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  1. Get ready to snuggle up...

    Get ready to snuggle up...

    The days may be getting shorter but Autumn, with its glorious colours and rustling leaves underfoot, can be wonderful. We put the question out there and asked some of our customers about the things that they look forward to most at this time of the year.

    Naturally, the Autumn colours of the leaves was a firm favourite – fabulous oranges, golds and russets. Down here, in Devon, the bracken is changing colour too and the tors are covered in golden coloured gorse and lovely purple heather. There’s something very satisfying about the crunch of Autumn leaves under your wellies or walking boots and there are lovely shiny conkers everywhere.

    Hot chocolate featured high on the list too, especially if enjoyed in front of a live fire or log burner. There are plenty of delicious varieties out there to choose from. Check out Hotel Chocolat’s Classic Hot Chocolat, made from real chocolate flakes (in fact, 70% dark chocolate - perfect for real chocoholics) or Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate. For extra indulgence, add some cream on top or a big squishy marshmallow.

    Frosty mornings and cosy nights in also made the list, especially when being in the warm when it’s wet and windy outside. We have to agree that being tucked up in bed whilst listening to the wind outside makes us feel extra cosy.

    However, perhaps not unsurprisingly, at the top of the list was ‘snuggling up’. The snuggle factor featured in a variety of ways but the four most popular were: Snuggling in front of the fire, snuggling with the cat or dog, snuggling in a dressing gown, snuggling in the duvet.

    On that latter note, we’re here to help! For extra snuggliness, our 100% British wool duvets are just the ticket. Each one is hand crafted from beautiful soft wool, that’s responsibly sourced and then cleaned and needled in a British mill, without the use of chemicals or bleach. These soft fluffy wool layers are then placed between a layer of 100% natural cotton and then expertly hand stitched by our brilliant seamstresses in our Devon workshops. 

    Ultra soft and cosy, wool is naturally breathable and temperature regulating, so keeps you warm when it’s cold and vice versa. It also resists dust mites so helps to alleviate symptoms of allergies and asthma. We find that our customers are very particular about the sort of weight they prefer for their wool duvets, so check out our inf

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  2. How to choose the best duvet for all seasons

    How to choose the best duvet for all seasons

    Our customers often ask us for advice on choosing the perfect duvet. It’s no wonder really; your 7 - 8 hours sleep is very important for your health and well-being and it is surprising how many people struggle to get a good night’s sleep, without realising that their choice of duvet is a major factor. You need to consider what duvet works well with not just your body temperature but also the temperature of your bedroom. Here’s some helpful information, taken from ‘often asked’ customer questions, to help you decide what works best for you:

     Why are duvets made from natural materials going to help me to sleep better?

    First and foremost, a duvet made from natural products is going to be far better at temperature regulating that one made from synthetic materials. Synthetic materials are not naturally breathable so are unable to adapt to your changing body temperature. So, it’s good to know that all of our duvets are made from ethically-sourced, 100% natural materials, including  our certified 100% British wool duvets, plant based, vegan-friendly Botanic range and our Mulberry silk duvets, all of which will help to keep you warm when you are cold and vice versa. What’s more, all the materials we use in our duvets are ethically sourced and 100% sustainable so are eco-friendly. Neither do we use glues, bonding agents or artificial fibres so there is nothing next to your skin other than what nature intended.

     

    What is the best duvet for a warm bedroom?

    As your body prepares itself for sleep, your body temperature will drop slightly. However, if you are living in a city (which tends to be warmer than in rural areas) or in an apartment block (where you are surrounded by the heating from other homes), or you prefer to keep your bedroom heated all night, it does make it harder for your body to self-regulate and go into sleep mode. You might also be dealing with the dreaded ‘night sweats’. In all these cases, you would probably find that a lightweight wool or lightweight Botanic duvet is suitable for you to use year-round. Our lightweight duvets are also perfect if you just need something a bit lighter for summer and we have achieved Best Summer Duvet awards for our wool and our Botanic duvets.

    What is an ‘all seasons’ duvet?

    An ‘all seasons’ duvet does pretty much what it says on the tin! We have various options for you to consider, including our medium weight wool duvets or our 100% Mulberry silk duvets. Additionally, our lightweight Botanic duvets have been so popular that we’ve now developed a medium weight version, suitable for year-round snuggling. Again, you need to consider the temperature in your bedroom and, of course, everyone’s natural body temperature when they sleep is unique to them. 

    What if I need a duvet that keeps me extra cosy in the Winter months?

    If you live in an area where Winter temperatures can drop dramatically, or if you prefer to keep your heating off in your bedroom, plus keep your bedroom window open (even if there is a howling gale

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  3. Why is our folding wool pillow so great for Uni?

    Why is our folding wool pillow so great for Uni?

