Limited Edition Chunky Knit Throw

Now we know how it is when the days start getting that little bit shorter and nights that little bit cooler. Those late August barbecues that end up inside as the air begins to drop and your guests enter your home to end the party. A setting that seems rather bare as your comfier statement accessories are still away in your linen cupboard.

Well fear not because this season’s statement throw has arrived!
AND it’s available in four stunning colours!

Our limited edition Chunky Knit throws are all beautifully hand made in Britain. Each piece is knitted completely by hand from giant yarns of Merino wool which shows in the intricate detail of each piece. These throws are one of a king and feel just as good as they look.

How are they knitted by hand you may ask? Well we do literally mean by hand… and arms…

The Lady behind these giant knits is Miriam Evans. Miriam creates these exquisite throws in her home studio in Leeds using just her arms and hands. We know you were imagining gigantic knitting needles and huge balls of never ending yarn, but were afraid not. However, they are made from the chunkiest of pure unspun Merino wool which is sourced locally in Yorkshire. The reason that Merino wool is used is because it is naturally stained and is also water and odour resistant. Meaning each throw is hypoallergenic, naturally flame resistant AND anti-static. The perfect accessory for your bed.

Does it get any better?! Dust free? Child proof? We’re sold.

Well we don’t like to boast but it does get better because we have a colour to suit every home, room and person!

For the softer toned lover we have the Dusky Pink throw. This is a shade of dusky mink with the perfect hint of pink. Not too much, but just enough!

 

Be Bold. Be Daring. Be Carmine. This electric pop of colour is not for faint-hearted and will certainly make a statement in any setting.

Taking it a shade darker… The Chunky Knit throw in Dark Teal is such a stunning shade, similar to the head of a mallard. It brings warmth just by looking at it.

Deep, dusky and bang on trend. The Mulberry coloured Chunky Knit Throw is a fashion statement alone, so imagine how amazing it would look paired with a set of Christy bed linen. Exactly what dreams are made of!

The only downside of this piece you ask? Well it is Limited edition meaning there are only a handful of these show stopper throws available. So make sure you grab yours before anybody else!

How could you resist?! Look how stunning they look in the home. A versatile must-have which shines through in any setting.

As seen on Come Down To The Woods Instagram. Layered with our Jaipur velvet throw in Jade and Belgian Linen in Silver.

I absolutely love making these blankets. Merino wool is a wonderful material to work with. It’s super soft, squishy and delightfully tactile.  The fineness of the merino wool means that it can be dyed in incredibly vibrant colours.  Using such glorious colours makes a real impact in any room, and can really pull a design together. Crafted in the simplest of knit stitches, the giant sized yarn creates tremendous texture and pattern, allowing each stitch to sing!

Turning a bundle of unspun wool into the blanket that you receive, using only my hands, is truly a joy. I hope it brings joy to you too! – Miriam Evans”

Shop our Chunky Knit Throws now whilst stock lasts.

 
 

SW19 = Wimbledon by Interiors Blogger Jenny Kakoudakis, Seasonsincolour.com

SW19 = Wimbledon

By interiors blogger Jenny Kakoudakis, Seasonsincolour.com

The most prestigious tournament in the professional players circuit of the International Tennis Federation, Wimbledon is the talk of the town in the last week of June and the first couple of weeks in July. Being the oldest tournament of its kind in the world (since 1877), it is one of the four Grand Slams (major tennis tournaments) that take place annually – the other being the French Open (or Roland Garros), the Australian Open and the US Open.

It was back in 1985, aged just 6 that I experienced Wimbledon for the first time. The matches were not broadcast live on Greek TV and as such we had to wait for months before the official Wimbledon video tapes (you know, those proper big cassettes!) were widely available to buy at your local video store.

My family happens to own a Tennis Club. It was built in 1985. I practically grew up around tennis courts and possibly took my first steps there. My father, a huge tennis fan, would play the superbly motivational Wimbledon tapes and we would watch mesmerised as the most important games in the Championships were relived on our TV, with the conclusion being the winners lifting the shiny trophies.

