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Our Pick: Elegance Range

Welcome ultimate sophistication into your bedroom this Autumn with our new Elegance range. This stunning furniture collection is made exclusively for us in Portugal and combines rich palettes with distinctive lines to help you create the most elegant of interior looks. Order online or visit selected stores to choose from a range of bespoke painted finishes. Please note, only styles and colours shown online are available to purchase; all other styles should be ordered in store. Do you think our Elegance range would suit your bedroom? Let us know on our social networks.

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September 23rd 2016

 

Competition: Win a Kids bedroom makeover

Enter our latest competition and you could win a complete children’s bedroom makeover, worth over £1,000. The prize includes one Single Cameron Ottoman Bedstead, one Lewis Mattress, 1 Shelby Linen Set (which can be either blue or pink), one duck feather and down pillow and one duck feather and down duvet. You can enter now! Please note, this competition closes on Monday 21 st November 2016. T&Cs apply. Good luck, Feather & Black.

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September 19th 2016

 

How to: Cope with your partner snoring

What might seem amusing at first definitely loses its charm when you’re having poor sleep as a result of snoring. But, short of kicking them out of bed, what’s the best solution and how best can you cope? Drowning out the noise Earplugs are a classic, but effective option. Custom shaped earplugs can be more comfortable than store bought and many audiologists provide this service. If it's late and you're tight on options, there are also ways that you can make temporary earplugs yourself. Or if music isn’t too distracting, plug in and use gentle, calming music to help drown...

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September 16th 2016

 

Our Pick: Sienna Grey

Our new Sienna furniture range is now available in gorgeous grey oak . A new twist on an old design favourite, we think the buttoned upholstery and cabriole leg styling give the range a sense of French chic. The collection’s elegant detailing and sweeping curves can turn your interior into an example of perfectly understated glamour. Would you like to have our Sienna Grey range in your bedroom? Let us know on social. From £949.

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September 12th 2016

 

Top 3: Kids books to read before bedtime

We’ve taken some time to collect some of the web’s most highly-rated and favourite childrens’ books, which will hopefully help your little one drift off into a good night’s sleep. Let us know on social if you’ve read any of these bedtime books with your child. Goodnight everyone by Chris Haughton Age: 3-6 years’ old Award-winning author Chris Haughton captures the soothing time as the sun goes down and all the animals begin to fall into a deep sleep; all except Little Bear – who is wide awake despite the yawning of all those around him. Before I wake up...

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September 9th 2016

 

How to: Style a small guestroom

If you’re having trouble decorating a guest room which is on the small side, we’ve collected some useful tips on how to best make your room feel like a cosy escape, no matter how much space you have. First, try to make extra room around the bed, rather than putting the sides of your bed up against a wall. This can make the room feel cramped, and so creating aisles of space will help the room feel bigger than it actually is. Doing so also improved the room’s flow and made it easier for visitors to get into and out...

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September 5th 2016

 

Get the Trend: The Future Past

One of interior design’s key trend shifts this year has been the notion of ‘future past’ – revisiting silhouettes, textures, fabrics and materials of old and incorporating them into our homes with a modern twist. So let us take you on a journey back in time with our Henrietta in Warwick Plush Teal velvet fabric, as seen on the front of our new Autumn brochure . Henrietta’s gently curved bed and deep buttoned headboard suggests an emphasis on heritage but also a re-focus in attention to detail. Using a blend of deep and warming colours, such as our Henrietta’s dark...

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September 2nd 2016

 

My Perfect Bedtime: Donna Emery

This week, we spoke to our F&B Chichester store manager to get her thoughts on what makes up her #myperfectbedtime. F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime routine? Donna: Fresh crisp linen, bath glass of red wine and bed. F&B: What’s your perfect bedtime read? Donna: Facebook! F&B: What or who is your perfect bedtime partner? Donna: Charlie Hunnam (or my husband of course) F&B: What’s your perfect nightwear? Donna: Something cosy. F&B: Where would be your perfect place to fall asleep? Donna: 5 star private beach villa somewhere hot. F&B: Where would be your perfect destination to wake up? Donna: As...

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August 30th 2016

 

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....

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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

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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...

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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.

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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,...

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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!

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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

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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...

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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

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May 9th 2016

 

Top 3: Books to read before bedtime

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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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 –...

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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.

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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February 4th 2016

 

Breakfast Week

This week (24-30 January 2016) is National Breakfast Week and to mark the occasion, we’d thought we’d get on board by describing our perfect breakfast! Breakfast, experts argue, is the most important meal of the day but despite this, many people skip the first meal of the day as they hurriedly get ready for work in the morning with research revealing this week that 1 in 4 of us consider breakfast a necessity rather than something to enjoy. Did you also know that if you’re a regular skipper of breakfast, you’re less likely to overeat throughout the rest of the...

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January 28th 2016

 

Upholstered Dreams

We know that there’s so much choice in the upholstery market that finding your perfect match is a difficult task. Indeed, style preferences differ from person to person and while we all have our own design views, narrowing down the options is a tough task! So, we’re here to help you decide on your upholstered style, whether that be more of a dark and shadowy sort of sanctuary or a light and breezy themed interior. Grey Bedrooms We’re seeing grey become the on-trend option for 2016 and our ever-popular Pinterest board means we can assume that a cool yet sophisticated...

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January 20th 2016

 

Types of Sleeper

Did you know we spend around one third of our entire lifetime sleeping? However, some of us find it easier than others to drop off at night with the effects of a poor night’s sleep including irritability, low energy and ‘brain fog’. A healthy amount of sleep can vary from person to person. But what type of sleeper are you? We’ve tried to divide you all into sleeper categories, so keep reading and see which one you belong to. Super Sixers Getting under six hours of sleep per night means you belong to our opening category. About a third of...

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January 13th 2016

 

Redecorating your bedroom

With Christmas now over and the New Year well underway, it must be appealing to give your bedroom a refresh now all the Xmas decorations have been boxed away for another year. If you’re on the lookout for either a complete design change or just some new furniture pieces, you’ve come to the right place. In terms of bedroom décor trends, 2016 promises to award style to those who opt for simplified colour schemes, black and white shades with pops of bright colour, impressive centrepieces and oversized lighting features. Mixing contemporary technology with traditional furnishings is very much on-trend too,...

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January 7th 2016

 

New Year’s Resolutions

Every year I find it more difficult to come up with an attainable New Year’s Resolution, so much so that over the past few years I have deliberately not set any. A New Year’s Resolution is supposed to make your year better than the previous one, but deciding on an achievable goal can be quite tough. The most common resolutions usually surround health, like losing weight or quitting smoking or some of the more quirky can involve learning new party tricks, breaking records or trying new foods. Whatever your resolution may be, I know it’s going to be a hard...

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December 30th 2015

 

Merry Christmas

Season’s greetings! Christmas is one of my favourite times of year; and we’d like to wish all of our customers, friends and families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The presents are wrapped, the food bought and my Christmas jumper is ready for another year of festive celebrations. To help you get in the Christmas mood (the big day is only 2 days away!) I’ve come up with the top 10 ways to get in the Christmas spirit; there’s simply no room for any ‘bah humbugs’ this year… 1. Top of the tree is Christmas music, let the...

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December 23rd 2015

 

Sleep tips for the party season

The festive period is well and truly upon us and that means late nights, Christmas parties and family get-togethers. A packed social calendar looks great but it also means that you’ll be spending less time in bed. So, with that in mind, we’ve prepared some handy sleep tips to help you get through what can be a very tiring month! Without meaning to sound so obvious, you should first make sure your room is as dark as possible when you go to sleep. This is because it encourages production of a hormone called melatonin, which helps restful sleep. Any amount...

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December 17th 2015

 

Headington Live Event

Feather & Black Oxford hosted a fantastic live dance performance last weekend in their local branch. The Lunas Dance Project performed to a packed audience as part of the Headington Live Event, an initiative which showcases and celebrates the talents of its wider community, delivering 24 performances in 24 venues across just 24 days. With the Headington Live Event being organised during traditional Advent calendar dates, a small part of the Christmas story is read before each act performs. In addition to the entertainment at Feather & Black, the Headington Live Event’s busy schedule also includes performances at some of...

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December 15th 2015

 

Portuguese linens

This week’s blog is going to be a little different because it’s been written by our Linens & Accessories Buyer, Katie, here at Feather & Black HQ after her recent trip to Portugal, where she sampled some new linens in preparation for AW16. Take it away, Katie… Last month, the company MD and I jetted off to the warmer climes of Porto, northern Portugal to take a closer look at some new linens, cushions and throws for our AW16 planning. The weather was gorgeous and a far cry away from the grey skies of home! But our packed schedule (we...

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December 10th 2015

 

Teenage Bedroom

Today's blog comes from Katie, our lovely PR consultant, who is blogging about her daughter's bedroom makeover... First a confession, Tilly has only just turned 12 so is actually just short of the teenage zone. However, she is growing about three feet a week and her bedroom usually looks like a squat so I think she is close enough for me to comment. I devised a rather elaborate way of getting her to tidy her room. I suggested we work together to give it a decorative and functional overhaul. Sure, this is a long way round the problem, but I...

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December 4th 2015

 

Black Friday 2015

Are you a bargain hunter? Then Friday 27 th November should be an important date on your calendars because today marks Black Friday, the annual shopping bonanza where customers can take advantage of some heavily discounted products for 24 hours only! Black Friday, although originating in America, is now a huge hit in the UK and has seen shoppers cause websites to crash and supermarket aisles to be awash with knock-down prices and deals. An estimated £810 million was spent on Black Friday last year; an unbelievable figure given that Black Friday has only exploded over the past five years...

