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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.

 

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.

http://www.apartmentapothecary.com/photo/reasons-to-stay-in-bed/

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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.

http://lovechicliving.co.uk/bathroom-wishlist-christy-towels/

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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!

 

Interiors that Sparkle with Personality and Practicality

Sometimes it can feel like there’s a trade-up between the style you want and the practical implications of that style in your home. The “all white” look has to be near the top of the not-until-the-kids-leave-home interior looks list, but is it really that unattainable? Here are a few great bits of advice from our team of interior experts on the simple (but tough!) subject of creating practical living spaces that also ooze personality. Blend Budget Options with Designer Treats This can be a great way to make sure those luxury bath towels don’t end up being trodden into oblivion. We’re just using bath towels as an example, but you can apply the same lesson to everything from bedding to drinks glasses. If you live in one of those chaotic but delightfully full of life homes where little feet and hands are constantly grabbing, dropping, dripping and stomping everything in sight, why not opt for the cheaper version? We carry a superb range of discount towels, so why not buy towels that you’re not going to cringe over every time they’re used as a cape for the family dog? That said, we all need our little treats, which is where our luxury bath robes and designer bedding comes in! Let the Whole Family Have a Little Input You never know what bright ideas the kids, grandkids or even the occasional husband can come up with! Stamping personality on your home is all about making practical style decisions that suit your brood down to the last little footprint. Photographs, custom murals and themed rooms are great ways to add personality to any room.Basic Doesn’t Need to Be Bland We’ve got lots of great luxury textures and tones that can help bring a simple design idea to life. Always had your heart set on a white living room? Employing rich textures and washable surfaces can help create a room that ticks all of your style boxes without making life into one never-ending trip to and from the dry cleaners! Machine washable fabrics have come on a lot in the last decade, and are no longer counted as eternal budget options. Feel free to pop into one of our stores or get in touch by email to find out which of our items can be safely thrown into the washing machine once the face paints and crafts have been put away! Look for Form AND Function Perhaps it sounds a little unlikely – something that fits both the pleasing style you want and practical consideration you need – but there’s a lot out there designed with real life use in mind. We like to tick as many boxes as possible, which is why we carry a lot of items that are suited to life in a busy home. Great accessories like towelling bath mats and items from the designer kids collections are perfect in this respect. Have you got any of your own tips on how to create a classically styled home with bags of personality? Let us know in an email and we could add your tip to our blog!

 

 

Great Summer Trends Get creative with Colour

Sourcing great style ideas is something we absolutely love to do. After all, we’re an interior store with more than 160 years experience, so we must be doing something right to keep all you lovely folks visiting us generation after generation. But getting back to the business of style, what’s on trend for 2013? Now that the summer has finally arrived we can all turn off the heating and finally get out in the garden for our fill of summery afternoons with a glass of red and, of course, the obligatory clear-out of at least one room of the house (maybe one day it’ll even be the loft’s turn!) And nothing bring us more pleasure than summer activity number three – the interior makeover to bring your home bang up to date with great new trends and tricks of the trade. Websites like Pinterest have really popularised mixing and matching trends from vintage right through to tropical modern. Here are a few of the most colourful trends we’ll be looking out for this summer. Bold Mix ‘n’ Match Textures and Patterns We love to use cushions and throws to create an entirely different look in any room of the house. This season’s bold prints and retro textures are ideally suited to the mix ‘n’ match bright spring/summer trends of 2013. Have you visited our throws and cushions webpage? We’ve got heaps of great ideas to help you add a little colour to every room. Natural Textures and Fresh Colours Natural textures like wood finishes, classic cotton designer bed linen and muslin fabrics have remarkable long-term staying power in terms of staying on trend year after year. We love to use the bright citrus colours of 2013 to add a superb element of modern Mediterranean style to a classic home full of natural textures and finishes. Look for accessories like bath towels, cushions, throws, candles, curtains and lighting solutions that add great vivid colour to an existing décor full of life and natural tones. Pastel Hues and a Little Clever DIY We can help with things like luxury bathroom accessories and designer bedding, but we also understand the place of a little clever DIY in your uniquely styled home. A great 2013 spring/summer trend to try your hand at is pastel tones. This colour palette is a superb alternative to bright colours. It allows you to add a clear warm palette to your home without straying too far from the classic light interior. Pastel colours never go out of style and tend to work well with strong textures and interior layouts. We love to use accessories like pillows and curtains to bring pastel hues into the room. And how about a little DIY paint job on a great piece of reclaimed furniture? Coffee tables and picture frames make great first-time projects. You can even buy our luxury towels in a colour you love and have a matching pot of craft paint made up at most DIY stores.