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Fresh Design and Carpetright bedroom competition: Win a double bed

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Naples Alba wooden double bed from CarpetrightIs your bedroom in need of a fresh new look? What better way to update it than with a brand new bed.

Fresh Design Blog has teamed up with Carpetright, who have a wide range of beds and mattresses available, to give you the chance to win an elegant Naples Alba double bed worth £300 (mattress not included).

Its strong pine frame will make a great centrepiece in any bedroom and will easily suit any interior. Beat the chill and cuddle up in this cosy bed.

How to enter

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic double bed, simply head over to Pinterest and create a board featuring items and décor that you’d have in your ideal bedroom. Please ensure that you:

  • Mark your Pinterest board as, “Carpetright and Fresh Design Blog Bed Competition”
  • Follow Fresh Design Blog and Carpetright on Pinterest
  • Then re-pin this image of the Naples Alba double bed from the Carpetright Competitions Pinterest board
  • Pin your choice of other items to your board reflecting the products, décor, carpets, colours, wallpaper or bedding that you’d include in your ideal bedroom.
  • When your board is complete, leave a comment and link below to act as you entry into the competition.

Closing date: Friday 1st March 2013 at midnight

For more information on the range of products available from Carpetright, like /Carpetright on Facebook or follow @carpetright on Twitter.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The prize is a Naples Alba wooden double bed (mattress not supplied) worth £300 from Carpetright. There is no cash alternative.
  2. To enter, entrants must create a Pinterest board, re-pin the Naples Alba bed from the Carpetright Pinterest competitions board and follow Fresh Design Blog and Carpetright on Pinterest
  3. Entrants Pinterest boards must show what their ideal bedroom looks like.
  4. To confirm entry, a comment and link to the entrants Pinterest board must be left on the original competition announcement post on Fresh Design Blog
  5. Entrants must have a UK address, to which the prize will be sent.
  6. The competition closes at midnight on Friday 1 March 2013.
  7. A winner will be chosen and contacted by email.
  8. The winner must respond to the email within a week to receive their prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
  9. The judge’s decision is final.  

ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

How To Save Space In The Bedroom

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Fitted bedroom wardrobe furniture ideas

With storage space being a necessity in the home and moving becoming quite frankly and unappealing and unprofitable option, many people have to look and assess ways that they can create more space in the homes that they already have.

One place where this extra space is particularly important is in the bedroom – no one wants a cluttered looking bedroom now do they? You may think that creating more space really does sound like an impossible task, but it really doesn’t have to be.

How Do I Create More Space?

The best way that you can create more space in your bedroom is by installing fitted furniture. This means that your cupboards and wardrobes are all attached to the wall, using the wall as their back. This creates more space in the room and while it really doesn’t sound like it creates much, you’ll be amazed at how much bigger the room can feel.

Not only is fitted furniture space saving though, it also allows you to use space that you couldn’t use with free standing furniture, such as small alcoves or awkward spaces. Fitted furniture is made to measure meaning that it can be made to fit anywhere and so allows you to use that little alcove for storage.

Fitted bedroom storage

Installing fitted furniture is a great option for if you want a new feel in your room, as using up all the space can really make your room feel different without making it feel claustrophobic. In addition, if you were previously unable to use an area for storage because you didn’t have enough space for wardrobe doors to open, fitted wardrobes with sliding doors could be the solution to your problem, meaning that the area could now be used for storage.

Fitted bedroom furniture is extremely customisable both on the inside and outside meaning that if you have a large amount of shoes or trousers, you can plan the inside of your wardrobe around this. On the outside, if you like a particular pattern you can get this put onto the doors so giving your room a really personal touch.

Installing a fitted bedroom is only a small change that can give really big results. So whether you’re looking to completely transform and redecorate your room or whether you’re just looking to create more storage space for yourself, fitted furniture is a great way to do this.

***This post is in association with Betta Living***

Melin Tregwynt Welsh blankets and throws in the Celebrity Big Brother bedroom

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Fresh Design celebrity bedroom style

The gorgeous rich and warming colours of Melin Tregwynt’s blankets and throws are currently gracing the beds in the 2013 Celebrity Big Brother bedroom.

