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Q+A with Soozi and Ella-Maria Danson

We’re very proud to have Northern mother and daughter duo Soozi and Ella-Maria from the amazing interiors Instagram accounts @soozidanson and @_dansoninthestreet_ to give an insight into their style from their fondest decor memories to top tips for renovating. Team Christy met Soozi and Ella at a No House Rules interiors event after lusting of their home on Instagram for many months. Get yourself a cup of your favourite drink and take five getting to know both ladies.

What is your perfect night in?

The answer to this is unanimous! A large glass of G+T, a takeaway from our local Indian restaurant, PJ’s, dressing gowns and slippers accompanied by a binge watch of the latest TV police drama!

What inspired you to start blogging? Why interiors specifically?

Soozi: My blog, The Patterned Palace, was really a natural progression for me after having built up my following on my Instagram account @soozidanson over the last 18 months or so. I started posting pictures of my interior and received such incredible feedback and encouragement from people who loved my style, that I am now making a career out of it! I’m really enjoying working with brands and sharing my love of pattern and colour with whomever wishes to see it!

How would you describe your style in three words?

Funnily enough despite the 26 year age gap our style is very much the same. Eclectic, pattern-clashing and colorful and we would say this runs in both our interiors and wardrobe style choices!

What would be your ‘top tips’ to someone who is currently renovating?

Soozi:  If it’s an option I would highly recommend living in a space before making any drastic design decisions. I don’t think you really know how you will use a space until you have lived in it and this can affect all sorts of things when renovating your home.

What is your favourite room to decorate in the household and why?

Definitely bedrooms! You can go a bit wild in there with patterns, colours and textures and really show the occupants personality!

What makes the perfect bed in your eyes?

Ella: Fresh bedding – you can’t beat it, a chunky cosy throw and of course as many pattern clashing scatter cushions as you can fit on the bed without it looking ridiculous haha!

When purchasing bed linen, what key element do you specifically consider before purchasing?

Soozi: This depends on who I’m buying for. When it comes to my son he is a bed linen connoisseur, it has to be super soft & luxurious with the highest  thread count available! For me it’s all about the design. So something eye catching that fits in well with my chosen colour scheme & design. As head housekeeper, I also insist on quality that can stand the test of time!

What is your favourite mummy-daughter activity?

We are particularly partial to an IKEA trip! I mean what could be better than interior design and meatballs all under one roof!

What is your fondest memory of re-decorating your house?

Ella: Definitely when we re-decorated my en-suite bathroom. It was our first proper project together, it was amazing how the wallpaper alone completely transformed the space. Even though the wallpaper is dark & heavily patterned we decided to paste it on all the walls and it has surprisingly made the bathroom look much bigger. We spent two days wallpapering and re-styling the room whilst listening to musicals full blast! It was perfect!

What was the biggest challenge you faced when re-decorating and how did you over-come this?

Soozi: The biggest challenge is probably cost for me. Though my head is constantly brimming with new design ideas, the budget is unfortunately often a little tight. I have managed to get around this by shopping around to get the best deals available when buying wallpaper, soft furnishings, artwork etc, a lot of which I have found from small businesses I’ve discovered on instagram. I also save money by doing a lot of the work myself! I’m now a dab hand at painting and decorating & sometimes feel I may have missed my vocation in life! Haha!

Sometimes having the same décor for a while can become slightly mundane. What small changes would you suggest are good small changes to make that will keep your bedroom and bathroom fresh and contemporary over the course of the year?

Soozi: Changing up simple things such as swapping your towels or cushions is a great way to change the feel of a room. Also having a shuffle around on gallery walls and shelfies is an easy, cost effective way to breath new life into a space. Just moving prints around or adding in plates or new colours can have an instant impact.

What would you say makes a house a home?

Family. Home is wherever your family is and the dogs of course! The sheer joy on the faces of our two cairnoodles, Mini & Elvis, every time we walk in through the front door  is such a perfect welcome and you know then ‘Yes,I’m home!’.

