Creating A Chic Contemporary Bedroom with Marks & Spencer

My bedroom is my sanctuary. It instantly makes me feel calm, and if I could, I’d spend a load more time just hanging out in there reading. That bit is a fantasy though - it never happens, except on my designated lie-in day (Sundays, if you’re wondering), and even then ‘reading’ usually means flicking through an interiors mag, whilst simultaneously scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest.

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Anyway, I digress. As the weather turns colder and the days are shorter, it's even more important to turn your bedroom into a cosy sanctuary, somewhere you can escape the chaos of daily life and unwind. So here are my top tips for doing just that, using pieces from the Marks & Spencer Manhattan collection.

Lighting

Of course an overhead pendant is essential - especially on dark winter mornings and in the evenings for practical tasks, but come dusk, it’s lamps all the way for atmospheric lighting. One on either side of the bed, and if you have the space, perhaps another one or two on top of a chest of drawers.

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Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer 

Bedding

This is the easiest way to make your bedroom look cosy and inviting. Always buy the best bedding you can afford, and then layer and accessorise.

You'll need a fitted sheet and top sheet, duvet cover and pillowcases obviously, but a bed isn't properly dressed without the addition of a throw and some cushions too. For me, this is essential.

For the colder months, I like to layer my bed with mixed textures like velvets, silky fabrics and chunky weaves. Mixing it up keeps it casual and inviting, creating a bed that just begs to be crawled into.

French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
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French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer

 
French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer

Clear the Clutter

Keep clutter to an absolute minimum. This is not something I always manage to achieve, but I do try because it really does make a difference. Never has the phrase 'tidy house, tidy mind' been more relevant than in the bedroom.

Get into a habit of putting your clean washing away as soon as possible, and don't leave dirty clothes lying around. Keep on top of excess stuff gathering on your bedside table - too many face products for one face, and half-drunk discarded cups of tea anyone? Just these small things can make a really 
big difference.

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Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer


French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom
Image: Sam Mellish for Marks & Spencer
Storage 

This ties in with the above, but storage really is King. Think clever extra storage like an upholstered blanket box at the end of the bed that doesn’t feel like obvious storage, but can hide a multitude of sins. A larger bedside table with drawers can double as extra storage, or a divan base with drawers to house things you don't need to access every day.  Anything that enables you to put everything away to avoid clutter.

Scent

Optional extras such as fresh flowers, a scented candle, room or pillow spray, help set the scene, and add a little luxury to the cosy room you've created.


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French For Pineapple Blog - Marks and Spencer Sleep Retreat - Chic Contemporary Bedroom

1. Monochrome Line Cushion

2. Diamond Quilted Throw

3. Emerald Velvet Cushion

4. Teal Textured Velvet Cushion

5. Diamond Quilt Cushion

6. Mono Decoration Bedding Set

7. Dexter Table Lamp

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You can read more about the M&S Sleep Retreat here, and check out Kate and Rebecca's bedrooms too!

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This post is in collaboration with Marks & Spencer.

Summer Bedroom with Soak&Sleep

I love bed linen possibly more than I should. Or is normal. It makes me unfeasibly happy to look at lovely linen and to touch and sleep in good quality bedding makes me even happier.

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There's nothing quite like getting into a bed with fresh sheets. If I could be bothered, (or lived in a hotel like, you know, Coco Chanel) I would have fresh sheets every single day. Just as well that I can't be bothered, or afford to live in a hotel a-la Chanel, because it's not very environmentally friendly is it?

Let's talk about creating the ultimate summer bedroom. Do you change anything in your bedroom for the warmer months?

I don't change the cushions in the living room or anything else in the house seasonally, but there are a few little tweaks I make in the bedroom for the warmer weather...

I like to swap to my summer weight duvet, but usually keep the bedspread nearby for the nights when it's still a bit chilly. Let's face it, that can happen here in the UK even at the height of 'summer'. The extra faux-fur throw that lives on the end of the bed in the colder months, has now been put away until it's needed again.

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I also lighten up colour wise, and for summer you can't beat white linen. White goes with absolutely everything, and I like to mix it up a bit with pillowcases - white, black, grey, pink, taupe - it's all good, and it breaks up the white to stop it from being boring.

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Soak & Sleep French For Pineapple Blog

Pure linen is my absolute favourite (don't get me started about poly-cotton - I'm a total linen snob!). Nothing says laid back luxe to me more than crumpled linen bedding. I'm not someone that enjoys ironing, and I rarely do it - there is no 'ironing pile' in this house! So having beautiful linen bedding that actually looks better un-ironed is just perfect. The 100% Pure French Colour Border Linen bedding from Soak&Sleep is absolutely beautiful quality, and it's so reasonably priced, as is their entire product range. The french grey border is more interesting that plain white all over, and again goes with everything. This design also comes with a pretty blue border. I can really feel the difference in quality between this and some cheap high street linen I have - I love it and this will definitely be on the bed more than not!

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The duvet cover fastens with ties which I love. Not only do those bows look pretty, but you don't have to worry about lost buttons or unpopped poppers!

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Fresh flowers in a vase on my bedside table always makes me so happy, and popping in just one or two stems of your favourite summer bloom is all that's needed for a luxurious feel that costs very little. Or nothing at all if you have something growing in the garden. A few sprigs of Lavender popped in an empty candle jar looks lovely, so you really don't have to spend anything, but it makes such a difference. For a more tropical look, you can cut a Monstera frond or two from a plant. They last literally weeks, and even months if you remember to regularly change the water.

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Soak & Sleep French For Pineapple Blog


I also like to swap to a more summery citrus scent for the house in warmer months, and I've bought myself an early birthday present in the form of a new Diptyque candle in the Oyedo scent. I haven't had this one for years, and it's so fresh and delicious. Grapefruit and mandarin - sweet but sharp.

I love plants in every room, and the bedroom is no exception. Bring a touch of the tropics in with a lovely Kentia or Parlour palm or a Fiddle Leaf Fig. If your bedroom doesn't get much natural light, both Snake and ZZ plants do very well in low light, look striking, and are not at all demanding.

And once you've created your ultimate summer bedroom, don't forget to enjoy it! I absolutely love stealing a bit of time over the weekend to lie on my bed and read a magazine. Or the ultimate treat - having breakfast in bed presented to you so you can spend a bit of extra time lounging in beautiful bed linen. Total bliss!

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This post is in collaboration with Soak&Sleep.