Storage Bed Experts are here to help you!

Are you sick of hearing different things about storage beds everywhere you go? Are you in dire need of storage bed experts to actually tell you the truth? As storage bed experts that have been making storage beds for over a decade, we certainly know a thing or two. So you really are in the right place! We’ve got your backs and want to shock you with a few things that you might not know about our storage beds.

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The Air Storage Bed has 15cm and 30cm of storage. You can’t see the bigger storage either?
Shocking FACT Number One

Did you know that nothing can be lost underneath our Max Storage Bed? When we say nothing we actually mean nothing at all. So you know those times you drop that lipstick on the floor and never find it again? You actually wouldn’t loose it ever again if you had a Max Storage Bed! How, Why we hear you calling…

Max works with a very clever base to maximise storage. It actually has a plinth that runs all the way around the outside that means you can store all the way down to the floor inside. So even though the bed looks like it is off the floor, it isn’t. The clever plinth means that nothing can get underneath the bed, not even dust!

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Jaw dropping fact number two

Our Illusion Storage Bed actually only has 10% less storage than our Max Storage Bed. (Max has the most storage at 35cm). To make this actually seem a little bit jaw dropping, here are two photographs. Now can you believe it? Even we couldn’t believe it!

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question three – Is too much choice too much

Our beds are all made in Nottingham by our lovely workshop team and we make all our beds to order. That means quite simply that you decide what options to add on to your bed and we make it for you. How great is that?! There are hundreds of fabrics and leathers to choose from, as well as wood. Now some people think that too much choice is too much. However don’t worry – we have an Interior Designer at our showroom on hand to help you with your selections.

If you fancy having a play at home first, we have a brilliant ‘Design and Order’ section that can help you to visualise what your bed might look like. So you want to see a Max bed in a red fabric – here you go! Just remember that this is just a visual, and it is much better to actually come and look and feel the fabrics for yourself.

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We recommend that you actually come and visit the showroom to try lifting the mechanism. All of our beds have a strap provided for opening, however it is actually easier to lift it using just the mechanism. Initially, people aren’t too convinced, however it is true! By lifting the mechanism with two hands, you are bending your knees and lifting properly. It is only that initial lift that you have to support. The gas pistons they kick in and do the rest of the work for you. If your mattress is a heavy one, you might just need to give the mechanism a little nudge to open it to its full angle.

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Do you have any more questions for our storage bed experts? Questions that don’t have quite such shocking answers perhaps? Tweet us @Furl_Home and we can get those all answered for you.

The must follow Bedroom Trends for 2017

Elle Decoration is always fuelling our design addition, and this months issue is full of the latest bedroom trends. So we have to ask, how do we make our bedrooms look truly fabulous this year? Here is the full list of ‘to die for’ bedroom trends you need to be following in 2017. We have taken the Elle Decoration head captions and put our own spin on how to create the perfect, most fashionable bedroom.

  1. Cosy Corner

    Our take on the perfect cosy corner consists of a small bedroom chair that you can tuck your feet up on, grab a blanket and get reading that book you promised yourself you would finish last year. Bedroom chairs come in all shapes and sizes and so you will be sure to find one to fit your space. If a chair is a little too large for a corner of your room, why not try a tiny stool? Upholster in velvet for the right amount of lux glam, or find a wooden number to complete your Scandi style.

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  2. Lighting

    Play around with sizes of the lights you use in your bedroom. By adding in big lamps to a small room you can actually create the feeling or grandeur and more space. Weird hey? But it works! They will also make the room feel much lighter and airier. If you aren’t too convinced then use your ceiling height, and add in pendants on either side of the bed. Not only will they declutter your side tables, but they will also appear to make your room look taller. These Pendants from Flos are practical as well as stylish and we have one to see at our London Showroom.

  3. The Great Divide

    Now Elle Decoration suggests to divide your room up into sections using the hot bedroom trends of this year – panelling. We can not top their suggestion to divide up your room and instead are just going to suggest a cheaper way of panelling if you can’t fork out for the real thing. Papering your wall is of course the easiest way of adding the panelling effect to your bedroom. This one from Cole and Son is so realistic, your guests would never notice.

