It's What's Inside That Counts [Soak & Sleep]

I'm the first to admit that I'm, well, kind of shallow. I care too much about what my house looks like, and I only ever share the pretty bits looking their best. There are a LOT of not so pretty bits in my house - the large hole in the bedroom ceiling, is probably the top of the list - the result of an ongoing mystery leak from the shower above, which we just can't seem to locate to fix properly. But you'll not see that on my Instagram feed anytime soon, no matter how much anyone campaigns to 'keep it real'. The pretty bits are real too, right?

I like escapism, not realism - I've never liked depressing films - give me a bit of Notting Hill over Manchester by the Sea any day. And who says you can't live in a fairytale? Even if it's just a bit, every now and then.

So yeah, I know a lot about things that look pretty. I also find it terribly dull when we have to spend money on things that give no visual pleasure. Heating, gutters, plumbing, electrics - such an annoying way to have to part with money, don't you think?

But recently I was forced to get over myself when I realised that despite our beautiful new-look bedroom, that all was not as it seemed.

My husband was waking every morning, with cold-like allergy symptoms, and snuffling and sneezing his way through the morning routine. On repeat.

It occurred to me that although I'd replaced nearly everything that you could see in our bedroom, that I'd not addressed one of the most important things - I had completely ignored the pillows and duvet. On closer inspection, what was left of our old pillows and duvet, was somewhat disturbing...

The feather filling in the duvet, had all but disappeared - presumably into an allergy inducing pile of feather dust, leaving a fair few of the pockets completely empty. No wonder I'd had to add so many extra blankets during the winter! The pillows were comfy enough, or at least they were what we were used to, but in reality, they were probably more full of dust mites than feathers, and this thought made my skin crawl. I realised that our duvet was more than FIFTEEN YEARS OLD, and our pillows, not much younger. Natural fibres will deteriorate over time, and I'm pretty sure the experts would be horrified at the idea of fourteen year old pillows. As am I, in hindsight.

I could ignore it no longer - our pillows and duvet had to go. It was clear that Ed was actually allergic to our bed. Eww!

My friends at Soak & Sleep came to the rescue and offered all sorts of helpful advice on what we should go for. They suggested a wool duvet, which I really loved the idea of as it's self-adjusting and will naturally adapt for cold-sleepers (me), and hot-sleepers (Ed). But because I'm shallow (and stubborn), I wanted a Duck Feather and Down all season duvet because they're big and puffy and I like big and puffy. I admit I'm still super intrigued by the wool, and they make perfect sense if your partner is the opposite heat-wise to you, so one day I'll probably go down that route. If you're less shallow and stubborn than me, I suggest you give one a go.

That said, I'm super happy with the duvet I chose. The all-season means you get two duvets (a 9 tog, and a 4.5 tog), that button together for the coldest months to keep you super cosy. At the moment we have just the 9 tog on, but I need to swap that now for just the 4.5 tog for the warmer months.

And there's nothing better than your duvet gently sinking around you when you get into bed. I just love that feeling!

As for pillows, Soak & Sleep suggested the Ultimate Hungarian Goose Down Pillows for Ed, because he's predominantly a side sleeper and likes a firmer pillow, and a pair of Duck Feather & Down Pillows for me, as I'm mostly a front sleeper and like a soft pillow. I try to be a side sleeper, but I always end up face down!

Images: Soak & Sleep
Clockwise from top left: Feather & Down All Seasons Duvet, Memory Foam Pillow, Duck Feather & Down Pillows, Ultimate Hungarian Down Pillow

They also suggested a Memory Foam Pillow to try to encourage me to sleep on my side more (I'd love to be a side or back sleeper, so much better for your back and, er, face!).

As for the memory foam pillow, the jury is still out. I think it would be great if I was less of a restless sleeper, but since the arrival of the new pillows I've been taking more notice of how I sleep, and I've realised that when I sleep on my front, I push all pillows away! However, the Duck Feather & Down pillows have definitely made me more comfortable, and they actually encourage me to stay sleeping on my side longer. I think they're a great all-rounder - super comfy and soft and squishy and they're most definitely my favourites.

And I'm happy to report that Ed loves his pillows and has stopped waking with cold-like allergy symptoms every morning. Result.

Image: Soak & Sleep

So, super-comfy, cosy when you want it to be, lofty duvet and pillows are in place, and I'm now another step closer to achieving the boutique hotel bedroom of my dreams. I still have a few more pieces of the puzzle missing, but watch this space because all but one of them are actually in place, or about to be!

