Research shows that Australian concern for the environment has been gradually declining in recent years. Therefore, steps should be taken to ensure a healthier and greener lifestyle! As a matter of fact, wouldn't it be best if it all starts at home; specifically, at the very room where everything begins once the sun rises?
We are, of course, talking about the bedrooms; the place where we wake up every morning and hit the hay nightly! In this part of our home alone, a number of steps can already be taken to ensure that we, in our own way, have already taken part in the fight for a greener world!
One step that can be taken is called "upcycling". Upcycling is the process of renovating or converting our household furniture or old stuffs to make them look different, all the while giving them an entirely different purpose as well. An example of this is using an old ladder as a bookshelf by hanging it horizontally on the bedroom wall.
Another step that can be taken is by using more of the "organic" than the "synthetic". Why not consider painting your bedroom wall with natural paint instead of the ones that are full of chemical substances (volatile organic compounds) that are harmful to the environment? Why not use organic sheets (like our Mulberry Silk Quilts or our Bamboo Quilts *wink*) and mattresses that are lined with natural fiber? Think about it. This would not only be beneficial to you but to the environment as well.
Furthermore, things can also be done to the room temperature! Consider investing in wooden blinds instead of fans. You could also invest in thermostats to have better control over how hot or cold it is in your room. If you don't want to invest in a thermostat, even windows can do their part in our cause. By using windows that are lined with coatings that reflect heat and provide insulation, you can keep your room significantly warmer.
Great flooring can also transform your room into an eco-friendly one! It may be done in terms of the floor itself, or the carpets if you prefer them! For the former, you may try using reclaimed wood flooring which can definitely add appeal to the room’s interior, while for the latter, alternatives exist in place of regular nylon that otherwise contain harmful chemicals!
Finally, nothing could be better than having plants freshen the bedroom's ambiance! Plants filter air and helps remove harmful substances in it. You should, of course, choose plants that fit...
So why not consider choosing to make a change? Why not take small steps to make even the most minor environmental concern non-existent?! After all, it wouldn't hurt to wake up in a room filled with a fresher aura around it.
This morning my daughter Caitlin started talking about her week, her friends and what a busy life she leads!
I asked her how she thought parents do it with children, and work, and friends to visit and she answered “You know what you are doing, you have had practice and anyway you’re a chicken soup”
Pardon? Repeat that line.. ”You’re a chicken soup”
What do you mean? I asked. “Well, she said. I think of you as warm and comforting. The kind of person I always need to have around when I don’t feel well or I need to chat to, just like the chicken soup you make when we didn't feel well as kids.”
“Me, on the other hand, Caitlin said. I am a Thai Laksa, hot and spicy and something to be enjoyed with friends with lots of laughs on a Saturday night when there is a party to go too!
In our group of friends we often talk about what sort of foods we are like as people, it’s fun and when you think of it you do match the Chicken soup and I right now am a perfect match to a Thai Laksa.”
I had to stop and mull over this for awhile and decided she was right. When my children were sick I always made chicken soup with loads of parsley to make them feel better and give them nourishment and snuggled them in bed.
The first time my son felt unwell after leaving home he rang and asked if I could make the soup as he was sure that would make him feel better.
So Caitlin has raised an interesting topic. What sort of food are you? And can it change? If I am now a chicken soup can I become a Thai Laksa when the children have all left home and my husband and I have unlimited freedom? Or will I always be a Chicken Soup and do I mind? Ummmm….
What sort of food would you like to be?
Do you remember being sent to your room as a child for time out, and being happy or sad?
I was always happy as it meant I could go and read and maybe the jobs would be done by my other siblings before I was allowed out!
However mum caught on to this pretty quickly so at times I would be sent to my brother’s room which had nothing in it I liked in it.
Times have now changed and we have so many cool gadgets for kids in this Tech savvy world that I wonder how they feel if sent to their room for time out or to go to sleep at night? Is it a haven or a hazard?
Do you allow your child to read before bed or play with the ipad? Do they watch movies or play games whilst in bed and is this a soothing down time before sleep?
