my scandinavian home: Beautiful Amsterdam bedroom make-over and tips for a great night sleep

Beautiful Amsterdam bedroom make-over and tips for a great night sleep

Thursday, 28 April 2016

I had a bit of a late night last night, arriving back from presenting in Copenhagen (alongside two other lovely social media gals - cake baking extraordinaire Cecilia and talented photographer Christina) at midnight before being rudely interrupted by my alarm at 5.30 am this morning- GUH! As a result sleep (or lack of) is on my mind. Oh how I'd love to crawl under the duvet in this beautiful bedroom in a penthouse in Amsterdam. Designed by Holly Marder, the space has been decorated with soft, muted tones and a subtle mix of  textures to give a serene and relaxing feel.  Could you imagine a peaceful night's sleep (or duvet day) in this light and airy bedroom?

Photography / design - Holly Marder  / Avenue Lifestyle shared with kind permission.

Oh so lovely! The star of the show has to be the kitty cat - he's gorgeous?! But if I had to choose an item I'd go for the African mudcloth pillows/ cushions - fab!

Other items: I have a very similar bench at the end of my bed and love it. You can source a similar one here and here. The wall colour is Ammonite. Source sheer linen here. Hästens bed which has been re-upholstered. Brass pendant light bulbs, white and rose linen bedding. Beni Ourain rug. Books: The Kinfolk Home and Northern Delights. Superfront cabinet doors.

You can also see the before pictures here (I do love a good before and after!). And you might want to check out Holly's own bedroom here (one of the most popular posts of all time on MSH!). 

There's also plenty of bedroom inspiration in the MSH archives here. Plus over 1000 beautiful bedrooms (I'm not joking) on my bedroom pinterest board (clearly I dream about going back to bed a lot).

Other sleep-inducing links:

This dark broody cocoon of a bedroom and light and airy bedroom is also beautiful. Do you prefer the dark or the light?

I love this 'within the tides' bedding.

5 minute bedtime yoga for a better night's sleep.

Bedroom plants that help you sleep.

13 songs to calm you down at night.

How to wake-up without feeling sluggish.

Have a lovely day (and a beautiful night's sleep!). Sweet dreams!


  1. Beautiful room. I generally prefer curtains that are more light-blocking than these (I would choose these for my living room).
    The shape of the windows! I am amazed there is clearly a track for the curtains that mimics the rounded shape of the window, I cannot imagine finding anything like that in Canada. The cat matches the bedroom beautifully.

    1. Hi Alena, thank you! Due to the shape of the windows, the only option for proper light blockage was a set of vertical blinds, which looked a little office-like but are highly practical. To soften things up a bit, we added that decorative panel of linen - it does not close, but rather adds a softness to what would otherwise have been a bit sterile. And yes, the cat might just be the prettiest accessory we could have hoped for! Holly

  2. I was wondering what types of floors these are? They are beautiful.

  3. I LOVE the floor! Do you know how they have been finished?

  4. Lovely bedroom! It's in the same shades as my bedroom (that I am not done redoing yet). And the cat...well just looks exactly like mine!!! Birman cat that is.

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