James Ward

Storage Solutions

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We all like our home to look nice and tidy all the time but the problem is we often have a lot of larger things to fit into not-so-large spaces. Or perhaps you are on the other end of the scale, with too many smaller possessions that are cluttering up your living space? Some belongings are really hard to find a suitable storage space for, I know!

The feeling when you’ve run out of drawer or wardrobe space is such a frustrating one, so I think having a clever storage solution is really important for any home. These don’t have to be expensive to make, after all, the best and most effective solutions are ones which are homemade – because you can tailor your design to your own needs. A few spare pieces of wood, a sharp blade and a good, clearly thought out idea are all you really need to get started.

Re-arranging your interior with the help of an extra storage solution gives you so much more space to play with; small rooms need not to be a headache any longer. We found lots of fab examples on Pinterest which, if you’re struggling for some much-needed extra bedroom space, will really help to turn your room into a well-organised, spotless and ship-shape haven.

Storage Solution

Making Space

One of the most efficient storage solutions involves making proper use of your staircase (if you have one!) The room underneath your stairs are what some call ‘dead space’ – so make sure you fully take advantage and install some pull-out drawers. Shoes, coats, bags, hats and gloves would all fit nicely in here; it’s a real storage winner! A similar sort of idea would work just fine with platform beds which could also accommodate additional drawers. Another intelligent use of your vacant ‘dead space’.

Think welcoming? Think storage? Then think about baskets. Baskets are nice little additions which can be dotted around the home to keep a range of odd bits-and-bobs nicely tucked away. In fact, they could be ideal for parents wanting a more stylised accessory for their living room to neatly house your little one’s toys.

Storage Solution

Social Media

The key thing to remember about finding your own storage solution though is the homemade aspect; almost all of the best solutions I have seen are designed to precisely fit into a certain space – put it this way, you’ll be fortunate to find the storage solution of your dreams readily available over the counter!

If you have any of your own storage solutions, get in touch with us on social media and share them with us! Don’t keep them in hiding; let us know instead! Plus remember to visit our Pinterest page for to take a peek at some of our other favourite storage solutions.

James.

James Ward

The Great British Bake Off

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday evenings will never be the same again for the next two months or so; because The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens last week! Did watching the contestants battle it out in front of Mel & Sue inspire you to rummage through your kitchen cupboards for your best cake tin? Although, if you’re an inexperienced baker like me, you’ll probably need a few handy tips to help you make the perfect biscuit, bread or sponge.

So make sure you pour yourself a brew before reading our top tips and before you know it you’ll be well on your way to being British Baking’s next big thing. After all, Mary Berry always says to read the recipe at least twice before starting to bake!

Pink Macaroons

Baking Tips

A good bake always has to start with accurate measuring units. Weighing isn’t as straightforward as it sounds sometimes, especially if you’re having to use conversions. For instance, if you’re unsure of how many teaspoons are in one tablespoon (it’s 3, in case you’re wondering) then take the time to double check your maths before continuing. Converting grams to ounces can also be tricky, so make use of your google search engine or a calculator to ensure measurements are correct.

Any high-quality baker nowadays not only has an array of natural baking skills and knowledge but they can also rely upon the use of a variety of machines and gadgets to make the job easier. Embracing technology instead of shunning is important. A processor can often create a better finished product than doing things by hand.

Take your time

Making cakes takes time, so you’re much better off going slowly than mixing quickly. If you’re rushing against the clock, try doing it another day when you have more time. Not only is time important but, apparently, so is a high fat content in the butter or margarine which you’re using. I wouldn’t have known this, so I thought this tip will be a really useful one for all of the other first-timers out there!

Lower fat butters have a higher water content, which evaporates and causes layers to bind together, so it’s worth remembering to keep your spread’s fat content to over 75% (gulp!)

Princess Torte Cake

Now that we’ve covered off all the basics, you’re now ready to start. Ready, steady, BAKE!

James.

James Ward

Tropical Summer Theme

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I couldn’t possibly let Summer pass without talking about the most popular season trend which continues to lead the way – tropical! Eye-catching, trendy and stylish, a well-positioned tropical addition to your home can transform an underperforming interior into a swashbuckling Summer retreat. A splash of colour can really go a long way to re-introducing a holiday theme to your room; perfect for the ultimate relaxing space! After all, when are you more relaxed than when you’re on holiday?!

Tropical Interior

Tropical really works well when set against a neutral background and is about so much more than palm trees and pineapples. Instead, tropical is a wide-ranging bedroom theme design which embraces an easy-going lifestyle, coupled with welcoming hospitality and floral-inspired finishing touches.

The Tropic Trail

If you’re yet to get on board the tropical bandwagon, allow me to introduce you to a selection of our tropical products and let yourself be inspired by our Summer travels around the globe!

Tropical Inspiration

There’s only one place to start, and that’s our beautiful hand-painted stools. We have five stools for you to choose from, but you may want to take a closer at our aptly named Tropical Stool for starters. If that one doesn’t quite take your fancy, I’m sure you can find a place for one of the other, differently decorated stools!

Chevron Pouffes

Our favourite accessory though are our Chevron Pouffes, which come in a variety of striking colours to help you mix and match your way to a subtly fashionable tropical interior. If you looked up tropical in the F&B dictionary, you’d also come across our Chloe Table Lamp, complete with a unique pineapple motif. And if that’s not enough, then see also: Geometric Cushions and Black Mother of Pearl Console Table.

To help harness our love of all things bright and colourful, we created a Pinterest board to showcase the web’s most popular tropical items, so make sure you take a look if you get the chance.

James

James Ward

Summer Holiday Ideas

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

When I was at school, which seems a long while ago now, my favourite time of year that I would look forward to most would be the end of July because that means school was closed for Summer Holidays! Without homework to do or classes to go to, I would look forward to the next six weeks with real excitement. After all, the only downside were the irritating ‘Back to School’ TV adverts which appeared with increasing regularity as we edged closer to September…

As an adult now though, I can understand that Summer breaks must be a nightmare for parents. For some, potential childcare issues could cause unwanted headaches, but for others who usually have the house to themselves Monday-Friday, their little ones may start sounding like a broken record when they ask ‘what are we doing today, mummy?’

Children's Bedroom

Rainy Days

For children, answers are sought like gold dust, especially from personal experience because I was the type of child who would get bored easily – sorry mum! Sunny days were easier to plan of course, with rainy days being the most problematic ones. There’s only so many times you re-watch your favourite DVDs, right?

So to lend a helping hand to parents without a plan when it’s raining which, let’s be honest, is reasonably likely, I’d thought I’d collect a small to-do list – activities perfect for those drizzly midweek afternoons for children of all ages:

Children's Bedroom

What to do today?

  1. Bake cakes

Get your oven gloves out of the cupboard, dust off your cake making books and let your kids make their own cakes. This is a great low-cost activity for all children and can occupy them for hours and watching them getting their hands (or faces!) dirty can make a great Summer Holiday scrapbook picture.

  1. Knowledge is power

Museums are a terrific idea for a rainy day as most of them are free of charge and are excellent ways to keep your children learning even though they are not in the classroom – sneaky huh?! Their teacher will be so impressed…

  1. Treasure hunts

Children love playing games but try making it a special game from the norm, like a treasure hunt. Put together your own clues for them to piece together along the way and maybe a small prize at the end. Chocolate coins are cheap to buy, or perhaps some new pens or pencils; ready for September!

  1. Reading challenges

Your local library will probably have some sort of reading challenge organised to help pass away the days. Certificates are readily available as a reading incentive and are a good way to bump into their fellow school friends – very handy for organising future group activities.

Let us know if you have any other good ideas on social media, we’d love to hear about them!

James.

James Ward

Win our upholstered Soho bedstead

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

You lucky things… we have another new competition to tell you about! This time the prize is our beautifully upholstered Soho bedstead in Romo’s Dauphine Rocoto fabric, as pictured on the front cover of our Summer Sale 2015 brochure. This king size bed is worth £1,499, which makes it our most expensive giveaway yet, so make sure you enter our competition now!

Taking home this gorgeous bed would surely mean your dream bedroom would be well on the way to completion. The striking nature of the fabric will definitely set tongues wagging as your interior leads the style stakes this Summer. If you wish your bedroom had flair, chic sophistication and real personality, this upholstered Soho bedstead really does tick all the boxes.

Soho Bedstead

Dream bedrooms

Writing this blog got me thinking about what other elements make up a dream bedroom and while there were the obvious things like luxurious comfort, gorgeous open spaces or even the most soft of linens, my mind wondered onto some of the more incredible interiors that currently have a home on our Pinterest account.

If you do have a spare couple of minutes, some of these jaw-dropping bedrooms are well worth a look on your lunch break! My personal favourite has to be the below sea level bedroom escape, although you might struggle getting any signal for your mobile phone I suppose…

Life under the sea

If you do decide to enter our competition, let us know on our social media accounts – we’d love to hear from you! Or maybe if you find another truly breath-taking bedroom setting on Pinterest, give us a shout and we’ll add it to our board.

James.

Competition Terms & Conditions

The prize giveaway, worth £1,499, is the exact bed shown on our summer sale brochure front cover. This does not include the mattress, bedding, bed linen or any additional products which feature in alongside it.

By signing up and entering this competition you agree for Feather & Black to contact you about new products, promotions and offers by email and post. You can unsubscribe at any time. Occasionally we may pass your details on to like-minded companies in whom we feel you may be interested in. If you would prefer us not to share your details, please tick this box.

This competition is open to UK residences aged 18 and above provided they are not employees or family members of Feather & Black. This competition runs from Monday 20th July through to Wednesday 30th September 2015. Only one entry per person.

James Ward

Sleep Survey

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Not so long ago, you may remember us asking you about your bedroom habits as we requested that you fill in our Sleep Survey 2015. Well… we can now reveal that the results are in!

For those of you who might have forgotten, we asked you a range of questions including how well you think you sleep at night, what you do before going to sleep and which factors keep you awake at night.

We also asked you to consider your favourite bedroom style and which bedroom features were most important for your perfect bedroom.

Infographic

Find out how your region measured up on the infographic below. Plus, don’t forget to keep a look out for the accompanying Sleep Survey eBook, which we’re busy working on at the moment. We’d love to hear what you think of our infographic, so please do let us know on our social media networks :) 

James.

 

Sleep Survey

James Ward

Sleep Survey

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Not so long ago, you may remember us asking you about your bedroom habits as we requested that you fill in our Sleep Survey 2015. Well… we can now reveal that the results are in!

For those of you who might have forgotten, we asked you a range of questions including how well you think you sleep at night, what you do before going to sleep and which factors keep you awake at night.

We also asked you to consider your favourite bedroom style and which bedroom features were most important for your perfect bedroom.

Infographic

Find out how your region measured up on the infographic below. Plus, don’t forget to keep a look out for the accompanying Sleep Survey eBook, which we’re busy working on at the moment. We’d love to hear what you think of our infographic, so please do let us know on our social media networks :) 

James.

 

Sleep Survey

James Ward

Is it time for a new mattress?

Posted by James Ward, Friday, July 03, 2015

If you’re trying to ignore the tell-tale signs of mattress wear and tear; it’s no use, you need to bite the bullet and invest in a new mattress. Mattresses are designed to last around 7-8 years, which makes buying a new one quite an important decision (no pressure!)

But we understand your caution, so that’s why we thought we’d put together this useful blog post and help you through the process of replacing your mattress. It can be a little confusing reading over different mattress specifications and trying to make sense of complicated technical details.

Feather & Black mattress

Spotting the signs

There are a few easy signs to spot if you need a new mattress. You don’t have to be an expert to notice any of those listed below…

  1. Does your mattress feel lumpy and uncomfortable?
  2. Is it stained in colour?
  3. Do you wake up with a few aches and pains?
  4. Do you and your partner roll towards one another at night?

Taking a lie down on a potential new mattress is important if you’re to make the right purchase. You have to be sure on which tension suits you and your partner best; whether that be firm or soft. Testing a new mattress in store is an especially useful exercise if you’ve got a history of back problems and need the perfect fit to suit your body. After all, everyone is different and what’s ideal for one person may be completely different for another.

Types of mattress

If you’re shopping for your main bedroom, our Luxury Pocket Sprung mattresses are perfect for regular use because they provide unrivalled comfort and support. Our luxury range of mattresses also use natural, home grown fillings such as wool and silk – designed to create a heavenly soft layer and keep your temperature better regulated. So you can definitely be rest assured that you’re getting the most lavish of mattresses to help you get the best night’s sleep! These mattresses also come with a 10 year mattress guarantee.

Zip & Link mattress

Or, if you’re in the market for a reliable guest room mattress, our Open Coil or Everyday Pocket Sprung mattresses could be just what you’re looking for. When you come round to buying your new mattress, don’t forget that we also offer a 100 night mattress trial to make sure you’ve picked your perfect mattress. If you’re not entirely satisfied, we can exchange it for another mattress.

