Temperatures have plummeted this weekend. The icy grip of the cold wind has managed to worm it's way through all my layers on numerous occasions. The air smells crisp, with the occasional heady waft of woodsmoke, murmurations of starlings gather, twist and flow above me, and I silently herald the start of the cold season. Welcome, winter! and welcome to the start of our winter themed posts.
My warm cosy bed calls to me extra provocatively during the cold winter months- a call I endeavour to answer as much as and as lavishly as possible; preferably with hot tea and a good book. And so a few weeks ago when Autumn began it’s slow turn into Winter, I turned my decorating efforts to the bedroom, to ensure it was winter ready; to create a little winter haven of warmth and calm.
When we moved house over a year ago, I had every intention of sharing the renovation and decoration process with you, but since this post, written a few weeks after we moved into a definitely unfinished house, I haven’t shared anything. Partly because of time, partly because of the pressure (I’m an interiors stylist! It has to look amazing!) but I am relenting today to share some pictures of our new bedroom with you, the only finished room in the house.
No self respecting makeover would be complete without a before photo; the more gruesome the better, and I have a particularly GROSS one for you (I give and I give). Here it is. (prepare yourselves!)
Nope, not a squat, although you’d be forgiven for believing it to be. I made it small so's not to induce mild panic attacks. When we got the keys, the bedroom walls were covered in wood chip wallpaper which we promptly removed, and then ran out of time to do anything else. So we moved into a room that had bare plaster walls, cardboard for curtains and a bed much too big for the room. And now the after. Nice big photo's...*breathe*
Heres what we did:
- After we removed the wood chip wallpaper (horror of horrors), a friend re-plastered the walls, then we painted it bright white.
- I love my red bed but it is far too big for our tiny bedroom so I swapped beds with my Sister in law next door, until we move to a bigger place. We repaired and painted a smaller, pine bed that actually suits the room. A free bed!
- The rest of the house is more colourful, but we wanted our bedroom to be a really calm and neutral space. There is nothing in it apart from the bed so it needed to be super cosy and dressed perfectly. We have a duck down duvet cover which might actually be my favourite ever thing (ok, a bit of an exaggeration), it is so cosy and warm! We chose bedlinen from LinenMe in White and Stone colour, and have covered it in luxurious blankets and sheepskins; The dark grey blanket is from WoolMe and the light grey blanket is from Urbanara. The sheepskin is from our local farm shop, MB Farms.
- I made the curtain using a White LinenMe flat sheet; the linen is so thick and gorgeous, and it hangs so incredibly beautifully. I realise I’m waxing lyrical about linen and duck down which makes me feel supremely old, but they bring me joy! Joy, I tell you! I only finished the curtain last week. It’s full length and quite full, gathering on the floor a little and it has made such a huge difference to the feel of the bedroom. We plan to install a thermal black out blind to keep us extra warm (and dark. I am basically a vampire and love love love the dark; the darker the better in fact.)
- We never have the heating on in the bedroom as we like a cool room, but we are kept warm by our duck down duvet, our beloved hot water bottles and an eco electric blanket which we sometimes use to warm the covers before climbing within (and then switch off during the night).
- I tried a few different things above the bed; a large print and some blush pink garlands but have ended up using the Lights4Fun festoons that we’ve had versions of in our bedroom for the last 5 years. They just always look good, and give off a lovely low light.
- One bedside table is a big tree trunk from our friend who is a tree surgeon (a very handy friend to have!) and one is one of our trusty apple crates which we’ve had for 10 years now and are always useful.
- We put an enormous plant next to the bed. It gives life to the room, and purifies the air- important for a bedroom I think.
- Lastly, there is always a scented candle in our bedroom, this one is Giant Fir and Juniper, from Toast.
So that is our very simple and thrifty bedroom makeover; just in time for winter.
We have started a silly hashtag with our friend Vicky from Owl and Accordion called #ProjectKeepTheHeatingOff to challenge each other to find other solutions before retreating to the thermostat. It’s not about never putting the heating on; rather it’s about keeping it off for as long as possible. Having a super warm and cosy bed is our way of keeping the heating off all night. Having a 3 year old who frequently climbs in between us and acts like a little radiator helps too. Do feel free to join us on the Instagram hashtag to share your thrifty heating ideas!
What are you doing to keep warm at home this winter? Are you a cold room/warm bed kinda person?! Do you have heating wars in your home?! (we do!)
P.S Newsletter subscribers will have received an invitation to our first ever Seeds and Stitches workshop today! Woohooo! This will be made available more widely some time this week. We are so excited!
Disclosure: The linens were very kindly gifted, but all opinions are my own.