  4. simply stylish

    Simply Stylish bedrooms are the most glamorous types of bedrooms. We think that your bedding also plays a huge part in keeping your bedroom looking top notch. No one wants to walk into a bedroom to messy looking bedding and in turn a rather kiddish looking bed. Why not treat yourself to a set of white sheets. Then pick your favourite colour and splash out on a throw and two complimenting cushions. It is important that this is your favourite colour and not the ‘trending colour’ of the season. After all, your bedroom design will only look on trend and lovely if you love it yourself.

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  5. Colour Palettes

    We very recently wrote a blog post on bedroom colour schemes including different colour palettes that might work for your room. Now despite this post being written in 2016, each and every rule still applies to this years trending rules. Keep the larger objects in more neutral shades and add in your pops of colour using the smaller, more easily changeable accessories. Blush pink, Deep blue and gunmetal grey are all colours trending this year.

  6. Sleep Patterns

    A bedroom deserves a little bit of pattern, but don’t go overboard. This is your calming space that you can relax in and drift off into the land of nod. Bright, bold patterns will certainly help you in the morning but won’t do anything in helping you getting to sleep in the first place. Rugs, rugs and more rugs are the thing for this year, so perhaps add in your pattern in your rug. This way, it is not in your line of sight when sleeping, but when you first wake up in the morning and step out of bed, the pattern can brighten your day. Geometrics are on trend this year, and here are just a few favourites to choose from.

  7. Built to fit

    Furniture that looks like it was just made to fit really steps your bedroom apart from the rest. There is nothing worse than ill-fitting furniture, it makes your room look cramped and ugly. Not all fitted furniture needs to break the bank, but do listen to that saying – you get what you pay for. Perhaps this year is the year to invest in that forever bedroom furniture. Furl’s bedroom furniture is all made by Furl in their Nottingham Workshops. So if you have a tricky space and need a custom size bed or bedside table, get in touch and we can try and work around your measurements.

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    Furl’s Mondrian, Lines and Deeply Headboards
  8. Headboards

    Well headboards – perhaps the biggest of the bedroom trends. Now you are in the right place for an absolutely fabulous headboard as we are the master of headboards (the recent Virgin media advert came to mind when we wrote that sentence!!). But on a serious note, we actually are masters in headboards. The oversized headboard is now all the rage. So we say, buy a Super King Sized headboard for your Kingsized bed to add a little bit of fun into your room. Have a cheeky look at our headboard selection.

  9. Comfort Zone

    Add in a few home comforts to your bedroom design. The most personal bedroom trends of all time is to scatter photographs of family and friends around your room. Mount your photos in all shapes and sizes. The best place to put them is that forgotten piece of wall, so that every part of your room is brought back to life.

  10. Raise your profile

    Try creating a few different levels in your room for intrigue and to be one better than the rest. Are you completely redoing your bedroom? If so, why not create a little two stepped up platform in the middle of room and sit your bed within it. Not many people could say that their bed is the focal point in the middle of the room. This is the part of the bedroom that you use the most and so celebrate it. Put your bed on a pedestal and be proud.

  11. Beneath the Stars

    There is nothing more romantic than sleeping beneath the stars, particularly on Valentines Day! Elle Decoration suggests actual windows, however for those who cannot sleep with just a slither of light present, you could really push the boundaries. Optical Fibre LED ceiling lighting is becoming increasing more popular and increasingly more wow. Perfect for a kids bedroom, sleeping beneath the stars until you drop off can really become a reality.

So how are you going to follow this mammouth list of bedroom trends? Start by selecting just one, and then add in a couple more throughout the year. No one said you had to do everything all at once!

Grand Designs Live – Book your tickets here

We are officially on countdown to Grand Designs Live. Not sure if any of you managed to come and see our stand last year? However this year, it is twice as big and will be twice as fantastic. So, if you haven’t yet made a trip to our showroom, do not panic. You can visit us at the Excel in just 2 months and 22 days. See, we told you we were counting!

Now to those who don’t plan ahead, this may seem like ages away. But for those who love a good bargain, now is the time of the early bird ticket sales. Right now Grand Designs Live are giving a fantastic deal away – 2 tickets for £22 with the code GDL22.

Last year at Grand Designs Live, we met new friends, reminisced with old customers and had a week to remember. We opened and closed our wall beds around 200 times a day, and laughed every time sometime ran over to take off the glasses filled with water that they thought would fall over. With our clever mechanisms and cantilevering desk, your glasses of water can stay on the desk whilst the bed comes down. Now that is something that you know you just have to come and see for yourself.

