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Whilst we’re impatiently patiently waiting on our local council to approve our building works I’m been imagining what our bedroom might look like when all the work is done and dusted.  I may have said this a hundred times before, but currently our bedroom sports a large hole in the wall, a cupboard door is off it’s hinges, and there’s a dingy blue threadbare carpet.  Needless to say it’s not my favourite room in the house, so I can’t wait until we can put our mark on the place.

Here’s what ethical bedroom furnishings have caught my eye:

ethical bedroom

This flannel bedding from Urbanara* – because if there is anything more comfortable to sleep on than flannel then I haven’t found it.  These ones are made in Portugal to Oekotex standards.

An Ercol bed – I’m after a secondhand one of these, Gumtree gods be kind, you hear!

I found some lovely baskets for storage from The Future Kept – because can you ever have enough storage?  These ones are ethically made and available via the ever lovely Future Kept.

This wool blanket from Urbanara* – because even though it’s the end of April it snowed the other day, and we’ve had our fire lit the last few evenings. Also, again, can you ever have enough blankets?  I think not!  This 100% pure wool one is made in the EU with wool sourced from Norway and the Faroe Islands.

ethical bedroom inspiration

I’m also thinking about some blackout energy saving blinds, like these here from Velux, to help save energy and block light out, and plants, lots of plants!  This plant hanger from Aerende would fit the bill nicely.  And I have my eye on this beautiful Octopus print from Ross and Brown.

If you’re after mattresses, duvets, etc I put a post together a little while ago about ethical bedding that you might find useful.  As an update to that post, we finally bought a new mattress at the start of this year, and said adios to my ancient mattress.  We didn’t buy the one in the post in the end – one of my friends emigrated to Australia so we bought the mattress from her guest room off of her.  Whilst we were really sad to see our friend leave for the other side of the world, we now have a rather lovely pillow top mattress and we have never slept on anything so luxurious in our lives.  Swings and roundabouts indeed.

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A Unique Farmhouse House Tour

backyard chickens

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about our home renovation progress.  In a nutshell, things have ground to a halt.  Well over a year ago we got an architect in to draw up some plans, hoping work would be finished at the end of last year.  Fast forward a year and a bit later, and no work has started, and we have reached a bit of a stalemate with Building Control at our local council.  It has got to the point where our architect and structural engineer now refer to our loft as “that bloody attic” in any conversation with us.

At some point I will share a photo of our bedroom in it’s present state – it has a hole in the wall and everything that we don’t want to fix until we get word from Building Control exactly what work needs to be done on our house.  So looking at other people’s lovely houses gives me some hope that one day our house will be lovely too, and not varying shades of orange and brown and with holes in the walls!

One house that I’ve been looking at lately is that of Rachelle Blondel, who lives in a 1729 farmhouse in North Yorkshire.  It’s such a lived in family home, in the best possible way, that looks so relaxed and homely and full of character.  Look out for her cheeky little Jack Russell who is definitely not camera shy!

Rachel also keeps chickens and pigs, and if you’re looking for further proof that she’s really living the dream – Rachelle has a old static caravan that she has restored into a girly paradise.

beautiful white hallway

beautiful stone fireplace

vintage styled music room

plant details

vintage bathroom

bathroom details

hallway

vintage styled bedroom

dog on bed

simple bedroom

backyard pigs

backyard chickens
restored vintage caravan
caravan renovation
succulent planter

A lot of Rachelle’s furniture came from Gumtree and Freecycle.  To see more of Rachelle’s beautiful house, and read further details, visit Apartment Therapy.

And keep your fingers crossed for us that we can reach an agreement with Building Control soon!