Price Points: Eco-friendly bedding

Selection of eco-friendly bedding | H is for Home

Following on from last week’s feature on reusable coffee cups, eco-friendly bedding is another responsible way in which you can be mindful of the earth’s natural resources.

Investing in any of the following will make your dreams even more sweet!

    1. Nimbus Pearl Smartdown pillow + duvet: £45 + £129, The Fine Bedding Company
      “Created from responsibly-sourced raw materials, Smartdown pillow and duvet fibres are made from recycled plastic bottles, uniquely spun and blown in such a way that they simulate the handfeel and warmth of natural down. The pillows are wrapped in a soft 280 thread count, sustainably sourced cotton cover and finished by hand in our own Eco-Factory”
    2. High quality white eco-friendly linen duvet cover set with tie closures: from £101.70, Etsy
      “Made of 100% pure eco-friendly linen which is very soft and certificated by OEKO-TEX® and doesn’t contain any harmful substances. Linen fabric is made of European flax grown in Latvia and woven in a local mill”
    3. Camelhair plush blanket: £344, greenfibres
      Un-dyed and untreated, with band used for edging made from wool. 50% camel hair, 50% organic merino wool on an 100% organic cotton floor”

Secret Linen Store

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Bed made with Secret Linen Store ''Teasels' pattern bedding in teal

Secret Linen Store introduced its brand new bed linen range Artichokes last month. To celebrate the launch we’ve teamed up with them to offer one lucky person a pair of cushions in the colour & pattern of their choice*.

Bed made with Secret Linen 'Artichoke' pattern bedding in purple

Secret Linen Store was started up in 2013 by sisters Molly and Harriet. Harriet is the marketing whiz and Molly is the pattern designer. Her creations are printed onto the finest cottons milled in Portugal and transformed into the most beautiful bed linen.

Bed made with Secret Linen Store ''Artichoke' pattern bedding in navy

To enter the competition, just tell us in the comments section what pattern & colour cushions you’d like to win. Good luck everyone!

Secret Linen Store cushion giveaway

*Subject to availability

Asda Home

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King-sized bed made with linen from Asda Home

One of life’s little pleasures is getting into a bed with freshly laundered sheets. Even better is brand new bedding from top to toe!

New bed linen & bedding from Asda Home

We’ve been meaning to have a complete bedding revamp for a while. Everything was due a change. So this week’s delivery from Asda Home was much anticipated. New duvet, new pillows, new sheets, new duvet cover… bliss!!

Vase of sunflowers and antique mannequin with new bed linen & bedding from Asda Home

We chose memory foam pillows (recommended for side-sleepers like us!), a ‘Feels Like Down’ 10.5 tog king-size duvet, Monochrome Triangles king-size duvet set and grey, cotton rich fitted sheet & pillowcases. They’re all from Asda’s own George Home range. Replacing absolutely everything on our king-size bed came in at £113.75 which is great value.

detail of a king-sized bed made with linen from Asda Home

The duvet set is quite mid century modern in style with contrasting geometric patterns of squares & triangles in shades of yellow, grey & white.

Detail of a sunflower with new bed linen & bedding from Asda Home in the background

It works perfectly in our master bedroom, picking up on other yellow highlights in the space. We love it – and have been sleeping very soundly since the update!


Gimme Five! Duvet sets

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selection of 5 duvet sets

We had some friends from overseas stay with us for a couple of days. Prior to their arrival we busied ourselves with cleaning and changing the bedding.

Mismatched bedding I can just about put up with for our use – I can’t do it for guests. Where do sheets and pillowcases disappear to anyway? Socks, I can understand – they’re small and easy to misplace. But pillowcases?!

We love bold, bright, colourful graphic patterns on our duvet sets. Ikea are always have a brilliant (and very affordable) selection – many other retailers… not so great. Here are some others we’d be proud to have our house guests sleep within!

  1. Gray and yellow lime pattern cotton bedding set: £87.32, Etsy
  2. TOFSVIVA quilt cover & 4 pillowcases: £25, IKEA
  3. MissPrint Home Dandelion Mobile duvet cover and pillowcase set, yellow: £70, John Lewis
  4. Hand-drawn Grid double duvet cover in orange: £50, Urban Outfitters
  5. CHIC DOTS orange duvet cover and square pillowcases set: £45, La Redoute

How to create hotel luxury in your home

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Mitre Linen bedding in shades of gold and claret

A little luxury can go a long way in driving a hotel business forward. At a time when reviews and recommendations have become so important to a successful company, ensuring a certain degree of luxury is essential in letting guest’s know that the establishment cares about their stay. Luxury does not necessarily imply expense, but just a little bit of extra effort can go a long way in creating good results, and this can be achieved at home as well as at hotels without the need to overspend. Here we’ll take a look at some affordable ways that you can add the luxurious aesthetic of a hotel room to the guest rooms inside your own home.

Mitre Linen bedding in red and gold

Firstly, change an uninspired setting

So what exactly is it about more generic hotel rooms that make them so generic? Well, more often than not they come with a certain starkness resulting from a lack of personal touch as there lack a design that will make them feel unique while representing the hotel’s identity. In reality it doesn’t take much to make some effective changes, but if you are struggling to get started choose an existing design pattern that you admire and then expand upon it with ideas of your own.

Mitre Linen bamboo towels

Towels are the secret luxury weapon

Towels are actually a good place to start, because they’re often the first and last thing a guest will touch in the room and perhaps more than anything else, towels communicate a physical level of comfort. Towels are an essential element of luxury, and consequently it’s best not to make any compromises here. The comfort on offer is sometimes sadly signalled by a hard, lonely towel in bleached white. A range of beautiful towels made from high quality material will give your home a distinguished appeal that your guests take notice of. Towels should also be consistently replaced with high quality material and there should always be more than enough provided. Towels also offer an opportunity to compliment the decor of your home, thereby creating an identity within your guest room that your guests will remember and separate their experience from previous stays in uninspired hotel rooms.

Mitre Linen green spotty duvet set

Brighten your room with linen

Linen that feels fresh and looks seasonal is another great way to offer a subtle hint of luxury. This is created through colour themes that help bring the room together by mixing and matching to correspond with a specific design palette that can develop a theme across the décor of the room. This is enhanced by the room’s soft furnishings, which include curtains, cushions and bed runners that work together to achieve a sense of luxury through a loving design that clearly shows deep consideration has been given to the guest’s well-being. A specialist hotel bedding supplier can help to create this effect; particularly when it comes to deciding which colours are best for the design.

Mitre Linen natural duvet

Find luxury in the little details

It’s often the little things that add up to luxury, so who not have a choice of duvets with different tog ratings to allow guests to choose how warm they want to feel. These may sound like trivial details, but they add up to a level of guest room that truly captures the tone and feel of a hotel experience, after all, your home should be somewhere that your guests want to stay. Once you perfect the little details of your guest room you’ll soon have guests dropping by on a regular basis.

Visit today to choose from a range of beautiful linen products ideal for your home.

Happy decorating!