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Love French Style is a French home and interiors blog by content writer Katie Anderson. Discover inspiring French homewares, recipes and design ideas plus lots of Breton stripes.

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It’s #leweekend: Does Your Home Tell Your Story? Handsome Hare Lamps & Quartz Rollers

Bonjour Bonjour! Have you had a good week? My 101 year old neighbour has made a fighting comeback after falling into the chicken’s water trough a few weeks ago, poor old love. She was only found because on this particular afternoon we caused a hold up in the lane and a passenger in a waiting Read the full article... The post It’s #leweekend: Does Your Home Tell Your Story? Handsome Hare Lamps & Quartz Rollers appeared first on Love French...

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Bonjour Bonjour! Have you had a good week? My 101 year old neighbour has made a fighting comeback after falling into the chicken’s water trough a few weeks ago, poor old love. She was only found because on this particular afternoon we caused a hold up in the lane and a passenger in a waiting car saw her little legs in the air as he waited for the road to clear. The poor thing had been sitting in cold water for a couple of hours before being pulled out, she took it all in her stride though and was just annoyed that her dress got wet.

This week, she’s back delivering eggs through my kitchen window again so all is well. I wonder who I will be badgering about mowing the lawn and getting to run my errands when I’m 100, if I make it that far? It got me thinking about how important communities are and I feel lucky to be a part of one. Do you have a friend in need this weekend? Could you show them love by lending a helping hand?

Here’s a few things that I’m loving this week, bisous X

1 Quartz Rollers

Quartz Roller How to treat water retention

Have you noticed that post 40 if you happen to wake up with a crease from the pillow on your face, there’s every chance that said crease will still be there well into the afternoon? It’s a shocker isn’t it how your skin plumpness changes with age? This could be down to some excessive water retention, I definitely notice it more after a few glasses of wine with dinner. You may remember some time ago my dear friend Claire Jones the facial therapist did a fab Q&A on how to get rid of a puffy face? Her advice is still as gold as ever but I have a great new tool to add to your kit if you’re also having the same trouble.

Instagram is literally inundated at the moment with Quartz Rollers isn’t it? I was drawn to the idea of a Quartz Roller because it’s a natural product, an ancient therapy and it seemed perfectly logical to me that if you combined all of that with lymphatic massage on your face then surely the water retention should subside. So, I’ve got a kit, less than 20e from Amazon and in it is a small shaped piece of quartz and also a roller. I use the piece in the evening and the roller in the morning. You just need to apply your serum first, I am loving Caudelie Anti Tache at the moment. Not only is the stone cooling which immediately helps with any puffiness but the action of draining the excess fluid from your face down toward your collarbone definitely makes a difference. Have you tried one?

2 Does Your Home Tell Your Story?

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I was reading a lovely article the other day about how the French as a nation like to apply the same natural approach to their decorating style as they do their hair and makeup. I’m not sure in truth I’ve actually seen evidence of that but I do agree with it! I don’t like our home to look too done, thankfully because most of the time in reality I am hoovering dog hair off the settee.

This got me thinking about our own home and how if I had more available wall space I would start to curate collections of things with meaning to us as a family. In the meantime, glancing around, we definitely do have a few items that are a reminder of a holiday, a time, a place and I love the way that through your home styling and decor you can use these things as a tool to tell your own story.

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You don’t have to have travelled the world to try this, hiked up mountains or have found your own Egyptian treasures! Hell no! I have a lovely fish painted on driftwood in my kitchen that reminds me of cycling around Cap Ferret, a handful of shells from Holkham Beach after a windy walk in the winter and glass display boxes with scented rose petals from a beautiful bouquet many moons ago. I love all of these things and all of their meaning. It means so much more than just having any old stuff doesn’t it?

3 French Vintage Linens

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When I first started writing Love French Style Blog I was obsessed with collecting Vintage French Linens and used to sell them on Etsy. I’ve not done so for a really long time because the postage was just astronomical. However this has left me with quite a few beautiful old pieces of linen that I’ve recently been bringing out of the closet and repurposing!

