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James Ward

Get your guest room ready for Christmas

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, November 19, 2015

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 few suggestions to help you along the way…

The perfect guest room

The perfect guest room has a good amount of living space. Nothing too large scale, because then it wouldn’t feel as homely or cosy, but it must make you feel comfortable. Feeling cooped up or too enclosed isn’t a very nice feeling as a guest, so I would always want enough room to spread my things out – it’s never a good sign if your guests are having to prop suitcases up against walls because there’s not enough space to have the case fully open.

Paloma Linen

Other vital features of an ideal guest room are cleanliness and comfort. A bad night’s sleep is the worst feeling, especially when your surroundings might not be what you are used to at home. So if your guest room could do with a linen refresh, you’ll want to check our Clearance linens – these are just perfect for guest rooms!

Let’s not forget that the most comfortable of finishing touches is quality linen with a high thread count, so I’d recommend our Paloma as a good option because of its 470 thread count. But there are plenty of other fab options in our Clearance linen ranges, so take a peek and find a style that suits your room.

Bedding bundles

If your linen is already nice and new, then perhaps you may need a duvet? Or perhaps your only spare duvet has a low tog that just won’t do for Winter’s colder temperatures. Let me point you in the direction of our Bedding Bundles which not only include a duvet, but pillows and a mattress protector as well! They also come with either Natural fillings or a Synthetic filling, ideal for a guest you may be an allergy sufferer.


Do you think your guest room could do with a quick spruce up? Let us know on our social media channels. Also be sure to check our Guest Room Chic Pinterest board for some nice finishing touches!


James Ward

Darker evenings

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, November 12, 2015

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 your room. We have the lamp to suit any bedroom style and we’re going to prove it…


Copper is on trend this season and we’ve definitely got plenty of copper to satisfy your décor needs! Our Bergen lamp range, which can come as a larger floor lamp or desk lamp complements neutral palettes perfectly with a contemporary chrome base and easily adjustable copper shade. There’s also a Bergen 2 Shade Floor Lamp equally promises to flourish in a modern setting.


Or if copper’s not your thing, perhaps you’d prefer a more minimalist approach, as reflected in our Blyton Table Lamp. Its soft tones and simplistic appearance means that this lamp would make a lovely addition to your bedside table!

Our favourite lamp though is still our Chloe Lamp, with its striking pineapple shaped motif and polished finish sure to add an extra sense of sophistication to your bedroom.


Unfortunately, what often comes with seasonal darkness is cold temperatures! Spending a long time outside means we all need some warm and snuggly to come home to; so when the dog isn’t up for a quick cuddle, our throws make a perfect alternative! Made in the finest 100% cotton velvet and delicately quilted, our new Velvet Throws are the ultimate choice here and are available in four different colours.


Alternatively one of our Faux Fur Throws will look equally as gorgeous adorned on your bedstead or draped over your sofa. So smooth and silky, you’ll wonder why you lasted this long without such a soft throw!

Let us know how you’re keeping out the cold on social!


James Ward

Take care of your mattress

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, November 05, 2015

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…

Replacing your mattress

Every 8 years you should be replacing your mattress. The study revealed that a large amount of bacteria build up over time, with mould and other yeasts also appearing after mattresses become warm during the night. These kinds of irritants thrive in humid conditions, so airing your bed before you make it in the mornings is a good idea. Pull back your sheets and open some windows to do this effectively! Turning your mattress regularly will also help to keep your mattress clean.


The report also suggests that if you suffer from acne, replacing your pillows every 3-4 nights is important as oils and sweat can transfer to your skin from dirty pillows. Anyone with sensitive skin should use pillowcases made of natural fibres too, as these tend to 'breathe' better and transfer less dirt and oil than synthetic fabrics.

Pet problems

While snuggling up with your pet feels great after a long day, this can put you at risk of contracting a range of health problems too. The study made reference to a couple who routinely caught viruses because they slept with their dog every night and let them lick their faces (eew!) So although serious illnesses are very uncommon, a nice basket next to the bed is always healthier than letting pets onto or under the duvet!


Other researchers claim that dust mites potentially make you feel unwell in the mornings as estimates show that, after using a pillow for 2 years, as much as 10% of your pillow’s overall weight can be made up of microscopic dust mite droppings and skin!! (I’m definitely washing mine tonight!) A 60 degree wash minimises dust mites, although it's almost impossible to get rid of dust mites – unfortunately!

