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    Get creative this Christmas with an alternative Advent calendar!

    by  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Whilst the joys of a traditional Advent calendar are not to be sniffed at (Ferrero Rocher before breakfast, anyone?) this December the high-street is full of brilliant alternatives to the classic chocolate-filled varieties. If you fancy doing something creative for a loved one this season, or just dodging the sweet treats altogether, here’s a round-up of some of the best alternative Advent calendar ideas:


    This stunning Christmas display box (£135, Bloomingville range, Out There Interiors) is made up of generous-sized cubbies to fill with your own treats. Experiment with dinky gifts such as candles, jewellery and biscuits, using any spare holes to display errant baubles and trinkets, then stand in the hallway to give guests a stylish welcome.


    To give your scheme a slightly more industrial vibe, opt for this zinc village Advent calendar (£62, Rowen & Wren). For a creative project this weekend, try writing 24 little tasks, such as, “Give a stranger a compliment” or “Get back in touch with an old friend”, then pop a gold coin under each note for when the challenge has been completed. A lovely way to spread a little Christmas cheer!IkeaIkea never fails to inspire when it comes to the holiday season, and this ingenious reworking of the Komplement hanger (£4.50, Ikea) is no exception. To make your own, number 24 Torkis pegs (£2.50 for 30, Ikea), then attach mismatched woollen socks to the hanger, before stuffing them with pocket-sized gifts for your little ones to tear into each morning.


    Count down the days to Christmas in style with a Nutcracker-inspired jewellery Advent calendar (£18, Oliver Bonas). Open to reveal an unadorned gold bracelet, then discover 23 compartments each containing a daily charm to attach to the chain.


    For an Advent calendar that gives back, Oxfam and ParcelHero have teamed up with 25 renowned artists to create a calendar of unique boxes filled with handmade gifts. For your chance to make it yours, head online to ParcelHero’s official eBay site – bidding ends on November 26th! All the money raised goes to Oxfam, so it’s a brilliant way to do a little bit of good this Christmas.

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    Trend alert: add a natural touch with wood grain

    by  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    With all the dark colours of winter’s palette, it’s refreshing to find a trend that brings a little life and nature back into our schemes. Wood grain is not only beautiful to look at, but really easy to work in – keep it modern by choosing either a permanent statement, such as a herringbone floor or bold wallpaper, or go for a subtler approach with occasional accessories.
    Topps-TilesSuitable for pretty much any room in the house, these wood-effect tiles from Topps Tiles are actually made from porcelain. Available in either a gloss or polished finish, mix and match different colours for a modern vibe, or stick to just one shade for a more traditional feel. Great for a luxury look that’s hard-wearing and easy to clean!

    Nayara polished chalk tiles, £69.72 per sq m, Topps Tiles

    Ella-DoranThis vibrant wallpaper from Ella Doran (above) is not for the faint-hearted, but brilliantly good fun if you’re feeling bold. The large-scale exposed grain is digitally printed for striking detail, and the paper has a textured finish for an authentic look. Available in pink or blue.

    Wood grain pink wallpaper, £150 per roll, Ella Doran

    West-ElmThese subtly patterned towels from West Elm (above) are a really natural way to add the trend to your scheme. Choose from white or grey, then team with a simple palette and touches of real wood for an organic feel.

    Organic wood grain towels, £4 each, West Elm

    Love the idea of trying out the wood grain trend at home? Here’s where to shop the look:

    1. Etch tealight holder, £50, Tom Dixon range, Houseology2. Mixed texture print cushion, £7, George3. Woodland drum shade, from £35, John Lewis4. Large throw in Woolywood Brown, £200, Donna Wilson5. Humbolt square canister, £80, Pigeon & Poodle range, Amara

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    It’s all about the winter pineapple!

    by  • Saturday, November 14, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    There’s no denying that the humble pineapple was a hot trend this summer, as this tropical fruit could be seen splashed all over textiles, t-shirts, mugs, bags, decorations and even nail art (!), but it seems that we really can’t get enough of this spiky-topped motif, as it’s a trend that’s now translating into winter too. This season however, it’s all about a more grown-up pineapple, in metallic shades of gold and brass, shying away from the bright pops of yellows, greens and pinks, but adding a bit of glamour to the fruit instead. Giving the feeling of a vintage collectable, whether it be an ornament, in lighting or even across wallpaper, keep the colours dark and dramatic and the materials luxe and glamourous.


    Often considered a symbol of hospitality in the home, this glam pineapple wallpaper from Barneby Gates in deep charcoal and gold, costs £78 per roll and will transform a hallway or study space into a moody, raj-style room.


    Keep precious jewellery and knick-knacks in these gorgeous metallic fruits trinket pots, from £12.50, Oliver Bonas.


    This striking pineapple bed linen from The Secret Linen Store costs £50 for a double duvet, £10 for a pillowcase and is woven in 280 thread count 100% cotton for a luxurious and relaxing nights sleep. (Available from this Tuesday!)


    Imagine these little pineapple candles from Rockett St George, £8 for 6, flickering away on your dining table this Christmas, giving a tropical, festive feel to your celebration.


    1. Pineapple table lamp with shade, £83.40, Dar Lighting 2. Printed pineapple cushion cover, £6.99, H&M  3. Gilded gold pineapple bookends, £42.50, House Junkie. 4. Pineapple spoons, £16, Oliver Bonas. 5. Gold effect pineapple objet, £12, Sainsbury’s. 6. Pineapple tea towel, 312.95, Thornback & Peel 7. Iron pineapple wall hooks, £8.95, Melody Maison. 8. Pineapple gold espresso mugs, £29.79, Etsy 9. Gold pineapple paper napkins, £2.49, Candle & Cake.


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