    We all have our favourite pillow – and we choose it because it helps us to get a good night’s sleep. We can even find it difficult sleeping on an unfamiliar pillow and we certainly don’t want to share the one we like with anyone else! There are soft pillow people, firm pillow people and those that like extra neck support.

    Going away to Uni or College is a big step, especially if it’s your first time away from home. It’s good to know that if you have one of our patented 100% British wool folding pillows, you can take one of your home comforts with you. An unfamiliar bed in a new environment will seem that much more comfortable and help you to settle in. What’s more, its ingenious design means you can unfold it and put it in your suitcase, without it taking up too much room. 

    We’ve been making bedding for the last 10 years, using only 100% natural materials and our new wool folding pillows are no different. We came up with our patented design because it offers more flexibility than a standard pillow. 

    Basically, they are created out of sections, that fold over on each other to create whatever level of softness or firmness you prefer. You can opt for a 2-fold, 3-fold or 4-fold pillow. If you need extra neck support, you can keep one section flat, with a second one rolled up on top. Once the sections are in place, they tuck quickly and neatly inside a securing flap and then the whole pillow can be put inside your pillowcase. 

    The other great benefit of our folding wool pillows is that they are easier to keep clean and hygienic. When you sleep you lose a lot of moisture from your head, which not only creates micro bacteria but also creates a nice, cosy environment for dust mites, which exacerbate allergies and asthma. With a folding wool pillow, this is easy to avoid. Wool is naturally dust mite resistant, so that deals with that problem, and to keep your pillow fresh, all you need do is unfold it and hang it out to air when changing your bedlinen. If your pillow needs a bit of extra cleaning, then it can be machine washed on a wool cycle, using a wool-friendly detergent.

    Check out the video to see how it all works and see how versatile your folding wool pillow will be.

    There are some other great things about our folding pillows. Firstly, the filling is made from Certified 100% British Wool, that’s responsibly sourced and fully traceable. The wool is cleaned, without chemicals or bleach, before being needled into a light and fluffy sheet, which is then encased in soft 260 thread count 100% natural cotton, in order to create the finished pillow. Each pillow is expertly handcrafted by our seamstresses in our Devon workshops and then packed into recyclable packaging, ready to send to you.

    In addition to being hypo-allergenic, wool is breathable so makes a wonderful temperature regulator, helping to keep your head cool when you are hot – and vice versa. This all helps to give you a better night’s sleep.

    You can order your pillow herebut if you have any specific questions, do get in touch on 01752 345399 or via [email protected]a nd let us know how we can help.

     

    We also do a range of 100% natural duvets and mattress toppers.

     

     

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  4. A great night's sleep leads to triple celebration for Devon Duvets

    A great night's sleep leads to triple celebration for Devon Duvets

    As a family-run business, we put our heart and soul into developing and crafting our products in our Devon workshops because we want you to have the best possible night’s sleep. We know from thousands of happy customers that making gorgeously comfy bedding is what we’re good at - but it’s so more than that. We also work hard to ensure our products are ethically sourced, sustainable and eco-friendly, with every step of each process carried out to our exacting specifications.

    So, you can imagine how thrilled we are that we’ve achieved recognition and praise from two of the UK’s top publications this year for two of our duvets.

    The Independent reviewed a selection of summer duvets and our lightweight wool duvet was awarded Best Summer Duvet, chosen from amongst a selection of duvets, made from a variety of materials. In case you missed it, here’s the link: 

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  5. Better Sleep - The Natural Way

    Better Sleep - The Natural Way

    Most of us are likely to be affected by poor sleep at one point or another in our lives and we all know that a bad night’s sleep will impact on how we live, work and react during the day. There are many reasons as to why we can suffer from disruptive sleep patterns, including stress, changes in body temperature (not always the fault of the menopause!) and allergies. 

    We thought it would be helpful to share some ideas on how combating sleeplessness can be helped through a more natural approach. This includes information on some complementary therapies and explains why the choice of natural bedding can help to aid a more restful night’s sleep.

    Aromatherapy: This can help ease you into sleep through the use of essential oils. Usually these are extracted from flowers, fruits, herbs and other natural sources. Herbs, such as marjoram or flowers such as lavender and chamomile and calming and soothing but there are hundreds of choices available, which can be used in a bath or during a massage. 

    Massage: There are many types of massage which can be applied to the body as a whole or to specific areas of the body. Essential oils are often used during a massage. It helps to relieve stress and tension, slows down breathing and makes you feel calmer. A skilful practitioner will also be able to give you aftercare tips, such as breathing exercises and muscle relaxation techniques to help build on the benefit of your massage.

    Hypnotherapy: Many individuals have used this technique to help with a range of sleep-related problems, including turning negative thoughts about sleep into positive ones. A hypnotherapist can also use the technique to help gain insight into why someone might be experiencing poor sleep and help them develop strategies to cope and combat the problem.

