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Tina Stephen, Interior Designer

Creating a relaxing, calm, on-trend look within your bedroom environment can help set-the-scene and also improve the quality of your sleep.   Tina Stephen - renowned designer and founder of online styling service Roomie.co.nz – talks us through how she and her family prepare for a great night’s sleep during the winter months and provides us with some simple, serene and snug styling tips for the cooler seasons. 

When the winter months approach, we intrinsically begin the process of hibernating; think warm fires, cosy rugs, snuggly blankets. At this time of the year at Roomie HQ we begin what we call ‘turn down’, a process taken from time spent in a hotel in Dubai when our daughter was a baby. The hotel staff would come by each evening and do a ‘turn down’ service – fluffing the pillows, closing the blinds, turning on the lamps.
 

When we arrived home to New Zealand, we continued this ‘turn down’ routine during the winter months. At dusk, we light the fire, pull the curtains and turn on specific lights. This instantly creates a winter-worthy home, super snug and cosy, closing off from the world outside. 

Tina Stephen
Tina Stephen

In the hours before bed, we read or watch movies on the sofa layered with soft textured blankets and sheepskins, then head up to bed where the winter layers are continued in bedding and rugs, with a focus on warm and cosy textures. 

Setting daily bedtime routines is commonplace in most homes, but we also focus on the change of season - changing our bedding for heavier linen, a winter weight duvet and eventually as the weather gets colder still, we add a heavier layer with woollen blankets or a velvet comforter.

Tina Stephen
Tina Stephen

The colour palette deepens too, with richer, warmer colours - taking off the white linen duvet and replacing it with a dark ink charcoal one, contrasting with crisp cotton sheets. Although we have beautiful carpet in our bedrooms, I also like to add a sheepskin next to each side of the bed, so our toes are instantly warm when we get up in the morning.

Routines of quiet reading time with steaming cups of sleepy-time tea, set by task lamps rather than bright general lighting create a soft mood before bed and the loft style of our home means the warmth of the fire fills the bedroom with a cosy heat.

Tina Stephen
Tina Stephen

We love snuggling into bed during the winter months.  Our Sealy Posturepedic Premium bed is a real shift from our previous slat bed. The plush comfort layers have been a welcome addition, providing the ultimate in comfort. It practically feels like we are sleeping on a cloud, while maintaining support and zero partner disturbance.  The perfect escape from winter!

 

Find out more information about the bed Tina is sleeping on here.