I did have a nice Hare fabric for the kitchen window curtain but then I remembered that I had a nice old monogrammed sheet upstairs that was the perfect width so its been transformed into a kitchen curtain instead. I think I might make a few into cushion covers too, the fab thing about these old fabrics is they are so hardwearing you can wash them mega hot so there’s no concerns about having white upholstery in a busy and sometimes grubby family environment! So, if you have some heavy old sheets kicking about at the back of the airing cupboard, have a think about transforming them into something new. A throw? Armcovers? You might be surprised with how much you like the tranquil white look.

4 A Handsome Hare Lamp

Talking of selling online, I have put together some of my favourite items from different retailers to help you put together your French Style Look at Home. You can find the current favourites in my Love French Style Blog Editor’s Picks here. One of them is this gorgeous Hare Lamp from Graham & Green, I love it!

Don’t you think there’s something so nicely eclectic about it? I think it’s a winner to add something smart to a rustic setting to give it a little polish and pizzazz.

5 A Stunning Striped Top

This week’s stripe comes in the form of a really stylish and good-enough-to-eat Caramel Striped Top from The White Company. I think this is the perfect top for making the transition from hot summer to cooler September, and, because it’s from TWC you can bet your bottom dollar it’s as soft as a peach. I think this would look fab with one of the chunky chain necklaces around at the moment don’t you? I saw some great paperclip chain necklaces in Zara this week, swoon swoon. I’d tuck this one in, roll up your jeans a touch, pair with your fave white trainers or pumps and sling on a blazer to chic it right up.

Mais oui oui oui!

Have a super weekend X

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5 Ways to Use Chalk Paint on Home Accessories

You know sometimes you find a great bargain in a Brocante or charity shop but it’s just the wrong colour for your French country style? Well, thanks to the versatile new chalk paints on the market you can now paint in the French charm with ease. 5 Ways to Use Chalk Paint on Accessories 1 Read the full article... The post 5 Ways to Use Chalk Paint on Home Accessories appeared first on Love French...

You know sometimes you find a great bargain in a Brocante or charity shop but it’s just the wrong colour for your French country style? Well, thanks to the versatile new chalk paints on the market you can now paint in the French charm with ease.

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5 Ways to Use Chalk Paint on Accessories

1 Lamps

Image : The Lilypad Cottage

If you have an old lamp base that’s the right shape but the wrong shade for your French style living room you could try painting it for a nice colour swap. The important thing to remember when curating a bespoke French look is to choose the right colour palette and shapes that add French flair. Try repainting a lamp base in dusky blue or grey and be sure to finish off with a light layer of clear wax to seal in your hard work. It’s always nice to be able to breathe new life into an old item rather than keep on buying new all the time isn’t it? You’ll just need to apply short strokes with the paint and cover all the decorative detail on the lamp base. I do believe it is possible to paint a lampshade with chalk paint too although I am yet to try that.

2 Side Tables

A very popular choice with furniture painters and an instant way to add French charm to a living room or bedroom. When painting a side table, choose an item with nicely turned out toes or shapely legs to add a period touch to your home. Finish with a wax to prevent cup stains and chips and voila.

Image : Shenandoah Shabby

3 Curtain Poles

I often find that the choice of curtain poles available here in France is not great. I think this has something to do with the fact that many French homes don’t bother with curtains because they close their shutters at night and in summer just use simple voiles to shade from the sun. So, inevitably, finding a chunky curtain rod can be tricky. If you happen to find one but it’s in a dark wood then a quick couple of coats of chalk paint with dark or light wax over the top to finish will transform an otherwise dark and oppressive curtain pole.

4 Jugs/ Vases

Image : Jonathon Mark Love Mendes

There does exist a rather brilliant product on the market called Saltwash which, when applied with paint to any decorative item, adds age, texture, and, well a salty wash. Think charming aged metal, seashore finds or Verde-gris. You have heard me wax lyrical about the amazing Jonathon Mark Love Mendes before but he is just a chalk paint genius. Look how fabulous his pots above look using this technique.

