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Create the perfect cushion arrangement

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How to create the perfect cushion arrangement

A well and beautifully laid bed can be easily achieved at home. Following a few simple arrangement rules will make an empty, cold looking bed a thing of the past…

Firstly, it’s good to look at the entire arrangement of the bed. Once you’ve chosen and set your bed linen, you’re left with a blank canvas where we lay the pillows/cushions – this will become the masterpiece of the master bedroom!

We recommend adopting a pillow layout somewhat similar to the below diagram…

diagram

Starting with the largest first, arrange two co-ordinating Squares/Shams in an upright position against the headboard. Squares create a wholesome staggered look to instantly revitalise any bed. Secondly lay your first set of pillows. We like to chose a Plain Dye coloured, none patterned under pillow to breakup any colour from the linen design. Prop the second set of linen matching pillows at the front ensuring the back pillows are peeping over the top. You have now set the foundations. Make sure your pillows are straight, and fluffed! Now onto cushions… The fun part!!

Cushions can absolutely transform a bed, especially by adopting pops of bold solid colours. Your choice of cushion can make two beds, set with the same design look completely different. Don’t be afraid to choose contrasting colours. Pick colour shades from other items around your room such as: lamp, flowers, artwork, etc to tie the whole bedroom together.

So far your bed will look symmetrical. Create a more interesting tone by adding an odd amount of cushions. I’d suggest arranging from left to right, keeping the larger cushions to the back to continue the staggered feel. Mix different sizes and styles towards the centre. Be careful not to over do it – there is such a thing as too many cushions, also stray from using correlating colours and designs. It can, on occasion become overkill. Bright colours are the winning combination!

Ensure once more that all cushions are fluffed and pressed!

Don’t forget to place your favourite throw at the foot of the bed. It’s worthwhile to ensure at least one of the cushions chosen to layer, matches or compliments the throw, it will amalgamate all items together… Don’t forget, throws are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are the perfect ‘just in case’ layer for cold nights.

Now all that’s left to do is to slip into your cosiest of pyjamas, grab a good book and cuddle into your new retreat.

WARNING: Once you’ve created the perfect bed, getting out (especially on a cold morning) can cause difficulty and/or distress.

We would love to see your layered bed. Tweet us your pictures @christy_home.

 

Turning a neutral canvas into a vintage chic boudoir with some subtle shelf styling #shelfie

Wisteria

A neutral canvas allows for the bed linen to be the real wow factor within this elegant boudoir whilst still screaming with personality elsewhere.

Wisteria

The great thing about a neutral room is the ability to completely re-transform your look without enlisting a team of builders and a fleet of decorators. The trend for subtle grey and linen wall covering (like the Little Greene Grey Collection) means that you can instantly transform your space with some changes of detail. The cute little shelf is such a wonderful idea creating a space for all the bits and bobs you might hide away. Adding a simple shelf has transformed this area of the room and creates the perfect #shelfie.

Wisteria

Your transformation doesn’t need to end here. Combining good quality plain dyes with an on trend bed linen design will lift the room and create a haven of tranquillity in your otherwise neutral nuances. It’s fair to say Wisteria is a real statement piece but retains an air of class and elegance. Layering your bed with accessories will allow you to add depth and warmth to your bedroom on these autumnal nights. Herringbone, chunky buttons and splashes of colour are perfect for layering your bed.

Wisteria

Comment and let us know what’s on your #shelfie.

 

A vintage bedroom transformation

Transform your bedroom into a vintage paradise with antique furniture, lush fabrics and splashes of colour that bring a contemporary twist.

Injecting character and personality in to your bedroom

This room is an idyllic vintage heaven brimming with character. Placing cute little letter postcards above the bed is a playful way of injecting your unique personality into a room and prevent it from looking crossing the line between vintage chic and stuffy. The colourful pieces of washi tape are the perfect finishing touch and we think this creates a very sweet focal point.

Julianne

Bursting with hue, this neutral canvas pops with bright beautiful colours, and a scheme that’s both brave and tranquil.

Upcycling and Vintage Heaven

Fresh air and vintage fairs are a great way to while a way a weekend afternoon. Searching for vintage diamonds that are screaming to be upcycled and rehomed and given your own personal twist. Upcycling is such a fun trend in home interiors and we can usually be found with a vintage wooden chair and pot of paint to complete the look. Giving vintage furniture a lick of paint like the bright green cupboard in this room is just perfection.