So the show is on from the 29th April until the 7th May. Are you renovating your home and need new furniture? Are you looking for a way of turning a spare room back into a useable room for most of the year? Looking for a little more storage? Then our stand is absolutely the one to visit. Grand Designs Live has been one of the biggest interior inspiration and home renovating shows for years. We are so excited to be able to inspire you again this year.

 

Decorate with Green …ery – Pantone colour of 2017

There is nothing better than the time that Pantone’s colour of the year starts to dominate homes, shows and shops. You have to be a little bit silly to not fall in love with ‘the colour of the season’. But it doesn’t mean that you have to start throwing everything out and replacing it with the new. The new greenery in this case. Of course, if the hubby won’t agree to yet more new cushions, we are happy to say you absolutely need to introduce this colour into your life this year. So how do we decorate with green? It’s a tricky colour to master, particularly when the pantone colour is so strong and vibrant this year. So to make it a little easier, we have picked a selection of greens that will work for different styles of home. Just don’t tell pantone that some of them aren’t so green!

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Decorate with Green-ery

Well we couldn’t possibly write a blog post about the Pantone colour of the year and not showcase it first! So here you have it – Greenery. If any of you were around Clerkenwell this weekend you might have spotted this to die for collaboration between Pantone and Air BnB. They were certainly not short of ideas on how to fill your home with the greenery shade. Bringing the outdoors to the indoors, quite literally, this pop up was a foliage lovers idea of heaven. But if an overload of plants isn’t quite up your street, try adorning your room with succulents instead. They still provide a beautiful pop of colour, with much less maintenance.

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Subtle design details, such as glassware or cushions are the most elegant way of introducing such a bright green into your home. Zara Home have a great zingy collection of glasses that would add the perfect sparkle to your dining room table.

Also, had you thought about laying fake turf in the playroom? It would certainly be playful wouldn’t it!

Dabble in Dark Emerald Green

Perhaps your home design is a little, lets say moodier. You like colour, but nothing too bright as that would be happy and tacky of course. But being left out of the decorate with green phase would just not be acceptable either. So think Emerald Green, Deep Sea Green and get thinking Velvet too. Velvet is such a sultry, luxurious fabric and works fantastically in the deeper shade of green.

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Furl’s Milano Sofa Bed in House Velvet

Unlike Pantone’s Greenery, this deep shade can be used for much larger items within your home. In sight from every angle at the recently finished Cologne Design Fair, was a deep emerald green sofa. We can make our sofa beds in any shade of green, and our House Velvet would certainly mean your sofa was the talking point of your room. With options such as a matching set of cushions, you could tie in the colour by scattering these cushions on other chairs within your room. That way your deep green sofa would look like it had always been there. Paint the walls and skirting board an inky shade of grey/black for true sultry style.

Sage Green

Again for the little details just like Pantone’s Greenery, the Sage Green shade fits better with Country Chic Interiors. Country interiors take marvellously well to a display dresser in the kitchen or dining room. If you already have one, why not sand it down and give it a lick of paint in a sage shade. Tie it in with the rest of your interior by adding a few ceramic pieces that touch on sage too.

Don’t be too shy to add in a pattern with focuses of Sage Green. Throws, scatter cushions and blinds will all add a touch of warmth to your mainly creamy white interior.

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If you don’t think that any of three shades we have discussed will work in your home, then take a look at our full collection of shades to help you decorate with green.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

We just still cannot seem to believe that 2017 has finally arrived. However, we have to start embracing it. Otherwise before we know it, this year will be over and we won’t have even begun updating our interiors. So here are our 2017 interior design trend predictions. Which ones do you think will fall, and which ones will fly? Let’s get updating your homes.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

Upholstered Headboards

Now, all of us at Furl cannot tell you how happy this makes us. Where is the jumping around emoji when you need one?! We have been in love with the upholstered headboard for years and years. Luckily for us, and for you as they are just beautiful, this is one of the most popular 2017 interior design trend predictions. An upholstered headboard can make a huge difference to a room, and really turns the style into hotel chic. We think the larger the headboard, the better. With a large headboard, you don’t need to start thinking about what artwork to hang above it, as the headboard quite simply becomes the artwork.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

Deep buttoned headboards upholstered in Linen are a well-liked choice. However our customers are in love with our Mondrian headboard, which looks it’s best upholstered in a luxurious velvet. (We think so anyway!) There is actually a wall mounted version of the Mondrian in Velvet at our showroom right now, so pop down when you have a spare minute.

