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Bedroom Makeover with Yorkshire Linen

I was recently asked to come up with a  wish list of items for a bedroom makeover with The Yorkshire Linen Company. Putting together ideas for lots of things I want is my idea of heaven so how could I say no? Especially when our bedroom is probably the one room in the house we have neglected since we moved in 18 months ago. Somehow buying bed linen for our room seems to get forgotten and we have lived with a succession of bedding that was either on sale or from the Swedish store where the linen never seems to quite fit the duvet. We have one lovely set of bedding that we had as a wedding present which is white cotton and always feels like staying in a hotel when you climb into bed at night. Yorkshire Linen have such a wide range of bedding it was incredibly difficult to choose my wish list. I focused on the colour of our walls and our existing curtains which are in a shade of duck egg blue and the bedding to be a crisp cotton. Over on their blog there is a really useful article on ‘Bedroom Makeover Tips’ which I really enjoyed reading.

When considering your bedroom décor, whether you are kitting out your bedroom for the very first time, or renovating your bedroom for a fresh new look, always remember to think about your duvet designs. The right bedding, especially duvet cover and matching pillow cases, can ‘make’ your bedroom décor, completing the look and adding a final polish to the appearance and ambiance of the room.

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My top picks are the

Yorkshire Linen’s knitted charcoal throw

Catherine Lansfield Wasting Time Cushion  from Yorkshire Linen

The Warwick King Size Duvet Cover set from Yorkshire Linen

and a superking undersheet from Yorkshire Linen in crisp white

I am going to post the Before/After photos to show how fantastic all this will look and the improvement on our current bedding look!

Christmas arrives at our cottage

I love Christmas, or rather I love Christmas decorations and getting the house feeling all ‘Christmassy’. This is our first Christmas in this cottage and not living above the pub, so I am really excited as now have the room to do all the ideas I have been pinning away on Pintrest!  Our Christmas celebrations were kicked off this year by a Celebration of Christmas Festival held in our village with lots of craft stalls, carol singers, mulled wine and Father Christmas (aka my husband) arriving on the back of a game cart!!! One of my friends and I had a stall selling wreaths she had made and I had been busy making candles and soap. We were bowled over by how popular our crafts were and it was definitely something I plan to do again soon.

Crafts in Lower Swell

Since then I have become a little obsessed with wreaths and have made a few for the house since the obsession started. I bought a Pom Pom maker and have been frantically wrapping wool after seeing some great Pom Pom ideas on Pintrest.


  Pom Poms on a wreath    stars on wooden wreath    DSC_0020

I also made the stars to go on the wooden wreath from air hardening clay in white. There were a few trials at this but I was really pleased with my final effort.

I also found these bargain folksy style decorations in Wilkinson’s last week which I hung on the mantelpiece in our dining room and combined them with the red paper star lights we already had. They really reminded me of Hungarian Folk Art that was in my

great-grandmother’s house when we were growing up.

red stars

Finally our tree! I was really strict about all our decorations being red/white based on there this year, but luckily most of our existing decorations were already red or white so it wasn’t too hard. I also put a lot of the clay stars I made onto raffia string in red and hung them all over the tree. Also if you look closely you may just see my star garland that I posted about a few weeks ago.

Me add three