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Affordable Candles for Your Home

Affordable Candles for Your Home

Marks & Spencer

This candle contains an expensive-smelling mix of geranium, cedarwood, eucalyptus and lavender for serious spa vibes.

Zara

When you find out that Zara collaborated with the legendary Jo Malone to create its own range of candles, you know they’re going to be good. This sweet-yet-musky patchouli one is in my house year-round.

& Other Stories

Cheap candles never look as good as when they come from & Other Stories. This particular scent smells like heaven. It’s rose-like but is laced with notes of vanilla, almond, green apple and tonka bean to leave you in a delicate but heady daze.

Paddywax

It’s not often you find a cheap candle in a jar that you’d actually want to reuse, but Paddywax has delivered with this cool hand-drawn one. Plus, it smells good.

The White Company

The White Company is a brilliant place to shop for affordable candles, with these little ones offering around 33 hours of burn time. This is very much a summer candle with creamy coconut, buttery vanilla, zingy bergamot and juicy orange to fill the room with balmy warmth.

Aldi

I’ll make no bones about it: These Aldi candles are a direct dupe for Jo Malone’s. This one is a nod to the brand’s iconic Pomegranate Noir scent.

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Paint trends 2022 – influential colours to choose

Paint trends 2022 – influential colours to choose

The colours we select for our homes are more than just decoration. The paint job acts as the backdrop to everyday life, and it can have an emotional impact on how you feel in your personal sanctuary which is key for making a house feel like home.

Calming Greens

Grey is the new green? We’ve seen it everywhere in interiors recently. It’s often associated with nature and calming qualities, which could explain why so many people are drawn to using greys for their homes’ design aesthetic these days – but if you can’t let go of your grey investments just yet there’ll always be a color palette worth loving!

Crown have identified a trend called ‘Liminal’ which features a colour palette of chalky aqua shades that are an ode to the natural world. The use of subtle chalky tones and soft grey blues help to create the perfect gentle background to build a furnishing scheme on top of.

Bright skies inside

The uplifting light blue of this shade offers a much-needed breath of fresh air to our homes, delivering an invigorating effect even in the cooler undertones. Reminiscent at first glance to clear skies filled with promise and optimism for what’s ahead as we emerge from last year’s darkness – these gentle blues remind us that looking up can help chase away any negative thoughts or feelings before they start taking root inside you!

In the living room, consider using Bright Skies in places you would love more natural light. In small or narrow spaces it will make them feel more spacious, and blue aids concentration so it’s also one to consider for a home office.

Colour Drenching

Colour drenching is a key interior trend this spring. To colour drench a room is to take one colour and use tones and shades of it across many surfaces. Think walls, bedding, furniture, accessories – even the ceiling is fair game!

Warming reds tones

When times are tough, we often crave warmer tones. It’s the sound of an angelic choir in your ears and comfort on every inch of skin – it feels like home again! This year however I’m steering clear for some colder colors with rich saturated hues that will help ground me while still feeling luxurious at night time or during day spa breaks when all you want is peaceable mind knowing these wonderful pieces await ahead…

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Bedroom Interior Trends For Spring

Bedroom Interior Trends For Spring

Can’t wait until springtime? You’re not alone! The feeling is universal and we can hardly contain our excitement as the days get longer, flowers start emerging from their buds, trees put on a fresh show for us every day – all signs that soon enough it’ll be time to shake off those winter blues. And just like that: newest home interior trends are here (in this example). Yep you know what I’m talking about – 5 amazing bedroom designs guaranteed make any space feel brand new again with an edge no other room has offered before now.

Cue the influx of new spring interior trends. It’s no shock that new trends in every industry come into play each year. Some may be your favourites whereas some may be your worst nightmare. But, as interior bedroom fanatics, trends are at our forefront and we thought we’d share them with you!

Explore the best spring trends

Scandinavian simplicity

The Scandinavian bedroom style is a delicate balance of clean simplicity and elegant minimalism. It’s currently trending in bedrooms all over the world, but it will continue to be popular for years because this aesthetic has such an appealing quality that makes you feel at ease while sleeping or lounging around!

Put it this way, wherever you find a Scandinavian inspired interior then white walls, lots of natural light, neutral browns, natural textures and an emphasis on organic shapes won’t be far behind! Less is more with the Scandinavian interior trend, whilst creating a sense of harmony and zen are big-game players.

Creating your happy place

Due to spending a lot of time at home, many people have transitioned their humble bedrooms into a wellness hub, aiming to capture a mindful space. It’s no surprise then that creating a minimal and stripped back interior for your bedroom is hot on the list of spring trends.

