Inspired by nature, part II

In this week's two-part blog we're looking at ways nature has and continues to inspire true artistry. Influencing the music we listen to, the art we hang on our walls and the books we read, nature is at the source of many positive influences in our lives and wellbeing. The same is true of our...

Inspired by nature, part I

Nature is a constant source of inspiration in the arts; nature's influence in both high art and popular culture is clear and has been resonant throughout various art forms since their beginnings. Many poets, writers and musicians are quick to cite their inspiration in the great outdoors and nature is one of a handful of...

Dream machine

If you could choose your dreams, what would you dream of? Perhaps you'd give your usual crazy, chaotic and illogical dreams a wide berth in a bid for smoother romantic horizons, or send your subconscious to aspirational places that are the stuff of your figurative dreams? Yep, it would be great if there were dream...

In the frame

Enter ‘best type’ into Google and you'll find the top result* relates to users querying what is the ‘best type of mattress’. Indeed…there are many important choices when it comes to shopping for a new mattress. The mattress size, comfort level, spring count and general specification all matter. Among these decisions, another important choice is...

Guilt-free cuddles

They may not live on our pillow any more… We might not tell them all our problems every night… They might not pack their cases and come with us on holiday these days…   …but, somewhere in the loft or back of the cupboard, our teddy bears are still hanging around as mementos of our...

My favourite place

Who could deny the endless supply of truly amazing places in the world? There are places of amazing breathtaking natural beauty, places of intrigue, glamorous places and unique places that serve to inspire as many coffee table books as they do great dinner party conversations. But, when all’s said and done, there really is no...

Best defence

Tired bodies are not well armed bodies. If you have a ‘prevention is better than cure’ mentality then you'll want to give yourself the best chances of fighting off the winter’s colds, flus and viruses by properly recharging your body. How? By first taking good care of your sleep. Sleep deprivation affects our mental and...

Different strokes

It may well be that encroaching onto the other side of the bed isn't the only matter that divides men and women when it comes to sleep. The different experiences of different genders in life is ever popular magazine fodder and the lifestyle factor of sleep is no exception; there is certainly no shortage of...

Making a night of it

Looking for something different to do this October half term? As it happens for once there's more to be doing at nighttime than sleeping as, for a few nights in October, there's a unique opportunity to experience museums at night… From Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October the Museums at Night festival will be taking...

Bed of roses

The expression to sleep on a bed of roses denotes the notion of a perfect life. Of course, we all know that you don't actually have to sleep on a bed of roses or a bed that even smells like roses to have a comfortable life. But if you're sleeping on a bed that smells...
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