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Habitat white ribbon table lamp reduced

Friday, December 31st, 2010
Modern designer contemporary lamp

Distinctive design lamp

We love the design of this modern ribbon inspired metal table lamp – it’s bursting with fluid lines, interesting angles and a surface that reflects light wonderfully via its polished surfaces.

The lamp is made from coloured powder coated metal and the fluid, continuous design was developed using a single, continuous strip of paper as inspiration. The end result is highly effective and a great piece to add to any modern or contemporary room.

The white ribbon table lamp was £100, but is now reduced to £80 in the Habitat sale.

50% off Snowden Flood designer homeware products

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Designer Battersea embroideryDesigner glassware by Snowden Flood

Snowden Flood produce some unusual homeware products, including ceramics, glassware and linens. Many items in their current collection are now half price in the January sale at Bouf. We’re particularly fond of these two pieces:

The colourful Battersea embroidery design ceramic plate, which is part of their Landmark series, features a design from a hand embroidery. Personally, this plate looks too nice to use – I’d much rather display it in my home. One 27cm plate was originally £35, but is now £17.50 in the sale.

The unusual black tree glasses are very striking. Each of the four glasses in the set features bold images of trees, with one each of oak, blossom, birch and fir. The glasses originally cost £39.95 per set, but are now only £19.98. The tree design glasses are also available in white, which produces a softer, snowy look.

Up to 70% off in the Graham and Green sale

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

We somehow missed them off our list of the top 30 places to get online sale bargains, but the lovely Graham and Green is well worth a visit at the moment, as they have up to 70% off in their bumper online sale.

Some of the lovely things we spotted include:

Bargain French study office desk

Lovely desk

This gorgeous French style writing desk, which is painted in a beautiful sea green colour. It’s got lots of storage space and a good amount of room to pop a laptop or netbook on top, along with space to write in a notebook.

If I had room to house this in my home, I’d be buying it in a shot. The French writing desk is now £486.50 (was £695).

Designer one of a kind mirror drawers

Reflective drawers

The Manhattan mirrored chest of drawers is part of a contemporary range of furniture designed by Jamie Graham. The multi-angled mirrors are very unusual and, as well as looking good and providing three drawers of storage, the chest will also help add more light and interesting reflections in your room.

The Manhattan mirrored chest of drawers was originally £725, but is now reduced to £507.50 in the sale.

Faux snakeskin magazine holder basket

Chic magazine storage

It’s lovely to relax in the living room with magazines and newspapers, but they can so easily create an untidy mess when left on the floor or table. This stylish faux snakeskin cream magazine basket offers a chic way of keeping newspapers and magazines tidy and organised.

It’s finished off with an adjustable handle, making it easy to move around. The leather-look magazine rack was priced at £55, but is reduced to £38.50 in the sale.

Art deco style mirror placemat table mat

Mirror mats

These elliptical cut glass mirrored placemats have a floral detai in the centre and would add a touch of class to a table. They come packaged in a gift box so would make a nice present.

The mirror placemats are 25cm in size and are now priced at £9.75 (was £19.50).

3 furniture sale bargains at Heal’s

Monday, December 27th, 2010
Wardrobe furniture sale bargain at Heal's

Dark wood wardrobe

This contemporary dark wood Warwick wardrobe, in a rich walnut stain, was £895 but is now reduced in the sale down to £535.

Contemporary red scarlet living room chair

Scarlet chair

This lovely scarlet red Magnet milano easy chair offers a modern take on the traditional tub chair design. A matching round red footstool is also available.

Both items are reduced in the sale at Heal’s, with the chair now £1525 (was £1795) and the footstool £485 (was £575).

Contemporary two seater fabric love seat sofa

Perfect for two

I love the style of these love seat sofas. This one is the contemporary Waltzer wok fabric love seat, which is the perfect seat for two people, or for one person to curl up on. The sofa is available in a choice of fabric colours, including grape (purple), green, brown, charcoal, soft grey and bone (beige).

The Waltzer loveseat wok sofa was originally priced at £1990, but is now reduced down to £995 in the sale at Heal’s.

10 home bargains in the John Lewis sale

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Many of the Boxing Days sales are in full swing now – hope you’ve got lots of bargains, if you were after them! – and by the looks of it, lots of items have been selling well.

We couldn’t resist a quick browse of John Lewis sale and, amongst the homeware items still available, we’ve spotted several familiar favourites now reduced by up to half price and lots of other good buys.

Here are some of our top picks.

1. The contemporary metal bay tree sculpture by Alex Davis, that we featured in April, has been reduced from £545 to £375.

