Archive for November, 2010

Contemporary Christmas tree wall sticker by Spin Collective

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Modern xmas tree wall decal

Christmas tree alternative?

If you’re looking for some new ideas for Christmas decorations this year, or don’t want to have an actual Christmas tree, then this contemporary xmas tree design wall sticker could be the perfect solution.

The Christmas tree wall sticker is made from high quality matt vinyl and measures 100cm by 60cm in size. It’s available in a choice of 20 colours, so you can choose a colour of your choice, to suit your interior decor.

The tree wall decal would look great used alongside any other Christmas decorations, but is also a nice alternative for anyone who doesn’t have room in their home for a Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree wall sticker is £24 from Spin Collective and can be re-used again next year.

Recycled eco Christmas tree decorations

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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Who knew old circuit boards and CDs could be so useful?

These funky Christmas decorations have been made from recycled circuit boards and CDs . They’re cut by machine and hand finished to ensure there are no sharp edges, then topped up with a piece of string.

Both the CD and circuit board decorations are available in a selection of shapes, including starts, Christmas trees, bells, snowmen and hearts and both materials work well as decorations, as they glitter and shine under the lights of a Christmas tree. The circuit board ones may vary slightly in colour – about 95% are green, but there may also be some dashes of gold, red and, on very rare occasions, blue.

The circuit board decorations are £3.00 each and the CD ones are £3.99. All are available from Nigel’s Eco Store.

Brussels sprout Christmas wreath

Friday, November 26th, 2010
Modern contemporary sprout Christmas home wreath

Sprouts, anyone?

Love ‘em, or hate ‘em, brussels sprouts have become one of the traditional green vegetables served up for Christmas dinner. For a modern take on the classic Christmas door wreath, how about hanging this unusual heart shaped sprout wreath in your home?

It’s certainly different and ticks all the boxes for qurirkiness. Thankfully, it’s not made of real brussels sprouts (although they look very realistic), so you won’t get the distinctive aroma of sprouts wafting over from it and you’ll be able to re-use it year after year.

Stocks of the brussels sprout wreath are running low, so get yours now from The Contemporary Home for £25.

Julien Macdonald Star taper candle holders

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Star home range by designer Julien Macdonald

Designer star candle holders

There are still a lot of really good home and furniture offers available at Debenhams, with some great reductions. Amongst the bargains, we spotted these lovely star design candle holders, by designer Julien Macdonald.

The candle holders are handmade from glass and produced in a wonderful 3D starburst design. The two candle holders come boxed, so would make a great gift, and the star design is suitable for Christmas use or all year round.

The star taper candle holders were £18, but are now £14.40 per set from Debenhams.

8 of the best red Christmas tree decorations

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

We’ve already looked at the top 10 silver and white Christmas tree decorations, so now it’s time to turn our attentions to the colour red.

Red is a very traditional Christmas colour, but there are plenty of modern and contemporary red Christmas tree deocrations out there for those who prefer to add a modern twist to their seasonal home decorating.

If you’re decorating your home with a red colour scheme this year, or simply want to add one or two additional red decorations to mix with other colours in your Christmas decoration collection, then here are 8 of the best red Christmas tree decorations.

1.Bombki Little Cooper Christmas tree decoration

Bombki designer Christmas decorations

Little Cooper tree decoration

We featured the Little London Christmas baubles by Bombki last year and they’re quirky and unusual. The Little Cooper bauble is handmade from blown glass and decorated with a Union Jack on its roof, to give it a patriotic feel.

The Bombki Little Cooper Christmas bauble comes in a wooden presentation box and costs £15 from Heal’s.

2. Red and white polka dot bauble

Heal's christmas tree decorations

Poka dot bauble

This shiny red Christmas tree bauble is decorated with glittery white polka dots, in Nordic style.

The polka dot bauble is £5 from Heal’s.

3. Red flock stripe bauble

Contemporary home christmas decorations

Flocked bauble

The flock stripe design of this red bauble works really well, especially as the gold stripes and partially flocked design help break the design up, so it’s not all the same intense red colour.

The stripe flock bauble is available in a choice of two sizes – 6cm diameter and 8cm – and costs £2 and £3 each from John Lewis.

4. Red glass hanging bird Christmas tree decoration

Bird trend home decorating


For those that love birds (and we know only too well how popular the bird trend has been in home decorating), this red glass bird is ready to hang on your Christmas tree.

Part of the Rouge range at M&S, the bird has a mirror finish; it’s also part of their 3 for 2 offer, so you could save money when you buy Christmas decorations.

The glass bird tree decoration costs £5 from Marks and Spencer.

5. John Lewis pack of 50 red tree decorations

John Lewis christmas tree decorations

Bumper pack of decorations

If you want to change your usual Christmas tree decorations, introduce a new decorating colour scheme this year or add to an existing collection, then this bumper pack of 50 red Christmas tree decorations is a good buy.

All the pieces coordinate and you get a good mix of shiny and matt red, star shaped decorations, round baubles and long red drops.

The set of 50 red tree decorations is £10 from John Lewis.

6. Gisela Graham glitter shoe hanging decoration

Contemporary Wizard of Oz red glitter shoes decorations

Red shoes

Reminscent of Dorothy’s red shoes in the Wizard of Oz, this glittery red shoe decoration is by Gisela Graham.