If you have a beautifully shaped jug or vase but it’s got a print that you no longer adore then you could consider painting it with a combination of chalk paint and Saltwash to achieve something that looks more like aged terracotta.

Image Saltwash

This would work really only for items used solely for decoration as I’m not 100% sure how the paint would survive a dishwasher cycle. You won’t need to paint right down inside the vase or jug either, just do an inch down from the lip so that you can’t see the original print on the inside when its empty.

5 Fabric

I have previously painted stripes onto teatowels in the past to give them a jolie French look and also stenciled onto linen with chalk paint. I think chalk paint is by the nature of its consistency really good to stipple onto fabric. You’ll need to mark out clearly where you’re painting and not overload your brush – and once dried, place a piece of baking paper over the top and iron over to seal it in. You should then be able to wash the fabric at 30 degrees.

Autentico is a chalk paint brand that a dear friend of mine sells from her gallery The Loft in Caistor, Lincolnshire. It was during a visit last summer that she handed me a couple of tester pots knowing that if anything sits still long enough in my house it will highly likely be painted! Fast forward a year and during the pandemic lockdown period, some friends from the village sold their beautiful French house and passed on a couple of items they had no room in the lorry for.

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So, this strange looking item was in fact a lamp and I don’t know why but I was strangely drawn to it because I love the shape of an artichoke and this reminded me of that. The wires were all old and broken so I pulled them out and for a while we lived with it on the kitchen window ledge just as an ornament of sorts. However, this past week I’ve been trying to get my house in order ready for the return to school and during that time been tidying, cleaning and painting. As I worked on my peaceful neutrals, the green sprout on the window ledge started to bother me! So, out with the Autentico paint!

Autentico Scandinavian Blue

Scandinavian Blue

One of the shades I was given of Autentico Paint is Scandinavian Blue which is a lovely dusty blue, perfect for my colour palette. The great thing about chalk paints is you can literally slap them on any old how. So with a smallish brush I stippled the paint on. A couple of coats is all it took and I finished it with a light coating of Annie Sloan Wax to protect it against any knocks and bumps, highly likely in this household!

The Finished Article!

Painting accessories with chalk paint
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So here she is – I really like how she looks after a refreshing coat of paint and wax. What do you think? I think next I will try painting stripes onto a lampshade and maybe try my hand at ageing a terracotta vase with a Saltwash mix. More coming soon X

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It’s Le Weekend : Choosing a Rosé, My New French Podcast & Feeling Wild!

Bonjour bonjour! I hope you’ve all had a great week? We are all set for back to school in a week. Horror of horrors I’d lost the school list detailing which pens and books to buy but thankfully another Maman saved my bacon. So that’s that, in a flash the long summer days were gone Read the full article... The post It’s Le Weekend : Choosing a Rosé, My New French Podcast & Feeling Wild! appeared first on Love French...

Bonjour bonjour! I hope you’ve all had a great week? We are all set for back to school in a week. Horror of horrors I’d lost the school list detailing which pens and books to buy but thankfully another Maman saved my bacon. So that’s that, in a flash the long summer days were gone and there’s the feel of golden Autumn on the horizon. I hope you’ve managed to make the most of the summer holidays?

Here’s a few things that I’m thinking about this weekend x

1 Feeling Wild

When was the last time you felt wild and free? At a festival? Standing with your toes in the sand feeling the waves come and go? Barefooting it through a field full of orchids or wandering through a bluebell forest so beautiful you were convinced there were fairies in it!? So much of grown up life is ordered and routine isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel like you were just rubbing along with nature sometimes?

In my youth I spent so much time on horseback galloping through green valleys or splashing through fords, I look back on those sunny afternoons so fondly along with that amazing feeling of freedom that only the outdoors gives you.