2. The quirky Karlsson book design mantle clock, in primary colours, has been reduced from £25 to £12.50.

3. The distinctively designed Content by Conran matador armchair, in caterpillar green, reduced from £999 to £699.

4. A very nice dark wood Ellis sideboard, which would provide plenty of useful storage, reduced from £299 to £199.

5. More good shelving in the form of the Content by Conran Kendal alcove shelving in oak, reduced from £695 to £399.

6. A Nick Munro walnut dining table, reduced from £899 to £599.

7. An Ella Doran Indian Slippers design cushion is reduced from £35 to £17.50.

8. A colourful Villeroy & Boch new wave caffee farida espresso cup reduced from £14.95 to £7.50.

9. The Denby Monsoon chrysanthemum jug, which is a lovely shape, reduced from £9 to £6.30.

10. John Lewis geometric mugs (in red, green and grey) reduced from £4 to £2.

Eva solo bird feeder from Beth Stevens

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
Bird feeder for the garden

Feed the birds

Have you been feeding the birds in this cold weather?

We’ve been glad to see that the blackbirds have successfully spotted lots of berries available in our garden to eat (during the first lot of snow, we put extra food out, but they didn’t find it). We also have some bird seed out too, for smaller birds, but the plastic holder it’s in has not fared well with strong winds in the past and a lot of the seed just falls out.

There are some much stronger bird feeders available though, including this Eva solo bird feeder which is designed to withstand wind, weather and beating wings!

The glass ball is made from mouth blown glass and can be suspended from trees, bushes or any other garden structures you have available, and it’s suitable for use on a balcony too. This feeder looks particularly good as you can use it for both nuts and seed – often the design of them means it’s an ‘either or’ choice – and it’s a nice contemporary design.

The Eva solo glass bird feeder is £39 from Beth Stevens.

30 of the best places to bag online sale shopping bargains

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

After all the frantic Christmas buying comes the post-Christmas sales – although this year (perhaps helped along by the snow and the inability to guarantee online deliveries in time for Christmas) a lot of the sales have started already.

It’s a great opportunity to save money on essentials, treat yourself to something special, stock up on presents for the coming year or give your home a new look for the new year. As our sale round-up post last year proved so popular, we’ve done it again and put together 30 of the best places to bag sale bargains online this year.

By shopping online, you can often get access to sale bargains before instore shoppers, as sales start earlier, and you don’t have to brave the cold or the crowds either.

Happy shopping and hope you bag some great bargains!

1. The John Lewis sale starts online from 5pm on Christmas Eve, and in store from 27 December. In the meantime, you can get a clearance preview here.

2. The Christmas sale starts online at Debenhams on 23rd December and in store on Boxing Day. Discounts of up to 70% off are expected.

3. The House of Fraser up to 50% off sale starts online on Christmas Eve and in store on Boxing Day. From 31 December, the reductions are expected to rise to up to 70% off.

4.The January sale at Bouf, with up to 60% off selected brands, runs from 27 December to 15 January 2011.

5. The sale at Lombok, with up to 30% off furniture and home accessories, has started and runs until 24 January.

6. The January sale at Homebase has started earlier, with up to 50% off a wide range of items. If you spend over £150 before 24 December, you can also get an extra 15% off.

7. At Habitat, their sale has 20% off selected furniture and upholstery, until 26th January 2011.

8. The winter sale at Wickes has up to 50% off a range of products, including big home purchases, such as kitchens and bathrooms. You can also get an extra 15% off if you buy before 3 January 2011.

9. The Selfridges winter sale with up to 75% off starts online on Christmas Day and in store on Boxing Day.

10. At Monsoon, you can get up to 30% off homeware and home accessories when their sale starts online and in stores on Boxing Day. The discounts are expected to increase.

11. Argos has been running some special pre-Christmas sale deals, but kicks off its end of catalogue sale online on Christmas Day and in-store on Boxing Day.

12. Bhs has up to 50% off in their sale and a free delivery offer on spends of over £10.

13. The sale preview at the lovely NotOnTheHighStreet starts on Boxing Day.

14. The furniture sale at Heal’s, with up to 50% off, has already started. The rest of the Heal’s sale begins online on Christmas Day.

15. The sale at Urban Outfitters is online and instore now.

16. There’s currently up to 50% off in the sale at Oliver Bonas.

17. The Matalan sale, with up to 50% off homeware, starts online on Christmas Day and in store on Boxing Day.

18. At Laura Ashley, their sale has already started – there’s up to 50% off selected home, furniture and upholstery, plus up to 25% off made-to-measure curtains and blinds.

