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London cityscape tea light holder

Friday, October 30th, 2009
Light a candle and see the London syline!

Light a candle and see the London skyline!

See the London skyline from the comfort of your own home, with the help of this rather novel tea light holder from Pedlars.

When a tealight is lit and put into the centre of this holder, the famous sights of the London skyline appear as an outline on the shade.

It’s cleverly done and a pleasant change from a plain old tea light holder.

The London cityscape tea light holder costs £18.50 from Pedlars.

Rosablue handmade velvet storage box

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Handmade velvet box

Handmade velvet box

Brighten up your home storage, with the help of these colourful velvet handmade storage boxes from Rosablue.

The boxes are available in two sizes (17cm by 17cm and 12cm by 12cm) and are made from striking velvet fabrics. The insides of the boxes are lined with silk or linen.

These would be ideal for storing jewellery or other keepsakes, but you could also use them as presents and fill them up with goodies for your recipient!

Rosablue have the boxes available in a choice of four colourways (blue, green, red or red on dark), with the small box costing £12 and the large £18.

Plumo Avoca blanket

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Snuggle up and keep warm

Snuggle up and keep warm

The cooler weather brings with it a great excuse for snuggling up under a warm blanket – and it’s the perfect way of keeping the heating bills down.

We love this vibrant and colourful Avoca blanket from Plumo, which features an array of colours in shades of red, blue, green and purple.

It’s made from  70% mohair and 30% wool and is produced in the oldest working mill in County Wicklow, Ireland.

The blanket is perfect for wrapping yourself up in on chilly days, putting on your bed for an extra layer of warmth at night or curling up under on the sofa.

Buy your Avoca blanket at Plumo for £89.

Jewel spoons from Cox and Cox

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
Six jewel colour spoons

Six jewel colour spoons

I’ve been looking for some new and fun tea spoons (I’ve had a few for a while with patterned handles, but after a lot of use the pattern is wearing off) and love these ones, from Cox and Cox.

They’re available in a set of six and come in the jewel-like colours of pink, purple, blue, green, red and yellow. They’ll add a definite touch of colour to your table, or would be great to use when serving tea or coffee.

The set of six colourful spoons is £22 and they come in a little gift bag, making them ideal for giving as a gift too.

Porcelain carton milk jugs

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

porcelain-carton-milk-jug

These porcelain milk carton jugs are all the rage at the moment and they’re certainly novel and distinctive.

This one is plain and simple, but the white porcelain won’t date and will go with any crockery colour schemes.

Best of all, compared to many of the other milk carton jugs, this one is very reasonably priced, at only £10, from Utility.

If you do fancy a porcelain milk jug carton with a bit of decoration, then it could set you back £36 at Of Cabbages and Kings.

However, we reckon that with a bit of creativity, there’s scope to liven up the plain porcelain milk carton jug with your own designs.

For example, small craft stickers or even small wall stickers could easily be added to it to give it a bit more zing – although you would have to be careful  if washing it. For decorative purposes, the jug can double up as a vase, especially for holding a single stem.

Stylish Life hat rack

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Hat storage rack

Hat storage rack

If you’ve got lots of hats, and nowhere to store them, then why not snap up this colourful hat rack?

You could store at least eight hats on it, plus have room to hang scarves on the rack too.

The hat rack is a real bargain, as it’s been reduced down to only £6.68 at Stylish Life.

Salt and pepper mill fail

Monday, October 26th, 2009

salt-mill   pepper-mill

Normally, we’re happy to recommend products and home ideas to you, but on this occasion, we’re not.

Although these mini magnetic salt and pepper mills look compact, easy to use and quite sweet (the handles look like bunny ears and the two small dots on the ball look a bit like eyes) their design has major faults.

The black handles at the top are designed to be squeezed, which releases the salt or pepper from the bottom of the mill. But, from our experience, they break ever so easily and are not robust enough.

We’ve got through a couple of them. With the first pepper one we had, it lasted about six months before one handle snapped off mid use, quickly followed by the same breakage on the salt handle.

Giving it the benefit of the doubt, we thought perhaps it may have been over used or squeezed too hard, so we replaced them.

The second pepper lasted a matter of weeks – with very gentle, occasional use – before that too broke in exactly the same way. It could be a concidence, but it seems others have experienced the same problem.

As salt and pepper mills go, they’re cheap and quirky (the magnetic bit on the back means you can hang them on your fridge, if you so desire, or join them together), but for durability and long-term value for money, they fail completely.

Iron Vein contemporary garden sculptures

Monday, October 26th, 2009
  Alium sculptures by Iron Vein     Grass plant sculptures    spiral-sculpture
 
Garden sculptures are a great way of adding extra interest into your garden. They’re great all year round, but carefully positioned sculptures can especially come into their own during the winter months, when other plants have died back for the winter, or lost their leaves.
 
These contemporary garden sculptures are designed by Viki Govan and Richard Warner of Iron Vein and offer an affordable way of adding art your garden. If you don’t have a garden, or prefer to use them inside, then they can easily be placed inside your home too.
 
The galvanised steel alium sculptures come in a set of three and look great in all weathers – dotted with raindrops, glistening with frost or catching the light of the sun.
In small, medium and large sizes, they look great grouped together, or you could dot them around your garden invididually. The set of three aliums is £95.
 
Iron Vein do lots of other gorgeous designs too, like the grass plant sculptures (pictured in the middle), which are available in either zinc coated or galvanised steel – the russet colour looks very autumnal – which are £49 each.
 
The spiral and ball sculptures, which measure about 70cm tall, are a bit more at £145 each.
 
For more contemporary sculptures in all sorts of designs, have a browse of the IronVein website.
 
 

Anthropologie store opens in London

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Nikau glass

Nikau glass

The long awaited Anthropologie home and lifestyle boutique store has finally opened the doors of its first shop in London today.

The popular American brand has opened their first shop at 158 Regent Street, with another store planned to open in King’s Road in Spring 2010. They don’t yet have a UK online store (although you can order from the US), but this is apparently in the pipeline.

The large three storey shop, with 10,000 feet of retail space, sells a wide range of ecletic home products, along with nearly 200 brands of women’s fashion.

As anyone who’s been to their US stores will know, it’s a great place to source unusual items for your home. Prices tend to vary – some of the more unusual pieces are pricey – but you can pick up bargains too.

The decorative Nikau glass, for example, is only £10.

If you’ve been to the new store, or are planning a trip, let us know what you thought of it!

Unusual decorative house hooks

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
House shaped hooks
House shaped hooks

There’s no excuse anymore for having boring hooks or nothing to hang things from!

 
Take this row of hooks, for example, which are decorated with  five black houses. The houses look European in style and have fantastic architectural detail added to the buildings, as well as a little white scooter in the road below.
 
It would be perfect for hanging coats, keys or tea towels on and the houses stand out well when hung against a plain wall.
 
Amazingly,  this decorative and functional piece home accessory is only £5.99 from Beautiful Things - a bargain for a very unsual row of hooks!
 
 
 
 
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