With March nearly upon us we’ve been looking at ways we can get our home ready for Spring. One room that is often neglected is the main bedroom. Whilst other rooms are more public, the fact that this is probably not used much during the day, and is the least visited room when people come round, can mean it gets overlooked. But when you remember that we spend about one third of our lives asleep, it’s clear that our bedrooms also need a bit of thought and attention. So, here are 6 simple ways to spruce up your bedroom for spring and breathe new life into this important space in your home.
1.Capture the essence of Spring
Bring Nature indoors and give your bedroom an instant refresh. Forage for broken blossom branches, or pick some daffodils or snowdrops from the garden. Pots of white muscari look sweet on a nightstand, and pussy willow stems add some simple elegance.
Now is the perfect time to sort through all that stuff that has piled up over the winter. Heaps of clothes or books, papers that need sorting or mending that you just haven’t got round to doing all serve as a drain on your energy. Shift this by assessing what you really need and what you can let go. Start with the essentials, like your basic wardrobe items, then find the precious books, photographs and other things that make you truly happy. Put these away. Anything else that’s left can probably be given to Goodwill or sold at a yard sale when the weather gets better.
3.Choose a Spring-inspired palette
Soft clouds of dusky pink blossoms, sharp rain showers, green shoots pressing up through the earth and pale yellows all make up Nature’s Springtime palette. Draw inspiration from this and choose similar tones and shades.
If you are keen to do a more radical makeover, work out a palette that will harmonise across the room. Choose the same paint shade for walls and woodwork, then add splashes of muted colour and layers of accessories like soft linen cushions, snuggly wool throws and a few well-chosen, carefully selected trinkets and pictures to stamp your personality on your bedroom.
4.Rotate your wardrobe
While there is still a chill in the air and frosty nights are not uncommon you don’t want to put away all your winter clothes, but there will be some woollies and heavier items that can be stored away now. Make sure that garments are clean and dry before you put them away, and use tissue paper to store delicate items. Seal in secured bags to prevent moth damage. If you put away your lighter clothes and dresses at the end of the summer, now’s the time to get them out. Give them a shake and hang to air, or run them through a quick wash to refresh.
5.Change your curtains
If you use heavy drapes over winter now is the time to get them cleaned and store them away. Instead, opt for linen drapes which add texture and depth to your bedroom, whilst still keeping the warmth in and most of the light out. In a small room pick drapes in a similar colour to the walls to create a unified finish that tricks the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it is.
6.Don’t be afraid of the dark
Whilst Spring is all about lightness and fresh colour, a pop of something darker always looks great in a bedroom. A painting with a black palette, some dark green or grey linen bedlinen, or a print with deep blues all create an introspective, calm feel that’s perfect for the bedroom.
How do you spruce up your bedroom for Spring? Let us know in the comments below.
We are super excited to be joined on A Simple Path this week by Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House. You may already know Dorian from his gorgeous Instagram account, but if not, or if you’ve always wanted to know more about the man behind the pictures, read on.
You won’t feel quite as rested as if you had just woken up to a dewy morning on a Welsh hillside, but his words will bring solace and respite from the busyness of your day. Savour this one.
1.Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
Woohoo! Here’s the second instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, which explores how inspiring, creative people are doing more with less. This month we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Erica Lee of The Hygge Wife (@thehyggewife on Instagram) and creator of thehyggewife.com. We are huge fans of Erica’s stunning photography and admire her commitment to living a simpler, more intentional life. Sit back and enjoy – we think you are going to love this one.
This time of year is hectic. All that time spent running around getting things for other people, finding costumes for Nativity plays, baking things, throwing parties and trying to keep the peace within our families. And whilst it is the season for goodwill towards others, it is so important to look after yourself as well. If you are feeling overwhelmed or daunted by all that Christmas and New Year brings, here are 7 ways to make sure you have the energy to keep going, and to stay happy.
Decorating a nursery is one of the loveliest tasks when preparing for the birth of a child, but it can also feel overwhelming. Do we go for pink or blue? What furniture will we need? How do we make it cosy without being cluttered? We’ll help you address all these questions, as well as give you some useful tips on creating the perfect space for your baby to grow into.
Here’s what you need to consider when decorating a nursery:
If you are a skilled maker looking for inspiration, or a newbie to sewing, here are some fab linen craft projects to make your home even more beautiful. We’ve used linen as the springboard, thanks to its versatility and durability, and you can add embellishments as you please. Love pom poms? Bring them on!
Despite the fact that in our part of the world we are experiencing a mini heatwave, our thoughts are turning to the Fall. We love this season shift, as the nights draw in and the evenings become chilly. There is such bounty in Fall: the ripe fruit hanging from the trees waiting to be eaten or preserved, the hedgerows swaying under the weight of juicy blackberries, the squash and pumpkins swelling above the soil. Then there’s all the thrills of Halloween, Thanksgiving (in the US) and Bonfire Night (in Britain). We find ourselves drawn to rituals that celebrate light in the face of the coming darkness of winter.
Many of us will be waving off a child this month as they leave for college (*weeps*), or moving out of our family home and into a new life of
parties studying. We thought we would ease the transition by rounding up some top tips on how to boss dorm room style on a limited budget. Make any room, any size, feel like home with these simple ideas. Easy as ABC.
With the advent of summer comes the joy of eating, drinking and generally relaxing outdoors. It’s time, then, for some easy ways you can make your outdoor space more inviting and beautiful. Here’s our 5 top tips:
Add softness and comfort to the outdoors by scattering some cushions. This will instantly brighten up your chairs and benches, and pull together your colourscheme. You can even drape blankets or sheets from trees and fill the space beneath with rugs and cushions for a boho-style tipi. If simple is more your thing, stick to a neutral palette to create a serene feel to your outdoor space.