19. The Marks and Spencer sale starts online on Christmas Eve.

20. Rumour has it that the Next sale starts at 5am on 27th December.

21. H&M, which now sell a small range of home items online, currently has up to 50% off items, such as cushions, throws and curtains.

22. The up to 50% off sale preview at Designers Guild can now be viewed online.

23. I Want One of Those has up to 50% off in their sale, which is live online now.

24. If electrical items are on your wish list, then the sale at Robert Dyas has up to 50% off home electrical products, such as kettles, toasters, coffee makers and vacuum cleaners.

25. The sale at Terry’s Fabrics starts online on Christmas Eve.

26. If you’re keen to have a new bathroom, then the Next Bathroom sale has started and has savings of up to £300 on bathroom suites and up to £400 on ensuites.

27. The winter sale is now on at Leekes.

28.  The up to 75% off sale starts at Whsmith on 22 December and in store on Boxing Day.

29. The DotComGiftShop ‘January’ sale was due to start on 24 December, but has kicked off early.

30. Bloomsbury & Co have up to 50% off in their sale, which includes home accessories, furniture and interiors.

And as a final extra, The Conran Shop have been in touch to let us know that their sale starts on Boxing Day. However, you can get a special online preview from 3pm on Christmas Eve.

Brim full of Christmas ideas: blog round-up

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

It’s been a bit of a mad week, but we’re beginning to wind down for Christmas now. If you’re in the throes of getting ready for Christmas, whether decorating your home, wrapping presents or making and baking delicious food, then here are some great links and ideas from the blogosphere that we’ve rounded up to help inspire you!

Christmas Home Decorating

If you’ve had enough of shopping for Christmas decorations, then A Thrifty Mrs has a great post on making simple Christmas decorations with oranges.

For ideas on how to style your Christmas table or Christmas tree, these two videos from Pippa Jameson could help.

There are also more table ideas over at Freshome, where they’ve put together some creative centrepieces.

Find out how you can make a Christmas wreath, from this post on Parentdish.

Make It and Mend It have a great step-by-step guide to making curlicue salt dough decorations for your Christmas tree.

And for some super easy decorations, how about this cute snowman idea from Frangipani Decor.

Christmas Food & Drink

The wonderful Chocolate Orange has become a big of a Christmas staple, but if you fancy being creative with yours, then there’s a great recipe on Domestic Sluttery for chocolate orange cookies.

You’ll find lots of great food ideas on Rosa’s Yummy Yums Christmas food ideas post.

For Christmas party drinks, Apartment Therapy have some lovely cocktail ideas.

If you fancy doing something different with potatoes over the Christmas holidays, then Hygge Nook suggests herby parmentier potatoes.

Christmas Wrapping

If you’re looking for inspiration and help to get you through all your Christmas present wrapping (we need it!), then have a look at Wee Birdy, where you can download a whole load of free lovely red and blue Christmas gift tags.

There are more nice holiday tags to be found on Design Sponge and Patchwork Harmony has also written a blog post about Finishing Touches for present wrapping.

What have we missed? If you’re written a relevant Christmas post, or spotted something that we should have included, leave us a comment!

Wooden tree coaster set from Leaf

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Quirky tree coaster set

Cute tree coasters

Aren’t these coasters a great idea? Shaped like trees, they come in a little wooden block where they stand up in a very tree-like way, when not in use.

The coasters are made in France from wood (totally apt) and are a good mix of both a practical and decorative item.

The set of four wooden tree coasters costs £19 from Leaf.

Christmas tree hanging biscuit decorating kit

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Decorated biscuit kitMake biscuits to hang on your Christmas treeChristmas tree shaped biscuits

If you love the idea of having special handmade biscuits hanging on your Christmas tree, or of giving them as gifts to other people, but are a bit pushed for time, then this kit is a real time-saver.

The biscuit making part is done for you, as the kit comes with ready made biscuits in the shape of Christmas trees and stars. The fun part of decorating the biscuits is down to you and you get everything you need to create stylish and creative decorated biscuits, including roll out icing, shape cutters, piping gel, a rolling pin, edible lustre dust, silver balls and brushes.

As the idea is to hang the decorated biscuits on a Christmas tree, you’re also supplied with small cellophane bags, red ribbon and elastic metallic thread.

This would be a great kit to do with children in the run-up to Christmas, and if 10 decorated biscuits isn’t enough for you, then the biscuit recipe is included in the set, so you can more yourself.

The Christmas tree hanging biscuit decorating kit is created and sold by Little Rose Bakery and costs £17.99. For more details, take a look at their website.

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