What is your favourite colour pairing? Why?

At the moment we are both huge fans of a bit of Monochrome. A bold black & white pattern looks great alongside most other colours & can look really effective in any room.

May we cheekily ask what is your favourite Christy product and why?

Soozi: I love the Christy towels that we have in Ella’s bathroom, they go perfectly with the crazy underwater theme we have going on it there. I’m currently planning a whole new master suite revamp so may have some new favourites from Christy soon!

Ella: I am a massive fan of the Chunky Knit throws – I love anything comfy and cosy but that also looks bang on trend.. I think the dusky pink one would look amazing in my bedroom actually… hint hint Soozi!

Make sure you are following both ladies on Instagram, you can find Soozi here and Ella here.

 

Colour Of The Month – November – Red

It’s Christmas! Okay, maybe not just yet, but it is getting to the point where it is extremely close. Also it’s now past Halloween so we can totally talk about it.

At this time of year we like celebrate all things bright and beautiful. For this is the season of cosiness and indulgence. And what is a more indulgent colour that red?

A colour associated with energy, passion and desire. One that can liven the atmosphere. Thus, a perfect colour to incorporate during that décor transformation for all of the Christmas Cocktail Parties. Fun!

We can definitely help here…

Let’s Get Red-Ready with Christy, Festive Edition One.

1. Christy Chunky Knit Throw

Nothing screams luxurious like this Chunky Knit Throw in Carmine. Lusciously thick. 100% Merino Wool. Handmade… Simply a beautiful festive treat!

2. Prism Towels (Fire Engine) and Brixton Towels (Cinnabar)

Towels are a great way to add a dash of colour without having to redesign your home completely. Red is a great colour for this, as it tends to be easy to pair with other colours. So whether your bathroom incorporates neutral brown tones or pastel pinks and greens, our Prism Fire Engine or Brixton Cinnabar towels can spice up your bathroom in time for Christmas.

3. Finchley Flannelette Stripe Bed Linen Red

With all of the excitement (and stress!) surrounding Christmas it is so important to get a good nights sleep. Whether you have a seemingly never-ending gift list on your mind, or you have last minuted uni deadlines to hit, our Flannelette Bed Linen is the soft, end of day finish to help you escape into sleep.

4. Addison Towels and Rialto Towels in Wine

Tapping into rich pink tones, our Addison and Rialto towels in Wine are a fine asset to any bathroom. Wine is a favorite at Christmas, rich in flavour and sophistication. So, like the colourway suggests, it will come as no surprise that these towels are rich in colour and soft in texture.

 

Colour of the month – October

We’re saying goodbye to the sun in October. However a fashion forward colour from summer is here to stay for the Autumn season. Yellow is brightening up those dark winter days with a pop of vibrant colour. Enjoy!

Jaipur throw

A showstopper statement piece in both look and feel. Made with 100% cotton with a soft velvet front and sustainable linen reverse, add that ouch of elegance your bed craves for with the coveted Jaipur throw in Turmeric.

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Anya bed linen

With subtle pops of yellow detailing within the beautiful floral design, the Anya bed linen is subtle way to introduce the colour of the month into your bedroom. It is also the perfect companion for the Turmeric Jaipur throw.

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Haruki bed linen

A very popular bed linen set and we’re sure you can see why. Blooming with ochre Japanese inspired blossoms, this bed linen will send you to a place of tranquility and calm.

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Atlas throw

Complete the look and add those much needed autumnal layers with the Atlas throw in Chartreuse.

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Supreme Hygro®  towels

Bring back that 5* holiday feel to your home all year round with our Samba Sun Yellow Supreme Hygro® towels. Fun and vibrant, this collection will certainly transport your bathroom to warmer climates.

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Serenity towels

Fancy something a little more mellow Yellow? Our serenity towel range in Buttercup is the one for you! Whilst not being as bold as our Samba Sun Yellow it will still uplift your bathroom with a colour nothing short of fun.

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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.

 

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!

 

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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

 

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