Although I never played professionally (I quit tennis when I got into law school, having achieved a best ranking of no5 in Greece in the under 18s in 1996), I always enjoyed watching the Championships and felt the pain that players would go through, physical and emotional alike. Here’s my take on Wimbledon.

Your biggest opponent is yourself

Tennis is very much a mental sport. There is only one person to rely on and that’s yourself. There’s also only one thing you need to beat: your own fear. Everything starts in your head: your opponent’s ranking (which many times doesn’t mean anything other than that they may have attended more tournaments than you); the weather (too cold, too hot, too humid, the sun’s in your eyes; it’s all in your head); how the crowd reacts to you (they like me, they like me not).

There is no team-mate to back you up unless you’re playing doubles. The speed of the game and the fact that you are being watched by so many people make tennis an extremely hard sport that puts players under a lot of stress – some just don’t like this level of attention at all (and you can tell by their awkwardness during interviews).

8 times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is well known for keeping his cool under all circumstances. He will rarely vocalise his frustration and will only ever allow himself to break down once he is set to lift the trophy. To become a champion (in any sport) you need to be gifted in areas like emotional control and never-give-up mentality.

Roger Federer, Wimbledon 2018. Photo: AELTC/ Ben

Camila Giorgi, staying focused during a match while offered a Christy towel, Wimbledon 2018. Photo: AELTC/ Florian Eisele

The 2018 official Championships Ladies towel from Christy Home in Cornflower Blue and punchy pink. It can be personalised too! Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

You will stretch yourself in every way possible

The physical toll on the body means that unless you take good care of it, you will end up with injuries at some point in your career. In fact, many top players retire early due to their injuries, whereas some prefer to skip a Grand slam or a whole year, just to recover. The good thing, when you’re sweating it out there in the courts, you can have a Christy Home towel to keep you at least stylish.

A ball boy brings a Christy towel to Gael Monfils while he is on the ground. Photo: AELTC/ Ian Walton

So if you fall, just bounce back (like a tennis ball) onto a comfy couch and watch the rest of the matches in style (sofa: Danetti.com)

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

You need to win the crowd

Everyone, EVERYONE, loves the underdog in Wimbledon. So, if you can win the crowd early on, then your game will be so much easier. This year, Novak Djokovic complained when the crowd seemed to be against him while playing British Kyle Edmund. “A couple of guys pretended they were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less to the end of the match” he said in an interview.

The crowds showing Roger Federer some love. Photo: AELTC/ Ben Solomon

Celebrities love a good game

Over the years we have been watching for style tips from the celebrities that attend Centre Court games – from the Windsors to actors, singers and fashion designers. Did you know that until 2003 it was obligatory to bow/ do a curtesy in front of the royal box? Now it is only mandatory when the Queen attends.

Above: Stella McCartney attending the Championships, photo: AELTC

Super fans

Every sport has its loyal fans, none better than Strawberry Man however. Chris Fava, propelled to SW19 stardom when spotted in Centre Court in a strawberry costume two years ago. He has been going along for years in various fancy dress costumes and his Strawberry costume is also part of the Wimbledon Museum itself.

This year, however, he was almost not allowed in Centre Court when he showed up in an over the top Gold costume designed to look like the gilt cup handed to winner, until the Head of Security intervened to let him in. Phew. Strawberry drama averted!

Who knows, maybe Chris will show up next year in a Christy towel costume? Just throwing ideas out there!

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

Ball boys and girls

During The Championships, a final total of approximately 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at Wimbledon. Candidates come from local schools after they have been nominated by their headteachers and must pass a written test and a fitness test among others. Their average age is 15 years.

Training begins in February at AELTC. Each prospective ball boy/girl will train once a fortnight and also attend four brief court training sessions at the Covered Courts before Easter. Weekly training sessions last 2-2.5 hours with 50-60 children per session with four sessions per week.

