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  1. Refresh your entire bedroom with a duvet cover #YorkshireLinensBedroomChallenge

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    One of the best decisions we made in our house was to paint it all white.  I wasn’t sure at first and I wanted to pick a more cream or magnolia colour for the walls, but Ben preferred white.  I was opting for a more off white colour to bring warmth into the home as I thought white could be quite cold, but I’m glad we ended up choosing white.  White walls make our entire home like a blank canvas, allowing us to switch décor patterns and colours with ease.  One of the rooms that this works really well in is our bedroom.  With white walls and minimal furniture, we can easily switch up the feel of the room through a single item such as a duvet cover.  By changing just the duvet cover we can totally transform the room.  In this blog post I will explore how to easily refresh your bedroom by simply switching your duvet cover.

    Refresh your entire bedroom with a duvet cover #YorkshireLinensBedroomChall


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    Of course, even if you have coloured or patterned walls then you can also switch a duvet cover to make over the bedroom, but you may be limited to certain colours and patterns that blend with your existing décor.  This is why I am no so in love with white walls and minimalism as we have no boundaries.  We are free to choose any colour or pattern duvet cover we desire.  There are no limitations.  Our duvet cover becomes the feature of our bedroom and sets the theme.  It’s an effective way to totally refresh our bedroom without having to spend a small fortune on redecorating or buying several new accessories at once.  There are numerous affordable duvet covers to choose from here at Yorkshire Linen store that won’t break the bank and can turn your room into a tropical paradise, cosy winter snug or an artistic endeavour; whatever takes your fancy.

    Refresh your entire bedroom with a duvet cover #YorkshireLinensBedroomChall

    You really can switch up a duvet cover to take you wherever your mood wishes to go.  Feeling low key?  Keep it plain Jane.  Choose a bright colour to uplift your senses or a pastel colour to calm.  Feeling festive?  Choose snowflakes, reindeers, patchworks or red.  Feeling one with nature?  Choose tropical leaf prints, botanicals or even cactuses. 

    Refresh your entire bedroom with a duvet cover #YorkshireLinensBedroomChall

    With duvet covers the possibilities really are endless and you’ll be able to find a print, colour or pattern to showcase your personality or set a certain ambiance.  In our bedroom we have a king size bed which really takes up most of the room, so the duvet cover is the first thing the eye is drawn to.  In the children’s bedrooms, they too have white walls, so a colourful and fun duvet cover really pops out creating a more entertaining environment for them to enjoy.

    Refresh your entire bedroom with a duvet cover #YorkshireLinensBedroomChall

    Sometimes we overcomplicate things and believe we need to make a lot of changes or buy expensive décor to transform a space, but in reality it could be as simple as changing one key piece of a room such as a duvet cover.  Hopefully this post has inspired you to take a look at your bedroom toady and to reimagine it with a brand spanking new cover!


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     Refresh your entire bedroom with a duvet cover #YorkshireLinensBedroomChall


  2. 5 ways to get your home autumn ready

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    Autumn seems to be settling in quicker than ever this year.  We had a beautifully hot summer which started early in the spring.  My mum is certain the seasons are changing and everything is shifting a little earlier through the year.  Though the middle of the days are still warm, the mornings are really nippy.  I’ve already got layers on each morning with a hoody or knit to fend off the chill.  As I look out into my garden it’s still very much alive with green, but on the school run this morning we crunched through fallen leaves of a tree that is almost bare and Bella collected conkers from the ground!  You can’t get more autumn than that!

    I feel like autumn is fast settling in and the cold weather will be here before we know it.  Here are five ways to get your home autumn ready:

    5 ways to get your home autumn ready

    Photo by Daiga Ellaby

    Pumpkin spice

    Check out the candle sections of your local stores and find new autumn scents such as pumpkin spice.  Spicy scents, blackberry scents and earthy scents are all perfect for the change in season and will give a warm and inviting atmosphere to your home.  Search Etsy for natural soy based candles that will make your home smell amazing, support an individual or small business and won’t fill your home with toxic fumes.

    Fluffy towels in the bathroom

    Even in a room with large white bathroom tiles that might feel more bright and summery, you can still create a cosy autumn ready space.  Hang a few fluffy burnt orange and red hand towels to bring warmth into the room along with a matching bathmat.  A reed diffuser with pumpkin spice scents and your bathroom is easily transformed for fall.  Choose organic cotton towels for extra softness and less damage to the environment.