Quite hilariously, one of my favourite past times as a kid was heading to Brill Windmill where there was a gigantic hill that ALL kids used to roll down at once, howling with laughter as they gathered speed towards the bottom! Minecraft was not an option for us, but a huge roll down a hill was like the best day out ever.

I’ve had the joy of spending some time with some very special friends this past week and listening to our little ones giggling away is the best medicine ever. I’m not suggesting that this afternoon you find a massive hill and roll down it, because I wouldn’t like to think I was responsible for you getting arrested – but maybe, just maybe you could reignite your wild side, feel the rip roaring joy of laughter and feel truly content this weekend by heading outdoors?

2 The Art of French Conviviality

We spend a lot of summer outdoors here. July and August in our little corner of France is punctuated with the voices and ripples of laughter of our various neighbours enjoying their summer guests. The peaceful click clacking of boules in their courtyard, the sound of another cork popping and the smell of a bbq lunch preparing. I love the rituals that they follow, the same old benches are pulled out of the barn each summer and the table for 2 becomes a table for 10, albeit this year with a lot more space between them all. I love the French Country Style checks or stripes at the table and the mismatched plates, that’s summer for me. Here’s a couple of items I’d like for my table right now.

Enjoy your outdoor bbqs, drinks and laughter – we all know that a long and happy life comes from surrounding yourself with people who make you shine n’est ce pas?

3 Choosing a Rosé Wine

And so leading on from hanging out with your best people, which often involves a few glasses of the cold pink stuff around these parts – choosing the right rosé can be a challenge. There is, in my humble view not much worse than cracking open a bottle to discover it has a sweet edge to it, I can’t bear it. So, these are by no means fail safe but here are a couple of tips on avoiding the sweet rosé wine disappointment!

Psssst The 3 Ps! – Pinot Noir, Pays D’oc and Provence are usually your friends when it comes to rosé wine so stick to these!

Pale – Avoid those fuchsia coloured rosé wines, they can be alright but they’re a risky choice. Usually, the paler the better.

Beware of the Cocktail – Finally, when in France, be very careful not to pop a rosé wine cocktail in your basket. These are vile and usually have some kind of fruit cordial in them.

4 My New Podcast

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I know, I know, I have talked about launching a podcast so many times it’s getting boring but the time was never quite right. However I now have my first 5 guests set up for September and my Mini Series Made in Charente will finally air – featuring makers and artisans from my area, in French! My new French Lifestyle Podcast will be streamed via these pages so keep your eyes open for the Facebook and Instagram notifications!

I’ve needed to find a better way to connect with my French audience and through audio seems the best first step. We are all beyond excited and I have some really lovely people to talk to lined up! I hope you enjoy listening to them and laughing at me babbling in French hahaha at the same time.

Equally, if you happen to know of a young French speaker, bilingual or native who would like to get experience of writing a few blog posts under their belt in their own dedicated column then please let me know X

5 This Week’s Stripe

Ta dah! How’s about a big swishy skirt to head out and about in? I am in LOVE with this beauty!

Have a super weekend X

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It’s Le Weekend : Shopping Local, Sulphate Free Shampoo & Feeling Peaceful

Bonjour one and all, how are we doing? Thank you so much for all your new follows and likes of Love French Style Blog, it means so much. Lots more to come on French Country Interiors and yummy French food soon x It barely seems like a nanosecond ago we were shutting everything down in Read the full article... The post It’s Le Weekend : Shopping Local, Sulphate Free Shampoo & Feeling Peaceful appeared first on Love French...

Bonjour one and all, how are we doing? Thank you so much for all your new follows and likes of Love French Style Blog, it means so much. Lots more to come on French Country Interiors and yummy French food soon x

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Enjoying our staycation ❤

It barely seems like a nanosecond ago we were shutting everything down in March and now it is just two weeks until La Rentrée. Does Covid encourage time travel also? Where in the hell has this year gone?

