Always make your bed – and make it dazzle, too
Interior designer Shaynna Blaze tells it like it is. My fellow The Block judge suffers neither fools nor things she dislikes gladly. Shaynna and I have locked horns a few times over the years, although I’m happy to report we’re still the best of friends. Leopard print bedheads (she was against, I was for) spring to mind, as do terracotta pots suspended perilously above our heads. Darren Palmer and I thought the pots were cool, Shaynna thought they were downright dangerous.
On reflection, she was probably right. But one of Shaynna’s most extreme reactions was saved for a particularly rumpled, unmade bed that looked as if its occupants had very recently departed – or something similar. “Too much information!” she screamed in horror.
Coinciding with the popularity of natural linen bedding, the “unmade” bed was one of those strange trends that had us all in its grip before disappearing as swiftly as it arrived.
Interior designers, stylists and manchester brands realised a relaxed – some might say messy – style suited the new fabrics and colour palettes better than a more formal, traditional approach. Casually crumpled could look very appealing – desirable, even. But it was easy to swing too far in the wrong direction. And Shaynna is happy to see the back of the trend.
“The unmade bed was trying to create a relaxed feel in the bedroom,” she explains. “That look is now achieved with prints, patterns and knitted and raised textures.” Shaynna’s own signature range of bedding for Australian retailer Harris Scarfe (harrisscarfe.com. au) allows customers to play around with just such a mix. “Now that’s not fair!” she replies with a laugh when I ask if she has favourites in her collection. “So many of the pieces connect with each other and the range is designed to build, season after season.” But when pushed, she opts for “the Wattle white or grey sheet set with embroidered trims, the Newhaven coverlet with patterned stitching – in white or navy – and a set of Hamilton white towels”. White towels were my thing for years, as was pure white bedding. For me it really was a case of any colour as long as it’s white. But in recent years I’ve embraced Missoni stripes, Turkish hammam towels, and bed linen in shades from charcoal to midnight blue and sage green. But nothing can stop that pendulum swing. I’m noticing a return to crisp white linen and plump white pillows. Whatever next? Hospital corners?