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November 27th 2015

 

Get your guest room ready for Christmas

Guest rooms can often go unnoticed for most of the year, but now is the time of year when your spare bedroom comes into play – Christmas! With family and friends looking for a place to stay over the festive period, your guest room can quickly become the centre of attention. The room which may have become a makeshift store cupboard over the past few months now needs a refresh and that’s where we can help! Christmas time is a stressful enough time of year without the added pressure of getting your guest room in order, so we have a...

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November 19th 2015

 

Dark evenings

It’s nearly that time of year when we go to work in the dark and then come home in the dark. In fact, depending on what time you leave for work in the mornings, this may already have happened!! For most of us, daylight is in short supply, only available through the medium of a workplace window. Darkness has now swamped the sky post-5pm, so that means our interiors need a quick solution or two to keep the light/dark status-quo in balance. And that’s where we come in. Lamps are no longer an option, rather a necessity to brighten up...

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November 12th 2015

 

Take care of your mattress

Do you think your bed is clean? I came across an interesting article this week, which talked about the results of a mattress study and how your bedding may contain some health risks that could be making you feel unwell. The study went on to reveal that our beds are filled with a variety of bacteria or moulds that trigger coughs and colds! This blog will help minimise your bed’s mite threat so make sure you read on if you’re planning to snuggle under your duvet as the winter nights draw closer… Every 8 years you should be replacing your...

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November 5th 2015

 

Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November. This nice little rhyme means the day of Guy Fawkes’s failed Gunpowder Plot way back in 1605 will never be forgotten. Indeed, over 400 years ago, explosives expert Fawkes was part of a team of 13 (unlucky for some…) Catholics brought together to carry out the Plot, which intended to blow up King James I and his government whilst they were in the famous Houses of Parliament. However, Fawkes was foiled in his plans and was guilty of treason and sentenced to hang. History has it that his body was hacked into quarters and...

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October 30th 2015

 

Hallowe'en 2015

It is almost time for the annual sugar and additives amnesty that marks Halloween. Whilst it has yet to reach the full height that it has in the US, Halloween is very much here to stay. Grabbing a nylon cape and a bag of themed Haribo as you pass through the supermarket checkout is no longer enough to meet your children's aspirations. You get out of Halloween what you put in. With such a wide range of ideas out there, there is always a way to let you balance marking the occasion against your own standards of taste and decency....

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October 22nd 2015

 

Pre Christmas Delivery Dates

While it may be a little too early to pull out your Christmas jumper or settle down on a chilly day to watch your favourite Christmas film; now is a key time in the year to tell you all about our pre-Christmas delivery deadlines! These important dates for your diary vary depending on which of our products you’d like to buy, so make sure you bookmark this handy blog to help you get organised. Imagine the worst case scenario where you think you’ve ordered a new mattress for your spare room for family who are staying over during the festive...

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October 15th 2015

 

Denim in Decor

If ‘jeans represent democracy in fashion’ as Armani said, the spill over of denim this year from clothing to interiors will not be a passing fad. The migration ‘from catwalk to couch’ may not yet have reached the ‘denim on denim’ peak that it has in fashion, but using denim colours and fabric to bring informal cool to interiors is about to take-off big time! It is no coincidence that Farrow & Ball launched Stiffkey Blue last year which went straight on to becoming one of the key sellers of 2015. Although it also retains a traditional feel, Stiffkey incorporates...

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October 8th 2015

 

Amazing Bedroom Views

What’s your view like outside your bedroom window? Decorating inside your home makes your interior look great, but if you’re lucky enough to have a stunning exterior as well, then you’ve hit the jackpot! The view from your bedroom can be a real dealbreaker if you’re in the middle of searching for your next property, so I’ve taken some inspiration from around the web (Pinterest is a wonderful tool, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare!) and compiled some of the most incredible bedroom views from around the globe. Waking up to such a gorgeous view must feel amazing;...

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September 30th 2015

 

Autumn Season

Those long summer evenings seem to be getting shorter, there’s an increasing chill in the air most mornings and leaves are starting to appear under our feet. Yes, Autumn is here and we’re embracing it with a range of new and exciting products that we’d like to share with you! Autumn season is about rich textures and vintage treasures; and the Autumn Brochure cover star – our Juliette Bedstead in Boysenberry fabric – is right on trend. If you love the lavish upholstery style as much as we do, it may be worth your while visiting your nearest F&B...

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September 24th 2015

 

Your University checklist

So you’ve had your final college exams, been accepted at your university of choice, sorted out your first year’s stay at halls of residence and you can see Fresher’s Ball on the horizon…but before you get there, you need to pack! Sifting through all of your stuff and deciding what to take with you can be difficult; as is remembering to buy everything you need before you go. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a quick essentials checklist for you to run through! But don’t worry, wherever you’re going to uni, there will always be a local supermarket nearby so...

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September 17th 2015

 

National Make Your Bed Day

This Friday, September 11th, some of us will be celebrating one of the more quirky national days of the year: National Make Your Bed Day. So if you’re one of those people who usually leave their bed to air out during the day, or are just too lazy to make your bed in the mornings; why not join thousands of others in turning over a new leaf this week? Making your bed shouldn’t be a chore, far from it, and in fact can have many benefits. If you’re a habitual non-bed maker, read on below and see if we can...

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September 9th 2015

 

Back to School

As we wave goodbye to August and the summer holidays, September sees the return of packed lunches, new shoes and busy roads – yes, you’ve guessed it, your little ones are back to school! That’s rolled around quickly hasn’t it? The time of year can be additionally stressful, especially if you have children who are making big transitions, such as starting a new middle school. So with that in mind, we thought it might be a good idea to try and make your weekdays a little easier with a few straightforward back-to-school tips from some of the best online school....

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September 3rd 2015

 

Storage Solutions

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...

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August 18th 2015

 

Great British Bake Off

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...

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August 12th 2015

 

Tropical Summer Theme

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?! Our favourite accessory though are our Chevron Pouffes, which come in a variety of striking colours to help you mix and...

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August 5th 2015

 

Summer Holiday Ideas

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...

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July 28th 2015

 

Win our Upholstered Soho Bedstead

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. 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...

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July 22nd 2015

 

Sleep Survey 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...

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July 7th 2015

 

Time for a new mattress

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. Spotting the signs There are...

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July 3rd 2015

 

How to create a Summer bedroom

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...

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June 26th 2015

 

Keep cool in bed this Summer

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...

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June 19th 2015

 

Win a sleep beauty hero set

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,...

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June 12th 2015

 

Shop our Summer Sale

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...

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June 5th 2015

 

What's your upholstered style?

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...

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May 29th 2015

 

Introducing Malvern

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. New bed linen Because of its very neutral feel and light-coloured finish, we...

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May 15th 2015

 

Build your dream bed

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,...

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May 8th 2015

 

Behind the scenes photoshoot

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...

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May 1st 2015

 

Kids bedroom ideas

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...

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April 22nd 2015

 

Spruce up your guest room

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...

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April 15th 2015

 

Enjoy a 2 night stay at The Crown Inn, Elton

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...

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April 1st 2015

 

Ideal Home Show

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! 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...

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March 24th 2015

 

Clocks go forward

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. While most of our smartphones and tablets will automatically update (woohoo!), some of us...

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March 24th 2015

 

Dreaming

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...

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March 19th 2015

 

Win Peter Rabbit

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...

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March 13th 2015

 

Spring Trends 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...

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March 10th 2015

 

The London Collection

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. Last week, I visited some of our London stores to test the London Collection’s amazing credentials and...

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March 3rd 2015

 

Perfect Pancakes

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. Now we all...

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February 16th 2015

 

Fall in love this Valentine's Day

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,...

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February 9th 2015

 

A good night's sleep

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,...

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January 28th 2015

 

DIY for beginners

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. Charlie said: “I wanted to create something different to what we normally see, in traditional material, but with...

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January 22nd 2015

 

Give your bedroom a New Year makeover

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. Ever wanted to be as...

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January 8th 2015

 

Stay in bed for longer with Feather & Black

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...

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December 30th 2014

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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...

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December 23rd 2014

 

Top tips for men this Christmas

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...

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December 18th 2014

 

Sleep tips to survive the party season

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...

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December 15th 2014

 

How to create a winter bedroom

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...

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December 3rd 2014

 

Black Friday 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...

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November 21st 2014

 

Time for a new mattress?

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...

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November 17th 2014

 

Harrison Spinks Mattresses

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...

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November 13th 2014

 

Hallowe'en cake recipe

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...

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October 29th 2014

 

Clocks go back 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 26 th 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...

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October 24th 2014

 

Autumn bedroom furniture sale

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...

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October 10th 2014

 

AW Trends 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 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...

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October 9th 2014

 

Bedroom furniture

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...

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October 6th 2014

 

The Chevron Trend

From bed linen to wallpaper, curtains to furnishings; the chevron trend is absolutely everywhere. 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. A neutral, zig zag throw...

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September 8th 2014

 

Read a book day

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...

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September 5th 2014

 

French bedroom furniture

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...

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August 29th 2014

 

Bank Holiday Sale

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...

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August 21st 2014

 

Download our free sleep advice ebook

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...

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July 28th 2014

 

How to create a summery bedroom

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...

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June 24th 2014

 

Sleep tips for mums

Debbie, mum of soon-to-be six children, shares her sleep story First and foremost can I just say that all babies are different.. and I mean all babies! I am currently pregnant with number six and know it’s going to be a whole different ball game again. That’s what makes parenting fun – you never know what’s around the corner! The first learning curve When I had my first son (Benjamin) almost 18 years ago, I was sure I was going to be part of the ‘pop them in their cot and let them cry themselves to sleep’ brigade. This is...

