Wednesday, August 2

Drama Tween Bedroom Update!

You may know that I'm in the midst of a big makeover for my teen daughters bedroom. She's a very lucky little lady, and she's going to end up with a bedroom that a lot of grown-ups will envy. Quite possibly including me.

Like all good things, it's taking longer than anticipated, and I'm waiting on a few things and need to make a couple of decisions still, but the room should be complete within the next four weeks. Here's the moodboard again incase you've forgotten!




The starting point for the design of the room was a wallpaper by the fabulous Drop It Modern, called Kitten, that Edie and I both adore. I had actually considered it for my studio makeover last year, but ended up going in a different direction, but I guess it was inevitable that it would eventually end up in the house somewhere!

I also wanted to include decorative moulding in the room, and decided to go with quite a thick moulding to act as big frames, and have the wallpaper inside them.



I've put the moulding on one wall only (for now - I may eventually add moulding to the other three walls too), where her new double bed will go, with a large box in the middle (directly behind the bed), flanked by a tall thin one either side. The wallpaper will go inside all three boxes, and maybe the box above the door too, but I'm undecided on that right now, and I'll make that decision once the wallpaper is up in the big frames.




If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a bit of the process of putting the moulding up, which was also slower than anticipated (isn't it always!?) for a few reasons. One is that I'm incredibly impatient. Two is that the wall where the moulding was going is super wonky! So unlike my very straight-forward decorative moulding in the newer part of the house last year, this was way more time consuming and definitely not a job I could do on my own. It required more than just my trusty Mega-Bond to hold the moulding to the wall - it needed nails too. So I had to wait until my husband could help me, then because of the nails, more filling was required, then a spot prime over the wood filler, before I could finally paint.



I'd not intended to do a tutorial for the moulding, so didn't take suitable pictures to illustrate it (yes, I know, bad blogger!), but I've had loads of requests, so I'll outline the steps below...

You will need:

Mitre saw
Eye protection
Tape Measure
Pencil
Moulding
Megabond or similar strong adhesive, and skeleton gun
Stanley Knife
Panel pins
Hammer
Caulk
Cup and water
Kitchen Roll
Nail Set
Wood Filler
Primer
Filling Knife
Sprit Level
Eggshell and Matt Paint

1. Decide on your design / sizes of boxes before ordering your moulding / decorative trim. Most suppliers will have it in 2.4 metre lengths, and I find that anything longer is just too long to handle for me, unless you're able to work in a huge open space, or outside.

2. I have left a gap of 8cms between boxes, from the corners of the room, above the skirting, and below the cornicing. There's no dado rail in the room and I didn't want to add one because I'm adding wallpaper and wanted it uninterrupted. You may want to research what's historically correct (or just do what you like the look of!).

Figure out the lengths required for each piece and make your cuts. Make sure you have your 45 degree angles facing the right way!

If you're a mitre saw novice you'll probably make a few frustrating errors, so make sure you order slightly more trim than required. This will require a fair bit of re-setting your saw as you want to make all your cuts with the flat side of the moulding down, so that it doesn't move when making your cuts and that you get a nice clean cut.

3. It's helpful to mark the backs of the pieces as you go, so maybe number your boxes and then each piece, so top, bottom, left and right.

4. If you have nice new flat walls, and are using a lighter weight, thinner moulding, you might get away with using adhesive only like I did with thin flat stripwood in my TV room. If you can you'll save a fair bit of time, but otherwise you'll need to use adhesive and panel pins to hold each piece in place. You'll know immediately if you're going to need both by holding the piece in place. If it needs to bend more than a tiny bit to sit flat on the wall, you're going to need nails too otherwise it probably won't stay put while the adhesive dries.

5. Getting the first piece up onto the wall is always the scariest, but you'll get the hang of it pretty quickly. If your walls are really wonky like mine, you may have to go back and re-cut some pieces, even if they're technically the correct length. Be generous with the adhesive, but not so much that it squeezes out the sides when you press down.

