December 2015 archive

#ChristyChristmas: Time to… Reflect on our Blogging Highlights of 2015

#ChristyChristmas: Time to… Reflect on our Blogging Highlights of 2015

2015 has been a great year for Christy. We have worked with some talented bloggers who have mentioned us in creative and captivating posts that we have loved.

We’ve listed a selection of fantastic blogs that have kindly written about Christy this year. From interior design blogs to lifestyle blogs, we’ve proudly featured on a range of amazing websites that keep us coming back for more.

Take a look at our list of beautiful blog posts featuring Christy below:

The Simply Luxurious Life

Back in April, Shannon from The Simply Luxurious life featured us in a dedicated blog post all about her love of our luxury bed linens. Not only did Shannon sign our praises, but she also gave her readers some interesting facts about the heritage of Christy. To add to her post, she even told us the secret to getting a good night’s sleep. What more could we possibly need?

Coco and Mingo

This stunning blog post from Jessica over at Coco and Mingo certainly caught our attention in May. Jessica updated readers on her spring and summer bedroom whilst providing a selection of amazingly crisp images of Christy lines proudly displayed on her bed. To remind yourself of this stunning Coco and Mingo post, head over to the blog here.

Little Miss Momma

Lifestyle blogger, Ashley recently took her readers on the journey of renovating her master bedroom. Ashley’s before and after pictures captivated us here at Christy. We couldn’t help but admire just how amazing the transformation looks, particularly the colourful new bed that takes centre stage.

Anna E. Lee Interior Design

In November, Anna from Anna E. Lee Interior Design updated her bedroom and chose brand new bedding from Christy. We were more than flattered when Anna explained her feelings about our linens. “The combination of linen and cotton, provides this bedding set with the most exquisite texture – creating a true sense of luxury.” Now we’re just blushing.

2015 has been a great year for working with amazing bloggers, most of which we didn’t get a chance to mention here. If you mentioned Christy in your blog this year – thank you.

We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to our door!

 

#ChristyChristmas: It’s time to… Beautify for the Holidays

#ChristyChristmas: It’s time to… Beautify for the Holidays

Hello there! My name is Lauren. I run a lifestyle blog called Live.Happy.Inspired out of my little cozy studio in San Francisco. The blog covers everything from decorating to cooking to beauty. It is about the things that inspire me in everyday life.

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you a few products that I use to keep me looking beautiful all winter long. The key during the winter months (other than an insanely cozy blanket) is to keep your skin hydrated. That means drinking lots of water and tea. These beauty products are my favorites that I keep going back to throughout the winter.

1 – Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

I’ll admit that the thought of rubbing oily balm all over my face as a means of cleaning it, sounded terrifying. Why would I put oil all over when I’m trying to get rid of it? Well, just trust me and try it. First, you apply to dry skin, rubbing especially on tough-to-wash makeup. Let it soak for a few minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. Not only does it leave your skin clean but also it’s not stripping like some cleansers. In the winter it’s important that all of your steps work to keep skin moisturized.

2 – First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

Masks are one of my favorite parts of my beauty routine. I always do a mask every Sunday. Catch up on your favorite shows on Sunday morning while masking. I promise you, it’s the best. I have a few masks that I rotate between depending on what my skin concern is at the moment. In the winter, when my skin is feeling dry, I reach for this ultra-soothing and moisturizing oatmeal mask. It works wonders at repairing red, irritated winter skin.

3 – Belif True Cream Moisturizing Balm

It’s hard to find a moisturizer that is super-hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy. I actually have both of Belif’s moisturizers. I switch between this and the Aqua Balm depending on the season. This moisturizer works beautifully beneath makeup because it absorbs quickly yet manages to keep skin hydrated all day.

4 – Bite Agave Lip Mask

No one likes scaly lips during the holidays. How are you supposed to smooch your sweetheart under the mistletoe with scratchy, dragon lips? That is just not happening. Enter the Bite Agave Lip Mask. It keeps my lips hydrated for hours. I also like that the ingredients are all food grade and organic. This shade has a slight shimmer but there is also a red one and a clear one. If I’m going to wear lipstick, I put this on while getting ready then wipe off just before I get ready to apply. Then my lips are smooth and perfectly ready for a dark lip.

