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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.

 

#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!

 

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.

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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!

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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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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.

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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?

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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!

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AW18 Photoshoot: Behind the Scenes

Sunshine beams through the open glass window panes, which replace the standard brick walls found in a home, of the location space. The modern building is open-plan with a design aesthetic that is an edgy take on Scandinavian design. Deep mahogany wooden feature walls, paired with dark navy walls, create a cosy yet modern atmosphere. A perfect fit for a winter collection.

Shoot days are full of excitement, anticipation and movement. It is an atmosphere that we thrive in, a dynamic setting which gets the creative ideas flowing and adrenaline pumping.

Boxes are unpacked. Product is steamed and ironed. The bed is dressed. Lighting is set. Camera is in position. It is time to call Action!

Our NEW AW18 range draws from a wonderful array of inspiration. Featuring beautiful rust tones, and icy silver hues, this new collection creates a warm wintery feel in the home effortlessly.

We love the idea of layering up. Creating a space which you can snuggle up in and enjoy Christmas films and hot cocoa. Combining knitted, cotton and cashmere textures, and collaborating multiple tones, it is easy to create a Winter retreat. Thus, our winter photoshoot inspiration.

For this photoshoot we wanted to incorporate as much warmth as possible – there is no better feeling then getting into a warm bed when there is ice greeting the grass overnight! Our winter warmers come in the form of knitted throws the year. Our Agnes throw in Rust, and our Oslo throw in Ecru, embrace autumnal hues and high quality materials.

Silver is our colour of the season. The beautiful icy tones of our 300TC Sateen Stripe bed linen, coordinated with our premium 900TC Sateen Plain Dye, create a bedroom fit for a Winter Queen. Against the warm mahogony wall, paired with brass and concrete décor, the bed linen sings and instantly becomes the main focus of your bedroom – rightly so.

To add a pop of colour, we decided to incorporate our luxurious Jaipur Throw in Magenta. A simple way to lift the intricate detail.

Don’t just take our word for it though, look at how cosy our beautiful model Lara looks inside this bed of dreams!

Need some more inspo? Take a look at some other ways to make your home a winter haven this year.

 

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.

 

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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#ChristyChristmas: Time to… Treat Yourself to a Christmas Spa Break

#ChristyChristmas: Time to… Treat Yourself to a Christmas Spa Break

Christmas, the time of year for gift giving, treating your nearest and dearest and… stress. In the midst of spoiling your loved ones during the festive season, it can be easy to forget about treating yourself.

What better way to do this than with a luxury spa break? We’ve hand selected our top 5 luxury spa hotels around the UK in the hope that we can help that holiday stress melt away.

  1. Seaham Hall

This five star spa hotel is perfectly located on the stunning Durham heritage coastline. Seaham Hall is 44,000 square feet of sheer luxury, with a 20 metre pool, luxurious hot tubs, 20 suites and 17 treatment rooms. We can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas time than treating yourself to a weekend in the lavish Seaham Hall spa, perfectly designed to wash away all your winter worries.

  1. Verbena at Feversham Arms Hotel

This boutique spa is perfectly hidden away from stress of the outside world. Located in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, this stunning spa features relaxing treatment rooms, a saunarium a unique monsoon shower and best of all, an outdoor heated pool, perfect to help put the rouge back in your cheeks during the Christmas period.

  1. Down Hall

If you’re looking for a festive themed spa getaway, then Down Hall located in Bishops Stortford is the perfect choice for you. You can spend your time relaxing in the mood-lit sauna, or receiving luxury facials and body treatments in their brand new treatment rooms. After you are fully pampered, you can finished off your day with Christmas-themed afternoon tea, what more could you possibly need?

  1. Black Swan

We’re back to the picturesque town of Helmsley, North Yorkshire, only this time it’s the 500 year old Black Swan that gets our recommendation. This historic hotel offers the perfect country getaway for those who want a change of scenery from a crowded city. Whilst here, you can get in the Christmas spirit by ice skating in the local town or singing carols in the church next to the hotel.

  1. Portavadie

Our final pick is an idyllic winter getaway on the scenic Scottish west coast. Portavadie features a state-of-the-art spa with the largest heated infinity pool in all of Scotland. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, Portavadie’s huge Scandinavian saunas with panoramic views of Loch Fyne certainly will. This truly unique spa will truly invigorate you ready to beat any Christmas stress.