6. Make sure each piece is straight using your sprit level, and also nicely in line with the adjacent box as you go. You'll have a little bit of time for sliding each piece around a bit so that they fit together nicely.

7. If you need to use panel pins you'll need an assistant, or unwilling husband to help hold in place or administer the nails.

8. Once all your moulding is up and the adhesive is fully dry, you'll need to countersink the nailheads with a Nail Set, then fill each hole with wood filler. Once dry, sand smooth.

9. Use caulk to fill the corners and inner and outer sides of each box. This is time consuming, but really worth it for a professional, neat finish. And it hides a multitude of sins. You'll need to run a wet finger over the caulk to remove any excess and get a nice smooth finish, so that's what the cup, water and kitchen roll is for - it can get messy.

10. Spot prime the wood filler.

11. When everything is totally dry, it's time to paint. In Edie's room I've used an eggshell finish on the moulding itself and a matt finish on the walls, in the same colour.




The moulding I used is from Skirting4u who had rather perfect timing, getting in touch with me, just as I was in need of some thick moulding. It's actually intended to be used as Dado rail, and is 7cms wide. This particular shape is Antique 2. Anything much thinner would not have held it's own next to the bold wallpaper, so this really was the perfect choice.

They also have a pre-primed option, which saves SO much time. Prep is definitely my least favourite part of the process of a big room makeover, so only having to spot prime where I'd filled nail holes, was great.

The paint I've used is Earthborn Lifestyle Emulsion, which went on beautifully and covered super well in two coats. And just two coats on the woodwork too which is particularly great as woodwork often needs three to cover properly.

Oh, and I DID prime the woodwork! I didn't want to if I'm totally honest, but I promised Earthborn that I would, and they sent me their multi-purpose primer along with the paint, so I was duty bound. And it was so quick to do a coat of it after a light sand, and I guess that's why the Eggshell then went on so well and covered the way it did. Yay me for doing the right thing.

I still have to sand, prime and paint her window. I HATE painting window frames, I find it frustrating and so boring, but I want all the woodwork in the same colour as the walls, so it needs to be done. Besides it's not been painted for years, and really needs it.

The colour I've used is called Donkey Ride, and I'm a bit in love with it. It's a very soft warm neutral, that ties in perfectly with the wallpaper. In some lights it looks more grey, in others beige with yellow undertones, and then in the shadows it's more pink based, but it's always a lovely colour no matter which way it's leaning in the different light, and I can't wait to see how it looks once the room is complete.

So the room is almost ready for me to put the wallpaper up when it arrives, and she's also getting some beautiful full length velvet curtains, which she and I are both ridiculously excited about. Then there is a big surprise to come that she doesn't know about yet, that's going to make her squeal with delight, and for that, you'll have to wait and see. Keep an eye out for the room progress in my Instagram stories, and the big reveal right here in a few weeks!

This post is in collaboration with Earthborn and Skirting4u.
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Friday, July 28

Introducing Kalinko

I was introduced the homeware brand Kalinko the other week, which is the brainchild of Londoner Sophie Garnier who is now Burma based, working with local artisans to create all the beautiful products in the Kalinko collection.

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray


I'll be honest, they had me at Rattan Butler's Tray. I am besotted with this multi-purpose piece, which is every bit as practical as it is beautiful to look at. And I'm torn between leaving it stored in the kitchen, so I can demand a bedside breakfast on it occasionally (hopefully more than just once a year on Mothers Day), or setting it up as a little colonial-style inspired bar in the dining room, with the cute-as matching ice bucket and tongs, that comes in a selection of colours.

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray


For the purpose of this post, I've gone with the latter as you can see, but I know that if I leave it like this, that my breakfast served bedside is far less likely to happen, so I'll keep you updated on that one.

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray


The huge range of rattan accessories is gorgeous, covering everything from tissue boxes to coasters, storage boxes, umbrella stands, and everything in between. Just so many beautiful pieces to choose from. And the jade and mother of pearl spoons are gorgeous!

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray


Textiles have not been neglected - the cushion collection is also fab. Kalinko not only helps local artisans get their products to a wider audience, but also helps them with a better way of life, allowing them to continue using age-old traditional techniques. They also follow the globally recognised Fair Trade principles.

