Join the early bedtime squad!

Join the early bedtime squad!

Gone are the days of uber-late nights followed by a silly-o-clock start. When was the last time you heard someone boasting about getting five hours sleep? In contrast with days gone by, when getting by on little sleep was seen as a symbol of success, today the opposite is true. In fact, in 2019 sleep is seen as the ultimate sign of success. As Grazia magazine explains, sleep has become.

Finding your own work rhythm

Finding your own work rhythm

We’ve talked in previous blogs about the fact that people fit into different energy chronotypes – larks, who are morning people and owls who perform best in the evening. In those blogs we looked at the research and the implications of your chronotype for sleep, exercise and socialising. Now, it seems, the focus has shifted to work patterns. Scientist Linda Geddes, talking at the Hay Festival in June, explained. She.

Magic interiors

Magic interiors

We’ve covered all sorts of interiors and life style trends in our blogs over the years. Everyone from Marie Kondo to James Wallman has had a mention and we’ve advocated everything from folding clothes that sparks joy to Swedish death cleaning. Now, according to Sunday Times journalist Alexandra Goss, it’s time for something new – witchcraft! Self-labelled witch Erica Feldmann has written a book called HausMagick which combines earth magic,.

Living a simple life

Living a simple life

For many, success is defined as achieving more and bigger. Better job, bigger home, new car, more expensive clothes – you get the picture. This endless pursuit of the ‘perfect’ lifestyle is what gets many people out of bed each morning. But now, it seems, the secret to success actually lies with doing less and being less ambitious. That’s according to Danish psychology Professor Svend Brinkmann, author of The Joy.

Creating a space for your adult self

Creating a space for your adult self

Whether you’re 18 and leaving home for the first time; moving into a flat share; or 40-something, newly single and living alone, there comes a time in every person’s life when they finally feel all grown up and in a position to take control of their own space. So apartmenttherapy.com’s Blog How to make a home look grown up really resonated with us. What’s more, it got us thinking about.

Saints for small spaces

Saints for small spaces

Here at Futon Company we often talk about hero products – those hard working pieces that help us to make the most of small and shared spaces. We rarely, however, reference saints! So when we came across Katrina Burroughs @Kat_Burroughs article Small Saints in The Sunday Times, June 16, we were chuffed to bits on several levels, not least because it featured our good selves! She said: Don’t let a.

Stashing sentimental stuff

Stashing sentimental stuff

Marie Kondo might still be flavour of the month with her mindful approach to curbing the clutter, but, it seems, we’re still sentimental when it comes to clinging on to old clothes. That’s according to preloved clothing website Patatam, who commissioned a survey to explore attitudes to clothing in the UK. According to the research, British women have up to £500 worth of unused clothes in their wardrobes. Apparently there’s.

Pearls from the junk drawer

Pearls from the junk drawer

Browsing the internet one weekend we came across a handy blog called Junk Drawer Wisdom: What to Keep, What to Toss, and How to Keep It Organised by Fan Winston, April 10, 2019. As the title suggests, this inspiring piece offers wise words around the neglected topic of the junk drawer. Says Winston: This idea – that we all need a tiny section in our home that doesn’t require upkeep.

Blurred Boundaries between home and work

Blurred Boundaries between home and work

Apparently this year’s big interiors trend is the workplace. That’s according to Katrina Burroughs (@Kat_Burroughs), writing in the Sunday Times. Hot off the press from Salone del Mobile, the annual Italian design fair that took place in April, this workplace trend reflects a social change that is affecting many of us: the way boundaries between work and home have blurred, with the shift towards careers constructed from various jobs, often.

Vive la revolution!

Vive la revolution!

It is, there seems, a quiet revolution happening all around us. That’s according to Sunday Times journalist Helen Davies (@TheSTHome) who says there’s a rental revolution happening in the UK right now. Perceptions of renting, she says, are evolving. Whereas it was once viewed as downbeat and down-market it’s now becoming a bit of a thing. According to research from the English Housing Survey, apparently one fifth of the population.

Sleep sound

Sleep sound

Here at Futon Company we often talk about the importance of sleep for our health and wellbeing – after all, it’s no secret that 7-8 hours of shut-eye each night is key to a happy life. So when we came across Julie Powell’s Self section and the news piece Happy Ever After in the April issue of Red Magazine we were intrigued to read more. She says: “We read children.

Brilliant blog alert!

Brilliant blog alert!

  Eternally hunting for brilliant blogs we were beyond excited to find this little nugget:  Expert advice:  11 tips for making a room look bigger https://bit.ly/2fg4Ri8 Written by Justine Hand and published March 22, 2019, her pearls of wisdom start with the premise that small spaces present themselves with both charm and challenge. When done well they can be cosy, Zen-like retreats, but can equally feel cramped, claustrophobic and anything but restful. Her.