What the Christy team pack for a staycation

Here in the Christy HQ, all talk has turned towards staycations. Where will go, what we will do, and most interestingly, what are our top items to pack for a staycation.

We asked the Christy team what they pack for a staycation to find out what they couldn’t live without whilst having a relaxing break. Here is what they said…

Relax in the bath surrounded by candles
Love candles? Take them on your staycation!

“My memory foam pillow and Christy pillowcases. I can’t sleep without them!” Amanda – Visual Merchandising Manager

“Tea bags. There is nothing worse than having a bad cup of tea when you’re away from home.” Christine – Product Development Manager

“My Brixton robe from Christy. It come everywhere with me and is so lightweight, yet cosy.” Chloe – marketing Executive

Sitting by the lake sketching in my gown.
Take your robe everywhere

“Running shoes for discovering new trails.” Farook – National Sales Manager

“My Sketchbook and pencil case, inspiration is everywhere.” Laura – Digital Marketing Executive

The beauty of the staycation is that you can take whatever you fancy without the many restrictions that arise when going abroad. You don’t have to ditch your creature comforts or scrimp on the luxuries. What is more relaxing than that? What items do you pack for a staycation? Is there a specific thing that you just can’t go without?

Did you know that you can win this incredible staycation bundle with Christy!

 We are giving you the chance to win: 

Christy hot water bottle, Christy eye mask, Christy socks, Roberts radio, Worker Bee Tea, Lanson champagne, Molten Brown shower gelsk, Christy Supreme towel bundle, Jenga, Monopoly and Twister.

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Staycation Locations

So, you have decided that 2020 is your year of the staycation. Good choice. The next question that you might be asking is where to go. Do you stay at home or jump in the car? Explore by ferry or travel by train? There are so many fabulous staycation locations on our doorstep, it can be hard to decide where to go!

Cornwall

Who needs the South of France when you have Cornwall on your doorstep. Think the pretty harbours of St Ives or the surfing hub of Newquay.

Lake District

Famed for it’s fells, lakes and iconic writers, the Lake District is in a league of it’s own. Choose from luxury spa stays, to tree houses and pretty cottage stays.

Picnic by the lake


Scottish Highlands

From the Cairngorms to Ben Nevis and whale watching to whisky breweries, the Highlands off er something for everyone. Stay on one of the many islands for ultra seclusion.

Northern Ireland

Take a trip to the County of Londonderry to experience beautiful coastlines, scenic walks and the iconic Giant’s Causeway. A beach side abode will be a sure way to relax and restore.

Manchester

Looking for a city retreat? Look no further than our home town of Manchester. This culture rich city offers everything from world class theatre to Michelin starred dining and an abundance of luxury apartments.

Treat yourself to a luxury apartment in the heart of Manchester for the perfect city staycation

There are so many places in the UK that make incredible staycation locations. If you are feeling inspired, check out our top staycation tips to get the most out of your trip.

 
 

Top Staycation Tips

Come rain or shine, what better way to make the most of the British Isles, than packing your bags and heading off on a staycation. The beauty of not crossing the border is the endless possibility of items that you can take with you. Everything but the kitchen sink! Having the option to take your creature comforts away with you is fabulous, but where do you draw the line? What to take, and what not to take? Here’s our top staycation tips on what you need to get the most out of your trip.

Take time to sit with a good book
Take time to sit with a good book

Read that book you never have time to read

With so many distractions at home, it’s nice to carve out that time on staycation to relax with a good read. With no luggage restrictions, you can even take a selection of books or a sketchbook depending on what you fancy.

Bring the spa to you

Why not hire a mobile massage therapist to come to you? Take your favourite Christy robe to make it feel like a real spa and relax in luxury.

Bring the spa feel with you
Bring the spa feel with you

Hire a chef

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, hire a chef to cook you a delicious meal. They may even do the washing up too!

Get your food delivered

Order ahead to save the stress. A food delivery on arrival can take the strain out of packing before hand.

Take a yoga mat

Exercising at home? It is a chore. Private yoga overlooking a lake? Bliss. If you don’t have a yoga mat, simply use a Christy bath sheet instead.