We are, as adults probably just as guilty of phones by the bed, TV’s in the bedroom and ipads at the ready when we go to sleep or wake up but does it really help us wind down?
We didn’t allow our children to have a TV in the bedroom when they were growing up as we thought they would become anti social and forget how to sit as a family and laugh at shows together.
My favourite way to go to sleep is still reading a good book, tucked under the covers with the soft glow of a bedside light and so do my daughters!
I would like to think we can all have some quiet areas for both our children and ourselves that we can retreat to at the end of a day, to just relax and unwind as it really doesn’t matter how young or old you are we all need some warm nurturing homely rooms to enjoy!
So you think you know how to make the bed? Do you do hospital corners and tucked in sides? Or do you have neat tight corners and loose sides?
How about tight sides and loose ends? Or how about you are now lost in a world of confusion!
Bed making used to be an art. Beautifully executed hospital corners ( This was a fold the sheet, tuck it under, and appears a bit like an envelope on the bottom corners of the bed and never came untucked) and tight as a pin sheets that you could bounce a coin of (Army terminology here) like Grandma did.
Then came the amazing idea of feather/down or goose quilts that replaced blankets and people started to loosen up a bit about the tight sheets and wanted a bit more slack when they climbed into bed and slept under the soft layer of feathers as opposed to the heavier blanket.
Finally in this day and age 50% of us sleep with a fitted bottom sheet, loose top sheet, and a quilt in a duvet/quilt cover. The other half ditches the loose top sheet and sleep just under the duvet/quilt cover. We dress our beds with lots of pillows and shams. We place beautiful hand made quilts on top for decoration and you know what...We rarely show these rooms to anyone as they are our sanctuary. When was the last time you invited someone into your bedroom?? (To look at the bed folks!)
So how did YOU make the bed today? Did you tuck in corners or leave sheets loose?
Do you have a special way that only you know how to do that your partner knows they cannot duplicate?
I love chatting to people who tell me all sorts of things about how they make a bed, the way they sleep or style their bedrooms and I look back to my time growing up and what I learnt and it made me remember, I think I forgot to teach my children how to execute a hospital corner sheet tuck!
Maybe that’s why our children don’t like to make a bed… We forgot to show them!
Happy bed making everyone :) I have added a How to make hospital co
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Bedroom storage solutions for all seasons.
How often do you walk around your bedroom with an item in hand looking for a place to put it? I do it so many times that I wonder how it felt when I first moved into our home and wondered how I was going to fill it!
Storage in the bedroom for bedlinen or personal items can be tricky as some things we like to display and others we don’t! So where can we put them?
Below I have listed some easy decorating solutions and ideas that will hopefully bring some harmony and storage to your bedroom!
· Have a bed head made that will open on hinges so that it may be used for storing extra pillows or small blankets that are used seasonally.
· If, like me, you have a bedside table that has draws but are an avid reader think about having a small bookshelf built in to your wall between the studs to display your most favourite night time reading and small prints of the family.
· Look for a glory box (yes they are still around) or chest or long seat with a lid for the end of the bed to store your bed pillows when you hop into bed at night.
· I have a chaise lounge in my room that unfortunately seems to hold more than my wardrobe some days but it is ideal for sitting on when getting ready and holding some of the clothing items I may need tomorrow!
· Build or buy a long low shelf/draw unit for under the window to store knick knacks, jumpers or everyday items for a quick find. This can be made to be a perfect addition to any bedroom as places like IKEA have them in various colours to suit both modern and old style furniture.
· In children’s rooms the box shelving with the coloured boxes are always a hit as so much can be stored here and are easy to the kids to pack their toys into.
· Hooks on walls in any bedroom can be used to hold both dressing gowns and jackets that are now easy to grab.
Small baskets to hold scarves, or hats can give more room on shelves.
Hopefully all of these ideas will help make your bedroom a warm haven that you love to spend time in.
