Spring is right round the corner, but with the warmer temperatures not yet reaching the UK yet, it’s time to bring spring indoors. We’ve put together our top tips on how to bring this bright season into your home.
Brighten up your bed with a colourful cushion to add comfort and vibrancy this spring. Why not try a matching or contrasting cosy throw to keep warm on the cooler spring nights? Our Jaipur range of cushions and throws mix and match perfectly to complement your own style.
Flowers From the Garden
Make use of your garden and take some flowers from outside and give them new life indoors. From Daffodils to Bluebells and fresh green leaves, spring flowers are here even if the weather isn’t and they’ll instantly add a mood boosting brightness to your room. Get creative and add your fresh pickings to glass bottles to create an eye catching feature.
Freshen Up Your Bedroom
Why not opt for a fresh set of new bed linen to bring spring indoors? Our SS20 range of hand painted designs will lighten up your morning and have you reaching to let the spring breeze into your room. Leaf Fronds, Nara and Malverly, are all beautiful options to bring the sunshine in.
How are you bringing the spring indoors this year? Let us know in the comments below.
Your daily trip to and from work my have just gotten a whole lost shorter. With a large proportion of the UK now working from the comfort of home, making your way from the bedroom to your newly fashioned desk may not take as long as your usual commute. Many of us now have a couple of extra hours in our day where we would usually be on the move, so why not utilise that hour or so to learn something new, or improve a skill.
Here are our top tips on how you can enjoy the extra time you may now have.
With a reduction in time we have to spend outside, make the most of the extra time you have indoors. There are a plethora of free resources online to find free exercise routines. Why not try something you’ve never tried before, such as shadow boxing, barre or pilates.
Time to get those paints out you bought ages ago that have never been opened. Let the creative juices flow and see how much more relaxed you feel.
Listen to a Podcast
Enjoy this time to really focus on your favourite podcast or try listening to a new one.
Read a Book
That book you never get a chance to read because you can’t get a seat on the train or you drive to work, now is your time. Why not join an online book club to keep you motivated and download the books to your device.
Make a To Do List
Start each day with a list of what you aim to achieve. With a lack of routine, things can get lost throughout the day, so stay on track and refer back to your list that you made earlier. Don’t beat yourself up if you missed something on the list, just add to to the top of tomorrows list.
The under stairs cupboard you never sort, the little room that was supposed to be cleared months ago, the kitchen shelves. All those little odd jobs you never seem to usually have time for, well now is that time. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can tackle these and how clearer your head space will feel afterwards.
What are your top tips for using your commute time? Share in the comments below.
We interrupt this blog post with some BREAKING NEWS.
“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?”
Taken from the best selling author, scientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker’s book, Why We Sleep. The treatment is, you guessed it, sleep.
We all know we need sleep to function. We’ve naturally done it since we were born, so why do we struggle to understand it’s importance and do it well when we’re adults?
It can come down to many reasons, but here at Christy, we have a few tips on how you can get some serious shut eye and sleep well from tonight.
Being to hot or too cold can seriously impact your sleep, but keeping your body temperature at the perfect point can be tricky, especially if someone is constantly stealing the duvet.
Make sure you have the right duvet for the season. A lighter tog of 4.5 is perfect for summer, 10.5 is great for all year round and 13.5 is best suited to the winter months. In fact we’ve written all about the different types we offer in the Christy Duvet Buying Guide.
You may also want to size up your duvet, to avoid any middle of the night, bed related arguments. If your bed is a King Size, size up your duvet to Super King and see how soundly you sleep.
The Perfect Pillow
Be as picky as Goldilocks when it comes to finding the just right pillow and settle for nothing less than perfect. Finding the right one could also prevent you or your significant other from snoring , which is a sure fire way to ensure a better night sleep immediately.
Our range of pillows are the perfect addition to your bedroom, from King Size to anti-allergy, we have the one for you.
Sticking to a routine is crucial to keeping your sleep on track. That means winding down for bed at least an hour before you intend to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, yes even at weekends!
Try to avoid heavy exercise, alcohol, sugary foods, caffeine and heavy meals in the evening, as all of the above can disrupt your valuable shut eye.
