Sweet Dreams – My Dream Bedroom

Sweet Dreams – My Dream Bedroom

I’d love to refurbish my bedroom. Right now it’s fine. If you ask my husband that means it’s far from ‘fine’. It’s not shabby, it’s just been the same for a few years now and so it could do with a revamp. I like the overall colour scheme of white and greens, it’s peaceful and relaxing but if I had the money I’d love new furniture and some new pretty accessories to give it a more luxurious feel. Here’s what I’d love if I had the space and of course the money!.

 

Sweet Dreams - Furniture

Sofa  £1400
johnlewis.com

Table  Dressing up Table £299
johnlewis.com

Jewelry Wardrobe   £315
johnlewis.com

isme.com

The key item is the bed. A large comfy bed that just screams Sweet Dreams. I love the idea of a TV in the base of the bed, out of site most of the time but perfect for chilling on a Sunday morning with cartoons with the kids, or just snuggling up for a movie with the hubby on a cold winters night. I feel sleepy just looking at this bed from Isme,com, not cheap at £1359 but beds should last years shouldn’t they?

I love the modern style of the wardrobe and dressing table. They make the boring items in your bedroom just that little bit cooler. I’d definitely need more than one wardrobe though, where’s a girl supposed to put all her clothes?

I’d love a bedroom big enough for this large sofa, it looks really comfy, perfect for escaping with a good book or chilling out listening to music via the Bose Speakers.

As for accessories, dressing the room to make it just right, the following items would make it more comfortable and would add a bit of sparkle.

 

Sweet Dreams - Accessories

Ceiling light  £160
universal-lighting.co.uk

Lighting  Lamp Shade £65
johnlewis.com

Lighting  Lamp Base £120
johnlewis.com

Home decor Wall Paper £10 per roll
grahambrown.com

Glass tea light holder  £9.50 each
marksandspencer.com

Cape Flora Bouquet - Marks & Spencer  £25
marksandspencer.com

I love nice wallpaper and this subtle fern wallpaper adds depth to the green, pretty but understated it’s a classic look. Completed by this amazing crystal lamp with the cute boxing hares shade it adds a bit of humour but in a gentle way. The modern take on a chandelier makes me smile, it’s shiny and sparkly. A great combination. The glass tea light is simple but an added touch of colour.

I like simple bedding, a plain base colour with just a hint of design, this lovely cream bedding has just the right amount of sparkle. Finally I love fresh flowers and this bunch is beautiful, it would smell amazing too!

Finally, I’d love these curtains to tie it all together. Simple, great colour and you can customise them to suit your tastes. I’d have them as blackouts to ensure Sweet Dreams!

So there you go, my dream bedroom. Sweet Dreams! This is my entry into the Dream Room Competition, more details on Little Stuff

Good to be Home Dream Room Competition

Bargain Shopping Haul

Bargain Shopping Haul

After our review of Cheshire Oaks at the weekend I thought I would share my haul from there and the Trafford Centre to show you some of the great bargains we picked up!

The first is this peplum style dress from Karen Millen. I loved the detailing on the body and the contrasting material between the body and skirt. It was a bargain at £45 (plus I got a further 10% off too making it £40.50!) and the RRP was £160 so it really was a bargain.

IMG_1948 IMG_1950 Bargain Shopping Haul

I picked up these cute shoes from BHS for just £14 in the sale, down from £28.

Bargain Shopping Haul

We got this cute Joules coat for LissyLou, I think it’s perfect for when she starts school nursery in September. It’s warm, has a good hood and the most beautiful lining! It was £24.99.

Bargain Shopping Haul

The hubby got a plain blue shirt from Hugo Boss and a great leather notebook for work that was a complete bargain at £20. He was very chuffed with that one! C got two new footballs for £7 which cheered him up immensely.

I’ve since ordered a new fancy headband to go with the dress and when that arrives if it works then I might get a new bag too! I’ll post picks when I get it!

Have you got any shopping bargains recently?