Do you think you may be suffering because your bedding isn’t as clean as it could be? Let us know on social media, we can always help you refresh your bedding; whether that be linens, mattress toppers, pillows or a perhaps a brand new mattress!


James Ward

Bonfire Night

Posted by James Ward, Friday, October 30, 2015

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 his remains sent to "the four corners of the kingdom" as a warning to others!

Guy Fawkes


Nowadays, the day is marked with an eruption of firework displays, burning effigies and children writing their name with a lit sparkler. If you’re planning a bonfire night celebration with friends or family, you’ll need to be wary of the potential safety pitfalls for young children and your pets.

First off, ask your children to put their gloves on whenever they’re handling a sparkler and also make sure that there’s a bucket of water ready for the used sparklers to be dropped into. These little things can stay deceptively very hot after burning out! Another good idea is to not dress your children in loose clothing with flowing sleeves – a compact jacket or coat without large sleeves would be best.


Teaching your children to hold them far away from the body, without going near anybody else, would be a worthwhile exercise too. No matter how keen your children are to light their own firework, always leave these types of jobs with an adult!

Pet safety

Keeping your cat indoors and away from any loud noise is a good idea; but don’t try and put your pet somewhere it plainly doesn’t want to be if they seem resistant. If you usually walk your dog during the evening, try to do this a little earlier than usual; trying to avoid peak firework times! Fireworks can never be described as animal-friendly but trying your best to minimalise the disturbance levels is advisable.


What are you up to on Bonfire Night? Let us know on social media! Or share your favourite fireworks pictures, we’d love to see them!


James Ward

Halloween 2015

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, October 22, 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.  As to taste especially, there are now some brilliant and easy recipes that will let both you and your children sleep easier than the usual luminescent goo. They are also increasingly pumpkin free!


Gummy Worms

The only thing gross about one of our favourite, 'Jello Worms', is how it looks – it’s not quite one of your five a day, but it’s not far off! Draculas Dentures are another proven hit with children and parents alike. For some actively healthy options, Deliciously Ella has some great recipes including Ella's Chocolatey Ghouls, Chocolate Milkshake and Salted Almond Butter Cups. 

If you have some extra time, getting the children to help with the cooking is always fun. Especially so if you get into character too and create a whole 'witches at the cauldron' vibe in the kitchen. 

Draculas Dentures

Since Halloween involves children playing in the dark, fancy dress outfits, wigs and candles, it can be inherently a safety nightmare. By engaging closely with children it can be a good opportunity teach them about fire safety and responsibility. For your part, in buying or making new outfits, make sure you always take the time to read the labels for fire retardancy and put safety first. 

Hallowe'en Costumes

Have a very happy Halloween!!

(Plus don’t forget to make a visit to our Halloween Pinterest board for some crafty Halloween ideas for children, pumpkin carving and home decor inspiration!)

James Ward

Pre-Christmas Delivery Dates

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, October 15, 2015

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 period. Then you realise your mattress isn’t being delivered until after Christmas…These are the types of headache that we want to help you avoid!

New Upholstered Furniture

If you’d like a new upholstered furniture piece for your bedroom delivered this side of Christmas, you’ll have to get your skates on and order before this Sunday (25th October). Maybe our beautiful Henrietta Bench would make an eye-catching new addition to your interior this Christmas, or our equally gorgeous Belgravia Chair. Perhaps these upholstered pieces will look best in AW15’s most popular trendsetter, denim?

Henrietta Bench

You’ve got an extra week’s breathing space if your heart’s set on an upholstered bed though, with this pre-Christmas deadline on Sunday 25th October. Visit our online Build a Bed feature and start creating your dream upholstered bed as soon as you can though; there’s such a wide range of choice that it will take you a good deal of time to decide your favourite style!


If you’d like Santa to bring you a new luxury pocket sprung mattress for Christmas this year, then make sure you post your letter to the North Pole (or place an order online!) before Sunday 8th November. However, don’t forget that our Kipling and Milton Everyday Mattresses, which will provide your guest or children’s room with a more affordable alternative, have a slightly later Pre-Xmas cut-off date of Sunday 29th November. Our collection of Tempur Mattresses also have the same late-November deadline, as well as our Lewis, Jupiter and Strata mattresses.

