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How to: Get up earlier

Posted by Feather & Black, Friday, April 29, 2016

Waking up early is either a privilege or a pain; depending on what type of person you are. Some of us just love to get up early and enjoy the peace and quiet, while others want to keep hitting their snooze button. Making the change from a serial snoozer to an early morning riser is really tough, so we’ve collected some handy tips from around the web to give you some help.

The best method is to do it gradually – 10-15 minutes earlier for 2-4 days, until you feel used to it, and then repeat. For example, if you get up at 9.00am normally, it’s best to try 8.45am first rather than suddenly change it to 6.00am. Sudden changes of an hour earlier or more in your waking time are difficult, and not likely to last.

How to get up earlier

Sleeping patterns are difficult to change, and so the gradual method works much better. The same could be said for other patterns, such as eating habits or exercise routines. If you want to get fit, you wouldn’t start off by running a marathon on Day 1!

Another good way to help you get up earlier is to put your alarm clock away from the bed so that when it goes off, you’ll have to get up to turn it off. Also, when you get up, try drinking a glass of water immediately, this should help you feel more awake. You are dehydrated from not drinking enough through the night and so this will help you feel more alert.

Do you find it difficult to get up in the mornings? Let us know in the comments.

See you soon,

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Our Pick: Noah Midsleeper

Posted by Feather & Black, Monday, April 25, 2016

The reversible Noah Midsleeper combines fun and practicality for little ones; ideal for children who are growing up too fast.

The Midsleeper is not only one of our favourites, but one of our best-sellers too.


Noah Midsleeper

Leave us a comment if you think that the Midsleeper would suit your child!

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My perfect bedtime

Posted by Feather & Black, Friday, April 22, 2016

We caught up with Visual Merchandiser, Gemma, earlier in the week and talked about her #perfectbedtime. Here’s what she had to say:


F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime routine?

Gemma: A long bath, followed by jumping into a freshly made bed with crisp white linen.

F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime read?

Gemma: I have to admit at bedtime I don’t pick up a book but my phone and have a peek on Intsagram, Twitter & Facebook.

F&B: What or who is your perfect bedtime partner?

Gemma: Ahhh that’s easy…..Jenson Button!

F&B: What’s your perfect nightwear?

Gemma: Why spend money on nightwear when you have a duvet...

F&B: Where would be your perfect place to fall asleep?

Gemma: On a hot beach lying on a lounger with a beautiful view to nod off too. Or, referring back to Q 3 – next to Jenson Button!

F&B: Where would be your perfect destination to wake up?

Gemma: In a stilt hut over the ocean in the Maldives, waking up to the view of the crystal clear sea would be perfect.

F&B: What’s your perfect kind of bed?

Gemma: I have recently had a Manhattan Ottoman delivered, which I love as I can store so much away. It my room clutter-free and more room in the wardrobe to go shopping.

See you soon,

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Social: Pinterest

Posted by Feather & Black, Monday, April 18, 2016

Have you got a profile on Pinterest? We love a good ‘pinner’ because we’re no different; our profile offers home decor ideas, interior trends, DIY ideas for the home, seasonal recipes, children's bedrooms & much more!

Inspiration is sometimes hard to find and that’s why we love Pinterest so much. New ideas are so easy to come by and above all else, our boards aim to inspire your next interior refresh.


Head over to Pinterest now and start following our boards and don’t forget to pin away to your heart’s content. Add a comment to let us know how you got on!

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Top 3: Sleep Apps

Posted by Feather & Black, Friday, April 15, 2016

Sleep is so important for our health, general well-being and getting the most out of your day ahead. But how can you best track your sleep? Sometimes the brain can play tricks on us and we can wake up still feeling tired despite having slept for a number of hours.

Have you tried monitoring your sleep patterns before? We’ve reviewed our favourite sleep apps, so give one a try and see how you measure up:

  1. SleepBot

Sleepbot has three major features: a motion-tracker, a sound-recorder and a smart alarm. Its sound recording feature will detect talking, snoring or any bumps in the night, helping you to get a better idea of night-time disturbances in the morning. It also plots your results on interactive graphs.

Sleep Cycle

  1. Sleep Cycle alarm clock

The Sleep Cycle alarm clock claims that its app can pick the moment where you’re sleeping lightest, within a user defined 30-minute window, to wake you up gently from your slumbers. Again, this app monitors your sleep by using the phone’s microphone.