5 – Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lipstick in Blow

Speaking of dark lipsticks, my absolute favorite wintery shade of lipstick is Marc Jacobs Le Marc in Blow. I love how it looks with my darker hair. It looks pretty stunning on mostly everyone. You just have to make sure you have the confidence to go along with wearing such a gusty shade. It’s perfect for holiday parties and special events to add a little edge to your ensemble. It’s definitely a statement-maker.

So I hope you have enjoyed reading about my top 5 beauty products to keep gorgeous all winter long. Keep following along on Instagram @elliesf and online at www.livehappyinspired.com

Xoxo L

 

Make your own #ChristyChristmas Crackers…

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Make your own #ChristyChristmas Crackers

Looking for extra festive fun in the lead up to Christmas?
Making your own Christmas crackers is not only super easy, but it’s fun to share with the whole family.

The equipment list is as follows:

• Wrapping paper
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Glue
• Cracker Snaps
(these can be bought inexpensively from most craft shops.)
• 3 Empty Toilet Rolls
• Token Gifts, Handwritten Jokes and a traditional Christmas Hat

Firstly, roll out your wrapping paper and cut a landscape rectangle measuring 20cm (across) x 30 cm (down). Take your rectangle, turn it face down and rule 10cm in from each end. Mark the 10cm point, by drawing a line from bottom to top, firmly with a sharp pencil.

Next, take one of your Cracker Snaps and affix with a blob of glue at either end in a straight line across the top of the rectangle.

You should end up with something like this:

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Using the pencil markings, place the 3 empty toilet rolls in the columns drawn out. Delicately roll the toilet rolls so the wrapping paper wraps around and covers them. I like to add a dot of glue in the centre to hold the paper together nicely too.

You’ll now have a wrapped cylinder. Pull one of the end toilet rolls out very slightly. Gently twist and push the end back inwards to make a crease – this will become your first end. Grab your cut of ribbon and tie in a neat bow around your newly made groove. Once it looks exactly how you’d like it to, remove the toilet roll altogether.

Take your gifts, hand written joke, Christmas hat (… and anything else you want to throw in for that matter)  through the opposite end, then repeat the last step (ensuring none of your inner items fall out in the process!)

You should now have your final cracker! You may want to decorate further using name plates. Children may choose to decorate further using pens, stickers or bows too!

Share your crackers with us @christy_linens. Hope you enjoy!

 

Create the perfect pillow arrangement

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Create the perfect pillow arrangement

A beautiful and well-laid bed can be easily achieved at home. By following a few simple arrangement rules, you can transform an empty, cold looking bed into a warm cosy retreat.

Firstly, it’s good to look at the entire arrangement of your bed. Once you’ve chosen and set your bed linen, you’re left with a blank canvas where we can now lay the pillows – this will become the masterpiece of the master bedroom!

We recommend adopting a pillow layout similar to the diagram below…

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Starting with the largest first, take two coordinating Shams and lay them in an upright position against the headboard. Shams create a staggered look to instantly revitalise any bed. Secondly lay your first set of pillows. We tend to chose a Plain Dye colored, non-patterned under pillow to breakup any color from the linen design. Prop the second set of linen matching pillows at the front. Make sure the back pillows are peeping over the top. You have now set the foundations of your bed fort. Make sure your pillows are straight, and fluffed! Now onto the front pillows… The fun part!!

A great place to start is by adopting pops of bold solid colors into your design. Your choice of pillow can make two beds, set with the same design look completely different. Don’t be afraid to choose contrasting palettes. Pick color shades from other items around your room such as: lamp, flowers, artwork, etc to bring in and tie the whole bedroom together.

So far your bed will look symmetrical. Create a more interesting tone by adding an odd amount of cushions. I’d suggest arranging from left to right, keep the larger cushions to the back to continue the staggered feel. Mix different sizes and styles towards the center. Be careful not to over do it – there is definitely such a thing as too many pillows!, Stray from using correlating colours and designs. It can, on occasion become overkill. Bright colors are the winning combination!

Ensure once again that all cushions are fluffed and pressed!

Don’t forget to place your favourite throw at the foot of the bed. It’s important to ensure at least one of the pillows chosen to layer, matches or compliments the throw, it will amalgamate all items together… Don’t forget, throws are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are the perfect ‘just in case’ layer for cold nights.

Now all that’s left to do is to slip into your cosiest of pyjamas, grab a good book and cuddle into your new retreat.

WARNING: Once you’ve created your perfect bed, getting out (especially on a cold morning) can cause difficulty and/or distress.

We would love to see your finished bed. Tweet us your pictures @christy_linens.

