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Feels Like Home: 10 Tips for Displaying Art to Create a Beautiful Home

Feels Like Home: 10 Tips for Displaying Art to Create a Beautiful Home

By Ruth Wilkinson, creative director of gallery SCREAM LONDON, http://www.ScreamLondon.com

Interiors  artwork lighting

Your home is a space which is entirely yours. Yet sometimes we are so caught up in daily life that we neglect these important spaces and homes can become hectic, untidy and stressful. To remind us of what’s important, Christy and COTTON USA have launched a Feels Like Home campaign to get you thinking about ways in which you can personalise your home and create a true sanctuary. In my blog post below, I’ll share how you can achieve this through your choice of artwork in the home. Another option is for you to master the art of the perfectly folded towel when welcoming guests to your home, and Christy explains how to do just that in this video. Christy Supreme Hygro® towels carry the COTTON USA International trademark for quality U.S cotton rich products.

  1. If you have a large blank wall to hang a big bold statement piece can be the ideal way to fill it. One piece on a wall gives an uncluttered feel to the room and brings focus to the artwork with no distractions. A dramatic colour can command the room and let your furniture and accessories stay neutral.
  2. Be conscious to fill a space with the right scale of artwork. A small and subtle piece may be lost on a large wall and equally a bold large artwork will feel constricted on a wall that does not allow it space to breath.
  3. Symmetry can bring calmness and order to a room. Hanging the same sized print either side of a fireplace for example can make a nice balance to the room.
  4. Cluster or salon style hanging is great way to fill a large wall with lots of small pieces. It’s a really good way to make a statement wall with a busy collection of interesting prints hanging at different heights within a layout. Remember to keep your space between prints consistent and have fun with hanging different sized pieces of different styles of art side by side. You will see how a really graphic print can sit well beside a more delicate drawing to bring real interest and diversity to your wall.
  5. Choosing a theme can help you to hang a room of artwork that complement each other. Going with a monochrome theme allows you to play with different styles of artwork in different sizes with a clear thread that ties them together. Going with a black and white theme also allows your furniture and room accessories to bring the colour while your walls remain classic.
  6. Equally, in a neutral room a theme of bold, graphic, primary coloured prints can add vibrancy and a collection of pastel themed prints will bring an elegance to any room.
  7. Paying attention to the subject matter of your artwork is also a way to tie pieces together into a considered layout, for example animal prints sit happily alongside maps and more organic or botanical imagery.
  8. A clever way to introduce artwork into your home without the commitment of hammering nails into your walls is to lean a selection of different sized prints on top of a chest of drawers or shelf. This way you can try out different prints and see what feel most comfortable in the room.
  9. Tie your artwork into the room by highlighting a particular material with your frames. For example when you are hanging prints in your kitchen or bathroom it’s a great idea to use a metal that can be seen in the room, we are seeing a big trend right now of copper frames for prints.
  10. When deciding where to hang art in your home remember that there are no rules, bringing art into your home is a personal thing and each piece you hang should bring you joy and make your house feel like home. Remember how you use your spaces, for example hang pieces you love to wake up to in the bedroom and your statement pieces in the living room so that everyone can admire them – it won’t make sense to hang your favourite artwork in a room you rarely use at home.
 

Feels Like Home: 3 Steps to Eating Well at Home

Feels Like Home: 3 Steps to Eating Well at Home

By Julie Montagu, The Flexi Foodie, http://www.juliemontagu.com

Eating well at home

Eating well at home is a concept that many people over-complicate due to the endless amounts of health and dietary advice in existence. Getting back to basics is undoubtedly the best way to dramatically improve your eating habits and get on track to optimum health and wellbeing.

Maintaining a healthy, happy atmosphere in the home is a brilliant way to motivate yourself and your family to fill the kitchen cupboards with nothing but goodness. This is one of the core concepts of the COTTON USA & Christy ‘Feels Like Home’ Campaign of 2016. Here are my top 3 tips for eating well at home.

1) Go Organic

Shopping organic is a good way to eradicate harmful pesticides from your home and your dinner table. Pesticides are used during the production of many foods but can actually disrupt your hormones and cause ill-health. Growing your own food is arguably the best way to be sure that you are avoiding pesticides, but opting for organically grown produce will also keep these harmful chemicals at bay.

2) Be Natural

Removing all packaged and processed foods from your shopping list is an incredibly positive step towards always eating well at home. These foods can contain incredibly high amounts of fat, calories and additives, and not a lot of the good stuff! Opt instead for a wide variety of plant-based foods and natural whole grain products. In doing so, you will flood your home and your body with healthy, antioxidant rich foods that will boost your overall wellbeing.

3) Get Together

Bringing your family together every night for a meal is a great way to encourage healthy eating habits in the home. Many people find that they have much more motivation to cook a deliciously nutritious meal when they are going to be sharing it with their loved ones. Gathering around the table to eat dinner is also the perfect way for the whole family to unwind after a busy day.