We work hard, play hard, think a lot, laugh a lot, live life and look for new opportunities…daily. Are you exhausted already? I am!
So at night when my head hits the pillow I want that deep warm slumber that I had as a child that makes me feel refreshed in the morning and helps me to bounce out of bed, but somehow, some days it seems to allude me.
My brain wont turn off, I wake at 3am thinking about the job deadline for the next day, the cat wants to go out at 4am and I cant go back to sleep so by 6am I am now bleary eyed. Where is that peaceful 8 hrs slumber and how do I get it back?
Everyone has points they like to offer but here are a few I have tried and found work for me…..most nights!
A 20 minute siesta mid afternoon between 1 and 4pm if available will boost your energy levels and allow you to function better and sleep more soundly later that night.
Think about what you eat and drink during the day and don’t have your evening meal too close to bed time. Cut down on the alcohol, sugar and carbs when possible. Make sure you see sunlight for around 20 minutes a day to boost your Vitamin D levels.
Have a “to do” list and de-clutter your mind before bed rather than toss and turn on the events you can’t change at 1am!
Choosing the right pillow as mentioned before is crucial to a good nights sleep
Go to bed when you are tired and try to keep to a routine. If you don’t fall asleep get up for half an hour then try again. Don’t keep tossing and turning. Remember we did it for our children and it worked then!
Sometimes adding more calcium and magnesium to your diet or taking supplements will help calm the mind and muscles.
My husband loves his shower before bed and I like to read. We both find when this doesn’t occur our sleep is not as good…..Do we favour routine for a great nights sleep umm I think we do!
We all think the same thing some days….We look at an object and we see it as it is but others days its like clouds…We all see something different in the shape!
Here is a quick and easy way to say How A Coshee Set will work on your bed in your home. It is simply a quilt cover with a clip on top sheet. No more mucking around taking the quilt out of the cover washing it, drying it and struggling to get it back in, with a Coshee set you simply put the quilt in the cover (Use the corner ties to secure your quilt in the cover) clip on the white sheet and there you go!
When it comes time to wash the sheet (Not the quilt cover as it has been protected by the sheet) unclip, wash, dry and clip back on. Perfect for kids and adults alike!
Your bed will always look neat, stylish and well made as the sheet folds over the top for the fold back look. Each day bed making is a five second job as you just lift, fluff, and settle. Done! Throw on the pillows (All the ones that make it look chic and men dislike) and you have a perfect bed.
There have been no tangled sheets at night, no “doona” hogging as you should always buy a quilt cover set one size larger than your bed so that you have lots of cover to toss and turn with, and you have all been snug and warm under natural bamboo or cotton fibres that warm you in winter and cool you in summer.
Now….How do you use a Coshee® again?
Do you remember the fun of bed time with your
children or was it a nightly horror with them getting up and out and the constant crying?
I had four children two boys and then twin girls so by the time
it came to the girls I thought I had it licked.
Dinner, a bath, then story time in their bed, lights out and sleep.
My eldest was the most difficult and just wanted to play but perseverance won in the end and as he got older the promise he could read books to himself after we had left worked a treat.
My second son loved all of the above but after a story was always ready to go straight to sleep….He was a dream child!
Now my twins, well let me tell you they challenged all the ideas I had but not as a problem just with a difference.
When they were born and wrapped they snuggled in happily but only if they were near each other!. When we got home the two cots were rarely used as they were always happiest next to each
Now other people had more problems with this then we did as they thought they may always need to be together and then what would we do.
Well the years rolled on and we bought them separate beds (silly move as they slept in the same one most nights) then in their teenage years we put them in separate rooms, decorated each room as they
wanted with new double beds, desks etc and you guessed it…they still slept in one bed most of the time, chatting, giggling and feeling safe.
They are adults now with partners and sometimes home or sometimes not but I love to see them plan a night in together, watch a movie and then snuggle up and chat and giggle in the same bed!
