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New Year’s Resolutions

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

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December 30th 2015

 

Merry Christmas

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

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December 23rd 2015

 

Sleep tips for the party season

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

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December 17th 2015

 

Headington Live Event

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

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December 15th 2015

 

Portuguese linens

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

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December 10th 2015

 

Teenage Bedroom

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

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December 4th 2015

 

Black Friday 2015

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

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November 27th 2015

 

Get your guest room ready for Christmas

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

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November 19th 2015

 

Dark evenings

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

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November 12th 2015

 

Take care of your mattress

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

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November 5th 2015

 

Bonfire Night

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

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October 30th 2015

 

Hallowe'en 2015

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

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October 22nd 2015

 

Pre Christmas Delivery Dates

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

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October 15th 2015

 

Denim in Decor

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

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October 8th 2015

 

Amazing Bedroom Views

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

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September 30th 2015

 

Autumn Season

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

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September 24th 2015

 

Your University checklist

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

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September 17th 2015

 

National Make Your Bed Day

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

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September 9th 2015

 

Back to School

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

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September 3rd 2015

 

Storage Solutions

We all like our home to look nice and tidy all the time but the problem is we often have a lot of larger things to fit into not-so-large spaces. Or perhaps you are on the other end of the scale, with too many smaller possessions that are cluttering up your living space? Some belongings are really hard to find a suitable storage space for, I know! The feeling when you’ve run out of drawer or wardrobe space is such a frustrating one, so I think having a clever storage solution is really important for any home. These don’t have...

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August 18th 2015

 

Great British Bake Off

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

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August 12th 2015

 

Tropical Summer Theme

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

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August 5th 2015

 

Summer Holiday Ideas

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

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July 28th 2015

 

Win our Upholstered Soho Bedstead

Taking home this gorgeous bed would surely mean your dream bedroom would be well on the way to completion. The striking nature of the fabric will definitely set tongues wagging as your interior leads the style stakes this Summer. If you wish your bedroom had flair, chic sophistication and real personality, this upholstered Soho bedstead really does tick all the boxes. Writing this blog got me thinking about what other elements make up a dream bedroom and while there were the obvious things like luxurious comfort, gorgeous open spaces or even the most soft of linens, my mind wondered onto...

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July 22nd 2015

 

Sleep Survey 2015

Not so long ago, you may remember us asking you about your bedroom habits as we requested that you fill in our Sleep Survey 2015. Well… we can now reveal that the results are in! For those of you who might have forgotten, we asked you a range of questions including how well you think you sleep at night, what you do before going to sleep and which factors keep you awake at night. We also asked you to consider your favourite bedroom style and which bedroom features were most important for your perfect bedroom. Infographic Find out how your...

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July 7th 2015

 

Time for a new mattress

If you’re trying to ignore the tell-tale signs of mattress wear and tear; it’s no use, you need to bite the bullet and invest in a new mattress. Mattresses are designed to last around 7-8 years, which makes buying a new one quite an important decision (no pressure!) But we understand your caution, so that’s why we thought we’d put together this useful blog post and help you through the process of replacing your mattress. It can be a little confusing reading over different mattress specifications and trying to make sense of complicated technical details. Spotting the signs There are...

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July 3rd 2015

 

How to create a Summer bedroom

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

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June 26th 2015

 

Keep cool in bed this Summer

With warmer temperatures looking like they are here to stay, we thought it would be a good time to remind you of a few handy tips on how to keep yourself cool at night. After a long day at the office, laying awake in bed at night too warm to sleep is the last thing you need. Kicking the covers off seems to be only a temporary solution, but the best answer may only be a few paragraphs away… Summer duvets Many will tell you to invest in a summer duvet, and they’d be right. A 4.5 tog is the...

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June 19th 2015

 

Win a sleep beauty hero set

We’ve teamed up with This Works for our latest competition which, if you’re lucky enough to win, will see you collect the prize of a Sleep Beauty Hero Set worth £55. This Works is an award-winning skincare brand. The set includes a Sleep Plus Pillow spray 75ml, clinically proven to help you have a good night’s sleep, and an In-Transit Camera Close-Up 40ml - a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one. The pillow spray is also a fast acting natural remedy to help restore healthy sleep patterns for restless sleepers. Preventing sleepless nights is the Holy Grail for some,...