The moral of the story is, sometimes, it's important to worry about the practical things, and not just the pretty things, because it's what's inside that counts!

This post is in collaboration with Soak & Sleep.

Master Bedroom Makeover. Again!

You know what they say - a change is as good as a holiday. Yup, I'm changing the bedroom. Again.

I know some of you think I'm completely bonkers, but although I loved the soft black walls when I first painted them at the end of October in 2015, I came to realise pretty soon after, that I need colour and light in my life, so the black is going, going, gone! It had a good run of over 16 months (that's not bad for me!), and now it's time for something a little lighter and brighter. And when I say a little, I actually mean a LOT.

I debated this colour choice a fair bit. I decided to go much more neutral, much, much paler, much more grown up and dare I say sophisticated, but then I realised that my heart didn't want that at all. Maybe one day, but not this time, so saturated pink it is!

The pink I've chosen is called Pink Nevada 3 by Dulux, who I've teamed up with again for this exciting project. I did look at lots of pinks, as always the perfect colour doesn't present itself immediately, but I honed in on Pink Nevada 3 pretty quickly. Okay, I *might* have quite liked the name too. Unashamedly pink indeed, but with the perfect amount of dirtiness that makes it modern and grown-up. And you know I'm not afraid of strong colour, right?

French For Pineapple - Master Bedroom Makeover - Again.

You may have already seen my wall to wall channel tufted headboard that I completed recently, with stunning linen from Earthed. It's been a big part of my decision to completely overhaul the bedroom, and inspired me to change almost everything in the room. I think we get used to seeing the same objects every day, and don't always consider whether we still like them, if they work in the room, and if they fit with the look you're going for. After I finally got rid of our old bed (yes!), I realised that although I still love certain things (lamps, and bedside tables and rug to be specific), that they weren't really working for me anymore in the bedroom. I've already moved the existing Berber style rug into the living room, and it's renewed my love for it. The lamps will either be re-homed, or re-located - I haven't quite decided.

The only thing that's staying is the chest of drawers, and maybe the mirror. Everything else is changing, and I can't wait for a fresh new look. It's not often I do a room makeover where virtually everything changes, so I have to say I'm pretty excited about this one!

I'm going for a grown-up yet playful, boutique hotel feel. Much less boho, and more modern and glam.

Aside from the paint colour and headboard, I want to keep it fairly minimal, with a new pendant fitting, acrylic bedside tables so they don't block the headboard, and simple, elegant, brass bedside lamps.

I hope to be getting this room finished pretty quickly, and have some additional exciting sponsors on board too, so stay tuned, and look out for sneak peeks on my Instagram stories!

This post is in collaboration with Dulux.

Fab Five - Four Poster Beds

When I posted a decorating update recently, I wrote about how I had stalled with our bedroom re-vamp, mostly because I don't like our current bed frame. I had wanted to replace it eventually with an upholstered bed, but my husband is really not a fan, so I've shifted my affections to four poster beds instead. He rather likes them, and I've always harboured fantasies of being a Princess, so you know, it would be a win-win situation. Not that we actually have the budget for a new bed right now, but it doesn't stop me from thinking about it. A lot.

Of course I've found several that fit the bill. I think a four poster bed should be very simple, though it could be argued that not all my choices are particularly simple, but they sure are lovely. And even my own rules were made to be broken.

Any one of these would be amazing in our bedroom with it's off-black walls, crumpled linen bedding and brass details.

I don't know how I'd go getting numbers one and two past my husband because technically they are upholstered, and number five flies in the face of my own 'must have solid headboard for leaning back on' rule (see above), but it's just so divine that I had to include it.

Fab Five Four Poster Beds - French For Pineapple Blog

1. Nailhead Linen Four Poster Bed - Anthropologie
2. Grainger Velvet & Bronzed Steel Four Poster Bed - LuxDeco
3. Classic Four Poster Bed - Get Laid Beds
4. Canton Four Poster Bed - Lombok
5. Italian Campaign Canopy Bed - Anthropologie

I might have to change Fab Five to Spectacular Seven because I always find it SUPER hard to narrow my choices down to just five (if you read my recent Fab Five OTT Wallpapers post you may have noticed!)

And if I had to choose a favourite? Number two. It's super contemporary and that velvet upholstery is to die for, especially with the bronzed powder coating of the frame. Pure luxury.

How about you? Do you like a modern four poster, or are they still too princessy for your liking?