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Sleep: How does this affect you?

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.

 

March Colour of the Month – Orchid

2018 was the year of Ultra-Violet, when the striking purple shade really took a hold of fashion, interiors and everyday life. This year, purple hues are still popular and we’re so excited to showcase our NEW Orchid towels for March colour of the month.

Introducing our Supreme Hygro® Orchid towels collection it is one to admire. A colour popular amongst the royals which represents, respect, admiration and dignity. Orchid boasts lovely tones of lilacs making it the perfect partner to a pastel bathroom colour palette.
The soft and soothing shade of Orchid will inject peace and harmony into your life and ensure a colourful transition into spring which is only just around the corner. We can almost smell the fresh flowers in bloom… The hot cross buns toasting away nicely… The extra hours of daylight which we cannot wait to meet again… But back to today’s reality!

Made from our renowned innovative Hygro® technology this luxurious towel promises to become softer and loftier after each wash. Yes, that’s right this towel is not just one for show. It’s one to use and parade every day and is available in a range of colours and sizes including face cloth, hand towel, bath towel and bath sheets so you can mix and match! Explore the entire colour range here.

 

 

We have another new range that will complement the Orchid completely. Add a really fashionable style statement with this Missoni-esque striped beauty…

 

Our NEW Carnaby stripe towels in Berry.

A match made in towel fashion heaven. Post a picture on your Instagram and tag #christycolourofthemonth to WIN a complete set in the next month’s colour!

 

Our Orchid towels are the perfect way to bring your bathroom up to date without investing in a full new bathroom suite. New towels also allow you to inject fashionable pops of colour into your interiors scheme with little effort and can make a huge and dramatic difference to the look and feel of your bathing space.

Orchid, your new favourite colour.

Make March marvellous and shop Orchid online now.

 

It’s bedtime!

A phrase that most children, nine times out of ten, dread.

The thought of stopping playtime is normally a walk down tantrum lane, but what if you can ease them into bedtime gently so that the fun never seems to stop.

With our brand NEW Junior collection additions you can make your child’s journey to dreamville easy and fun!

Bath time is always an excitable occasion, full of bubbles, rubber ducks and water inspired adventures. But what is even more memorable is the moment you wrap your child up in a soft cotton towel for a cuddle.

Our Starlight towel is your little ones bath room accessory which is so soft that it is out of this world.

 

Looking for something similar but in pink? Look no further than our fun Polka towels. Celebrity mum Lateysha Grace chose it as one of her favourites – and it looks like her daughter Wynter loves it too!

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Caption: Thank you to @lateysha_grace for sharing this beautiful moment with us.

Pre-bedtime play would not be complete without the Christy Acorn Robe. With a fun tassel detail and lightweight nature, this is the essential style statement for your pride and joy.

The Titanium Acorn Robe is a colourway is a brilliant fit for Jedi infused adventures in a galaxy not so far away.

Also available in Soft Coral and Midnight – simply wonderful!

 

#LoveYourPetDay

At Christy HQ, we love chatting about all the silly and funny things our pets do! So to celebrate #LoveYourPetDay, we asked team Christy at Christy HQ to send us the cutest shots of their furry friends relaxing on luxury in true Christy style! Get to know our pets below and get ready to say aww and so cute a lot!

Firstly, we would like to introduce you to Frank the pug. Frank is only 2 years old, his mummy tells us that he hates the cold so loves snuggling up to keep warm. Here he is all wrapped up in his Christy Karina throw probably awaiting his cheese on toast as that’s his favourite treat!

Here we have Lady. Lady enjoys snoozing on the very best linens although her very expensive basket is only to the left of her, it doesn’t even get a look in when she knows that she can curl up on her humans Christy bed linen.

This isn’t any pooch taking a little nap on Romeo bed linen… This is a Batdog pooch, a superdog amongst the rest and it is clear to see from Bachus’ position that he is clearly taking a flight in his dreams. Batdog to the rescue!

Being a photogenic cat, Treacle has many poses which she turns on for the camera. Her mummy has told us that Treacle calls this pose her ‘don’t make me get up’ pose and we do not blame her! Christy bed linen is just too good to leave at any time of the day.

Now, Christine did start off by not allowing the dogs on the bed… but look at those puppy dog eyes, it’s hard to say no and Tyah just loves her Oslo throw!

Treacle the Labrador is not really fussed which Christy bed linen and throws she relaxes on as long as it is Christy

Move over human, this is my bed now! This doggo is certainly a royal; Harry the cavalier King Charles often wonders why the humans want to share his bed of Bude Christy dreams.

Ted does not like early mornings. In fact Ted usually lies in until around 11am in his Coniston bed linen and then he STILL needs a little encouragement to leave and go for a walk. His mum and dad are rather jealous of this as Ted usually spends more time in their bed than they do.