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June 24th 2014

 

How to keep cool at night

The summer is here (on and off) and with it, comes muggy nights. We wriggle around, toss and turn and just can’t get to sleep. Or if you’re anything like me, you’re waking up every hour kicking the covers off. So just how do you keep cool at night? 1. Invest in a summer duvet, a 4.5 tog is best – these are much lighter, but still provide a snug covering that a sheet on its own can’t offer. Tackle all the seasons with an All Season Duvet. In the box you’ll get a 4.5 tog and a 9.5 tog...

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June 17th 2014

 

Children won't sleep at night

Mum of two, Tami, shares her challenging experience with sleep and her children We have always had problems with both of our children’s sleep routines. Our first child, Little Mr A was not a good sleeper. I suppose we were partly to blame as we would cuddle him to sleep and then he wouldn’t go down in his cot by himself so would stay with us downstairs, sleeping on the sofa until it was time for us to go to bed. About 90% of the time he would end up sleeping with us in the middle of our bed. Whenever...

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June 6th 2014

 

How good is Britain in bed?

Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t as easy as you’d think. We rush about during the day, rush about in the evening, and so by the time it comes to bed all we want to do is relax. It’s often the way in which we choose to relax before bed that plays an important factor in our ability to sleep. With our fast-paced lives whooshing around us, ensuring your bed and mattress are up to scratch and remembering to stick to Horlicks after 5pm are easy things to overlook. Don’t forget, it’s all about the quality of sleep you’re getting....

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May 29th 2014

 

Baroque/Rococo Interior Inspiration

This week at Feather & Black we launched our beautiful new Lille Collection. With its statement double wardrobe and gorgeous lattice effect bedstead this collection is perfect for those looking to create a wonderfully unique interior style. A fusion of the baroque and rococo eras, we’ve put together a small guide on the key furniture characteristics of these periods that have been fused together to create this gorgeous collection. Baroque With origins in 17th Century Italy and widely popular throughout Europe under the reign of Louis XIV, the Baroque style is all about portraying power and grandeur. A palette of...

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May 28th 2014

 

Italian Fashion from 1945

Last Friday I was lucky enough to attend the V&A’s The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition. The first thing that struck me was not only the breath-taking dresses, but the beautiful rooms nestled under sweeping, white canopies. The up-lights perfectly set off the detailing in each outfit, and subtle music created a private space to lose yourself in. It’s easy to get lost in another time here, but the serious note of the exhibition brings a sombre respect to every beautiful garment. Illustrated by a black and white photograph of a bombed Florence in 1946, the reality of an economically...

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May 27th 2014

 

Four in a bed

Jessica shares her journey of sleep deprivation with two young children. As parents of a two-year old and a six month old baby, my partner and I are often asked how much sleep we get or how early the kids wake up, by people, usually other parents, expecting tales of disturbed nights or hideously early starts. We look at each other sheepishly, almost feeling guilty that most nights our children sleep until after eight. Sophie, two years-old, can sleep for around 12 hours whilst Lexie is now sleeping through the night, with only one night feed. The early days It...

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May 20th 2014

 

How I got my babies to sleep

Kate shares her experience of getting her little ones to sleep at night. I am the mother of five lovely children and am now a clinical support worker for people who have children with extra health problems. Trial and error brought me to the steps that I am sharing with you now… How to get some sleep The last weeks of pregnancy are a good preparation for the first weeks or months of having a child. You are uncomfortable, hot, and need to pee every half hour. Baby is big and awake as soon as you lay down to rest....

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April 30th 2014

 

Sleep advice for new parents

Marissa, mum of two, shares her wonderful story of sleep, or a lack of it… Ahhhh, uninterrupted sleep – that blissful state that's cherished by all, but enjoyed by few new parents. Sleep deprivation is considered a violation of one's basic human rights so it's hardly surprising that a lack of sleep drives many a parent into a confused, mumbling, unwashed state of existence only rivalled by other parents of new-borns and extras from The Walking Dead. Roughly six weeks after having our first son, now a rambunctious three year-old (and that deserves a whole different blog post!) we were...

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April 23rd 2014

 

Sleep deprived and coping

Mum of two, Jen, shares her amazing story At the time when my first daughter was born, I actually didn’t know you needed to ‘help’ a baby get to sleep. It sounds absolutely ridiculous to say it now, but I really was unaware that babies couldn’t get to sleep themselves. After all, if you’re tired, you fall asleep – it’s simple right? Of course it didn’t take long for me to realise that this is not the case when you are a new born baby. It was a harsh realisation and one that would shape my life for many years...

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April 2nd 2014

 

Easter Egg Hunt

It’s nearly Easter, so we’ve got a cracking Easter Egg Hunt running on our website. We’ve hidden seven golden eggs on seven of our pages. All you have to do is find one of our golden eggs to be in with a chance to win! Prizes We have a luxury duck feather and down pillow to give away, plus either our Luxury Plain bed linen set - in a colour of your choice - or our snuggly soft Alien bed linen set or Explorer Linen set. There are two prize bundles to be won by April 16th, so get hunting!...

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April 2nd 2014

 

Should your baby really sleep through the night

First-time mum Felicity shares her experience and offers advice. One of the most prominent memories of Eric being a new born baby (alongside the shock of how much life changed and thinking he was the cutest, coolest baby I had ever met!) was the crushing, bewildering, fog of tiredness. One of the hardest parenting challenges I faced was the early sleep deprivation – I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how tired I would feel. Yet, at the same time, I had quite a lot of adrenaline – it was exciting, I was a bit worried and a...

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March 18th 2014

 

How to get up earlier

Hands up who likes getting up early? Yeah me neither. I have to be physically dragged from the bed in the morning, forced into some sort of consciousness with cup of tea thrust into my hand. If this ritual doesn’t happen, my getting out of bed also does not happen. But I kind of like the idea of getting up early, rising with the birds and what not. I imagine the birds and I would have a jolly time of it sitting outside with a pot of tea, reading the paper and watching the sun rise. So I’ve done a...

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March 17th 2014

 

How to get your child to sleep through the night

My child won’t sleep through the night You just want your child to sleep through the night without waking up and disturbing you? Your friends’ children sleep through, so why doesn’t yours? I’m afraid to say it’s quite normal. We all sleep differently, adults and children alike. Some children will be excellent sleepers and get through the whole night, others just won’t. There are a few things we can do to understand what the underlying issue is, and what we can do to improve things. The first thing to understand is that sleep is a learnt behaviour. We’re not born...

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March 10th 2014

 

How to stop snoring

If you or your partner suffer from snoring, you’ll be familiar with the sleepless nights, earplugs squished into ears and the hourly hiss of ‘stop snoring deeear’; (yes, it’s usually me doing the hissing!) We’ve done some research and have pulled together all the best advice and tips. So why do we snore? Snoring is the sound we make when we’re struggling to get enough air. This is usually caused when our throat muscles relax, your tongue falls back and the sides of your throat actually vibrate – causing us to snore. Whilst there are reasons for this happening that...

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March 4th 2014

 

Dreams

Freud called dreams ‘those poems we tell ourselves at night in order to experience our unconscious wishes as real.’ Freud had quite a literal interpretation of dreams. He maintained that all of our dreams are our unconscious wishes being lived out as reality. I don’t think that meant that if you dream about burning down your neighbour’s house that this is literally what you unconsciously want to do; rather that perhaps there is an issue regarding next door. Perhaps you don’t feel able in waking life to take a firm stance with them. The inferno you’ve inflicted in your dreams...

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March 3rd 2014

 

Black and White bedroom inspiration

From the catwalk to couches; the timeless trend of black and white is back for spring 2014. Straight from the runways of Erdem and Hemlut Lang this classic design can be effortlessly translated into a chic, sophisticated interior look. Monochrome interiors are striking and as Karl Lagerfeld said “black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means” meaning it will continue to outlast trends that come and go. The Perfect Pallette While many view black as a harsh, cold colour - within a monochrome interior it can make rooms feel larger as it defines floors or walls. If you...

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February 11th 2014

 

Update your bedroom on a budget

It’s getting close to spring; close to warmer days and greener trees. We’re opening the windows to a new year and a new bedroom. But after an expensive December we’re also thinking about how to create a fresh new bedroom on a budget. So we’ve come up with some ideas. Step one – how to de-clutter your bedroom Whether you’re a neat and tidy person or happy to relax in a slightly more cluttered bedroom; there’s always the potential to clear a little more space – and trust us – it’s an instant face-lift to any bedroom. This should be...

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February 5th 2014

 

Cabin Beds vs Bunk Bed

Buying children's bedroom furniture is always slightly headache-inducing. Younger children are easier to buy for but when growth spurts start to happen the whole process can become a lot more difficult. As they grow older and their knick knacks start to double, the simple single bed in their room starts to look smaller and smaller. Bunk beds and cabin beds could be two options you explore when it comes to looking at other bed options for your kids. When it comes to choosing whether you opt for one over the other you need to think about what your children’s bedroom...

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January 24th 2014

 

Spring Interior Trends 2014

Ombre Interiors From hair to the home, the ombre trend was everywhere in 2013 and that looks set to continue into spring 2014. Whether you want to paint a wall ombre or indulge in bedlinens and other accessories that illustrate the trend; there are a variety of ways to incorporate spring's must-have style into your bedroom. Below is a sneak peak of our Houston Chest on a beautifully bright green ombre wall. The mix of the darker leather trunks, botanical accessories and accents of white keep the whole look feeling fresh, which is perfect for spring. The ombre trend doesn’t...

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January 9th 2014

 

The double bed trend for children

You may have heard the latest emerging trend… the children are rising up; they want double beds. Around the ages of 7-10 children have big growth spurts, so their single beds tend to look a little small. A lot of parents are now looking to invest in larger beds; ones that will see their child through to their teen years and beyond. It’s an investment, and one that you shouldn’t have to repeat any time soon. The styles, colours and designs of double beds give you much more flexibility when decorating your child’s room as well. Now I don’t know...