The Roundcross Ember, Carew and St David’s cross design blankets and throws are woven in Wales at the Melin Tregwynt mill, on the Pembrokeshire coast, where woollen products have been made for 100 years.

The colours and designs are all very striking and ideal for using on a bed during the winter months.

Blankets and throws cost £129 – you can find out more on the Melin Tregwynt website or enter their competition to win a blanket.

Get the look: Celebrity Big Brother bedroom style

Melin Tregwynt blankets in the 2013 Celebrity Big Brother bedroom

The White Company Christmas Bedroom Competition

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Bedroom style competition from Fresh Design and The White Company


The White Company have a great selection of products for the home and bedroom, but how would you style a bedroom for the festive season using their range?

Fresh Design Blog has teamed up with The White Company to give bloggers the chance to win up to £200 worth of bed linen.

To enter, all you have to do is write a blog post on your own blog showcasing items from The White Company’s home collections to illustrate how you’d style a bedroom over the festive period.

You can be as creative as you’d like with your post, perhaps creating a collage or moodboard of photos, and adding descriptions of why you’d pick each product or how you’d use them. When your post is written, just leave a comment below, including a link to the URL of your entry post.

The final date for entries is midnight on Sunday 13th January 2013 and the winner will be announced after the 14 January 2013.

Good luck – we look forward to seeing all your bedroom style ideas!

Fresh Design Blog’s Christmas bedroom style….

Fresh Design festive Christmas bedroom style

As for us, we’re currently loving silver and white Christmas décor, so would have to opt for The White Company’s cosy silver grey Rivoli quilt and cushions, used alongside the white Milford fine satin stripe bedlinen. The room would be given a festive feel with the addition of a few select Christmas decorations, such as the sparkly silver vintage crystal starsnowflake decorations and glass spun heart decoration.

For atmospheric festive lighting in a bedroom, you can’t beat crystal fairy lights, which can be strung around a picture, mirror or around a headboard.

And for scents to evoke a festive feeling, which are perfect to have lit as you get ready to go out for an evening or come back ready to unwind, we’d add the winter botanical candle, with its scent of zesty fresh orange of spicy cinnamon.


Terms and Conditions

  • Your blog post must showcase items from The White Company’s home collections to illustrate how you would style your bedroom over the festive season. Do not include products from brands other than The White Company.
  • You may use pictures, links and social platforms to make your blog post as creative and original as possible. The White Company Christmas Bed Competition is open to residents of theUnited Kingdom, Channel Islands, andIsle of Manwho are aged 18 or over only. One entry per person.
  • There will be one winner chosen by host blogger Rachel of The winner will be notified after January 14th 2013 by email. The email will contain details of how to claim the prize.
  • The prize is bed linen up to the value of £200. Please note you do not win the products selected for your blog post as The White Company cannot guarantee that the items will be in stock or available in your requested size.
  • The competition winner must claim their prize within 7 days of notification being sent and The White Company reserves the right to to select an alternative winner should the prize not be claimed within this time. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or otherwise and no cash alternative will be offered. The White Company reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or higher value in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received by The White Company due to technical difficulties.
  • Fresh Design Blog’s decision and any decision taken by the Promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into. We reserve the right to feature photographs and screenshots of the winning blog, as well as the name and county of the prize winner in future publications and publicity.
  • This promotion is not open to employees of The White Company, their families, associated agents, or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.

Sleek and natural beech wood LED alarm clock

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Contemporary modern wooden bedside alarm clock

Multi-functional wooden alarm clock

This sleek and elegant cube design alarm clock shows off the beauty of natural wood.

It’s made from beech wood and looks relatively simple, but is equipped with several clever and useful functions.

As well as an LED alarm clock, it will also tell you the date and temperature and it’s sound sensitive too, so the display will cleverly light up when you clap your hands or click your fingers.

The light display can stay on all the time or, if you don’t want the clock display glowing in your room at night, it can be set to go off.

The beech wood cube LED alarm clock is well made and a fresh and modern design. It costs £27.50 from Gingko. More clocks made from other woods are also available.

