Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

Those who know me well will know two things about me – the first is that I’m a creature of habit and the second it that I love bedtime! At this time of year, with temperatures dropping I always like to start a cosier bedtime ritual and really take the time to wind down and relax before bed. In the summer months it’s light until late and bedtime is something that just happens…either falling into bed after a long, hectic day or collapsing under the duvet after a fun evening with friends!

But now that it’s dark from 4.30pm, it’s definitely time to make the most of cosiness, pampering, bedtime and sleep.

Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

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My bedside table houses various bits and bobs, all selected to make bedtime a little more luxurious. I always keep a hand cream, a foot cream and my favourite perfume by the bed, as well as a face spray, which is such a treat to spray on before sleep. Oh and I can’t sleep without an eye mask these days. A habit I started last year, but really helps me shut out the outside world, especially if your husband likes to read on his iPad late into the night!

In the winter I also take more time looking after my skin, so this a a key part of my bedtime ritual. But before that, I prepare the bedroom by lighting a candle, fluffing the pillows and changing into my pyjamas. My current favourites are these beautiful silk blue and white striped set from Asceno, that were a birthday present from Patrick.

Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

I usually take a herbal tea up with me – either chamomile or a Clipper blend – I have a bit of an obsession with their lovely teas! Prior to removing my makeup I sip my tea and depending on my mood, either flick through a magazine or head straight for my book. It’s a lovely way to get away from technology and let my mind calm before actually getting into bed.

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Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

One I’ve finished my tea I then head into the bathroom for take off my make up, cleanse and moisturise before bed. In the winter I find it particularly important to take good care of my skin and give it lots of extra moisture. I’m currently in love with the Pro-Collagen range from Elemis. As a real beauty addict – I always have loved trying new things, but this anti-aging range from Elemis is a classic, and ¬†something that I’ve used on and off since my celebrity PR days, when a number of my clients were addicted to it.

Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

For winter I find it perfect Рthe cream a lovely richness to it that really leaves my skin feeling pampered and hydrated. I start with the award winning Cleansing Balm Рthe smell is divine and it leaves my skin feeling amazing. With the warm cloth to take it off, it also feels like a lovely, luxurious ritual. I then use the Marine Oil, which is beautifully light on the skin, but very moisturising. In warmer months I find this oil enough on its own, but in the colder months,  I follow it with the Oxygenating Night Cream.

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Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

After I’ve taken care of my skincare, I head back into the bedroom, climb into bed with my book and blow out the candle, before reading for as long as I can manage before sleep takes over! Do you have a winter bedtime routine? I would love to hear about it!

Laura

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Laura Butler-Madden's Evening Ritual

Photography by Sophie Lindsay & Patrick Butler-Madden

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Moving house! One of the most stressful things you can do and though Patrick and I do it more often than most, but despite that, nothing prepares you for the mental and physical chaos that ensues once you start to take your home apart and nothing is where it should be any more!

Whenever we move home it reminds me how much I need and appreciate all my things surrounding me and in being their proper place. Having your own little sanctuary away from the busy outside world is so important and I also like to create a sanctuary within that sanctuary; our bedroom. 

The rest of our house can be colourful or chaotic, but our bedroom is always a soothing calm space. I always choose cool, serene colours when working on the design. I love to create a space that you walk into and relax the moment your toes hit the lovely soft carpet – and a big part of that feeling for me is the scent.

So I was thrilled when Molton Brown launched their new Home & Linen Mists a couple of months ago as an addition to their gorgeous home scent range and for our bedroom I chose Orange & Bergamot to lift the spirits with the beautiful scent of an orange grove.

I love to layer scents and this range is perfect for that – I spritz our sheets with the linen spray before ironing them and then again each night before bed. There is nothing more indulgent that softly fragrant freshly ironed sheets! 

I also like to light the candle when I come to bed in the evening – whilst I potter, take my make up off and tidy up, the room gets gently scented and I always try to read for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep with the candle still burning. 

When I’m fully relaxed and my eyes are struggling to stay open, I blow out the candle and fall into a lovely deep sleep. Well most of the time anyway!

LBM
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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Happy Easter Monday!

What a gorgeous sunny day – I can’t wait to get outside and tackle gardening that I’ve been putting off until the sun starts to shine for Spring. Before I head outdoors I just wanted to quickly share a small obsession of mine at the moment – linen bed linen! The perfect way to freshen up you bedroom for Spring, they are so soft to the touch and also create a lovely relaxing vibe to the room – a real contrast to the crisp white Egyptian cotton that we usually have on our bed.


I’m lusting after these two sets by Designers Guild which would work well individually or using a mixture of the two colours. Urbanara also have a great selection of colours in their collection, as well as a gorgeous selection of children’s bed linen, so you can update their bedroom with a gorgeous new look for Spring too.

Enjoy your Easter Monday and see you again soon.


LBM

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{Images via UrbanaraDesigners Guild}


Now that the clocks have changed and the Autumn nights are starting to draw in, I feel an overwhelming sense of cosiness. I love this time of year; crisp sunny days, beautiful autumnal colours, cashmere jumpers and our cosy winter duvet! 

I’ve been browsing online looking for a new bed linen set – it’s our second wedding anniversary in a few weeks and the theme for this year is cotton. The perfect excuse for some new Egyptian cotton! I stumbled across the M&S Home Autumn/Winter look book and am totally smitten with the beautiful selection of cosy winter colours and designs. Usually I’m drawn to lighter fresher styles, but some of the dark sets have really captured my imagination – maybe time to re-paint our bedroom black?!

Which set would you choose?

LBM
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