If you need any further help when shopping for a new mattress, just contact us on our social network channels or visit our Sleep Experts in your nearest F&B store!

James.

James Ward

How to create a Summer bedroom

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer is in full swing so there’s no better time to introduce a new seasonal theme to your interior! The season of relaxing in the garden and spending time cleaning off the cobwebs on your BBQ is well and truly here and that means your bedroom will need some new summertime additions. Warm weather outside means that your living space inside could do with a fresh update; neutral colours and relaxing surroundings are vital if you want to bring a cooling atmosphere into your home.

Bringing the ultimate relaxing element to your home is our Amelie collection. Naturally elegant and sophisticated, its carved detailing and distressed white appearance makes the range one of best summer options, given its beautiful light and airy look.

Amelie 5 Drawer Chest

White linens

Our Hotel Collection sheets in white are perfect for Summer, helping you re-create that luxury hotel experience in your home – making you feel like you’re always on holiday! White linens set against a natural background or accompanying pastel colours will help you set the scene this season. The last thing you need after a day at the office is a dark and dreary bedroom, so these Hotel Collection sheets will definitely help your bedroom seem light and breezy! White linens also look beautiful when the sun illuminates your bedroom during those gorgeous sunny days.

Hotel Collection

Accessories

The finishing touches to the most idyllic of summer bedrooms are difficult to find, but we think we’ve got the perfect solutions, starting with our Chloe Lamp. Its tropical appearance, with a polished pineapple motif, makes this lamp a summer must-have! We’re sure you’ll love the summery tone that this lamp will bring. 

Another ideal summer bedroom addition are one of our favourite products, the hand-painted footstools. We think these stunning footstools, available in five different patterns, will add instant personality and a pop of colour to your interior. From royal blues to citrus greens, the footstools combine well with neutral bedrooms and will no doubt add fresh refreshing charms to any interior. 

 

Hand Painted Footstools

If you like the look of anything in particular this Summer, let us know on our social networking accounts. Don’t forget that you can still get up to 50% off in our Summer Sale too, so happy shopping!

James

James Ward

Keep cool in bed this Summer

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 19, 2015

With warmer temperatures looking like they are here to stay, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of a few handy tips on how to keep yourself cool at night.

After a long day at the office, laying awake in bed at night too warm to sleep is the last thing you need. Kicking the covers off seems to be only a temporary solution, but the best answer may only be a few paragraphs away…

Summer duvets

Many will tell you to invest in a summer duvet, and they’d be right. A 4.5 tog is the one to look out for, which will help your bedding feel a lot lighter. Wriggling around with a higher tog duvet is something which I hate so I’d definitely recommend purchasing one if you’re having trouble sleeping.

Feather & Black duvet

Alternatively, try going to sleep under just a bed sheet or throw when a duvet seems too much. Or another recommendation that I know people have tried is putting your pillow or pillow case in the fridge for a couple of minutes before heading to the land of slumber. A little quirky maybe, but it could have the desired effect and help you nod off.

Too hot to sleep

Keeping your room well ventilated is also another tip and you can easily do this by opening as many windows as you can, or leaving the bedroom door open. Try to get cold before getting into bed too as once you’re in bed under a duvet, you’re body temperature is only going to increase.

 

Feather & Black pillows

 

Or if not cold, then try going to bed with your hair damp, as if you’ve just got out of the shower. The extra moisture will help keep you cool for a little while longer.

If you have any other useful tips on how you keep cool at night, let us know on our social networks, we’re always on the lookout for some new ideas!

James

James Ward

Win a Sleep Beauty Hero Set

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 12, 2015

We’ve teamed up with This Works for our latest competition which, if you’re lucky enough to win, will see you collect the prize of a Sleep Beauty Hero Set worth £55. This Works is an award-winning skincare brand.

The set includes a Sleep Plus Pillow spray 75ml, clinically proven to help you have a good night’s sleep, and an In-Transit Camera Close-Up 40ml - a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one. The pillow spray is also a fast acting natural remedy to help restore healthy sleep patterns for restless sleepers.

Preventing sleepless nights is the Holy Grail for some, so we’re sure this competition will be very popular! But this also got me thinking about some of the other, more natural sleep remedies; so I’ve listed some of the best (and weird) ones below.

This Works

Sleep Remedies

  1. Have you tried Feng Shui?

The Chinese philosophy of thinking isn’t just limited to your living room; try rearranging your bedroom too for a good night’s sleep. For example, some of the most popular tips involve making sure your bed is accessible from all sides and opening windows to keep the air pure and making fresh energies.

  1. Have a Valarian cuppa

Valarian is a plant whose roots are sedative and can aid sleep. Its calming effect can reduce levels of anxiety when you sleep and you can add a teaspoon of the plant’s root to your brew to help you nod off.

  1. Psychology and milk

A strange combination maybe, but although there isn’t any concrete evidence that milk does improve sleep, one warm glass of milk is said to be very soothing before going to bed, both physically and mentally.

  1. Magnificent Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the important minerals and if you’re lacking in it, you might be having a tough time drifting off in bed. Magnesium calms your nervous system which helps prepare your body for night time, so try some magnesium supplements if you think your unbalanced diet leaves you short of supply.

Other sleep tips

Other sleep tips can be found all over the internet, so take a quick search of the web if you’ve already tried the tips I mentioned above. The Sleep Beauty Hero Set competition runs from Friday 5th June 2015 through to Sunday 19th July 2015. You can either enter online or next time you visit one of our Feather & Black stores, just fill in a small competition card. Good luck everyone!

James.

James Ward

Shop our Summer Sale

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 05, 2015

Although it doesn’t feel too warm at the moment, we launched our Summer Sale today and it promises to be the best yet! We are offering up to 50% off throughout our Summer season, plus you can also take advantage of an extra 15% off until Sunday 21st June too.

This season is all about the power of pattern, and our newly upholstered Soho Romo bedstead fits right on trend. Pair this bold bedstead with some nicely accessorised white linens to create the ultimate look. Exotic themes are also very fashionable this season so make sure you keep up to date with our hand painted stools, which are available in four different designs.

Satin Stripe Bed Linen

New Products

With every new season there are always new and exciting products – and Summer 2015 is of course no different! While our Malvern collection is our standout new product range, we also have so many other products to show you.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of our new mirrors is the fairest of them all? Well, picking a favourite from this super luxurious bunch is a tough task. Six new mirrors make up this stunning group; allow me to introduce you to Chilson, Stowe, Ellesmere, Vasto, Burwell and Trevose. Each of these beautiful mirrors can make an eye-catching statement piece in your bedroom.

Mirrors

If you love carved detailing as much as we do, our Stowe mirror would be the perfect match for you. This satin gloss finished mirror, which is available in 2 colours, displays real timeless qualities and its neutral appearance allows it to fit in with any interior style.

It’s Summer Time

We also have some new clocks to show off this Summer. Both of them have an old-fashioned or slightly retro feel, but our New Covent Garden Alarm Clock even has a small hammer and bell fitted, which will give your bedside table a touch of classic British style. If that’s not what you are looking for then maybe our Dormitory Wall Clock could be more your thing; we love the Mint Ice Cream colour – the perfect colour to brighten up your bedroom.

Dormitory Wall Clock

So what have you got your eye on this Summer?

James

James Ward

What's your upholstered style?

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 29, 2015

Whatever your inspiration, we always have our own individual preferences when it comes to bedroom style. There are so many looks to choose from, favourite styles can be hard to narrow down and, as we now offer over 300 different styles for your home in our Build an Upholstered Bed online feature, the choice definitely just got tougher!

If you weren’t already aware, we have 10 new house fabrics and a selection of 12 headboards and 3 base options for you to style your dream bed. So all you need to do now is discover your upholstered style to match your bedroom desires. We’re sure you’ll love experimenting with our Build an Upholstered Bed feature, which lets you mix and match at your own pace. It’s a real designer’s delight!

Simply Stylish

Upholstery choices

The main part of deciding your upholstered style will be opting for the colour of your bedstead, so what could be more helpful than a quick run through of our new house fabrics? If you like bold colours which stand out, choose Aubergine or Citrine to give your bedroom a refreshed feel. If you prefer a rustic appeal, perhaps Lion or Russet could be more your thing?

However, understated charm can be a popular choice, so we think our Graphite or Gunmetal may work best here. Don’t forget to pair these darker fabrics with white linens for the ultimate look. On the other end of the superiority scale is light and airy, and our Oatmeal fabric helps fit this description best with its neutral feel.

Understated Charm

Other calming and unobtrusive options include Natural, Pebble and Grey whose mellow appearance would suit any interior. Don’t be disheartened if your perfect match doesn’t jump out, because we also have over 1,000 designer fabrics you can choose from in store.

Making your perfect bed

Whether your upholstered style is classic glamour, simply stylish or bold and beautiful, our Build an Upholstered Bed feature offers variety like nobody else. Visit our website and try it out today and let us know #YourUpholsteredStyle on our social networks, we’d love to know your favourite look!

James.

James Ward

Introducing Malvern

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 15, 2015

Exciting news everyone, we have a new bedroom furniture range to share with you! Our Malvern range, which was photographed at Feather & Black HQ last month, launched last week so we thought the least we could do was tell you more about it!

The collection includes both an adults and a childrens bedstead, with its simple structures being inspired by Nordic cultural influences. Made from solid pine, our Malvern collection also has a wardrobe, chest of drawers and a bedside table to complete the bedroom look.

Malvern

For children, this bedstead would ideally suit a teenager who’s quickly growing out of their current bed. A larger bed will provide them with the space that they may now need; perfect for spreading out to do their homework!

Malvern Bedside

New bed linen

Because of its very neutral feel and light-coloured finish, we think that Malvern is one of our most versatile pieces, allowing it to fit in with any interior. If you like the Scandinavian look, you’d be best marrying this bedstead with plain coloured linens to create the ultimate effect. With its beautifully smooth appearance, the range has been expertly crafted to offer both practicality and style to your bedroom.

While we’re on the subject of bed linen, remember that we are currently offering 20% off bedding & bed linen too, so there really is no better time to create a whole new bedroom look. Summer time is almost here and this means creating a lighter bedroom feel to help you feel comfortable in warmer temperatures. Perhaps now is the perfect time to buy that new 4.5 tog duvet that you forgot to buy last summer too?

Duvet

Social media

If you like the look of our new Malvern range, let us on our social networks! We’d love to know what you think, or if you’ve got any product questions for us. Plus, don’t forget that our 10% off free delivery promotion comes to an end on Sunday (19th May) so make sure you don’t miss out!

James.

James Ward

Build your dream bed

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 08, 2015

Have you always wanted the bed of your dreams?

A bed made up of individual preferences or favourites, designed to look just how you always imagined it? Then Feather & Black’s new Build an Upholstered Bed online feature could be your ideal tool to help make your bedroom dreams turn into reality.

So, to help you navigate around our brand new feature, we thought it would be helpful to give you a super quick tour! It’s really easy and straightforward to use and we’re sure you’ll love seeing your designs come to life.

Choosing a new bed

First of all, you choose a size for your new bed; followed by a choice of base options. These clickable options allow you to select a double, king or super king size in a bedstead, divan or ottoman. Simple!

Simply Stylish

When you’re selecting your bed preferences, our tool also displays useful product information such as pricing and size dimensions to help you make the best choice. Once you are happy with these selections, you’re then asked to select a fabric for your design. This really helps you visualise how your bed is shaping up!

We’ve got a collection of 10 new house fabrics or, if they don’t take your fancy, we also have six other, more luxurious Grade A fabrics.

Bold and Beautiful

Request free fabric samples

As we’re in Spring, I would pick out Citrine as one of our most on-trend colourway options given its refreshed, zesty feel. It’s on this page where you can select to receive fabric samples, a free service we offer to all customers who aren’t quite sure which fabric to go for.

There’s no limit on how many of our samples you can request whether it be only 2 or 3, or if you’d like one of each!

Understated Charm

Added extras

After choosing your fabric, you can then add on additional extras, such as a new mattress, before reviewing your order on the checkout screen.

If you know exactly what you’re after, you can have your perfect bed ordered before your cup of tea cools down but if you get caught in two minds, fear not, you can save your design at any stage. This makes it easy for you re-visit your design, maybe once your fabric samples have been delivered! 

Contact us on our social media pages if you do try out our Build an Upholstered Bed tool, and let us know what you think. I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as we do.

James.

James Ward

Behind the scenes photoshoot

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 01, 2015

We’ve been especially busy this month at Feather & Black HQ while we worked on some exciting new photography! We’ve got lots of fantastic images that we can’t wait to share with you over the next few months but, for now, you’ll just have to be happy with a few behind the scenes snaps…

Our photoshoot ran over the course of 5 days and involved photographing our brand new solid pine bedroom range, lots of beautiful mirrors and a collection of other bedroom accessories too. Over the course of the 5 days, we welcomed a number of photographers and stylists to work with us on our very own custom made set in the F&B warehouse. 