Anyway, here are a few thoughts from this week, bon weekend X

Feeling Peaceful

A couple of weeks ago, I really had to admit defeat with this whole pandemic situation, it finally got me down. Have you been feeling similar or are you taking it all in your stride? I don’t often feel completely exasperated but in all honesty, I wore myself out worrying. It dawned on me that we probably wouldn’t be going out and about much this summer because my anxiety with it all was quietly bubbling away like the porridge pot. It’s a nasty feeling not knowing what’s safe to do and where is acceptable to go.

So what to do when you feel stressed out? Well, not easy, but I started quietly working on some future projects and getting some learning under my belt and I am feeling far more positive about the future at last. I think it’s good every now and again to evolve in some way, whether that’s personal or professional, it really can give you a new found peace and put a nice little spring in your step.

As primates we are by nature social beings, I hadn’t actually really caught up with any friends for months until a couple of weeks ago. So what a joy it has been to see some of you again at long last. I’ll be honest, it made me feel rather teary. My heart was replenished thanks to you dear friends, and thank you for recharging my batteries, you know who you are X.

Natural French stress remedies
D Stress by Synergia

If you’re feeling similar, like you’re in a bit of a rabbit warren with it all then I would also highly encourage taking a little uplifting supplement, I am loving D Stress by Synergia as recommended by my fabulous nutritionist. This complex blend of B vitamins and Magnesium really has, to put it mildly, taken the edge off. You can find these online at Synergia website and a few other online pharmacies but if you’re in France then ask if your local pharmacy can order them in for you if they don’t have them in stock. They usually arrive the following morning. I paid 18e50 for 80 tablets so they’re pretty reasonably priced I think. I’m taking one at breakfast and one at lunch and that seems to be working for me but you can vary the dose depending on how uptight you’re feeling. I promise you, these take away that 3.30am wake up call which is the last thing you need when you already feel exhausted isn’t it? Big hugs to all in the same boat X

Shopping Local

I feel truly lucky for everything we have on our doorstep in this far flung corner of France. Just five minutes from my front door there are bars, restaurants – one of which is our own – gifts, holiday accommodation, places to swim and picnic and eat out under the stars in the wild, a florist, butchers etc. Ten minutes and you can buy paint, home decor, Chanel makeup, all the French parapharmacy brands and more.

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A lovely, diverse mix of local produce from the farm shop.

For some time I have tried to shop as locally as I can and I just love my Saturday morning treat of popping to the farm shop and picking up a panier of seasonal delights. The one I go to is called Les Papilles Fermieres and I love it. Last week it was bursting with deliciousness, homemade biscuits, nectarines, courgettes, new potatoes, tomatoes etc etc. I love the variety and I find it really encourages you to make veggies the star of the show! Do you support your local farm shop too?

Sulphate Free Shampoo

Caudelie sulphate free shampoo

So, as I getting older! Ahem, I am finding that I have issues with Sulphates in beauty products. I ended up with terrible dermatitis from the gunk that gives beauty products bubbles – Sodium Laureth Sulphate, and then the problem moved onto my head! So to avoid myself from scratching like a manky dog, I switched facewash for face oil and finally my skin is cured and then I found Caudelie Sulphate Free Shampoo for my hair and that’s now better too. What you may find is that you seem to need to use a lot of the sulphate free stuff because it doesn’t go as far as a traditional shampoo due to the lack of bubbles. Don’t add more product, just add more water, this is the trick to using it! Honestly my hair looks healthier than it has done for ages and I can actually go without washing it for a few days now as well- unheard of previously!

So, the evidence is plain to see, I have become a bit intolerant of certain ingredients the wrong side of 40. If you have found recently that your hair or skin has not looked as good as it might and that no amount of makeup makes you look fresh faced then I would consider this as a cause and make the switch to sulphate free products too.

Beautiful Neutral French Style Paint Colours

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Farrow and Ball Easy Neutrals Group

I’m a massive Farrow and Ball fan, I just love a beautiful neutral. I am currently loving this combination. Purbeck Stone, Strong White and Cornforth White. Dreamy as a base for building your French Country Style Interior!

