Bedtime Story

Eve mattress

On average we spend a third of our lives in bed. A restorative night's sleep is essential to our well being, so a good mattress is probably one of the most important purchases we make for our home.

When I was choosing one for our bed a few months ago I found the whole process much more difficult than I'd anticipated. A mattress, perhaps more than any other item, is something you really do need to try before you buy. I tested out quite a few before deciding, but the problem is of course that you are only able to try them out briefly in store and it's hard to avoid feeling self conscious in front of other shoppers and perhaps also slightly pressurised, however helpful and well-intentioned the sales advisers are. This obviously isn't ideal when you're considering such a large purchase. Wouldn't it be great if when buying a new mattress you could test it out at home first?

Enter Eve mattress, whose stated aim, alongside making comfortable mattresses designed and engineered in the UK, is to offer a more straightforward and pleasurable buying experience. Their key point of difference though is that they offer a 100 day at home trial or 'sleepover'.

Eve asked if I'd be interested in helping them tell their story, so I spoke to James Fryer, the company's Head of Product to find out more.

Eve Mattress 2

How did the Eve mattress story begin?

As a team we've been involved in selling mattresses online for a few years and have sold over 75,000 in 18 countries with a previous company. As you can imagine we learnt a lot in this time about what consumers want when it comes to buying a mattress and we went through a process of testing and refining the product during this period. Eve was born out of this. We wanted to create the perfect mattress and offer a purchasing experience that was unique and easy - our guiding principle being 'simply beautiful and beautifully simple'.

What makes you different?

If you look at other companies in this space you'll notice a lot of similarities between them all: mattresses are over-priced, the product offering is complex, there's a lack of clarity around the components used and the encumbent brands are tired and archaic. We created Eve to challenge all of this. We offer one amazing product, a purchasing trial and a returns process that's super user-friendly; all supported by a brand that is vibrant and aspirational!

A mattress in a box seems like a new concept. What are the main benefits?

The main benefits are around transportation for us, and to make it easy to get the mattress into our customer's bedrooms. We also saw it as an exciting opportunity for our talented designers. They use the box as a canvas for their creative outlet and the result is incredible! Every element of the product was important to us and we even obsessed over the parts that the consumer may never see - from the inside of the mattress to the beautiful sleep related quotes inside the box itself.

Eve mattress | Design Hunter

A 100 day trial and 10 year guarantee sounds very generous...

For us the customer experience is just as important as the product. We believe the only way you can know if a mattress is right for you is by sleeping on it, so that's why we introduced the 100 day trial. We started off by creating the perfect mattress, but then of course, if for any reason someone isn't happy, we'll collect and provide a full refund, no questions asked. I think this makes us unique.

Eve mattress

How did you guys meet and who does what?

We were all friends for years before going into business together over four years ago. Joe is in charge of operations and customer experience, Jas is the CEO, and I'm responsible for product development. Kuba is the creative of the group, in charge of our brand.

So what's your company HQ like then?

Right now it's a hive of activity. We've received a lot of press and Eve has taken off like a rocket, but we wouldn't want it any other way!

Are any of you ever tempted to take a quick power nap? All in the name of product testing of course!

Well, we do have an Eve in the office, but ironically for us owning a mattress company, we are so excited about this brand and where it is heading we can hardly sleep! We do however, end up having a lot of meetings on the Eve!

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Design Hunter Tastemaker Sale at Casafina

Benni rug | Design Hunter Casafina Tastemaker sale

A little while ago I was approached by the members only homeware boutique Casafina and invited to curate a tastemaker sale for them. Using some of my own furniture, rugs, lighting and decorative objects as a starting point I worked with the Casafina team to help them put together a sale designed to reflect the look, feel and colour palette of my own home.

The sale has just launched and will run for the next few weeks, so I wanted to share a small taster of it here on Design Hunter.

The pieces in the sale have all been chosen with my love of simple, understated enduring style in mind. As regular readers will know I tend to prefer clean lines, strong shapes, natural materials and interesting textures over lots of colour and pattern, so there are lots of blacks, whites, greys and neutrals.

Our home definitely doesn’t have an ‘off the shelf’ look that’s confined to one style – there are elements of Scandinavian, mid-century and modern rustic style, but these are combined with eclectic pieces we’ve collected and objects that evoke happy memories of places we’ve visited.

 

Casafina tastemaker sale | Design Hunter

This Benni rug is one of my favourite items in the sale. The perfect counterbalance to either clean lined contemporary designs or classic mid-century pieces, it would also work equally well used to pull together a more eclectic bohemian look.