 

Behind the scenes

Our new solid pine range, Malvern, was inspired by a Scandinavian influences featuring a geometric wall of pastel shades, while our two brand new bed linens were also the subject of much attention. These are called Satin Stripe White and Alena, which is a garment washed linen in sand, pewter & white. If you like the sound of our new products, you’ll have to keep an eye on our website and social media networks because they will be launching very soon!

 

Behind the scenes

Summer Launch

The final day of shooting took us to an offsite location in Kent, where we shot our brochure front cover and adverts in a top-secret barn location. We’re keeping these photos very close to our chest, so if you want to take a peek at these, your first opportunity will be in June, when our Summer brochure launches.

Behind the scenes

Bank Holiday Special

But let’s focus on Spring for now, and we’ve just started our Bank Holiday Special where you can grab an extra 20% off over the course of the extended weekend (1st May-4th May 2015). Is there anything you’ve got your eye on at the moment? If there is, our Bank Holiday Special could be the perfect time to buy.

Why not send us in a picture of your Bank Holiday purchases to our Feather & Black social media networks, we’d love to see what you’ve been up to!

James.

James Ward

Kids bedroom ideas

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, April 22, 2015

If you’ve got little ones, you would already know that children can shoot up so quickly and outgrow their bed quicker than they can say ‘mummy, I think I need a new bed’.

With our current 10% off kids beds and furniture promotion, now may be the perfect time to buy your child a new bed, especially given that they are now back at school after the Easter break. That means you will have the time and space to decorate their bedroom while they’re at school.

Childrens beds

Our favourite children’s bed has to be our Archie Cabin Bed, which is perfect for growing children. They will love the cool look to this bed and they’ll really like climbing up to bed at night! Our Archie range also has lots of other neutral furniture pieces to go with the bed, like the bookshelf, which provides a great storage solution for your child’s bedtime story collection. If you’re tired of their clutter making their bedroom very messy, storage units can be a life-saver.

Archie Cabin Bed

If our Archie doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps our fresh and bright Olivia Childrens bed – made exclusively for Feather & Black – will be the perfect fit? Ideal for little girls and boys alike, the light-coloured tone of our Olivia means it goes well with a variety of other bedroom colours.

For teenagers, maybe they’d prefer the Olivia double bed instead of the single. After all, a double bed will provide that bit of extra room for a sleepover or to help them spread out and do their homework.

Olivia Single Bed

Decorating bedrooms

Remember that changing the style of your child’s bedroom opens up several new design opportunities, even for the smallest of spaces. If you find some inspiration from the internet – check out Pinterest if you haven’t already! – or maybe from one of your child’s friends, it’s worth noting down these ideas or making a few quick sketches if they help you remember the perfect finishing touch!  

So please do let us know if you’ve used our KIDS15 promo on our social networks or if you’ve spotted any trendy kids bedroom ideas :) 

James.

James Ward

Spruce up your guest room

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So the Easter holidays are now over for most of us, did you all have a nice break? One of the most common things to get up to over the long Easter weekend – apart from eating lots of Easter eggs – was to catch up with friends and family, which was certainly true for me! 

That means a lot of us must have hosted large family get togethers and that usually means that your guest room is all of a sudden very busy again. Easter isn’t quite on the same hectic scale as Christmas, but I would say it’s certainly a close second in terms of pre-planning and arranging which family members are staying where. 

The perfect guest room

One of the most important features of a guest room I think is giving your guests a good amount of living space. A small room would make me feel enclosed or cooped up, so having enough room for manoeuvre is at the top of my list if I was staying round somebody else’s house.

Chicago Bedside Trunk

To make a room seem bigger than it is, clever storage solutions are probably the way forward, so maybe our selection of trunks can act as problem-solvers?

Cleanliness is another box to be ticked from a personal point of view, as is comfort – a bad night’s sleep is the worst feeling, especially when your surroundings might not be what you are used to at home. So if your guest room could do with a refresh, check out our luxury mattresses, your future guests will thank you for it! The most comfortable of finishing touches can be provided by quality bed linen, a high thread count will mean your guests are guaranteed to be comfortable.

Bed Linen

Entertaining guests

Trying to be the perfect host can be tough to master and some of you will have had a stab over the past few weeks. I hope it went well, but if there is room for improvement, we’ve collected a few tips below to help you out next time the in-laws are visiting.

A lot of people say that a good host prepares as much as they can in advance, so that they can take part in evening’s fun and games as much as possible! Another popular idea that stood out was the preparation of individual gifts for each guest. While maybe a tad too expensive for large dinner parties, perhaps this would be a good idea for those smaller family occasions?

If you have hosted guests over Easter, let us know on our social networks and tell us how you prepared for their visit? Did you plump up their pillows or just sweep everything under the carpet…

Take a look on our Pinterest account for some great guest room chic ideas too!

James.

James Ward

Enjoy a 2 night stay at The Crown Inn, Elton

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Feather & Black have teamed up with The Crown Inn to offer you an exciting, exclusive offer…

For just £295, two people can enjoy 2 nights at the AA 5-star B&B based in the village of Elton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire with a bottle of fizz in your room on arrival.

You’ll be very well looked after during your stay, as this fantastic offer also includes dinner on both evenings with a bottle of house wine and breakfast on both mornings!

A relaxing weekend away

With its thatched roof, wooden beams and roaring open fire, The Crown Inn provides a picturesque countryside setting for a well-earned, relaxing weekend break. If you do decide to stay in one of the B&B’s eight rooms, there’s a chance you’ll be sleeping on one of our Tosca bedsteads too! Each room is also fully equipped with a flat screen TV, Wifi access and luxury en-suite facilities.

Marcus Lamb, The Crown Inn’s Chef-Owner, commented: “At The Crown Inn, we strive to give our customers the perfect blend of quality, style and comfort - with a dash of flair - in everything we give them.

“From the locally sourced food on their plate, the table they eat at and the bedroom they sleep in.  We find Feather & Black products, with their match of quality and style, fit perfectly with this philosophy.”

The B&B’s surrounding area looks to have a lot to offer too, with the River Nene flowing right through the village, thought to have been the inspiration for the children’s book The Wind in the Willows. Or if you enjoy a round of golf, make sure you bring your clubs and play 18 holes at the nearby Elton Furze Golf Club.

Feather & Black offer

To take advantage of this offer, contact The Crown Inn on 01832 280232 and quote reference Feather & Black. If you’d like to see more information about The Crown Inn, Elton, visit their website at www.thecrowninn.org. If you do book a break at The Crown Inn, remember to let us know on our social networks!

Full terms and conditions can be found below.

 

Crown Inn

 

 

T’s & C’s: This offer is open to UK residents aged 18 or above provided they are not employees or family members of Feather & Black. This offer will run from Wednesday 1st April 2015 through to Sunday 28th June 2015. This offer is based on two people sharing one room for two consecutive night's stay at the Crown Inn, with a cost value of £295. This offer is only available through advance booking.  Feather and Black must be quoted at the time of booking.

Natalie Williams

Ideal Home Show 2015

Posted by Natalie Williams, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Last Friday, Candice and I went to explore the Ideal Home Show in Kensington Olympia, London. As neither of us had been before we were expecting great things; and we weren’t disappointed!

Ideal Home Show 15

Firstly we browsed around the garden section and were very tempted to spend the rest of our day in the Jacuzzi’s. We made our way round to the show homes, one of our favourites being The Gap House. Styled to suit urban townhouses, themes from Abigail Ahern’s new collection were evident with moody blues and charcoal walls. Focused on utilising small spaces as the UK population grows, The Gap House was only a little over 3 metres wide, and designed to squeeze into even the smallest of spaces whilst remaining stylish and functional enough for the modern city dweller. The whole first floor layout is completely open plan to help maximise the distribution of light, complimented by a stunning James Grace glass staircase which really sets the floorplan off.

The Gap House

We especially loved this relaxing bedroom in the interiors section, which used a palette of coral, pale blue and lemon and complimentary copper accessories. I couldn’t help but think our Chunky Weave Baskets would suit this room and give it an additional cosy feel. There were lots of pink accessories at the show; from statement walls to pretty curtains. I was so fond of these paper decorations I am tempted to find them on Pinterest and make some myself! I think they’d look lovely in mismatched shades of pink and purple for a fun look in preparation for SS15.

Ideal Home Show 2015

Another show home we were particularly taken by was the Future Proof Home. Decorated with a simple palette of grey and monochromatic tones, this house presented a spacious and relaxing interior, perfect for a seaside holiday home. Just imagine opening the patio doors and watching waves lapping back and forth, one can only dream! The Future Proof Home draws inspiration from Scandinavian style, in line with the beautiful clean lines of its Swedish architecture. With an open plan kitchen and dining area and an eco-conscious flooring system, Dulux’s Absolute White sets the tone for the rest of the house and helps to open up the space.

Future Proof House

With geometric shapes popular at the show, we noticed lots of fur being carried forward from AW 14/15. We also spotted this colourful kitchen with complimenting mismatched chairs and lime green candles, right on trend with tropical inspiration this season. After a quick pit stop to the champagne bar (can you blame us when it looked this good?!) we browsed round the trading stalls and enjoyed looking at some of the more individual home lighting solutions, such as this hashtag decoration.

Ideal Home Show 2015

Whether you’ve already been, or are planning to go, the Ideal Home Show is on until 6th April 2015. Let us know if you’ve been inspired this year by the new spring summer trends :)

James Ward

Clocks go forward 2015

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We all love our Sunday morning lie-ins but those who love to snooze on the traditional day of rest will lose an hour’s sleep on Sunday 29th March, as the clocks go forward one hour to signal the beginning of my favourite time of year – British Summer Time (BST)!

There’s nothing better than waking up with a bit of sunlight streaming through your bedroom’s window which, for me, is much better than hearing the lashing of rain on your windows during the colder Winter months.

World Time Paris Clock

While most of our smartphones and tablets will automatically update (woohoo!), some of us will be unhooking clocks from our kitchen or lounge walls and asking – as we all do every year no doubt – why daylight savings were introduced in the first place?

Well, the idea behind the move was to provide a way to save energy by moving an additional hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. This first took place in the UK in May 1916.

Summer nights

Lighter evenings and late night barbecues in cool temperatures are back on the agenda, and that also means it’s time to dig out your summer duvet which you packed away back in September. If you haven’t got a summer duvet, why not take a quick look at our Goose Down duvets, available with a 4.5 tog. A lower thread count will help you feel cooler during those warmer evenings in bed.

Feather & Black Duvets

However, extra daylight hours might also mean your children struggle to settle down at night time because their bedroom surroundings are still quite light. If this sounds familiar, have you tried buying some blackout blinds or curtains to help darken the room? Having very active little ones getting up even earlier can be tiresome, especially if you’ve got a lie in planned for the weekend!

Sleep Survey 2015

Fancy winning one of ten pairs of luxurious duck feather and down pillows? Just fill in our Sleep Survey 2015 and you could be lucky enough to be taking these lovely pillows home! Be quick though, competition ends on Sunday 29th March 2015.

For now though, tell us if you think Daylight Savings are a good idea, or would you prefer to stick to one time, all year round instead? Let us know on our social media networks.

James Ward

Dreaming

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ever wondered where your mind drifts to at night? If you have, you’re definitely not the first. Dreaming is one of those things that just happens, and despite so much scientific research around the topic, dreaming can still be very mysterious and quite often unexplainable.

One of the most common dreams is the sensation of being lost or trapped, which can be tracked back to a person’s real life feelings. For example, you may feel stuck in your job and unsure of what the future holds. The most likely source of your dreams are what you think about just before going to sleep.

Common dreams

You may think this makes sense, but it isn’t always the case. Dreams can be formed by past memories or experiences locked away in your brain from a long time ago. The fact is though that we all dream, whether we remember them in the morning or not. In fact, studies have revealed that we lose memory of what we dream about almost instantly after we wake up.

Occasionally, our dream world goes into overdrive and we can dream as many as 6-7 times during one night, mostly because our brain is much more active at night than during the day.

Dreaming

Why do we dream?

The study of dreaming is called Oneirology. One of the more well-known theories about dreaming comes from Sigmund Freud, who researched dreaming and its effects. He suggested that dreams are all connected to wish fulfilments and – no matter how frightening they can sometimes be – can be looked at as a way of getting something you want. Did you also know that the term ‘Freudian slip’ was named after the same Sigmund Freud, after he proved the idea using his own examples?

Another less popular theory states that our dreams act as rubbish filters, clearing our minds of useless thoughts and making way for better ones. While I’m not too sure about this one, maybe this makes more sense with your dreams.