Anorak kissing stags duvet cover

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Anorak designer bedding set

Kissing stags bedding

With the woodland trend in full flight this season, Anorak’s kissing stags design bedding is highly appropriate.

The graphic stag print works brilliantly well in monochrome, with black stags against a cream background.

The kissing stags double duvet cover comes with two pillowcases and is available from John Lewis. A matching cushion is available too.

Furnishing Your Bedroom – A Buyers Guide

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Contemporary bedroom furniture and bedside table

Bentley domino oak bedroom furniture

Furnishing a bedroom from scratch can be a daunting prospect, but creating a functional and stylish contemporary bedroom needn’t be a headache.

Adding a beautifully crafted lamp and expensive designer bed linen will draw the eye away from a mass manufactured wardrobe and bedside table, or a plain looking bed. Mixing and matching is perfectly acceptable and can help you create your own unique style.

For those who have neither the creativity nor the time to indulge in fantastical ideas, matching bedroom units are a simple yet effective way of furnishing your room. The advantage of this means the style of the soft furnishings, wallpaper, and accessories, can be changed at a whim, to create a whole new look.

Once a bed has been chosen, the second most important buy is the wardrobe. This should be as large as possible WITHOUT dominating the room. Consider a wardrobe which compromises drawers, hanger space and if possible a shelf or two. Shelves inside a closet are useful for storing a television set, or can be used for folded bed linen and towels, items that can take up a lot of drawer space.

When choosing a bedside table it is best to have one at bed height, so it easy to reach nightlights and alarm clocks. Ideally, the top of the table should be level with the top of your mattress for easy access. Many bedside tables have a couple of drawers or a small cupboard under the table top – these are an excellent choice as you can never have too much storage space.

Ideally, a chest of drawers should match your wardrobe, unless you are willing to pay for a unique design or want to have a feature piece. Having several drawers is more practical than just having three large ones, as they will prevent clothing getting creased and roughed around while searching for a particular item.

If you have the room for a chair in the bedroom, why not think about a futon chair or a chair bed? They’re ideal when you need a bed for a guest to stay over and work well in children’s rooms too.

Strategically placed mirrors will reflect light and open up the room and smaller spaces will benefit greatly from one or more mirrors on the walls.

Whatever design is finally chosen for the bedroom furniture, think storage first and foremost, and remember that even the plainest bedroom furniture can be complemented with a few choice accessories, stylish wallpaper and funky soft furnishings to create your perfect bedroom.

***This post is in association with Bedstar***

Buying a New Bed

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

How to buy the perfect bed

On average, we spend a third of our lives asleep, so it makes sense to invest in a bed that helps us get the best sleep. Here are some top tips to consider when buying a new bed for your home

Measuring your bedroom

Before you decide what size of bed you want to buy, it’s crucial to measure the space you have available in your bedroom. Remember to allow plenty of space to be able to walk around the bed, plus space for any bedside tables or other furniture in the room.

Most bed measurements are given in feet and inches, although shops may offer conversions too, so it’s a good idea to ensure any measurements you take are in the same format to allow easy comparisons.

Choosing a bed size

When you’ve worked out how much space you have available in your room, you can decide on what size of bed you want to buy.

Some of the standard bed sizes in the UK are:

Single – 3’ by 6’ 3”

Small double – 4’ by 6’ 3”

Double – 4’ 6” by 6’ 3”

King size – 5’ by 6’ 6”

Super king size – 6’ by 6’ 6”

There’s quite a difference in size between a double and king-size bed, and again between a king and super-king size. A double may fit comfortably within the space available, but it’s worth bearing in mind the additional comfort you could gain from a king size bed.

With a king size bed, there’s much more space to spread out, turn over and move around in your sleep, which is ideal if you’ll be sharing your bed on a daily basis. Carpetright king size beds provide the ultimate in size and luxury and are available to suit a range of budgets.

Choosing a bed type

To complete your perfect bed, you’ll need to think about what type of bed frame you want.

If you’re after extra storage space in your home, then a divan bed is a good option to explore. A divan provides a sturdy base for a mattress and has built in storage drawers around the base. The bigger the bed you choose, the more storage it’s likely to have.

