I would wake up, I found myself more tired and in pain than before I had gone to bed. It wasn’t until I spoke with my doctor that he recommended I get a new mattress, and since the change I cannot begin to tell you how different I feel each day. I began by going online to CutPriceMattress and purchasing a brand new king size mattress that was delivered the same week. Here are just some of the reasons this was the best purchase I have made in years.

How I feel in the mornings  

Waking up sore and tired each day was a result of my mattress no longer giving my body the support it needs. I was tossing and turning all night long, a clear sign the support system of the mattress was no longer working. Take a close look at your mattress and look for lumpy, saggy, or worn areas. These are clear indications the mattress has seen better days and you should replace it sooner than later.

Can you remember the last time you bought your mattress? If you have trouble remembering, it is definitely time to buy a new one. Technology in this area has improved greatly in the last 10 years, with new foam material being able to cradle the head and body unlike before. Also, if you have recently lost a lot of weight, have health issues, or recently got married, this is the perfect time to grab a new mattress.

deluxe-value-mattress-5ft-king-sizeOne of the biggest benefits to getting a new mattress is you are eliminating those older bug infested mattress. Over the years, bugs that eat dead skin thrive inside the warm conditions of the mattress, and each year they grow until they infest the mattress. Spills on the mattress can lead to mold growth, and can become a problem for those who have respiratory issues. I always keep a clean house, but my allergies have been bothering me more than ever this year. It wound up being all those microscopic particles that have accumulated in my 10 year old mattress that I was breathing in for 8 hours a night.

sleep-1800-5ft-king-size-foam-mattressIf you have a partner who tosses and turns at night, this can disturb your sleeping patterns and keep you awake at night. It could be that their side of the bed just can not support their body, and they are suffering with joint and muscle discomfort at night. When either partner is having trouble sleeping on the mattress, it is a sign you need one that can supply the right support to each person.