I’ve also never had a recurring dream which plays over and over again, have you? I’d be interested to know what it was about, and did it just fade away or are you still having the same dream?

National Bed Month

As it is National Bed Month, which takes place throughout the month of March, we thought you might like to share your dreaming experiences with us on our social media accounts. So please do let us know what you’re dreaming about!

Don’t forget to take part in our Sleep Survey 2015, in which you could win 2 luxurious Duck Feather & Down pillows to make going to sleep that little bit more special.

James Ward

Win Peter Rabbit

Posted by James Ward, Friday, March 13, 2015

Beatrix Potter’s famous children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit has sold millions of copies worldwide and so what better gift to giveaway this Easter time than a Peter Rabbit cuddly toy?

Altogether, we have six cuddly toys to give away to six lucky winners. Five of them are being displayed in selected Feather & Black stores – Oxford, Cheltenham, Fulham, Chiswick and Henley to be precise! So if these stores are nearby to you, drop in and say hello to Peter Rabbit and enter the competition here to take him home.

However, if these stores aren’t within a stone’s throw, fear not as you can also enter the competition online. All entrants have to do is submit their contact details before the competition closes on Sunday 12th April 2015. It’s as easy as that!

Peter Rabbit

All you need to know about Peter Rabbit

So as we’re running the competition, I thought I would brush up on my Peter Rabbit knowledge and do some quick background reading. I can remember having a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit book which shot Peter Rabbit to stardom on my bookshelf when I was younger, but I can’t remember a lot about the character now.

For instance, did you know that Peter Rabbit was based on a real rabbit kept by Beatrix Potter called Peter Piper? She wrote that he was very good at tricks and that his temper was unfailingly sweet! Also, Peter Rabbit's favourite food is radishes instead of the more traditional bunny rabbit delicacy, carrots.

Peter Rabbit on the big screen

I found out that Beatrix Potter originally wrote the story of Peter Rabbit in a letter which included some sketches illustrating the story before it was published. There was also a film – called Miss Potter (2006) – which centred around how the famous books were first developed and featured Hollywood stars Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger.

So would your child like to have a Peter Rabbit cuddly toy to play with? Or maybe they’d like to snuggle up to him at night? Just follow the link here to enter.

Don’t forget to connect with us on our social networks if you think he would have pride of place in your child’s room, and send us a picture if you win!

Natalie Williams

Spring Trends 15

Posted by Natalie Williams, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

As the mornings gradually become lighter and spring approaches, I took a trip to London to suss out the latest trends emerging for the upcoming season. Browsing around Regent Street, Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, I visited Liberty, Anthropologie, Dwell and Lombok to name but a few.

An evident trend was the running theme of neon’s and bright colours; something I personally think everyone should try at least once in their home because, well, why not? With hints of 50’s interior inspiration from old fashioned fixtures to pastel dial up phones, the mixture of bold colours and soft tones works well to create a modern and contemporary look. From Aztec prints to tropical plant motifs, the look is finished with delicate glassware and crisp white linens to create a contrasting palette of colours. I was especially fond of these light up bunnies spotted in Liberty; how about that for a sideboard accessory!

Neon Inspiration

Our new spring collection is a vision of bright colours and attractive patterns; promoting the use of colour whenever and wherever possible. New in this spring are our Hand Painted Stools, which are right on trend boasting beautifully intricate patterns to suit many interior schemes. Inspired by our travels across the globe, these stools are crafted in Southeast Asia meaning no stool is the same. Also new this spring is our Black Mother of Pearl collection, consisting of a console table and footstool. Each tiny piece of the beautiful shell is cut to size and carefully inlaid onto the resin base, creating an instant talking point in any home and adding a pretty, feminine touch.

Handpainted Stools

Amongst the vibrant colours, rustic and distressed furniture is still an evident trend, which no doubt compliments the abstract nature of the accessories. I just love this heart-shaped mirror; it really creates a homely feel amongst some of the bold designs. I also spotted these attractive cabinets, pairing complimenting colours to create an over the top distressed effect that is effortlessly modern.

Distressed Inspired Accessories

This spring, we upholstered our Soho bed in two new bespoke fabrics which really reflect the freshness of the season. The paisley fabric was made by G.P & D. Baker and is called Latika Teal. We dressed this bed with our pretty Ladder Lace linen for a botanical feel, and accessorised with our metallic Sanford Table Lamps. Following through with the tropical trend, we paired vibrant house plants with rich, wooden tones such as our Mala furniture, creating a relaxing yet fun bedroom environment with plenty of space for additional elements of colour.

Soho Bedstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re on a budget but still want to create a tropical inspired theme, we recommend investing in statement items and accessories such as house plants or colourful footstools. Adding modern lampshades quickly eliminates old-fashioned elements of a room, and creates a contemporary feel. The finishing touch must be a bright cushion to set the look off perfectly. Are you thinking about giving your room a spruce up for spring? Check out our Pinterest board full of quirky ideas, from printed wallpapers to upcycling inspiration.

James Ward

The London Collection

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Have you seen the Grenadier Guards outside Buckingham Palace in their iconic, red uniforms? While you may already know about their long-standing history in Britain, you may not know that our new luxurious London Collection is upholstered in the same striking fabric!

Drawing from beautiful British heritage, our exclusive London Collection stands out as our most lavish of mattresses, offering ultimate comfort with its soft, natural fillings. Its award-winning, patented Revolution Pocket Spring System is unrivalled, helping you get the best night’s sleep.

Side stitching

Shopping in London

Last week, I visited some of our London stores to test the London Collection’s amazing credentials and I was not disappointed. First up for me was our Belgravia, which has 19,500 Revolution HD springs and 5 rows of hand side stitching. I was amazed at just how comfortable it was, as I slowly sunk myself into the bed! The springs supported my whole body extremely well and having travelled on a busy tube line earlier in the morning, the Belgravia provided me with the most luxurious of pit stops.

Grosvenor

Our London Collection also includes the Grosvenor, which has an incredible 23,500 Revolution HD springs, and I also had a quick test of this too. Unlike our Belgravia, the Grosvenor is filled with tree silk and has an extra row of hand side stitching. Again, I could instantly sense the mattress’s extremely cosy feel and the rather regal divan base and headboard was so striking. Sleeping in my bed at home will never be the same again!

If royal colours don’t suit your interior tastes, both the divan and headboard are available in a range of 24 beautiful colourways. A white glove delivery service is also available to all London Collection customers; delivering your mattress in style.

Colourways

Book an appointment

The London Collection is available from our Fulham, East Sheen, St Albans, Tottenham Court Road and Wilmslow stores. To book an appointment with one of our experts, just visit our London Collection page on our website.

In the meantime, remember to connect with us on our social networks and, if you see any of our London tube adverts while you’re hopping around the city, don’t forget to send us a picture!

Natalie Williams

Perfect Pancakes

Posted by Natalie Williams, Monday, February 16, 2015

With Shrove Tuesday just a day away, we are getting ready for a pancake party once we get home from work, and immerse ourselves in sugary goodness. Since 1439, between the months of February and March, people around the globe have been celebrating Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day as it is more commonly known), as it resembles the last minute feast of leftover food before the 40 days of Lent. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on Lent, and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.

Perfect Pancakes

Now we all know that the traditional English pancake is a thin, flat cake made of batter and fried in a frying pan. However, having a collection of friends who prefer savoury to sweet for various reasons, they tell me that pancakes don’t just peak at the deliciously sweet honey and lemon toppings. Personally, I have a penchant for the sweet things in life, but a quick search on Pinterest is enough to get me interested in adding meats such as ham and chorizo, or vegetables like broccoli and spinach, to my pancake mix this year as a healthier alternative.

One particularly scrummy savoury recipe I found on Pinterest creates a Spinach and Potato pancake mix, which can be re-heated easily enough to have for lunch the next day too. The recipe combines nothing more than a potato, onion, cup of spinach and a couple of other additions such as garlic and almond flour, making it a reasonably priced meal that’s quick and easy to make. These savoury pancakes are perfect to take on the go, and can be eaten warm or cold for a scrummy Shrove-inspired snack (if you have any leftover, that is). You can find this healthy recipe here alongside all the ingredients. To complete the meal, these pancakes could be garnished with a fresh salad, and served with a berry-inspired smoothie for the ultimate health kick.

Spinach and Potato Pancakes

If savoury’s not your style, but you’d still like something a bit more interesting to try this year, what about Whole-wheat Cinnamon and Banana pancakes? Healthy but still delicious; we also found this recipe on Pinterest, and it’s easy enough to get the kids involved with too during half term for a nutritious option. This mixture combines a few more ingredients than before, but totally worth the investment as each batch makes around 14 crepes; ideal to serve lots of little hungry people with the opportunity to personalise toppings too. This recipe combines eggs, dark brown sugar, Greek yoghurt, almond milk and a few more ingredients for its unique taste. Feel free to add your own toppings to this mix, such as bananas, berries or even a few cheeky spoons of ice cream. Speaking as someone who has a nut allergy myself, I do find that a lot of ‘healthy alternatives’ suggest almond milk, however substitutes such as coconut milk or even semi-skimmed milk are just as good.

 Whole-wheat Cinnamon and Banana Pancakes

I hope I’ve inspired you to try something different this Shrove Tuesday, let us know how you get on by sending us a photo on our social networks :)

James Ward

Fall in love this Valentine's Day

Posted by James Ward, Monday, February 09, 2015

Not all of us are fans of Valentine’s Day but for those who are sharing the love, we thought you might like to read about some of the things we’ve fallen in love with at Feather & Black. So why not take a closer look at some of the featured products to help keep that romantic feeling all year round?

We think falling head over heels for our beautiful Amelie bedstead is very easy to do, with its classic looks and elegant curved motifs. Completed with a beautiful natural finish and upholstered headboard, Amelie adds romantic undertones to your bedroom, and compliments simple white bed linen to give your bedroom a modern and refreshing feel.

Brighten up your bedroom

Amelie

With that in mind, why not check out our Kingsley linen bundle deals, available in Mint and Biscuit, to brighten up your bedroom. This amazing white bed linen offer includes one Oxford pillowcase and single duvet cover plus two Oxford pillowcases and Double, King or Super King duvet cover. Hurry though, the deal is only around for a limited time and expires on Sunday 15 February!

Kingsley Bed Linen

Create intimate romance

Fragrance your bedroom with some soft Caroline Gardner Birch and Amber candle scents, or even light one up at the dinner table to create that intimate feeling. These candles are made with soft-smelling oils which will be sure to spark up some romance. If Birch and Amber doesn’t take your fancy, why not try feminine Rose and Geranium, or Fig and Blossom?

When we think about romance, we instantly envision the colour red, but we also adore our silver wall stickers which can add instant charm to your bedroom with easy application. Our wall transfers can add a real personable touch and are great for a quick-fix solution to re-decorating.

Paper Heart Decoration

If you would like some more inspiration ahead of Valentine’s Day, head over to our Pinterest page and take a look at our ‘Be My Valentine’ pins. Plus, remember to connect with us on social media and let us know if you received any Valentine’s Day treats!

James.

James Ward

A good night's sleep

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting a “good night’s sleep” is one of the things many of us say before your first day at a new job, on the evening of an important exam or if you’re feeling a little under the weather.

But in reality it’s pretty important to get a good night’s sleep all of the time because it leaves you feeling fit and thinking sharply. If you’re struggling to catch some well-earned rest, cast your eyes over some of the tips below and see if they make a difference. Finding your perfect sleep conditions can often be a trial and error process, so don’t be put off if the first tip doesn’t work straight away!

Feather & Black pillows

Tricks of the trade

  • Research says the healthiest sleeping position is flat on your back. Give this a go if you often sleep on your side or with your legs curled up in the foetal position, which puts too much pressure on your back.
  • Try drinking some cherry juice, which has been known to help insomnia sufferers due to its Melatonin content. Did you know Melatonin activates certain types of chemical receptors in the brain which encourage sleep?
  • Mentally recapping your day in a strict chronological order before going to sleep can help you feel tired. Your brain’s mental efforts can make you feel quite drowsy.
  • Lavender scents are apparently very beneficial in helping you fall asleep quickly as it helps to de-stress your mind and relax your body.

Buying a new mattress

Of course, a few quirky tips can only get you so far, but the real solution may be something far simpler. Mattresses do not last forever so, even if it looks passable, it still might not be giving you enough support.

A mattress’s life span can be affected by a number of variants including a change of lifestyle or the amount of time you assign to taking care of it. If you think you are not sleeping as well as you did last year, it could be time to switch your mattress.

Feather & Black mattress

A mattress should last for around 7-8 years, so buying a new one is a decision not to be taken lightly. With this in mind, make sure when you are testing the mattress that you do it properly! We’re not just talking a quick sit down, we want you to wear something comfortable, kick off your shoes and have a proper lie down. This is the only way you will properly gauge the tension and firmness of the mattress before you buy it. 