Photo: AELTC

Fun facts about Wimbledon 

During the tournament, 54,250 tennis balls are used. Those not in use are even stored in a refrigerated container to keep them in tip-top condition.

The record for the most Wimbledon titles in Ladies’ Singles belongs to retired Czech and American player Martina Navratilova with nine victories. In Men’s Singles, the record for most titles is held by Roger Federer, who won the event seven times.

Wimbledon champions are presented with a trophy but they don’t get to keep it! These remain on display at the All England Club’s museum and winners go home with a small replica.

The longest match ever played at Wimbledon lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days.

American Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest women’s serve after smashing a tennis ball about 205 kph.

Some tennis players let out a loud grunt while hitting the ball. The record for the loudest grunt during Wimbledon belongs to Maria Sharapova – It reached about 105 decibels – the equivalent of standing beside an accelerating motorcycle!

7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof in Centre Court!

290 million: number of tennis balls that could fit into Centre Court with the roof closed. Slazenger is the official Wimbledon ball sponsor for over 100 years!

39,000 spectators in the Grounds at any one time.

On average 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream will be consumed and 303,277 pints of Pimms will be drunk within the grounds of Wimbledon during The Championships!

Ladies and Mens Wimbledon towels. Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

Shop the official The Championships, Wimbledon towels by Christy here.

 
 

Wimbledon Competition

Joke’s on us, we will leave the strawberries to Wimbledon!

But for your chance to win over £300 of Wimbledon goodies then simply follow the link below and answer our Wimbledon question.

Prize includes:

Mens and Ladies Championship Towels
Face and Guest Towels
Wimbledon Blanket
Bottle of Champagne Lanson
Babolat Tennis Racket

Click here to enter.

 
 

The History of the Iconic Wimbledon Towel

Imagine, you are sat in centre court. Your seat is a breath away from the finalists. You are so close to the court you can smell the freshly cut grass. The game begins. Players and fans from all over the world come to experience this prestigious event filled with excitement and luxury. But this is also an experience that you can bring home.

Wimbledon only source the finest. The best champagne, the juiciest strawberries and, without a doubt, the most beautiful towels the world has ever seen.

Christy have had the privilege of designing and making a towel perfect for The Championships, Wimbledon for over 30 years. Ensuring that the design is bold and beautiful every year. Fit for professionals. Fit for champions.

Our wide Wimbledon range will help you get into the spirit this year!

The Wimbledon Towel – even the name increases our Wimbledon fever! Be sure to check out our Mens Championships Towel incorporating the iconic Green and Purple combination.

Our Ladies Championships Towel is simply b-e-a-uitful! Block colours of Cornflower Blue and Punchy Pink add an element of fun.

Game Set Bath! The collection fit for your little Champion.

Make sure that your Wimbledon finals BBQ is fit for the occasion by dressing your garden with our beautiful Wimbledon blanket.

Be sure to share your Wimbledon set-up with us on social media @Christy_Home using the hashtag #ChristyLovesWimbledon

Towels through the decades

Here’s a sneek peak at our towels through the decades!

 
 

Q+A With Victoria Pendleton

For those of you who don’t know, allow us to introduce you to our newest Brand ambassador Victoria Pendleton. And with the most prestigious event in the horse racing world only a week away, let’s find out more about this amazing talented Jockey who wears our Christy Ascot towel with pride.

Tell us your Christy story.

Christy is a brand I became aware of through their support of  Team GB. We received products within out kit to make our stay in the London 2012 Olympic village more comfortable, the pillows and towels were of a lovely quality. It’s the little things that make all the difference.

How did you get into equestrian sport?

