All posts filed under: bedroom

Feature walls – our last four homes and my top tips

Coming from a hotel design/development background the feature wall is a favourite amongst designers to add instant (and permanent) interest to a room. I can remember choosing the interior for our first home almost 20 years ago.  The house was a modern brick and tile and we went for a deep aubergine on a niche wall in our dining area and a paprika red one in the lounge area.  They were painted and an easy way to add depth to the space when most of our furniture was hand me downs from family.  When we moved to our next house, a 100 year old villa, the previous owner had painted every room a different colour so we just updated a couple to our preferred colours but hadn’t got around to repainting the house before we moved to Dubai although the end of our kitchen/dining room was anchored with a fab dark blue.  Of course these homes were before digital cameras so photos are all stored back in New Zealand in a shed in Hakaru! Once …

Lighting up a little girls world

In the adventure of renovating a house by remote control one of the things I have had a lot of fun looking for online is wall lights for the girls rooms.  Here was my shortlist. Super cute bunny ears from Atelier Pierre Lightbox with super cute lettering from Maisons du Monde Opalescence from Cecile Chareyron AM.PM’s Fifi Box from La Redoute Ferm’s Living Cactus spotted at Amara Living Standout copper pineapple from Jasmine Living Haya wall light from La Redoute Seletti’s Hanging Monkey spotted at the Bowery Company Origami from Tedzukuri Atelier What was I looking for in the wall lights? something that could take my littlest girl from 2 to 6 years old and another light that would be good for Miss 4 and 6 until they are about 10 years old.  Which ones did I end up picking? well watch this space as we put the rooms together and share the spoils of all our hard work. Photo credits: the feature image is from Ekaterina Galera, the individual products are from the websites …

The trifecta of comfort that helps you have a great sleep experience?

This is where my blog started – a simple question of why someone can sleep well in hotel rooms but not in their own room.  My response was that we have 1,000s of rooms so have worked out what works best, you just have one.  So I thought it was about time that I shared some of my top tips for your bedroom that we apply in hotels: 1. Air-conditioning or heating – if you live in a country that requires you to control the climate in your bedroom the ideal position of your bed is so that the air does not blow across the top of your bed where your head is as the airflow can be disruptive to your sleep.  Similarly putting the head of the bed on the wall opposite the outtake vent also can cause unsettled sleep as the airflow deflects down the wall and onto your face.  If you have the airflow coming across the head of your bed and can’t practically move your bed look at the vents and …