Al­ways make your bed – and make it daz­zle, too

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - By Neale Whi­taker Neale Whi­taker is co-host of Fox­tel’s Love It Or List It Aus­tralia on Life­style, and a judge on Nine Net­work’s The Block.

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 (har­riss­ 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?

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