The Ultimate Hibernation Products for Autumn / Winter

Animals are renowned for it, but science has proven that hibernation in humans is brilliant for health and wellbeing. It can help to overcome a number of ailments – including stress and the common winter cold – as it gives the body and mind time to heal.

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Officially, hibernation is a state of inactivity and metabolic depression in endotherms. Hibernation refers to a season of heterothermy that is characterised by low body temperature, slow breathing and heart rate, and low metabolic rate.

So while humans with busy lifestyles can’t spend weeks on end under the covers, having a few hours of hibernation each month could make a huge difference to our state of mind and health.

How to hibernate

Hibernation is about curling up, getting warm, battening down the hatches and just letting ourselves do what animals do in winter. Think of a small mouse. The mouse finds a cosy place, builds a nest, finds some leaves and then curls up and goes into a deep, long sleep.

Products for Human Hibernation

 

  1. Duvets are the ultimate products for heavenly hibernation

Duvets are a means to cocoon the body in the warmest, comfiest natural materials on the planet. Whether it’s snuggling under goose and duck feather and down or enjoying the superior drape around the body of synthetic duvets that contain silk fibres these are the products for the ultimate experience of feeling encased in luxury.

Our white Duck Down Duvet collection is beautifully lofty with a high down fill. 80% duck down clusters are combined with feathers and encased in naturally breathable soft pure cotton cover.   Constructed in a square cassettes layout to ensure an even distribution of fillings throughout the duvet, this product drapes beautifully and naturally around the body – leaving no draughts for cold air to encroach on that perfect night’s sleep.

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Silk is the secret ingredient for a light yet cosy duvet which drapes beautifully around the contours of the body. The Fine Cotton Company’s Double Silk Duvet has a natural silk floss filling that continually adjusts to the individual’s body and the ambient temperature of the room.

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  1. Faux Fur Throws For Winter Hibernation

Throws are also perfect for Winter Hibernation.

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A luxurious faux fur throw will instantly deliver a feeling of warmth and security. Tactile, sumptuous and indulgent, blankets and bed runners from The Fine Cotton Company come in a selection of mock animal furs – Lynx, Lady Grey, Ermine, Latte and Truffle.  Curl up and snuggle down under a layer of luxury.

 

  1. Hibernate in Style

Wrap yourself up in pure luxury with the deliciously soft lambswool and angora throws which have the luxurious feel of cashmere. Sumptuous and simply gorgeous to touch, these exquisite throws provide the finishing touch and a splash of colour to any room. Fine a cosy place and enjoy a long deep sleep.

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In the Dog House

As a nation we’re renowned for our love of canine companions. And man’s best friend is fast becoming the must-have trend in interiors too.  Here’s a round-up of our favourite gifts for dog-lovers along with the best home accessories to get your paws on this autumn/winter.

Gorgeous Gifts for Dog-Lovers

Hot Dogs – Cuddle up with a furry friend on a cold night with our pure wool hot water bottle covers.

There’s a super-cute ‘Scottie Dog’, a stylish ‘Frenchie’ or a Dachshund design with its signature long body that wraps right round the cover from front to reverse.

Browse our selection of cute hot water bottle covers here

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Hound Gowns – Or why not have a favourite pooch embroidered onto a pure cotton dressing gown? Perfect to pamper someone who’s feeling RUFF!  Available to buy here.

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Wallpaper to Set Tails Wagging

From poodles to pugs, beagles to basset hounds, be sure to find your favourite breed amongst the selection of barking mad designs at www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk.

Doggy Style – this retro wallpaper with pampered pooches aplenty promises the best-dressed dogs and walls in town!

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They Call It Puppy Love – Aww – just look at those puppy dog eyes! This adorable design has framed pics of everyone’s favourite pups.

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Terrier-tastic Home Accessories

Sophie Allport’s Terrier collection features an illustrated portrayal of the much-loved breed in her signature shabby-chic style.

Track it down on anything from purses to crockery – find out more at www.sophieallport.com

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Expert ideas to keep homes tidy, linens white and towels fluffy

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Jane Robson, founder of The Fine Cotton Company and all-round expert in everything relating to home linens, offers top tips on how to clean bedding and towels to keep whites white and towels super fluffy – plus she has great laundry bags for making washing a pleasure not a chore.

Keep Whites White

Wash regularly at 60 degrees to limit the build-up of dirt and detergent that will dull whites over time. Be exact when measuring laundry cleaner, too much will cause a build-up of product and too little won’t clean the clothes thoroughly. A biological detergent should also help to banish the yellow or grey tinge and make whites brilliant again.

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To bring a new lease of life to whites that have lost their sparkle try including half a cup of white wine vinegar in with the wash.  It’s a wonderful cleaning agent as the high acidity levels are naturally anti-bacterial, this neutralises odours and dissolves residual product.

For crisp white bed linen, our Biarritz 320TC Cotton Percale Bed Linen Collection is a sophisticated choice. at www.thefinecottoncompany.com

Ensure Towels Stay Soft and Fluffy

A damp, used towel is full of dead skin cells and micro-organisms, so when left to dry in a moist, warm bathroom environment this makes a lovely home for bacteria to breed in.

