• Posts Tagged ‘rustic’

    4 ways to wrap in style this Christmas

    by  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Rowen-&-Wren This little parcel of loveliness from Rowen & Wren is so beautiful that it’s practically a gift in itself. Ideal for crafty wrappers and generous gift givers, slide open the wooden gift box to reveal 21 tags in three different designs, along with 3m of twine to tie it all together. Using it for your own pressies? Complete with simple brown Kraft paper and a sprig of fir for beautiful rustic style.

    Autumn leaves boxed gift tags and twine, £12, Rowen & Wren

    Cox-&-CoxGive your gift wrap a modern feel with this super stylish copper paper from Cox & Cox. Printed in a shimmery copper colour on one side and a sumptuous purple on the other, go bold with an all-copper look or add depth by mixing in the royal purple tones. Finish with matching ‘Merry Christmas’ ribbon for an extra flourish.

    Copper wrapping paper, £12.50 per roll; Merry Christmas ribbon, £9.50 per roll; both Cox & Cox


    Go for a more traditional look with the adorable bird-printed range from Sophie Allport. In a pretty palette of grey and white with pops of festive orange, mix and match gift bags, paper, tags and ribbon for a simple and stylish way to present your gifts.

    Wrapping paper, £4.50 per roll; gift bags, from £3 each; gift tags, £4 for 10; gift all Robin & Mistletoe range, Sophie Allport


    Whether you’re feeling the pinch this Christmas or just fancy having a crafternoon, create your own wrapping style with the huge range of accessories at Etsy. Layer star-adorned tissue paper with brown Kraft paper, then finish with rustic star tags or glitter-infused twine for a gorgeous home-spun look.

    For similar buys, try the: Kraft paper, £2.25 for 10 sheets; stars tissue paper, £2.05 for five sheets; wooden star gift tags, £2.20 for 10; black and gold twine, £3.40 per roll; all Etsy 

    Need a few quick tips on how to wrap your presents like a pro? Don’t miss our fab how-to video!

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    4 fail-safe ways to shop and style the vintage trend

    by  • Thursday, September 3, 2015 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Want to get a unique upcycled look without the hassle of trawling through endless markets or antique shops? Check out our four easy peasy ways to shop and style online vintage finds.

    IndustrialBrands such as One World Trading Co (above) are havens for loft-style cool. Opt for pieces featuring tarnished metal, beaten-up textures and distressed surfaces, for an urban industrial feel that’s deceptively effortless to put together! 


    If you prefer buying one-off pieces with a little bit of history, then new online auction site FurnitureEtc (above) is a great source of genuine vintage pieces. From old-school Ercol to antique club chairs, it’s an easy way to create authentic salvage style. 

    ModernVintage style doesn’t always mean trawling a car boot sale for unloved one-offs – high-street brands such as French Connection (above) are masters of giving vintage-inspired pieces an undone, modern feel. Its AW15 range is full of steely masculine textures and dark woods, brought up to date with contemporary lines and pared-back styling. Mix and match furniture and furnishings from across their collection for just-thrown-together vintage style, with all of the character but none of the hassle. Ta-dah!


    For a shabbier spin on vintage style, look out for wooden furniture with imperfect features. This apothecary-style console from Home Barn exudes informal rustic style, thanks to mismatched handles and a distressed wooden finish. Want to upcycle your existing wooden furniture? Check out Annie Sloan’s rainbow of chalk paints for an easy DIY option.


    Credits from top: Woodcroft swivel bar stool, £44.85, One World Trading Co; for similar chairs, try a selection, FurnitureEtc; Jease Louise dining chair, £155; zinc dining table, £650; both French Connection.; hand-made salvaged timber rustic multiple drawer unit, £1,495, Home Barn

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    Smarten up your potting shed with pared-back, utility style

    by  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    With summer truly upon us, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday than pottering around the garden and sprucing up the flowerbeds. But inevitably, the season brings with it the dread of peeling back the dustsheets and yanking open drawers to find rusting old equipment still caked in last year’s gardening efforts! So we’ve had a scout around to look at the best practical storage, handy tools and must-have accessories, to transform a tired utility room or shed into a smart, functional and stylish space. Hurrah!


    Not sure where to start? Try collating your ideas on a moodboard for an easy jumping-off point (and a fail-safe shopping expedition!). Layering a range of nature-inspired prints onto a neutral base creates a country garden feel, whilst metal and wood accessories add a rustic touch.


    For a slightly more modern spin, up the utility factor with a range of enamel or metal accessories, like John Lewis (below). Not only are the cups and trays super practical for carting about outdoors, but the stylish tins are the perfect place to stow away unsightly odds and ends. Put a rustic twist on it with wooden textures, rope handles and twine, or add a tougher edge with metal canisters and hints of leather.


    Fancy overhauling your own utility room or potting shed? Take a look at our top high-street buys inspired by the great outdoors:


    Cushion cover made in Kew Baltic Sage, £39.50 per m, Ian Mankin. Gingham Check in Peardrop fabric, from £26.90 per m, Linwood. Tea towel, £10; chilli seed box, £8.50; for similar scissors, try the gardener’s scissors, £17.50; brush, £8.50; plant sticks (part of the Allotment kit), £28; all Hen & Hammock

    Shopping List:
    1. Zacahrie rack, £55, Sweetpea & Willow; 2. Fern 5 tile, £12, Welbeck Tiles; 3. Trasket, £24, Hen & Hammock; 4. Water mister, £10, Garden Trading range, Amara; 5. Galvanised Gubbins tins, £19.95, Sophie Conran; 6. Le Sac En Papier, from £8.50, Pea Style

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