Marble

No interior would be complete without a little bit of glam, and marble is certainly glam. You might be thinking, I can’t afford marble and you are totally right. It can get a little bit expensive, but you can still introduce marble into your home no matter what your budget. For those looking to splash the cash, nothing shouts glamorous more than a marble bathroom. They look incredibly luxurious, which suits so many London interiors, but don’t be shocked by the price. For those who are not quite for breaking the bank, marble wallpaper is a fantastic alternative and looks so realistic. B&Q version is available at a very reasonable price. For you crafty lot, spend a couple of pounds on some marble samples from a stone supplier. Then add dots to the bottom of them and turn them into coasters to scatter around your home. This is a very cheap, yet very clever way of adding marble into your home.

Image donated by House of Three
Image donated by House of Three
Cork

Yes you read that correctly – cork is making a comeback. Perhaps one of the weirdest 2017 interior design trend predictions, we never thought would return. We are not quite sure how to feel about this either, but we do have a few ideas where we think it could work. Children’s interiors have become much more interactive over the recent years, in order to help them become more expressive. Why not use cork wallpaper over a small section of wall in your child’s bedroom to create a feature notice board. They can pin up their drawings, party invitations, badges and anything they may collect on their travels. For a more grown up suggestion for the comeback of the cork, quirky coffee table and lamps could really work within an industrial styled interior. Try painting the cork for a different look, which adds that element of fun and interest. Champagne cork stools have been popping up on a few homeware sites, so keep your eyes peeled. They would certainly provide a talking point around the dinner party table.

2017 interior design trend predictions

Green

Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery. Inspired by nature, this shade of green is like no other green we have seen before. With so many London homes and apartments with very limited outdoor space, if any at all, we are craving a little bit more outdoors in our lives. Described by pantone as a ‘tangy yellow-green’, we think the only way to introduce this colour into your homes is through foliage itself. As it perhaps might be a bit bold on the walls. Having said that, there are lots of nature inspired prints circulating the interiors market. If you are the sort of person that perhaps might not be able to keep a plant alive, this might be a really lovely, subtle way of introducing foliage into your home.

2017 interior design trend predictions

At the end of the year, we shall certainly look back over our 2017 interior design trend predictions to see which ones really took off. Do you think any of our predicted trends will take over our home interiors? Which one would you chose to redecorate your home with? We really hope to see more upholstered headboards and would love to see yours. Tag us in your Instagram posts using @furl.home and use #furlheadboard so we can see which design you picked for yours.

New year new you. Let’s get fit!

Not sure about you, but we welcomed the new year with a few bubbles, laughter, family and friends. Actually perhaps a few more than just a few bubbles. So first of all, a huge Happy New Year to the lot of you! This year is all about you. New year new you and all. So we thought we might share our favourite recipes for keeping fit in January. Of course helping to shed all of that extra christmas weight.

At our London Showroom we have a fantastic table called Allwood. It is actually perfect for times like Christmas when you need a little extra dining space. Despite being a coffee table it actually extends to seat 8 people. However, when the festive period is over and all of your family and friends go home, you can simply slide it back to a table for 4.

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The first day back in our Showroom gazing at this gorgeous Cement version got us thinking. This post is all about the new year new you. So how can we start to get fit? So we came up with this. If a salad looks beautiful, on a stylish table…how can you not want to eat it? Our cement Allwood would fantastically display these Ottenlenghi salads.

Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts And Shallot With Pomegranate & Purple Basil Salad

We are pretty sure that you must be as sick as us of the brussels by now. They just seem to keep on coming, so here is the famous Ottenlenghi Brussels salad. So rich with colour and sticky sweet, we are pretty sure that even if you don’t like Brussels you will like this one. With this one, there is no need to waste any of those leftovers.