    Throws galore

    Bring out the fleecy soft throws and place them in easy to grab locations or drape them over the end of the sofa.  Add them to beds and outdoor sofas so you can get snuggly wherever you are.  For a more eco-friendly choice, search ‘recycled throws’ and you’ll find plenty of well-known stores selling these using recycled fabrics such as at H&M or Not on the High Street.

    Autumn flowers

    There are plenty of flowers that bloom in the autumn, so pop to your local garden centre for advice.  To create a real sense of the season I’d choose orange, yellow and red colours.  Add a vase to your dining table and a free standing pot or hanging basket to the front door.  How about creating a beautiful autumn wreath like these for your front door?  A great tip is to sign up for a seasonal flower subscription to receive fresh flowers directly to your door, some are even letterbox friendly, each month or even more regularly.

    Fires at the ready

    Now is the time to call in the chimney sweep if you’ve not had your log burner swept since last autumn and to place a basket of chopped wood at the ready.  Check your radiators are working to ensure you are all set up and good to go when the chilly evenings really begin.  If buying wood then choose FSC approved sources to ensure the wood is responsibly sourced and replaced.

    Hopefully these tips will inspire you to create an autumn ready home that’s super cosy, smells delicious and will keep you toasty as the season sets in.


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  3. How to give your home a personal touch

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    Over the past four years we have been busily doing up our first family home.  Whilst it’s certainly tempting to make it look like a spread out of a home magazine, it wouldn’t feel very personal to us.  I think it’s really important to make a home feel individual to you.  We do have a very minimal style throughout our home, which is very much my influence.  I just feel so much calmer with more space and less things.  Even though we only have a few items dotted about, we do have carefully chosen items including many that give our home a more personal feeling.

    Many people also make the mistake of following décor trends.  Along with ‘fast fashion’ I think there has also been a surge in ‘fast décor’ as there are numerous cheap home décor shops and it’s so easy to follow a trend and change our minds nowadays, without breaking the bank to do so.  It’s much better to think of your personality and reflect this through your homeware choices by choosing items that you truly love and that will have a place in your home for a long time.

    Here are some tips on how to give your living space a personal touch by taking inspiration from our living space:

     How to give your home a personal touch

    Photo by Tim Wright 

    Custom textiles

    I was never sure about personalised cushions, but we recently ordered one for the children’s playroom/Reuben’s bedroom with a photo of my son standing below a T-Rex at a wildlife park.  He absolutely loves it and visitors always comment on how much they love the cushion.  Whilst photo cushions are great in a kid’s room, they might not be appropriate in the living room if you’re opting for a more sophisticated space.  Instead you can still personalise your textiles with pillow cover printing with Countryside Art.  If you’re a dab hand with a paintbrush then design your own cushion covers and have them printed for something really custom and unique to you.

    How to give your home a personal touch - personalised cushion

    Initial décor

    Having your whole name plastered about isn’t always so chic, but there are lots of initial home décor products available which are.  We have some reclaimed wood candle holders above our fireplace with a B for my husband Ben and a V for my name Victoria on the front.  They are just the right amount of personalised in my opinion without being overbearing.  I’ve seen metal initial letters and lamps which also give just enough personalisation without being too tacky and are suitable for main living spaces.

    How to give your home a personal touch - my living room


    Next to our personalised candle holders on our fireplace we have some photos of Reuben as a baby and Bella as a toddler.  We also have some canvases up on the wall of the dining part of the room.  There’s nothing more personal than family photos.  Though I have minimal photos in this room I have chosen large canvases in the dining area to create a greater impact.  I do also love family photo walls and in our hallway we have more of a photo collage.  I’ve seen others do this above their sofas and it makes a great personal feature wall unique to you and your family.

    How to give your home a personal touch - my dining space

    Wall art

    I love handmade one of a kind hangings and we have a beautiful macramé wall hanging on the wall of our living room.  I have another handmade wall hanging made by a friend in my bedroom.  No one else will have these pieces which makes them very personal to my home.  If you are crafty or great at drawing then you can create your own art for your walls.  If not then consider having your favourite family photos turned into paintings or drawings.


    I’ve not jumped on the shelfie bandwagon, but I do still like them.  The idea is to create a shelf of items you love such as photos, trinkets, lamps, ornaments and anything that represents you and your family.  Lining a shelf with such objects will give your living space a warm and personal touch.


    There are so many ways to make your living space more personal to you.  Happy creating!


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