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How often should bedding and towels be washed?

How often do you wash your bedding and towels? Every week or every month? Is there a certain length of recommended time to wait between washes and how often key items should be replaced? If you are wondering how often bedding and towels should be washed then read on, you have come to the right place!

It is estimated that 1 in 20 people wash their bedding every 4 weeks whilst 1 third clean them every 2 weeks. Now you are most likely asking yourself how often you change your bedding, but how often should bedding be washed? And what about your towels, duvets and pillows?

We have put together a list of recommended wait times between washing key items and have spun them into our 2020 home resolutions!

How often should bedding be washed

Taking on these top tips will get 2020 off to a fresh start, but why not welcome in the new year with a crisp set of gorgeous new Christy bedding?

What will your new year home resolutions be?

 

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.

 

SW19 = Wimbledon by Interiors Blogger Jenny Kakoudakis, Seasonsincolour.com

SW19 = Wimbledon

By interiors blogger Jenny Kakoudakis, Seasonsincolour.com

The most prestigious tournament in the professional players circuit of the International Tennis Federation, Wimbledon is the talk of the town in the last week of June and the first couple of weeks in July. Being the oldest tournament of its kind in the world (since 1877), it is one of the four Grand Slams (major tennis tournaments) that take place annually – the other being the French Open (or Roland Garros), the Australian Open and the US Open.

It was back in 1985, aged just 6 that I experienced Wimbledon for the first time. The matches were not broadcast live on Greek TV and as such we had to wait for months before the official Wimbledon video tapes (you know, those proper big cassettes!) were widely available to buy at your local video store.

My family happens to own a Tennis Club. It was built in 1985. I practically grew up around tennis courts and possibly took my first steps there. My father, a huge tennis fan, would play the superbly motivational Wimbledon tapes and we would watch mesmerised as the most important games in the Championships were relived on our TV, with the conclusion being the winners lifting the shiny trophies.

Although I never played professionally (I quit tennis when I got into law school, having achieved a best ranking of no5 in Greece in the under 18s in 1996), I always enjoyed watching the Championships and felt the pain that players would go through, physical and emotional alike. Here’s my take on Wimbledon.

Your biggest opponent is yourself

Tennis is very much a mental sport. There is only one person to rely on and that’s yourself. There’s also only one thing you need to beat: your own fear. Everything starts in your head: your opponent’s ranking (which many times doesn’t mean anything other than that they may have attended more tournaments than you); the weather (too cold, too hot, too humid, the sun’s in your eyes; it’s all in your head); how the crowd reacts to you (they like me, they like me not).

There is no team-mate to back you up unless you’re playing doubles. The speed of the game and the fact that you are being watched by so many people make tennis an extremely hard sport that puts players under a lot of stress – some just don’t like this level of attention at all (and you can tell by their awkwardness during interviews).

8 times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is well known for keeping his cool under all circumstances. He will rarely vocalise his frustration and will only ever allow himself to break down once he is set to lift the trophy. To become a champion (in any sport) you need to be gifted in areas like emotional control and never-give-up mentality.

Roger Federer, Wimbledon 2018. Photo: AELTC/ Ben

Camila Giorgi, staying focused during a match while offered a Christy towel, Wimbledon 2018. Photo: AELTC/ Florian Eisele

The 2018 official Championships Ladies towel from Christy Home in Cornflower Blue and punchy pink. It can be personalised too! Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

You will stretch yourself in every way possible

The physical toll on the body means that unless you take good care of it, you will end up with injuries at some point in your career. In fact, many top players retire early due to their injuries, whereas some prefer to skip a Grand slam or a whole year, just to recover. The good thing, when you’re sweating it out there in the courts, you can have a Christy Home towel to keep you at least stylish.

A ball boy brings a Christy towel to Gael Monfils while he is on the ground. Photo: AELTC/ Ian Walton

So if you fall, just bounce back (like a tennis ball) onto a comfy couch and watch the rest of the matches in style (sofa: Danetti.com)

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

You need to win the crowd

Everyone, EVERYONE, loves the underdog in Wimbledon. So, if you can win the crowd early on, then your game will be so much easier. This year, Novak Djokovic complained when the crowd seemed to be against him while playing British Kyle Edmund. “A couple of guys pretended they were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less to the end of the match” he said in an interview.

The crowds showing Roger Federer some love. Photo: AELTC/ Ben Solomon

Celebrities love a good game

Over the years we have been watching for style tips from the celebrities that attend Centre Court games – from the Windsors to actors, singers and fashion designers. Did you know that until 2003 it was obligatory to bow/ do a curtesy in front of the royal box? Now it is only mandatory when the Queen attends.

Above: Stella McCartney attending the Championships, photo: AELTC

Super fans

Every sport has its loyal fans, none better than Strawberry Man however. Chris Fava, propelled to SW19 stardom when spotted in Centre Court in a strawberry costume two years ago. He has been going along for years in various fancy dress costumes and his Strawberry costume is also part of the Wimbledon Museum itself.

This year, however, he was almost not allowed in Centre Court when he showed up in an over the top Gold costume designed to look like the gilt cup handed to winner, until the Head of Security intervened to let him in. Phew. Strawberry drama averted!

Who knows, maybe Chris will show up next year in a Christy towel costume? Just throwing ideas out there!

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

Ball boys and girls

During The Championships, a final total of approximately 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at Wimbledon. Candidates come from local schools after they have been nominated by their headteachers and must pass a written test and a fitness test among others. Their average age is 15 years.

Training begins in February at AELTC. Each prospective ball boy/girl will train once a fortnight and also attend four brief court training sessions at the Covered Courts before Easter. Weekly training sessions last 2-2.5 hours with 50-60 children per session with four sessions per week.