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new year new you Method

‘Trim off the ends of the sprouts and cut them in two lengthways. Heat up a large wok or nonstick pan, and add two tablespoons of oil. Fry half the sprouts on high heat for about four minutes, until nicely golden brown all over but still quite crunchy. Transfer to a mixing bowl and keep somewhere warm. Add more oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining sprouts.

Add two tablespoons of oil to the pan and fry the shallots as you did the sprouts, for four to six minutes. Add to the sprout bowl. Add the maple syrup, lemon zest, molasses and remaining oil to the still warm vegetables. Add half the pomegranate seeds and half the basil, season generously and toss to mix.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with the remaining pomegranate seeds and basil sprinkled on top’.

For the full recipe visit the Ottenlenghi website – our favourite food go to.

French Beans With Shiitake Mushrooms and Nutmeg Salad

Sticking to the wintery theme, we thought you might like to also try this Nutmeg wonder. After all, green salads most certainly do not have to be boring.

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New Year New You Method

‘Fill a medium saucepan with plenty of unsalted water and bring to a boil. Drop in the beans and blanch for four minutes. Drain, refresh and set aside in a sieve to dry completely.

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and half a teaspoon of salt, and sauté over a high heat for about a minute, stirring the whole time. Reduce heat to low and cook for five minutes more, stirring occasionally. You want the onions soft, sweet and just turning golden brown. Add remaining oil, garlic, mushrooms, nutmeg and pepper; cook on medium heat for another four minutes, until the mushrooms are golden. Remove from the heat and mix in the beans. Season to taste. Pile on a serving dish and sprinkle with chervil. Serve warm or at room temperature’.

For the full recipe visit the Ottenlenghi website – I don’t even like mushrooms, and even I like the sound of this one!

Good luck with your ‘New Year New You’ programme. Let’s get fit together!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Furl

We just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas from Furl!

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‘so this is christmas, and what have you done. another year over and a new one just begun. and so this is christmas, we hope you have fun. the near and the dear ones, the old and the young…
….A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR’

Thank you to all of our lovely customers and blog readers for all of your support this year. It has been an absolute pleasure having you to visit at our showroom. For those who are yet to pop in and see us, perhaps you can visit first thing in the New Year. It has been an absolute joy to make all of your orders. Our workshop team continue to love making each unique product just for you. Our delivery team have thoroughly enjoyed meeting each and every one of you lovely people and hope to meet you all again at some point in the future.

That’s it from us now for a couple of weeks. However, we sure can’t wait to be back with you again soon. A new year always brings about exciting new things. We really cannot wait to meet all of our customers for the year 2017. Challenge us, drive us and keep us on our toes. We always say that our customers come up with the best of ideas. Here’s to the best year yet!

So for one last time, please pick up your glass. Toast to Christmas day and a brilliant 2017 and have a good old sing along with us.

‘WE WISH YOU A MERRY Christmas. we wish you a merry christmas. we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!’

Ps. If you are reading this blog on the 25th December get back to that Christmas Dinner. Nobody likes a cold Christmas Dinner!

Best Interiors Instagram Accounts – Our top 6

Ho Ho Hello! It’s only 5 days until Christmas and our Christmas countdown continues! Of course we all love Christmas Day, but we also always have that down time. You know the time, when the dinner is eaten and the presents are all opened. Everyone is a little bit tired, and totally full. So we thought this year, you could have a little scroll through some of the best interiors Instagram accounts.

We just cannot get enough of all of the Instagram inspiration. Our favourites are in no particular order. We tried, but it was just too hard to say which one was best. So, here you go, the best interiors Instagram accounts. Happy early Christmas from Furl.

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It was just so difficult to start this off.  So we thought there would be no better way than first of all sharing with you the Instagram account of our favourite Interior Design magazine. With their huge 99.7k following, and recently a divine palette of greens and blues, this feed is a treat for your eyes. There isn’t a day that passes, where we don’t check in on this page.

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Here are the last 6 shots from the lovely @elledecorationuk.

For those who love a little bit of glamour, mixed with an industrial twist, this Instagram account is the one for you. Full of a moody palette of colours, this feed is absolutely packed with inspiration. We will eat our hats if you don’t want to redecorate your home after flicking through this feed on Christmas Day.

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The divine last 6 shots from @homeadore.