I was always into sports at school and wanted to be part of every team possible, it was the one subject that I excelled at, despite it seeming to be the least important on the curriculum. My dad was a keen competitive cyclist his whole life, racing domestically and even holding some hill climb records and a national championship title. I spent my childhood watching him race, it was only a matter of time before I followed in his footsteps. I was talent spotted at 16 by the national team and after university moved to train with the Great Britain team in Manchester the rest is history. In 2013 I was approached by a sponsor to take up a switching saddles challenge, learning to become a jump jockey in 12 months to ride at Cheltenham festival in the amateur race, the Foxhunters Chase, a 3-mile race over 22 steeplechase fences. I had never ridden a horse before and had my first lessons with Yogi Breisner, before spending some time at the BHA British Racing School, I knew instantly that is was something I wanted to try! It was so exhilarating. Some of my cycling training really helped me to become a jockey; core stability, leg strength, focus and determination. I raced some flat races, point-to-point and some hunter chases and ended up coming 5th very unexpectedly in the Foxhunters Chase on the beautiful horse called Pacha du Polder, I love that horse he looked after me. Since that experience I have continued to ride, I have two retired thoroughbreds which I am retaining to become eventers. I have also tried a little showjumping for charity and some polo. Horses are a big and permanent part of my life.

What is a typical day in your life like? 

I walk my dogs in the morning, and then go to the yard to ride my two horses. I come back for lunch and often head into London for meetings or engagements. I have a portfolio career so  lots of different opportunities come my way! I try to make the most of it and experience as much as possible. I tend to do fitness work in the evenings. I have a gym at home with plenty of equipment so I am very lucky, and I love keeping in shape.

How did you find the Christy photoshoot 

I love doing photo shoots! Doing something a bit different. I’ve never been in a bath full of foam before! It was fun and I really liked the images. It is lovely to feel glamourous when you spend so much time in riding breeches and polo shirts!

Where did your love of horses begin?  Do you own any? 

I have two horses, According to Sarah who is a lovely chestnut mare and Vesperal Dream my elegant black beauty (those are their official racing names) they are both retired racehorses from great yards. I love them to bits.

Do you have any healthy living tips for our readers related to fitness? 

Little and often is the key! Rope friends into committing to a plan with you, it’s always more fun to work out with people rather than alone. If you struggle to get motivated, enter an event to work towards, maybe for a charity you care about to help push you at training when you are struggling.

Describe your interior style in 3 words 

Minimal, neutral, natural.

What’s your favourite room in your home?

My bedroom it’s cozy and relaxing. It is my haven. Sleep is really important to me.

If you could give your teenage self, one bit of advice, what would it be? 

Worry less about the future and enjoy the moment!

Where is your happy place? 

The Yard with my horses or out in the woodland on a hack in the dappled sunshine.

Greatest achievement in your life to date? 

Finishing 5th in the Fox-hunters chase at Cheltenham festival…. oh and a couple of Olympic gold medals!

 

Shop our whole Ascot range. 

 
 

Changing seasons and refreshing your home

With each change of season comes that feeling of refreshment and change. We can’t always put our finger on it, but the shift in mood and energy makes our surroundings feel new and exciting again, and there’s nothing like indulging in that feeling of newness. If you’re anything like us, with each season, you’ll be itching to make some small changes to your home to reflect what you can see out of your window.

With Summer on the horizon, the team at Christy sat down and had a chat about our favourite ways to reinvigorate our homes. Here’s just some of our favourite ideas.

Bring in freshly-cut flowers from the garden

Probably one of the easiest ways to bring the outside in, is to regularly take some cuttings from the flowers growing in your garden. You don’t have to strip the trees and bushes bare, just take a flower or two, and pair it with some green foliage in a simple yet elegant vase. If you don’t have flowers in your garden, it’s time to call upon your friends, family and neighbours. But don’t forget to plant your own flower beds so you can return the favour next year.

Change your soft furnishings

Let’s face it, the Christy team couldn’t talk Summer home refreshments without bringing up soft furnishings. And while we may be slightly bias, we’re big believers in having linens for Spring/Summer and another set for Autumn/Winter. This includes bedding, cushion covers, tea towels, bathroom towels, etc. You will be amazed at how different your home will look and the new lease of life it will give you.