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Be brave with colour event when creating a vintage look…

A yellow ceiling is a bold statement and really adds a focal point, this is a unique way of adding colour to your bedroom as it does not distract from your linens and draws your eye up gradually from the bottom to the top of the room creating the illusion of height and space. Even if your home doesn’t have period feature like a dado rail this is something that can easily be added with just basic DIY skills.

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Lots of different fabric with plenty of texture…

We love a fabric headboard as it allows you to change the look of your bed without the expense of a new bed frame and can give your room a new lease of life. Layering different fabrics textures together in one space creates a really deep and rich look whatever your design style. In this case the Lace fabrics embrace the vintage theme and this cushion is the perfect accessory for this Julianne bed linen particularly when teamed with the soft velvet look of the Graphite Horizon cushion.

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Spring Neutrals

There is nothing calmer than a bedroom decorated in low key and chic neutrals, with a hint of pattern, and Christy’s spring collection contains a number of styles which can help you to create a relaxing haven that promotes great sleep and relaxation.

All made using the very best quality Christy fabrics, use these designs to create the centrepiece of your bedroom, and accessorise with carefully chosen neutral items to achieve a high-end and elegant result.

Salome

Salome is a luxurious jacquard bedding in a cool and elegant oyster shade with an oh so subtle sheen. It invokes feelings of the very chicest hotel rooms, and features intricate embroidery which elevate it from the normal to the eye catching.

Woodland

Bring the outside in with our Woodland print, featuring tree and nature-inspired prints on soft cream. This bedding has a subtle shine as well as a delicate marl.

Chantilly in Cream

If you like your bedding elegantly plain, but retaining the finest quality and comfort, then our Chantilly in cream is a great choice. Intricately and delicately stitched, and made from the best cotton, this deceptively detailed design is one of our most popular.

 

Make Sleep Your Priority For National Bed Month

March marks The Sleep Council’s annual awareness campaign, National Bed Month, and in celebration of the month Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council lets us in on the secrets of a good night’s sleep

A good night’s sleep really the answer to feeling and looking your best. People go to huge amounts of time and expense to eat well and exercise regularly but without a good night’s sleep all that effort will be in vain.

Not only does sleep make us feel better but it can improve our health by helping us fight off minor ailments, deal better with depression and even tackle weight problems. The benefits of sleep in reducing the risk of more serious illness, including strokes and diabetes, is also well documented.

There are four Rs for good sleep:

  1. Regularity – going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time, all the time, programmes your body to sleep better.
  2. Routine – routines associated with sleep signal the brain to wind down. Think baths, warm drinks etc.
  3. Restful sleeping environment – your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and it should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible. Make it inviting with beautiful bedding and
  4. Right bed – make sure your bed is comfortable. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on one that’s too soft, too hard, too small or too old.
Here are our top five tips:

– Create a restful sleeping environment. Your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and free from distractions. Anything entertaining or work related such as TVs, computers and tablets, games consoles and mobile phones should be turned off or even better, banned from the room! Not only will they prevent you from falling asleep as they stimulate the brain, but they may become disruptive at inopportune times and wake you. Also the blue light that emits from these devices messes around with your body’s circadian rhythms by suppressing the sleep inducing hormone melatonin in the brain, which is what we need in order to feel sleepy.

– A dark room is most conducive for sleep as light tells your body it’s time to wake up. In darkness, your body releases a hormone called melatonin that relaxes your body helping you to drift off. Light suppresses melatonin. Invest in lamp or dimmer light if you want to read in bed. Blue light also inhibits the night-time secretion of melatonin so turn off computers, mobile phones etc. And if street lights or even early morning light wakes you, hang denser curtains, put up blackout blinds or use an eye mask.

– Comfort – whether that’s the bed or the bedding – plays a large part in getting a good night’s sleep. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on an old, uncomfortable bed. A bed with the correct support, comfort and space will ensure you wake less, move about less, are less disturbed by your partner and are less likely to wake up feeling tired or aching. Make sure you use adequate bed clothes and pillows. If you’re not comfortable in bed your sleep won’t be as deep.

– Seek out ways to improve your lifestyle – small changes can have a huge impact on your sleep quality and quantity. Overhaul your diet, caffeine and alcohol consumption and exercise regime.  Too much alcohol, especially late at night, can play havoc with sleep patterns.  Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night and it robs us of one of our most satisfying types of sleep, where dreams occur. Plus you will wake dehydrated and needing the loo!