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December 17th 2013

 

The ultimate guide to a stress free Christmas

It’s that time of year when we’re rushing around frantically collecting last minute gifts, hanging the decorations, writing lists and of course; making sure the little ones are having a holly jolly Christmas time. There’s a big focus on making Christmas day perfect, but the time and energy you’ll save by opting out of a few things will be reflected in the calm and happy atmosphere you’ll be able to create. You have eight days until it’s all hands to the deck, aka the 19 December. A really good tip I’ve found works every year is to buy a few...

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December 17th 2013

 

Dressing your Christmas Table

With most people’s attention on focussed on delivering the most delicious Christmas meal possible, creating a table that compliments your hard work in the kitchen can be overlooked. Ensuring your table is well dressed will not only accentuate the meal but create a festive atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy. We’ve put together a couple of tips on how to dress your table beautifully. Picking a theme A good place to start is to pick a theme, this will help you narrow down your choice of accessories and make the process of creating a perfect table a lot easier....

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December 17th 2013

 

Christmas gifts for Children

When I think about my childhood Christmases, I remember the excitement, the cold winter walks, indulgent food and wholesome activities like chestnut roasting, church services and evenings making paper chains. But that didn’t mean the much-coveted Argos catalogue didn’t make an appearance – the precious book was passed from my siblings to me, and back round again for amendments. We’d lovingly circle in thick black biro each item we wanted, from glow worms to Dictaphones (I was a strange child) with our initials scratched deeply into the paper. Then we would promote the Book’s marked pages by artfully leaving the...

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November 29th 2013

 

Christmas Gift Guide

With Christmas just five weeks away you’re probably racking your brain for inspiration on that perfect present for your loved one. With so much choice out there gift buying can be difficult and headache-inducing. Take time to plan your shopping trip, it can mean the difference between a last minute panic buy and a thoughtful present your special someone will cherish. The best way to start the gift buying process is by taking time to think about who you are buying for; rushing around the shops without clear direction is a recipe for disaster and unneeded stress. Simple things like...

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November 21st 2013

 

Guest room ideas for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… if that phrase strikes fear into you, worry not – we’re on hand to help. Often the biggest worry is having guests to stay over Christmas; the extra food, sweeping the clutter under a large rug (maybe that’s just me), preparing a room for your guests to sleep in – and that’s where we come in. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to use your child’s bedroom or the spare room, there’s an easy and quick way of getting it ready. Turning your child’s room into a guest room It’s all about...

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November 13th 2013

 

How to keep your pets safe during fireworks

So who’s this Guy Fawkes chap? At midnight, 4th November in 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered in a cellar under the House of Lords, guarding his gunpowder. Guy Fawkes and his accomplices had plotted for 18 long months to bring down King James I, a protestant. Catholics had long since been terrorised for their beliefs, and there were emerging groups desperate to bring a change. But a last minute tip-off to the king’s ‘spymaster’ meant he was arrested just in time and charged with treason and consequently hanged. Every year from 5th November 1605, Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the...

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November 4th 2013

 

The living wall revival

I’ve become truly inspired by something: living walls. Green and silent amidst the buzzing traffic and fast-paced streets, they hark of something old and something new about to happen. Okay so they’ve been around for a few years now, but they’re making a come-back. There’s been a living wall-boom in homes, either as a fantastic feature wall, or forming the exterior walls. Living walls can be customised to create something really awe-inspiring. What a fantastic way to bring your home into this new 21st century, combining amazing design with sustainable eco-friendly ideas. Living walls are inspired by designer Patrick Blanc,...

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November 1st 2013

 

How to get children to sleep longer

There is a divide in the country. One voice shouting ‘hurrah’ for the extra hour in bed in the morning, and the other wringing their hands in fear and muttering about the ‘damned clocks going back’ – ruining their child’s sleep pattern. But fear not parents of Britain – help is on hand. We’ve come up with some top tips on how to get your child to sleep longer in the mornings – and what better time to put these tips into practice than when the clocks go back this Sunday. Early bird catches the worm … Or makes a...

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October 25th 2013

 

Children's bedroom ideas

What’s the one space in your home where you can truly be yourself, and utterly relaxed? The bedroom of course: your sanctum, your safe space, your warm haven. But it’s not just you that needs a place to call your own – your kids need somewhere to relax too. Children’s bedrooms are the one space in the home which is truly theirs – whether it’s diligently attending to homework, listening to music or plugging into the PS3 – it’s their little space. The tricky part of course, is encouraging them to keep their room tidy, which may not be high...

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October 15th 2013

 

Trend spotting at Decorex International

The past couple of weeks have been busy here at F&B, we have been preparing for the SS14 season and making our final decisions on the beautiful product we are going to be launching in March next year… very exciting! Although we've had lots going on in the office, I did manage to get out for a couple of hours and head over to Decorex International last week. Decorex is an exquisite interiors event held in London showcasing the very best in luxury Interior design and supply. It was really exciting to see exhibitors showcase some extremely beautiful fabrics, furnishings...

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October 10th 2013

 

Coastal Bedroom Ideas

With the new autumn season in full swing it means exciting things for Feather & Black – most importantly all our lovely new ranges start appearing. Our Cornwall Collection is just one of the new ranges we have introduced this season. If you love the look and feel of cosy coastal cottages but you’re stuck for bedroom ideas on how to incorporate this look into your home, then these sturdy wooden pieces would be a great starting point. The collection includes a beautiful, white wooden bed, a tall and wide chest of drawers, a wardrobe and bedside table – all...

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October 4th 2013

 

AW trends 2013

Autumn is upon us with long shadows, chilly mornings and crisp orange and browns. This theme is very strong in AW13’s inspiration, so we thought we’d look at AW13’s trending style and all it has to offer us. Decorating your home is something that can occur at any time of the year and each month comes with its own injection of style inspiration, from colours and textures, to patterns and finishes. Colours A trend with any season or month in the world of design is one which centres on colour, and for this autumn you’ll want to introduce warm colours...

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October 1st 2013

 

How to sleep better

As Britons, we’re notorious for working hard and playing hard. So sleeping is a key component in maintaining our reputation – but surely sleeping is pretty easy stuff right? I’m not so convinced – I struggle to get the full 8 hours and I really feel it the next day! Whilst it would be easy to blame my snoring partner (and believe me he snores), there are probably lots of things that I’m doing to impact it. So I went on a bit of a scavenger hunt for information, and came up with some tried and tested tips. At first...

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September 19th 2013

 

Emerald Inspiration

This week our inspiration comes from global colour authority Pantone and their colour of the year – Emerald. The first green tone since the colour of the year announcement began in 2000. Emerald symbolises renewal, prosperity and growth as well as being a precious gemstone that’s rarer than diamonds. I’ve noticed how easily translatable emerald is. From fashion to beauty emerald has been everywhere this year. Sephora even released a stunning emerald makeup collection and just recently I saw this beautiful Mulberry display in Selfridges – I love the combination of emerald and gold! My favourite use of emerald though...

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August 13th 2013

 

Hadlow Castle in Kent

Dave Berry our Operations Director enjoyed a weekend visiting Hadlow Castle in Kent: My uncle contacted me a while back in connection with Hadlow Castle in Kent, that used to belong to his parents. The tower has now been fully restored and refurbished as an amazing high quality holiday accommodation by the Vivat Trust. At Feather & Black we helped them with beds and mattresses… The Tower Renaissance was held last Saturday and was a very splendid occasion, treated to its very own air display, put on by a local pilot who played in the grounds as a child…with model...

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June 24th 2013

 

A weekend in the country

Last weekend I hope you all enjoyed a glorious bank holiday. I was lucky enough to return to my family home for some time back in the countryside. Here is my weekend summed in a few instagram pictures! My favourite part of walking Dennis (the naughtiest dog) was that it felt like summer had finally arrived and the white and pink blossom on the trees was a welcome burst of colour. It seems that the countryside is also really popular in magazines too – Country Homes & Interiors borrowed our Oliver bed in bronze to create this vintage country inspired...

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May 10th 2013

 

Bed couture

Creating a bespoke bed in an unequivocally beautiful fabric is equivalent to buying fabulous fashion couture, it allows you to create something entirely unique. Our Designers Guild SS13 Fabric books have landed at a few of our specially picked stores, and it has inspired me to think about my favourite florals for this season. The May issue of Homes & Gardens features our wing backed Louis bed upholstered in the latest Seraphina Designers Guild fabric. I don't think I have been so in love with a bed before (ever!). The magazine styled the blowsy floral print with deep mulberry walls...

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April 15th 2013

 

Pastels inspired by Easter

Sweet shades inspired by the outer shells of our favourite sugary Easter treats have had a revival. Choose sugary pinks, powder greens and duck egg blues and mix with soft whites, florals and beautiful furniture for the perfect look for springtime. I love the shades of light blue with dusky pink on our mosaic throw and cushion, it adds a soft, feminine look for any bedroom and reminds me of soft egg shell shades. While the delicate Organidie Accessories with their thin, almost transparent edging is beautifully simple to work with any look. With pastels, moderation can be key with...

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March 28th 2013

 

An Icelandic Adventure

Working within the marketing team it's always useful to broaden your horizons with a bit of travelling for inspiration. After earning some time off from the 9 to 5, I ventured off with my other half to Iceland and WOW what a place. I was lucky enough to experience the natural phenomena the Aurora Borealis (northern light) - magical and breathtaking are a few words that spring to mind. I couldn't believe what I was seeing as I stood in the middle of no where in -5˚C conditions. It didn't matter how cold it was they were spectacular and well...

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February 22nd 2013

 

Vintage inspiration for the home

Vintage; noun the time that something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind. To me this means; adjective, relaxed, comfortable, beautiful, simple, homely, boasts a colour palette of soft hues. The vintage look allows you to truly create a bedroom which reflects who you are. Seek out pieces which inspire you and that make your house feel like a home, I have put together some of our favourite looks and how you can recreate them… The key to a vintage trend is to make it personal to you, you can display objects which...