If you’re struggling to wind down and sleep, try a calming spray designed to be used in your bedroom. Sleep sprays formulated with lavender and chamomile oils will give you a relaxing and rejuvenating deep sleep. Inhale deeply and exhale all of your worries.
You wouldn’t continue to sit in a chair for eight hours a day if you were uncomfortable or not supported and the same should go for your mattress. If you’re struggling to drift of, waking up in the night or not feeling rejuvenated in the morning, your mattress could be to blame.
Invest in a quality mattress and consider both yours and your partners needs. If you both prefer different levels of firmness, consider getting a mattress that suits you both by getting a half and half one.
Not in the position to purchase a new mattress? No problem, there are a wealth of mattress toppers out there that can upgrade your quality of sleep overnight.
Sometimes, as hard as it is, clearing the mind and concentrating on your breathing really can make all the difference to your sleep.
Try to do this during the day with an app on your phone such as Headspace or Calm and use your new found skills when it’s time to snooze.
Keep your bedroom as device free as you can. No mobiles, tablets and definitely no work laptops. Blue light from these electronics can negatively impact your quality of sleep and keep you up for longer from aimlessly scrolling.
If you use your phone as an alarm clock, consider going old school and wake up with a clock or wake up light.
Have you got any tips on how to get a good nights sleep? Please feel free to drop them in the comments below.
With the increase in awareness about hygiene in the current climate, we thought we would share why Christy Towels are, what we think, the best in the world.
Made to Last
No matter how many times you wash our towels, they just get better and better. In fact our Supreme Hygro Towels are designed to get fluffier the more you wash them.
Our towels are made so well, you won’t find that you need to replace them as frequently, meaning the environment and your bank balance will thank you. What’s more, the water used during the manufacturing of our towels is recycled rain water and doesn’t take from key drinking water supplies.
Whether you prefer Turkish, Egyptian or Supima, our towels are crafted with only the finest of cotton types from around the world. You can find out more about all things fibres here.
The towel ranges at Christy come in a wide range of colours to suit your style. From the bright and bold Prism range, to the classic Renaissance and elegant Luxe, there’s something for everyone. What’s more our towel ranges match bath mats and robes, so you can coordinate or mix and match a much or as little as you like.
With the country in somewhat of a panic about the recent pandemic, at Christy, we thought we would attempt to lighten the mood with our top tips on how to make the most of your time at home.
With all the comforts of being at home instead of your place of work, why wouldn’t you make it as releaxing and as cosy as possible. Plush throws, comfy cushions and newbedding make working from home all that more bearable and easy on the eye.
Read a Book
That book you never read that’s collecting dust, the one you started on holiday two years ago and never finished? Well now is it’s time to shine. With no commute into the office, use that time to sit down, put devices away and cosy up with a good story.
Bake, paint, draw or decorate, whatever takes your fancy you can now enjoy those little thing you may not have had time previously to do. Use what would be your usual lunch break sat at your desk to get creative. Who knows, it could even lead to a new career path in the future.
Never has there been more of a need to try and stay as healthy as possible and exercise is an element that should be in all of our lives, 365 days a year. Of course, life gets in the way and it’s not always possible, but now you’re at home, how about some yoga in your bedroom, boxing in front of the TV or a run round the park. You’ll feel better for it and it could result in more productivity with your work.
Enjoy an Early Night
With fewer social occasions taking place, you’ll have more of a reason to wind down in the evening and have the early night you always dream of. Turn your devices off at least an hour before you go to sleep, bar them from the bedroom if you can and lie back in some sumptuous Christy bed linen.
We hope you enjoyed our tips on how best to spend the extra time you may have at home. Above all, stay healthy and happy, call your loved one’s who aren’t so close and look out for the not so fortunate.
To celebrate International Women’s, at Christy we’re encouraging you to tell us what #EachForEqual means to you. In this post we show you how we’re supporting women around the world, not just on 8th March, but every day of the year.
What are Christy and
Welspun doing to support IWD?
This year’s IWD theme is #EachForEqual, because an equal
world is an empowered world. Christy and our parent company Welspun, understand
this and fully support equal rights for all. Welspun is firmly committed to the
empowerment of women, creating opportunity, providing training and fostering an
environment that enables them to earn a livelihood and be self-reliant.