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray


French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray


So go forth and support this lovely business, safe in the knowledge that you're not only getting something to treasure for your home, but are helping to sustain the Burmese artisans that made it too.

Warm fuzzy shopping: the absolute best kind.

French For Pineapple Blog - Kalinko - Rattan Butlers Tray


This post is in collaboration with Kalinko.

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Wednesday, July 26

Fab Five - Ornamental Coral

I know, it's a tad random and niche, but I'm obsessed with ornamental coral (and why do I only own one piece?!), so I figured I can't be the only person that rather fancies it, right? And I've been wanting to bring back my Fab Five series, because it turns out, people actually find it a quite handy reference.

So, it's back!

Also, coral and summer kind of work together, so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. I quite like it 'au natural', but by all means, spray it gold, neon pink, black, or er coral, whatever tickles your fancy.

Coral not only looks beautiful, but its fluid sculptural shape means it always adds a bit of interest on a shelf, sideboard or as a prop. In fact, I have to stop myself using the one piece I have in every single photograph. See? I do need more.

And just to clarify, I'm talking about faux resin coral, not real coral, because that's a little controversial to say the least, so I'm erring on the side of Tiffany's, and not promoting the purchase of the real thing. Let's not be a part of the demise of the beautiful coral reefs of the world, okay? That said, I guess vintage coral is an exception, and if you find some that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, I want to know your source.

I've included a range of price points and sizes (the OKA one is nearly a metre wide - talk about making a statement!).

French For Pineapple Blog - Ornamental Coral

1. Coral Tree - Kelly Hoppen (a great selection and currently on sale)
2. Grand Cayman Coral on Plinth - India Jane (and check out the Key Largo coral candlesticks too!!)
3. Blue Coral - White Mint
4. Belize Coral - Oka
5. Black Coral Bowl - Mia Fleur (on sale and it's taking ALL my will power not to buy it!)

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Wednesday, July 5

Shutter Love [Shutterly Fabulous]

I've always adored the look of shutters. They're incredibly practical and functional, but I'm particularly drawn to the way they look. They remind me of several of my favourite things - holidays in hot countries, chic Parisian apartments, and beautiful, grand old homes. And it can never be a bad thing to be reminded of those things, can it?

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - White Tier On Tier Plantation Shutters in glamourous bathroom with chandelier and wall moulding




I've always fancied shutters on our living room bay window, and I'm sure there were in fact shutters there at some point in time, but sadly they're long gone. Maybe it's my duty to reinstate them one day.

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - Black Plantation Shutters in glamorous living room with grey sofa and parquet floor


Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - Full lenghth blue plantation shutters in bay window

I'd never thought about this until I started writing this post, but shutters would actually be the perfect fix in our kitchen too. We don't need a window covering for privacy particularly, but in the mornings, the sun blasts through that window, and as lovely as that is, it can actually be too hot when you're eating breakfast, and depending on what side of the kitchen table you're sitting on, it can also be unbearably and blindingly bright. Shutters would solve both those issues, and of course, look fantastic too. As well as helping to retain heat in the winter in one of the coldest rooms in our house. Hmmm...

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - Slatted Door Shutters in stunning black kitchen with marble splashback and worktops

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - Neutral Plantation Shutters in beautiful neutral kitchen with oak cabinets, parquet flooring and marble worktop


Aside from the romantic connotations of the appearance of shutters, from a practical point of view, they just win over all other window coverings.

Depending on your needs, Shutterly Fabulous shutters can offer complete darkness and privacy when required, with privacy fit or solid panel shutters, control over the amount and the angle of the light with plantation shutters, and the option for full privacy on the bottom, whilst letting the light in on the top with either tier or tier or cafe style shutters, so they really do offer practical solutions for all window covering issues.

