About the brand
Launched in 2001, Northern Nights is QVC's own signature range of premium bedding, linens and towels. Only 100% natural materials are used, so you can indulge in extra-soft feather and down in the cosy featherbeds, duvets and pillows and super-strong cotton in the covers, sheets and pillowcases. The high thread counts used in the bed linen, coupled with these quality materials, provide luxurious comfort for amazing value
Why should I use pillow and mattress protectors?
A pillow protector protects from spillages and sweating, keeping them looking as good as new for as long as possible. Mattress protectors offer a layer of light padding between you and your mattress, so you don't feel any tufts or quilting through your sheets. It also helps keep your mattress and topper hygienic and stain free.
Is it time for a new pillow?
The normal lifespan of a pillow is two to four years and once they start to go, they no longer give you the support you need and can become unhygienic. Three signs that you may need to replace your pillow are if it's become discoloured, if you wake up with a sore neck, feeling wheezy or with a blocked or runny nose.
What does thread count mean?
Thread count affects fabric quality and can be defined as the number of threads woven into one square inch. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer and more durable the fabric.
What's a featherbed?
A featherbed is essentially a giant pillow for your body that's filled with feathers and provides support while you sleep. It lies on top of your mattress, under your sheets and is designed for comfort rather than warmth, and is excellent in both summer and winter.
For the past ten years Susie has dedicated herself to presenting Northern Nights, and also working on interior design home projects. She builds her experience by constantly keeping up to date on all things 'interior'.
Susie is also involved with her husband in the watch business. This involves working with some of the world's leading brands and keeping up to date with styles and design. She travels and assists him at trade shows around the world which keeps her up to date with trends and helps her understand the retail markets in the UK and worldwide. Susie says "I feel that this enriches my design and manufacturing knowledge as I get to see many trends in their infancy which reflects on home design."
In her private life, Susie works as a Reiki master healer and also assists with many worthwhile projects such as homelessness, sole midwifery and charity fundraising.
Sam has been an on-air Northern Nights guest for over six years. Before life at QVC, Sam ran a bed and breakfast in West London with her husband for just over eight years, where she gained lots of practical experience about ensuring her guests got a great night's sleep.
She has also had an eclectic career path including retail management specialising in home furnishings, brand marketing and even three years as an air stewardess!
Sam lives in Suffolk with her husband and two daughters where she keeps busy enjoying a full and hectic family life. A self confessed QVC shopaholic, some of Sam's favourite brands include Liz Earle, Elemis, cook's essentials and Nails Inc (as well as Northern Nights of course!).
A recent convert to Zumba and other gym classes, Sam now relaxes by being dragged to the gym by her teenage daughter, reading books on her Kindle and enjoying the odd night out at the local gastro pub.