 

What a round up of beautiful pets. Make sure you are using the hashtag #MyChristy when you share your photographs of your furry friends on Instagram so we can like and share these!

 

Drab January? No thanks.

It is officially freezing cold up North, naturally at this time of year. When your alarm goes off and you have to get out of bed it can seem a bit daunting, especially when you’re stepping out into the cold air from your lovely warm bed.

It’s true, January has been labelled one of the hardest months of the year. Christmas has gone, New Years is over, and everyone is back to work. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that this month has to drag. We are determined to make the most of it.

Whilst it’s too cold to walk outside, it is your perfect excuse to sit tight, tuck in and snuggle up with your family or friends and enjoy the warmth. Or, if you’re fully motivated to ‘get fit’, then head to the gym with a friend – just to make sure that you don’t bail (yes, we have all been there and have done that so there is no shame in admitting it!).

There are multiple things that you can do in January that will help to lift your mood, whether this involves relaxing or pumping some iron. So say goodbye to drab January, and say hello to dreamy January!

Is your popcorn at the ready?

Film nights, who doesn’t enjoy them? And if you have one every Friday then it is essentially equivalent to a cinema trip. It’s also a great way to socialise in a fun, cost-effective way.

So call your girls, call your guys, and sit on the sofa. Grab a blanket or a throw and pass over the popcorn – or crisps… or both! – and put on a fun loving film. Blissful.

Push it!

The classic New Year’s resolution? Getting fit.

A great way to feel less sluggish at this time of year is to get your blood pumping, arms shaking and legs moving. Exercise releases endorphins so, naturally, you feel better post-workout. Also a healthier option than a ‘quick-fix’ sugar hit. Fabulous.

So, this year, we challenge you to sign up to try something new which is fitness related. Whether this is a gym class, spinning, salsa dancing, you name it – just get yourself out and moving! You’ve got this.

Swish, Pop, Ahh.

The sounds that surround a bubble bath are comforting aren’t they? And so is having a bath. More time consuming but ten times more relaxing than a shower.

Unwinding and de-stressing is important after a long day and, when the days are darker for longer, tension feels higher. So, we find that a bath helps us out a lot during these days.

So select a Podcast, or hit play on your Playlist, and breathe in the tranquillity.

Yoga is a thing. A good thing.

Last year there was a growing trend in Yoga videos featuring on Instagram and YouTube. They were everywhere, and we loved it! Yoga has multiple health benefits, both physically and mentally.

Yoga allows yourself to escape the everyday stresses by focusing on your breath, and stretch to release any tension built up throughout the day.

With workouts which can last between 10-30 minutes, you can easily incorporate it into your routine, both in the morning or at night.


A new hobby doesn’t hurt.

New Years is often a time for reminiscing, and quite often we look back at years gone by at ‘the good times’. But we can easily forget that the current times can also be good times.

If you find yourself looking back and thinking ‘ohh, I used to love drawing’, or ‘I have always wanted to go there!’ then do it. Just this time period in January where the world is still half asleep, and maybe still recovering from the madness around NYE, to research and book activities.

Try an art class. Explore some stately homes. Visit some museum exhibitions. Book a weekend away… Have some fun!

 

January Colour of the Month – Neutral Tones

January is a time when all starts to wind-down. A time to chill after the Christmas rush and New Year buzz. A time to relax. With this in mind, we wanted our January colour of the month to epitomise tranquility. A way to turn your home into a hub of sanctuary, and secure a blissful start to 2019.

Neutral tones – our colour of the month! Sand, beige, stone. Light but earthy colours which create a spa-like feel in your cosy home. Balancing these two elements will enable you to escape a little bit easier, whilst remaining warm in the chilly winter. The right way to start the year. Looking for some inspiration? Have a look at our perfect picks:

Siam towels Pebble

Our Siam towels are a bolder statement design – and a beautiful one at that! The Pebble colourway fits into our Neutral colour of the month theme. This range is best placed in a spa-inspired bathroom, filled with lush wooden accessories or stone-tiled walls, and paired with out Santa Fe towel range.

Hepworth bed linen (online exclusive)

The Hepworth bed linen is a simplistic design which features a graphic white strip. This design merges modern design with earthy tones, creating a bed of relaxation. When layered with our Oslo throw in Ecru, this design becomes seasonal friendly as this love, thick knitted throw is sure to keep you cosy at night time.

250 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton sheeting

Plain Dyes are an essential part of your bed layout, they are the silver-lining during the cold months. The additional layer is always welcome, and in our 250 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheeting in Linen and Mink, it is a great match for your Hepworth bed.