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January 30th 2013

 

Crispy Chocolate Christmas Cakes

As the festive season gets into full swing tomorrow, I have put together a simple recipe for you to try this weekend to get into the Christmas spirit and have some fun. It is so wonderfully yummy and simple it's perfect to try with the little ones, so pop on some Christmas songs, a festive apron and start baking... Ingredients: Lots of chocolate, cornflakes and Christmas cake decorations. We started by getting all of our ingredients out together - we chose metallic gold cases to add a bit of sparkle to our crispy cakes. We then broke the chocolate into...

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November 30th 2012

 

Books in Bed The Snow Child

Set in the harsh landscape of Alaska in 1920, this story grows around Jack and Mabel - a couple stuggling, haunted by the baby they lost years before.Mabel, like snow is melting and crumbling from loneliness and the ache in her heart. One day a little blonde girl appears mysteriously from the woods, running through the trees a replacement for the snow child they built the night before. The little girl is from the woodland, she runs through the wilderness with a red fox by her side - seemingly alone. Inspired by a one hundred year old Russian fairytale and...

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November 20th 2012

 

The Season of Softness

As Winter is upon us, the season of softness - why not indulge in cosy textures soft bed linen and turn you home into an escape from the cold. We have put together a few of our favourite shades for this season… Be inspired and heap your bed with cushions and throws…our favourite for this season is layers of knitted cable knit with faux fur textures. Grey is the perfect accent colour for Winter, style with soft bed linen in a natural colour for a cosy look to curl up in. Layer a base of faux fur with milky cream...

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November 16th 2012

 

Inspired Style: November

Inspired Style…November Here is a roundup of the things we love this month from colours to food and fragrances.... All that glitters ain’t just gold; we love bronze, brass and mercurial silvers too! The key to the metallic trend is to mix shades together for a vintage inspired look. Style tea light holders with antique silver accessories to bring a warm glow to the home, and team trinkets and treasures together for a beautiful look for your dressing table. For Christmas, give your home the Midas touch and add sparkles and rich golds throughout. Blending two of the Orient's most...

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November 9th 2012

 

Kids trend: Dinosaurs

Every Christmas there is always a new fad, trend, gadget or toy that is on every Christmas list. Think back to the ones which were top of your list – I remember being desperate for a Furby only to be tired of looking after it by New Year’s Eve. Then there are the classic characters and toys which appear on children’s letters to Father Christmas year after year. Of these timeless favourites - the playful dinosaur is one of our favourites…it is also a big trend for kids this season. Encourage kids’ creativity and imagination with fun dinosaur crafts to...

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November 1st 2012

 

Hallowe'en Pumpkins

In preparation for Halloween tomorrow, why not create a pumpkin lantern with the kids? Carving pumpkins is a messy and fun way to spend the afternoon, and is a great decoration for any parties you might be throwing for Halloween over the half term. I popped together a few simple instructions and pictures of how we made ours: 1) Cut the top off their pumpkins with a sharp knife (you should probably do this bit to avoid any injuries – fake blood is perfect for Halloween real blood is not!) 2) Be prepared for the smell, we didn’t realise it...

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October 30th 2012

 

The Clocks Go Back

This Sunday, the 28th October the clocks go back an hour giving us a whole extra hour and most of us here plan on spending that time having a deliciously indulgent lie in….it really is the perfect way to spend the extra hour. Before Sunday make sure your bed is perfectly comfortable and cosy...you can do our Feather & Black Sleep Test to be sure you don’t need to change your mattress. We have popped together our essentials for a luxurious lie in: Cosy up under indulgent bed linen, super soft to touch it really is the ultimate indulgence. Layer...

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October 24th 2012

 

Cosy Corners

As autumn is upon us and the nights draw in so begins the annual season of softness - why not indulge in cosy textures and create little nooks around your home to curl up in? Sometimes I wish I could hibernate to escape the colder chill – as an alternative I have put together some ideas to create small reading corners around the home to cosy up under a throw in. The Arundel chair with its soft curves is simple and elegant. We love the chair in this light shade of grey, it works well with accents of white and...

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October 16th 2012

 

Taupe-tastic mood board

Who says beige is boring? I can't think of any other colour that has so much variety in shade or so many different names: taupe, biscuit, buff, fawn, ecru, oatmeal, sand and café au lait, to name just a few. I love all neutrals and natural shades and layering my home with a meld of neutral tones helps it to feel warm and inviting. At home I have a taupe upholstered sofa, a beige rug, and neutral cushions and throws, and I love the way the colours complement the natural tones of my wooden furniture pieces. As a graphic designer,...

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October 5th 2012

 

Inspired style: October

This season it’s all about shades of grey and neutral taupes, biscuits and creams. Layer up luxurious faux fur, beautiful cable knits and heavy weight throws – perfect to keep you warm and cosy all winter. Curl up with lovely slippers under a luxuriously warm throw and settle down with a good book. This season style shades of khaki with mud brown and equestrian inspired accessories for a practical and beautiful look. Wear gold detailing on buckles and buttons to keep the look flowing. You might have spotted our opulent Belgravia chaise lounge in The Guardian Weekend, styled with this...

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September 28th 2012

 

Inspired style: September

A little later than usual, but our monthly style guide is back, from foods we love, trends we love to hotels to stay in here are the hings we love this month... This mouth wateringly delicious food store launched this week. Be one of the first to experience their amazing collections of fine foods to include smoked salmon, smoked trout, smoked duck, pâtés, luxury cakes, condiments and sauces, and Gift Boxes. I love their Royal salmon recipe – try this for the perfect breakfast in bed. Beautiful baroque prints adorned the recent runways with Dolce & Gabbana leading the pack...

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September 13th 2012

 

Sing the Blues

This season’s big trend is beautifully blue. Our new bedlinen collections reflect this- you can choose the perfect hue to suit your bedroom. Our vintage inspired print with climbing trellis roses and reversible soft pale blue deck chair stripes is a feminine and fresh look for this season. The distressed print is a nostalgic nod to the past and captures a beautiful twist of the traditional British seaside tradition. Style with warm white pieces for countryside chic or capture the Parisian trend with our weathered oak collections. The pale duck egg blue is reversed with a soft smudged charcoal grey...

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September 7th 2012

 

Back to School style

It’s almost time for the little ones to start school or go back to school. After the sometimes tricky task of buying school shoes and pencil case shopping - be inspired by all of our other essentials perfect to brighten up their school days… For little ones, our lunch boxes will safety transport their sandwiches across the sometimes perilous playground. Sometimes for their first few days kids’ like to be comforted by a treasured teddy, pack them in their bag just incase (although I’m sure they will be having too much fun to remember it is there.) Essential for back...

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August 23rd 2012

 

Autumn Inspiration: The Regency

Classic luxe buttoned tailoring and a deep upholstered base captures indulgent, effortless elegance. Inspired by the louche decadence and excesses of the Regency period, this bedstead looks beautiful styled with layers of velvet and cashmere. The Regency bed can be created in any of our standard fabrics from dark charcoal to soft oatmeal or it can be handcrafted in a bespoke fabric for a unique bed perfect to suit your bedroom.This look works with cream furniture, such as the cube bedsides or would look beautifully vintage with pieces from the Sienna Collection.

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August 16th 2012

 

Bloggers bedroom challenge

You might have been following on our Facebook page, our lovely blogger friends all agreed to take part in a bedroom makeover challenge. Using one key piece of furniture from us, and a budget of £150 they had to make their bedroom beautiful. Our five bloggers all created completely different looks, which shows just how beautifully unique bedrooms can be. Click on the images to go through and read the bloggers post all about the makeover. The blogger Jenny, Style PA, worked her Olivia blanket box around lots of beautiful accessories. We love her use of cushions as features on...

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August 2nd 2012

 

Creating our upholstered beds

I went to visit our upholsterers today, based in Northumberland I took the train from London and made the journey up to where all our upholstery is made. The building is a beautiful big stone house, where everything is made lovingly by hand using all British materials. The process is very creative and it's magical watching a bed put together in front your your very eyes. The skilled craftsmen make it seem so easy, from cutting the wood, scoring the fabric, sewing, pinning and buttoning, the amount of work that goes into making one of our beds is truly amazing....

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July 27th 2012

 

Parisian Trend Inspiration

The parisian look for your bedroom captures effortless indulgence and luxe with simple textures. Our Sienna & Loire Collections capture the key ideas of this trend- combining beautiful weathered oak with luxury detailing. The Sienna bed is timeless with its softly curved head detailing and classic natural linen upholstery. Work with neutrals for this trend, a colour palette of soft stone, oyster, French greys and indulgent creams punctuate white bed linen. Layer accents like pale greys eau de nil and caramel colours for a beautifully opulent look. Shabby chic and distressed decadence is key to this beautiful look, we love...

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July 19th 2012

 

Childrens bedroom inspiration: A Mural

Our lovely friend Suzie and her beautiful daughter Lola designed and painted a mural in little Lola’s bedroom- we love it! Have a read and be inspired to add some colour to cream bedroom walls... The cream wall provided the perfect blank canvas for Lola’s big tree design – incorporating fresh green leaves and pretty birds tweeting in the branches. Suzie sketched the design on to the wall and then they made sure that the carpet was covered in case of any paint spills. Once the dark brown trunk of the tree was carefully painted by Lola (with a little...

