• Hema comes to the UK

    by  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 5 Comments

    Have you heard of Hema? It’s a bit like a Dutch version of the Danish Tiger stores crossed with Ikea. They have almost 700 stores in seven different countries in Europe and last week I went to the opening of the first UK outlet in Victoria, London. There aren’t many stores where you can pick up a pink frying pan, a genuine Duralex Picardie glass for 60p (I bought 6. I couldn’t not), pretty patterned tape, a decent makeup brush and a packet of stroopwafles all in one trip.

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    This ‘variety store’ reminds me of a posh Woolworths with more of a design aesthetic. They are also opening a larger store in Kingston and Bromley later this month and a UK online shop is due to launch later this year.

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    Sneak Peek: Dickins & Jones Home

    by  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Who wouldn’t want to brighten up their home with the new range from Dickins & Jones? Launching for Autumn Winter 2014, this is the latest exclusive house brand from House of Fraser. We love the rich pops of colour and country-style..

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    The range includes enamel storage and ceramic bakeware, floral textiles, checks and heritage prints. Available in store from September.

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    Åry Trays

    by  • Thursday, May 29, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Whenever I spot a lovely birch wood tray with a colourful design I always turn it upside down to check if it has been made by Åry. They’re a Swedish manufacturer and have been handcrafting trays from renewably sourced birch wood since the 1950′s. You may have come across them too as they work with a lot of international brands and designers including the V&A, Ella Doran and Bluebell Gray…

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    Here are some of my favourites…

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    The trays have no joins; and are made from single sheets of birch providing a high quality finish, perfect for outdoor dining and dishwasher safe too. I think we need one for the office tea round! Åry trays are available at various stores across the UK. Try Heals, Hus & Hem and Berry Red for starters or search online if you’re looking for a particular design. Prices start at £18.

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