Create a haven for yourself by crafting the perfect bedroom. Introducing clever storage such as beds, furniture and even multi-functionalpurpose rooms can be an excellent place to start! Alongside house plants or natural elements like incorporating hemp into your design scheme will help you create peace in mind while sleeping soundly at night on these minimal yet effective touches that are both calming AND beautiful too.

 Cottagecore luxe

Idealising country living by creating a cosy and wholesome aesthetic will continue to grow as an interior trend this spring. You might be wondering what the cottagecore interior trend is? This style embraces imperfections with rustic decor, and plenty of character. As opposed to other interior trends, clutter is accepted, and even desired, to a higher degree with the cottagecore style.

The boho-chic bedroom trend is all about creating a room that you can escape into. The neutral colors and textures, as well as artisan crafted pieces will make this goal easier for those looking to express themselves in unconventional ways with their own sense of style!

This trend is all about bringing that cozy, bohemian feel into your home with neutral colours and soft furnishings. The perfect bedroom will have lots of cushions on the floor as well as wall hangings for an artful aesthetic!

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Benefits of Sleep

Benefits of Sleep

Sleep Boosts Immunity

You may be catching every cold and flu around, but it’s your bedtime that really does the trick. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt our immune system so we’re less able to fight off bugs!

Sleep can slim you

Sleeping less may lead to weight gain! Studies have shown that people who sleep 6 or fewer hours a day tend to put on more pounds than those with 7-hour stretches.
The risks for obesity are higher too, so if you’re struggling keep up your regular sleeping schedule tomorrow night (or any other).

It’s believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).

Sleep boosts mental wellbeing

Chronic sleep debt can lead to long-term mood disorders like clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder in adults.


A single sleepless night may make you irritable or moody the following day, which is not surprising given that lack of proper rest has been linked with increased levels bad stress hormones throughout your body over time!

When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than 6 hours a night.

Sleep prevents diabetes

Chronic sleep debt can lead to long-term mood disorders like clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorder in adults.


A single sleepless night may make you irritable or moody the following day, which is not surprising given that lack of proper rest has been linked with increased levels bad stress hormones throughout your body over time!

The connection between sleep and diabetes has been studied for years, but recently new research connects it with a surprising cause. When people don’t get enough good quality rest they are more likely to develop type 2 Diabetes because their bodies process glucose differently which can lead them into an energy crisis faster than normal.

Sleep wards off heart disease

The more you lack sleep, the harder your heart works to keep going. The link between long-standing sleeplessness and an increased workload on our vital organ may seem tenuous at best but studies show that there are serious consequences when this goes untreated including inflammation in addition to higher rates of hypertension or even stroke!

How to catch up on lost sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep, there’s only one way to compensate – getting more sleep.

It won’t happen with a single early night. If you’ve had months of restricted sleep, you’ll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks.

Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or 2 of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you’re tired, and allow your body to wake you in the morning (no alarm clocks allowed!).

You might sleep up to 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.

Don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up. They may boost your energy and concentration in the short term, but can disrupt your sleep patterns even further in the long term.

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How much does a bad night’s sleep cost you?

How much does a bad night’s sleep cost you?

We all know that not getting enough sleep can make you moody and less efficient, but did you also realize it could be affecting your health?


A lack of zzzs has been linked with many other effects like feeling grumpier than usual or even having trouble focusing on tasks at work. But there’s one more thing: Sleep deprivation may lead to some pretty serious physical changes in the long-term including higher chances for high blood pressure problems later in life!

1 in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.

However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

Poor sleep is a serious health issue that can lead to many different conditions, including obesity and diabetes. It has been shown in studies how much shorter our lives are when we don’t get enough restful nights’ haunting – so make sure you take care of yourself by getting good quality shut eye!

How much sleep do we need?

You know that feeling when you’re finally able to close your eyes after a long day of work, only for them open again immediately as soon as they close? Yeah – it doesn’t happen because there’s something blocking the light from entering our brains. In fact we need 8 hours of sleep per night just like everyone else does; however some people require more than this while others less depending on their body types and lifestyles (for example if they have young children). The best way is finding out how much nightly bedtime would suit YOU personally so then try achieving said amount without fail!

What happens if I don’t sleep?

Everyone’s experienced the fatigue, short temper and lack of focus that often follow a poor night’s sleep.

An occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health.

After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

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How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

How to Furnish a Stylish First Home on a Budget

You’ve finally done it, you’ve made the big step and purchased your first home! All that saving and stress with chasing the solicitors was worth it. Now comes the fun part; you get to decide on how to furnish your new home!

But just how expensive is it to fully furnish your first home? Well, we looked into it for you, and as it turns out, it can be quite costly. In fact, furnishing your first home can cost nearly as much as your deposit. Ouch! So, to help you out, we’ve provided some top tips on how to furnish your first home stylishly, without breaking the bank!