If you and your partner prefer different tensions, then why not order one of our bespoke mattresses which can be ordered in different tensions on either side, from 3 being the softest to 9 being the firmest. Don’t forget to book an appointment in-store with one of our sleep experts across the country, to ensure you are looking at the best mattress for you. 

New duvets

If your mattress is all in order, your old duvet might be the problem instead. Head over to our luxury duvets to find your perfect match, or treat yourself to one of our beautiful Caroline Gardner diffusers to help you nod off at night. 

Caroline Gardner diffuser

Don’t forget to connect with us on our social networks, where you can let us know if you’ve treated yourself during our Winter Sale! 

James.

James Ward

DIY for beginners

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY can become a nightmare at even the best of times, but not for 17-year-old Charlie Redfern who constructed her own bed from start to finish for her Product Design AS-Level course. 

Charlie borrowed some wooden slats from our Feather & Black store in Oxford to help make her bed, which was crafted from walnut and ash, with the drawers having an apple wood stripe.

Her outstanding work was recognised by her tutors when she was awarded with an overall grade A.

Wooden bed

Charlie said: “I wanted to create something different to what we normally see, in traditional material, but with a modern twist. I feel like I have achieved that, not only in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, but also in a way which allows the product to function as I wanted it to.

“There were times where I really had to push myself through figuring out measurements or sanding ash panels for a seemingly endless time, but I really enjoy design work, and I loved focusing in on every detail to make the bed I pictured in my head.”

Wooden bed

DIY tips for beginners

For all those other budding DIY enthusiasts out there, we thought it would be a good idea to put together some top tips for all those who are planning on redecorating. Useful tips can make a difficult job a lot easier and more enjoyable, so here’s a quick list to get the ball rolling…

  1. If you receive any assembly instructions for a product, it’s a good idea to read them through first before using your tools to piece the items together. Instructions are always there to help you, so don’t forget to have a read of these – even if you just look at the pictures!
  2. You can’t do a good job without the right tools. Make sure you’ve got everything you need to hand too, you don’t want to keeping stopping and starting every couple of minutes.
  3. If you’re decorating your bedroom, be sure to use a good quality brush. You don't need a huge stack of tools to do a good job, but it’s definitely worth spending a little more on your brushes to get something of decent quality which makes painting so much easier and looking more professional.
  4. Ask for help if you need it, it will probably save you time and the cost of any repairs you might need to make if you make a mistake first time around!
  5. This one may sound simple, but it’s quite easily forgotten about. When measuring between two points, make sure you keep the measuring tape horizontal or vertical, never at an angle. This means the length would become too big!

Charlie's wooden bed

Winter Sale

If you are planning a bedroom refresh, don’t forget to take a look at our latest Winter Sale prices and let us know if you decide to purchase one of our products on our social networks.

Or, if you’re still lacking inspiration for the year ahead, why not check out our upcycling Pinterest board.

James.

Natalie Williams

Give your bedroom a New Year makeover

Posted by Natalie Williams, Thursday, January 08, 2015

As we recover from the Christmas season and bringing the New Year in with a bang, it’s tempting to give our bedrooms a shiny new make-over. Whether that’s moving the furniture around and replacing with new products, or just giving your bedroom a good spring clean; re-organising your night-time haven is proven to have positive effects on your sleeping habits, especially after busy seasons in the year.

We have compiled a collection of furniture and accessories with a modern theme to suit any interior, all of which can be found in our current Winter Sale.

If you’re thinking along the lines of New Year equals new furniture, our brand new Napoleon bedstead exudes elegance and Napoleon Bedsteadstyle, boasting a nickel plated finish for the ultimate statement. When choosing a bedstead with a neutral theme, you can afford to play around with the décor to suit your personality. Why not inject some colour with a wall of wallpaper and an eye-catching pattern, or if wallpaper isn’t for you, paint the room with a matte colour and use a gloss finish on a statement wall for ultimate glamour.

Gatsby Floor Standing Mirror

Ever wanted to be as glamorous as those in the Great Gatsby? Our Gatsby Floor Standing Mirror does just that, and adds effortless decoration. Adding a mirror to any room instantly helps to open up the area, especially if you’re working with a smaller floor space. With its vintage wooden finish, pairing the Gatsby range with nickel furniture adds an authentic and vintage feel to any room when over-lapping textures.

Refreshing your bedding can be a great way to give your bedroom a makeover without spending tooZig Zag Collection much. The Isla linen from our Hotel Collection adds a chic and simplistic feel, complimenting existing neutral tones and keeping the room open to pops of colour. Our Zig Zag throw and matching cushion ooze luxury and are perfectly versatile; helpful to keep at the end of your bed for those crisp winter evenings.

Chloe Table LampFinish the look with our Chloe Table Lamp; both elegant and fun with a contemporary pineapple motif, this lamp would look great against deep plum colours or royal reds. The metallic base brings charm and charisma to the room, with a burst of daring fuchsia inside the lampshade.

These are just a few ideas for switching your bedroom around in preparation for the year ahead, but we have lots of varied themes and styles to browse through online to help create your ideal bedroom. Take a look at our website to browse sale prices, and treat your bedroom just in time for the New Year. Don’t forget to connect with us on our social networks, and let us know if you’ve treated yourself from our fabulous Winter Sale :)




James Ward

Stay in bed for longer with Feather & Black

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Don’t you just love those lazy Sunday mornings cuddled up in bed on a cold winter’s morning? Or hearing the rain lash down on your window while you keep nice and cosy under your duvet? For us, there are few things better than feeling comfortable and relaxed when dozing off to sleep, making getting up each morning even harder.

Tube advertising

This is the idea behind our new advertising campaign, on display in London tubes over the next couple of weeks. The adverts were shot at Feather & Black HQ last month, so feel free to take a peek at some of our exclusive behind the scenes pictures.

The photographer sets up his laptop

Finding an excuse to stay in bed for longer is a common thought process which surely crosses all of our minds, especially with the freezing temperatures that Winter often brings. Giving yourself that ‘extra 5 minutes’ in bed is extremely important to so many of us, so #WhatsYourExcuse?

Searching for the perfect vantage point

Have you used any of the excuses on our checklist below?

  1. It’s too cold to get out of bed today.
  2. My bus is always late, so an extra couple of minutes won’t hurt…
  3. I could really do with catching up on sleep after last night’s party.
  4. Maybe the kids have an inset day?
  5. Skipping breakfast is fine, I’m on a diet anyway.
  6. Surely traffic on the roads won’t be as bad as yesterday…

The set

What's your excuse?

Do any of those sound familiar? I know I’ve used a few before, especially on a Monday morning! If you use a trusty excuse we haven’t thought of, tell us about it on our Twitter page @FeatherandBlack and don’t forget the hashtag #WhatsYourExcuse! Also, if you are based in London, make sure to look out for our adverts and if you’re lucky enough to spot one, take a picture and tweet us using the hashtag.

Lastly, as this is our last post of 2014, we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, see you all in 2015 :)

James.

Dan Wade

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted by Dan Wade, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Season’s Greetings everyone!

Christmas is here once again, so I’d like to take a moment to wish all of our customers, friends and families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We’ve certainly got a lot to look forward to next year, including our exciting new London Collection, which is now on sale at five Feather & Black stores. These top-of-the-range, luxurious mattresses offer ultimate comfort and are made with softest of fillings to ensure you get the best night's sleep.

Not only are we in our Winter Sale at the moment, but we’re also offering an extra 15% off sale prices starting on Christmas Eve. So why not treat yourself to a better night's sleep in 2015 with Feather & Black?

Best wishes,

Dan.

James Ward

Top tips for men this Christmas

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, December 18, 2014

Speaking from experience, some of us think that the Christmas challenge is well and truly over after you’ve searched the shops and bought all of your Christmas presents. However, you may need to think again because the seasonal challenge is far from finished! After all, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are all on the horizon – not to mention the tricky planning that often comes with New Year’s celebrations.

So, with all these merriments in the pipeline, it can be easy to lose sight of some of the festive season's most important things. But fear not, as we’ve prepared a useful survival checklist to help you through the Christmas season!

Survival checklist

  1. Always plan ahead

Make sure you spend some time planning your festivities ahead of schedule, never leave it until the last minute. Christmas is always about friends and family so ensure your plans fit in with everyone else’s.

  1. Have your toolbox to hand

Building your child’s new toy or doll’s house on Christmas Day morning is a common activity for most dads, so make sure you are available for construction duties if you have children. The first thing kids like to do on Christmas Day is play with their new things that Santa gave them, so make sure you are fully prepared!

  1. Help out in the kitchen

If you’re hosting this Christmas, don’t forget that cooking for large numbers is never a one man job. Teamwork and communication skills are important if you want to give your guests a good Christmas dinner! And, of course, even more important if your guests are your in-laws…

Christmas cookies

  1. All fun and games

After dinner you might play a board game or maybe a game of cards, so make sure you remember that Christmas is all about spending time with your family. Bear in mind that game rules could have to be explained more than once to both the younger or older players!

Last minute gifts

Hopefully this section won’t be needed, but I have to put it in just in case. There’s nothing worse than struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift as you scour the web late at night. As a general rule of thumb if ordering online, make sure the company still offer pre-Christmas delivery. There are few things more worrying than nervously waiting for the postman every morning.

Selecting the gift wrapping option (if available) is also not a bad idea when pushed for time. The time it will save you post-delivery may prove vital – every minute counts when it comes to Christmas!

Christmas gifts

Christmas 2015

If all else fails, Christmas will come round again soon enough. If you think you could have done better this year, then change things around next year. Why not check out our website well in advance for the latest seasonal surprise which might make you a Christmas hero.

If you'd like to take a closer look at some of our other Christmas pictures, just visit our Pinterest page :) 

James Ward

Sleep tips to survive the party season

Posted by James Ward, Monday, December 15, 2014

December has long been considered the peak of party season as numerous Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve get-togethers seem to pile up. Of course, a packed diary means a fantastic social life, but unfortunately it also means one or two late nights and sore heads…

Partying the night away rather than resting up in bed after a long week at work can certainly take its toll so, with that in mind, we’ve prepared some sleep tips to help you through what can be a tiring month!

Sleep tips

Who can afford to spend so much time sleeping, you may ask? Well, the truth is, you can't afford not to. Losing even the smallest amount of sleep can mean losing a lot of energy and generally feeling very lethargic.

A lack of sleep can make you very forgetful, and can also lead to a reduced amount of cognitive brain activity which means you won’t be able to sleep effectively. So we took the time to gather some sleep tips from our friends at the Sleep Council to help you make the most of your mid-party season snooze.

Bedroom surroundings

It may sound obvious, but having your bedroom as dark as possible helps you doze off because it encourages production of a hormone called melatonin, which helps promote restful sleep. Even a fraction of light, from items such as laptops, mobile phones or an alarm clock, will reduce the production of this hormone to lower levels.

Small Electric Chrome Clock

Keeping your bedroom cool is also another way to improve your sleep patterns. Our bodies are at their coolest early in the morning. So if you like your environment to be nice and toasty, beware that anything over 24c is likely to prove disruptive.

Turn down the noise

Noisy surroundings can be one of the most common sleep preventers, which ranges from noisy neighbours to frustratingly loud birds who decide to perch outside your window. However, steady sounds can have the opposite effect – believe it or not – which is why you can buy a ‘white noise’ CD to help you go to sleep. Investing in an old-fashioned, ticking clock could also be a great way to regulate your sleep pattern. Although some may find this trivial, studies show that listening to a steady tick night after night can improve the regularity of your sleep pattern.

Sleeping is also aided by reading, according to the Great British Bedtime Report by the Sleep Council, who reported that 39% of bedtime bookworms said that they slept well after reading.

Comfort is crucial

If you’re heading back from a work office do, there’s nothing worse than finding your bed too uncomfortable when all you want to do is doze off. Everyone wants something different from their bed, whether that’s a bit of extra protection for a troublesome back, or wanting a bit of a space buffer to help distance yourself from your partner’s snoring. If this is a problem for you, investing in a zip & link mattresses means you are able to have the best tension for both you and your partner, without skimping on sleep. Our handcrafted zip & link mattresses are two mattresses of different tensions which can be connected to any other tensioned mattress, available in King and Super King sizes.

Zip & Link Mattress

So, if you stumble home from your next party worrying about catching up on your sleep, remember this checklist and you’ll be waking up to the sound of your alarm clock before you know it!