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June 12th 2015

 

Shop our Summer Sale

Although it doesn’t feel too warm at the moment, we launched our Summer Sale today and it promises to be the best yet! We are offering up to 50% off throughout our Summer season, plus you can also take advantage of an extra 15% off until Sunday 21st June too. This season is all about the power of pattern, and our newly upholstered Soho Romo bedstead fits right on trend. Pair this bold bedstead with some nicely accessorised white linens to create the ultimate look. Exotic themes are also very fashionable this season so make sure you keep up to...

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June 5th 2015

 

What's your upholstered style?

Whatever your inspiration, we always have our own individual preferences when it comes to bedroom style. There are so many looks to choose from, favourite styles can be hard to narrow down and, as we now offer over 300 different styles for your home in our Build an Upholstered Bed online feature, the choice definitely just got tougher! If you weren’t already aware, we have 10 new house fabrics and a selection of 12 headboards and 3 base options for you to style your dream bed. So all you need to do now is discover your upholstered style to match...

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May 29th 2015

 

Introducing Malvern

Exciting news everyone, we have a new bedroom furniture range to share with you! Our Malvern range, which was photographed at Feather & Black HQ last month, launched last week so we thought the least we could do was tell you more about it! The collection includes both an adults and a childrens bedstead, with its simple structures being inspired by Nordic cultural influences. Made from solid pine, our Malvern collection also has a wardrobe, chest of drawers and a bedside table to complete the bedroom look. New bed linen Because of its very neutral feel and light-coloured finish, we...

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May 15th 2015

 

Build your dream bed

Have you always wanted the bed of your dreams? A bed made up of individual preferences or favourites, designed to look just how you always imagined it? Then Feather & Black’s new Build an Upholstered Bed online feature could be your ideal tool to help make your bedroom dreams turn into reality. So, to help you navigate around our brand new feature, we thought it would be helpful to give you a super quick tour! It’s really easy and straightforward to use and we’re sure you’ll love seeing your designs come to life. Choosing a new bed First of all,...

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May 8th 2015

 

Behind the scenes photoshoot

We’ve been especially busy this month at Feather & Black HQ while we worked on some exciting new photography! We’ve got lots of fantastic images that we can’t wait to share with you over the next few months but, for now, you’ll just have to be happy with a few behind the scenes snaps… Our photoshoot ran over the course of 5 days and involved photographing our brand new solid pine bedroom range, lots of beautiful mirrors and a collection of other bedroom accessories too. Over the course of the 5 days, we welcomed a number of photographers and stylists...

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May 1st 2015

 

Kids bedroom ideas

If you’ve got little ones, you would already know that children can shoot up so quickly and outgrow their bed quicker than they can say ‘mummy, I think I need a new bed’. With our current 10% off kids beds and furniture promotion, now may be the perfect time to buy your child a new bed, especially given that they are now back at school after the Easter break. That means you will have the time and space to decorate their bedroom while they’re at school. Childrens beds Our favourite children’s bed has to be our Archie Cabin Bed, which...

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April 22nd 2015

 

Spruce up your guest room

So the Easter holidays are now over for most of us, did you all have a nice break? One of the most common things to get up to over the long Easter weekend – apart from eating lots of Easter eggs – was to catch up with friends and family, which was certainly true for me! That means a lot of us must have hosted large family get togethers and that usually means that your guest room is all of a sudden very busy again. Easter isn’t quite on the same hectic scale as Christmas, but I would say it’s...

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April 15th 2015

 

Enjoy a 2 night stay at The Crown Inn, Elton

Feather & Black have teamed up with The Crown Inn to offer you an exciting, exclusive offer… For just £295, two people can enjoy 2 nights at the AA 5-star B&B based in the village of Elton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire with a bottle of fizz in your room on arrival. You’ll be very well looked after during your stay, as this fantastic offer also includes dinner on both evenings with a bottle of house wine and breakfast on both mornings! A relaxing weekend away With its thatched roof, wooden beams and roaring open fire, The Crown Inn provides a picturesque...

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April 1st 2015

 

Clocks go forward

We all love our Sunday morning lie-ins but those who love to snooze on the traditional day of rest will lose an hour’s sleep on Sunday 29th March, as the clocks go forward one hour to signal the beginning of my favourite time of year – British Summer Time (BST)! There’s nothing better than waking up with a bit of sunlight streaming through your bedroom’s window which, for me, is much better than hearing the lashing of rain on your windows during the colder Winter months. While most of our smartphones and tablets will automatically update (woohoo!), some of us...

