What’s your Ikigai?

What’s your Ikigai?

Travelling in Japan this week, one of our buyers came across an interesting book called ‘Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life‘ by Hector Garcia. Never ones to shy away from life’s important questions, we were intrigued by his proposition: does happiness lie in your purpose in life? Like the Danish Hygge movement before it, Ikigai comes complete with its own guiding philosophy, and is the idea.

The key to a happy life? Think small and simple!

The key to a happy life? Think small and simple!

If a big bonus, a large house and a fancy holiday always seem to be out of reach, fear not! Happiness, it seems, is all about embracing life’s small and simple pleasures. At least that’s the case according to entertainment channel W, which commissioned a survey for Davina McCall’s series The Davina Hour focusing on the pursuit of happiness. Top of the list of things that make us happy was.

Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In April 2018!

Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In April 2018!

Venture outside with a spring in your step! April’s the month for getting out and about, wherever you live. Check out what’s on locally with our Futon Company What’s On Guide…   MANCHESTER The Wonder Stuff & Ned’s Atomic Dustbin It’s been 27 years since these Stourbridge legends shared a stage, so they’ve decided to reunite for a one-off, 12-date co-headliner tour for 2018. With millions of records sold between.

Less Space More Luxe

Less Space More Luxe

For reasons we can’t quite comprehend, it’s often the case that those not-in-the-know equate small spaces with basic/low-luxe living. It’s a bit of a mystery to us here at Futon Company because, as anyone in-the-know knows, small space savvy is currently a trend in interiors – and to our mind, less space equals more luxe. But don’t just ask us! This month’s edition of Elle Decoration features a ‘small space’.

The Art of Contrast

The Art of Contrast

Flicking through the March 2016 issue of Elle Decoration, we came across an inspiring piece on how to create space using light and shade, with advice from Joris Van Apers on tricks for adding drama to more compact homes. As experts in small space living, we were intrigued to find out more. Here’s what he says:   Colour: “Darker or more intense colours make the mind imagine things. They can.

Step away from the smart phone…

Step away from the smart phone…

Given the cold temperature outside, there’s nothing we want to do more than curl up on the sofa with a cosy cushion, a snuggly warm blanket, a steaming mug of tea and time to daydream. What’s more, it seems that the art of doing nothing is actually a fast track to creativity. That’s according to Grazia, who say: “When was the last time you were bored? So bored your mind.

Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In March 2018!

Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In March 2018!

Spring into action this month! With the clocks going forward and the seasons officially changing it’s the time of year for longer days and lighter nights. Check out what’s on locally with our Futon Company What’s On Guide… EDINBURGH Wildlife Photographer of the Year Visit the National Museum of Scotland between now and April 29th for an atmospheric display of 100 awe-inspiring images which present the incredible diversity and fragility.

RIP the stand-alone dining room. All hail the multi-space!

RIP the stand-alone dining room. All hail the multi-space!

In days gone by, a stand-alone dining room was viewed as a must-have for any aspiring homeowner. But now, it seems the dining room is out of favour as more of us prefer an integrated kitchen/dining room/living space. Indeed, a survey from One Poll on idealhome.co.uk, revealed that only 52% of Brits consider a dining room a necessity, with TV and kitchen dinners more popular than ever. What’s more, it’s.

A New Resolve for February

A New Resolve for February

With January now behind us, it could be that all your good intentions for 2018 are starting to wane. Perhaps a life of hyper-exercise and going without the food and drink you love is taking its toll on your excitement for life… If that’s the case, there’s no shame – simply shift your good intentions to your home, and channel your well-being into something more inspiring by having a space-enhancing.

Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In February 2018!

Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In February 2018!

Feel the love for where you live this month and check out what’s on locally with our Futon Company What’s On Guide…   EDINBURGH Edinburgh’s 101 Objects Discover the rich history of Edinburgh through 101 of its most treasured objects. To celebrate the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, this unique visitor experience will bring Edinburgh’s vibrant past to life. The city-wide attraction is a first for Edinburgh, with 50.