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In Your Dreams


Anna Byrne captures Australian life and style in her new column for Buy Aussie Now.

With the nation working more from home, our bedrooms have become somewhat of a sanctuary to escape the daily grind with cosy self-care.

IF ever there was a time to retreat to your bedroom, pull the doona over your head and forget the outside world existed, good golly, 2020 just might be it. But if you think that’s an excuse to spoil your crisp linens with cake crumbs, retreat to the bedroom for a TV marathon or let dirty clothes pile up into a “floordrobe” in the corner, how mistaken you are. 2020 is not an excuse to act like a binge-eating, binge-watching, beleaguered woodland creature in hibernation; 2020 is the year of the restorative bedroom.

With a worried nation working more from home — transforming our dining tables into desks and our couches into conference rooms — our bedrooms have organically become somewhat of a sanctuary to escape the daily grind with cosy self-care.

Limited outdoor exercise and social interaction along with increased screen time and stress, means sleeping patterns can become disrupted, making calming night-time rituals key to removing us from our day-to-day routines.

As our relationship with our home continues to develop in the age of isolation, the bedroom is evolving into the ultimate restorative space where we can sooth our muscles and mind.

Here’s a (bed) spread of Aussie made products to help you create a comforting bedroom cocoon where you can recharge and restore.

Heatherly Design Padded Bedhead

Padded upholstery adds volume and comfort to a bedroom and each Heatherly Design bespoke beadhead is carefully handmade by a talented team of upholsterers in a Melbourne workshop. From timeless chesterfield button detailing to dramatic sinuous curves; shimmering orchid pink linen to opulent emerald velvet, there is a style to suit everyone’s sweet dreams.

Onyx & Smoke Quilted Velvets

From plush pillows to padded ottomans and poufs and the ultimate in luxury: The Royal Quilted Lounger, it’s easy to crush on these Perth made velvet furnishings with just the right amount of shine and featuring a diamond stitch pattern.

Endota Spa Calming Sleep Mist

Create an atmosphere of calm that encourages rest and peaceful relaxation with a delicate sleep mist. Infused with pure lavender essential oil, this gentle, non-toxic mist also contains soothing aloe vera that can help establish a positive bedtime routine and add a touch of calm to an unsettled day.

In Essence Essential Oils and Diffuser

If your head is racing, you are feeling anxious or holding onto anger, you might need a little

more than a spritz of sleeping spray to unwind your mind. Electric and aromatherapy diffusers have become a key bedroom investment to convert them into an effective multi-sensory environment. Invigorating, cleansing and emotionally grounding, find a blend that is heaven-scent for your night-time routine.

Abode Living Natural Bed Linens

Your bedroom is hardly a sanctuary if you don’t bow to make your bed each morning, of course some freshly washed sheets and quilt cover can be quite the motivation. Abode Living create luxury bed linens in timeless shades from cosy brushed cottons to waffle weaves.

Saddler & Co Leather Journal

Forget sleepy time teas and meditation, creative writing and brain dumps are the new height of “wellness”. You might not have kept a diary since primary school, but have you ever considered some pre-sleep journaling? Popping some pen and paper materials on your bedside table enables you to reflect on how you are feeling and work on expressing yourself and plan ahead. Saddler & Co’s fine leather diaries, hand crafted in Dubbo, are the perfect way to switch off before switching off the lights.


Anna Byrne grew up in Bendigo in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne where she enjoyed a decade-long career as a columnist for the Herald Sun, becoming one of Australia’s most recognised lifestyle voices. Renowned for her insightful and humorous musings on the world of fashion and beyond, her take on style is both witty and refreshingly non-elitist. Anna loves musicals, McLaren Vale Chardonnay, the Melbourne footy club and can quote Muriel’s Wedding, verbatim. A passionate campaigner for small business, Anna is excited to join Buy Aussie Now as a freelance contributor. 

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