Reclaim your Weekend - The Bedroom Edit

How to create a calming space that revives and restores.

With our busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, it's increasingly well documented that a large percentage of us are not getting enough, or the right kind of sleep. Our home environment plays a large role in our mental and physical health and the need for it to be somewhere we can retreat, revive and restore is super important.

Bedrooms need to serve us more than just somewhere we go to sleep. We want them to feel calm, prepare us for a good nights rest and provide a gentle introduction to the start of the next day.

Patia Throw, Shaggy Palm Lamp

Abigail's bedding collection for Secret Linens

Creating the Right Mood.

As soon as you enter your bedroom you should feel like you're entering a calm retreat, somewhere that you feel your shoulders instantly lower and any stress disperses. Getting the basics right such as soft earthy paint colours, lovely linens and ambient lighting will ensure your bedroom feels tranquil and cocooning.

Stay a While.

Quite often, most of us head to the bedroom when we feel we're ready to jump straight into bed. Instead make it a place that you go to unwind. Introducing a reading nook or somewhere to sit is a great way of making us linger longer. Create a special zone that will entices you to take time, meditate or get stuck into a good novel that transports you away from the every day hustle and bustle.

Bedside Buddies.

Create enough space bedside to house your night-time essentials. Add a cute lamp, a tray for trinkets or reading glasses, and a coaster for your bedtime herbal or morning cuppa. If possible, try to avoid having your phone in easy reach. Late night or early morning screen time is said to have a detrimental effect on our circadian rhythms and prevent us from having quality restorative sleep.

Don't Forget to Accesorise.

We often think of the bedroom as somewhere we spend most of our time with our eyes shut. For that reason decor and home accessories quite often get forgotten. Make sure you treat your night-time haven like your living room. Create vignettes, add art and adorn your walls with accessories that inspire and promote a mellow mood.

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Just a few small changes in your bedroom can really help to promote a good nights sleep, which is the foundation to our improving our wellness. Having a restorative end and revitalised start to the day can make a big impact on our daily lives, improving mood and health.

Nourishing our bodies from within can also impact our sleep quality and patterns. This week we are sharing one of Abi's weekend favourite recipes written by Tom Kerridge for 'The Big Green Egg'. Although the recipe has been written for cooking on a Big Green Egg, Abi has said that it can be adapted to a standard barbecue or a conventional oven. She sourced her gochujang paste from redrickshaw.com.

FOR THE CHICKEN: A 2kg whole chicken, giblets removed. 

440ml can beer.

Flaky sea salt and freshly ground white pepper. 

FOR THE GOCHUJANG BUTTER

80g butter, softened. 

2 tbsp gochujang paste.

2 garlic cloves, finely grated.

1 tbsp soy sauce.

1 tbsp fish sauce.

1 tsp sesame oil.

1 tsp caster sugar.

TO SERVE

Japanese mayonnaise.

1–2 red chillies, finely sliced.

Kimchi.

Method:

PREPARE YOUR CHICKEN

Take your chicken and sprinkle it all over with salt and white pepper. Open the can of beer and pour out half of the beer – feel free to have a drink! Leave the rest in the can – it will help to keep the chicken moist as it cooks. Sit the chicken on top of the can, so the can is underneath its cavity, and season with salt and pepper. If the legs hang down too far, tie them up with kitchen string to stop them burning during cooking. 

SET UP YOUR EGG

Set up your EGG for indirect cooking using the ConvEGGtor. Your target temperature is 180˚C-200˚C.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN

Lift the chicken with the can underneath into a Drip Pan, and place it on top of your ConvEGGtor.

MAKE THE GOCHUJANG BUTTER

Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the gochujang butter in a small cast-iron pan on the EGG and stir until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolved; set aside.

MARINADE THE CHICKEN

After 10 minutes’ cooking, brush the chicken with the marinade and close the lid, so that the EGG acts like an oven. Baste the chicken with the butter every 10 minutes or so until it is well browned and cooked through. It should take around 60 minutes to cook, and the skin should be charred in places. To check if it’s cooked, pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer – the juices should run clear.

LEAVE THE CHICKEN TO REST

Remove the chicken from the EGG, and discard the beer can. Cover the bird with foil and leave it to rest for 20 minutes.

TO SERVE

Carve the chicken and garnish with sliced red chilli. Serve with some Japanese mayo and kimchi alongside.