As you can see, eating well at home is simple and effortless when you indulge in a little forward planning. By making slight alterations to your existing routine and choices you can quickly create a healthier, happier home! Christy Supreme Hygro® towels carry the COTTON USA international trademark for quality U.S cotton-rich products. They are a great choice for creating a traditional yet stylish look in your home! You can win your own set of towels by entering this home makeover competition: http://www.christy-towels.com/win-makeover-feelslikehome or take a look at how to fold the perfect towel for your guests in this video.

 

Feels Like Home: How to Clean and Organise your Home

Feels Like Home: How to Clean and Organise your Home

Cleaning and organising the home

By Nicola Burt, Designer and Tutor, http://www.klc.co.uk

We all have such busy lives these days it is easy to become overwhelmed by household tasks, preventing us from seeing our home as a sanctuary, where we can de-stress and unwind after a hard day’s work.

My name is Nicola Burt. I’m an interior designer and tutor at KLC School of Design, and I want to share with you some simple tips for decluttering and organising your home.

These are not big, drastic changes, but small, everyday things you can incorporate into your life to conquer the clutter.

Do you remember your mother always said ‘Carry something with you when you move from room to room. Never leave a room empty-handed’? She was right!

Running to the bathroom? On your way, throw away that chocolate bar wrapper that was left on the coffee table.

Going upstairs? Take your books with you and put them on your bedside table.

Taking a break from folding laundry? Bring the clean kitchen towels with you so you can put them away.

Try the 10 Minutes-A-Day Decluttering Exercise

Choose an area in your home you want to declutter, and set your timer for ten minutes.

Get some bin bags and recycling bags so you can throw things away as you work. Get a container (like a box, for example) for things you plan to get rid of that aren’t rubbish.

Smaller areas are the best, as you’ll be able to see your progress more easily. So select a desk drawer instead of a whole office. During the 10 minutes, focus completely on decluttering that drawer.

Start your timer and start throwing away things that are obviously rubbish. When that’s done, start taking out items from the drawer one by one. Ask yourself each time if the item is something that is really used and/or enjoyed. If it is, put it back in its place. If it’s not, put it in your ‘get rid of it’ box, bin or recycling.

At the end of 10 minutes, stop what you’re doing, and put away anything that’s out of place.

Put your bin bag in the bin, and put your ‘get rid of it’ box in the boot of your car. The next time you drive by a charity shop, you can drop the box off.

Hooray! You’ve made a start on getting rid of clutter in your home. Repeat daily for best results.

Wardrobe: Reverse Clothes-Hanger Test

Turn all the clothes hanging in your wardrobe around so that the hangers face the opposite way.

For the next six months, every time you wear an item of clothing, return it to the wardrobe with the hanger facing the correct way. If you try it on but decide not to wear it, make sure you put it back with the hanger turned backwards—no cheating.

Be prepared for a shock; you are going to find you own lots of clothes you have no use for. You should seriously consider getting rid of anything you don’t wear regularly.

Bathroom: Read the Numbers

All products have an expiry date. Sometimes it is stamped on the product itself, sometimes on the packaging. Regardless, most have a lifespan of 6-18 months.

So check your bathroom products regularly so there are no nasties lurking in the back of the cabinet.  A good rule of thumb is that the closer the product is used to the eyes, the shorter its lifespan. While organising your bathroom you might consider learning the correct way to fold your towels, which can add an instant touch of glamour to the space. Take a look at Christy’s video tutorial on how best to do this.

That only leaves time for a nice hot bath to unwind, and then wrap yourself in some gorgeous Christy Supreme Hygro Towels® for the ultimate de-stress . The Supreme Hygro® carry the COTTON USA international trademark for quality U.S cotton-rich products and you could win your own set as part of Christy’s giveaway, which you can enter here: http://www.christy-towels.com/win-makeover-feelslikehome.

 

Feels Like Home: The Key to Wellbeing in the Home

Feels Like Home: The Key to Wellbeing in the Home

Wellbeing

By Janey Lee Grace, Wellbeing Expert, http://www.imperfectlynatural.com

As a wellbeing expert I am constantly asked is it possible to enjoy a pampering organic spa experience without leaving the house? The answer is yes! As part of Christy’s Feels Like Home campaign with  COTTON USA I’ll be sharing some of my wellbeing tips on how to achieve that spa-fresh feeling from the comfort of your own home.

Firstly it’s important to set the scene for your sumptuous pampering home spa – turn off your phone, light a few candles (ensure that they are natural and made from soy or beeswax) and lay out your soft Christy Supreme Hygro® towels. If your towels are in need of an upgrade, check out this competition: http://www.christy-towels.com/win-makeover-feelslikehome.

