So we’ve got Halloween and Bonfire night out of the way and in a flash, it seems that Christmas is here. Why not spruce up the bedrooms with some festive touches …
Yes, it seems as if the run-up to Christmas gets longer and longer, and we are all tempted to buy more decorations and more Christmas fripperies. I must admit it doesn’t take much to persuade me, and once the living room and kitchen-diner is dressed for Christmas I tend to move on to adding Xmas cheer to the bedrooms and (shh… ) bathroom too! As we have a constant flow of overnight visitors coming and going over the Christmas holidays it’s a real pleasure to add some little decorations, fluffy hot-water bottles and jolly fleece blankets to make the bedrooms as comfy and cosy as possible.
Create a festive colour scheme by adding a cosy red blanket and holly-green cushions to our Victoria or Sophie iron bed
Of course, that assumes you’ve already made sure that the bed itself is going to provide a blissful night’s sleep. Don’t forget The Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company has a fantastic choice of beds, mattress and bedlinen, which can transform a shabby guest room into a luxurious haven. We’re not just specialists in wrought iron and brass beds, despite the name! Take a look at our range of Nickel beds here. These designs are a great choice for anyone who wants a classic design with an twist; these designs would work beautifully in a 1920 or 30s home, as well as a contemporary space.
Apart from Christmas of course, we are being bombarded with all things ‘hygge’, which is the buzzword of the moment. Creating a ‘hygge’ home means concentrating on comfort, cosiness, family and friends and relaxing times … away from the rush and pressure of daily life. One of the best articles I’ve read about hygge, The Hygge Conspiracy, is by Charlotte Higgins and appeared in the Guardian a few days ago. It manages to poke a bit of fun, explain it and critique it, all in one go, and can be found here. Snuggle up with an oh-so-hygge mug of hot chocolate, and pop on a pair of super-hygge cashmere bed socks for an entertaining bedtime read.
If you’re still feeling frantic rather than festive, maybe it’s time to settle down with a colouring book. I’ve been sent a copy of Johanna’s Christmas, a festive colouring book by Johanna Basford (who also created the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest colouring books, amongst others). Knitting used to be my ‘go to’ pastime when feeling stressed and over-worked, but it still takes a lot of concentration and counting, especially with tricky patterns. On the other hand, colouring-in is very soothing and almost mindless. The book arrived alongside a magnificent selection of Staedtler colouring pens and pencils, which are by far the best choices available. So, I think I may solved several Christmas present conundrums. I could also hold my own kitchen colouring workshop with mince-pie and mulled-wine prizes, and hopefully a few sessions of soothing colouring-in will help settle frazzled nerves and over-excited children over the holidays!
Get the cosy Christmas Look for your iron bed…
Tie a bauble to the bedpost … add a little hand-written label for a personal touch. Decorations from a selection at Dunelm.
It’s not just Christmas stockings that can be hung on the bedpost, we love the idea of making personalised sets of baubles, ribbons and trim for our Christmas guests. You could translate the idea into place setting labels/decorations as well, presenting it as a take-away gift at the end of the visit.
We love a bit of Christmas bunting, and this red and white star-patterned design is cheerful enough for all year round; it’s from Ragged Rose. So, put up the bunting, hang some baubles from the bedposts and get cosy for a wonderful Christmas!
Ok, festive bedlinen could be a teeny bit over-the-top, but if you’re going for a full-on Xmas bedroom, take a look at the children’s bedsets from Becky & Lolo, it could be a good way of getting youngsters into bed earlier too!
Meet Our Guest Blog Writer Linda Parker
Linda Parker has been a freelance interiors journalist for over 20 years; she has written for numerous home and design magazines, including Ideal Home, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens and House Beautiful. She is currently contributing to Period Homes magazine, amongst others, writing several blogs about kitchens (www.thekitchenthink.co.uk) and bathrooms (www.utopiagroup.com), and is trying to finish off her ‘forever’ home. Other projects are in the pipeline … watch this space!