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How to: Minimise jet lag and tiredness

With an upcoming bank holiday weekend and the end of the summer holidays just around the corner, plenty of us will be travelling to and from different timezones over the next few days. That means jet lag can set in, but our expert advice can help you beat tiredness before, during and after your flight. Before Tempting as it is to stay up all night before you travel, so you're tired and more likely to sleep, is a risky tactic. Better to be fully rested before you travel and get a good night’s shut-eye before you embark on your journey....


August 26th 2016


Our Pick: Dawson Hypnos Mattress

Today’s product focus is our new Dawson Hypnos Mattress , which has a luxurious wool and alpaca filling mix with 2,000 pocket springs for sumptuous comfort. Our Dawson is a pillow top mattress, which helps provide you with a luxuriously soft and comfortable layer above the supportive pocket spring mattress. From £799.


August 22nd 2016


Top 3: Podcasts before bedtime

With hundreds of thousands of titles on offer; it’s a hard task to pick the best podcast for you. Here, we’ve collected a few of our favourites to keep your mind occupied while you relax in bed at night. The Adam Buxton Podcast Buxton’s interview-based podcast talks about a range of short stories and smart observations from the likes of Caitlin Moran and Louis Theroux. Keep listening for some entertaining, tongue-in-cheek DIY jingles too. Desert Island Discs We think that the long-running Radio 4 show’s archive, stretching back to the middle of the last century, is the pick of the...


August 19th 2016


Get the Trend: Monochrome

Black and white colour contrast is one of the best combinations when it comes to interior design. This versatile combination works well with other pops of brighter colour, plus this trend helps your bedroom express a new-age designer feel. However, this trend also has its pitfalls. Painting one of your walls exclusively black will mean that your room seems smaller than it actually is, so we’d only recommend dark walls if you’re lucky enough to have quite a large bedroom. If you’re keen on black though, we’d instead try a black rug against a neutral coloured floor space. Do you...


August 15th 2016


My Perfect Bedtime

This week, we talked to Jen Lazarides, F&B Milton Keynes Store Manager, about her #myperfectbedtime. Find out what she had to say below: F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime routine? After watching a good film with a nice cup of tea, I’d moisturise with a luxury body lotion, then slide into the bed with fresh clean bedlinen. The window and curtains must be open, as I like to see the sky and get some fresh air. I’d listen to some music and drift off to sleep quickly. What’s your perfect bedtime read? A hard to put down thriller, or an easy...


August 12th 2016


Our Pick: Marblehead Kids

Say hello to our new Marblehead Kids range, which offers the perfect balance of durability and classic styling. Crafted from oak, this collection’s clean lines and modern detailing deliver a versatile look for both girls and boys bedrooms. Would this range suit your little one’s bedroom? Let us know in the comments below. Keep your eyes peeled on our F&B kids Twitter account , where this week, this new range is hosting a #twittertakeover. Get involved by tweeting us ( @fandbkids ) using the hashtag #twittertakeover. See you soon, Feather & Black.


August 8th 2016


How to: Inspire a retro bedroom trend

There is no doubt that retro bedroom trends are back in a big way. Furniture design is similar to fashion in that designers gain inspiration from the past and fuse it with modern details and inspiration. If you want to update your home with a retro design but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help. Choose your favourite era Retro is all about digging into past eras. First, you need to decide which characteristics you enjoy and which fit your design style. Decide on your accessories If you’re not sure about taking the full plunge into a retro-inspired...


August 5th 2016


Get the Trend: Natural Materials

Take inspiration from rustic bedroom textures with a natural interior theme this Summer. We think bedrooms with natural materials add great character and warmth to your home. Our dedicated natural materials Pinterest board can help you get creative with your trend ideas. Do you think this trend would look good in your interior? Let us know in the comments, or on our social networks. See you soon, Feather & Black. Read more at http://www.featherandblack.com/blog#vSSqZ71QRUy4p6B5.99


August 1st 2016


Top 3: Upholstered Fabric Choices

Whittling down your favourite of our house fabrics can be a tough decision; we have 40 to choose from and you want to make the right choice. Do you just choose your favourite colours? Or do you opt for selecting a colour which suits your current bedroom style? We’ve picked our most popular house fabrics to help you along the way… Grey For the most sophisticated of bedroom looks, try grey fabric with white walls. An uncluttered grey bedroom can provide you with the perfect monochrome look. Pair grey with pops of colour, such as cushions or throws, if you’re...


