Back in June, after many months of house searching and sleepless nights fretting about my future, I finally moved into my own place in Crystal Palace.
I was leaving the luxury and comfort of my parents home for the last time and starting my own new chapter. It was a daunting experience realising how much work was needed to be done to the house but I got stuck in with DIY didn't look back.
The first task I set myself was making sure my bedroom was complete. This was more important to me than any other room, because, sleep is the best. I hadn’t appreciated how much sleep I would need after long days in the studio, working or painting and decorating the house, I was completely wiped out
Starting from scratch gave me the perfect opportunity to do some market research and think about all the aspects of my bedroom that are important to me. I started with finding the perfect mattress
I chose the Leesa mattress: 3 layers of foam adjust to my body to provide optimum support and comfort. It also provides support and pressure relief to help your body rest and recover, which was is so important for me after a long day of carving. Another factor that drew me to the mattress was the incredibly soft, beautiful textured surface and in my favourite shade of grey!
It was incredible the day the Leesa arrived, only a few days after I had ordered it. I couldn't believe that a king size mattress could fit in a box so small!
I took it out the box, unwrapped it from its plastic packaging, and the expansion started! It was so incredible to watch and I couldn't wait to sleep on it.
One of the main things that drew me to Leesa was their social impact. I count myself very lucky in all aspects of life and try not to take things for granted. I am very lucky to have a roof over my head and to be doing something that I love.
Leesa donates one mattress for every ten sold. To date they have donated to numerous homeless charities across London and the UK, with plans in the next year to donate 300 mattresses to London based charities.
Their One Earth programme also sees Leesa plant a tree for every mattress sold to help offset their carbon footprint. To date they have planted 75,000 trees worldwide, and have committed
to planting 1 million trees by 2025. Its really great to see such a big company take responsibility for their carbon footprint and if there are more trees in the world, we can all be happy.
With the mattress now in my home, it was time to start working on my bedroom. The room was a strange shade of yellow, and the wooden floor had seen better days.
Sanding and stripping the floorboards was my first task followed by numerous hours of painting the whole room white, including the floorboards. I didn't have a lot of money when it came to doing the room, so I did it as cheaply and as simply as I could.
I knew I wanted to make something special for my bed, so I set about making a hand carved walnut headboard to go along with my beautiful new mattress. It took some time to make but the simplicity of it pairs so nicely with the plain white room. I also wanted to make sure that the grain of the walnut was still visible behind the texture, so it really shows off the natural beauty of the timber. Using hand tools I slowly carved away at the surface, trying to keep each cut as uniform as possible. Once complete I finished the board in Flax Seed Oil.
I made the headboard longer than typically needed, as I really like minimal styling and felt that I wanted to make the bed a feature as its the most important part of any bedroom! Pairing with simple grey linens for those soft touches.
I made a simple platform bed, building a frame with a plywood base. I wanted the mattress to have a nice flat surface but I wanted to hide the frame.
I am so happy with the choices I have made when it came to my Leesa mattress and making some simple yet elegant changes to the room will allow me to sleep happily for many years to come. I can honestly say that this is one of the most comfortable beds that I have ever slept in and I look forward to it every night!
If you wanted to invest in your own Leesa, they have kindly offered a £50 off voucher when ordering via the link below.
If you would like a custom walnut headboard please get in touch! I can make them to any length or size and would happily take on the challenge.
Mattress by Leesa
Concrete planter and candles by Havelock Studio
Large concrete planter by Conpot
Jute Rug, Bed Linen and curtians by Ikea.