Wentworth throw

Soft to touch, with a delicate knitted trim border, our Camel Wentworth throw is a mid-season go-to. Whether you wrap yourself up on the sofa, or use it to dress up your bed, this throw can bring you cosy relaxation.

Metropolitan Cushions Pale Stone

Need a cushion to cuddle at night, whilst in-keeping with your new natural tone theme? Our Metropolitan cushions in Pale Stone may be the ones for you. This padded quilted design is versatile

and can be paired easily with multiple bed linen designs, like our Highgate Brushed Cotton and Peonia in Charcoal. And, if you get enough of the cushion, it is available in a throw too – result!

 

2018 Year Round Up

HELLO 2019! As we bring the New Year in, we are reminiscing on what has been a wonderful 2018. What a year it has been. Twelve months of great memories and beautiful designs, let’s take a look at a some of them…

January: BeFit Motivation Work Out

After the festive indulgence, in typical fashion, we brought in the New Year with a work out from our friends over at Be Fit Motivation. Who knew you that Christy towels would be the perfect get-fit partner?

Watch workout video here.

February: The month of love

Image: The Home That Made Me valentines image

We made Valentine’s 2018 extra special with our bespoke personalisation service on our best selling luxury bath robes.

Image by Charlotte Amor Valentine. Read blog post here.

Shop Bath Robes

March: Christy Ambassador Victoria Pendleton

Decorated Olympian and Jockey Victoria Pendleton become a Christy ambassador for our Ascot collection – she wears our towels so well!

Read our Q+A here with Victoria here.

 

April: The Fletcher Family

In April, we were over the moon that the one and only Tom Fletcher was sleeping in our Christy Junior bed linen!

Shop Christy Junior.

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May: Christy Customer… Zoe Sugg!

Team Christy did a little squeal one Friday night in May when we saw our coveted Jaipur throw on Zoe Sugg’s bed on Instagram. #BedroomGoals at it’s finest!

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Shop Jaipur

June: A Royal towel fit for Champions

A summer of sport began with the most prestigious racing event of the year, Royal Ascot. As the official towel licensee and supplier to Ascot, we were proud to present Frankie Dettori with his very own monogrammed towel to celebrate the occasion.

Get your own towel here.

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July: Game. Set. Match.

#ChristyLoves Wimbledon – who doesn’t!? We were thrilled to provide the fantastic Roger Federer with a commemorative towel to celebrate his eight wins at Wimbledon.

Shop Wimbledon

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August: Limited Edition Luxury

The hottest colour of the year was a sell out! This towel was a must have for any fashion enthusiast. Be quick, we still have face cloths and bath mats left with 30% OFF!

Shop Prism Ultra Violet.

September: The Northern Blog Awards

We showcased our Christy bed of dreams at the fabulous Northern Blog Awards, an event which celebrates blogger talent in the North. Doesn’t this photo just make you want to jump in?

Shop the look here >>

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October: SPOTTED: Christy Towels Everywhere!

Our famous towels are loved by celebrities. You can enjoy the same soft feeling as them by indulging in our Supreme Hygro towels.


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November: Duvet days

New in AW18, our Morrello Blossom Bed Linen a showstopper of the season. It was even featured in the Metro newspaper!

Shop bed linen here.

December: The most wonderful time of the year

Image: Noel from xmas shoot

Our Facebook hosted competition, 12 days of #ChristyChristmasRedefined, provided Christmas cheer through luxury product giveaways.

Make sure you like our Facebook page and follow us so you can be one of the first to enter our new competitions!

Like our Facebook page here.

 

NYE Prep: The Christy Pre-NYE Pamper Guide

3…2…1… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Yes, the time has come to celebrate another New Year. Already!? Yes we know, the years continue to fly by but you have still got time to spend in 2018 yet. And we are here to make sure that you spend it wisely.

It is always essential to start a New Year with style, poise and comfort. 2019 should be no different.

Although sometimes New Years can be a bit over-hyped, it is still always a nice excuse to pull out your best, grab a glass (or bottle!) of prosecco and get your groove on. So, party prep is in full swing and it’s time to feel pampered…

Chill Time: Bubbles are not just found in drinks

I think that we all agree that bath time is a good time. Chilled and relaxing. Glass of fizz in hand, surrounded by candles, towel on a warm radiator – preferably our thick Renaissance for that luxurious feel – and music playing in the background.

The perfect start to your perfect night. Classy.

Get the Look: Tussled, towel dried hair

Okay, we know we shouldn’t do this but we all do it anyway – towel drying hair…

It’s a quick fix, pre-drying event that we all partake in at some time or other, and it kind of works in our favour this year. The tussled, bohemian hairstyles have taken Insta by storm this year, even more so when featuring plaits! And towel drying is the best way to get those beach wave-natural wavey look, with a little help from some hair products too…

So, if you are going to be doing any towel on NYE, make sure that you use the right towel. Our thick Supreme Hand or Bath towel would be our go too – super absorbent and available in fun, vibrant colours. Fabulous.