– Why not keep a sleep diary? If you find dropping off hard, it may be interesting to see what you’ve been doing, what you’ve eaten and where you’ve slept on the days you sleep and don’t sleep well. It could help in finding the answers to some of your questions.

For further sleep advice, visit http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk or request our Good-Night Guide on 0800 018 7923.

 

Sleep Awareness Week

As producers of luxurious bed linen, it’s no surprise that here at Christy, we are also fans of a good night’s sleep, and a top quality bed and mattress. This week is Sleep Awareness Week, part of March’s National Bed Month, and we’re looking forward to sharing some interesting content with everyone over the coming weeks.

If you don’t already, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for plenty of sleep and bed-related content, polls and facts throughout March.

Here are  a few key facts, figures and snippets about sleep to intrigue you:

  • A 30 to 40-minute bedtime routine, including bathtime, is the best way ensure a primary school aged child sleeps soundly
  • If you have a very poor night of sleep, sleeping well the night afterwards doesn’t “make up” for your lost hours – and long-term sleep deprivation can be really harmful to health
  • Sleep is as important to health as a good diet, and regular exercise
  • We sleep for around one third of our lives
  • Humans are the only mammals who willingly put off sleep – so maybe we could learn something from the rest of the animal kingdom
  • We can only dream about faces we have previously seen in our lives – so if you think you’ve dreamt about a stranger, it’s actually likely to be someone you have met before, but do not remember
  • Poor sleep is linked to an increased appetite, which is the reasoning behind the warnings that lack of shut eye can lead to obesity

 Follow our social accounts to find out more about the vitality of sleep, and the importance of great quality linens, mattresses and beds.

 

Winding Down As The Clocks Go Back

Daylight saving time can play havoc with your sleep routine, particularly during the autumn months, when the darker mornings make it difficult to wake up feeling ready for the day ahead. Establishing a relaxing bedtime regime is a great way to combat this. So, what can you do to turn your bedroom into a tranquil haven? Follow our four simple tips to help you sleep more soundly.

1) Get rid of gadgets

It’s well known that watching TV or browsing on your tablet stimulates brain activity and makes it difficult to drift off. As much as everyone’s aware of this, it’s all too easy to take a final look at your smartphone while you’re in bed, then before you know it you’ve spent almost an hour checking every social media account and getting up to speed with your favourite blogs. But the blue light emitted from electronic devices like your smartphone prevents the body releasing melatonin, which informs you that it’s time to sleep, so using these gadgets can keep you awake well past your bedtime. To avoid temptation it’s best to keep them out of the bedroom completely, but an alternative would be to place your smartphone out of reach and put it on silent to avoid any disturbances.

2) A new look

When was the last time you treated yourself to cosy new bedding? This can make bedtimes a real treat, as well as giving your bedroom a completely new look. If you don’t want to completely overhaul your room you could always look at adding in a new throw and cushions, which can instantly bring a different feel to the space without being too costly.

3) Create an ambience

If you’ve ever visited a spa, you’ll know the difference the right fragrance can make to your mood. Certain scents are invigorating and perfect for when you need an energy boost, while others instantly make you feel more relaxed. Choosing the right fragrance for your bedroom, such as lavender or camomile, is a simple way to help you unwind in the evening. Scented candles also emit a calming glow that adds to the atmosphere, while reed diffusers are a handy alternative if you’re looking for a constant scent.

4)  At-home pampering

Do you feel like you’re constantly rushing around, dashing between work, home and social commitments, but never getting a moment to yourself? This can make it hard to sleep at night, with hundreds of thoughts spinning in your mind preventing you from switching off. Spending just half an hour before bed pampering yourself with a luxurious bath or a simple at-home beauty treatment lets you wind down in the evening, and encourages a more relaxed frame of mind before bed.

 

New Autumn Winter Bed Linen

As the nights draw in even earlier, and the temperature begins to drop, you might be thinking of upgrading your current bed linen for an autumn winter inspired set – so why not choose something from our new collection? Our designers have been inspired by winter florals, autumnal shades of orange, green and blue, and vibrant paisley patterns, and we cannot wait to swap our summer duvets for cosier styles.

Here are some top picks from the new autumn winter range – which one will you choose?

