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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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    Go back to basics with tactile materials and inspiration from the elements

    by  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Trends may come and go, but our love for natural products and tactile materials always manages to transcend the seasons. From organic beauties such as pine and walnut, to composite substances like concrete or metal, the character of furniture and accessories can be completely defined by their material. So, whether you’re a fan of a rustic aesthetic, Scandi style or a luxe look, here’s how to work these beautiful tactile finishes into your home.


    Try a more ethereal, moody take on the trend with marble dinnerware from Marks & Spencer. Try layering authentic marble platters for a stylish serving option, or fake it with budget-friendly marble-effect crockery.

    Marble platter, £19.50; Nordic charger plate, £12.50; both Marks & Spencer


    Not only is this statement coffee table the perfect union of industrial and modern style, but the walnut top is studded with ancient ammonite fossils – the oldest one is from Madagascar and is an incredible 120 million years old! The perfect way to harness a little piece of history and re-home a unique pre-loved piece.

    Ammonite and slab-walnut fossil coffee table, £775, FurnitureEtc


    Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with Ikea bore an irresistible array of nature-inspired pieces. This cork bench is one of the best ways to incorporate the look into your home – team with cool greys, simple whites and plenty of foliage for a pared-back organic look.

    Sinnerlig bench, £100, Ikea


    If a large-scale piece of furniture’s too much, try an understated accessory that harnesses the qualities of the tactile trend instead, such as this Scandi-style cork-and-enamel teapot from Amara.

    Pearl teapot, £28, Amorim range, Amara.
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    Inspired by the blocks of Stonehenge, the stylish Nenge cabinet from Width Studio is made from Viroc, a composite material made by compressing a dry mixture of pine wood particles and cement – perfect for adding a modern industrial feel with a tactile finish.

    Nenge cabinet, £1,090, Width Studio range, A Splash Of Colour


    Go for a luxe look without compromising on the materials by combining dense substances such as brass, sheesham wood and marble. Style these accessories from Houseology with raw concrete for instant contrast and maximum impact.

    Brass Cell tealight holder, £35; stone candle holder, £75; both Tom Dixon range; sheesham wood nesting bowl, £40 for two, Just Slate range; all Houseology


    Concrete is the ultimate tactile finish for adding industrial style – try a hint of the trend with a statement accessory, such as this lamp from French Connection, then pare it back with simple fabrics and dark wooden furniture in a soft grey palette.

    Concrete Fella lamp, £105, French Connection

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    The soft toy gift that keeps on giving….

    by  • Monday, October 26, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We all love that warm, gooey feeling of giving a gift to a loved one, but for extra gooiness, how about giving a gift that also helps towards giving impoverished children an education? Sounds pretty good to me! Now in its 13th year, the IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign has just unveiled 2015’s 10 winning designs from children across the globe with a full €1 from each toy sold going straight to Save the Children and UNICEF.

    With the toys themselves starting from just £1 each, that’s a pretty charitable donation with all the proceeds spent on children’s educational projects. The projects improve education in Asia, Africa, and Central Europe and help schools become more child-friendly with well-trained teachers for all children, including those from ethnic minorities and those with special needs. Since the campaign began in 2003, the IKEA Foundation has donated €77 million and funded over 99 projects across 46 countries, giving over 11 million children a better future through education.


    This year’s toy collection has been designed by children from across the world who were asked to let their imagination run wild and create fantastic creatures as part of the Soft Toys Drawing Competition. From thousands of entries ten lucky winners were picked to be given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of having their drawing recreated as part of limited edition range to be sold worldwide. Here in the UK, eight-year-old Olivia Wildman from Essex was selected as one of the champions with her drawing of a fluffy skunk called Stinky, complete with long striped tail and mysterious expression, who went on sale in stores across the world from 18th October.


    Other winning designs came from children around the world aged 4 to 10 years and represent Norway, Belgium, The Canary Islands, Malaysia, Croatia, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Romania and Taiwan. Each of the toys has been lovingly made to each childs original drawing resulting in a collection of beautifully naive, fun and cheerful characters in all shapes and sizes.

    The campaign itself is very simple: for every soft toy, children’s book, dressing up clothes and children’s card game sold between 18 October and 19 December 2015, IKEA Foundation will donate €1 to support educational programmes run by UNICEF and Save the Children around the world.


    The IKEA Foundation also believes that inspiration to read opens the door to education, which is why, every year, IKEA creates a children’s book based on the soft toy characters. In this year’s book, “The Friends in Fantasy Forest”, the children’s creations are bought to life in Fantasy Forest where anything can happen, and readers are taken on a journey to discover what the characters do when their house is blown away.

    So with 80 toys to choose from and prices starting from £1, these magical toys really are the gifts that keep on giving.

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