 

#ChristyChristmas: Time to… Welcome Guests with the Perfectly Folded Towels

#ChristyChristmas: Time to… Welcome Guests with the Perfectly Folded Towels

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It’s finally that time of year where friends and family travel from far and wide to stay with loved ones over the Christmas period. If you’re expecting guests this year, it’s crucial you create an environment that ensures your visitors feel at home whilst staying with you.

A good host understands exactly how to prepare their home in order to make their guests feel comfortable at all times. This includes keeping your house clean and tidy, and filling it with all the amenities your guests may possibly need.

If in doubt, take inspiration from top hotels. How do they welcome their guests? What do they provide for them? How do they lay out the room before a guest arrives? By recreating your favourite hotel room, you’ll be sure to provide your guests with everything they could possibly need during their stay.

A common item that guests often don’t have space for is a big fluffy towel, a key item for after a shower on a cold winter’s morning. Your guests will think it’s a Christmas miracle when they arrive to see a much needed towel perfectly placed at the end of their beds.

But remember, presentation is everything. We all secretly want our friends and family to be impressed when we show them where they will be staying for the next few days, so we asked our friend Jennifer Scott from The Daily Connoisseur to create  this handy little tutorial to show you a quick and easy way to fold your towels like the professionals.

This neat little trick will give your guest room a professional touch that will leave your visitors wondering whether they’ve stepped into a five star hotel. Watch Jennifer’s video below and find out exactly how to fold your towels in a way that will impress your guests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRipK3z3LBw

Have you tried out this tutorial for yourself? Head over to our Facebook page and let us how you got on. Send us a photo if you’re feeling brave, we’d love see your results!

 

5 tips on Decorating your home for Christmas

5 tips on Decorating your home for Christmas from Anna E. Lee, award winning blogger from Anna L. Interiors

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The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons. Between the time spent with family and friends, the old Christmas movies, and the sparkling outdoor lights, what’s not to love?

I have to say, that as an interior designer, something I look forward to the most is coming up with new ideas on how decorate our home for the holidays.  While last year, our design was “rustic elegance” – with soft golds, bronze, burlap, and lots of pine; this year’s décor is going to be a bit more bohemian chic – offering a combination of pattern, greys, browns, sea shells, and non-conventional greenery.  It’s something that is totally different from what I would normally do however I’m very excited for the challenge!

Whether you come up with a new theme or not each year, holiday spending can quickly get out of control.  To combat it, I’m going to do my best to use home décor items that I already own, making small purchases as needed.  As a recent college graduate and newly-wed, money is a bit tight; so I’m all about cutting corners.  However in saying this, I can’t stress enough that just because you are financially strained that doesn’t mean you cannot have a beautifully designed home.  Everyone deserves good design.  Below I’ve shared with you a few tips on how to decorate your home for the Christmas season.  I hope you enjoy!

I N C O R P O R A T E   F R E S H   G R E E N E R Y

Whether it’s from the store or the farmers market, incorporating fresh greenery into your home is one of the easiest ways to brighten it up the holidays.  Along with the traditional pine, I’ve incorporated some eucalyptus into my design scheme this year.

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Scent is something that can be easily overlooked when designing a space despite the fact that it plays a major role in the overall feel.  Whether you have scented candles or plan on boiling some cinnamon sticks on the stove, don’t forget to infuse your home with some holiday flavor!

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R E P U R P O S E   I T E M S   T H A T    Y O U   A L R E A D Y   O W N

One of my favorite things about designing for the holidays is the challenge of repurposing items that I already own.  While I do end up buying some new décor each year, using what I have helps to dramatically decrease overall holiday cost.  The fun thing about my theme for this year, bohemian chic, is that I can get really creative and eclectic with it.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment with non-traditional patterns and colors.  While last year our Christmas décor was a combination of soft golds, bronze, and burlap; this year it’s going to be a bit bohemian chic, featuring a lot more pattern along with greys, greens, and browns.  I might even incorporate a few seashells!

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I N C L U D E   T H E   W H O L E   F A M I L Y

Even if you’re the one who is in charge of the decorating, make sure to include your family somewhere in the process.  One of our traditions growing up was to make a day of going out and picking a Christmas tree.  When we got home we’d put on Christmas music, have some hot chocolate and sugar cookies, and decorate the tree.  This is one of my favorite Christmas memories.  If you live alone, invite some friends over to join in on the fun!  Who doesn’t love putting up a tree?!