Most of us have accumulated way too much stuff over the years, stuff we hang on to just because it may, but more likely won’t come in handy – ever! Ornaments are dutifully dusted but no longer loved. Pictures are hung on the wall just to fill in the gap between the corners of a room and shelves are filled with nothing in particular. Imagine for a moment, you are a stranger seeing it all for the first time. How much of it would truly bring you joy or make your life more comfortable? Time to have a garage sale or donate a few things to charity.
I mean who wouldn’t choose to live in a beautiful home – a simple, elegant and natural space that brings you and your family tranquility, and relaxation? The good news is that that you don’t have to move house to achieve this. When it comes to turning your own home into a well designed, light and airy space, a good place to start is your bedroom. By designing your own room, you are creating a sacred space intended only for you or for you and someone you love, and for that reason, this space should be special and beautiful.
When you gaze lovingly at interior design magazines or at pretty Pinterest pins, these beautiful images can all seem a bit unobtainable can’t they? Yet there’s a secret formula to creating a serene, elegant room and it is based purely on simplicity!
Recipe for a Beautiful Bedroom
Take one plain pure linen duvet cover in a shade of your choice.
Add four pillows with pillowcases in the same shade or…
Two pillows in the same shade and two in an accent shade.
Add a simple but beautiful throw to the foot of the bed.
Add one or two velvet throw pillows in either the second or a third shade.
Keep the rest of the room simple, and most importantly, completely clutter-free! Choose a restful shade for your walls and if you can stretch to it, one elegant pendant light. You can add one or two of your own touches but essentially there you have it, luxury and good design – worthy of any magazine cover!
There’s a reason why pure linen creates such a beautiful and dramatic effect on your decor and that is because it looks so effortless. Linen is 100% natural and as such, creases, imperfections and folds are all part of its intrinsic rustic charm!
Not only that but linen feels incredibly soft, light and airy to sleep in. It is more breathable than cotton, and because it dries quickly, it doesn’t retain moisture, making you feel cool and comfortable. Unlike the shorter fibers of the flax plant which are “dry” spun and used to make heavier duty fabrics such as those used in upholstery, high-quality linen bedding is made from only the longest fibers which are “wet” spun, making the finished fabric not only durable and strong but super soft next to your skin!
Another huge advantage is that unlike cotton which lasts around 5 years, good quality linen may last a good 20 years or more – making it well worth the investment alone and if that isn’t enough reason to love linen, it is also eco-friendly. Unlike bamboo fabric which is wrongly touted as being natural and eco-friendly, no toxic or harsh chemicals are required to extract the fibers of the flax plant. The plant is simply pulled from the ground and left in the field to soften with the sun, soil, and rain, making it super kind to the planet and to you and your home!
Below are details on some fabulous options available to help you create your interior design scheme.
Where to Buy
Cox & Cox Washed Linen Bedding Collection Review
For those in the UK, the main photo above, top right, above right and right show the stunning range of duvet covers, fitted sheets, and pillowcases available online at Cox & Cox. You can choose from either a Soft Blush, top right Soft Grey, main photo Soft White or a Dusky Sage above right. Everything in the collection is handmade in Portugal from soft washed 100% linen. This collection will give you a beautiful modern rustic look that feels light and super soft next to your skin. Each item in the collection even arrives in a drawstring linen bag! You can choose from either a Standard or Oxford Pillowcase and the collection is available in either Double or King Sizes. Fitted Sheets are also available in this collection.
All items in the washed linen bedding collection are easy to care for, they are machine washable up to 60 degrees and can be tumble dried on a cool setting. You can iron them but leaving them a little crinkled will just add to their charm.
You can complete your look with a stunning cotton velvet cushion backed with 100% linen or a 100% plain linen cushion. Cox & Cox stock an irresistible variety of shades to match or accent your design scheme.
The cushions are available either in a square or rectangular shape and the cover comes complete with a 90% feather and 10% down filled cushion pad.
To view or buy any of the Washed Linen Bedding Collection at Cox & Cox, click on one of the colour choices listed in this section above.
The offer is valid for the new spring 2017 collection.
John Lewis offer a fabulous range of 100% pure linen bedding. This beautiful collection comes with a choice of Square Oxford, Oxford or Standard pillowcases and is available in all duvet sizes from Single to Super King.
The duvet covers have a button fastening and a stylish Oxford style edging to 3 sides which gives the cover a beautiful finish and adds shape and drapability.
The collection is available in a choice of four shades, Loch Blue, Slate, White or Natural. Like the Cox & Cox collection, the John Lewis Croft collection is made in Portugal. The bedding is machine washable at 40 degrees and can be tumble dried at a cool temperature.
John Lewis also stock a beautiful range of pure silk pillowcases that will blend or contrast perfectly with any shade in the Croft Linen Bedding Collection.
I love the dramatic contrast of the Loch Blue linen with the Powder Pink Silk Pillowcase below, however, adding textures in a similar tone also works really well. Like brushstrokes on a canvas, mixing fabrics and textures will greatly enhance your interior design scheme, adding an air of opulence and warmth – pure silk is a wonderful fabric to complement the tactile, natural look of your linen.
Furthermore, silk also has a little beauty secret to share with you!
The smooth long fibers of silk keep your hair tangle and static free and unlike cotton which draws out moisture from your skin where it hangs around in the material creating a breeding ground for bacteria – potentially causing acne breakouts – silk doesn’t absorb or retain moisture, making it naturally hypoallergenic and it will also prevent your face from picking up those extra lines and crumpled impressions from your pillow!
To view the full range of Linen Bedding at John Lewis, click here.
To view or buy pure silk pillowcases at John Lewis, click here.
Washed Linen Natural Duvet by Levtex Review
If you are in the US Levtex have a beautiful range of 100% pure linen bedding at an exceptionally good price. Whether you go for the Natural color below, White, Coal bottom of page right and left, Light Grey, or Blush, the timeless, effortless elegance of these Duvet Covers, and Standard Size or Euro Size Shams will create an immediate impact on your room, offering you the perfect combination of practicality and aesthetic appeal.
The duvet cover is a generous size so will have good drapability – even over a deeper mattress. The Queen Size, for example, is 92″ x 96″ which is a standard Queen Comforter Size so you could even revamp and old comforter by placing it inside the cover – but always check your measurements first. The cover does have four interior ties, however, so a duvet can be securely anchored in place. The opening side is edged with a neatly finished button fastening.
The pillow shams, which are sold separately are beautifully finished with a flange edging. The photo right, shows the Standard Size sham in white and below left shows the 26″x26″ Euro Sham in Coal.
Mixing Standard Size and the Euro Size Shams will, break up uniformity and add an artistic, designer look to your room – creating a feeling of opulence and luxury – and this principle also applies to mixing shades and contrasting colors. In the example below, contrasting Coal and White creates a cool and sophisticated look, striking the perfect balance between dark and light shades.
The duvets and shams are well made from high-quality pure linen and have a beautifully soft feel to them. The range is pre-washed, although, like all bedding, it is recommended that the collection should be washed before use. Of course, as with all pure linen, this collection will only get softer with each wash. The Levtex range is popular and, as of writing, some colors and sizes are limited in stock, however, more stock is expected in late Feb to early March 2017.
The collection is easy to wash and care for and although you can iron it, leaving it slightly crinkled will just add to its over all charm and appeal.