We have always talked about them as “the girls”not twins and treated them as individuals. They have travelled together and apart, worked in different countries and have some different friends but the bond and love for each other and their brothers is strong and I find myself smiling as young mums today tell me the books they have read on how their children should sleep, where, when and with whom and I always ask them;
“What do you think you should do?”
We are all different, our children have different needs, and no one answer is right for us all, so do what you think will work as it may be different for each child you have at different times in their lives.
Happy bed time :)
Today I was asked a simple question by a complete stranger as to what I did.
For a moment I thought of all my marketing material and what my brochure says and then I replied, “I design bed linen to help you sleep better at night.”
He looked at me for a moment and then started asking how I could help him and why did people have trouble sleeping.
To me it was like a true revelation that what I had designed was truly about this and I had missed the point of why I talk to people.
I asked him how he slept, Was he cold at night? Did he get tangled in the sheets? Who made the bed in the morning? on and on went the list.
Now I knew what he was after and how I could help him the conversation turned to what I do, how my product could help and why.
There were no glazed eyes or foot tapping we had connected and it was exciting to find we had a common goal, to help him get a good nights sleep.
My moment of truth had arrived and I had grasped it and happily asked my customer what he wanted and what his issues were that he currently had no solution to.
I had finally realised I didn't need to sell my product, I needed to solve my customers problems and that my friend would lead to a sale and a very happy person looking forward to a good nights sleep.
Pillow talk is defined as the relaxed, conversation that often occurs in bed at night. It is associated with honesty and bonding so please feel free to sit back and enjoy a read about your pillow choice even if you are not in bed!
We often assume that the key to a good night's sleep is a good mattress, but did you know the pillow you rest your head on is just as crucial?
We've all woken up with a crick in the neck feeling tired and groggy, and that has everything to do with your pillow(s)!
I have just had the job of shopping around for a new pillow as mine was fairly deflated and I realised how much there was too learn. As a designer of bed linen of thought I was pretty up to date but even for me it was a minefield so I hope my tips help.
The correct pillow for you should comfortably provide support for your head and your neck, and it shouldn't deflate or lose its fluffiness quickly.
There are now 11 different materials to fill a pillow, there is Firm, Medium or Soft density. A profile ranges from Specialty, Contour, High, Medium or Low and the sizes can vary from standard to European to Baby. Body or U Shape.
Here to help are a few basic notes to keep an eye out for when you're in the market for a new one or simply looking to switch out your old ones.
Know your pillow fill.
The most common fills for pillows are down feathers, synthetic/polyester fibres, Latex, or Wool. Natural goose down feather pillows are long-lasting and excellent in terms of comfort, so that's what many of us go for even though they can be a bit pricey. A more cost-friendly option would be synthetic/polyester fibre pillows, which are generally hypoallergenic, feels like down and are machine washable.
For firmer support, spongy memory foam and Latex pillows are a great alternative and my personal favourite
A fluffier a pillow provides better cushioning, can be cuddled into place and is longer lasting. A fluffy pillow also means that fresh air is still able to travel through it. Contrastingly, a lifeless one that's deflated and flat signifies that the pillow can no longer trap air, rendering it not ideal for giving comfortable support. To test fluffiness, fold a pillow in half and see if it unfolds on its own or give it a big hug and see if it fluffs back up. If not, you might have to look for a new pillow.
Sleeping position matters. Finally, how you position yourself in bed can really determine the type of pillow you'll need. A medium density and profile pillow will suit most back sleepers so make sure you get a fluffier pillow that lifts your head and chin, which can help with breathing and snoring.
As a rule if you sleep on your stomach, a soft density or low profile pillow will be the most suitable. and a firm and high pillow gives complete support for those that sleep on their side. A contoured pillow can be good for those who require more neck support as it moulds into the contour of your neck.
Like with everything a pillow is a personal choice and we all have our favourites so happy shopping next time you hunt for that perfect pillow to aid a great nights sleep.
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
cost the earth.
I blog about interior design, natural living, decorating, family, and the environment. I am very proud of our eco-friendly Coshee bed linen and love to hear back from you so please contribute with your experiences and ideas.