How to design a bedroom

Reblogged from Eileen Marshall

It’s a fact that we sleep away one-third of our lives! With this in mind, what better way to end the day than in a cozy, comfortable bedroom? To achieve an inviting and well-decorated bedroom, be it a master, guest, teenager, or child’s room, consider the following helpful tips.


Colour is a huge influence in our lives so it is prudent to choose a colour for your bedroom that will entice sleep. Soft, light, muted, cool, and calming colours such as creams, warm whites, taupes, and beiges are known to be soothing. Blue and green hues are said to lower one’s heart rate and blood pressure, whereas lively red and orange colours evoke energy.

Colour doesn’t necessarily have to be confined to only the walls or ceiling. It can be incorporated into bed linens, wall art, area rugs, throws, and accessories. This is a great way to add splashes of colour for an extra punch, or change up your colour accents seasonally.


Fabrics and bed linens will add colour to a space, as well as soften the overall look. It is also a great medium in which to add texture and pattern, be it a medley of designs or, alternatively, a selection of plain and subtle hues.

Adding different materials, such as Egyptian cotton, linen, silk, cashmere, and matelassé will further enrich a bed’s appearance. Different sized cushions will plump it up and create both visual and physical comfort.

And don’t forget the headboard—a great way to incorporate fabric. Headboards come in many shapes and sizes and are a great way to draw attention to the bed itself. Think about a tufted or paneled headboard colour to coordinate with your walls and linens.

Fabricated window treatments are also a wonderful way to diminish noise and create soft lines.


Lighting is key in any room and in particular the bedroom. The last thing one needs is harsh, overhead lighting before going to sleep, or a bright, disruptive light in the morning from an undressed window.

Consider a dimmer system for the pot lights to promote a gentle and calming effect, and use table lamps for task lighting such as reading.

Black-out lining on draperies will ensure a room is kept in complete darkness, which is known to encourage a great sleep.

Decorative finishes, such as flowers, soft fragrant candles, ornaments with a special meaning, a cluster of good books, or a grouping of personal photos are a wonderful way to create a beautiful bedroom.

Furniture scale/proportion

The bed is the most significant and often the largest furniture piece in the bedroom. It automatically takes on the focal point and dictates the style and flavour of the room (modern, romantic, traditional, cottage, country, industrial, to name a few).

As a crucial piece of furniture, the bed should be in proportion to the size of the room and the remaining pieces of furniture should be scaled to the bed.

The second most important furniture pieces in the bedroom (not including storage) are the side tables. If there is not enough space for a side table(s), consider a headboard with shelving or alternatively installing a shelf on either side or above the bed. It is always handy to have a place to put your bits and pieces: alarm clock, lamp, books, etc.


Standard bed sizes

It is worth investing in the best bed possible. Custom mattresses, like those available from Vi-Spring, can be built to suit your height, weight, and support requirements. A good quality mattress will contribute to your long-term well-being.


6 Tips and Tricks for Quilting with Linen

Reblogged from Angela Mitchell in Quilting

In the world of sewing, you don’t have to look very far before you come across a quilt or sewn project that features linen. It has become a sewing staple, and plenty of quilters like to use it in place of a regular solid.

Linen Quilt

Photo via Fussy Cut

What exactly is linen?

By definition, it is a fabric made from flax fibers. Linen is durable and wrinkles easily, since it doesn’t stretch much. The more linen is washed, the softer it becomes. In its natural state, the color of linen ranges from ivory, tan, beige or gray.

Why use linen? It is a great substitute for a solid fabric in a quilt. Whether it’s used in simplepatchwork, as sashing and borders, or the main background fabric, linen lends an added depth and dimension that differs from a plain solid. The different texture is a nice alternative to regularquilting cotton.

Quilted Linen Pillow

Photo via Fussy Cut

While true linen looks wonderful in quilts, it can be very tricky to sew with, due to its weight and texture. Not only does it get very wrinkly, it tends to shift and frays easily. Don’t let this scare you away!

Here are some tips to help your quilting with linen experiences go smoothly.

  • Use a new needle and a high quality thread.
  • Shorten the stitch length on your sewing machine to prevent puckering. Always test your stitches first on linen scraps.
  • Always prewash. Linen shrinks more than other substrates.
  • Don’t be afraid to use starch. This will stiffen up the fabric, making it much easier to cut accurately.
  • By nature, linen can become shiny when ironed. If this is an issue for you, try using a pressing cloth in between the iron and the linen. Another option is to press on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Pair linen with regular quilting cottons in your project. The cotton stabilizes the linen and helps it hold shape.

If you are uncomfortable sewing with 100% linen, there are other fabrics on the market that can replace it. Here are my two favorite substitutes, give them a try!

Essex Yarn Dyed Linen and Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman – These are 45% cotton / 55% linen blends. It is the perfect mix, really. The fabric still looks and feels like linen, but the cotton makes it fray and wrinkle less than the real deal. I prefer the yarn dyed version, as it is especially soft. Both types come in a variety of colors.

Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman – This one is printed to look like linen, but it is actually 100% cotton. It also comes in a bunch of different colors and sews up just like your regular quilting cottons.

Linen Coin Quilt

Photo via Fussy Cut

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HouseHold Linens creates and designs

Reblogged from Household Linens

HouseHold Linens is a speciality bed linen retailer, providing the highest quality bed linen to private homes, designers and lodges internationally. Visit our stores in New Zealand and Australia or online

HouseHold Linens is a New Zealand owned business that began in the Auckland home of Avis Nelson over 40 years ago. Starting in manufacturing, moving to wholesale and progressing to retail it has become a truly vertical organisation.

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HouseHold Linens creates and designs its products in Auckland and imports from around the globe. Three brands – Pan Cottage, HouseHold Linens and A.N.D differentiate the product available. Each brand encompasses different fabrics, qualities and styles. Through innovative and inspiring design, engaging store experiences and by communicating with people in a way that connects to how they live, work and play, our brands are constantly evolving to meet our customers’ needs.

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Creating the Perfect Bed for a Peaceful Sleep

Reblogged from Hannah Teresa:

Quality sleep is hard to come by nowadays, what with all that distractions to keep us up and about. However, instead of deactivating one’s Facebook or Twitter accounts or shutting off every gadget that one has, it’s better if you work on transforming your bedroom into a slumber wonderland.

To begin with, you may want to get rid of the clutter in the room. Unnecessary stuff can only divert your attention from your goal of catching some zzz’s. Install dimmers if you feel like. But above all,  make it a point to invest in a nice bed. A sturdy bed that comes with quality Household Linens sheets may often be enough to entice you to sleep.

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