Luxury Mattress

Bedroom Furniture

Finally, Sunday 15th November is another notable date for your calendars, with this being the cut-off date for a pre-christmas delivery slot for the following bedroom ranges: Pimlico, Provence, Lille, Swift and Shoreditch (a new sofabed would be ideal for Christmas, wouldn’t it?). Our Archie kids collection also has the same cut-off date.


And there you have it, folks, you now have a complete definitive delivery guide for your pre-Xmas order! By all means let us know on our social networking channels if you have any other delivery questions, we’d be happy to help!


James Ward

Denim in Decor

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, October 08, 2015

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 denim’s signature strong blue hues which ensure it looks good with contemporary interiors in much the same way that denim looks good on a catwalk.

Denim Inspiration

With blue and white colour schemes already one of the most popular combinations for interiors, denim’s cool look has had a very warm reception.  As an interior colour and fabric, it’s definitely here to stay. Happily for anyone scared of committing, a big part of its attraction has always been the easy way it combines with other colours and styles.

Denim Rug

So you don’t have to let it take over your sitting room or bedroom, just combine it with a safe colour and use denim accents to import its relaxed informality and style to your home. Denim cushions and throws work very well with other block colours or greys, and the fact that it can be used to soften the formality of interior schemes, means that you could even afford to be bolder in other elements of your design.

Arundel Chair in Denim Fabric

If you’d like to see some of our favourite denim inspiration, don’t forget to visit our Pinterest page! See anything you like? Then tell us about it on our social networks. We’d love to see how you’re embracing this season’s most popular trend.


James Ward

Amazing Bedroom Views

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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.

Winter Wonderland

Waking up to such a gorgeous view must feel amazing; I think my dream setting would be having a very light and airy bedroom with surrounding beachside views. With blue skies and shimmering seas greeting me every morning, life could be worse, couldn’t it!? But the ultimate coastline view isn’t for everybody, perhaps you prefer the polar opposite and would opt for a breath-taking view of a giant icy landscape; maybe found in a remote retreat in the Swiss Alps?

Room with a view

If your heart belongs to city life, you don’t have to sacrifice your bedroom view to belong in the heart of a busy, thriving area. In fact, modern apartments can sometimes offer the best views of a city skyline or a well-positioned lofty patio might give you a different view of a well-known landmark or tourist attraction. Seeing the sun set behind a set of buildings set back far away in the distance looks beautiful on a warm evening – an ideal setting to entertain guests too!

City skyline

Life in the country

If your perfect bedroom view isn’t any of the above, then you’re most likely a fan of the most idyllic of countryside backdrops. Quiet, secluded and isolated fields mean you’re never going to be woken up by the sound of traffic which must help to relax your mind. Trying to spot pockets of wildlife from your bedroom window sounds like a great way to spend a typical lazy Sunday morning.


Do you have a dream bedroom view that you’d like to share with us? Then pop it on our Facebook wall or tag us on Twitter, we’d love to see your piccies!


Laura Jackson

Autumn Season

Posted by Laura Jackson, Thursday, September 24, 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 store and taking a look through our bespoke fabric books; there are thousands of fabrics to cast your eyes over.

Juliette Boysenberry
We’ve also got a new wooden bed to welcome to the F&B family; our Annecy Bedstead. With soft curves and a weathered oak finish, Annecy is perfectly paired with our Emporium, Blenheim or Sienna furniture to create the ultimate French classical bedroom look.


Our collection of glass furniture is also new for Autumn and will make a really sleek statement in your home. Each piece has UV-bonded tempered glass which helps give the collection its ultra-streamlined appearance and give your bedroom an extra sense of spaciousness and modernity. Our favourite has to be the console table; a stunning choice for use as your new dressing table!

Glass furniture

Or, if you’re in the market for a new bedside table, you’re in luck as we have plenty of new ones for you to choose from this Autumn season! For those who love an enchanted bedroom look, our Montpellier is the perfect fit or, if you’ve got your heart set on something a bit more distinctive, take a peek at our eye-catching Spiral Bedside which combines a contrasting set of neutral colours with a rotating design to give the bedside a completely unique feel.


Accessories provide your bedroom with the subtle finishing touches that turn your house into a home. New for Autumn are our gorgeous Chevron rugs, whose zig-zag patterns will be sure to make a striking addition to your bedroom floor.

