After years of being peripatetic (at my last count I’ve lived in over 25 different places!) and feeling constantly uprooted, we recently moved into our forever home. I can’t tell you how relieved I was to be truly settled for the first time in my life. In maximum nesting mode, the first thing I did was set about creating calming bedrooms. We were lucky that the bedrooms were already painted in a palette of serene grey tones, so it was just about furnishing and creating a restful vibe.


Given we spend almost a third of our lives in sleep mode, having an inviting bed is of utmost importance. We already had a bed with a charcoal bed head but when we moved in I wanted to work back with the lighter beachy tones. A cost effective way of doing that was to simply switch to a new bedhead. I chose the Black Mango Juno Bedhead because they have interchangeable slipcovers that you can remove to wash, or change them when you feel like a new look. I went with white linen, (which is more of a creamy colour). I also upgraded my mattress as ours was sagging on either side with one from Sleep Republic and I’m really happy, it’s super comfortable. It did need a bit more cushioning though so I added a MicroCloud Hotel Mattress Topper.


A restful bedroom is as much about the textures as the colours and I want my soft furnishings to be as natural as possible. For bed linen, I switch between Silvi Bamboo Sheets and Cultiver Linen in White. The bamboo is great when it’s really hot as its so light and cool and almost feels like satin. The linen is lovely when the weather is cooler and softens up with repeated washing. I layer on Cultiver throws and pillows in stripes and grey tones that work in with my Stuart Cantor Print of “A Day At Da Adolfo”. The Malawi Style Club Chair from Black Mango adds another textural beachy element to the room with the rattan.


For Max’s Room, I wanted it to feel beachy and masculine but to still be a blank canvas that will evolve as he grows. I ordered the same white linen bedhead from Black Mango in a Queen, and the Black Mango Sea Rope Lamp, which ends up being a really gorgeous coastal statement piece in his room.  It works back beautifully with striped Cultiver linens and a sisal rug.


Lulu loves pink (of course) but to prevent her room from being too saccharine we introduced plenty of rattan and tones of tan and yellow. We ordered the Havana Shelf to pop her books and jewellery on and created a dressing table vibe by adding a bronze mirror. I added a burst of colour with a Kimmy Hogan artwork and texture with a rattan rug and lambs wool blanket.

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Stuart Cantor “A Day At Da Adolfo”


I am a huge pajama fan and have sleepwear outfits for every occasion (funnily enough, they all seem to be Papinelle!). In high summer I love a beautiful printed nightie. – Papinelle have a lightweight silk cotton that feels like you’re wearing air. The Cherry Blossom print is one of my favourites and it’s edged in white lace. In winter I love their cosy Modal Kate PJ’s in grey stripe

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Story by Sigourney Cantelo.

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