Share your favourite Christmas getaway destinations with us on Facebook and Twitter, we’d love some extra festive inspiration!

 

 

Telegraph’s Top 10 Interior Bloggers Revealed

Checking in with our favourite bloggers is an ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon, so imagine our joy to find some of our favourites featured on the Telegraph’s Top 10 Interior Bloggers list

 

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Jeska Hearne at Lobster & Swan

When we found Lobster & Swan, we couldn’t think of any better pairing. Jeska works hard to create beautifully considered images and words, and it’s no wonder that her blog has gone from strength to strength. Take a look at Jeska’s online store The Future Kept to find something fabulous for your home.

Christy recommendation: A great read with a cup of tea and a spare afternoon to pore over Jeska’s exquisite imagery!

http://lobsterandswan.com/a-white-room-with-a-watercolour-splash/

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Kimberly Duran at Swoonworthy

Kimberly’s home is awe-inspiring; she’s turned an Edwardian terrace into a treasure trove of style. Her eclectic boho glam style means that every room in the house looks like it belongs in a coffee table book. Keep your eyes peeled for Kimberly’s review of a very Chinoiserie bed linen set.

Christy recommendation: Settle down and begin with Kimberly’s house tour!

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Will Taylor at Bright Bazaar

King of the beach towel selfie, Will has created some beautiful pieces for Christy. We’re particularly excited about his move to the Big Apple, and can’t wait to see how he styles the interior of his newly acquired New York flat. All the best Will!!

Christy recommendation: Check in regularly for motivation and ‘make you smile’ style. Stay tuned for the stateside move, and lots of US interior inspiration to come!

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Sarah Akwisombe at Sarah Akwisombe Blog

Sarah is an award winning interior blogger, promoting the merits of bringing your own personality to interior design. From her art deco flat shared with her husband and little one, Sarah writes with interior prowess and a touch of her wicked sense of humour.

Christy recommendation: Whether she’s listing statement pieces or writing about a personal experience, Sarah’s blog is funny and informative in equal measures – a must read.

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Katy Orme at Apartment Apothecary

Katy is a long-serving interiors buff and pens Apartment Apothecary from her beautiful London flat. Whether Katy is DIY-ing, sharing a how-to or writing something personal, we’re always eagerly awaiting the next post.

Christy recommendation: Look out for Otto, the golden retriever. And keep your eyes on #Stylingtheseasons, a particularly lovely feature run in collaboration with Lotts & Lots.

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Jen Stanbrook at Love Chic Living

Award-winning Jen writes and embodies Love Chic Living. With frequent posts on home improvements, decor and a healthy dose of reviews, Jen has us hooked! We particularly love Wallpaper Wednesday for a touch of luxe.

Christy recommendation: Follow the progress of Jen’s own home in the Makeovers section and let yourself become inspired by one of many reviews.

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Rachel at The Ordinary Lovely

When we discovered The Ordinary Lovely, we fell in love with Rachel’s logging of the lovely, often overlooked things that occur every day. Mother of two, interiors connoisseur and crafting whizz, Rachel knows what makes a good blog post and keeps us reading with a delightful combination of wit and honesty.

Christy recommendations: Check in with Rachel’s latest peg-board creations, or sit down and revel in one of many ordinary lovely moments.

 

Spring Summer 2014 Home Trends

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More often than not, the rooms in our houses can often become a little bland and boring, but all it takes is the sprucing up of a few smaller things to achieve your dream room makeover. The addition of new towels can completely transform your bathroom; a splash of colour and vibrancy is, sometimes, all we need to entirely alter the aesthetics of a room. Plus, you get the added bonus of a luxurious, fluffy towel – definitely worth the extra pennies!

In the same way new towels help to brighten up a bathroom, bed linen is fantastic for redefining the dynamics of your bedroom. When it comes to this ever-so important room, the bed is the focal point and, because of this, new bed linen will transform the entire space. Whether you decide to opt for bold prints or neutral shades, a brand new duvet cover will create a whole new look – go from classic to modern or pastel to bold in a matter of minutes! Decorative cushions and throws all help when wanting to redesign your bedroom. Not only this, but new bedding also adds a far more luxurious quality; after all, there is nothing more satisfying than getting into bed at the end of the day with a crisp clean luxury bed linen duvet to snuggle into!

 

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