If you’re keen on making a statement with your bed, then a contemporary bedstead frame is worth considering. Both wooden bed frames and metal bed frames are widely available in a range of distinctive styles.

***This post is in association with Carpetright***

The Secret Charms of Designer Bedding

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Luxury designer bedding from Debenhams

Macdonald Chantelle bedding

While the importance of a good bed and mattress is widely recognised, fewer people are as likely to suggest that the quality of your bedding can also affect your sleep. However, even when you disregard the fact that some materials may be more likely to irritate sensitive skin, bed sheets do play a part in the quality of your sleep.

Tuck yourself under bedding that you feel comfortable with and you’ll find it much easier to drop off. On the other hand, if you have to get into a bed with ugly, unattractive or garish bedding and you’ll feel too anxious to completely relax before you’ve even got undressed.

New bedding is also a great way to inject some life into your bedroom. While re-decorating your bedroom can be expensive, not to mention incredibly inconvenient if you plan to repaint the walls or put in a new carpet, changing your bedding is a quick, easy and relatively cheap way to instantly transform the environment. The bed is the centre of attention in any bedroom, so it’s no surprise that a simple change of bedding should produce such effects.

With the money you’ll save on taking this quick and simple decorating short-cut you can afford to splash out on some truly luxurious bedding. Debenhams has a range of stylish bedding from exclusive designers such as Rocha.John Rocha and Julien Macdonald that look a lot more expensive than they actually are. Some people will want something truly sumptuous like Macdonald’s ‘Chantelle’ bed linen in silver with matt satin and black flocked lace, while others will find Rocha’s simple and elegant ‘Poppies’ bed linen more appealing.

Red and white poppy bedding

Poppies bed linen

When it comes to your bedding don’t forget the extras. Bed throws and cushions can instantly enhance any bedroom. As well as the aesthetic improvements an extra throw will keep you warm and snug in winter, while cushions are great for propping yourself up on a lazy Sunday morning.

So while you might find yourself struggling to get through the day, there’s no reason why you can’t sleep like a king or queen with affordable, luxurious bedding and covers.

***This post is in association with Debenhams***

What to look for when buying a mattress

Monday, July 9th, 2012
How to choose a mattress

Memory foam mattress

Finding the perfect mattress is very important as you will be spending quite a bit of time on it and it will play a part in ensuring you get a restful night of sleep. Therefore, when shopping for a mattress, keeping some key things in mind can help you find the best mattress to fit your needs.

There are many different kinds of mattresses to consider, so when you’re shopping, don’t rush into it and buy the first mattress you see. It’s always a good idea to try out a mattress before you buy, but many people simply lie down on it for a few seconds. Realistically, this isn’t enough time to determine the full comfort level. Sometimes a mattress can feel comfortable at first, but after a time, becomes less so.

Instead, take your time and spend some time relaxing on it. Also, if you will be sleeping with a partner on the mattress, take them with you to try it out too. You want to know how the mattress feels with both of you on it. Many mattresses feel quite differently when one person is on it versus two.

A good test is to lie on the mattress with your backs to one another to see how comfortable it is when there are two of your lying on. It’s also worth seeing how the mattress feels when your partner gets out of bed. Ideally, your comfort and sleep shouldn’t be disturbed too much when someone else moves on the mattress. If you do notice the effects of their movement, then take it into consideration as you compare mattress options.

Another thing to consider when purchasing a new mattress is size. The mattress must be long enough to comfortably accommodate your height. Taller people, usually those over 6 feet, will want to choose a mattress that is no smaller than a king size. If you’re extremely tall, then a California king mattress may be more appropriate. For a mattress for a couple, so long as their heights are less than 6 feet, a queen mattress will be perfectly adequate.

When purchasing a new mattress consider testing out one of the popular memory foam mattresses. These can be quite comfortable as well as therapeutic for some conditions. It’s always good to try to find the best memory foam mattress available.

Before you make your final decision, do your research carefully and test out plenty of mattresses to find the perfect choice for your sleeping needs.

***This post is brought to you by Memory Foam Mattress Direct***

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