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July 12th 2012

 

Win an exclusive £250 voucher to spend with us

To enter our Exclusive Facebook Competition, all you have to do is click the image above - it's ever so simple! If you are feeling extra lovely share it on your page for your friends to see & enter too.... Just think about all that beautiful bedlinen, cushions and accessories you could indulge in with your voucher - or you could even put it towards the new bed that you've had your eye on or a luxurious new mattress. Love Holly

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July 6th 2012

 

Sleep Tips

As sleep lovers, we are always interested learning about how to get the perfect sleep – all night every night. After investing in your ultimate mattress here are some tips to help you sleep soundly… Prepare yourself for sleep by indulging in a good book, listening to relaxing music, having a bath with lavender or lighting a scented candle. It is essential to avoid big meals, brandies and espressos before bedtime. Instead try a chamomile tea or Horlicks for something much more soothing. Really indulge in silk or bushed cotton PJ’s (I love this pair from Hush) a hot water...

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July 4th 2012

 

Inspired Style: July

We have created some inspiration for the month of July. Fingers crossed for some sunshine! Make your escape and book a Mr & Mrs Smith break. Choose from beautiful boutique Bed & Breakfasts, vintage hotels for old school charm and fantastic hotels for families.# We love the Number Thirty Eight Hotel in Bristol (and not just because our Henrietta & Montague beds are in the bedrooms.) An elegant Georgian townhouse set in the centre of the city it is perfect for exploring all that Bristol has to offer. With stylish interiors and intriguing art and some of Bristol’s best breakfasts...

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July 3rd 2012

 

Behind the scenes F&B Photoshoot

It's an early start to get to the London studio for Feather & Black’s photo-shoot. The day starts with the lovely team setting the scene; stylists are ironing and steaming the bed linen, while Tim (the photographer) and his assistant work out the lighting to create a cosy atmosphere for the shoot. The models Jonna and Richard are in make-up, not that they need it, and after a few test shots they're in position for the shoot. The team work hard to create character and a (warm, homely, romantic) mood. The models have amazing chemistry and look beautiful together. Soon...

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June 15th 2012

 

Home Fragrances with Cochine

We fell in love with Cochine home fragrances as soon as we smelt their delicious range of scents. Romantic and beautiful they are the perfect scented accessory to our bedroom collections. The fragrance collections capture a timeless elegance with inspiration for the scents conjured from the hidden side streets of Vietnam, and sun drenched afternoons on the banks of the Saigon River. The smooth honeyed tones of the Frangipani & Neroli scent, is beautiful and one of our favourites! We love the way that the exotic fragrance transports us to white sandy beaches and a view of the glittering ocean....

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June 7th 2012

 

Inspired Style: June

We are looking ahead to the Summer, here are a few things we have put together that we love this month! We are getting ready for our holidays this summer and what better way to look stylish by the pool or on the beach than with this Juicy Couture towel. I would carry my towel in a bright tropical print tote, like this Stella McCartney beach bag and style with bright canary yellow sunglasses like these Rayban Wayfarers. A highlight of my summer is always Taste of London, an amazing food festival in Hyde Park. It is the perfect day...

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June 6th 2012

 

Best of British: Beautiful Upholstered Beds

Creating a bespoke bed is equivalent to buying fashion couture, while a standard fabric is lovely with a bespoke bed, made in your own fabric, it allows you to create something entirely personal and unequivocally beautiful. An upholstered bed is a piece to be treasured and crafted to become an heirloom. Beautiful and British, Feather & Black’s upholstered beds are hand crafted in our Northumberland workshop, created using British materials, and constructed with traditional craftsmanship ensuring that the quality is the very best and it is British through and through. William Morris famously said “If you want one golden rule...

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May 28th 2012

 

Junior Design Awards: Best Furniture Collection

Junior Magazine showcases the best and most beautiful products in a child’s life from fashion to interiors, and everything in between. We are so proud to have won the Junior Design Award for ‘Best Furniture Collection’ with our lovely Noah Range. The Noah can be styled to be a little girls dream as a pretty in pink princess bed. And it can be perfect for boys too – the solid white design is perfect to be used as a basecamp and styled with boisterious blues.

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May 25th 2012

 

It's all white

For us white bed linen is calm, ethereal, and entirely romantic. It creates an effortlessly classic and sophisticated look. It doesn’t have to be boring either, choose from high thread count luxe, beautiful textures or delicate jacquard weaves to create a beautiful bed to sink into. The stylish way to create the covetable ‘all white’ bed is to add texture through your accessories, think cashmere throws, indulgent silks and a high thread count cotton bed linen for a tactile and sumptuous style. I have put together some ideas for you to try. Opulent and indulgent, the Vienna white bed linen...

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May 15th 2012

 

Inspiration: Countryside chic

I was so inspired by my weekend in the countryside with the lambs that I wanted to recreate the look in my own little home. The key to this trend is mixing a natural palette with floral prints- whether you choose a ditsy floral print or a bolder English rose pattern. An instant update your wallpaper- I love the Anna French Wild Flora Collection- I love the dusky pinks and English rose designs. For this look an iron bed creates effortless country style. Iron beds have had a huge revival, whether you want to mix ivory with brass like our...

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April 13th 2012

 

Inspiration: Styling a Garden Room

Today we have been really busy working with our lovely visual merchandiser Gemma to style a Garden room for the beautiful Lazy Susan cabins. Donna, the store manager of Feather & Black Chichester, made sure that we kept it practical and didn’t get carried away with filling the room with beautiful furniture and she chose us for an Evie Day bed- perfect for pulling out to have a nap on; and a Salisbury desk and bookcase for a stylish work space. Gemma says ‘The best way to style a room, whether it’s a garden room or a bedroom is to...

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April 4th 2012

 

The ultimate in wallpapers

I stumbled across this on my daily inspirational saunter across the internet and absolutely fell in love with the ingenious nature of these fabulous new wallpaper designs from Sian Zeng. Magnetic wallpaper....now have you ever heard of such a thing? I love the elegance of these cutsey designs that allow your imagination to run wild. I know that my children would love to have a go at expressing themselves on the walls, without the need to repaint! No more crayons on your clean white walls, this clever wallpaper comes with 5 complimentary magnets for the fun to begin but collecting...

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March 27th 2012

 

Inspiration: Beutiful Neutrals

We at Feather & Black adore this season’s neutral trend. Effortlessly sophisticated, a subdued palette adds softness, simplicity and understated elegance to your bedroom. Mulberry stole the show with their SS12 catwalk neutrals. Their classic looks used layering, textures and accents of gold. Of course the runway look was only complete with the beautiful classic and forever stylish Mulberry Bags. Taking the beauty of the catwalk and translating into our homes is much easier than it sounds. Like Mulberry (SS12) layer your textures to create an indulgent and luxurious style, in a bedroom this looks fabulous on a high thread...

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March 22nd 2012

 

Get the look: Pastels

Pretty Pastels are a huge trend this spring. Take inspiration from scoops of ice cream, sugary seaside rock and beautiful spring time blooms. The Candy palette is delicate, think blush pink, baby blue, lemon yellow, lilac and vanilla. It is so easy to work into your bedroom, home and look. I love the beautiful pastel pages in April’s Good Homes magazine. They inspired me to try the trend beyond the bedroom. The secret seems to be mixing pastel with a white background and you can’t really go wrong. The easiest way to use pastel is to add blossom into the...

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March 1st 2012

 

The Limited Edition Collection

We are SO excited here at Feather & Black to unveil our new Limited Edition Collection. A collection created to avoid an endless, exhausting search through markets and antique fairs. We have done all the hard work (and the shopping) and sourced individual one off pieces for you to create your own unique lifestyle look. Based on French Heritage and Vintage British style, our pieces are created with time honoured artisanship and are unequivocally beautiful. We have gone back to vintage roots, looking to the past for inspiration to accessories our Loire and Sienna Collection. Be inspired and fall in...

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February 20th 2012

 

Say hello to David the Dinosaur

As a child my favourite part of bedtime was curling up underneath my duvet to listen to my Dad read me a story every night. As I grew older the roles reversed and I began reading my treasured stories to my Dad - I loved books which could be read to me and eventually, I could grow into and read myself. The characters from my bedtime stories fuelled my imagination, playtime and my dreams. Feather & Black’s first childrens book ‘David the Dinosaur’ is perfect for little ones to enjoy, grow into, and read themselves. ‘David the Dinosaur’ will capture...

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February 10th 2012

 

Trend: High Luxe Hollywood

Lounge like they do in Black and White films on our Belgravia Button Chair. The Moleskin and beautiful grey colour, perfectly captures old Hollywood Glamour. Indulge with a subtle palette of muted colours for effortless sophistication. Enjoy a touch of silk with ourVersailles scroll throw andcushion and be inspired by the magic of old films. For understated glamour, use super soft linen that flows in elegant folds on your bed, try our Feathers Greylinen with its subtle, jacquard design in pale silvery tones- the essence of laidback luxury. For beds choose a elegant upholstered style for a fashion statement that...

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February 3rd 2012

 

Beautifully individual bespoke beds

As Good Homes magazine landed on my desk this morning I could barely contain my excitement. We, in the Feather & Black office, have been waiting for the March issue ever since we created Good Homes a bespoke Feather & Black Sebastian Bed for their ‘Made To Order’ editorial. As soon as we were sent the bright chirping canary print fabric, with its hues of peacock blue, coral pinks and zesty greens we fell in love with the bed and the idea. Words cannot describe how intoxicatingly beautiful we think our bespoke Sebastian bed looks. If it is true that...

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January 27th 2012

 

Vintage style in the bedroom

At Feather & Black we LOVE the vintage trend, whether its fashion or in our home. I recently bought a beautiful vintage brooch from a local antique fair and it has become my favourite accessory, on a blouse, collar of my coat or worn in my hair as a clip. It is timeless. I love the vintage look in my bedroom and our new Sofia bed linen epitomises the shabby chic trend. The Sofia has a faded antique rose pattern with distressed sage hues and dusky pinks-a style conjured from memories of the past. It has the look of a...