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Scandinavian design has taken centre stage over the last couple of years and this Instagram account certainly shows off how to do it best. With an incredibly impressive following at over 250k, these Scandi Interior Designers know exactly what they are doing. If you are looking to design your home in this style, this is the best interiors Instagram account for you.

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Feast your eyes on these 6 shots from the brilliant @scandinavianhomes.

With christmas coming, we couldn’t not embrace the beautiful Rebecca that has recently added a few elegant decorations to her feed. With a soft french chic style, full of white, we always feel incredibly calm after flicking through her images.

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So take a look at the last 6 beautifully calming shots from @65m2_.

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Grey has for a long while been the most popular colour for interior decorating. This Instagram account certainly isn’t missing a little bit of grey. Mixed with gorgeous earthy colours it is far from dull.

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Cozey up with the last 6 shots from the great @fiefroeling.

From cozy to luxurious, this interior designer is not short of fabulous interiors to show. Projects are shot in the likes of Chelsea, Belgravia, Mayfair and everywhere else with a hot London postcode. The luxurious London style may not be up your street, but it will certainly give you lots to think about if redesigning your home.

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So finally here are the last 6 shots from the stupendous @laurahammett.interiors.

Leaving you with the best interiors Instagram accounts, we also wanted to give you with a little bit of Christmas wreath inspiration. Here’s to the 20th, and the final countdown to christmas!

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6 Sleeping Tips for Christmas Eve

The excitement of Christmas is really starting to build, and the big day is getting oh so much closer. In complete style, we continue our advent countdown with a few sleeping tips for the run up to the big day itself. Not sure about you, but we still get a few butterflies in our tummy awaiting Santa’s visit. So the Christmas Eve sleep we end up getting isn’t quite what we need for a full day of festivities. So here are a few sleeping tips to ensure you are on top form for the whole of Christmas day.

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Taking advice for the experts when it comes to sleeping tips is certainly advisable. Even though Christmas Eve sleeping is a little bit different, their professional tips can still work wonders. So here is where we turn to the Sleep Foundation. Now lots of their tips are for general life, but some of those apply to those christmas eve jitters.

‘Wind down. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading’.

We have a family tradition that every Christmas Eve we watch a film. But not just any film, it has to be a Christmas film! Perhaps this is the problem though – bright light stops you from sleeping easily. Do you have any Christmas family traditions? Tweet us at @Furl_Home. Perhaps reading might work for your family.

‘Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive’.

Ahem to that! Of course this sounds pretty self explanatory, however you wouldn’t believe the amount of people that ‘make do’. Get yourself out and testing new mattress if you don’t absolutely love getting into yours. We have a lovely selection of mattresses to test and choose from. We recommend knowing nothing about them before testing them. So come on down to our London Showroom and give them a go. Delivery for this year may have passed, but there is nothing wrong with getting yourself ready for next year.

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Thanks professionals, but now we come to those weird and wonderful ways of falling asleep. It would be boring if it wasn’t weird wouldn’t it. The Telegraph gives a few sleeping tips away that are just pure genius.

‘The 4-7-8 Technique – lightly touch the ridge of tissue behind your top front teeth with your tongue, exhale completely, and then adopt the following breathing pattern:
– Breathe in through your nose quietly for a count of 4
– Hold your breath for a count of seven
– Blow air out through your mouth for a count of 8, making a ‘whoosh’ sound
– Repeat the process three more times’

So here we have the new version of counting sheep. However this is actually the proven version so don’t knock it before you try it. They say it is particularly helpful in times of stress. Which of course what they are actually referring to is the stress behind the realisation that Santa might actually forget to visit you. The second tip that they give us is a little more funny. Just you wait…

‘Try staying awake’

I mean seriously? That is the absolute opposite of what we are trying to do! However, they are totally, completely right, it works! Two rules though – you are not allowed to move around or watch TV. This is the absolute dream for us as it makes the build up to Christmas Day so much more exciting.   Not forgetting the proven fact that Santa prefers to visit later to avoid you from hearing him! (Sorry).

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So following on from the weird and wonderful sleeping tips, now we just have the plain weird sleeping tips. Yes, we are going to try both of these on Christmas Eve this year. Don’t worry, we will aim to report back.

‘Eat a spoonful of raw organic honey before going to bed. Or for a savoury snack, eat two tbs of raw almond butter on celery’.