How to create a winter bedroom

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Create a winter bedroom

Winter has arrived – with red noses, bobble hats and a biting nip in the air. Whilst we’re all out toiling during the day, the one thing that warms the cockles is the thought of heading home to a warm, snug den. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be heading straight to the slippers and throwing on a thick woolly jumper. But nothing will beat a thick, faux fur throw and large cushion to cuddle. No one looks forward to the cold arriving, and it seems us Brits will never get used to our sad lot of weather!

Silvers and greys

We’ve put together some winter looks to inspire you into creating your own winter den to hibernate in. We love grey, silver and neutral palettes when teamed with bold pops of colour. Winter doesn’t have to be dull, add glass to create a gorgeous reflective light in your room. Faux fur is very on trend right now. Whether you love wearing it or adding subtle touches to your room – we’re seeing it everywhere.

Versailles Bedstead

Bohemian

For a light and airy winter bedroom, we love white-washed floors and crisp white linens. Hang rustic photo frames on the wall to create a feature, and opt for our Versailles bed. The Versailles is so versatile and looks great with any of our French furniture. For a wintery look, add darker colours to the room, such as our petrol linen cushion. The more layers you add, the more sumptuous your bed will feel.

Hotel chic

Create a hotel experience at home with our upholstered beds. We love our silver Armani fabric on our Berkeley bed – it’s so chic and so perfect for winter. It looks gorgeous with a faux fur throw, grey layers and crisp white linens. Add metallic lamps for a sophisticated sheen. These gorgeous greys and silvers will work effortlessly with bright colours, such as hot pink or magenta. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the colours.

Provence Range

Winter Sale Preview

When better to give your room a wintery update than during our Winter Sale Preview? We’re offering an extra 20% off sale prices until Sunday 7th December across all our beds, bed linens, furniture and accessories. Make sure you quote the code PREVIEW14 to take advantage of this special pre-Christmas treat! If you don’t have anything in mind, then you may want to browse our stylish new Provence range, which is sure to keep you feeling warm in colder temperatures with its sleek deep cherry finish. Indulging in these cosy surroundings means you can turn your home into an escape from the icy weather.

Also, why not take a look at our online Winter Sale brochure, which you can either download from our website or request a copy to be delivered to your home address.

Have you got your eye on anything in particular this winter? Or, better still, have you got a winter wishlist? Let us know in the comments :) 

James Ward

Black Friday 2014

Posted by James Ward, Friday, November 21, 2014

So next Friday isn’t just your average Friday. Instead, it’s the Friday where people flock to the shops or onto their laptops to try and grab a bargain. Taking a quick scan of the internet, it’s clear to see why Black Friday – which takes place in the UK on Friday 28th November 2014 – is growing in popularity. 

Jaw-dropping discounts, price crashes and flash sales have meant that the American craze eventually travelled all the way across the pond. And the event has even travelled all the way to Chichester, as Head Office and Feather & Black stores across the UK gear up for another busy day of trading!

Metal beds

History of Black Friday

But before then, Black Friday was only known to those who lived in the United States. It has always taken place the day after Thanksgiving, where millions of shoppers headed for the sales still full from their traditional Thanksgiving feasts, trying to make a saving on their Christmas shopping lists.

The Black Friday term was first used in the 1960’s and ever since, lots of American workers have taken the day off to buy lots of discounted items because it’s not an official holiday day!

Internet Shopping

Interestingly, Black Friday has boomed since the internet took over the retail market. More and more, consumers are choosing to shop online because they don’t want to wait outside in the early morning chill alongside the rush of other shoppers. Then, after the invention of mobile-friendly and tablet websites, browsing before you buy couldn’t be simpler. This all means Black Friday 2014 promises to be the biggest yet in the UK.

Shopping for the best online deal on any other day of the year could be a long, unforgiving task but, on Black Friday, you may just be rewarded for your efforts when you find your perfect item on sale for a fraction of your budget. Just think, you could find the perfect item to help complete your new home’s makeover, or you could find a great Christmas present for a loved one! We will be revealing our Black Friday discounts on the 28th, but in the meantime why not take a look at some of our contemporary furniture ranges here.

Gatsby

Cyber Monday

Black Friday’s appeal has now grown so much that, in the United States especially, excitement has spilled over into the creation of Cyber Monday, allowing shoppers yet another day bargain hunting

This doesn’t mean you should wait until Cyber Monday to do your shopping because the best giveaways often fly off the shelves on a first-come-first-served basis. So make sure you prioritise your time next Friday!

Make sure you hop on to the Feather & Black website as soon as you can on Friday 28th November to take a look at our Black Friday products. We will be asking for your opinions via our social media platforms during the run up to Black Friday, so keep an eye out to have your say!

Facebook  Twitter Pinterest  

Until then, why don’t you let us know what’s on your Black Friday wishlist?

James :) 

Natalie Williams

Is it time for a new mattress?

Posted by Natalie Williams, Monday, November 17, 2014

With so many options and differing information out there about mattresses, it can be a confusing topic. How do you know what mattress you need? But don’t worry; we completely understand that you need straight forward information. You don’t want to wade through technical details only to come out the other end even more confused.

Don’t let this overwhelming subject put you off though, as speaking from experience I can promise you that investing in a big, beautiful mattress will make so much difference to not only your sleep, but to your life as well.

Take a look at these tips for checking if you’re due a new one.

  1. Are you sleeping better on a different mattress?
  2. Do you wake up with aches and pains?
  3. Are you being disturbed by your partner?
  4. Is your mattress 7 or 8 years old?
  5. Does it feel lumpy or make noises during the night?
  6. Do you and your partner roll towards one another at night?
  7. Would you want anyone to see it without the covers on?

If you can say ‘yes’ to any of the above, then you need a new mattress. We’re here to help you find the right one.

Mattress Production

When shopping for mattresses, it’s always a good idea to lie on the different mattresses for at least ten minutes, with your partner, and in comfortable clothing. After all, your new mattress could last you up to 8 years.

Open Coil mattresses

These mattresses are great for guest rooms or child beds. They’re made from single springs, held together with one wire. They move as one, so we don’t recommend our open coil mattresses if you’re sharing a bed with someone, as they do tend to wear out a little quicker. But if you need an economical solution for your child’s bed or an infrequently used guest bed – these are perfect. Our open coil mattresses come in a single size; check out the Jupiter for a medium-firm support base.

Everyday Pocket Sprung mattresses

We think these mattresses are a great choice for an older child, teenager or for a guest room. The everyday mattresses come with up to 1800 pocket springs. The pocket springs are individually sewn into fabric pockets, and work independently to respond to your movement. They’re great if you’re sharing a bed with someone, as you’re less likely to be disturbed by their movements.

Milton Mattress

Luxury Pocket Sprung mattresses

These are our most luxurious range of mattresses. From 2,000 individual pocket springs, up to 17,000 – these mattresses are perfect for sharing a bed. The extra pocket springs provide unparalleled comfort and support. Our luxury range of mattresses also use natural, home grown fillings such as wool and silk – designed to create a heavenly soft layer and keep your temperature better regulated. Our luxury range is hand made on our Yorkshire farm, so you can sleep easy knowing you’re getting the best night’s sleep possible. Take a look at our recent visit to Harrison's Farm here!

Harrison's Mattresses

Natalie Williams

Harrison Spinks Mattresses

Posted by Natalie Williams, Thursday, November 13, 2014

Last week we had the exciting opportunity to travel to Leeds for a couple of training days with Harrison Spinks; the brand behind our most exclusive range of luxury mattresses.

Farm life

Taking a look around the farm, it’s clear to see the care in place to ensure that the upmost quality control goes into the making of the mattresses. From lavender fields to hedgerows, the farm is a delight, spread across 300 acres of beautiful Yorkshire dales and abundant with wildlife. The farm boasts environmentally friendly crops to make the Hempure fillings; a key component that makes our mattresses so cosy and soft.

Harrison Spinks Farm

The farm invests in environmentally friendly technically researched crops to make fillings blends, for the most luxurious softness and ultimate quality. By using natural, home grown fillings such as mohair and silk along with the wool from our furry friends, the mattresses are designed to create a heavenly soft layer and keep your temperature better regulated whilst sleeping.

Pocket springs

We also got the opportunity to visit the factory, and saw first-hand the numerous stages that go into putting together a Harrison’s mattress. The factory was abundant with buzzing machines; all working hard to coil and compress the springs ready to be packed into the mattresses. We also tested the springs first hand- for quality control of course!

Harrison Spinks Factory

Our pocket sprung mattresses have individual springs housed in fabric pockets, working independently to support the mattress. Using the revolutionary spring within a spring system, the outer spring supports the lighter areas of the body such as arms and legs, and the inner spring supporting heavier areas such as shoulders and hips. In addition, all luxury pocket sprung mattresses feature the high density spring system which reduce pressure points when sleeping and offer the ultimate night’s sleep.

Mattress fillings

We enjoyed watching the mattresses being hand side-stitched, and even had a go ourselves. This traditional method ensures the mattress has a really secure structure. Next comes the filling; silk, cashmere, lamb’s wool and mohair are just some of the fillings which make the luxury pocket sprung mattresses. We wanted to jump right in whilst watching them being filled, it just goes to show how much sumptuous filling is used to make them super snuggly. After careful hand-tufting and tape edging, the mattresses were ready to be packed up and sent off to the customers. We definitely got stuck in during all stages of the process!

Harrison Spinks Factory

It was great to see first-hand the care and precision that produces such luxurious and premium mattresses. Our Harrisons range of mattresses come in all tensions and firmness levels to ensure a tailored night’s sleep for your needs, take a look here to find your perfect fit.

Also a big thank you to Steve from Bristol who captured some great moments from the training days with these photos!

Natalie Williams

Halloween cake recipe

Posted by Natalie Williams, Wednesday, October 29, 2014

With Halloween just around the corner and half term in full swing, I was inspired to get baking and make some fun little cupcakes during the aftermath of the Great British Bake Off (we were definitely obsessed in the office). The buzz surrounding Halloween year after year just seems to increase, meaning I was pretty spoilt for choice when it came to choosing cake decorations, with nearly every high street shop having something to offer! I found some great cake decorations in Waitrose made from sugar icing that I thought would add just the right level of chic to my cakes. I also found some luminous green food colouring and cupcake holders from John Lewis to finish the look.

Halloween fairy cakes

The recipe I used was really simple and easy to do - a good idea for half term little ones who may be coming to a mid-week halt with activities to do. The whole process only took around an hour and was fairly pain-free, even for an amateur baker like myself! Fairy cake recipes are quick and easy to make, which means saving on vital washing up afterwards that no one really wants to tackle, especially during half term.

The ingredients

8tbsp soft margarine (I used Stork for extra softness)

115g/4oz caster sugar

2 eggs

115g/4oz self-raising flour

1 bowl of icing sugar

Green food colouring

Cake Angel Halloween decorations

Ingredients

Fairy cake method

It was literally as simple as mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl, and whisking. When baking previously I don’t normally use an electric whisk, however it definitely made such a difference to how quickly the cakes rose in the oven. The cake mixture makes around 12 cakes easily, so for larger quantities it can be doubled.

Mixing

With the oven pre-heated to 180 degrees, I doubled up on cupcake holders in order for the bottoms to not become too greasy, and then removed them once they had cooled down. Filling each holder about ¾ of the way full seemed to produce fairly even sized cupcakes.

Cake process

Half term recipe ideas

The rest is cake decorating history. I made the icing fairly thick in order for it to sit neatly on top of the cake, and had fun decorating with the scary Halloween faces. One thing I’ve noticed, this year especially, is the amount of Halloween-inspired recipes there are available out there to really make the most of the holiday. Check out Sainsbury's chocolate apple recipe here, for another half term alternative.

Halloween cakes

Have you baked anything spooky this year? Let us know in the comments :)

Natalie Williams

Clocks go back 2014

Posted by Natalie Williams, Friday, October 24, 2014

It’s that time of year again, where the trees are shaking their leaves off and the evenings are getting darker. The clocks officially go back by one hour at 2am on Sunday 26th October. The clocks go back and forward to make the most of the sunlight. In this instance we’re going to gain an hour, and have lighter evenings and darker mornings. When the clocks go forward in March, we lose an hour and enter British Summer Time (BST). When the clocks go back we enter Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Daylight saving first began in the UK on 21 May 1916. This enables us to be more productive in the evenings, and maybe fit some exercise in. Of course we also end up spending a little less on electricity. For a lot of us it now simply signals the beginning of winter.

Get cosy

When the clocks go back it reminds us of the drawing in of summer, and the impending darkness of winter. Sounds ominous right? Luxury Microfibre DuvetIt doesn’t have to be. I like nothing better than snuggling up under a gorgeously sumptuous throw and reading a good book – and if you’re lucky enough to have an open fire, even better. The clocks going back means it’s time to get the winter duvet out, dig the big cushions and heavy throws out, and really layer up. Take a look at our Luxury Microfibre Duvet for a comfy solution.