One such initiative is supporting women in sports,
especially those from challenging backgrounds. Welspun offers crucial support
to young women fighting to break through into the highest levels of their
sport. The vision is to not just motivate women to take up sports, but also
help them pursue their sport as a full time career.
Currently supporting 14 extraordinary women in a variety of
sports including swimming, athletics, boxing, cycling, para-badminton and more,
Welspun hope to expand that number to 25 by the end of 2020.
Another initiative supporting women’s rights is empowering
women in promoting menstrual health throughout India. Welspun has enabled 38
entrepreneurs to reach out to nearly 8,000 women across a variety of towns and
villages in India to be better supported every month. By the end of 2020,
Welspun plan to create 100 entrepreneurs and reach nearly half a million women
throughout the country.
How you can support
There are many ways in which you can support equal rights,
not just today but throughout the year. Here’s just a few ways you can promote
business who empower women’s rights and are making a difference with their
the conversation about equal rights at work, at home, in the coffee shop, wherever!
support on social media with the pose and #EachForEqual
So put your arms together and strike the #EachForEqual pose
to motivate other’s this International Women’s Day.
Here in the Christy HQ, all talk has turned towards staycations. Where will go, what we will do, and most interestingly, what are our top items to pack for a staycation.
We asked the Christy team what they pack for a staycation to find out what they couldn’t live without whilst having a relaxing break. Here is what they said…
“My memory foam pillow and Christy pillowcases. I can’t sleep without them!” Amanda – Visual Merchandising Manager
“Tea bags. There is nothing worse than having a bad cup of tea when you’re away from home.” Christine – Product Development Manager
“My Brixton robe from Christy. It come everywhere with me and is so lightweight, yet cosy.” Chloe – marketing Executive
“Running shoes for discovering new trails.” Farook – National Sales Manager
“My Sketchbook and pencil case, inspiration is everywhere.” Laura – Digital Marketing Executive
The beauty of the staycation is that you can take whatever you fancy without the many restrictions that arise when going abroad. You don’t have to ditch your creature comforts or scrimp on the luxuries. What is more relaxing than that? What items do you pack for a staycation? Is there a specific thing that you just can’t go without?
Did you know that you can win this incredible staycation bundle with Christy!
We are giving you the chance to win:
Christy hot water bottle, Christy eye mask, Christy socks, Roberts radio, Worker Bee Tea, Lanson champagne, Molten Brown shower gelsk, Christy Supreme towel bundle, Jenga, Monopoly and Twister.
So, you have decided that 2020 is your year of the staycation. Good choice. The next question that you might be asking is where to go. Do you stay at home or jump in the car? Explore by ferry or travel by train? There are so many fabulous staycation locations on our doorstep, it can be hard to decide where to go!
Who needs the South of France when you have Cornwall on your doorstep. Think the pretty harbours of St Ives or the surﬁng hub of Newquay.
Famed for it’s fells, lakes and iconic writers, the Lake District is in a league of it’s own. Choose from luxury spa stays, to tree houses and pretty cottage stays.
From the Cairngorms to Ben Nevis and whale watching to whisky breweries, the Highlands oﬀ er something for everyone. Stay on one of the many islands for ultra seclusion.
Take a trip to the County of Londonderry to experience beautiful coastlines, scenic walks and the iconic Giant’s Causeway. A beach side abode will be a sure way to relax and restore.
Looking for a city retreat? Look no further than our home town of Manchester. This culture rich city oﬀers everything from world class theatre to Michelin starred dining and an abundance of luxury apartments.
There are so many places in the UK that make incredible staycation locations. If you are feeling inspired, check out our top staycation tips to get the most out of your trip.
Come rain or shine, what better way to make the most of the British Isles, than packing your bags and heading off on a staycation. The beauty of not crossing the border is the endless possibility of items that you can take with you. Everything but the kitchen sink! Having the option to take your creature comforts away with you is fabulous, but where do you draw the line? What to take, and what not to take? Here’s our top staycation tips on what you need to get the most out of your trip.
Read that book you never have time to read
With so many distractions at home, it’s nice to carve out that time on staycation to relax with a good read. With no luggage restrictions, you can even take a selection of books or a sketchbook depending on what you fancy.