We did warn you that it was weird. But it could become the new family Christmas tradition or perhaps even part of a game. The winner gets the honey, and the loser gets the raw almond butter on celery. What have you got to lose?

‘Take a cold bath or shower before going to bed’.

Now this one seems more like the losers prize to us, but despite being weird, it works. Your body temperature lowers for sleeping, so this just speeds up the process a little.

Hopefully you will be able to get a good nights kip before this years Christmas Day.

advent sleeping tipsSo here’s to a happy 13th December. We thought we would leave you with a few bonus tips on the colours you should be using to decorate with. If you have a taupe or sand based home interior scheme, decorate with golds and white. If you have a grey scheme, decorate with silver, white and green. No matter what your home colour scheme, make sure you throw in lots of candles. This is what makes Christmas magical.

6 Interior Design Tips from the Professionals

We’re not quite sure if it is just us that are this excited that the advent countdown has finally begun!!!! (Yes we may have used a few too many exclamation marks there). However, Christmas is officially on its way. So to celebrate hitting the 6th day of advent and with the present hiding sorted, we wanted to share 6 interior design tips from the professionals. Of course, your home needs to be looking top notch for when the family poll up on Christmas day.

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If you have already been browsing for a few interior design tips for a home renovation project, you may already have come across the lovely Daniel Hopwood. Fortunately for all of us, The Great Interior Design Challenge will be back on our screens in early 2017. In the meantime though, here is some advice from Studio Hopwood.

“The key with good design is just to have a limited palette of finishes. They say that you can build a palace with just three.” – Daniel Hopwood

Don’t go overboard on the amount of textures you need to add into a room. Start with three – a fabric, a shade of wood and a metal. Then take it from there.

Well we couldn’t leave out Daniel’s co-star on the new series of The Great Interior Design Challenge. Kelly Hoppen, the queen of taupe is an inspiration to many looking for luxurious, timeless interior design.

“LEARN TO LOOK NOT JUST WITH YOUR EYES BUT WITH YOUR HEART. FIND THE THINGS THAT CONNECT WITH YOU. HOW ELSE WILL YOU KNOW HOW TO DESIGN YOUR HOME?” – Kelly Hoppen

Don’t buy things just because someone tells you they will work within a scheme. Make sure you love everything you choose and that way the interior design of your home will be yours.

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Always after timeless interior design, there is no better firm to turn to than the Hammett duo, known by their studio name Laura Hammett. Laura is very well known for her exquisite, yet timeless contemporary interiors.

“Luxury bathrooms are a big trend at the moment, moving away from the clean white marble look and introducing more softness and warmth with chandeliers, curtains and furniture.” – Laura Hammett

If you have the space, really do something different with your bathroom. They don’t have to be the most boring of spaces. Why can’t the bathroom create that interior design wow too?

Also know for her luxurious, yet timeless interior design projects, the Louise Bradley studio have an ever-increasing collection of bespoke luxury furniture and accessories.

“Clever layering of textiles alongside excellent space planning and good lighting make all the difference in the world” – Louise Bradley

We say it is an absolute must to focus on the lighting. If the lighting is right, the room will look great. But if you get the lighting wrong, the whole feel of the room will be totally different from how you hoped it would be.

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Sometimes the best people to turn to for interior design tips, we cannot forget the brilliant interiors bloggers. A favourite of ours, and a must read blog if you don’t already is the brilliant Abigail Ahern. You cannot knock her for her bold and brave interior style.

“Play around with scale. Scale is one of the most under-considered components in the decorating puzzle. Once you start putting supersized pieces on walls or shelves that are small (like mirrors and lights) you create instant grandeur making a room feel more magical than it really is.” – Abigail Ahern

A great way to make your room feel larger is by adding in furniture that is lower down to the ground. This appears to make the ceilings feel higher, and in turn, make the room feel deceptively larger than it actually is. Then add in a huge oversized floor lamp to show off that extra height.

Finally, with not only a beautiful blog, but also with a beautiful interiors shop in Bloomsbury, Ben Pentreath offers his top interior design tips.

“I like richly layered rooms. Colour, pattern and a mix of old and new furniture create timeless and comfortable places to live.” – Ben Pentreath

The great thing about mixing old and new furniture is that it shows the wonders of the life you have lived and the places you have been. You want your home to tell the story of your life and be full of your treasures.