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

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!

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Summer at this charming Swedish cottage?

I've been dreaming of villas in tropical paradises lately (as you know!), but actually when the warm weather arrives and the skies clear here in Sweden there's nowhere I'd rather be. And I'm not alone. Many Swedes take to their summer cottages for the month of July. The cottages are more often than not decorated in a lovely relaxed, fuss-free style with a focus on the simple way of life. Today I stumbled across this charming traditional family summer cottage in Kyrkeby a little hamlet north of Gothenburg and it immediately reminded me of these care-free summer days with long lunches alfresco and dips in the sea. Let's take a tour...

For sale though Stadshem. Photography: Janne Olander.

So pretty don't you think? Charmingly simple and laid back. I love the pretty floral wallpapers and traditional stove - is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look: traditional bench with storage, source pretty vintage tea sets here, the purple anorak is by Danish brand Noa Noa, pink hunter wellies. The traditional Swedish rag rug. This bold floral cushion is similar.

You can see more pics of this home here (did I mention it's for sale! Tempted?).

I've shared a few other idyllic traditional Swedish summer cottages in the passed including this pared-back one on Gotland, an idyllic cottage with an outdoor kitchen and a summer home with a lovely bed nook. Oh so lovely!  Do you have a favourite?

A few mid week links I love from around the web:

You know it's summer when.....22 of the prettiest outdoor showers. And my latest purchase (for those with indoor showers).

A simple peach caprese salad. Mmmmm.

This hanging plant pot. Grow your own Pineapple plant.

Still grey where you are?  Embrace it with these paint colours!

Have a lovely day!

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