Snowflower

This elegant set combines a bright sunflower print with warm and welcoming burnt orange. It’s made using 100% cotton and cotton sateen, and has a luxurious thread count ensuring optimum comfort during the cooler nights.

Himalaya 

Our Himalaya set is perfect for pattern lovers who want to create a cosy and welcoming bedroom look. Made from soft and silky cotton and with a high thread count, this Paisley patterned design is a lovely investment for the winter nights, and looks great teamed with our Sumatra cushions.

Chantilly

Chantilly in Cream (below)

Christy Chantilly Cream Bed Linen

Chantilly is set to become one of our best sellers of the season, and a true Christy classic. Available in chic white or cream, Chantilly has a delicate and subtle patterned stich, creating a relaxing feel in any bedroom. Chantilly is made from 100% cotton for the best finish, and has a 200 thread count for luxuriously comfortable sleep.

Chantilly in White (below)

Etched Peony

If classy, cool and reserved is your bedroom décor style then our Etched Peony set is perfect. Subtle artistic hand drawn flowers rest on a palette of cool grey, creating a relaxing and elegant look. Combined with black leather furniture or dark accessories, this set is straight out of a boutique hotel room.

Romany

Destined to become a Christy classic, Romany is a beautiful combination of ditsy florals, cool blues and a stunning cotton and lace trim, which gives a vintage look. Combine with your favourite shabby chic accessories to create a countryside-inspired haven in your bedroom.

 

Luxurious linens for colder nights

After what has been one of the best summers for some time, with days on end of the thermometer reaching the late 20s, we are slowly creeping towards the blustery days of autumn. While this may be bad news for BBQ lovers, it is an excuse to take off that light summer duvet and replace it with luxuriously heavy and cosy duvets in deep winter shades.

The warmest duvet filling to go for in the cooler months is goose down – cosy but with a lightness and breathability that ensures comfort throughout the night.

Below are our top tips for turning your bedroom into a warm and inviting haven, no matter how chilly things get outside.

Deep purple

The best way of instantly injecting winter chic into your bedroom is to swap floral or light coloured sheets for deep purples, blues or even blacks, brocade prints and heavy fabrics. If you don’t want to change the whole look, velvet cushions in darker shades can be added to a bed, or you could accessorise your room with candles in wintery colours.

Duvet decisions

If you’ve been sleeping under a summer duvet, now is the time to change it to a heavier tog. We love goose down feathers as they are incredibly cosy but breathable too, so you’ll never feel too warm.

Throw-down

Throws are a lovely way of adding different textures or patterns to a bed. Opt for chunky knits in dark colours, or brocade pattern throws which add a touch of vintage chic to any room. Throws are great for pulling over the duvet on particularly chilly nights, but they also look stylish and elegant draped over a bedframe or folded in two at the foot of the bed.

 

Throw your bedroom to life

If you are stuck for inspiration when it comes to breathing new life into your bedroom interior, let your fabrics do the talking.

Christy’s collection of high quality cushions and throws have all you need to completely transform the look of your suite. With a few little additions, your bedroom could look and feel instantly updated.

Rustic favourites

The Karina cushion and throw are the perfect accessories for any modern bedroom. Created in a rustic knit, the luxurious yarn blend is ideal for getting cosy on a cold winter’s evening. The neutral tones match perfectly with many of Christy’s other cushions and bed linen collections.

This set easily complements minimalistic white walls and distressed wood panels, while the addition of light-coloured floral patterns would add a modern twist with little effort.

Perfect plums

The timeless floral pattern is one that will never go out of fashion when it comes to interior design, but it is important not to let your bedroom look too cluttered. Simply add vintage-inspired flowery linen to a room with simplistic wallpaper and light-coloured wooden floors for maximum impact.

One of the great things about this classic style is that you can really go to town with finishing touches. The Lace Plum cushion adds a vintage-inspired accessory that is right on trend, and matches perfectly with our pick for this look, the Bloomsbury Plum bedding.

Nice neutrals

Neutral shades are a firm favourite for bedroom design, creating a blank canvas and giving you more room to experiment with bright accessories. Keeping things simple with your bed linen choices does not have to be boring, and it’s easy to add texture and style with an on-trend throw or stylish cushion.

The Christy Stockholm Ivory Stitch Cushion would look perfect on any modern bed. With its geometric cross-stitch design effect and subtle piping, this simple cushion is a must-have for any homeowner with a keen eye for interior design.

 

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