Check out our Luxury Microfibre Duvet with a yummy 300 thread count to maintain as much warmth as possible!

Adjusting your children’s bed times

Explaining to children that they can (please) stay in bed for an extra hour is very difficult. It’s sometimes a good idea to give them a bit or warning and make it more of a fun game. Get them excited about it, start a countdown calendar to ‘winter time’. Then they’ll be prepared for it when it comes. It might sound a bit over the top, but it will encourage them to think of staying in bed an extra as fun and exciting rather than annoying. An alternative idea is to slowly shift their bedtimes so they’re going to be a little bit later every day. You shouldn’t need more than one-two weeks to do this if you do it in 15 minute increments. Once they adjust to the first shift, you can move it again by 15 minutes and so on.

Why is it hard to get up early?

Interestingly, we sleep in cycles of 90 minutes. So if we wake up during one of the cycles, it’s much harder to wake up and get going. So get a pen and paper and work out when you’re typically falling asleep, and when you’re waking up. It can be as simple as just adjusting your bedtime by 15 minutes or so. And if all else fails, remember we get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday 26th – so enjoy!

Lightbulb

Natalie Williams

Autumn bedroom furniture sale

Posted by Natalie Williams, Friday, October 10, 2014

Shopping for new bedroom furniture can be a lengthy task, especially with the aid of search engines and bedroom sale comparison sites sifting through hundreds of deals, leaving you with an even bigger decision at the end. Investing in new furniture and bedsteads requires a lot of thought and can’t be taken lightly; the perfect opportunity to announce our autumn sale event!

Starting tomorrow, we’re offering up to 20% off our bedroom furniture, lasting for one week from the 11-19th October. We hope our fantastic discount will allow you to buy some brand new bedroom furniture for your home, for less. We are also now hosting our brand new website design, so have a nosey around and enjoy!

October Event

Bed and mattress discounts

We have a wide range of wooden, iron and upholstered beds to suit all interiors, made even more affordable by our October sale event. Whether it’s a new design or different style of comfort you’re tempted by; our bed sale has both. The Tosca Bedstead comes in a smart black finish with solid brass finials; perfect for an updated autumnal look, and can be accessorised with matching furniture such as the Tosca Bedside and cosy bedding in preparation for winter.

If you can’t remember when you last refreshed your mattress or pillows- it’s probably an ideal time for an update! Our beautiful range of luxury mattresses feature expert spring technology and are filled with super soft natural fillings, step in store to ask an advisor about which mattress firmness will be best for you.

Tosca Bed

Wooden beds

Adding a wooden bed to your home can instantly bring a cosy and homely atmosphere to any room, whether it’s a spare room or master bedroom. Our Swift Bedstead mixes sweeping curves with pretty panelling, and its solid wood foundation makes it a worthwhile investment especially during our bed sale. Matching items such as our Swift Bedside and Dressing Table will also qualify for up to 20% discount, creating the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing evening in after a long week at work.

Swift Bed

Children’s bedroom furniture

With October half term coming up, it can present a great opportunity to refresh your little one’s bedroom with a new lease of life, especially in preparation for the festive season. Our Noah Bunk Bed is a helpful option when space is of the essence, and can be tucked away to leave more room for children’s storage solutions and bedroom accessories. Tidy away toys and activities with our matching storage options, such as the Noah Toy Box or Noah Bookcase, and rest assured about the Christmas chaos that awaits.

As a general rule of thumb, mattresses need changing every 5-10 years. However, bouncing kids, heavy usage, and unequal pressure distribution can all affect the shelf life of a mattress. Why not try our Christie mattress for your little one, providing the perfect firmness for a restless-free night’s sleep.

Mattresses

Do you have your eye on anything in our autumn event? Let us know in the comments :)

Rachael Haydon

AW Trends 2014

Posted by Rachael Haydon, Thursday, October 09, 2014

With autumn on our doorsteps, we thought we’d take a trip to London to see what AW14 trends had emerged into fashion and interiors. We were particularly taken with Regent Street, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street where we were lucky enough to visit Anthropologie, Zara Home, Heals and Selfridges, to name but a few.

AW14 colours

Anthropologie window and soaprock

For our AW14 photo-shoots we featured rustic shaker-style furniture, sanded floorboards, white-washed walls and strong pops of colour against a back-drop of crisp, white linens. Throughout the stores we visited we saw a similar trend. Anthropologie was heavily styled in deep russets and golden hues. Their white bed linen featured bright autumnal colours of blue, yellow and orange, with eclectic autumnal scenes. Rope-work lamps and orange painted industrial-looking walls made the store look very edgy. Our Versaille collection perfectly captures the AW14 trend. The soft, intricate motifs carved on the bed, with caned headboard is beautiful when teamed with bright, white linens. We love it with a bright cushion and contemporary chevron throw.

AW14 fabrics and materials

versaille


This autumn we’re layering up to create cosy rooms to hibernate in as it gets cold and chilly outside. We love muted greys and soft palettes this season, as they work beautifully with pops of colours. Our Moss Stitch Silver throw is gorgeously heavy and luxurious. Team it with an aubergine cushion and you’ve created a beautiful autumnal look. Faux fur is making a come-back like never before, and looks divine with silvers and subtle additions of copper. Our faux fur throws and cushions are unbelievably soft and warm – a timeless investment. We love these throws in a room with glassware, to add light and soften the look. On visiting Zara Home we saw colourful glassware, from greens to ambers – stunning with white bed linens. This store also had thick faux fur layers, tartan prints, country cottage patterns and animal motif prints.

What we’re seeing as an overall AW14 trend is a bright, bohemian style. Rustic oranges and reds complemented with bright blues, yellows and greens. The look is finished with glassware and crisp white linens, faux fur throws and heavy layers.

 

Updating for autumn on a budget

If you’re on a budget, we recommend investing in accessories and layers. Take a look at our beautiful glassware, and pick your favourites. Add tea-light candles to the glassware. Nothing beats crisp, white bed linen, teamed with heavy luxurious throws. The finishing touch must be a bright cushion to set the look off perfectly.

Rachael Haydon

Bedroom furniture

Posted by Rachael Haydon, Monday, October 06, 2014

You might be thinking of updating your bedroom furniture, and investing in a new bed. But with so many choices available, do you head to a bed store or buy online? Browsing online means you can find the best bed sale, in the best bed shop. You often have access to exclusive online discounts and products that you won’t find in store. Buying online has become one of the safest ways to pay. Not only is it safe, but it’s the most convenient way to shop. The internet doesn’t close at 5.30pm, in fact it never closes. But does this emerging online shopping trend mean we’re losing that human touch?

Bedroom furniture online

In the UK, 39% of people say they shop online every week, and interestingly people are using their mobiles and tablets to browse and buy as well. The ability to browse before you buy is a fantastic way of finding the right beds sale, bed or bedroom furniture for you. Browsing online means you can take your time to find the best bed shop. It allows you to research styles, prices and find your dream bed or bedroom furniture. You might think that purchasing a larger item such as a bed or bedroom furniture needs to happen in store. But we’re finding that more and more people are buying online instead. Our metal beds, such as the Oliver bed, are popular choices online, along with our contemporary wooden beds.

Swift

We’ve even made it easier than ever to buy upholstered beds online. Our standard upholstered beds come in a range of fabric choices, and the best part is you can order a free fabric sample to touch and feel in your own home. Once you’re happy with your choice, simply select your fabric choice online, and add to your basket. It saves you the hassle of going in store, but still allows you to make sure it’s the right choice for you.

Visit your local bed store

But when it comes to really indulging in a bespoke item, such as a bespoke upholstered bed, nothing beats going into a bed store to touch and feel it yourself. We encourage everyone to chat to our sleep experts to find the perfect fabric for you. With over 2,000 to choose from, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re completely happy with your choice. According to PWC’s latest survey, 73% people would go in store to see, touch and try the merchandise. So we think buying online is great – it’s convenient and reliable, but we know how important it is to absolutely love your purchase. We recommend browsing online to find your dream bed and bedroom furniture, and then visiting a bed shop to really get to know your choice. It’s because of this that we’ve created a helpful store locator page. It allows you to quickly and easily find your nearest bed store. Give your local bed shop a call to make an appointment, or just pop in for a chat. Our sleep experts are always ready to help with any query you have. Often our bed stores will have special lines that have been discounted, and these will show on their store pages on the locator page.

Berkeley

The right bedroom furniture

We’re also seeing a trend of people visiting stores to touch and feel the products, chat to our sleep experts and get a really good idea of what they like, before heading online to make the final purchase. This is the perfect way of making sure you love your bedroom furniture or bed and still having the convenience of going home for a cup of tea and then purchasing online.

Choosing the right bedroom furniture, chest of drawers or wardrobe is just as important as buying the right bed. That’s why we’ve made sure all our photography is as good as it can be, showing you all the little details and colours. It’s quicker, easier and reliable when buying online – you can immediately see what stock is available and how long delivery will be. Our lives are busy enough as it is, without trying to find time to hit the shops. But if you want to see your bedroom furniture in person, just head to your local store.

Gatsby

Finding a bed sale

So how do you make the decision to buy online? You need to feel safe, secure and reassured about your purchase. We’ve made sure all our images, dimensions and descriptions are accurate; making it easier for you to choose. You can see when our stock is due, find out about deliveries, check out our great customer reviews and really get to know your new bed or bedroom furniture. You can even browse our inspiration pages or brochure online to get ideas for your home. If that wasn’t enough to get you ready for purchasing online, don’t forget that it’s easier to find out what latest discounts and beds sale we have on. Simply enter your discount code at the checkout to take advantage of the offer. Nothing beats good old fashioned human contact though, so if you want to chat through your ideas or purchase over with someone, just give us a call and we’ll be able to talk you through everything – from dimensions, what we recommend for the season, to tips on choosing your mattress.

Finding the right bedroom furniture is key to achieving your dream bedroom look. If your bedroom furniture needs replacing or you want a whole new style, we have some stunning ranges designed to create inspirational rooms and most importantly, help you get a great night’s sleep.

Talk to us

Over 60% of PWC’s respondents said they used social media to follow, discover and give feedback on retailers. We love to hear why you loved your new bed or bedroom furniture, and if anything hasn’t gone how you’d like it, we want to hear about that as well. Take a look at our social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, let us know what you think and send in your photos!

Do you prefer shopping online or in store? Tell us in the comments!

 

Last Friday we attended the V&A Wedding Dress exhibition, and if we didn’t already love weddings enough, we certainly do now!

The exhibition focuses on wedding dresses from the late 1700’s through to the present day, and features some of the most prestigious and fashionable original garments in history. The elegant work from key fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Vera Wang and Charles Frederick Worth, provides a wide array of approaches to the timeless white dress; making the exhibition a fashionable feast for the eyes.

1700's Wedding Dresses

With soft mood lighting and simplistic interior decoration, the exhibition was a breath of fresh air after the hustle and bustle of Exhibition Road. The downstairs garments begin in 1775, boasting luxurious fabrics and feminine frills worn by notable figures during the era. Something that struck us most was just how tiny the waistlines were, and the sheer capacity of material used on each dress to decorate and accessorise; these dresses can’t have been light garments to wear all day! Wedding dresses during the late 1700’s were all about the excess; the more decoration the better, with large under-skirts and puffed out sleeves.

1700's Wedding Dresses

1800's Wedding Dresses

Wedding dresses during the 1800’s adopted more of a simpler design, dropping to the floor in silky, thin fabrics as opposed to bigger is better. Brides during the 18th century didn’t always wear white, as we soon gathered admiring Harriet Joyce’s wedding attire, decorated with cream frills and pretty cuffs. It is believed Harriet made the choice to go against traditional white, not because she was rebelling, but because at the age of 35 she thought herself too old to wear white. Personal quotes from family and friends involved in the weddings were a thoughtful touch to the exhibition, and helped to provide background and intimacy to the garments, such as Queen Victoria recalling her daughters’ special day.

1800's Wedding Dresses

Royal Weddings

We then moved on to a nostalgic projector playing the Royal Family’s most recent weddings, such as the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ ceremony. The slideshow created a definite air of excitement and pride amongst exhibition visitors; which we were guilty of watching at least twice before carrying on!

Celebrity Culture

Upstairs contained the celebrity garments, such as Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani’s wedding dresses from the past couple of decades. We were particularly impressed with Kate Moss’ attire, which stunned with pretty, silver detailing in the train and a long, lacy veil. The upstairs exhibition focuses on the impact celebrity weddings have on society, with online tools such as social networks providing an enormous platform to plan and create conversation on. Celebrity wedding coverage has resulted in a substantial increase of spending within the sector, and has resulted in the industry expanding to be bigger now than ever before.

Celebrity Wedding Dresses

Leading us gracefully throughout the years, the glitz and glamour of the upstairs exhibition was impossible to ignore. The soft, ambient music playing in the background allowed for contemplation on how times really have changed, and for us to tap into the emotional and personal memories held within the beautiful garments.

