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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Our guide to buying a new mattress

On November 29th, 2011 by .

Ok, so what’s the score with mattresses? I am trying to convince my husband that we need a new bed and therefore a new mattress ;0) I can understand his hesitation as they are not cheap, but, they are definitely worth the investment. We bought ours from John Lewis a year ago and I’m sad to say we are disappointed with the quality, we can feel the springs when we lie down and it has two big dips on either side, we have been turning it every now and then, as advised by the company, but surely this shouldn’t happen? It came with a guarantee and so I think we are going to return it. I have provided the following information in the hope that you don’ t experience the same problems as us.

In the first instance, you need to find out what works for you as an individual. Do you prefer hard or soft mattresses? Do you suffer from backache or any other ailments? The first place I suggest you visit is The Sleep Council, a fantastic website covering absolutely everything to do with sleep, including, ‘How to get the best night’s sleep’ and ‘Shopping for a new bed’, I have included their video below which should offer some helpful tips & advice.

Another useful site is Which, an online resource for consumers, covering pretty much every topic you can imagine. The link above will take you to an article they have on ‘Choosing the right mattress’, there is a small charge to access this information but they only charge £1 to trial the service. Also, take a look at Mattress Info as they have a really informative buying guide.

Other places to look when buying is Dreams, they have a really wide selection to choose from covering all price ranges, visit their website to view all beds and mattresses and mattresses.

There is one mattress that I slept on for a few weeks (at my sisters house) and wow, to this day, I have never slept on a more comfortable bed, it was some of the best nights sleep I have ever had. And no, I am not being paid to say this. It was a Vi-Spring mattress and this is something that I would definitely save for…

I hope this has been useful! x

Pretty Christmas wreaths

On November 25th, 2011 by .

Wreaths are definitely one of my favourite Christmas decorations, the perfect way to dress up a spare wall space or hang on your front door to mark the festive season. Why not try your hand at a DIY wreath this year, and forget the foliage! Check out these original and beautiful ideas from Papier Damour and Paper Couture.


Bold & Graphic trend shoot

On November 23rd, 2011 by .

This is our latest shoot that is now on Channel 4 Homes. Unless you have been away for all of 2011 then you must have noticed the ongoing trend for all things bright and graphic. It’s a certainly a striking scheme and not for the faint hearted. To recreate the look, use a graphic image for your background and pick out one of the colours for your bright piece of furniture.

It must be my editorial background as I always like to see my images layed out as a spread! I’ve included the larger versions below. I hope you like it ;0)

Wallpaper styled and designed by Kirath Ghundoo, wallpaper Arne Jacobsen inspired Egg Chair, £335, Interior Icons, Sanderson Dandelion cushion, £30, John Lewis, Studio Arc floor lamp, £169, Click 4 Interiors, Glass table (part of a set of 3), £399, Dwell, Coloured wine glasses, £29 for 4, Found Home Store, Hula glasses, £16 for 4,, Striped Cuckoo Clock, £195, Pantone chairs, both Found Home Store, White glass vase, House of Fraser. Red Anglepoise lamp, £150, John Lewis.

Styling Pippa Jameson, Photography, Jemma Watts, Background boards supplied by Set surfaces