July 29th 2016


Social: Google+

Keep on top of trends, interior inspiration and the latest competitions by searching for Feather & Black on Google Plus. Watch out for some behind-the-scenes images from our recent photoshoots too, as well as the seasonal release of brand new products. Visit our page now by clicking here. See you soon, Feather & Black.


July 25th 2016


My Perfect Bedtime

Find out more about F&B Area Manager Michael’s #myperfectbedtime routine below: F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime routine? I have a quick brush of my teeth before climbing under crisp clean sheets. What’s your perfect bedtime read? I have quick game of Championship manager on my iPad and then make sure my wife is asleep first so I don’t wake her if I snore! What or who is your perfect bedtime partner? My wife and occasionally our three year old boy Henry. What’s your perfect nightwear? T-shirt and boxers. Where would be your perfect place to fall asleep? At home. Where...


July 22nd 2016


Competition: Win a Tempur Bedding Bundle

Take part in our new competition, which launched today, and you could win a Tempur bedding prize worth £399, including 2 Tempur Pillows, a 5ft Tempur Fit Mattress Protector and a Tempur Sleep Mask. Let us know just how much you’d like to win this prize in the comments section below. Enter now here. Please note, this competition closes on Sunday 4th September 2016. T&Cs apply. Good luck, Feather & Black.


July 18th 2016


How to: Decorate kids bedrooms

A child’s bedroom has to take many forms because it’s used for sleeping, playing and working. Indeed, the best childrens’ bedrooms are multi-dimensional, but should also be a reflection of their personalities. Nursery White and airy is a good option for young children who aren’t quite old enough to need a bedroom-style setup. Space to let them play is important, as is child-friendly storage space. An easily adaptable, neutral themed nursery also gives you more flexibility as they grow up and start developing their initial ideas about their favourite colours. Children’s Bedroom As your child grows up, their bedroom starts...


July 15th 2016


Our Pick: Oliver Bed

One of our favourite best-sellers is Oliver; a traditional dorm-style bedstead in a bronze finish. Also available in Duck Egg, Warm White, Blue and Red colours. Oliver Bronze Double Was £425 Now £249


July 11th 2016


Top 3: Foods before bedtime

When our weary heads hit the pillow late at night, sometimes no matter how tired we think we are, we occasionally struggle to fall asleep. As we all know, sleep is vitally important for a healthy lifestyle and so below are a quick list of the good guys when it comes to helping you nod off. Cherries Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock. Previous studies have also revealed that cheery juice can also be effective in improving sleep duration. Jasmine Rice This type of rice is...


July 8th 2016


Get the Trend: Concrete

Not only does concrete appeal to our love of grey; the smooth finish gives objects a sleek industrial edge. Concrete is a trend that’s filtered down to the high street very quickly; see more inspiration on our Pinterest page. Let us know in the comments if you think concrete would look good in your bedroom. See you soon, Feather & Black.


July 4th 2016


How to: Best sleep on a plane

The worst part about a holiday is sometimes having to get up very early to catch a morning flight. Nobody wants to spend the first day of their summer getaway trying to recover, so try arriving refreshed by catching some sleep on the plane. If your budget can stretch to a business, or better still, first-class upgrade then it’s worth paying the extra amount if you want the best chance of being comfortable enough to doze off. If you want to sleep, make sure you also travel in non-restrictive clothes too. Avoid watching any in-flight entertainment on long haul flights,...


July 1st 2016


Win a Hypnos Cornwell Mattress

If your mattress isn’t giving you the comfort and support you need, try entering our latest competition where you can win a new Hypnos Cornwell mattress, worth £899. With 1,800 pocket springs, you'll be well on your way to the perfect night's sleep. Enter here. Competition closes on Sunday 17th July 2016. Good luck!


