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Blogger bedroom envy

In my opinion, bedrooms should be cosy and comfy. It’s all very well having a beautiful, stylish bedroom but if it doesn’t immediately make me want to spend a Sunday snuggled up reading a book with a cup of tea all day then I’m not interested. For me, style in the bedroom is optional (which is very clearly evident in the mismash mix of furniture and general blah-ness of our current bedroom). Bedrooms are private. It’s very rare that anyone, other than the people that sleep in that room, will go in (until you come to selling and then you realise how painfully embarrassing your bedroom is!)

Saying that, being an avid blog reader, I can think of several bloggers bedrooms that fill me with envy! Becky from Milk Bubble Tea has a beautiful, white & girly bedroom, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess has just redecorated her bedroom but I love her bright and bold style (old room here), Julia has got a very grown-up and glamorous bedroom and Lyzi has got an adorable vintage-style bedroom with lots of art and quirky charm.

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A Beautiful Mess bedroomGal Meets Glam bedroomBeing Little bedroom

Obviously the biggest feature in any bedroom is the bed itself and I think it really sets the tone for the rest of the room. A giant wooden sleighbed would look completely out of place in a pink and girly bedroom in the same way that an ornate white iron bedstead would look totally wrong in a rustic wooden cabin bedroom. When Carpetright contacted me to talk about their beds I was a bit surprised as I didn’t even realise they sold beds! They’ve actually got a really nice range of bed frames and a bunch of helpful bed-buying guides.

They also wanted me to let you guys know about their House Proud Survey which you can take to be entered into a draw to win £250 worth of Virgin Experience Days vouchers.

Which blogger bedrooms make you want to plan a makeover?

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Experiences make great gifts

Nick & I have always preferred to spend our money on experiences rather than material belongings. I think these make excellent gifts for people too as they are usually things that people wouldn’t buy for themselves. There’s such a wide range of options out there that there’ll be something to suit everyone.

Nick & I usually forgo buying Christmas gifts in favour of putting our money towards holidays instead. One of my all-time favourite websites to browse is Secret Escapes. They have some really great weekend breaks and it’s always in the most stylish hotels. I’ve got my eye on a 2 night break to Prague at the moment. It’s £139 each with flights, 4* hotel & breakfast.

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Another great gift idea that I’ve used several times in the past for Nick are cookery courses. I know he’d love to do a Middle Eastern course as he’s just bought Sabrina Ghayour’s Persiana cookbook. Of course the added benefit is that he then comes home and cooks all the yummy things he’s learnt for me!

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One of my favourite things to receive as a gift is gig tickets. I love going to gigs but it’s something I rarely splash the cash on for myself as it just seems such an extravagant expense. The reason they make such a great gift is that you have the excitement of receiving the tickets on the day, then the excitement of the build up to the concert and then the concert itself and then you’re left with a memory you’ll treasure forever. One of my favourite presents ever was tickets to see Coldplay but this year I’m hoping for some Alt-J tickets*.

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If I’m ever stuck buying a gift for anyone else, I’ll always take a look at Virgin Experience Days as they’ve got everything from spa days to driving days to adopting an animal for a whole range of price brackets, starting from £5. I can think of several guys I know that would be pretty pumped about driving a supercar.

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Hogan Rebel – Bettina Santo Domingo

I was very excited recently to be asked to collaborate on a special project with Hogan and their Hogan Rebel label.

Hogan Rebel is the urban, ‘edgy’ range of trainers from Hogan and they have chosen 12 modern rebels to speak about their life choices on TheRebelJourney.com

They have created some really beautiful short films about each rebel as well as a rather sophisticated looking coffee table book.

The rebels range from artists to actors to DJs and even venture capitalists but I have to admit that my favourite video is the one on LA-based hat designer, Nick Fouquet, which won several international fashion film awards.

I was asked to become a partner of one of the rebels, filmmaker Bettina Santo Domingo, and a video was created around the inspiration that I took from her outlook on life.

You can check out the Hogan Rebel collection here: www.hoganrebel.com

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