If you've read the blog for a while, you'll notice that I don't tend to share much of our home on here - aside from a few details here and there, it tends to be more focused on inspiration, current projects and new releases. Living in a rental property can be quite frustrating; don't get me wrong, I love our home with its beautiful original details and high ceilings, and we are very fortunate, but there are a few things I wish we could change, to truly make it our own. Give the walls a lick of paint, replace the kitchen, bring up the carpets and brighten the space.
With that said, I wanted to share with you all a little corner of our world and show you what I currently believe to be 'bedside necessities'. My style is very minimalistic and fuss-free, so I don't like to keep too much on it, and although the space around it may not be the dream, I'm slowly making it work.
The bedside table itself is from IKEA. The bamboo structure is a hardwearing material, without the piece feeling too chunky or overwhelming. The simple shelf provides ample storage for books and magazines, while the glass top allows you to see below, increasing the sense of space in the room. We didn't want anything too big or overwhelming in the room, and we loved the height of this design - as a bedside table, it sits fairly low against the bed which is perfect for a minimalistic look (and also means things can't be knocked off easily).
I've always thought it to be important to have some kind of greenery next to your bed - whether a plant, cut flowers or dried foliage, it helps to brighten the space and provides a feeling of freshness. At the moment, I'm currently holding onto any hint of Spring, therefore I've got some gorgeous hyacinth bulbs to wake up to each morning. I can't wait until they start to flower and release their beautiful scent.
I also love to have a selection of books or magazines, which are easily accessible and also aesthetically pleasing. A combination of interiors, food and travel allows a great variety of weekend reads, to accompany a cup of coffee. At the moment, my go to book is Wabi-Sabi Welcome by the incredible Julie Pointer Adams - learning to embrace the perfectly imperfect and celebrate coming together in a relaxed and thoughtful manner - it's giving me huge inspiration for summer evenings with candles, friends and lots of food.
A firm favourite has to be Neal's Yard Remedies; their products never fail to deliver, with each fragrance beautifully crafted, to leave you feeling your best. Their facial mist is amazing, both morning and night, and the Remedies to Roll are a great option to restore, revive and relax. They're also really easy to throw in your bag and quickly apply to your pulse points throughout the day, releasing their essential oils.
No matter the season, I will always have a candle by my bed. It can be a warm, August night (not often in Manchester) and I will still reach for a candle to create a relaxed and cosy, atmosphere - everything always seems a lot easier to deal with, when you have a candle lit. My current choice is the Summer Signature Scent by The White Company; like a breath of fresh air, with notes of Eucalyptus, I think it's the perfect fragrance to help you escape the everyday.
So there you go - that's what I'm currently reaching for to help me feel relaxed and revitalised. I definitely think this time of year is when we should be looking after ourselves; dedicate some time to step away from technology, enjoy some pampering and reflect on the little details.
What have you currently got at your bedside? Are there any necessities that you would recommend?
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