June 27th 2016


My Perfect Bedtime

We caught up with F&B Assistant Buyer, Charlotte and talked about her perfect bedtime. Here’s what she had to say: F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime routine? Charlotte: I have to make sure my bedroom is clear then I shower, tucked up into freshly dried sheets straight off the line. What’s your perfect bedtime read? I read to my daughter while having a cuddle, that’s about all I read before bedtime. What or who is your perfect bedtime partner? A very lovely mattress, without that, bed time will never be perfect. I probably should also include my husband! What’s your perfect...


June 24th 2016


Our Pick: Azulejo Jacquard Linen

Available in indigo blue and crisp white, our Azulejo Jacquard Linen is the perfect summer addition to your bedroom. Exclusively made in Portugal, this 100% cotton jacquard sateen takes inspiration from authentic Azulejo tile decorations. From £18


June 20th 2016


Top 3: Storage Solutions

We all like our home to look nice and tidy all the time, but the problem is we often just don't have enough storage to play with. However, we think Pinterest is a useful tool which can help turn your interior into a well-organised, ship-shape haven . Make use of your stairs Try turning your stairs into well-sized, pull-out drawers to help fix your storage woes. The room underneath your stairs are what some call ‘dead space’ – so make sure you fully take advantage. Baskets Baskets are nice little additions which can be dotted around the home to keep...


June 17th 2016


Get the Trend: Botanicals

Give your bedroom an on-trend update with the addition of green-natured botanicals this summer. This year, botanic and aquatic themes are due to play a major style role, but this trend can be difficult to implement with good effect. If you’re stuck for ideas, try starting to experiment with bold wallpapering adorned with plant-related artwork. Or, for a lighter take, try looking for the rich green textures of a plant’s leaves and put these on display in your bedroom. Act with caution and use these sparingly though; overcrowding your interior space with plants can look too overwhelming. Make sure you...


June 13th 2016


How to: Sleep better during exam season

Students across the country are right in the middle of exam season and might be starting to feel under pressure to get the grades their hard work deserves. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential if you want to perform at your best and so here are a few helpful tips to help you along the way: Try to go to bed early Late night TV just isn’t worth it on the eve of an exam, you’d be better off drifting off to sleep a little earlier than usual. Sleep is especially important during studying because it allows the brain...


June 10th 2016


Social: Follow us on Twitter

Our Twitter account is a must-follow if you want to keep up to date with our latest promotions, offers, discounts and much more. We’ll also let you know about our new competitions, and you can get access to some behind-the-scenes content too. So, if you don’t already follow us, try searching for either our main account ( @FeatherandBlack ) or our dedicated Kids account ( @fandbkids ) See you soon, Feather & Black.


June 6th 2016


Daniel Wade: My Perfect Bedtime

This week, Feather & Black MD Daniel Wade talks about his #perfectbedtime: F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime routine? Dan: I don’t have a bedtime routine per say…other than open the window for a cool night’s sleep! What’s your perfect bedtime read? Normally catch up on what’s going on in the world on Sky news. What or who is your perfect bedtime partner? My cuddly toy, Dan the Dog! What’s your perfect nightwear? T-Shirt and boxers. Where would be your perfect place to fall asleep? Mustique Island, in a hammock, under a palm tree, listening to the waves crash and the...


June 3rd 2016


Our Pick: Pineapple Lamps

Nothing says summer quite like our beautiful pineapple lamps ; the perfect accessory for your little one’s bedroom. Available in either mint or peach colours, this light's LED technology prevents heat being emitted, meaning it's safe to leave switched on through the night. £85.


May 30th 2016


Top 3: Sleep Beauty Routines

Did you know that your body repairs itself while you’re tucked up in bed at night? So make sure you’re giving yourself a helping hand when it comes to sleep beauty, because your slumber hours play a vital role in how you look. Suitable night time habits will improve your chances of having a healthier day-to-day appearance: Moisturise your skin When it comes to body repair, a good moisturiser will make sure it replaces the lost water in your skin. Double up on pillows Using two pillows means fluids won’t build up under your eyes or around your face. Try...


May 27th 2016


Get the Trend: Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

2016's Pantone Colour of the Year is a blending of 2 shades; Rose Quartz and Serenity , which represent calm and relaxation. The colour selections are said to aid general well-being, as well as provide an antidote to modern day stresses. Would either of these colours suit your bedroom? Let us know in the comments. Feather & Black.