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - cafe style blue shutters in bathroom with blue freestanding bath and blue and white rug

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - nautral wood shutter in bathroom with white subway tiles and black claw footed bath
Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - green tier on tier plantation shutters in neutral living room


I love classic black or white shutters, although natural woods are timeless too. Then again, Shutterly Fabulous can colour match to virtually any colour under the sun which is pretty amazing. How beautiful are these solid ombré shutters?!

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - ombre pink solid door shutters in modern dining room setting with coral chairs and parquet floor

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - solid aqua shutters

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - full lenght blue shutters in traditional room with wall moulidng and parquet floor with modern sofa

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - full length aqua shutters in dining room


When I started writing this post, I was going to maintain that although I love shutters, that I prefer something softer in bedrooms, but this beautiful imagery has actually shifted my point of view on that, so yes, I concede that they look amazing in bedrooms too.

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - solid pink shutters in bedroom setting

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - pink shutters in childs bedroom with yellow bunting

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - yellow plantation shutters in childs bedroom




And who knew they could be used over doors like this? These are solid panel tracked door shutters. So striking.

Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - sold door shutters on tracks in modern kitchen with marble worktops


Shutterly Fabulous - French For Pineapple Blog - natural wood window and door shutters in neutral sitting area with parquet floor
Clearly I've had several shutter related epiphanies writing this post, and I did not expect that to happen! I've completely fallen in love with them, and I've decided that I definitely need some Shutterly Fabulous shutters in my life. In my kitchen, for starters.

Are you in the classic monochrome camp? The natural wood camp? Or the colour camp? Let me know in the comments!

This post is in collaboration with Shutterly Fabulous.

All images supplied by Shutterly Fabulous.


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Monday, June 26

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look

I don't know about you, but I would love to have my home look like a beautiful boutique hotel. I know it's not everyone's thing, some people like a more lived in homely look, and others, like me, have that lived in homely look, even though it's not actually what they want! Ha, I know, I'm never satisfied and I never stop thinking about the next changes I'll make to our home. It's exhausting, and on one hand, I wish I could just get everything 'finished' and stop. Be done, and be satisfied. But that's not who I am, that's not what I do, and it's very unlikely to happen any time soon!

Budget. Money. Lack of budget and money is what stops me achieving the look I really want in my home, but I chip away at it, and with each little change, I get a little bit closer to the look I actually want.

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog
A moodboard I put together to demonstrate the Boutique Hotel Look







In this moodboard I've included Lamps from Pooky and French Connection, a vintage coffee table, rug, and framed scarf, a sofa from Made.com, a hexagonal pouffe from Swoon Editions, and Tom Abbiss Smith artwork.

I've blogged before about getting a high-end glamorous look without breaking the bank, and many of these points cross-over, but today I'm gearing specifically towards a Boutique Hotel Lobby Inspired Look. Just rolls of the tongue doesn't it?

The walls:

Texture is important here and you could do a lot worse than going for some grasscloth (if you've got cash to splash), or some faux grasscloth or linen look textured wallpaper.

Look for actual texture rather than printed 'texture', and make sure you always order samples first. What can look great on screen can look terrible in the flesh and you do get what you pay for. And for some reason that I just can not figure out, some companies seem to think that glitter is a good thing on these papers. It's not.

Harlequin do some that look good, and I'm actually awaiting some samples to potentially use in my home, and you also may have seen the fab textured wallpaper that I used on the back of my living room shelves a while back from Graham & Brown, that is also a great option, but the colour options are very limited. Budget dependant, also look at Designers Guild, and if you've got really deep pockets (lucky you) look at Thibaut, Andrew Martin, Urbane Living and Phillip Jeffries.

The higher end brands have a much bigger and better colour range, so I do apologise in advance if you see an incredible colour but it's a gazillion pounds a metre or roll.

Let me know if you find any amazing options that don't cost the earth!

If you can't stretch to real or faux grasscloth, all is not lost. How about a bit of DIY wall moulding? No? Statement wallpaper? But not a feature wall - to make this look work you have to go all out. And of course if none of the above are an option, then go with a new lick of paint in a lovely, rich, saturated colour of choice. That doesn't have to mean super dark or super bright. In fact, please don't. There are plenty of saturated colour options for a huge impact without needing to live in a cave or a tacky nursery! I think my TV room is a great example of that, and there's a bit of DIY wall moulding in there too.