Weekly Stripes

Well we are in France after all! Here is my recommended stripe purchase this week. Isn’t she a beauty? X

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Macey Side Button Dress Joules £69.95

EDIT – The above dress has now SOLD OUT!

Here is another delightful striped dress for you from Boden, very flattering shape and length, quite similar to the one I wore on Instagram recently that you all liked too. I also have a discount code to share with you for 10% off 6T2C

Enjoy your weekend X

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6 Blooming Lovely Floral Prints Right Now

While the garden might be reaching the end of it’s glorious blooms, late summer fashion is bursting full of lovely floral prints. From flower dresses, women’s tops to floral jumpsuits, there’s a floral print piece for every woman’s wardrobe style. With so many floral prints in women’s at the moment, choose a pretty print to Read the full article... The post 6 Blooming Lovely Floral Prints Right Now appeared first on Love French...

While the garden might be reaching the end of it’s glorious blooms, late summer fashion is bursting full of lovely floral prints. From flower dresses, women’s tops to floral jumpsuits, there’s a floral print piece for every woman’s wardrobe style.

With so many floral prints in women’s at the moment, choose a pretty print to wear with sandals now or to walk into Autumn in with your comfy white trainers.

Here’s 6 Floral Prints I love right now.

FLORAL print dress summer 2020

Try pairing florals with stripes, khaki or denim for a more casual outfit feel.

These are just a few of my favourites at the moment, I hope you liked them.

If you’re unsure about how to wear florals, here are my tips on wearing blooms for the first time.

1.Try to choose a subtle background colour if you are new to floral prints. If a bold bright yellow flowery dress terrifies you then think about muted colours like navy or cream as a background to the floral print.

2.If you feel a one piece like a floral jumpsuit or a dress makes you feel like you have too much print on you then try a nice blouse or chiffon floral print shirt to dip your toe in.

3.If you’re larger on the top then think about wearing your floral print on the bottom half and vice versa if you are conscious of a big bust.

4.Break up the pattern close to your face with a statement necklace, this is a great way to ensure your floral print sparkles!

5.Bring out your features and natural colouring with makeup to harmonise with your print. If you feel a print is wearing you, then opt for a heavier eye. If the print is pale you might want to consider a fun, pop of colour on your lips to make sure you really blossom.

Happy Shopping X

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How To Make Up A Room For Guests

How do you rate yourself as a host? I love having guests, even in our tiny house. Maybe you’ve recently invested in a holiday rental to hire out? Or maybe you’re going to be putting up guests for the first time. Unsure of where to start? Here’s Love French Style’s Tips on How To Make Read the full article... The post How To Make Up A Room For Guests appeared first on Love French...

How do you rate yourself as a host? I love having guests, even in our tiny house. Maybe you’ve recently invested in a holiday rental to hire out? Or maybe you’re going to be putting up guests for the first time. Unsure of where to start?

Here’s Love French Style’s Tips on How To Make Up A Room For Guests.

Cleaning

Obvious as it sounds, there’s nothing nicer than to arrive to a lovely, clean guestroom, and now, more importantly than ever you need to ensure your home is nice and clean. Having run a B&B for a while and a property management business for rental homes, I’m never without a portable cleaning kit! More and more I find using natural cleaning products to be so much nicer than classic ones and some of the old school French cleaning tricks are brilliant.

Combined with washable microfibre cloths, good old viinegar is your new cleaning companion – with this, you can wipe clean window sills, tops of chests of drawers, bedside tables with ease. I usually use a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water with a couple of drops of lavender oil to clean most things. Windows come up a treat when spritzed with this and wiped clean with a non lint shedding cloth, an old tea towel is perfect for this. If you have pillow cases with stains like mascara on them then rubbing a little Marseille Soap into them is a great way to help lift the stain before popping them in the washing machine.

Making The Bed

If you haven’t already, do invest in some good quality bedding, a new duvet, pillows and mattress topper if you need one will make the world of difference to your guest bedroom and the kind of nights sleep your guests have in your spare room! I would always choose natural fibres with as higher thread count as possible for a cool and comfortable nights sleep.