Have you booked an exciting staycation this summer? Are you now inspired to explore the UK whether it is a city break or getting away to the countryside? Take note of our top staycation tips and your trip will certainly be a treat.

 
 

5 Tips For Awkward Shaped Bedroom

An awkward shaped bedroom often requires some careful design and planning. Creating optimum storage space for clothes and accessories whilst keeping the room as clutter free as possible is key.  As the saying goes “a tidy house equals a tidy mind”. This is a crucial formula to follow in our bedrooms where we want to rest, relax and clear our busy minds.  Our friends at London bespoke furniture company, Form Creations, share their tips on how to add a touch of luxury to a quirkily shaped space…

Five tips on creating space and adding a touch of luxury to awkward shaped bedrooms:

Tip 1

When it comes to bedrooms, furniture is the key to storage success.  If your belongings have a dedicated space to be stored away, you will achieve the clutter free, oasis we all dream of at bedtime.  However, some bedrooms, particularly attic rooms can be difficult to furnish with all those awkward spaces and low ceilings.  Opting for custom-made and built in furniture that is truly made to measure will provide a sleek, seamless look.  It also allows you to create storage that suits you and your household needs for example, if you want a small alcove in your en-suite to have some shelves built in to showcase your beautiful towels, you can. 

Maybe you want to use some alcove space to store all your cushions, throws and linens?  Bespoke furniture helps you to use every inch of space possible. 

Fitted loft room storage unit.
Loft room storage unit

Tip 2

Bespoke radiator covers are great for hiding away ugly rads but they also create another surface to display flowers, candles or pictures.  You can even colour match them to other areas of the room to really make them a statement. 

Bespoke radiator covering
Bespoke radiator cover

Tip 3

Choose fitted wardrobes to utilise space and design them to fit the space you have and choose storage options that work for you. Our top tip would be – if you are opting for sliding wardrobe doors ask your designer/fitter to use top-hung runners when fitting them, which makes for smoother operation and helps them last longer, as you won’t find that the doors get stuck in the tracks as dirt inevitably makes its way in.  Don’t forget to opt for a ‘soft-close’ if you are opting for a hinged wardrobe style to eliminate any banging doors.

Custom made fitted wardrobe
Bespoke fitted wardrobe

Tip 4

Quirky, awkward shaped bedroom spaces can sometimes work to your advantage.  Utilise a tiny corner cupboard by hanging some hooks for necklaces.  Maybe you could add some rails and hooks on the inside of wardrobe doors to hang your belts/ties rather than wasting a whole drawer?  Look for little hacks that will help you keep your surfaces free of clutter.

Tip 5

Use colour to set the mood.  For example, lighter, soft blues are said to calm the mind and aid concentration, consequently it is serene and mentally calming.  Bear colour in mind when choosing your linens, towels and accessories.  Opting for soft, neutral shades will definitely create a soothing, cooling effect.  A light blue is also good for tricking your mind into thinking you are cool – a great way to stay cool, calm and collected during the summer months.

Author:  Simon Hall, Director of Form Creations Ltd.

 
 

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.

 
 

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  Junior collection  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!

 
 

February Colour of the Month – Cadet Blue


Cooling. Tranquil. Peaceful. Soothing. Calming. Relaxing. Fresh. Retro blue shade. 80’s throwback. Summer ready.

Are you dreaming about summertime as much as we are at Christy HQ?

It’s reached that time of year where the days start to become longer and our hopes are building with expectations of a temperature rise and sunshine. We close our eyes and see swimming pools, the seaside and bubble-gum ice creams. Daydreams full of blue tones in motion. It is now the appropriate time to ease your home into a summer-ready paradise, and the introduction of February’s colour of the month is a good place to start. A colour to combine with pastel shades and Art Deco design, this shade compliments pale pinks, vibrant ochres and brass tones. It’s a colourway fit for this modern, trend-led home decorator.

Our Supreme Hygro® Cadet Blue towel range can help to create a peaceful environment in the bathroom – perfect for those bubble-bath infused nights in.
Helping to create a soothing, tranquil environment whilst adding a layer of freshness.

Thick and cosy, this innovative towel uses Hygro® technology which means the towel gets softer and loftier after each wash and ensures excellent absorbency. Browse the full towel range here.

 
 

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