Which was your favourite era of wedding attire? Let us know in the comments :)

Natalie Williams

The Chevron Trend

Posted by Natalie Williams, Monday, September 08, 2014

From bed linen to wallpaper, curtains to furnishings; the chevron trend is absolutely everywhere- and we love it! This long-standing trend Orange Chevron Pouffehas been emerging for a couple of years now, and isn’t showing signs of slinking away quietly any time soon. Not only have we seen chevron branch out from its traditional and simple two-toned colour, but as the new seasons continuously roll in, the pattern itself is evolving from the traditional zig zag design into something even more original. It only takes a Google search to discover the innovative ways in which some are implementing the trend into their homes, so here are a couple of ideas we have come up with to add a pop of chevron to your home.

Bed Linen

A neutral, zig zag throw is the perfect soft layer to throw over our beds as the temperature outside begins to drop into the autumnal season. The earthy colours allow it to compliment many different home décor themes, and adds a pop of Zig Zag Throw and Cushioncontemporary modernism to your indoor interior. Made from soft and cosy cotton, this throw is ideal for the upcoming wintery months, and also pairs up with our zig zag cushion to create the perfect match.

If you’re not too sure about the chevron trend, or simply aren’t 100% on how it will work in your home, our chevron cushions add a burst of personality without overcomplicating their colourful charm. Coming in shades of white, duck egg and coral, our chevron cushions effortlessly compliment each other, and can also add a pop of colour on their own in a neutrally themed room set.

Chevron Cushions

Entertaining

Our chevron pouffes just ooze of fun and laughter, and are suitable for either inside or outdoor décor. Imagine these fun footstalls positioned on decking in your garden as you entertain guests, or waiting sensibly in your lounge in preparation for excitable little visitors (and no we don’t mean pets, we mean little ones!) Available in a range of vibrant colours, our chevron pouffes make a statement in any home, and are a great method of additional seating with a non-traditional charm.

Take a look at one blogger's review of our ivory and black chevron pouffe here, and how it's fast becoming a handy board game stool for her little one :)

Chevron Pouffes

Top Trend Tip:

The more we see the chevron trend evolve, the more it subconsciously creeps into our lives without us knowing. If you are seduced by the chevron trend and simply need more of it in your life, a great top tip is to create a chevron art piece for your room. To achieve this, simply etch a zig zag pattern into cardboard or freezer paper, and use it as a stencil to spray paint onto a blank canvas using your chosen colours. And voila! A customised and on-trend addition to your décor that is guaranteed to turn heads.

All in all, the chevron trend is here to stay, so why not embrace it with one of our contemporary twists on the idea. We’ve also created a Pinterest board full of unique ideas on how to add the modern trend to your life, tell us in the comments if you’ve already made the chevron move :)

Rachael Haydon

Read a book day

Posted by Rachael Haydon, Friday, September 05, 2014

The King's Curse book review

To celebrate read a book day we’ve reviewed Philipa Gregory’s latest book: ‘The King’s Curse’. Set in turbulent 1500s England, the story opens with a young Margaret Pole. Once a prominent figure in the old Plantagenet royal family; Margaret’s family worry she will be seen as a threat to the Tudor throne, and is married into obscurity to Sir Richard Pole.  This all changes once young Arthur Tudor ascends to the throne with his beautiful new wife Katherine of Aragon. This love story ends sadly, and thus begins the tyrannical reign of younger brother, Henry VII.

The story changes and progresses with tumulus ups and downs as Margaret and her family teeter on the edge of loyalty to the throne and her beloved queen and princess. Margaret has been raised to fear for her life and take sanctuary in an unwavering loyalty to the Tudors. The decisions she makes throughout the book are both frustrating and key to her line’s survival. The King’s Curse – aptly named after the White Queen’s curse to end the Tudor line – plots the course of Henry’s life and his slow descent into absolute tyranny. Margaret must hide her knowledge of her cousin’s curse in order to protect her family. Whilst it’s not clear how accurate the portrayal of historical events are, the story appears to beautifully recreate life at court in the 1500s. It’s easy to get swept away into the romance, tragedy and unthinking violence. You’ll find you not only relate to, but grow close to the characters in the book.

Arundel Chair

For the avid reader, it’s an easy read. But no less a real page-turner – I’ve found myself looking forward to curling up with the book in the evenings, and will be quite at a loss for something to do when I’ve finished it! But luckily for those just starting out with Philip Gregory, she’s written a series of books so you’ll be able to immerse yourself!

Curl up on this snuggly bed or chair and get reading! Let us know if you have a book to recommend in the comments!

Natalie Williams

French bedroom furniture

Posted by Natalie Williams, Friday, August 29, 2014

Introduce French Renaissance to your bedroom with the graceful Versailles bedstead, and relax in the effortlessly romantic atmosphere it brings. Our pretty new collection exudes pure luxury with carved motifs and feminine details; beautifully versatile to suit many interior styles. Here are some ideas on how to style this collection, from Bohemian chic decor to French-inspired elegance.

 

French beds

Heralding from the Baroque-Rococo era, our Versailles bedstead will sit beautifully in any bedroom. Styled with patterns or plain, the Versailles looks perfect in a rustic French bedroom, with Bohemian colours or in a simple white washed space. Add our Audrey Floral bed linen or simple White Waffle.

Versailles Bedstead

Bedroom lamps

Add the Lennon Lamp to any household room for an instant sparkle of personality. We love this lamp as it holds so Lennon Table Lamp
many opportunities to decorate your room by using a statement item. Be it nail varnishes, post cards or potpourri, this lamp can be filled (or left empty) to create intriguing and interesting interior lighting. We also think using battery-powered fairy lights inside would be a great option; ideal for welcoming guests over, or sophisticated dinner parties.

 

Bedside tables

Beautifully simple and effortlessly chic, our new Vizelle Bedside comes with two spacious drawers and a solid oak top. The Vizelle offers a vintage feel in a washed-out duck egg shade, complimenting many bedroom themes. Whether you are using this bedside as a practical storage space, or simply a beautiful statement, this Vizelle piece brings with it a calming tone and a sophisticated shabby chic feel.

Vizelle Bedside

Cushions

Get with the chevron trend this season and indulge in abundant zig zags; we LOVE chevron! 

Chevron CushionsFrom clothing to furniture, there is no doubt that this modern pattern is everywhere, and our Chevron cushions add an inviting burst of contemporary fun. Made from comfy cotton, cosy up to these colourful cushions and enjoy the autumnal evenings in style. The cushions come in a white, coral and duck egg shades, and paired with shabby chic furniture, complement the soft washed out tones of our Blenheim and Versailles collections.

 

Bedroom furniture

If you’re anything like us, a romanticised bedroom decorated with timeless vintage pieces is our idea of a dream. Our Emporium Chest boasts three large drawers, perfect for storing clothes and linens, and does it all in one big sweeping curve. The curves and swirls of the chest provide a feminine touch to your room, and perfectly reflect the French Baroque era.

Emporium Grande Chest

Our new Versailles range is wonderfully versatile and will compliment many other pieces from our different collections. Look to our Sienna and Loire ranges for additional feminine curves, to help create your French-inspired bedroom.

Rachael Haydon

Bank Holiday Bed Sale

Posted by Rachael Haydon, Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bank Holiday Bedroom Sale

August bank holiday signals the end of the school summer holidays, a much-anticipated break from the 9-5 and of course our amazing bank holiday sale! We’ve got an exclusive 15% off your purchase from 21-31 August, on top of our current sale prices. So there is no better time to be inspired to update your home for less.

Children’s Bedroom Furniture Sale

The August bank holiday sale is the perfect time to get your child’s bedroom ready for back to school. Invest in a beautiful new desk to inspire their creativity. They will be keen to get on with their homework if they have their very own kids desk.If you’re tired of the clutter, clever storage ideas can be a life-saver. The Noah storage units can be as big or as small as you like – both a stylish and handy way to get toys and knick-knacks off the floor!

Noah desk

Children’s Bed Sale

A new bed and mattress for a new term will help your child to feel refreshed and ready to go – and don’t forget, opting for a double bed will mean there’s another space to spread out and do homework, or have friends to stay! If your space is slightly smaller bunk beds and cabin beds can offer you a great space saving option. Have you seen our gorgeous Shoreditch sofa bed? It’s the perfect place to relax or to have as a spare bed for your child’s room, or as a handy pull out bed for an office or guest room.

Noah highsleeper

Bank Holiday Bedroom Furniture Sale

It’s not all about the kids; our bank holiday bedroom furniture sale is also the perfect time to get your guest room spruced up. A guest bed is a brilliant way to save room and create a beautiful environment for friends and family. They pull out into double beds, which are great for sleepovers and great for guests. Layer up with throws and linens to create a sumptuous feel – a home away from home. Create a space for guests to add personal belongings they may have brought with them, such as toiletries and books. Add a bookcase or bedside tables; ensuring you clear space for them.

Olivia day bed

Save on ornaments to dress your home. Adding a new lamp will create a warm atmosphere and highlight any accessories you have. Opt for glass as the light from your lamp will illuminate and reflect beautifully. Take a look at our Julia lamp review from blogger Carrie.

Bed Linen Sale

Not looking to replace any furniture? We also have some great discounts on gorgeous new bed linen. Our Luxury Plain Linen is a popular choice – coming in a range of gorgeous colours – it’s undeniably soft and luxurious. But if you’re looking for something with an exceptionally high thread count, the Hotel Collection Vienna bed linen boasts 600 thread count for an impossibly smooth, soft feel.    

What’s on top of your bank holiday sales wish list?

 

Rachael Haydon

Download our free sleep advice eBook

Posted by Rachael Haydon, Monday, July 28, 2014

You might remember us asking you all about your sleep routine earlier this year in our How Bad is Britain in Bed sleep survey. We then created an infographic of Britain, based on your results, showing locations that slept well or poorly, and why! Find your results on our infographic.

And that’s not all – we’ve been working hard to put together an all singing, all dancing sleep advice eBook! Our free eBook is full of advice and tips on how to sleep better, all based on your survey results. From how to drift off easier, tips on getting children to sleep, to the best bedroom environment for a good night’s sleep.

We’d love to hear what you think; whether you’d like to see something else in the next eBook or you have a question for us about sleep – let us know in the comments.

To download your free sleep eBook simply click below!

sleep ebook

Natalie Williams

How to create a summery bedroom

Posted by Natalie Williams, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It’s finally arrived; the season of late-night BBQ’s and relaxing in the garden, and we don’t know about you but we are ready for some sun! The summer season sees many home improvement opportunities arise, and when better to give your room a refreshing lick of paint than when there’s umpteen evenings to allow that all-familiar paint smell to disappear. Updating your bedroom surroundings can be a welcoming change, providing a new atmosphere for you to enjoy and relax in after a long day at work. We have put together a vintage-chic inspired theme that we hope will inspire you to dig out your overalls and get creative, accompanied with a selection of complimenting items from our sparkling summer sale.

Amelie Dressing Table

With a soft and natural shade on the walls, this Amelie Dressing Table is perfect to set the scene for your newly decorated bedroom. The elegant addition creates a relaxing and calming tone, and can be accessorised with pastel colours or pretty neutrals to suit your style. Also in our summer sale is the matching Amelie Dressing Table Mirror, complementing the feminine collection with distressed white paint and a beautiful carved detailing.

 

Mini White Hanging Heart

We love vintage or coastal inspired accessories. They add a beautifully personal touch, creating a unique space at minimal cost. Our favourite hanging accessory in the sale is this dainty Mini White Hanging Heart to dangle on the Dressing Table Mirror or from a bed post? We also spotted this clever DIY notice-board by Etsy on Pinterest that a young family member would be able to help out with, adding another natural shade to the palette.

Sienna Armchair

 

If you’re looking for a comfy addition for the corner of your room our Sienna Armchair offers an elegant solution. Beautifully British with Bohemian charm, this armchair provides a comfy alternative for reading a good book or just relaxing in the evenings. Position the Sienna by an open window or bookshelf and sit back and relax, enjoying some well-needed ‘you’ time.

DIY Tip: Why not make your own wall stencil using cardboard to create unique designs personal to you? We also sell glamorous pre-made wall decals that would add an instant personalisation to any bedroom.

Vintage Mirrored Frame

 

And last but not least, we suggest this classic Vintage Mirrored Frame (4x6) for just £12.50 to pop a photo in of your loved ones or treasured moment. This antique frame ties in elements from both the Amelie and Sienna collections, providing the opportunity to merge the two styles and create your unique bedroom setting.

These are just a few ideas for a vintage theme but we have lots more pretty accessories to help create your ideal bedroom on our website. Take a look and if you have any other DIY tips let us know in the comments below!

 

Natalie x