Chevron rugs

If Chevron isn’t your thing, we’d recommend our Edmund or Fenton rugs as excellent alternatives for rooms in desperate need of a new focal point. Keeping the cold out though are our wonderfully cosy Silver Faux Fur Cushion and Throw; essentials for those who just love to hibernate at this time of year.

Happy shopping everyone!


James Ward

University checklist

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, September 17, 2015

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 if you do forget anything important, you can always buy extra supplies when you get there.


One of the most important things to take is your own, clean bedding. This includes duvets (bringing two is preferable, with lower and higher togs for changing temperatures, you just don’t know how warm or cold your new room is going to be!) pillowcases and bottom sheets. Duvets especially can take up a lot of room in the car but you’ll definitely appreciate the option of having more than one. But, if you do have room for one only, I’d take the higher tog because you’ll most likely be spending most of your summer at home anyway.



Sounds obvious, yes, but there are a few clothing items which could easily be left behind. Make sure you bring your hat, scarf and gloves and don’t just pack for September when it’s still reasonably warm! November will soon come rattling around and you’ll be thankful that you remembered your thick woolly hat. Also bring smart clothes suitable for job interviews and part-time work. If you’re not taking a car, waterproofs are also an essential item. Relying on the weather can be foolish, and there’s nothing worse than walking to your morning lecture in the torrential rain!

I would say bringing trainers are also useful, even if you think you’re not the sporty type. Sports are a big part of uni life and you may want to get involved in something new. A warm blanket will also come in handy during cold evenings, having the heating on is an expensive luxury that many students try and go without! Having a warm blanket draped over your bed will help keep the cold at bay.



Many students recommend travelling light in terms of stationary and then buying what you need once you are settled in and have started your course. However, that might be a risky game to play and if you specialise in trying to be extra-organised, arriving without your favourite folder or coloured highlighters will make you feel uneasy. But what you’ll certainly need is a good-sized bag to put all of your things in when carrying your stuff around campus. Go for practical options here, it will feel like a long year if you buy one which is stylish, but has uncomfortable shoulder straps!

Going to university also means you’ll have to do your own cooking and washing, so make sure you don’t forget the necessary pots and pans; plus all of your washing detergents. If you are going to university this September, tell us if there’s anything else we should add to our blog on our social networking accounts!


James Ward

National Make Your Bed Day

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, September 09, 2015

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 change your mind!


Making your bed benefits

After spending some time researching making your bed advantages, there were so many that we couldn’t possibly include them all in this blog, so here are some of the best…

Leaving your bed cluttered and messy can lead to unproductivity later in the day. Experts have claimed that with your mind starting the day in this way, it’s sometimes difficult to break the habit and often leads to you muddling through the day until it’s time to fall back into bed again. (This one is from the Feng Shui school of thought!)

Also, making your bed helps if you’re an unfortunate allergy sufferer, like me! This tip is quite well-known with a quick spruce up often helping to keep the dust mites at bay. When the covers are pulled up during the day, less dust and allergens can get between your sheets.

Loire Low End Bedstead

Relax and unwind

Making your bed at the start of each day does seem like an irritating household job, but once you’re in bed again at the end of a long day, you’ll definitely appreciate your early morning efforts. Plus, making your bed does have correlation with a better night’s sleep, according to online polls and surveys.

Preventing embarrassment is another key stakeholder around the making your bed table; having an unexpected guest find your bed unmade doesn’t make a good impression. So, make your bed and avoid the humiliation at all costs!

If you’re taking part in National Make Your Bed Day, share some pics with us on social media and let us know how you get on! In the meantime, be sure to check out our current 10% off softs promotion and maybe treat yourself to some lovely new bed linens!


James Ward

Back to School

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, September 03, 2015

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. First stop, homework…

Is it possible that parents may actually dread homework more than our kids? We are here to help make this year different! Just focus on these five quick tips and you’ll see that you can do it (and so can your child) without having to fall into the homework abyss.

Kids Bedroom

Homework Help

  1. Be positive about homework

Homework is there to help, not hinder! Encourage your child to do their homework, maybe with the help of positive reinforcement; for example, maybe finishing homework early means an extra 15 minutes of TV time? Dangle the carrot and they just might bite.

 2. Have a designated homework time and workspace at home

Having a desk in their room is often a good start, if not, make sure they do their homework in a room without many distractions in there; perhaps a separate study room would work well?