Bring the spa to you
Why not hire a mobile massage therapist to come to you? Take your favourite Christy robe to make it feel like a real spa and relax in luxury.
Hire a chef
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, hire a chef to cook you a delicious meal. They may even do the washing up too!
Get your food delivered
Order ahead to save the stress. A food delivery on arrival can take the strain out of packing before hand.
Take a yoga mat
Exercising at home? It is a chore. Private yoga overlooking a lake? Bliss. If you don’t have a yoga mat, simply use a Christy bath sheet instead.
Have you booked an exciting staycation this summer? Are you now inspired to explore the UK whether it is a city break or getting away to the countryside? Take note of our top staycation tips and your trip will certainly be a treat.
March, one of our favourite times of year. Spring is on the brink of fully blossoming – that’s right, more daffodils and baby lambs will be greeting you soon! It is also a particular favourite time of year for Christy HQ too, as this is the month of celebrating sleep.
National Bed Month* takes place between the 1st and 31st March annually. Founded by the Sleep Council, an organisation dedicated to improving peoples quality of sleep, this campaign encourages you to reflect on your nightly routine. Yes, that’s right, this is a month dedicated to improving the relationship between yourself, your bed and rest. Amazing.
Okay so this is not an excuse to ditch work for a month and sleep all day everyday (we can wish upon a star for that time but it doesn’t look like human hibernation will be a trend anytime soon). But, this is a good time for you to reflect on your routine, your well-being and ways to improve both.
Sleep is an imperative part of everyday life – we can instantly tell when we have not had enough sleep. We feel groggy, distracted, short-tempered, dazed, sluggish, we could go on…
Inspired by National Bed Month and our dedication to helping you with your sleep as much as possible, Christy decided to create an online survey to learn more about how sleep affects your day-to-day lives. The results that we found were eye-opening:
59% of total participants struggle to get a good night’s sleep, 65% of the total were women and 47% of men respectively.
35% of total participants found that sleep deprivation was as result of Stress.
26% of total participants referenced Discomfort, and 25% of participants referenced Temperature (too hot and too cold) as a form of sleep hindrance.
Comfort, Stress, Temperature. Three important factors that influence sleep. Three things that you can change. Three things that you have an element of control over.
At Christy, we are dedicated to helping you as much as we can. Our products are designed with you in mind, and so is the information which we provide.
On that note, we would like to share with you some top tips on how to make your bed cosy, comfortable and a balanced temperature from our experts in the design department. Take a read below!
Lucy Ackroyd, Christy Design Manager: “If you love the feeling of crisp clean sheets in a smart hotel then you’re already realised the sensory benefits of pure cotton, high thread count bed linen You may not know why they feel so good though. Firstly 100% cotton products are naturally breathable so they help to regulate your temperate and also moisture levels, stopping the clammy feeling you can experience with synthetic fibres. Secondly high thread count fabrics are smoother against the skin so as well a being much more comfortable you are less likely to feel tangled up or trapped by rougher fabrics that cling, especially to nightwear. The good news is also that superior quality cotton products have great durability and lifespan too making them a really worthwhile investment. Your sleep is worth it!”
Julia Galloway, Christy Design Manager: “Most of us, at one time or another, have suffered with stress in our lives and whilst there is no quick fix, there are a few things that we can do to help with our everyday mood. Playing with colour is such a way and has been proven to have an effect on the way we feel. Chroma Yoga and light therapy are becoming more and more popular as people start to look into mindfulness techniques in their own homes. One quick way to add some colour is with a change of linens in your bedroom and bathroom, both of which should be a sanctuary and a place of rest when stress takes a hold of our lives. As a guide, we’ve added some key words to help you understand how certain shades will affect your mood:
Soft blues can be calming, serene and tranquil.
Yellows can be stimulating, happy and energising.
Greens can be harmonious, refreshing and renewing.
Soft pinks can be soothing, calming and balancing.
Purples can be relaxing, inspiring and spiritual.
Greys can be grounding, calming and balancing.”
*The Sleep Council, founders of the National Bed Month campaign, is an organisation which investigates how sleep affects your health and well-being, and provides brilliant tips on how to get more of it. More time for dreaming and escaping to a paradise.