Bedding Sets from BHS

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I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I’m a fan of the Lighting Department at BHS, with its good selection of stylish and contemporary lamps, pendants and wall lights at affordable prices.  But I haven’t tried something from their bedding range before.  So when BHS kindly offered to send me a bedding set to review, I was keen to see if it would live up to my expectations.

So firstly it was nice to discover that the bedding department has several choices for a Super King bed, like ours.  I love pure white bedding and this preference well catered for.  But there are lots of lovely patterns and colours, too, if that’s more your thing.  In the end the choice came down to two I couldn’t quite decide between.  First, this Cotton Circle Knot White bedset:

circle bedding

It reminded me very much of the bedding featured in the recent makeover over of Jen’s bedroom across the pond at IHeart Organizing (one of my fave USA blogs).

IHeart Organizing

My other shortlisted bedset was the equally gorgeous Belle Bedding Set by Vintage Boutique, and as the Circles bedding range had just gone out of stock at the time of ordering (obviously a popular choice), it made my decision easier; Belle Bedding it was to be:

BHS

Our bedroom is about the only place I can add a bit more femininity to our home (being outnumbered by menfolk four to one) and I am always quite taken with anything that has ruffles – so the ruched border on the duvet and pillowcases fitted the bill perfectly.  In 100% cotton, it feels crisp yet soft and is snow-white in colour.  It washes at 40 degrees and can be tumble dried.  So simple – yet not at all plain, with that lovely design detail.

ruffles

I think it was a good choice for our room, with our vintage style wallpaper on one wall – they both really seem to complement each other.

dragonfly wallpaper

I’ve got more plans for our bedroom including changing the light fitting and buying some new curtains in the next few weeks, so watch this space for an update coming then.

In the meantime we’re really going to enjoy our lovely new vintage-inspired bedding and if you intend to check out the bedding yourself in the BHS Home Department and see something you really like, don’t forget that there is free standard delivery on orders over £25.

Thank you to BHS for sending the complimentary bedset for the purposes of this review.

Antonia

Improve your Energy Efficiency in Minutes

snowy sceneWe all need to be aware of energy efficiency, so today’s guest post is very timely.  It’s good to know there are things we can start doing today to make a difference!

It is more important than ever to be more energy efficient in the home especially as the winter months are upon us. Many home owners are turning their heating up or leaving it on for longer periods in a bid to banish the cold winter chills in their home. Of course there are many things you can do to reduce your energy bills and step towards energy efficiency but here are a few that you could implement in a minutes.

The most common place to lose heat within a home is through the doors, chimneys and windows, so the best way to combat against heat loss is by purchasing draft excluders or perhaps making your own. If you make your own you can then customise them to suit your décor or perhaps get the kids to join in a fun activity with an excellent purpose. 

Many home owners’ spot cracks in their walls from time to time and automatically assume it will be too costly to repair, however this is not the case – simply buy silicone sealer from your hardware store and fill in the cracks yourself.

However for things like the chimney many have turned towards making their own draft excluder which I am going to share with you. All you have to do is stuff a bin bag or plastic bag with old newspaper and place it up the chimney but remember to take it out before lighting the fire!

If your shower takes water straight from the tank, great news! You will be able to fit an energy saving shower head which is known to save home owners up to £70 a year on water bills. Many people believe that they need to stay away from energy saving shower heads as they couldn’t be as powerful but the fact is they are just as powerful as a regular shower head.

If you don’t want to take the plunge just yet you can purchase a shower timer which will allow you to make sure that your family don’t spend hours in the shower which is known to waste a lot of energy and water. These shower timers are similar to an egg timer and come in various shapes and sizes for a small cost, definitely worth investing in.

The most well recognised energy efficient item today is the energy saving light bulb as they have been promoted over the last number of years. Nearly all lights can be changed to energy saving versions as there are thousands of different types with a large variety of shapes, fittings and sizes.

Many homes have less than 10 inches of loft insulation so it is probably best to check how much insulation you have in your loft and you can then decide if you should top up your insulation. The reason for this is so that you can save money on heating costs and save up to £200 a year.

By implementing even a few of these tips you could save on your energy bills drastically some changes more obvious than others. For energy saving lighting and more check out Meteor Electrical where the team are more than happy to help.

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