Plan your vision

Start by envisioning how you want each room to look: will there be a running theme throughout your new home, or do you want each room to have it’s own individual style? It might be worth making a quick collage on your phone and see how colours and styles work together.

You can then make a note of the furniture styles you like. Having some kind of plan will be very helpful when you start shopping for stylish affordable furniture as it’ll keep you organised during a very chaotic transition.

Prioritise items

In the excitement of buying your first home, you may feel under pressure to get your house showroom-ready as soon as possible, but there’s no need to rush! Prioritise the essential furniture items that you really need: such as a bed, dining table or a sofa. It’s perfectly fine to furnish your new home piece by piece, rather than a full room at a time.

It may be a good idea to create a list of the less essential furniture items you want and keep it close to hand, so you can pick up the little extras whenever you have some spare cash. The more organised you are with your budget furnishing, the easier it will be when you come to treat yourself on the slightly more expensive furniture that you’ve had your eye on.

Pay attention to seasonal sales and promotions

Be strategic about when you purchase certain high price items. It’s never a bad idea to do your research beforehand – make a note of what you need and look around to find the best price. This can make a huge difference when you’re furnishing a new home on a budget. It might take more time, but it’s worth it in the end; especially when you find that style of modern, affordable furniture you’ve always wanted.

Focus on quality over quantity

Furnishing a new home on a budget is hard. We’ve already discussed prioritising the essential items, but you shouldn’t forget that the high price items need to be considered as an investment which will save you money in the long run.

So you might need to think about spending a little more money on furniture such as your bed frame and mattress, which will likely follow you to your next home. Focus your budget furnishing on items such as bedside tables and floor lamps which are much easier to replace if they break in a couple of years time.

Take your time and enjoy furnishing your first home

Once you’ve purchased your essential furniture items, there’s no shame in waiting a little longer before buying everything else, such as your decorative furniture pieces, for example. Keep in mind that it’s not worth compromising your first home that you’ve worked so hard to get, just to rush to fill the whole house in the first month. It’s an unrealistic goal, and you’ll most likely end up with a load of cheap furniture that you’re not entirely satisfied with.

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The best pillowcases for your skin

The best pillowcases for your skin

Why Specifically for Skin?

Sometimes, it’s the things easiest to overlook that cause the most damage. This is often true of the bedding we choose and the negative effects it can have on skin and hair. You can spend hours brushing, finessing, moisturizing, oiling, and doing all sorts of other treatments to your hair. You can wash, tone, deep clean, and exfoliate your skin. But if you’re not taking care of that skin at all times, it’s an exercise in futility.

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can actually lead to dry skin, which can cause itching, redness, rash, scaling and peeling, and other irritation. None of this is good for skin and spending eight hours a night – and sometimes more – with your face pressed to a material that strips it of necessary oils and minerals can be detrimental. It can make you age faster, showing wrinkles sooner, and take away that fullness, softness, and brightness that comes with youthful skin.

Instead, you should focus on materials that will ease the aging process. There are actually pillowcases for skin that will assist with keeping it moisturised and infused with the important vitamins and amino acids to enliven your appearance and make you look younger than you are.

Even dermatologists agree that sleeping on silk pillowcases can help reduce and even reverse the aging process, keeping skin as well as hair healthier longer. Silk has a lot of properties that are ideal for skin, or if you have trouble with the idea of the price of pure silk, satin (woven from polyester) imitates a number of these features.

What Makes the Best Pillowcases for Skin the Best?

Let’s consider the properties of silk – and in many cases, satin – pillowcases that make them the best pillowcases for the skin.

Wrinkle Resistant

One of the biggest problems with waking up in the morning after a hard sleep is looking in the mirror and seeing creases on your face from the way the pillowcase wrinkles while you sleep. As if the initial appearance isn’t bad enough, these particular marks seem to last forever and can be very embarrassing.

Silk and satin pillows are smooth and slippery, with wrinkle resistant properties that avoid the ‘pillow’ marks on your face when you’ve had a particularly difficult night or slept harder than usual.

Long Term Age Defiance

Even more important, silk helps reduce age-related wrinkles by infusing skin with much needed natural properties. The anti-aging formulas used in night creams and other facial products contain amino acids that help keep skin young and healthy, giving it a glowing appearance and a certain shine. Silk contains the same amino acids, so your skin and hair become infused with these through the night, giving you eight hours of therapy when you choose the right pillow case rather than just a few minutes a day.

Moisture

A number of materials literally drain away oils and moisture from your already dry skin. Silk and satin do the opposite. Because they are not dry and absorbent, you’ll find that your skin stays moist longer, with less irritation, which not only aids in overall skin health but keeps you younger and fresher longer. You’ll have fewer rashes, less peeling and scaly skin, and more balanced skin hygiene, even reducing the oiliness of certain spots on your face.