Available in a choice of red or white, the glitter shoe hanging decoration is £2.50 from Heal’s.

7. Set of three red hand carved soapstone decorations

Soapstone christmas tree decorations

Soapstone decorations

These three red decorations, that come in a mixed set of a heart, star and Christmas tree design, or three of the same design, are admittedly not cheap. But they are rather nice and a bit unusual to hang on your tree.

Made from soapstone and painted with a block red colour, the decorations are finished off with hand carved snowflake motifs.

The set of three soap stone decorations cost £23 and are available from Fab and Funky.

8. Iconic chair Christmas tree decorations

Modern chair design decorations

Chair decorations, anyone?

For lovers of modern furniture and iconic chair designs, then you can now hang a mini version of your favourite designer chair on your Christmas tree. Available in a choice of two designs – the office chair on the left (complete with cushion) is reminscent of the famous egg chair and the chair on the right resembles the ball chair.

The iconic chair tree decorations are £7.99 each from The Contemporary Home.

Invotis unusual wall gear clock

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Trendy car gear wall clockSilver funky Invotis wall gear clock from Amazon

For a modern and funky wall clock, how about hanging one of these Invotis gear clocks on your wall?

Designed by Wil Van Den Bos and made by Invotis, the gears are more than just decorative, as they spin around slowly and help tell the time. It’s fascinating to watch, yet functional too.

The gear clock is available in black or shiny silver, both £77.95 from the Contemporary Heaven store on Amazon.

If you’re shopping on Amazon this week, look out for the special Black Friday discount deals that are available until Friday 26th November.

Orla Kiely designer storage boxes

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Designer Orla Kiely cars storage box Designer Orla Kiely stem print box

If you can’t enough of Orla Kiely’s designs, or would like to introduce other people to your favourite designer, then these practical home storage boxes are a great idea.

Available in various different designs and sizes, each of the boxes features one of Orla’s classic designs. The boxes provide ample space for storing away your treasures or clutter, or you could use them as gift boxes for giving special presents in (and the recipient could then re-use them, making perfect eco sense!).

The large car design box is £15.50, the large multi stem print box is £14.50 and  the large black abacus design box is also priced at £14.50. All three boxes are available from Selfridges, along with lots of other gorgeous Orla Kiely stationery.

Top 10 online store discounts

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Save money on your Christmas shopping today!

Christmas shopping can be a pricey and time-consuming business, but if you shop online and buy carefully, there are savings to be had. Lots of online stores have got discounts and special offers available at the moment, to help spread the cost of your Christmas shopping, as well as save you having to traipse around busy shops.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best places with money saving offers to help ease the cost of your seasonal shopping!

1. House of Fraser have a host of different offers available on home and kitchen, seasonal and electrical items, including money saving discounts, 3 for 2 offers and buy one, get one free offers. Check out the offers page on their website for all the latest deals.

2. Habitat have up to 30% off – their clearance section has great offers on candles, lighting, chairs, bedspreads, photo frames and more, all of which would make great gifts.

3. Whittard have up to 25% off everything, exclusively online. It’s the perfect place to Christmas shopping bargains on tea and coffee gifts, china or gift hampers.

4. Debenhams have up to 25% off in their Christmas Spectacular – but it’s due to end on Sunday 21st November, so be quick.

5. Thorntons have a range of great offers on, including 3 for 2 on various Christmas gifts and some extra special discounts and buy one get one free offers.

6. Marks and Spencer have a 3 for 2 offer running across a lot of Christmas gift ideas. Don’t forget to check their daily deals too or their offers page for all the latest discounts and money saving buys.

7. Oliver Bonas have up to 50% off in their sale, with bargains in homeware and gifts.

8. Very have up to half price on gifts and gadgets, plus VAT free deals on furniture.

9. Leekes have special 3 for 2 offers on homeware, cookware and gifts to help you save money on your Christmas shopping.

10. Tesco has some great offers and deals of the week on homeware, furniture, gifts, entertainment and wine, to help the cost of Christmas go further.

Natural driftwood Christmas tree by Karen Miller

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Eco friendly drift wood designer tree

Driftwood Christmas tree

We featured Karen Miller’s natural driftwood Christmas trees last year (and were then pleased to see one in action in someone’s home), but couldn’t resist mentioning them again.

It’s the perfect tree to have for anyone who’s eco conscious, wants something a bit different and is keen to use the same tree year after year.

The tree is made from naturally sourced driftwood and is designed by Karen Miller, who runs Devon Driftwood Designs.

The driftwood Christmas tree continues to be a popular choice and is already sold out in several sizes, but a small 2ft and more amply sized 5ft and 6ft versions of the tree are still available to order. Prices start at £59 for the 2ft driftwood tree.

Alice’s tea cup stool by Holly Palmer

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Alice in Wonderland inspired home accessories

Sit on a tea cup, like Alice!

Inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland, this tea cup stool is a bright and funky seating solution.

Made by designer, Holly Palmer, the tea cup stool is made from hard wearing plastic that has been moulded to form the look and shape of a tea cup. The quirky design has gained a lot of attention and the Alice inspired teacup stool was shortlisted for a 2010 House and Garden Classic Design Award.

The stool is available in a choice of colours, including orange, red, yellow, white, pink, green, blue, grey and black.

Alice’s tea cup stool is available to purchase from Bouf for £140.

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