The transition between seasons is often when I feel most inspired to make changes within my home.
I can’t quite believe it but we’ve been in our ‘new place’ for a year now, having moved in late September 2020. It feels both like yesterday and a lifetime ago, as can often be the way. Having spent a full twelve months – and all four seasons – getting to know the quirks of our home and how best to inhabit it. I’ve shared a plenty of posts about our bedroom evolution in that time, and I think that over the past few months we’ve really been able to craft a space that truly feels just the way we’d hoped: comfortable, streamlined and stylish.
For me a bedroom needs to strike the perfect balance between calm serenity and cosy comfort, and be flexible enough to adapt to the seasons. Our bedroom is located in the back of our house, facing north, which means that it gets very little direct sunlight during the winter months, and just a few fleeting hours as the sun sets in summer. This means that the room often stays very cool throughout the day, and that an abundance of tactile textiles and warmer colour shades are a must – particularly as the winter months approach.
We all know the linen bedding is my weakness, and while I’ve already accumulated a beautiful collection of soft neutral hues over the years, when MagicLinen got in touch recently to introduce me to their linen product offerings I immediately fell hard for their rich and earthy colour palette, unique detailing and sense of effortless style that I am always seeking to recreate in my own home.
For me, the appeal of linen is always in the soft ‘slubbiness’ of the material and I’m very happy to say that MagicLinen products deliver just that; they are probably the softest, most authentically ‘lived-in’ linens I’ve ever experienced!
Handcrafted in Vilnius, Lithuania, and inspired by the beauty and simplicity of nature, all MagicLinen collections have been stone-washed and are designed to be long-lasting, versatile and timeless, as well as being Oeko-Tex certified, which means they are completely free from harmful substances and chemicals. Staying true to their desire to be as kind to the planet as possible, all orders are shipped using environmentally friendly packaging made from corn starch and PBAT (a bio-based polymer), which doesn’t leave behind any of the damaging residues that plastics do when they break down.
It was tough to chose a favourite amongst their delectable colour palette but it was the deep rich olive green hue which called to me the most, and paired beautifully with soft tan and ivory pillowcases and sheets*. I’m a sucker for mix-and-matched shades on the bed, and just know these beauties will perfectly complement our existing linens to create an array of different colourways we can use on the bed for many years to come, creating a different look and feel to the room each time.
For Autumn/Winter though, the earthy mix of green khaki and warm tan creates a natural warmth in our bedroom that interplays wonderfully with the existing warm wooden tones, flecked brown carpet and vintage-inspired Kasbah rug (old season French Connection). Introducing warmer, richer tones is always one of my favourite ways to update a decor scheme for the new season, but it’s not the only way to help cosy up a space.
Just as I look to the slubbiness of linen to ascertain it’s appeal/quality, adding extra textures into a decor scheme is also a great way to increase warmth and comfort appeal. When it comes to finding unique and interesting homeware additions on the high street, one of my favourite pit stops is always TK Maxx (and sister store Homesense), particularly since both the Manchester Arndale and Trafford Centre stores are such great treasure troves! One of the best ways to spend a morning (or afternoon) is rummaging through the rails and shelves in-store, and you just know that when you find a true gem you have to snap it up right there and then. The good stuff never hangs around long, especially at up to 60% less than the recommended retail prices!
So, when I popped into their Trafford Centre branch a few weeks ago and walked slap-bang into the low-slung cream bouclé sofa* of my dreams you best believe I moved the passenger car-seat as far forward as possible to squeeze that beauty into the backseat and bring it safely home! It’s actually the very first piece of furniture I’ve scored from TK Maxx but, as luck would have it, I also spotted another little beauty on the same shopping trip as well – the perfect little rattan butterfly-style stool* that has also found a new home in the corner of our bedroom.
It’s not just furniture gems that I’ve found in my local TK Maxx stoes over the years though, as they have designer bargains to suit every room in the home, not just the bedroom. There are new drops everyday, both in-store and online, and you can find everything from decorative coasters, photo frames and baskets to bed linen, rugs and cushions to help you accessorise your bedroom for Autumn and Winter. They also have a great selection of beauty and bodycare products at up to 60% off recommended retail prices too, and I’ve often found some of my favourite brands nestled onto their shelves waiting to be snapped up!
Are you a TK Maxx/Homesense fan? I’d love to know what gems you’ve found in their stores before…
This post includes PR products which have been provided for review purposes, which are clearly marked with an asterisk*. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All photography © Kate Baxter.