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January 26th 2012

 

A sneaky peak behind our Spring photoshoot

It's difficult to think of a beautiful warm spring as we race into winter. However, that's what the Feather & Black team has been upto for the last few weeks. Hunting out new locations, casting models and choosing our favourite products from next seasons new range of furniture and linen. So at 7.30am on a cold misty morning the team start to arrive at Purley Hall, near Reading. Its a stunning location, originally built in 1609 - we felt like we were walking into Downton Abbey! The first hour is spent frantically unpacking. It's always a relief when everyone and...

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December 9th 2011

 

Pyjamas: A brief history

Ah yes, PJ’s, pyjamas, jammies and jim-jams. We can’t be without them when the weather turns grey and times get tough! Through the years, I’ve sported many a night garment, from power rangers PJ’s to an adult size onesie. Yes I know what you’re all thinking - why does a grown man need a onesie? The simple answer is that rubbing your feet on the carpet and static shocking your housemates is the best pastime when it’s too cold to go outside! The original pyjamas were loose fitted trousers with a draw string waistband, worn by those in South and...

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November 2nd 2011

 

Our linen journey

All of our luxurious bed linens are entirely exclusive to Feather & Black and we spend a long time making sure that we give you something beautiful, versatile, ethically sourced and always the best quality. The process we go through to create them is often unknown to most so here’s some information to shed light on what goes on behind the scenes: Feather and Black’s bed linen is put together as a collection, with cushions and throws to complement. We start with the basis of colour for every season. The colour is incredibly important and we take seasonal trends and...

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November 1st 2011

 

Precious minutes on your mattress

As some of you will already know, the clocks are due to go back on Sunday to give us all that glorious reward of an extra hour in bed. But what are we all going to do with those precious few minutes? Most of us will choose to sleep it away and put it towards catching up on some ‘zz’s’ but I’m sure there are the few of us all that want to be super-productive and put the extra time to good use. Here are 3 ideas aimed at that dynamic minority. 1.) Super breakfast – Naturally, food is the...

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October 28th 2011

 

How to furnish your guest room

Whether it’s for your snoring spouse or moody mother-in-law, a guest room is a must have for your humble abode. Some of us out there may see substantial difficulty in making space for such a necessity but I’m here to tell you that it can be achieved with ease! So here are tips to help you along your way: 1.) Acceptable in the 80’s - When most of us think ‘guest bed’, our minds are instantly turned to unruly images of raised divan bases or a military style foldaway that looks like nothing more than a ping pong table with...

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October 28th 2011

 

When only your bed will do

This week I'm writing on a new slant and I'm going to tell you a bit about me and my sleep (or lack of it). The week before last, I spent a week at my parents due to a huge extension project which has left me without a kitchen, hallway or functioning living room. Chaos is not the word and with 2 young children under the age of 4, my husband and I took the decision to move out while we knock down walls and try and make good again. Off we trotted to my parents (poor parents I know...

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October 7th 2011

 

Henley store now open

Just when you thought things couldn't get any better, we've just opened another store! Here's a few pictures of our lovely new creation.

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September 28th 2011

 

New Ashby Range

Headlined by an imposing sleigh bed, the classic Ashby is crafted to time-honoured technique from sustainably-sourced Indonesian mahogany. Lustrous patina and high gloss finish achieved through a skilled lacquering process Bow-fronted cabinets featuring traditional frame and panel technique Bedside table, drawers and dressing table all feature felt lined hidden drawers Tell us what you think? We'd love to hear from you!

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August 22nd 2011

 

Our new Tempur mattress range

Some new exciting Tempur mattress additions will soon be coming to Feather and Black. The range includes their new Cloud mattress which has taken America by storm! All of our store managers spent the day testing them all and making sure they product is the best we can offer. As you can see the testing was very comprehensive! The all new Tempur range will be coming to a store near you in September! The full range will be in selected stores only.

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August 18th 2011

 

New Ceylon Range

Heralded by a majestic 4 Poster Bedstead, this elegantly minimalist and Colonial-inspired collection is beautifully crafted from rich sustainable rubberwood. All pieces in this range boast a lustrous patina and authentically distressed finish. The bed features hidden fixings and a sprung slatted base for extra comfort The bedside and chest come fully assembled All pieces boast a distinctive oriental design Tell us what you think? We'd love to hear from you!

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August 3rd 2011

 

New Amberley Range

Our brand new Amberley range is the long awaited and greatly anticipated replacement of our much loved Grantchester. Crafted from exquisite American oak and in the French style of Louis Philippe, this contemporary and stylish collection is a beautiful addition to any home. The bed features hidden fixings, a sprung slatted base and a small foot end that’s perfect for taller customers or small bedrooms. The bedside, chest and dressing table feature exquisite Polonia drawer boxes This classic range has a smooth lacquered finish Tell us what you think? We'd love to hear from you!

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July 22nd 2011

 

Create a coastal retreat

Creating a coastal retreat is all about linking your living space with the surrounding environment. It’s always best, when designing a coastal living space, to take inspiration from what’s just outside your door and replicating that aesthetic as closely as you can. With summer already here, now is a perfect time for some decoration, renovation and above all, reinvention. So here are 5 tips to creating your perfect coastal retreat: 1.) Light, Bright and pearly white – It’s all about letting in those rays, so keep those windows open and do away with the dark coloured curtains. Stick with pure...

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July 7th 2011

 

Pinterest: A social catalogue

I’m sure most of you are aware of what it is by now and I’ve been happily pinning away for a couple of weeks. For those of you that don’t know, Pinterest is a website that allows you to ‘pin’ pictures from anywhere on the web (including Pinterest itself) onto virtual boards that you can name whatever you like. The idea being that it replaces a traditional pin board where you would rip out pictures of magazines and pin them up for inspiration. It’s a great tool for those of you redesigning your bedroom and needing a place to put...

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June 22nd 2011

 

Summer Sale now underway

Our Summer Sale's official launch is today. Our biggest and best yet sale, we've got some brilliant deals to be had on all bedrooms, including up to 50% off our kids collections of beds and furniture too. Have a browse, you'll find it hard to resist...

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June 20th 2011

 

7 tips on getting a good night's sleep

So, you’ve found the perfect bed and mattress, now learn how to get a great night’s sleep... (by the way if you haven’t yet found the perfect mattress pop into your nearest store where our experts can help). Your bedroom should be as cool, quiet and uncluttered as possible. Move computers, work papers and exercise bikes into another room – they’ll only remind you of chores, or worse make you feel guilty! Set your inner time zone Get in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle by establishing a consistent bedtime and wake up pattern. Random sleep patterns will only...

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June 8th 2011

 

Offer of the week

This week we're focusing on French elegance and giving you an extra 10% off our stunningAvignon French Grey collection, already with 20% off. This pretty furniture collection is bang on trend and has many added features. Designed exclusively for Feather & Black. Crafted from hand-painted rubberwood (used for it's eco-friendly and sustainble properties) and tungwood. Each furniture piece has hand-carved flowers and brass handles. The drawers boast dovetailed joints and contrasting natural wood drawer boxes. The bed has hand carved finials and a sprung slatted base to give you the optimum support during the night.

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May 18th 2011

 

Half price kids bedroom furniture

Our fun and colourful Noah collection of kids bedroom furniture in fire engine red, sky blue and marshmallow pink is now half price. There's only limited stock available so give the kids an early Easter treat and brighten up their bedrooms.

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April 14th 2011

 

Chichester Clearance Event

So the sun is out, why not head to the beach this weekend. On the way, pop in to our south coast Chichester clearance store for our biggest weekend of the year. Tomorrow and Sunday we will be giving you up to 75% off discontinued items and also imperfect stock.

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March 25th 2011

 

Inspiration Style January

Here are a few trends, ideas and books that we are loving this month - I would love to hear your thoughts about what you are loving this month on our Facebook page... 1) January isn't a month where very much is celebrated because after all the festivities we often don't have the energy but Burns night on Friday 25th January is a celebration we can get into - we will be dressing in our tartan singing auld lang syne and enjoying a delicious supper. The key to this trend is to let the natural beauty of oak wood be...

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January 11th 2011

 

Have a cosy Christmas

Invest in a few bedroom pieces to create a cosy and inviting habitat where you can relax on those cold winter nights Go soft. Feelings of ‘cosiness’ often involve soft materials. Invest in all things soft. This could include a luxurious upholstered bedstead; our new Genevieve is upholstered in sumptuous moleskin, which is perfect for an early night leaning against with a good book. Historically wingback chairs were designed to prevent drafts in old houses from reaching the upper body, our new wingback style bed is the perfect place to hibernate on those cold winter nights! Bedding. Invest in a...

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November 22nd 2010

 

Our new Cambridge Store

We opened the doors last weekend to the latest addition to our family, our gorgeous new store in Cambridge. With two floors of beautiful bedroom inspiration, we're delighted with the results of all our efforts over the last month. We have a big selection of our range in this large store (It looks small from the front but it's like a tardis in there). There's a good range of bespoke upholstery beds and furniture, all of our wooden bedroom collections and of course our legendary mattress room designed to tailor make your mattress for your own individual comfort needs. Not...

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July 19th 2010

 

What's in a name: Brighton

Our colourful new kid’s bed takes its inspiration from this iconic seaside town. Most people just change the sheets; with this bed you can change its upholstery! The covers are detachable and washable; they can even be swapped for an alternate colour scheme if you wish. Our Brighton bed is available in a triad of colours and can be switched from red to blue to natural. When naming the bed Brighton immediately sprung to mind. Its gloriously multicoloured laneways and beach huts make Brighton one of the most vibrant places to visit. Now who’s for some rock?