    Herbal Teas: It’s best to avoid drinking caffeine before you go to bed and stick to herbal teas. Most supermarkets and health food shops will have a good range of these and the herbal tea company Pukka offers some good advice on the best teas to help you sleep.

    Blissful Bedding: Wrap yourself in bliss from the moment you tuck yourself into bed. At Devon Duvets, we only make duvets out of 100% natural products. So, they are breathable and therefore have temperature regulating properties, as well as being beautifully soft and comfy. Our wool duvetsare handcrafted in our Devon workshop from the finest 100% Certified British Wool, responsibly sourced and milled in the UK and then encased in 100% cotton with a silky 260 thread count. They are also naturally anti-bacterial and resistant to dust mites so are a fantastic choice for those who are kept awake by allergies.

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  6. Best hypoallergenic duvet for your child

    Best hypoallergenic duvet for your child

    Why Little Lana by Devon Duvets is the best hypoallergenic duvet for your child

     

    There’s nothing more distressing that seeing your little one in discomfort and not able to sleep properly at night, due to an allergic reaction. According to The Children’s Allergies website, approximately 10% of children will produce antibodies in reaction to a dust mite allergy, resulting in an allergic reaction such as asthma.

    The problem is that dust mites love the damp, bacteria-friendly environment of our beds and the bedding on it. There is a plethora of synthetic bedding options to try and combat this but as we are all increasingly aware of our responsibility to the planet, these end up being a problem for the environment when it’s time to change the bedding, for the simple fact that they are not biodegradable. So how can we ensure we are getting comfortable, hypoallergenic bedding for our child

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  7. Two natural duvets to help combat "night sweats"

    Two natural duvets to help combat "night sweats"

    Menopause is something that all women have to deal with at one point or another and lack of sleep caused by night sweats can leave us feeling exhausted and drained. As the temperature rises during the summer months, it can exacerbate the feeling of discomfort and general clamminess.

    Tempting though it might be, putting yourself on ice isn’t really going to help you to get a better night’s sleep. We’ve got a much better solution - bedding that is not just gorgeously soft and comfy but also has temperature regulating properties and at Devon Duvets, we’ve got two completely natural products that do just that.

    The first option is our natural wool duvet range. We use only the finest 100% Certified British Wool, obtained from responsible sources where the sheep are shorn only during the spring and summer when they need it.  The wool is then cleaned and milled to form a cloud-like sheet that is then encased in 260 thread count cotton and hand stitched by our own seams

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  8. How do you turn a tree into a duvet?

    How do you turn a tree into a duvet?

    It sounds impossible but it isn’t…thanks to a pioneering fibre manufacturing process that’s enabled our expert seamstresses in our Devon workshops to create a natural, 100% sustainable product that’s made from trees.

     

    Right from the beginning, Devon Duvets has always focussed on the production of natural products, in fact ever since our founders, Dick and Pauline Beijen, left their busy international careers for a smallholding on Dartmoor. They started with bee keeping, soap making and other crafts, before expanding into making wool-based products, including wool duvets, using responsibly sourced wool from their own flock of sheep. Following a programme in 2009 for Channel 4, hosted by Monty Don, Dick and Pauline started commercial production of wool duvets, selling through a major retailer as well as direct, through their own website.

     

    When Dick and Pauline discovered a revolutionary material that is made using plant fibres, it was an obviou

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  9. Hypo-allergenic Duvets

    Hypo-allergenic Duvets

    What makes the best hypo-allergenic duvet?

     

    According to The Sleep Council*, allergies affect over 21 million adults in the UK and 59% of ‘indoor’ sufferers say that their symptoms feel worse in their bedroom. This is because house dust mites are amongst the most common triggers for an allergic reaction – and one of their most favourite places is in your bed!

    The most common type of duvets available for allergy sufferers are made from polyester and other synthetic fibres; not ideal at a time when we are becoming increasingly aware about eco-impact and the need to source sustainable products.

    At Devon Duvets we’ve spent years in developing the perfect natural alternative and are understandably proud of our handcrafted wool duvets. We only use 100% Certified British Wool, from fully ethical and traceable sources and do not use bleach or chemical treatments during the process of preparing the wool for the filling of our duvets. 

    But why are o

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  10. Cherish the gift of nature

    Cherish the gift of nature

    We are all in a position to make conscious purchases and you are probably visiting our website, not just because you would love a good night's sleep (and our duvets certainly help achieve that) but because you also want to make an environmentally responsible choice.                                          

                                           

    At Devon Duvets, we are constantly looking at ways to improve our impact on the environment and we achieve this, not just in how we source our raw materials such as wool and cotton, but also how we use materials for packaging.  Although we have always used recycled cardboard to FSC controlled standards for our boxes, we now use biodegradable packaging inside of the cardboard to keep the duvet safe and hygienic.  Therefore, whilst we expect our duvets to last a long time (although they are also biodegradable) our packaging won't be hanging around causing damage to the world in years to come!                  

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