Spring into Bed!

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The clocks have gone forward and all around us there is a bustle of Spring. Cast off all those heavy layers of winter bedclothes and give your bedroom a lighter, brighter feel over the spring and summer months.

In France, which inspires so many of Simon Horn’s beds, many people still maintain the tradition of changing all their soft furnishings from season to season; not just bedcovers, but also bedlinens, curtains and even rugs, swapping warm tones and textures for light summery colours and fabrics.

You can make a big difference to the look of your bedroom just by changing your bedspread – bright white is always a good start – and adding a  simple throw – choose one of this season’s trending colours; rose quartz pink or serenity blue.

Seen here, our Mirrored Obelisk bed is perfectly dressed for the season, with white linens and a shell pink throw bringing a fresh new look to this glamorous Art Deco-inspired four poster.

The Assembly House

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Many top designers specify Simon Horn beds for their projects, from luxury homes to boutique hotels. Norwich’s most prestigious hotel, The Assembly House, now boasts our beautiful four posters in four recently refurbished rooms.

The Assembly House is a Grade I listed building and every room has its own distinctive character. Interior designer Annabel Grey has enhanced this with her highly individual schemes featuring four very different, yet equally splendid Simon Horn beds ranging from the hand-painted ‘Reeded’ and the barley-twist ‘Mayfair’ beds to the neo-classical ‘Colonial’ and more contemporary ‘Lucca’.

Our beds are the perfect match to a relaxed and comfortable look which Annabel Grey describes as “A grown up, eclectic combination of Georgian furniture and grand fabrics with old and new decorative elements”.

New Collaboration with Liberty

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Our very first beds were shown in 1982 in Liberty, always a leader in British style. Now in 2016, Simon Horn and Liberty come together again, in a collaboration uniting two design classics; the rococo Louis XV bed and a vintage Liberty print.

Our curvaceous Louis XV bed has been hand painted in ‘Pumice’, a soft creamy-grey, and upholstered in Liberty’s new ‘Petronella Chintz’ linen union, inspired by Oriental floral drawing from an 1820’s Liberty archive design.

Preparing the Perfect Guest Room

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Many of us either host guests or stay with family or friends around the Christmas season and therefore appreciate the value of a well-appointed guest room – a good night’s sleep is central to a guest’s experience and enjoyment of their stay in your home.  Don’t forget to consider these key aspects:

The Bed
There is nothing more welcoming than a comfortable bed with a luxurious mattress and crisp white linen. The bed should take centre stage, and look sumptuous and inviting, piled high with lots of feather or goose down pillows, and a deep filled feather duvet.  Layers of finishing touches could include silk bedcovers and divine throws in cashmere. If you have limited room, Simon horn’s collection of sofa beds are the perfect space saving solution, including a range of styles with sofa beds that convert into double beds or two singles for truly flexible sleeping arrangements.

Lighting in the bedroom is really important, as it helps create the right mood of comfort and warmth – opt for beautiful bedside lamps and a dimmer switch.

The Bedside Table
Keep decoration minimal and not too fussy, but make it feel comfortable. Fresh flowers, scented candles and a stylish clock make good bedside table accessories.

Bedroom Furniture
Storage considerations are another factor.  A guest bedroom should be free of your clutter so lots of storage space should be provided but remember to leave some space for your guests to put away their belongings so they don’t feel that they are living out of a suitcase.  There is a definite trend back to ‘dedicated storage’ and freestanding pieces of furniture such as dressing tables are back in fashion.  Also, many divans offer fantastic space-saving options of built in storage.
Extra seating, such as a comfy armchair, is a lovely added touch.

Trend 2016: The Modern Global Look

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Global style really suits British homes. We’ve always been cultural magpies, decorating our homes with elements from many different countries.  Done well, the Global look provides a visual feast.  Done less well, the look can tip over the edge from a stylish assembly into clutter.

A good tip for getting the look right is to begin at a fairly low level – with a few ‘hero’ pieces and a strong colour theme. From that point, you can start to experiment with layering in other decorative elements, from rugs and pictures to smaller artefacts, until you reach a perfect pitch.

Finished in vibrant red and black lacquer, our Taipei Bed is the perfect cross-cultural hero piece for a global bedroom. Inspired by the colours and shapes of antique Chinese furniture, it’s an Oriental take on the traditional French boat bed. Creating an imposing centrepiece, it begs to be surrounded with carefully curated modern and vintage pieces to build up a room which speaks of a life well-travelled.

Hand made from sustainable mahogany, the Taipei can also be custom-finished in any colour and is available in a range of sizes.