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Tips to get your sleep cycle back on track during lockdown

Tips to get your sleep cycle back on track during lockdown

Now we are officially entering the second lockdown in the UK M6 Beds have put together a few tips and tricks for getting your sleep cycle back into a routine.

You might have noticed your normal sleep pattern has changed. Some of us may be sleeping more, and some of us may be sleeping less. Life has changed dramatically for many of us, with our usual daily routine – including commutes, meal times, and the amount of time we spend outside – being altered because of self isolation.

  • Don’t use your bedroom as your office (if possible) When it’s time for bed, remove electronic devices and make the room cool, dark and quiet. It’s important to associate your bedroom as the place you go to sleep, not the place you work or watch TV. This will help you to relax and prepare for sleep. Electronic devices also emit artificial light that can influence our sleep cycle. Artificial light can trick your circadian clock into thinking daylight has been extended and alter our quality of sleep. If you need electronic devices nearby, place them in night mode.
  • Avoid napping As you try to establish your new routine, it’s important to engage with your natural circadian rhythm – and napping could potentially disrupt this at the beginning. However, if your previous night’s sleep was poor you may feel more tired after lunch. Short naps – less than 20 minutes – can help to restore cognitive function and may make you feel less sleepy.
  • Exercise Both aerobic and resistance exercise has been shown to have positive effects on sleep. However, timing is important. It’s best to avoid vigorous exercise one hour before bedtime as this may reduce our sleep duration, quality and make it more difficult to fall asleep in the first place.

All of these changes impact our natural circadian rhythm, which is an essential internal “clock” that plays a key role in regulating our sleep pattern. It controls body temperature and hormones in order to make us feel alert during the day and tired at night.

 

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How to get a good nights sleep in winter

How to get a good nights sleep in winter

Tips for staying warm and cosy this winter. 

Consider your bedding

This might sound obvious, but thicker, heavier bedding will help increase your body temperature on a cold night.

Opt for a duvet with a higher tog rating, which is a measure of how well the duvet can trap warm air. A 10.5 tog will keep you warm if you have good central heating, while those who want even more warmth from their bedding might prefer a rating of 13.5.

Cuddle a hot water bottle

The humble hot water bottle is a brilliantly inexpensive way of keeping warm on even the coldest of nights. We recommend opting for one that has a soft cover on it, both to prevent scalding and to keep the bottle’s heat insulated long into the night.

Research has also shown that nestling your feet underneath a hot water bottle will naturally switch on the body’s sleep mechanism, helping you on your way to a restful night’s sleep.

Soak in a hot bath

Nothing will warm you up and calm your mind quite like a hot, soothing bubble bath. The advantages are twofold, as the warm water works to relax your muscles while the sudden dip in body temperature when you leave the bath helps send you off into a deeper sleep. Research has shown that our body temperature naturally dips just before we fall asleep, so this increased drop in temperature helps us fall asleep even faster.

Wear pyjamas

If your underwear simply isn’t cutting it for keeping you cosy in bed, then it may be time to invest in some pyjamas. Opt for styles made out of natural fibres such as a cotton and silk as these will keep you warmer than synthetic materials.

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Wipe out winter tiredness

Wipe out winter tiredness

We all know the struggle of getting out of bed during the winter months while it is still dark outside and the temperature has dropped. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter.

M6 beds have put together some energy giving solutions that may help – and some conditions that can sometimes be the cause. 

Let in some sunlight

As the days become shorter, your sleep and waking cycles may become disrupted. The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you sleepy.

Open your blinds or curtains as soon as you get up to let more sunlight into your home, and get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. Try to take even just a brief lunchtime walk, and make sure your workplace and home are as light and airy as possible.

Ensure you get enough sleep

Getting enough undisturbed sleep is vital for fighting off winter tiredness.

It’s tempting to go into hibernation mode when winter hits, but that sleepy feeling you get does not mean you should snooze for longer.

In fact, if you sleep too much, chances are you’ll feel even more sluggish during the day. We do not actually need any more sleep in winter than we do in summer – aim for about 7-8 hours of shut-eye a night, and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

Make sure your bedroom helps you feel relaxed and sleepy: clear the clutter, have comfortable and warm bedding, and turn off the TV.

Eat the right food

Being overweight or underweight can affect your energy levels and leave you feeling sleepy. So it’s important to make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Once the summer ends, there’s a temptation to ditch the salads and fill up on starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes and bread. However, you’ll have more energy if you include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your comfort meals.

Winter vegetables – such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips – can be roasted, mashed or made into soup to provide a warming winter meal for the whole family. And classic stews and casseroles are great options if they’re made with lean meat or pulses, and plenty of veg.

 

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