For summer linens, remember the saying ‘bright and light’ – something bright in colour, such as greens, yellows and whites, and a light material such as cotton or linen. This Coniston Bed Linen would be a stunning addition to any summer bedroom, and the 200 thread count sateen cotton will keep you cool on a hot summers night.

*Christy top tip* – store your linens in an airtight container to ensure they are protected in the off-season. We’re big believers in the humble vac-pac bag.

Change up your artwork 

We’re not asking you to give up the that expensive original painting that sits with pride on your wall, we’re simply talking photo and poster frames. Try moving the positioning of existing artwork, or get a new print for one of your frames; a sure-fire way to make you feel excited about your home again.

A suggestion from one of our Christy HQ’ers is to change family photos to those that have been taken in the summer months or on a holiday, instantly reminding you of summers gone by. We’ll definitely be stealing that one!

Do you have any tips for refreshing your home for the summer? Let us know over on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and we’ll share our favourite suggestions.

 
 

How to bring a Spa home

Spa breaks have always been a popular choice to escape the mundane and to relax. In our busy everyday lifestyles filled with balancing work, family time and a social life, it can be hard to find the time to get some you-time.

Sometimes you cannot book a spontaneous spa break, massage or facial. So, why not bring that spa feeling to your home instead? Made especially easy with our Christy spa-inspired bathroom collection.

Look

Spas balance earthy tones with light accessories to create that peaceful ambiance. An atmosphere that can be reflected in your own bathroom.

Maroc towels, one of our favourite summer towel designs, is lightweight and relaxed. Draped over a leaning ladder against a wall, or hung over the side of your bath, you can transform your bathroom into a spa-inspired beauty.

Fringe finishes are so chic right now. Our Kasbah towel’s delicate fringe addition and ribbed texture enhances the overall bathroom aesthetic and your washing experience. Paired with the Christy Maroc towel, these towels can be layered in your bathroom to create that full spa vibe.

Feel

Allow us to set the scene. Sat in a jacuzzi, you hear the bubbles continuously popping around you. The stream of running water brings you peace and comfort. You close your eyes, rest your head back, and enjoy the melody of running water and piano symphony playlists. Blissful.

Although we may not have a jacuzzi at home, a warm bubble bath is just as relaxing. Once you step into it, you can immediately feel the tension in your muscles release. Instantly at ease, you lie down and rest.

This tranquil experience should not be ruined as soon as you step out of the bath.

You grab your Christy bath robe. Wrap yourself up inside its lusciously sumptuous 100% cotton perfection. To get this ultimate experience, the Christy Supreme Velour bath robe is the perfect solution.

For a lighter option, for those hot summer days lounging by the pool, our Mali and Faraday bath robes are a fabulous alternative. Mali’s soft waffle texture is perfect for that effortless, poolside style. You may not be on holiday abroad when wearing this but you will sure feel like you are!

How our stylists do it

Wonderful stylist Hollie shows us how easily the robe is to use both at home and away!

Our Faraday bath robe goes on tour and looks fab.

 
 

It’s back and bolder than ever! Allow us to introduce you to Jaipur…

In every sense, the Christy Jaipur throw is beautiful. In both its look and feel. For this reason, this is one of our favourite accessories to-date. Let us explain why…

It is very easy for a room to become monotonous over a long period of time. Easy for a room to lose its sparkle, appeal and on-trend vibe. But, this is very easy to fix with pops of colour and texture.

With a dash of new paint, and some accessories you can make your bedroom instantly feel contemporary whilst maintaining that home cosy feeling. Brand new, with minimal effort – who doesn’t want that!?

Our Jaipur throw and cushions help with exactly this. The plush and lusciously thick throw can be added to any bed linen. And, as well as being unbelievably cosy and snug, it is available in a wide range of colours from dusky pastels to vibrant brights, making it easy to pair with your design aesthetic.