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog



The floor:

The dream is herringbone or chevron parquet. Obvs. There are loads of choices these days - real wood blocks, engineered wood, and incredibly convincing and virtually indestructible luxury vinyl tiles. Failing that, and even if you can have the perfect flooring already, you need to add a rug. More than one of your room is big. Think vintage Oriental, or Beni Ourain (real if budget allows), or an amazing pattern. Not a plain rug, which is basically just a piece of carpet.

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Amtico Signature in Ink Wash

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog
Images: Moroc Tribal Beni Ourain Rugs







Add to the textured, layered look and think pattern and / or heavy texture like the incredible vintage Beni Ourain rugs from Moroc Tribal (firmly on my must own one day list). La Redoute have great rugs, as do Plantation Rug Company and Anthroplogie (tip: wait for the sale!). Places like Benuta and are also worth checking out.

Colour and Pattern:

Mix it up here. Although this is not my usual style, I do love this look (it's just not for me, in my home). So think mixed jewel tones in sumptuous fabrics like velvet and linens, and add lots of pattern. You can really just go for it with this look! Use a mixture of prints on upholstery, curtains, blinds, cushions and lampshades. If mixing patterns is terrifying to you, make sure to stick to a limited colour palette and there's less chance of it going horribly wrong.

It's not hard to make a lampshade with a kit and a piece of your favourite fabric, so they needn't cost a load.

Made.com and Swoon Editions both do some amazingly decently priced sofas and pouffes with a gorgeous selection of coloured, alongside other boutique hotel lobby worthy furniture.

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Ham Yard Hotel / Firmdale Hotels



Vintage:

To get a really unique room, you need to mix up the new pieces with vintage. Trawl your favourite vintage shops and eBay, for some real gems, like a Pierre Vendel brass and glass coffee table, and side tables. Or a big sculptural vase or ceramic creature! Something that no one else has. It's my vintage pieces that I most often get asked about.

Lamps:

As you know, lighting is super important and you can't have too many lamps. I have the French Connection brass floor lamp on the moodboard, and it's beautiful. There are some super glam lamps around these days, and places like Pooky, Vaughn (if you have deep pockets), OKA, and surprisingly, some cheaper places online, have some stunning lamps and shades that really make a room. Shop around. I'm a firm believer in the bigger the better with lamps.

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog



If you have very little budget, eBay is your friend again. Look for some bases that you like the shape of, and spray paint them if you don't like the colour like I've done in the image above. Then you can spend on some lovely shades like these fab Ikat ones from Pooky, or make some yourself with a lampshade kit as mentioned above.

Art:

Be creative here, and don't buy generic art for the sake of it that is meaningless.

Search for an up and coming artist for something different, something that really speaks to you. Maybe frame a vintage scarf. There's a constant stream of beautiful vintage Hermes scarves on eBay (Vintage though, you hear?), so you can wait to find the right one that works with your colour scheme, and you won't see it all over Pinterest and Instagram.

Don't discount galleries as being too expensive as you might just be pleasantly surprised. And you never know where it might lead you. I wrote a post about how to buy grown up art a while back with some more tips.

I'm a big fan of Alan Fears paintings.

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Alan Fears 'English Country Fudge'


Accessories:

Cushions, ornaments, scented candles are all a must, but keep the ornaments under control so your room isn't crowded and chaotic and doesn't start to resemble a junk shop (a tip I often need to remind myself about!)

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog


Greenery:

Don't forget some plants! The bigger the better. Fiddle leaf fig trees are still very desirable and beautifully sculptural plants, but Kentia Palms, ZZ plants and are also beautiful and easy to care for options. Huge ferns in urns also make stunning additions.

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog





Luxe Details:

Add a bit of interest and a feeling of luxury by adding a splash of glam. Brass details (an oversized brass framed mirror for example), a leather topped cabinet, and antiqued mirrored wall, a marble side table. These materials all ooze glamour, but if you source and use them cleverly they needn't cost the earth. Try West Elm, Rockett St George and Swoon Editions for starters.

