We spend at least a third of our lives in bed… even more over holidays and long weekends. It’s so much more than just a place to sleep. It’s where we end each day, start each new day, relax, unwind and recharge. It should be a sanctuary of serenity; a sacred space, customised to our own personal needs. We’ve got some great tips to create a dreamy bedroom retreat without blowing the budget. Best of all, it can be achieved over the weekend.
Why we love mango wood
The Hampton Canopy Bed is made from mango timber, a hardwood with a dense grain. It’s very strong, yet unlike traditional hardwood, it’s more affordable as it grows prolifically in tropical locations around the world. Why is it so sustainable? It’s a by-product of an already thriving industry: mango fruit. Once a tree stops bearing fruit, it’s harvested for its timber and a new tree is planted in its place.
Paint like a pro
1 Clean the walls.
2 Tape the trim. Use coloured painter’s tape to protect any areas you don’t want your paint to get on, like the skirting and door frames.
3 Use a brush to carefully paint along the masking tape line (‘cut in’).
4 Pour paint into a paint tray.
5 Use a roller brush to apply paint evenly over your walls.
6 Apply 2nd coat after 24 hours.
7 Remove tape once paint is dry.
Extend the life of your linens
1 Buy a quality thread count — but it doesn’t have to be 1000-thread Egyptian cotton. 400–800 is super soft and will last beautifully.
2 Wash frequently (once a week is ideal) on a cold, gentle wash cycle.
3 Avoid fabric softener. A cup of plain white vinegar with your detergent works best.
4 Separate your whites and colours to keep them looking their best.
Easy on the eyes
If you prefer an e-reader, get one that’s not backlit, like the original Kindle or Kobo. Here’s a few 2021 bestsellers:
1 THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig
2 CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson
3 LATER by Stephen King
4 GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey
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