Photo: AELTC

Fun facts about Wimbledon 

During the tournament, 54,250 tennis balls are used. Those not in use are even stored in a refrigerated container to keep them in tip-top condition.

The record for the most Wimbledon titles in Ladies’ Singles belongs to retired Czech and American player Martina Navratilova with nine victories. In Men’s Singles, the record for most titles is held by Roger Federer, who won the event seven times.

Wimbledon champions are presented with a trophy but they don’t get to keep it! These remain on display at the All England Club’s museum and winners go home with a small replica.

The longest match ever played at Wimbledon lasted 11 hours and five minutes and was played over the course of three days.

American Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest women’s serve after smashing a tennis ball about 205 kph.

Some tennis players let out a loud grunt while hitting the ball. The record for the loudest grunt during Wimbledon belongs to Maria Sharapova – It reached about 105 decibels – the equivalent of standing beside an accelerating motorcycle!

7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof in Centre Court!

290 million: number of tennis balls that could fit into Centre Court with the roof closed. Slazenger is the official Wimbledon ball sponsor for over 100 years!

39,000 spectators in the Grounds at any one time.

On average 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream will be consumed and 303,277 pints of Pimms will be drunk within the grounds of Wimbledon during The Championships!

Ladies and Mens Wimbledon towels. Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis/ Seasons in Colour

Shop the official The Championships, Wimbledon towels by Christy here.

 

Wimbledon Competition

Joke’s on us, we will leave the strawberries to Wimbledon!

But for your chance to win over £300 of Wimbledon goodies then simply follow the link below and answer our Wimbledon question.

Prize includes:

Mens and Ladies Championship Towels
Face and Guest Towels
Wimbledon Blanket
Bottle of Champagne Lanson
Babolat Tennis Racket

Click here to enter.

 

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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Happy Pancake Day

Happy Pancake Day!

Pancake Day has finally arrived and we think it is the perfect time for some indulgence! Whether you enjoy pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner we have an array of delicious recipes from a variety of brands who sure know how to make a mouth-watering pancake.

Click on the images below to read the yummy and very tempting recipes. We would love to see your Pancake creations, share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Bill’s Banana Split Pancake Recipe

British Lion Eggs Savoury Pancake Puff Recipe

Meridian Peanut Butter & Banana Scotch Pancakes Recipe

Sticky caramelised star anise Pineapples on Crisp pancakes with Anjum Anand

Corn Pancakes with Maple Bacon with Clarks

 

#MyWimbledon Chic Style Guide: Out of the court with Karine Candice Kong

It’s safe to say that each Summer, Wimbledon is quite an inspiring and enjoyable sartorial event.

From Sienna Miller, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Kim Sears sporting amazing outfits to the players themselves, Wimbledon Centre Court is quite a fashion show!

 

Wimbledon style karine candice kong

 

LOOK 1

If you have a fair skin like Stella McCartney and are concerned by sitting in the sun all day, aim to wear a light dress with long sleeves to protect your skin from the sun.

This belted cotton & linen midi dress by See By Chloé or this panel dress from Mango are beautiful, stylish options. Accessorise it with a nice straw hat, a pair of classic Rayban and these pretty Carter sandals from Hush Homewear and of course, don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your face.

  1. Straw hat | 2. Dress by Chloé | 3. Aviator sunglasses by Rayban | 4. Carter leather sandals | 5. Iphone 6 | 6. mini Hudson shoulder bag by Chloé | 7. Soleil du Midi mineral sunscreen for face

LOOK 2

Aiming to make the most of the sun to top your tan while watching the game, this lovely Carmen off-the-shoulder top is great worn with a long skirt or white tailored shorts or these in black. Accessorise the look with a pair of pretty Castaner espadrilles to lengthen those pins.

  1. Off-the-shoulder top | 9. Feather necklace | 10. Black sunglasses by Gucci | 11. black tailored shorts | 12. Black mini Marcie shoulder bag | 13. Olympus Pen F camera | 14. Black espadrilles
 

#MyWimbledon Perfect Picnic, by Naturally Sassy

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It can be difficult to know what to bring to the picnic party when you’re trying to eat healthily. Childhood picnic memories are filled with images of cocktail sausages, party rings, pringles and well certainly no good stuff! However, with a slight switch of mindset and a few small changes surrounding our options, our picnics can be kept as something not only fun but accompanied by delicious food filled with goodness. Now I think about it, oh how my ideals of the most perfect picnic have changed; I used to love the idea of an abundance of said junk food and lazing around a picnic mat talking about things I don’t think I even remember. That being said, I still love chilling out with friends in a picnic situation, I just love a lot more about it too! Getting creative in the kitchen is one of my biggest passions, and so challenging myself to recreate or newly create dishes that I know will go down a treat at occasions like this only excites me – plus, consuming food (and drink) of this nature means you’ll be perfectly fuelled for a game of frisbee or charades without the food coma accompaniment that generally comes with post-picnic indulgence! So, here I have a few of my favourite picnic-style recipes to give you some brilliant inspiration for your most perfect picnic at Wimbledon this summer.

naturally sassy salad

Dips are a perfect way to get some goodness, plus they are generally paired with carrots, cucumber, or cherry tomatoes:

Savoury Snacks are something you can’t really have a picnic without, and why not make them healthy too? It’s not just the sweet stuff that contains the nasties:

Sweet Snacks are the main event at any Wimbledon picnic party, with fruity flavours everyone’s favourite pass time, and chocolate a year-round favourite anyway – it was a tough choice to pick my favourite recipes, however here are a few:

 

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