On average we spend a third of our lives in bed. A restorative night's sleep is essential to our well being, so a good mattress is probably one of the most important purchases we make for our home.
When I was choosing one for our bed a few months ago I found the whole process much more difficult than I'd anticipated. A mattress, perhaps more than any other item, is something you really do need to try before you buy. I tested out quite a few before deciding, but the problem is of course that you are only able to try them out briefly in store and it's hard to avoid feeling self conscious in front of other shoppers and perhaps also slightly pressurised, however helpful and well-intentioned the sales advisers are. This obviously isn't ideal when you're considering such a large purchase. Wouldn't it be great if when buying a new mattress you could test it out at home first?
Enter Eve Mattress, whose stated aim, alongside making comfortable mattresses designed and engineered in the UK, is to offer a more straightforward and pleasurable buying experience. Their key point of difference though is that they offer a 100 day at home trial or 'sleepover'.
Eve asked if I'd be interested in helping them tell their story so I spoke to James Fryer, the company's Head of Product to find out more.
A little while ago I was approached by the members only homeware boutique Casafina and invited to curate a tastemaker sale for them. Using some of my own furniture, rugs, lighting and decorative objects as a starting point I worked with the Casafina team to help them put together a sale designed to reflect the look, feel and colour palette of my own home.
“At the dressing table every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said “completes what nature left unfinished.””
— Sophia Lauren
Living in a relatively small house where storage is in short supply, a dressing table always felt like a luxury we couldn't really accommodate in our current bedroom.
With storage our main consideration, when we originally decorated and furnished the room we wanted to incorporate as much shelf and drawer space as possible, fitting built in wardrobes and cupboards along the walls on either side of the bed and positioning a large chest of drawers on the only remaining wall. As a result, I'd resigned myself to the fact that having a dressing table just wasn't really an option. But in truth, I've never really been happy with the room layout, and it always felt like a bit of a compromise.
So when Habitat got in touch recently and asked if I'd like to get involved in their current collaboration with Birchbox we decided to ditch the old chest of drawers and see how things worked out with their lovely new Emil dressing table instead.
Although I'm perfectly capable of appreciating bold colours and vibrant prints, when it comes to textile design I invariably find myself drawn, first and foremost, to weave, texture and touch.
So when I visited London Design Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour last week and viewed the new designs from Italian textile house Dedar I was happy to discover a collection that is overwhelmingly tactile in the most luxurious way.