From bold and brash, to minimal and understated, this throw is available in six colours which help you to attain your bedroom design desires. Perfection.

Take a look below to see how we would style these ranges:

Tumeric, the colourway that is bold yet is easy to pair. It can lift plain white bedding, or bring out delicate accents in a design – as demonstrated with the Haruki bed linen.

The Jaipur in Jade, understated and minimalistic, this colourway is perfect for a summer bedroom revamp.

Beautiful for summer, our Dusky Pink Jaipur can be paired with the minimalist or the boldest of colours.

Let us know what your favourite colour of Jaipur is? Share your style on social media using #MyChristy.

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Blast Off with NEW season Christy Junior

 

Just landed in our Christy Junior Collection, or should we say taken off is our NEW Blast Off Bed Linen Range. Your little one’s dreams will be rocketed to another galaxy with our space themed bed linen made with 100% cotton.

With details of spaceships and rockets they will always have the correct transport to explore the many planets and stars the Blast Off range includes. And the journey through their dreams will be out of this world!

The perfect addition to the range is the two NEW cushions in the collection. Who needs a telescope when you have the stars and moon in your own bedroom?! Made from super soft velvet it also makes an ideal cuddle buddy.

To celebrate the launch of a new range in our Christy Junior Collection we’re giving you the chance to WIN a full set of Christy Junior bed linen including our jersey cotton Speckles sheets and pillowcases, your choice of bed linen for your little explorer or even yourself, a cosy throw and super cute Star and Moon cushions. All you need to do to enter this amazing competition is follow the link below and answer the question. Good luck!

http://www.christy.co.uk/christyjunior-competition

 
 

Christy’s Season Must-Haves.

Spring has arrived! A season full of new beginnings, freshly mowed grass, crisp air and the start of beautiful balmy weather – we hope, this is the UK after all! Whether you spent your days escaping away to a warmer climate for Easter, hiking through the nearest woodland forest or getting your home ready for the season ahead, Spring has the power to bring you out of your winter hideaway into the outdoors.

At Christy HQ, we’re always looking forward to Spring. Partly because we are quickly becoming tired of the cold, wet days, but also because we get to experiment with bright colours and patterns which help to make your homes summer-ready!

Our brand-new SS18 collection draws inspiration from the outdoors, both in the UK and overseas. Featuring bold colours and patterns, this season’s collection can help you to escape from the mundane and relaxxx. From oriental florals to minimalist French chic, our bed linens can easily transform your winter sanctuary to a summer escape.

Discover a taster of our SS18 collection.

Haruki

The statement piece

Tapping into vibrant yellows, Haruki in Ochre is this year’s essential, on-trend bed linen. By capturing the beauty of the blossom tree, this design showcases intertwining branches through a watercolour masterpiece.The perfect base layer to creating a colourful getaway in your bedroom.

Also available in two additional colourways, Pink and Coral, this range is perfect for the bold and daring.

Japonica 

The bold traveller

Bedrooms are an expression of you. So if you are a fan of venturing into tropical paradises during your holidays, then this design is the perfect reflection of the summer you! Styled with wooden décor, you can easily transform your bedroom into a secluded exotic escape.

Prestbury

The woodland wanderer

This digitally printed design showcases the wonders of woodland walks. Featuring tall trees and hidden stone castles, Prestbury can give your bedroom a classic-contemporary feel.

Placed in a plain white room and paired with our Jaipur accessories in Jade your bedroom can bring the woodlands indoors easily and elegantly.

Freya:

The beautifully understated

If your vibe is more along the lines of ‘less is more’ then Freya is this season’s ‘go to’ bedding for you. Tapping into sophisticated, vintage French style, this design is easy to dress with colourful throws and cushions, and can be incorporated into your room effortlessly. Detailed with small embroidered flowers, this design is minimal but far from boring!

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram what your favourite pick is from our Spring Summer 2018 collection using #MyChristy.

 
 

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