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.
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.
Do you cringe when you walk into a store and the shop assistant is suddenly by your
side and not leaving until you purchase from them?
Or how about the opposite when you have found the product you would like to buy but
there is no sales assistant in sight and when you find one they tell you it’s not their area and cant help you!
Where did we go wrong in customer service and how can we
change it? We do want help finding a size at times and we may want more
information about a product so is it wrong to assume these questions will be
answered honestly and with a degree of knowledge about the item in
Is it any wonder we are trolling the online sites for products as we can email a
quick question while our feet are on the desk and have a reply in minutes and
not feel pressured into a sale.
I always enjoyed the shopping excursions with my mum heading into town by train
spending the day in stores looking for just the right item, then lunch and the
trip home with a happy smile and a new item held
Now my daughters say they don’t have time but will look on the internet at night
while watching TV and may run into a store near Uni to check it out then make up
Is it customer service as I originally thought that drove us away or is it maybe us
that do not have the time any longer to wander and find the enjoyment of making that special purchase, finding a bargain, feeling the clothes drape around us..?
Are we the shopper to blame for our own lack of interest and the current need for
speed and not enjoyment when it comes to shopping and is this why customer
service seems to have hit rock bottom in Australia?
Food for thought.
Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make bedding just that bit more desirable.
Duvet covers or as we know them as Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make the bedding just that much more desirable. There are many reasons why one decides to make the purchase of a quilt cover set. One would be that it keeps the inner quilt safe from any direct spills and dirt.
This can be very important if you spend a whole lot of money on some luxury down or silk quilt. Chances are you do not want to be buying a new one every month or spending loads of money at the dry cleaners every few days. So to prevent this smart person gets a quilt cover to protect that luxury bedding from any harm. Some quilt covers or silk quilt inners also bring many anti bacterial qualities too. For instance some quilts can protect up to an amazing 99.8 percent of bacteria, which is why many smart parents use them to keep their children nice and protected from bacteria causing infections.
One thing that all quilt covers have in common is the ability to protect the quilt from harm. This is probably the most important because believe it or not, some quilts can harbor bacteria very quickly. The reason for this is because when you spill something on a quilt or even wash it for that matter the substance can seep deep into the fabric and stay their between the down or feather. Once it is there, fungi and mold will begin to grow creating a perfect environment to harvest bacteria, making your bed set not the safest place to be. That is why quilt covers play such an important role in the bedroom. With our Coshee sets it is so easy to change the sheet rather than the cover and for most families this saves significant time.
Everyone has their own take on what style and design they prefer. The best thing about our Coshee bedding is you can change your bedding as often as you change your mind about what design style you like, because this bedding is not only affordable but, also it is extremely easy to change in and out. Also as any decorator knows if you are going to change your bedroom décor it is best if you start with a center piece and decorate around it. Coshee quilt covers are a perfect way to make your bedroom that center and change the sheets to when needed. The problem many people have when changing their quilt sets is that they also have to change the rest of their bedding. Now you can buy our Coshee’s in a set and then purchase the co-ordinated sheets to change the look with minimal fuss. I also believe using a king size quilt and cover are best used on a queen size bed because with king covers you can let the it hang and it will eliminate the need for a bed skirt and give you far more fabric and quilt when sleeping at night meaning no more losing your covers when sleeping.
This will save you time and money looking for one that matches and with all beds in your house if you upsize from the even the single to a double cover set you will always sleep comfortably and that is why king covers are best for a queen sized bed.
We all strive for a good nights sleep so here are some simple tips to help you on your way!
1. Stick to a schedule. Mum was right when she set a time we always had to go to sleep as kids. Sticking to a schedule allows your body to set its internal rhythm clock so you can get up at the time you want, consistently, every single day. Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too, otherwise the next morning you will wake later and feel overly tired.
2. Sleep only at night. Avoid daytime sleep if possible. Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber. Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps when needed.
3. Exercise. It’s actually known to help you sleep better. Your body uses the sleep period to recover its muscles and joints that have been exercised. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.
4. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax tense muscles. Try a lavender soap for the calming aroma.
5. Avoid eating just before bed. Give yourself at least 2 hours from when you eat to when you sleep. This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start) well before you go to sleep so your body can rest properly during the night, rather than churning away your food.
6. Avoid caffeine. It keeps you awake and that’s not what you want for a good nights sleep. If you need a warm drink try a soothing green tea or warm milk with honey.
7. Read a fiction book. It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it. Then take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep. I find as I read more and more, regardless of the book, I get more tired at night and so find it easier to fall asleep.
8. Have the room slightly cooler. Your body temperature does not need a warm room and bed covers so turn off the heat and allow the night air to circulate in and out of the windows. If I get cold, I wear warmer clothes or use a heavier quilt in the colder months.
9. Sleep in silence. I find sleeping with no music or TV far more restful. I guess others are different, but sleep with no distractions is best for a clearer mind.
10. Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It’s a depressant; although it may make it easier to fall asleep, it causes you to wake up during the night. As alcohol is digested your body goes into withdrawal from the alcohol, causing nighttime awakenings and often nightmares for some people.
Boys room with graphic print
Today I am surrounded by paint colours from white to off-white to antique white to soft white.... ahhhh the list goes on.
My task is to help decorate a child’s room.
Excitement is building but not about the wall colour as it currently has a soft liquorice feature wall with pale blue on the other walls. I like the thought of having a dramatic piece in the room and it doesnt always have to be an expensive item.
There are some great graphic murals you can use or a bold cover on the bed picked up in the smaller pieces scattered around the room.
Nowadays we don't define a room by the child's gender, but rather their tastes, likes and dislikes, including colour.
My favourite has always been red, so a splash here and there does wonders to introduce the colour in a subtle way.
Don't be afraid to be bold and look for pieces as you go to add to a room, they can always be a work in progress and be ever changing as the child grows.
Well, today I had an interesting conversation about how to co-ordinate and why it is so important in the bedroom.
Men, it seems, just don’t like the amount of pillows we put on the bed and then ask them to remove nightly! So when it comes to why we like to co-ordinate in the bedroom we have lost them!
At Ecosleep, we have designed out Coshee bed linen sets for adults as a 6 piece set which then includes the following:
A plain colour quilt/duvet cover with 2 matching pillow cases in cotton sateen and an attachable top sheet in white bamboo/cotton with 2 matching pillow cases
This then allows for the washing of the attached top sheet and pillow cases and the allowance to leave the cover and matching pillow cases to be washed only occasionally.
With co-ordinating thoughts in mind this then enables us to add co-ordinating colourful sheets/pillow cases to change the look in your bedroom without changing the cover!
Simple and brilliant and a must for those wanting an easier way to change the bedlinen and reduce your washing.
So gents when it comes to coordinating this is the way to go!
"Love the environment you sleep in!"
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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.
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