Tips on Getting Duvet Covers On

There’s a couple of handy tricks you can try if you’re not one for making a nice, pretty bed. Literally some duvets seem impossible to get in their covers don’t they?! First things first, make sure your duvet is not too big or too small for the cover. If it’s too big it will look like there’s someone already in the bed, too small and the cover will drape limply down to the floor either side.

Something a dear old friend told us years ago is that you can use pegs to hold a duvet in place at the top once inside the duvet cover while you straighten out the rest! Just one peg on each side to hold each corner in. Genius! Personally, I prefer the inside out approach. With the duvet cover inside out, put your hands up inside the fabric to each top corner then grab hold of the top of each side of the duvet and shake so that the duvet slips easily into place.

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Sheets

I personally love a hospital corner on a guest room bedsheet, that’s when you fold a sheet back on itself to create a nice v shape at the head and foot of the bed. I’d opt for a well fitting flat sheet for summer and remember to get a deep fit one if you have a big mattress so you can’t see the mattress when looking from the side.

In summer, I always use a flat sheet which after tucking in at the foot I pull right up to the pillows then fold neatly back and finish the bed with a nice stylish bed throw. A lot of the time though we use duvet covers in the summer just without the duvet inside. Add cushions if you like to embellish but don’t overdo them, it’s nice to be able to actually get in the bed too.

Always wash your bedding at 60 degrees and hang it out to dry in the garden for the freshest smelling bedsheets. Same for towels unless you like them fluffy then you’ll need to use your tumble dryer. We are a bit old fashioned in this house, we like them soft but like them to have enough texture to dry you too!

Guest Room Decor and Accessories

I think it’s really nice to have a room in your house that’s free from personal niknaks. It is quite a luxury having a spare room of course and not all of us do. Even if your guest room is a sofa bed in an office, it’s a nice exercise in being tidy and optimising on some decent storage. I’d really only choose a handful of nice decorative pieces for your guest room decor. You may find that you have one too many things in another room that can be better shown off in your spare room space so shop at home before you shop online.

If you are thinking about getting some new things though, right now, I’d be looking at getting a concrete or aged terracotta vase to hold country style flowers in a nice ditsy way, a couple of nice pieces of wall art, I’ve mentioned Posterlounge before for this, I think their wall art is brilliant. I would always have two bedside lamps, I love the bedroom lighting at La Redoute. If you don’t have symmetrical plug sockets either side of the bed, it is perfectly fine to use a multi plug extension made for lamps.

Finally I’d also add some nice bedroom hooks or a towel rail. If you use a nice hanging rail in your guest bedroom you can avoid having to have a full sized wardrobe or even a chest of drawers.

Towels

Although some people are not fans of putting the guest room towels at the end of the bed, I rather like it if there’s no ensuite bathroom for guests. Alternately you could put them on top of a chest of drawers or even on a suit case rack if you wanted to. I think it adds a nice touch in the room and for me says “welcome” more than anything else! You can pop a nice lavender stem on top of your guest towels too for a really lovely welcome, or even sweeter, a nice little handwritten note.

A Bedroom Welcome Tray

Whether you’re running a bed and breakfast or just love making your house guests feel at home, a welcoming bedroom tray is a lovely added touch for your guest bedroom decor. I would add a nice little vase with some fresh flowers, either a closed jug of tap water or a nice glass bottle with water and of course a couple of pretty glasses. If you wanted to add tea and coffee you could too but I think water is enough for a guest bedroom at home.

Fresh Flowers

As I mentioned above, having some fresh flowers in your guest bedroom looks so pretty and just finishes everything off so nicely for your visitors. It needed cost the earth if you buy nice cottage style blooms to add to the welcome tray above or you could pop a stem in a small glass vase either side of the bed. Ask your florist for eucalyptus leaves, hydrangea heads or collect a little handful of whatever you have growing wild in the garden.

Hope you enjoyed these tips and are enjoying your guests this summer! X

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