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March 24th 2015

 

Ideal Home Show

Last Friday, Candice and I went to explore the Ideal Home Show in Kensington Olympia, London. As neither of us had been before we were expecting great things; and we weren’t disappointed! Firstly we browsed around the garden section and were very tempted to spend the rest of our day in the Jacuzzi’s. We made our way round to the show homes, one of our favourites being The Gap House. Styled to suit urban townhouses, themes from Abigail Ahern’s new collection were evident with moody blues and charcoal walls. Focused on utilising small spaces as the UK population grows, The...

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March 24th 2015

 

Dreaming

Ever wondered where your mind drifts to at night? If you have, you’re definitely not the first. Dreaming is one of those things that just happens, and despite so much scientific research around the topic, dreaming can still be very mysterious and quite often unexplainable. One of the most common dreams is the sensation of being lost or trapped, which can be tracked back to a person’s real life feelings. For example, you may feel stuck in your job and unsure of what the future holds. The most likely source of your dreams are what you think about just before...

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March 19th 2015

 

Win Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter’s famous children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit has sold millions of copies worldwide and so what better gift to giveaway this Easter time than a Peter Rabbit cuddly toy? Altogether, we have six cuddly toys to give away to six lucky winners. Five of them are being displayed in selected Feather & Black stores – Oxford, Cheltenham, Fulham, Chiswick and Henley to be precise! So if these stores are nearby to you, drop in and say hello to Peter Rabbit and enter the competition here to take him home. However, if these stores aren’t within a stone’s...

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March 13th 2015

 

Spring Trends 2015

As the mornings gradually become lighter and spring approaches, I took a trip to London to suss out the latest trends emerging for the upcoming season. Browsing around Regent Street, Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, I visited Liberty, Anthropologie, Dwell and Lombok to name but a few. An evident trend was the running theme of neon’s and bright colours; something I personally think everyone should try at least once in their home because, well, why not? With hints of 50’s interior inspiration from old fashioned fixtures to pastel dial up phones, the mixture of bold colours and soft tones...

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March 10th 2015

 

The London Collection

Have you seen the Grenadier Guards outside Buckingham Palace in their iconic, red uniforms? While you may already know about their long-standing history in Britain, you may not know that our new luxurious London Collection is upholstered in the same striking fabric! Drawing from beautiful British heritage, our exclusive London Collection stands out as our most lavish of mattresses, offering ultimate comfort with its soft, natural fillings. Its award-winning, patented Revolution Pocket Spring System is unrivalled, helping you get the best night’s sleep. Last week, I visited some of our London stores to test the London Collection’s amazing credentials and...

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March 3rd 2015

 

Perfect Pancakes

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

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February 16th 2015

 

Fall in love this Valentine's Day

Not all of us are fans of Valentine’s Day but for those who are sharing the love, we thought you might like to read about some of the things we’ve fallen in love with at Feather & Black. So why not take a closer look at some of the featured products to help keep that romantic feeling all year round? We think falling head over heels for our beautiful Amelie bedstead is very easy to do, with its classic looks and elegant curved motifs. Completed with a beautiful natural finish and upholstered headboard, Amelie adds romantic undertones to your bedroom,...

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February 9th 2015

 

A good night's sleep

Getting a “good night’s sleep” is one of the things many of us say before your first day at a new job, on the evening of an important exam or if you’re feeling a little under the weather. But in reality it’s pretty important to get a good night’s sleep all of the time because it leaves you feeling fit and thinking sharply. If you’re struggling to catch some well-earned rest, cast your eyes over some of the tips below and see if they make a difference. Finding your perfect sleep conditions can often be a trial and error process,...

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January 28th 2015

 

DIY for beginners

DIY can become a nightmare at even the best of times, but not for 17-year-old Charlie Redfern who constructed her own bed from start to finish for her Product Design AS-Level course. Charlie borrowed some wooden slats from our Feather & Black store in Oxford to help make her bed, which was crafted from walnut and ash, with the drawers having an apple wood stripe. Her outstanding work was recognised by her tutors when she was awarded with an overall grade A. Charlie said: “I wanted to create something different to what we normally see, in traditional material, but with...

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January 22nd 2015

 

Give your bedroom a New Year makeover

As we recover from the Christmas season and bringing the New Year in with a bang, it’s tempting to give our bedrooms a shiny new make-over. Whether that’s moving the furniture around and replacing with new products, or just giving your bedroom a good spring clean; re-organising your night-time haven is proven to have positive effects on your sleeping habits, especially after busy seasons in the year. We have compiled a collection of furniture and accessories with a modern theme to suit any interior, all of which can be found in our current Winter Sale. Ever wanted to be as...

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January 8th 2015