  1. Encourage and motivate, but don’t do the actual work

Hints and tips are fine, doing the entire work for them isn’t helpful and they just won’t learn to stand on their own two feet. Be careful not to be too obliging!

  1. Keep a homework folder or box at home to stay organized

Organisation is key but your little one may not have developed many organisation skills, so this is the part you might have to manage for them. Try to keep sheets filed neatly, you never know when you might need them again.

  1. Know how to contact the teacher for clarification on assignments

Maybe a quick conversation in the playground would be useful if you’re getting mixed messages from your child about what homework needs to be done. Writing a message in your child’s school planner is also a good way of doing this; teachers see these all the time and can respond quickly and easily.


While your child’s at school, take full advantage of full bedroom access Monday-Friday and start planning some essential bedroom updates, there really is no better time! Start setting up your tools early in the morning and try to finish your day’s work before they return home from school.

Noah Wardrobe

Why not share your redecorating plans with us on social media? We’d love to see how your child’s room is shaping up!


James Ward

Storage Solutions

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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

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

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

Storage Solution

Making Space

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

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

Storage Solution

Social Media

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

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


James Ward

The Great British Bake Off

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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

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

Pink Macaroons

Baking Tips

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

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

Take your time

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

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

Princess Torte Cake

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


James Ward

Tropical Summer Theme

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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

Tropical Interior

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

The Tropic Trail

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

Tropical Inspiration

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

Chevron Pouffes

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

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


James Ward

Summer Holiday Ideas

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

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

Children's Bedroom

Rainy Days

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

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

Children's Bedroom

What to do today?

  1. Bake cakes

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

  1. Knowledge is power

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

  1. Treasure hunts

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

  1. Reading challenges

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

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


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Win our upholstered Soho bedstead

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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

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

Soho Bedstead

Dream bedrooms

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

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

Life under the sea

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


Competition Terms & Conditions

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

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

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

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Sleep Survey

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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

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

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


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



Sleep Survey

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Sleep Survey

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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

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

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


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



Sleep Survey

James Ward

Is it time for a new mattress?

Posted by James Ward, Friday, July 03, 2015

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

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

Feather & Black mattress

Spotting the signs

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

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

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

Types of mattress

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

Zip & Link mattress

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

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


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How to create a Summer bedroom

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 26, 2015

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

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

Amelie 5 Drawer Chest

White linens

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

Hotel Collection


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

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


Hand Painted Footstools

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


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Keep cool in bed this Summer

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 19, 2015

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

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

Summer duvets

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

Feather & Black duvet

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

Too hot to sleep

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


Feather & Black pillows


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

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


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Win a Sleep Beauty Hero Set

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 12, 2015

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

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

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

This Works

Sleep Remedies

  1. Have you tried Feng Shui?

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

  1. Have a Valarian cuppa

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

  1. Psychology and milk

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

  1. Magnificent Magnesium

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

Other sleep tips

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


James Ward

Win a Sleep Beauty Hero Set

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 12, 2015

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

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

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

This Works

Sleep Remedies

  1. Have you tried Feng Shui?

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

  1. Have a Valarian cuppa

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

  1. Psychology and milk

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

  1. Magnificent Magnesium

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

Other sleep tips

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


James Ward

Shop our Summer Sale

Posted by James Ward, Friday, June 05, 2015

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

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

Satin Stripe Bed Linen

New Products

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

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


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

It’s Summer Time

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

Dormitory Wall Clock

So what have you got your eye on this Summer?


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What's your upholstered style?

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 29, 2015

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

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

Simply Stylish

Upholstery choices

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

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

Understated Charm

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

Making your perfect bed

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


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Introducing Malvern

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 15, 2015

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

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


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

Malvern Bedside

New bed linen

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

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


Social media

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


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Build your dream bed

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 08, 2015

Have you always wanted the bed of your dreams?

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

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

Choosing a new bed

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

Simply Stylish

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

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

Bold and Beautiful

Request free fabric samples

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

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

Understated Charm

Added extras

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

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

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


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Behind the scenes photoshoot

Posted by James Ward, Friday, May 01, 2015

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

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


Behind the scenes

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


Behind the scenes

Summer Launch

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

Behind the scenes

Bank Holiday Special

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

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


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Kids bedroom ideas

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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

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

Childrens beds

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

Archie Cabin Bed

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

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

Olivia Single Bed

Decorating bedrooms

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

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


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Spruce up your guest room

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

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

The perfect guest room

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

Chicago Bedside Trunk

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

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

Bed Linen

Entertaining guests

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

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

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

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


James Ward

Enjoy a 2 night stay at The Crown Inn, Elton

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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

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

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

A relaxing weekend away

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

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

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

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

Feather & Black offer

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

Full terms and conditions can be found below.