May 23rd 2016


How to: Sleep better during Hay fever season

Did you know that two-thirds of Hay fever sufferers continue to experience symptoms while trying to sleep? Research reveals some are losing more than an hour of sleep a night as they struggle with streaming noses and itchy eyes during warm summer evenings. Minimising your Hay fever reactions can be difficult, but keeping your windows shut is vital if you want to limit the amount of pollen in your bedroom. Another tip is to avoid drying your bed linen on an outdoor clothes line – bed sheets pick up a lot of pollen if dried outside, so try to keep...


May 20th 2016


Competition: Win a luxury bedding bundle

Feeling fortunate? Then why not enter our competition to win a luxury bedding bundle, worth £345? Prize includes Goose Down king size duvet , a pair of Goose Down pillows and a Cotton Quilted king size mattress protector . Competition closes on Tuesday 31 st May 2016. Enter here: po.st/snqzid


May 16th 2016


My Perfect Bedtime

This week we spoke to Spirit FM presenter Kate Goddard as she talks us through her #perfectbedtime: F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime routine? Kate: Clean sheets on the bed, shower, fresh pjs, cuppa tea and a choc biscuit in bed in front of my favourite programme on the telly. F&B: What or who is your perfect bedtime partner? Kate: I like the bed to myself so I can stretch out, but if I have to share then cuddles are a must. F&B: What’s your perfect nightwear? Kate: My comfy pj bottoms and a black vest top F&B: Where would be...


May 13th 2016


Our Pick: Henley Nickel

Henley Nickel’s traditional castings and impressive finials give the bedstead a rather grand appearance. Our favourite metal bed is a popular choice for a range of bedroom themes and is also available in Antique Brass. From: £475


May 9th 2016


Top 3: Books to read before bedtime Read more at http://www.featherandblack.com/blog/may-2016#ROESP4YQ47kHyMLE.99

Don’t turn off the light straight away as reading before going to sleep can enhance your quality of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a regular reading slot can help prepare your body for sleep and also aid your mind separate your ‘sleep time’ from the stresses and worries of daily living. With this in mind, we’ve ranked our top 3 bedtime reads. 1. The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson To mark the 20 th anniversary of Bryson’s classic Notes from a Small Island, he makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed in...


May 6th 2016


Get the Trend: Weathered Oak

For the most refined of bedroom looks, try exploring the weathered oak trend . With its soft curves and beautifully crafted edges, a weathered oak theme can inspire your next interior makeover. Pair with earthy tones and light-coloured accessories for a co-ordinated look. See you soon, Feather & Black.


May 2nd 2016


How to: Get up earlier

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...


April 29th 2016


Our Pick: Noah Midsleeper

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. £799.


April 25th 2016


My perfect bedtime

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...


April 22nd 2016


Social: Pinterest

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...


April 18th 2016


Top 3: Sleep Apps

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: 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...


April 15th 2016


Trend: Blue Bedrooms

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....


April 11th 2016


How to: Create a feature wall

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...


April 8th 2016


Our pick: 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. £500 Feather & Black.


April 4th 2016


Social: Visit us on Facebook

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...


April 1st 2016


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

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. Here are the top 3 signs which mean your mattress needs replacing: If you notice your mattress is becoming lumpy or squeaks when you sit on it, it’s definitely time for a new one. You’re supposed to feel refreshed when you get up in the mornings, but if you’re feeling tired or...


March 28th 2016


How to: Best organise yourself for a house move

Packing for a house move is stressful at the best of times. Moving day is looming and you realise that you can't put off the packing any longer. What about those breakables and family heirlooms? Try planning ahead and reduce the potential for disaster on your moving day: Before you even start packing, make a priority list and consider what will need careful packing, and which items are covered for breakages. It’s also a good idea to estimate how many boxes you’ll need and where you’re going to get these from. If you’re packing any paint, bleach or aerosols –...


March 25th 2016


Our Pick: Herman Rug

Our Herman Rug is one of our favourite new spring season additions. Handwoven in rich wool, the Herman Rug brings a fresh twist on a traditional design. Try accessorising this rug with other blue hues to help freshen up a tired room. £350.