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June 24th 2010

 

Decorating is child's play

Once you have chosen the perfect furniture for your little one, add some fun and a unique sense of style with accessories. There are lots of great kid’s accessories around, but here are our pick of the bunch. If you have kid’s you probably prefer an easy care painted wall in one colour for their bedroom or playroom, a great way to make it more fun is to use wall stickers. Stickers Wall do a huge selection of wall stickers from silhouettes to full colour extravaganza’s that will be a huge hit with your little monsters. They don’t just stop...

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June 16th 2010

 

Bean Bag Crazy

Well what a lovely surprise all this hot weather has been! Drifting up through our office window the waft of BBQs and the passing tinkling of an ice-cream van melody is cruelly tantalizing, but signal English summertime. Just in time we have introduced these delicious beanbags into our stores. They would be wonderful for the playroom and sublime for the garden, they are very hardwearing and even shower proof as long as it’s not torrential! Kids will love them and I’m sure the yellow urban lounger will be suitable for larger derrières too!

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June 4th 2010

 

The answer to all mum's prayers

Hands up those who would like a tidy house? Then you’re in luck. Our Noah collection has a new trick up its sleeve. This brilliant storage system will accommodate your home as well as your storage needs. Made up of 5 individual units that can be arranged in many different combinations that can be filled with an array of canvas storage to hide the mess or display the mess your choice, you also have a choice of pink, red or navy. This range has longevity and will fulfil your family’s needs until they fly the nest. That giant apple is...

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June 1st 2010

 

Feather & Black Kids in Fulham

We've spent the last couple of weeks transforming part of our Fulham store into our very first Feather & Black Kids shop. With our children's ranges of bedroom furniture, mattresses, bed linens and accessories growing so fast we're giving you dedicated stores where you can bring your children to choose their perfect bedroom. We've got new collections of painted Noah Beds (below), storage units, bean bags and all sorts of fun new items to offer safe and stylish bedrooms for kids. Come and see us in our Fulham Store and tell us what you think? Don't worry, all this delightful...

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May 21st 2010

 

Get the look: Natural Beauty

We have some fabulous new looks for spring, featuring pretty corals and icy blues, fresh white and simple biscuits, creams and blue, something to suit every taste. Our sensational photography aims to inspire, but sometimes it is hard to know where to begin to get the new look in your bedroom that you always dreamed of. This week I am going to show you how to get this simple,feminine and fresh look: This look oozes understated femininity, using subtle florals and the ornate castings of the iron bed to create a soft feminine look. Natural tones and textures feature greatly...

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April 9th 2010

 

It's time for a spring clean

British summer time officially begins this Sunday 28th March so it is the perfect excuse to grab your marigolds, dust off the vacuum cleaner and get started on that housework. Don’t you just adore the smell of freshly cut grass, and the sound of birds chirping in the green and blossoming trees? Bliss! Dust away those winter blues and get ready for the summer with a good old fashioned clean out, you can even get the children involved. A good spring clean will cleanse the mind free of those depressing winter months and can be very therapeutic, it might even...

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March 25th 2010

 

Women need more sleep: It's Official

According to research conducted by the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, women need more sleep than men. Apparently women work their brains harder in the day resulting in them requiring around 20 minutes more sleep a night than men. Women tend to really work the part of their brain called the ‘Cerebral Cortex’ which is responsible for intelligence, language, memory and consciousness, it seems that it is all down to women being able to multi task and spend their day constantly switching from one task to the other! Deep sleep is the key to helping the Cerebral Cortex recover...

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March 11th 2010

 

Women need more sleep: It's Official

According to research conducted by the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, women need more sleep than men. Apparently women work their brains harder in the day resulting in them requiring around 20 minutes more sleep a night than men. Women tend to really work the part of their brain called the ‘Cerebral Cortex’ which is responsible for intelligence, language, memory and consciousness, it seems that it is all down to women being able to multi task and spend their day constantly switching from one task to the other! Deep sleep is the key to helping the Cerebral Cortex recover...

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March 11th 2010

 

National Bed Month is upon us

This month is The Sleep Council’s ‘National Bed Month’ running from 1st -31st March, so we thought we would take a look at how beds have been represented in the media through the years with some examples you may recognize and some you will not! There have been some rather interesting designs out there! As some of you may remember in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a ‘Bed-In’ this was a peace protest against the Vietnam War, one ‘Bed-In’ was held in Amsterdam and the other in Montreal each lasting 7 days each. Just imagine staying in bed...

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March 1st 2010

 

Spring has arrived

Spring is nearly here, bringing with it better weather (we hope!), fresh blooms, luscious grass, budding trees, new life and a sense of a fresh start. Now is the perfect time to begin freshening up your home, including your bedroom. Most people use this time of year to completely spring clean their life from top to bottom, de-cluttering and re-organising their homes. Once you have thrown out the pile of old magazines, cleared your wardrobe and given the clothes that no longer fit/you have never worn to the charity shop and filed away that mountain of paperwork why not take...

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February 19th 2010

 

A brief history of pillows

At Feather & Black bedroom furniture we’re rather fond of a good quality pillow. Rewind several thousand years and so were the Ancient Egyptians who furnished their tombs in animated pillows; often mirroring the striking images on the walls around them. Even during this period, pillows were synonymous with wealth and decadence and quite literally the more pillows you had the better off you were! As patterns and dyes became more intricate, pillows developed as an art form, with China, Persia and Medieval Europe regarding them as valuable commodities. In the early 16th Century, Tudor England embraced pillows and they...

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February 5th 2010

 

I'm A Starfish

No wait, I’m a soldier! I have not gone crazy before you ask – I am simply trying to work out what type of personality I have! Here at Feather & Black we feel it is important to know what type of person our customers are. Are you a Yearner, a Foetus or a Free faller? These are some of the positions in which people sleep which say a lot about a person. Have you always slept in the same position and have done for years? Research found that most people are unlikely to change their sleeping position through the...

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January 29th 2010

 

Introducing our new eco friendly mattress

Introducing the Hemingway mattress, one of the newest additions to our mattress story, and what a mighty fine addition it is. The Hemingway of course is of the same high quality as our current range of Pocket Sprung mattresses, but has a slightly different story to tell. Hemingway boasts a massive 8000 Revolution HD Pocket Springs. An award winning ‘coil within a coil’ spring system combining larger outer springs with a set of smaller springs nestling inside. This offers a highly responsive outer layer providing additional tension when more pressure is applied, meaning you get extra support when and where...

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January 22nd 2010

 

A brief history of memory foam

At Feather & Black we always try to imagine what bedtime was like before memory foam was invented. The introduction of memory foam to the modern world has done what the iPod did to music; making sleep far more enjoyable and adaptive to your requirements. Memory foam is now one of the most popular materials used in mattress production around the world, with the majority of manufacturers and designers incorporating it to deal with high demand. It was only in 1999 that memory foam was widely available to the retail sector, however in the early 1970s NASA were using it...

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January 19th 2010

 

Traditional v Modern bedroom styles

So you’re ready to start designing the bedroom of your dreams but what’s your style? Do you prefer something classic that won’t date easily or are you more of a modernist? Follow our tips to ensure a masterpiece bedroom, whatever your taste. A traditional bedroom creates a homey often understated environment. Period homes with tall ceilings, architraves and generous skirting boards lend themselves perfectly to larger pieces of furniture. A small bed will be lost in such grand surroundings. Choose pieces with curved form like a sleigh or cabriole leg style bed. Use layers of opulent curtains that drape to...

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January 7th 2010

 

How to clean your duvet

Now that winter has its seasonal grasp on us all, it’s time for those well needed snug reinforcements. It’s such a shame that we just can’t go into hibernation until March and simply envelope ourselves in our duvet until we hear the birds sing their introduction to spring. If only. The duvet is synonymous with comfort and warmth, so it’s essential that yours is clean and ready for some serious laying-in time at the weekends. Admittedly the thought of washing your duvet is a little discouraging; “what’s the best way to clean it”, and “how often do I have to”...

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December 18th 2009

 

Baby it's cold outside

It was so cold this morning the temperature gauge in my car was flashing at me. I don't know about you but I certainly find dragging myself out of my lovely Feather & Black bed in the mornings is hard enough already without the chill factor too. Here are our top 5 tips to keep warm at night.. Invest in some super snuggly nightwear. Thermals make great night garments. Try our friends Hush for gorgeous brushed cotton pyjamas. Use a Goose down mattress topper to create that duvet snuggly feel underneath you and contain your body heat. Choose a mattress...

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December 16th 2009

 

The bed with a starring role

Recently we loaned our Salisbury and Bali furniture ranges to Sigma Film Company for the new Ewan McGregor and Eva Green film being filmed in Glasgow, ‘The Last Word’, due to be released in cinemas in 2010. The Bali furniture was loaned out from our Glasgow store, whilst their store manager was on her holidays. When the manager came back, the furniture had already been returned, so she was unaware of the loan. A young couple came in and were interested in our Toulon and Bali ranges. After talking to the couple the manager left them alone to carry on...

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November 24th 2009

 

Turning back the clocks

It’s that time of year again when the clocks are turned back and we gain an hours sleep. The nights draw in earlier and earlier and we awake to pitch black. With all that darkness and the weather getting colder it gives us the perfect excuse to spend more time snuggled up in bed. Longer lie ins and early nights for us! If your going to spend more time in bed you will want to be sure that you are sleeping in something that is not only beautiful but also the ultimate in comfort. It is so important for a...

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October 23rd 2009

 

The history of the Iron Bed

Originally used by the Chinese, cast iron furniture was made popular in 550 B.C. In the 18th Century there were numerous small foundries in the East and even as far west as Chicago. In this era workmen were renowned for the great pride and care they took in their designs. These workmen could take days making a single foundry. From the 1850’s until World War I, iron beds were hand made and became very popular in the West. The manufacturing process involved hand pouring and polishing intricate detail in the castings, as well as hand applying finishes. Due to the...

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September 29th 2009