Crown Inn



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

Natalie Williams

Ideal Home Show 2015

Posted by Natalie Williams, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

Ideal Home Show 15

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

The Gap House

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

Ideal Home Show 2015

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

Future Proof House

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

Ideal Home Show 2015

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

James Ward

Clocks go forward 2015

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

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

World Time Paris Clock

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

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

Summer nights

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

Feather & Black Duvets

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

Sleep Survey 2015

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

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

James Ward


Posted by James Ward, Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

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

Common dreams

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

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


Why do we dream?

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

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

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

National Bed Month

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

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

James Ward

Win Peter Rabbit

Posted by James Ward, Friday, March 13, 2015

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

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

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

Peter Rabbit

All you need to know about Peter Rabbit

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

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

Peter Rabbit on the big screen

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

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

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

Natalie Williams

Spring Trends 15

Posted by Natalie Williams, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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

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

Neon Inspiration

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

Handpainted Stools

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

Distressed Inspired Accessories

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

Soho Bedstead













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

James Ward

The London Collection

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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

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

Side stitching

Shopping in London

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


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

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


Book an appointment

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

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

Natalie Williams

Perfect Pancakes

Posted by Natalie Williams, Monday, February 16, 2015

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

Perfect Pancakes

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

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

Spinach and Potato Pancakes

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

 Whole-wheat Cinnamon and Banana Pancakes

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

James Ward

Fall in love this Valentine's Day

Posted by James Ward, Monday, February 09, 2015

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

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

Brighten up your bedroom


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

Kingsley Bed Linen

Create intimate romance

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

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

Paper Heart Decoration

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


James Ward

A good night's sleep

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

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

Feather & Black pillows

Tricks of the trade

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

Buying a new mattress

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

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

Feather & Black mattress

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

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

New duvets

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

Caroline Gardner diffuser

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


James Ward

DIY for beginners

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, January 22, 2015

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

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

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

Wooden bed

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

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

Wooden bed

DIY tips for beginners

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

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

Charlie's wooden bed

Winter Sale

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

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


Natalie Williams

Give your bedroom a New Year makeover

Posted by Natalie Williams, Thursday, January 08, 2015

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

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

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

Gatsby Floor Standing Mirror

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

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

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

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

James Ward

Stay in bed for longer with Feather & Black

Posted by James Ward, Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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

Tube advertising

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

The photographer sets up his laptop

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

Searching for the perfect vantage point

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

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

The set

What's your excuse?

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

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


Dan Wade

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted by Dan Wade, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Season’s Greetings everyone!

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

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

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

Best wishes,


James Ward

Top tips for men this Christmas

Posted by James Ward, Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

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

Survival checklist

  1. Always plan ahead

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

  1. Have your toolbox to hand

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

  1. Help out in the kitchen

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

Christmas cookies

  1. All fun and games

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

Last minute gifts

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

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

Christmas gifts

Christmas 2015

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

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

James Ward

Sleep tips to survive the party season

Posted by James Ward, Monday, December 15, 2014

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

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

Sleep tips

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

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

Bedroom surroundings

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

Small Electric Chrome Clock

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

Turn down the noise

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

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

Comfort is crucial

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

Zip & Link Mattress

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

James Ward

How to create a winter bedroom

Posted by James Ward, Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Create a winter bedroom

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

Silvers and greys

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

Versailles Bedstead


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

Hotel chic

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

Provence Range

Winter Sale Preview

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

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

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

James Ward

Black Friday 2014

Posted by James Ward, Friday, November 21, 2014

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

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

Metal beds

History of Black Friday

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

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

Internet Shopping

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

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


Cyber Monday

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

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

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

Facebook  Twitter Pinterest  

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

James :) 

Natalie Williams

Is it time for a new mattress?

Posted by Natalie Williams, Monday, November 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Mattress Production

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

Open Coil mattresses

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

Everyday Pocket Sprung mattresses

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

Milton Mattress

Luxury Pocket Sprung mattresses

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

Harrison's Mattresses