If you'd like to discover more of the pieces I picked out as my favourites you can join Casafina and view the Design Hunter tastemaker sale here. (Casafina is a members only site so you'll need to sign up before you can shop the sale.) There's also an interview with me about my home and my blogging journey over on their blog MiCasa, along with my thoughts on some of the key interiors trends we've seen so far in 2015.

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A bedroom makeover & my 5 must-have beauty products

dressing table details | Habitat Birchbox | Design Hunter
At the dressing table every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said “completes what nature left unfinished.”
— Sophia Lauren

Living in a relatively small house where storage is in short supply, a dressing table always felt like a luxury we couldn't really accommodate in our current bedroom.

With storage our main consideration, when we originally decorated and furnished the room we wanted to incorporate as much shelf and drawer space as possible, fitting built in wardrobes and cupboards along the walls on either side of the bed and positioning a large chest of drawers on the only remaining wall. As a result, I'd resigned myself to the fact that having a dressing table just wasn't really an option. But in truth, I've never really been happy with the room layout, and it always felt like a bit of a compromise.

So when Habitat got in touch recently and asked if I'd like to get involved in their current collaboration with Birchbox we decided to ditch the old chest of drawers and see how things worked out with their lovely new Emil dressing table instead.

And what a joy it's been to make the switch! Finally I have somewhere to sit and spread things out while I'm styling my hair and putting on my make up, instead of having to compete with my husband for bathroom space every time we get ready to go out together. Thanks to its slender, elegant design and oversized mirror it has also opened up the room and made it feel much bigger.

White bedroom with Habitat dressing table | Design Hunter
Best face fixers make up of the year | Design Hunter

To celebrate the design's launch, Habitat have partnered with monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service Birchbox. Since Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, renovation and refreshment, the theme for the collaboration 'Do Try This At Home' fittingly celebrates makeovers of all types - from updating your daily beauty regime to reorganising or redecorating your home.

There are so many beauty products out there that it can be hard to know which ones to choose, so the Birchbox concept is designed to allow you to test out a box of different samples from leading brands each month. If you discover something you particularly like you can then choose to buy the full size product. The March box, exclusively produced as part of the Habitat Birchbox collaboration is available here (and there's a special reader discount code at the end of this post if you're interested).

I've been very spoilt this month as Birchbox kindly sent me a selection of my favourite beauty products (and a few new ones to try out). Here's what I chose:

Bamford Geranium Hand and Body Lotion

The smell of this alone is enough to justify treating yourself - a blend of botanical oils including geranium and lavender with hints of spicy vanilla, peppermint and eucalyptus. I mean seriously could they have crammed any more of my favourite scents into one product? It's incredibly light and easily absorbed too.

My bathroom cupboard is full of unused hand and body lotions, but this is one that definitely won't be around for long.

Absolution Day Cream

My first thought upon applying this was how aptly named it is. It really does feel as if my skin is being absolved of the many sins I have inflicted on it. My skin tends to be fairly dry during the winter months but just a tiny amount of this immediately hydrates it. It absorbs quickly and my face instantly feels firmer and beautifully supple. It is expensive, so you'll want to use it sparingly, but in my view it's worth every penny.

This one's worthy of five stars. My usual cheaper everyday moisturiser doesn't even begin to compare with it. It's unisex and certified organic too.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

I've long been a fan of the Laura Mercier range and probably have more of their products in my make up bag than any other brand. My skin is prone to Rosacea and so I use this on any areas where I need a little extra coverage while keeping the rest of my face more lightly made up. It's long lasting and offers complete coverage. If I'm out and about and travelling light I just pop this and a lipstick in my bag for quick touch ups throughout day.

Elemental Herbology Biodynamic Facial Soufflé

Yes, this really is like applying a soufflé to your face. My skin feels dewy, soft, revived and firmer. It's great for more mature skin as it seems to instantly reinject some of the plumpness your skin loses as it ages.

Laura Mercier Creme Body Wash in Ambre Vanillé

This smells like the best dessert you've ever had. It quickly works up into a luxurious creamy lather that leaves your skin feeling soft, nourished and deliciously scented.

An indulgent way to start the day.

Bamford products from Birchbox on Habitat dressing table | Design Hunter
White waffle dressing gown
Habitat dressing table details | Design Hunter
Habitat dressing table & Birchbox products | Design Hunter
Bamford products from Birchbox on Habitat dressing table | Design Hunter
Habitat dressing table in white bedroom | Design Hunter

Birchbox are offering Design Hunter readers £5 off their first box. This means that you can try out Birchbox for just £5 instead of the usual £10 per month. Or in other words, for less than the price of a cup of coffee and a glossy magazine you'll receive a little box of treats in the post to cheer up your day. Click on the link below and enter the code BBXTDH5 at the checkout.

With thanks to Habitat and Birchbox for gifting the products featured in this post.