Bargain Shopping Haul

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is an ideal venue for shopping. Firstly because it’s an outlet you know there will be bargains to be had. Secondly, there are good playgrounds dotted around the site which allows for interim pit stops for the kids. It breaks up the shopping perfectly! Thirdly, it has a good mix of restaurants and coffee shops which allows choice on cuisine and price. Finally there is both outdoor and multi-storey parking which means that there is a good range of parking. It’s got a hotel, bowling, cinema and aquarium all close by so you can make a weekend of it just by staying within a very close proximity.

The shopping:

The unusual layout of Cheshire Oaks means that there is a reasonable amount of walking to do and some of it is completely uncovered so if it’s bad weather then you might get wet! But on a good day you can enjoy the sunshine as you potter which is a definite bonus. With big name stores from Ralph Lauren to Burberry you can snap up a designer bargain but with High Street brands from Clarks to Gap you know that you can also get great every day bargain too. That for me provides something for everyone!

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Parts of the site have recently been repainted which gives it a fresh bright look and the whole outdoor experience seems very continental. There are some nice outdoor seating areas and restaurants with outdoor seating to dine alfresco too.

We got some good bargains on our visit but the highlight was probably this Karen Millen dress for me to wear to an upcoming wedding, a steal at just £45. The hubby got a Hugo Boss shirt, LissyLou a coat from Joules for starting school nursery in September and Charles two footballs. We haven’t shopped so well in ages and we could easily have spent a lot more money but we were quite restrained. We were impressed by the range of shops stocking kids clothes and shoes but really I was most impressed by the selection of shops selling beautiful handbags. I love handbags and was sorely tempted by Michael Kors and Mulberry but felt I should wait until at least my birthday to treat myself that much!

The Leisure:

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet has a number of great playgrounds, which are safely fenced in to allow you peace of mind when the kids are playing and the springy flooring that helps protect a bit when kids fall. My two love the break from looking in ‘mummy and daddy’ shops. Over the summer they have great activities on offer like a sand pit, games, rides and trampolines that you can pay to enjoy. Sadly on the day we visited it was pouring down and this meant we couldn’t give them a go but I can see them proving very popular when the sun is out! The activities ranges from £1.50 to £4 so you can let the kids enjoy an activity without breaking the bank, the goodwill on your part might make the kids more tolerant while you shop too.

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Facilities for families:

They have a range of special facilities for families that are helpful:

- a small amount of parent and child parking spaces

- baby changing rooms with space for baby feeding too

- restaurants offering high chairs and baby food heating

- Kiddy cabs – a great way to keep small children under control without them feeling like babies in a pram. They cost £5 for the whole day and you leave a £10 deposit.

The food:

With everything from Cafe Rouge to Costa Coffee and lots in between you can sit down for a proper meal or grab a quick sandwich with no fuss, It also has a number of quick vending carts around the shopping areas that allow you to grab a quick drink or snack as you browse which is convenient and easy. We had breakfast at Ed’s Diner which is 50′s themed and offered standard American breakfast in the form of pancakes and various different which the boys both enjoyed.

Cheshire Oaks is bustling, bordering on overcrowded at certain points of the complex but that is testament to the quality of the stores and dining and the 100% letting of shops means that there aren’t any empty units looking shabby or going to waste which when you look at the current state of our high streets is a real credit to Cheshire Oaks, they have the formula just right on that one. With around 7.5million visitors a year they have to keep getting it right don’t they?

The main downside we experienced at Cheshire Oaks this time was exiting the car parks. The sheer volume of traffic leaving was too much for the area we were in, so be prepared for a possible delay in getting on your journey home. People were starting to abandon their cars anywhere rather than in spaces and it was a bit chaotic. You can avoid parking issues by arriving early and leaving early. We arrived at about 9.30am and found the car parks quiet, but when we finally left at around 3.30pm the exits were busy, if we’d left half an hour earlier it would probably have been quieter.  They do have 3200 parking spaces but in peak summer holiday preparation madness it just wasn’t quite enough – that or people are just lazy and can’t be bothered to search for a space, I’m inclined to think it’s definitely a bit of both!

“I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I received a voucher for use during our visit which went towards the items we bought. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity”.

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