Upon reflection: It’s Make-up time!

Mirror check. Brushes, washed and dried, check. Charlotte Tilbury Palette ready, check. Wearing your flawless Luxury Egyptian Robe, double check. You are ready to go!

Make-up is an art form, and all artists should be equipped with the correct tools, be in the most inspirational environment and feel comfortable at all times. Wearing either Christy’s Luxury Egyptian or Super Soft Robes, we can guarantee that you will feel at your best during your make-up routine.

Dressed for success; Starting as we mean to go on

You’re almost finished. The time has come to put on your sparkling dress or suit and werk it on your NYE catwalk. And, of course, take your NYE outfit snap!

Don’t let your backdrop spoil this moment – this may be one of the last photos you post of 2018! If you do decide to take it in your bedroom then your bed should look as fabulous as you. Duvet pulled tight, cushions plumped and throws straightened you are on to a winner!

In our eyes, our perfect backdrop bedding has to be our 300TC Sateen Stripe Set in Platinum. Not only are these colours perfect for the season, it is chic, soft and features a minimalist detail which is timeless.

Now it is time to dance the night away! So head off and enjoy. You’re prep is done. You look amazing. Your vocal chords are prepped to take on Auld Lang Syne and share this moment with your wonderful family and friends. You are ready for 2019.

So, with love from Team Christy, have a Happy New Year!

x

 

Create your perfect luxury bedroom sanctuary with The Heritage Wardrobe Company

The bedroom should be a place of calm. Not just a room for sleeping but your very own luxurious sanctuary of serenity where you can relax, unwind and enjoy a moment of repose. Whatever your style, your bedroom should provide a sense of peace, tranquility and harmony. For this blog, we caught up with expert designers and creators of bespoke wardrobe solutions, The Heritage Wardrobe Company to discuss all the elements you should consider when planning your perfect luxury bedroom scheme.

So, where do you start? Begin as we all do with your dream Pinterest board, filled with inspiration and your chosen colour palette as well as ideas for storage and layout. The next thing you need to consider is how you will be using your bedroom. From arrangement and lighting to how certain colours will work in the room, to create your perfect luxury space you must consider every element from top to bottom, both aesthetically and practically.

Wardrobes & Storage

One of the most important parts of achieving the ultimate luxury bedroom scheme is ensuring your wardrobe is catered to you, your lifestyle and most of all, your belongings. A true investment piece, a fitted wardrobe is definitely something you don’t want to cut corners on, particularly when it comes to the layout, interior and the quality. Invest in a high quality, bespoke wardrobe and you are guaranteed to be well on your way to creating a beautifully organised and consequentially relaxing bedroom.

A lot goes in to planning a tailor-made wardrobe, so your next step should be speaking to an expert who can help you turn your luxury wardrobe dreams into a reality. The Heritage Wardrobe Company works closely with every customer each step of the way. From bespoke internal storage spaces to customised layouts and lighting, a specially-made wardrobe will lay the foundations for your ideal luxurious bedroom space.

Luxury Linens & Accessories

It’s a fact – most of your time in the bedroom will be spent in your bed and most would agree that nothing beats sinking into a freshly made bed of luxuriously crisp white bed linen. It goes without saying that the linen you choose will have a direct impact on how well you sleep and therefore how relaxed you will feel.

With each piece available in a thread count of 200 or higher, Christy’s luxury bed linen collections will provide you with a gorgeously soft, yet beautifully crisp look and feel, helping you to drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep. For those that favour traditional design, Christy’s Highgate and Picot collections offer an exquisitely simple yet opulent option for your master bed, whilst the equally luxurious Corinth, Deco and Enigma collections will add a subtle hint of pattern and texture to your bedroom scheme.

Finishing Touches

Sometimes it’s the finishing touches and smallest details that make all the difference when it comes to bedroom design. This is where you can bring some interest, personality and character into your scheme. From flowers and greenery to scented candles and the fretwork detailing on your wardrobe doors, there are a number of accents you can incorporate into the bedroom to create your dream luxury sanctuary. Introduce a warm and inviting atmosphere by layering neutral bed linen with textures and pops of colour. Christy’s collection of accessories is filled with chunky knit throws and scatter cushions in a range of rich and vibrant colours that will add a hint of luxury and romance to your bedroom. To achieve a perfectly coordinated scheme, work with a complementary palette throughout your room, from the paint on your walls to the fabrics on your soft furnishings. This will instantly create a feeling of harmony and relaxation.

 

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.

 

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