March 21st 2016


My perfect bedtime

Hatty works in the Marketing department at our Chichester HQ and we took the time this week to ask her about her #perfectbedtimes; here’s what she had to say: My perfect bedtime routine is to come home from work and have a nice warm bath! Then I’ll have some dinner and jump into bed nice and early (with freshly clean linen, of course!) to watch my favourite TV show, TOWIE. I just love to wear stretchy cotton pjs, fluffy socks and my lovely dressing gown when I’m in bed too. I don’t really read too often, but I do occasionally...


March 18th 2016


Competition: Win our Easter Bunny

Take part in our latest competition and you could be in with a chance to win our gorgeously large Jellycat Easter bunny; a perfect present for your Easter-loving little one! With cute floppy ears and a lusciously soft coat, our bunny will make an extra-cuddly addition to your child’s growing toy collection. Enter the competition now: po.st/H7qKGd


March 14th 2016


Top 3: Fictional bedrooms to stay the night

Your bedroom is your sanctuary and fictional characters are no different. A character’s bedroom is a reflection on their personality, helping to add some form of realism to their on-screen character. Some bedrooms are more iconic than others though, and here are our Top 3 bedrooms which we’d love to spend the night: Scarlett’s bedroom; Gone with the Wind The beautiful wall carvings of Scarlett’s interior make this bedroom a luxury setting. Large, dusty pink sweeping drapes and a matching upholstered bed had us dreaming about an interior fit for a princess. The Great Gatsby; Jay Gatsby’s bedroom A very...


March 11th 2016


Get the trend The Gold Rush

The gold grandeur of our upholstered Louis bedstead captures this season’s on-trend, beautifully bold bedroom look with perfection. Try to create rich and warm interiors for the most glamourous of bedroom settings and don’t forget to mix this colour palette with strong metals and neutral tones if you want to make a real impression. Vibrant hues like gold will certainly catch the eye of your guests but if you’re less certain about committing to such rich tones, then perhaps just change bedding, drapes or pillows before making more permanent colour changes. Why not take a closer look at our Gold...


March 7th 2016


How to: Iron your fitted sheets without an iron

Keeping your bed linen looking its best all of the time can be a little challenging, with bed sheets wrinkling up as soon as we get them out of our washing machines or dryers. But did you know there is no need to bring out the dreaded iron every time you want to iron out these creases? First, pop your fitted sheet onto your mattress, over your mattress protector. Then, lightly spray all of the sheet with water; don’t drench it but enough to give it a light covering. Now just pull the sheet tightly over all corners and leave...


March 4th 2016


Our Pick: Lille White

Lille White is our newest range and is simply perfect for refreshing your bedroom this Spring. We love its clean Colonial look which can be accessorised with hints of this Season’s on-trend blue and yellow colour palettes. Starting from £999.


February 29th 2016


Sleep tips for the road ahead

A well-earned UK escape was the perfect way to spend half-term for many families this week but now as schools gear up for the start of another term, it’s almost time to pack away your things and make the long drive home. With the roads expected to be awash with many short-term holidaymakers this weekend, it seems like the ideal time to provide you with some tips and advice of what to do if, as the designated driver, you end up in the situation of being tired during a car journey. Get enough sleep Did you know as much as...


February 17th 2016


Half Term Bedtimes

February half-term is nearly here for many schoolchildren and that means your little ones may be wishing to go to bed slightly later than usual; given that their early morning school run is temporarily postponed. So how best do you come up with ideas to keep your child’s bedtime routine the same during the school break? Children need to keep up their usual bedtime routines to avoid waking up without any energy after a few late nights. This is because their body becomes used to a particular sleep-wake cycle, so once they start staying up later, their internal body clock...


February 11th 2016


Be my Valentine

Valentine’s Day is loved by many, loathed by some, but for those who are falling head over heels this Valentine’s Day, we thought we could help you create the perfect bedroom setting for one of the most romantic days of the year. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary all year round, although Valentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse to spruce up the most important room in the house. The most obvious and quickest route down this path has to be bed linen. Indeed, fresh sheets and clean covers make going to bed pure luxury; you’ll soon be counting down the...


February 4th 2016