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    Christmas gift guide

    by  • Friday, November 28, 2014 • Favourite shops, Look what I found • 0 Comments

    I can’t think about planning Christmas until December begins. November is for pumpkins, conkers and comfort food but as soon as December 1st strikes (it’s on Monday, people!) I’m all over the magic and sparkle of Christmas. If you’ve not bagged yourself a copy of our December issue yet, you’re missing out on our super Gift Guide – 50 Perfect Presents for under £50. Michela from the Style Team has scoured the high street and found some extra special, purse-friendly Christmas presents from some of our favourite shops. Here’s a sneak peek for you…

    Ideal home gift guide, home shopping spy, ideal home, housetohomeFrom top: Pie set, Jamie Oliver range, Debenhams. Oni chalkboard boxes; Mali ceramic teapot, both Nkuku. Alphabet stamp set, Hema. Pentagon lantern, House of Fraser. Hot water bottle and cover, Donna Wilson. Family Favourites tray, New House Textiles. ‘Cheers’ folk jar glass, Wilko. Personalised Christmas sacks, Catherine Colebrook. Recipe stand, Oliver Bonas

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    The basket room

    by  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Look what I found • 1 Comment

    These colourful baskets make me really happy. Brought to you from The Basket Room, this new online shop was set up by fashion graduates, Holly and Camilla. After spending time in East Africa they decided they could work with small craft collectives who are experts in weaving and bring them to a wider audience. In turn, providing a sustainable income for the weavers and preserving an age-old tradition…

    the basket room

    There is a basket for every single use and every occasion – plant pots, desk tidies, storing dirty laundry, bike accessories and baskets in every shape and size (and colour!) for organising bits and bobs. Co-founder Holly says that the, ‘collections are inspired by nature, travel and trends, with an emphasis on contemporary and stylish interior design.’

    the basket room

    The women in these villages grow, dye and weave their own sisal using traditional techniques, that have been passed down through the generations. Like many rural weaving communities, farming is the main occupation of the men, whilst the basket weaving is usually taken on by the women as a source of additional income. Choose from on-trend neons to soft monochromes and punchy colours, their collection is exhaustive. Available online, prices start from £9 for a small basket to £52 for a bike basket.

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    Micro trend: Space travel

    by  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Latest trends, Look what I found • 0 Comments

    A trend we’ve spotted this season plays with all things outer space (nicely timed with Philae’s touchdown!) Habitat have designed their entire Christmas decorations around planets, moon and stars. Lollipop Designs have brought out a gorgeous star and moon platter and who doesn’t love a Double Merrick print? Their Le Soliel et Planetes screen print is a real gem – it would look dazzling in a metallic frame…

    outer space

    1.Party platter, £48, Lollipop Designs. 2. Cosmic Mars mug, £7.50, Paperchase. 3. Green/copper planet bauble, £6, Habitat. 4. Le Soleil et planetes print, £60, Double Merrick. 5. Starburst gold glitter bauble, £3, Habitat.

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