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    Top interiors trends for 2016: Part 2

    by  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Last week, we took a look at the best of what’s to come for 2016 (if you missed Part 1 of our trends round-up, catch up here!). Stay ahead of the curve and delve into the second half of our trends forecast below – as this is a sneak peek, lots of these products aren’t available online just yet, so file them away in a safe place and use them as jumping-off point to plan your schemes this spring.


    Trend 5: Artisan

    Hero brand: West Elm

    Look out for: a pared-back, nature-inspired trend. Despite its Scandi palette, the prevalence of reclaimed textures, fresh ferns and roughed-up textures gives this look instant warmth, as seen at West Elm. Try the rustic diningware in the Belleza range at George, and the beautiful new Torhamn kitchen design from Ikea for more inspiration.


    Trend 6: Global

    Hero brand: Marks & Spencer

    Look out for: a more pigmented take on last week’s Traveller trend. Mix and match Marks & Spencer‘s South-American-inspired ikat prints, with co-ordinating Chinoiserie florals and striking Indian motifs, all in a rich palette of purple, pink and terracotta, with hints mustard yellow and deep blue, too. Team with pale, stripped-back walls, exposed wood and cactus plants to complete the look. Discover similar designs at Made.com, Barker & Stonehouse and Furniture Village.

    Block colour

    Trend 7: Block colour

    Hero brand: George

    Look out for: fearless hits of bright, zesty colour. Clash vibrant shades of tangerine, lime and azure with confidence – get it right every time by using an accessory with a modern pattern, such as these fab geometric towels from George, then pick out the key shades and add pieces in block colours to match. Go tentatively by placing these colours against a simple white backdrop, or be bold and go for a searing wash of colour! Check out the Ben de Lisi range at Debenhams or the retro-style collections at Next for more ideas.


    Trend 8: Nostalgia

    Hero brand: BHS

    Look out for: spring florals with a vintage twist, in a faded palette of sunflower yellow, marigold, ochre and teal. Although full of typical seasonal blooms, this sepia-toned trend has a more retro feel than the usual spring/summer collections, as seen at BHS. Team with Ercol-style bedding, plenty of cosy layers and fresh flowers, for a Seventies-inspired look that will transcend the season.

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    Get crafty this Christmas. Part three: Jams, Gins and home-made snowglobes.

    by  • Saturday, December 5, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    So in my final part of hand-made gift ideas for Christmas, I’m infusing my own gin, making my own jam and to top it all off, creating hand-made snow globes as gifts for little people! Again it’s all super easy to do, but there are plenty of similar gifts out there too so fear not if you don’t fancy get down and dirty!


    Infusing your favourite spirit it very simple! Once made, you can then easily decant it into bottles, like these Kilner Sloe Gin bottles, £24.96 for the set, Lakeland.

    Starting with infusing your own spirits, it is literally as simple as choosing your base spirit- in my case I’ve gone for a gin and a rum, then choosing what you’d like to infuse it with (cranberries and oranges for the gin, lime and ginger for the rum) and combining the two together!

    Orange & Cranberry infused Gin

    For every 500ml of gin, you will need 200g of Cranberries, 200g of caster sugar and the rind of 1 orange. You will also need an airtight container to hold the infusion.

    Start by pricking each cranberry and popping them into your container along with the orange rind. In a separate bowl or pan, mix the sugar with the gin and stir until dissolved. Add the gin to the container of cranberries and orange rind leaving at least 2cms at the top. Leave for at least 2 weeks (the longer you leave it, the more infused it will become!) shaking it every 2 days. Once you have the flavour you are happy with, decant into glass bottles, label up with a personalised message, and voila, home-made gin for all the family!!


    Making jams and chutneys is great fun and such a nice gift as you can be as experimental as you dare and come up with some really lovely concoctions for each family member. I’m going for a strawberry and champagne combo, plus I’m adding edible glitter to really give it some sparkle! It used to be quite a task to make your own jam, and if you do it the old school way, it can take a full day and while satisfying once completed, if time is not on your side, then this great starter kit from Ball will be your new best friend!


    1.Ball preserving starter pack, £19.99, Lakeland. 2. & 3. Glass preserving jars, £2.50 each, Hobbycraft. 4. Adhesive labels, £1.50, Ikea.

    Taking just 40 minutes, this fab new kit allows you to make perfect jam in super quick time, and is ideal for novices! Containing everything you need to turn fresh produce from your garden or the supermarket into your own home-made, vacuum-sealed jams, pickles and chutneys, it will guide you through the batch-making process in three easy steps and its compact size means it’s suitable for even the smallest of kitchens. Once you’ve filled the 4 jars that come with the starter pack, stock up on these fab preserving jars from Hobbycraft to give your jam a real home-spun feel. Add a label with a festive message to the back and your receiver will know just how much they mean to you.


    Another great idea for a gift for little ones, is a simple snow globe. All you need is a jam jar, some glitter or fake snow, some mini Christmas trees or figurines and water! Ta-dah and a snow globe is born. Check out the video below so see just has simple it is….

    Or if getting crafty ain’t your thing, then check out some great gift ideas below…. Happy Christmas shopping!!!


    1.Sipsmith Sloe Gin, £24.95, The Whisky Exchange. 2. Kilner 9 piece preserve start kit, £76, Lakeland. 3. Roots & Wings Organic Apricot Jam, £2.65, Ocado. 4. Gin & Tonic cocktail botanicals, £3.69, Lakeland. 5. Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liquer, £18, John Lewis. 6. Christmas tree snowglobe, £ 15.40, Laura Ashley  7. White Christmas snow globe, £12, BHS. 8. Robin snow globe, £25, Monsoon.  9. The homemade gin kit, £39.99, The Foundry.  





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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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