Thursday, 23 April 2015

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

We're all relieved to see the weather in the UK finally warming up. With blue skies, lighter evenings and no need for a winter coat, we can finally welcome summer with open arms. While this season is lovely in so many ways, we also need to think about our sleep routine throughout the coming months. Temperature regulation is hugely important in getting a good night's sleep, and can mean the difference between a good and bad bedtime! With this in mind, here are our top tips for keeping cool in the summer.

1) Natural materials

Using natural animal fibres, like horse tail, helps your bed to breathe and wick away any moisture cultivated during the night. We sweat almost two pints every single night, which means that a lot of moisture goes directly into your bed. These materials tend to be naturally hollow, wicking away moisture and helps regulate your temperature for a supremely comfortable night's sleep.

2) Better bedding

Using cheap, man made materials in your bed linen can trap heat and make you very hot in the tight. While it is tempting to get a good deal and spend less on your sheets, we recommend splashing out a bit and investing in Egyptian cotton linen, which is more breathable and is also luxuriously soft!

3) The perfect position

We all sleep differently, and have different habits when it comes to bedtime. However, if you are finding you are too hot to drift off, this may be linked to the position you sleep in. Sleeping in the lateral position (on your side) can help to stay cool, as it means you are not fully compressed against the warm mattress and your body faces far more cool air.

4) Take the heat

Many of us may not realise that spicy food can have a great impact on your night time body temperature. When we consume hot food close to bedtime, it takes far longer for our bodies to regulate and cool down, meaning that you could be left sweaty between the sheets. Plainer, neutral foods will allow your temperature to cool as it is supposed to when you enter REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.

5) Bedtime bath

You may think that taking a long hot bath right before bedtime would make your temperature rocket. While your temperature will be high while you are soaking in the tub, when you get out and dry off, your temperature will immediately plummet. This could make it easier to drop off to sleep, as your temperature will continue to drop gradually following its rise.

Friday, 17 April 2015

In the Valleys

Yesterday, on the hottest day of the year so far, we took a trip to our Welsh bedworks in Cardiff.

Following a long train to the Welsh capital, we boarded a ‘little’ train to Taff's Well and were collected by our Savoir Beds van and taken back to the bedworks.

Upon arrival, we enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and a Welsh cake before setting off on our tour of the site. 

We were really lucky to try for ourselves some of the artisan techniques Savoir have been using for over 100 years. This exercise included side stitching and tufting a mattress, stitching springs in place and even hammering in nails!

Whilst with no injuries to report, we can confirm that some of these techniques are a lot harder than they look!

After a spot of lunch, we grabbed the team for a group photo in the sun. As you can see it really was a lovely sunny day!

We hope you enjoy looking at some pictures of our wonderful day in Wales. It was a long journey home and we were pleased to have a little shut eye on the train!

Thanks to the team at the Welsh bedworks for a lovely day and for our pillows!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

From shoot to shot: Savoir Beds in the May issue of Livingetc!

 We’re very excited to show you this fabulous preview of a shoot we did with Livingetc for their ‘Pure & Simple’ May issue.

The magazine chose our Ian bed by Christophe Delcourt for their shoot, which as you can see featured soft greys, romantic textures and pops of canary yellow.

In this video, you can see behind the scenes of the shoot and learn how the skilled team at Livingetc prepped the space and brought our bed to life!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Spring Fling

Spring has (finally!) sprung! With April now in swing and our clocks finally forward, we can begin to look forward to lighter evenings and hope for the arrival of a little extra sunshine.

With Easter this weekend, we wanted to share a range of our beds that are perfect for spring, in Easter-egg shades and pastel hues.

Firstly, our range of Claudia beds are a perfect spring-time choice. Below, the bed is upholstered in a subtle duck shell blue with a creamy pastel yellow piping, while the head board shape is stunningly romantic. 

For a brighter option, the Claudia bed also comes in a bright, daffodil yellow - a perfect shade for spring! With a soft moss grey piping around the headboard, this bed offers a perfect juxtaposition of colour. 

For a fresh, more unusual option, our Elizabeth bed is feminine and perfect for any spring-style bedroom. With the soft blue and cream colourway, this bed would look lovely against any backdrop! 
Another very feminine spring-styled bed is our Harlech model in this dusty, baby pink. This shade reminds us of Easter, with it's simple shape allowing the stunning colour to do the talking!
So there you have it, a run down of our most spring-like beds. We wish you all a very happy Easter, and as always, very sweet dreams!