  1. Sleep Better

This app not only claims to monitor your sleep, but your dreams too, by allowing users to keep notes on their dreams and what percentage could be described as ‘good, bad or neutral’. Also, Sleep Better allows you to enter sleep variables into your tracker, such as dietary habits, exercise or alcohol intake information to help filter your results.


We’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried a sleep app before – did you think the results were accurate? Let us know on our social networks or add a comment below.

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Trend: Blue Bedrooms

Posted by Feather & Black, Monday, April 11, 2016

Did you know that blue bedrooms are on the up for Spring, especially darker indigo tones? However, you'll need to make sure you keep the dark and light balance in check by introducing a neutral coloured bedstead - contrast can be a very effective tool if implemented in the right way.

This helps to bring a brighter twist to a modern colonial kind of look. Brighter accents can come in the form of an eye-catching cushion or two; alternatively try a colourful throw (yellow hues matches well with blue), if you’re on the hunt for the perfect pop of colour.

Let us know on social if you're pining for a blue bedroom, or just add a comment below.

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How to: Create a feature wall

Posted by Feather & Black, Friday, April 08, 2016

Feature walls are simple but high impact ways to transform any room in your home. They can be a splash of colour or pattern that can bring a sense of individual styling.

The best feature walls are often quite vibrant and striking. For example, a darker colour looks great against surrounding light walls and helps create a focal point for your bedroom. The wall which is directly behind your bed is usually the best option when it comes to feature walls.

Once you’ve chosen your feature wall, the next big decision is to decide on the design. The number one rule is choosing something that you love. Full wall murals can look great, or picture walls can beautifully house your memories while also complementing the existing décor.

Feature Wall

Above all else, remember that dark colours will make the wall look closer to you; therefore the room will appear smaller. Light colours have the opposite effect and make the room appear larger. If you want to be subtle, choose colours that go with the rest of the room.


After the feature wall is finished, make sure you arrange the furniture to highlight the feature wall, hang paintings or pictures against it or use spotlighting to draw more attention to it. The best feature walls are noticed by your guests and can provide a good conversation starter too.

Have you got a feature wall in your home? Let us know on our social media accounts or in the comments below; we’d love to see your pictures too. We’ve started a feature walls Pinterest page as well, take a look if you’re in need of some inspiration!

See you soon,

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Our pick: Opulence Wall Mirror

Posted by Feather & Black, Monday, April 04, 2016

A well-placed mirror can make all the difference in your bedroom by creating the illusion of extra space. Our stunning Opulence Wall Mirror is our favourite:

Opulence Wall Mirror

With a sculptured twist frame and aged silver leaf finish, this wall mirror is eye-catching and versatile – suitable for mounting in a living room, bedroom or hallway.

Comment below if you'd like this mirror in your home.


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Social: Visit us on Facebook

Posted by Feather & Black, Friday, April 01, 2016

If you haven’t already taken a peek at our Facebook pages, then now is the time to ‘like’ our page because you just don’t want to miss out on any more exclusive content!

We use both our main F&B Facebook page and our Kids account to let you know about offers & promotions, competitions, inspiration pages and so much more. Keep an eye out for some behind-the-scenes images from our photoshoots (see below!) too, as well as the seasonal release of brand new products. 


Also, we use our Facebook page to run our ever-popular Advent competition, which takes place in December in the lead up to Christmas.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Facebook now and start joining in the conversation. 

Add a comment below to tell us what you'd like to see on our Facebook wall!

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Top 3: Ways to know if you need a new mattress

Posted by Feather & Black, Monday, March 28, 2016

March is National Bed Month and so what better time to talk about the health and general well-being of your mattress. If we really do spend one-third of our lifetime sleeping, then we think it’s very important that your mattress provides the comfort and support which you need.

Replace your mattress

Here are the top 3 signs which mean your mattress needs replacing:

  1. If you notice your mattress is becoming lumpy or squeaks when you sit on it, it’s definitely time for a new one.
  1. You’re supposed to feel refreshed when you get up in the mornings, but if you’re feeling tired or achy instead, your mattress is no longer able to give you the support you need.
  1. Getting a better night’s sleep in a bed other than your own is another sure sign that your own mattress isn’t up to scratch.

Do any of these signs sound familiar? Let us know on our social networks!

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