As people tend to have different personal hygiene habits, rather than talking in weekly or daily terms, it’s generally it’s accepted that towels should be washed after they’ve been used three times – that’s providing they can be dried thoroughly in between washes.

Any odour at all indicates the presence of microbes so that’s also a very good sign that towels could do with a spruce.

Wash at a minimum of 60 degrees to kill bacteria and go easy on the detergent and softener – far from making towels soft and fluffy, it’s a build-up of these products that can make towels start to feel matted, stiff and scratchy.

Replacing softener with vinegar or baking soda will strip away odours and can help to restore the soft and fluffy feel of your towels, along with increasing their absorbency.

It also pays not to overload the washing machine and tumble drier as allowing space for air to circulate will ensure the fabric fibres don’t become squashed and matted.  That said, too much tumble drying can also take its toll, so it’s perhaps best to try and alternate between air drying and tumble drying.”

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Como Organic Cotton Towels

Investing in a quality products will ensure towels stay softer for longer. A collection of thick and super absorbent white towels such as these Como Organic Cotton Towels from The Fine Cotton Company are manufactured from fully combed 700 gram organic cotton will feel as good as new wash after wash.

Weekly Washing For Bed Sheets

Bed sheets should be washed on a weekly basis at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees Celsius in order to destroy micro-organisms and other nasties that may be living in our linens.  Fresh air and sunlight is also a very effective way of killing germs, although it’s not always possible given the UK’s unpredictable weather, so running a hot iron over sheets and pillow cases will ensure any leftover bacteria is destroyed.

Good quality natural materials won’t fade or wear with washing so they can be laundered weekly at high temperatures and it won’t stop them from looking their best. All of our bedding is washable at 60 degrees – the temperature that kills dust mites and bacteria.

And finally, make washing a pleasure not a chore

Personalised laundry bags will help all members of the family take charge of their laundry and hopefully limit the need to search under beds for stray socks and shirts.

Any of our laundry and shoe bags can be customised with up to 10 letters for a name or perhaps the uber-organised among us could label them with ‘darks’, ‘whites’ and ‘colours’ so the laundry is sorted before it gets to the washer.

These adorable owl storage hampers can be personalised to encourage little ones to tidy up after themselves.

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Chalet Chic

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There’s nothing like heading back to a cosy chalet after a day on the slopes to relax and enjoy a little apres-ski.  More and more skiers are pushing their budgets to enjoy luxurious five star chalet retreats with interiors that can outshine even the most expensive of hotels. And it’s inspiring a wave of homeowners, eager to recreate that luxe ‘log cabin’ environment in homes, especially as we head into winter.

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With some of the finest lodges in Europe, including Portetta, Courcheval (pictured above), amongst our clients, we’re enamoured with the ‘chalet chic’ style at The Fine Cotton Company. So we’ve put together our guide on how to achieve a cosy, multi-sensory room in your own home.

Use nature as your muse

Nature’s forms run through the DNA of a chalet chic interior. It’s a look ideally suited to cottages or barn conversions where exposed beams and stone floors make up the internal structure of the room, but can equally be achieved with accessories and simple touches that fully immerse homeowners in the high-end ski lodge experience.

Stack logs in a fireplace or a knitted log basket and pile up tactile fabrics like faux fur to introduce tonal variety and texture to the room.

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A palette of soft, neutral colours that take their inspiration straight from the slopes are pleasing to the eye and will create a cosy atmosphere.  Colour selections should have a warm undertone; team brown, cream and caramel with a warm blue such as the Dulux colour of the year, Denim Drift.

The stag has been a perennial mainstay in interiors for many years and it’s certainly the animal of choice within this scheme. Consider more unusual ways of introducing the deer motif with playful book ends, wall-mounted antlers or antler chandelier, or a hot water bottle to further add to that cosy feel.

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Don’t neglect the sense of smell

Tease the senses with delicious winter scents of wood, smoke and pine forest. There are lots of diffusers and candles on the market, but for a more authentic, festive fragrance try adding alternative kindling such as cherry wood or cedar to a wood-burning stove.

Get the lighting and the heating right

Guests should feel warm and welcome immediately as they enter the chalet inspired living space. If a log burner or open fire is still on the wish list rather than a reality, candles will help to achieve the look. Banish the ‘big light’ and opt for atmospheric fairy lights, lamps and drop pendants. And don’t skimp on the heating – shivering in the cold is not an option.

Add a touch of alpine glamour

Chalet chic should never be dull. Elevate a scheme from ordinary to fabulous with the addition of a little unanticipated alpine glamour. Achieve that luxe feel with metallic scatter cushions nestled  amongst fur, add crystal touches or to make a real statement, an elaborate chandelier juxtaposed against natural forms and textures will make for a dazzling focal point and add atmosphere by reflecting light around the room.

Tongue-in-cheek ski chic

This look doesn’t need to take itself too seriously, in fact, adding some funky accessories will add to the endorphin-inducing experience.  Have some fun with a kitsch fondue set or traditional board games, casually strew some ski magazines across the coffee table or take the plunge into chalet lifestyle with a hot tub in the garden.

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