A Knockout Piece:

If you have the space / time / money, keep your eyes peeled for a knockout piece for the room. It could be anything from a 70's moulded plastic hanging chair, to a brass palm tree lamp, a giant Jonathan Adler lucite hand, a sculptural 80's stone coffee table or a piece of vintage taxidermy. It's these wow pieces, alongside the combination of all the other elements that can make for a really incredible room. Yes, I know that an Ostrich Feather lamp is out of most peoples price range, but this really does demonstrate the impact of a knockout piece in a room rather beautifully don't you think? Also firmly on my must own one day list!

How To Achieve A Boutique Hotel Lobby Look - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: A Modern Grand Tour







So there you go. This is a look that you can achieve yourself if you set your mind to it, and it doesn't have to cost billions, though obviously it can also cost plenty if you have the cash to splash! This look is primarily about texture, layering and colour and clever use of materials.






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Wednesday, June 21

A Mattress Fit For A Boutique Hotel Style Bedroom
[Hilary Devey Collection]

When I was contacted a few months ago to see if I'd like to review a Hilary Devey, Duvalay mattress, it couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I was in the midst of my big bedroom makeover, and it was like the mattress gods knew it was time to let go of our trusty old one, and were sending me a not very subtle hint.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

Yet the offer was met with 50% excitement, and 50% trepidation. I know that's a tad dramatic, I mean it's only a mattress right? But even though I knew we really needed to replace our old one, I was actually kind of fond of it despite it's obvious lack of support (a bit like a comforting old friend that you love even though they can be a bit flaky. Oh. I might have just described myself there...).

And if I'm honest, I was a bit scared that we'd end up getting rid of it for one that was rubbish, uncomfortable or just not right for us. Plus there were decisions to be made. And when it comes to what I consider quite major decisions like a new mattress, I just turn into an indecisive fool. Ed likes a firmer mattress than I do, but give me a soft squishy cloud to sleep on any day, so a compromise needed to be reached.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection


After much mind-changing on my part, we settled on the Diamond Luxe, which I felt was a bit of a compromise for me. I'd have gone for something softer if it was for me alone, but obviously we both need to be comfortable, and actually I'm pleased to report that it's perfect for both of us. And I know that as much as I say I want to sleep on a soft cloud, that my back is not with me.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection


It was really odd for the first few nights - a week even. But odd in a 'this is very different to what I'm used to' way, and not in a 'this is terribly uncomfortable' way.

And then I just stopped thinking about it - I'd gotten used to it without realising, which is what you want in a new mattress I think. If something is just right, you don't really notice it. It has enough give, that I get that lovely sinking-in feeling when I first get into bed, but it's definitely got a lot of support right under that top layer. A semi-firm cloud you could say. It's become my good new friend, but this time, a supportive friend. And our backs really appreciate it.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

It's heavy and requires turning once a week until you've completed the 'turning cycle', then you just flip it once a season - totally doable, unlike our old mattress, which was so heavy that we were physically unable to flip it. So that's a bonus too.

This is a proper, old-school mattress with a hand-stitched border, tufted on both sides, hand-crafted in West Yorkshire, and it's comfortable in a luxurious way, so it perfectly fits the criteria for my continuing quest to create my dream Boutique Hotel Style Bedroom.

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

French For Pineapple - Hilary Devey Collection

However, don't be fooled by its traditional appearance, because beneath that tufted exterior lies some impressive technology. The 'Wooltec' ensures great temperature control, on top of comfort and durability, whilst the 'Midas Touch' springs beneath, give a unique combination of responsiveness, comfort and support to individual shapes and body weights.

So that's another piece of the Boutique Hotel Style Bedroom puzzle in place (told you I was working on it - a few more pieces yet to come), and our Diamond Luxe mattress has a very relieved, big thumbs-up from both Ed and I, and I'm exhausted by this week already, and can't wait to sink into it this evening.

This post is in collaboration with Hilary Devey Collection.

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