Start by dry skin brushing, it’s great for circulation, use a natural bristle brush and work in small circular movements, It should feel tingly but not hurt. You can also treat yourself to some ‘massage’. Use small circular movements or use a long handled ‘back scratcher’ if it feels good!

If you really want to indulge in the spa experience you could practice a little home style hydrotherapy  it can incredibly stimulating. The idea is to kick start your circulation by alternating hot and cold water, get a bowl of each, sit on a stool and put your feet first into the cold water, to make your blood vessels contract, then put them directly into the hot water to dilate the blood vessels and help you to shed toxins.

Apply a natural face mask – how about the aroma of chocolate?   Make a mask using raw cacao powder.

2 tablespoons  raw organic cacao powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon live yoghurt

3 teaspoons fine oatmeal (or sea salt for a more exfoliating effect)

Blend all the ingredients together and apply – all the indulgence without the guilt!

Relax in a warm bath scented with essential oil and a swirl of raw organic coconut oil which moisturises your skin as you bathe,  (you can leave your chocolate face mask on) while you relax, think only healing thoughts.

When you step out of the tub, wash off the face mask and apply a plant based facial oil.  Dry off with your Christy towels (Christy Supreme Hygro® towels carry the COTTON USA International trademark for quality U.S cotton-rich products) and apply an all over body moisturiser. Wash your hair using a natural shampoo,  apply coconut oil and if a night of passion isn’t planned (!) wrap your hair in a small Christy towel and head off for a relaxing sleep. You will need to rinse your hair through a couple of times but it should feel silky soft. Hopefully you will feel rejuvenated thanks to your ‘Feels Like Home’  truly organic pampering experience, without needing to venture to the spa. And to get the truly professional look in your bathroom, take a look at Christy’s expert video on how to fold a towel the proper way: https://www.youtube.com/c/Christytowelsworld​.

 

Feels Like Home: Guest Towel Etiquette Lessons from William Hanson

Feels Like Home: Guest Towel Etiquette Lessons from William Hanson

Etiquette in the home

By William Hanson, the UK’s leading expert and coach in etiquette, http://www.williamhanson.co.uk

You can tell a lot about someone from their bathroom.  My own are half bathroom, half temple, in particular the ones for my guests.  There are so many little touches – little luxuries – that hosts can do to make bathrooms even more inviting for their visitors.  The most important touch, in my view, is towels.  As part of Christy’s Feels Like Home campaign, I have decided to share my thoughts with you on the ‘etiquette’ of towels for guests.

Who doesn’t love a clean, fresh, soft towel?  Clearly there are a few who don’t appreciate this little luxury – I returned a few weeks ago from a friend’s house where the towels provided were like sheets of sandpaper.  Quite an achievement to get them to that condition, I must say.

To achieve peak softness you must of course buy good quality towels in the first place.  You needn’t remortgage for this – a quality towel isn’t as dear as you’d think (and the towels you can buy in a certain well-known shop in London for three figures feel really oily and uninviting).  A towel such as Christy’s Supreme Hygro® carry the COTTON USA international trademark for quality U.S cotton-rich products, which means short of drying off in a cloud you cannot get softer.

Having bought good quality towels, you need to launder them properly.  Follow the care guide on the towels but washing somewhere between 40 and 60s degrees C is best, followed by a gentle tumble dry and then finish by air-drying them.  (If you do wash below 60 degrees make sure you use a laundry sanitiser product – bacteria die at 62 degrees so anything lower, without a sanitiser, won’t kill the germs.  It is very bad form to pass bacteria on to your guests).

Once you have your quality towels you should pre-wash before use or else they won’t absorb any water when ‘in use’ (go easy with fabric softener when washing for the first time or in future as this can prevent water absorption as well – just a splash will do).

When getting a bedroom and bathroom ready for guests where should you place the towels?  My pet hate for some years has been hosts plonking towels on the bed when about four paces away, in the en suite bathroom, is a perfectly good towel rail.  Towels should only be placed on the bed if it is not en suite and they will have to carry their towels to a bathroom along the landing. For the correct way to fold your towels, take a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpEHoS89G6lKSWiIGixYsdg.

What colour should these towels be, however?  You won’t go wrong with white… so long as you keep them white.  Dusky pink or dusky blue are my two other favourite alternatives.

There is a strong case for the flannel or face cloth you provide the guests with to be a darker colour, certainly not brilliant white.  If the guest is wearing makeup they may really worry about using a white cloth to help remove it.  A nice touch I once saw was when a host placed two flannels out for the guest – one that matched the white towels and one that was a deeper blue and had ‘makeup’ embroidered across it.  How thoughtful!

If you would like to upgrade your guest towels, Christy, along with COTTON USA are running a giveaway to win a room makeover including towels, bathrobes and bedlinen, which you can enter here: http://www.christy-towels.com/win-makeover-feelslikehome.