Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Crown Hill Peacock Platter from Watts London

Monday, December 19th, 2011
Bargain Christmas party food platter

24 carat gold platter

This lovely peacock feather design platter would be perfect for serving up some delicious Christmas party canapes on.

The white china porcelain platter features a reproduction of an original peacock feather embroidery design by Keith Murray, a Watts designer. The design is finished off with touches of 24 carat gold.

The Crown Hill Platter is currently reduced – it was £35.95 but is now only £19.18, from the Watts London store on Bouf.

If you like the design, snap it up now, as we understand this particular design may be being discontinued.

Fresh Design Guide: Last online Christmas shopping order dates

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Christmas is only a week away, but if you’re not yet organised, there’s still time to get your last minute Christmas shopping done online, without the stress of having to battle crowds and queues on the high street.

As the last order dates for retailers seem to vary considerably, we’ve put together a guide to the Christmas order deadlines of 20 popular online shops – happy shopping!

1. John Lewis – Order by 3pm on Wednesday 21 December 2011 for Christmas delivery from John Lewis.

2. Amazon –  For large items, the day to order is Monday 19th December. For standard, free first class delivery, get your orders in by Wednesday 21st December. But if you’re lucky enough to have an Amazon Prime account, or want to pay for express delivery, you can order on Friday 23rd December for next day delivery on Christmas Eve.

3. Marks and Spencer – If you’re buying a hamper, the order needs to be placed by Monday 19th December. For flowers, orders need to be in by 6pm on Thursday 22nd December. For gifts, home items, wine, entertainment or clothing purchases, the deadline for last orders at M&S is 6pm on Wednesday 21st December (for standard delivery) or 7pm on Thursday 22nd December (for nominated day delivery).

4. Heal’s – Get your order in at Heal’s by 19th December for delivery in time for Christmas.

5. Debenhams – The last day for free Christmas delivery to UK addresses is 12 noon on Tuesday 20th December.

6. Not On The High Street – Place your orders by 11am on Tuesday 20th December for standard delivery, or by 11am on Thursday 22nd December for express delivery to addresses in the UK.

7. House of Fraser – The last order date for UK standard delivery in time for Christmas is 5pm on Sunday 18th December. For UK nominated day delivery or nominated evening delivery, you can order up to 5pm on Tuesday 20th December. And if you’re pay for UK next day delivery, the last chance to order is 5pm on Wednesday 21st December.

8. Bouf - The last date for most Christmas orders is 11am on Tuesday 20th December (in the case of made-to-order items, the deadline may be earlier).

9. Selfridges – For standard UK delivery, place your order online by 6pm on Monday 19th December. If you’re ordering a hamper, you’ve got until 1pm on Tuesday 20th December. For nominated day or nominated timed day deliveries, the deadline is 12 noon on Thursday 22nd December. And if you’re opting for nominated Saturday deliver, then the last order day is 12noon on Friday 23rd December.

10. Urban Outfitters – The last time to order goods for Christmas from Urban Outfitters is Monday 19th December.

11. Whittard – The deadline for standard UK deliveries is 5pm on Monday 19th December. For UK next day delivery, you can order until 12noon on Wednesday 21st December.

12. Lombok – Place your order by Sunday 18th December in time for Christmas delivery from Lombok.

13. Hotel Chocolat – The last day for standard chocolate delivery is 2.30pm on Tuesday 20th December. If you opt for next day delivery, you’ve got up until 4pm on Thursday 22nd December. Or for Saturday delivery, the final deadline is 4pm on Friday 23rd December.

14. Monsoon – The deadline at Monsoon for orders placed with standard delivery is Monday 19th December. If you’re ordering with a next day delivery option, the deadline is 2pm on Wednesday 21st December.

15. Argos – At Argos, Christmas orders for large items need to be in by Sunday 18th December. For smaller items, the deadline for Christmas posting is 1pm on Thursday 22nd December.

16. BHS - For standard delivery in time for Christmas, order online at BHS by 12noon on Wednesday 21st December. For express delivery, the final deadline is 2pm on Thursday 22nd December.

17. Oliver Bonas – At Oliver Bonas, the last order date for standard delivery is Tuesday 20th December. For express delivery, the final deadline is Thursday 22nd December.

18. Next – At Next, the last order date for pre-Christmas delivery is 9pm on Thursday 22nd December.

19. I Want One Of Those - The deadline for free first class delivery is 12 noon on Monday December 19th. For express next day delivery, the last order date is 2pm on Thursday 22nd December and for Saturday deliver, the deadline is 12noon on Friday 23rd of December.

20. DotComGiftShop – The last posting dates for Christmas delivery for orders made at DotComGiftShop are 2pm on Wednesday 21st December for standard delivery and 12am on Thursday 22nd December for next day delivery.

Umbra fish hotel fish bowl

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Designer fish bowl aquarium ideas

A stylish home for fish!

Treat your fish to a new home, with this unusual fish hotel!

Designed by Teddy Luong for Umbra and modelled on a contemporary style home, this modern fish aquarium, with its multiple windows, is a stylish home for your pet fish.

The outside of the FishHotel is made from white plastic, but inside is a glass fish bowl that can easily be removed for cleaning.

Fun and practical, the Fish Hotel has an RRP of £48, but is currently £43.79 at Amazon.

Oh Deer! 5 of the best deer themed home accessories

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

We’re loving the deer trend in home accessories, so here’s our pick of 5 of the best deer themed buys for your home!

1. Deer Decorations

Contemporary reindeer xmas christmas decorations

Deer family

This contemporary style set of three deer are the perfect addition to your Christmas decorations.

They’re made of sustainably sourced, laser-cut birch plywood and they arrive in 11 pieces, which are simply slotted together.

The rather quirky deer family cost £24 from Shell Thomas.

2. Deer Mugs

Funky deer home accessories

Deer mugs

We really like the Yes Deer mug, but there’s also a Daddy Deer and Mummy Deer option available too.

The mugs are handmade from bone china, are microwave and dishwasher proof and are only £9 each from RawXclusive.

3. Deer Wall Stickers

Wildlife animal deer decal wall sticker Small deer decal wall sticker

Watch out, there’s a deer about!

The huge British deer wall sticker is so lifelike – it could cause momentary shock if you came across it unexpectedly in someone’s home! To add a taste to the wild to your home, it will set you back £39.99 from The Binary Box.

Alternatively, a smaller black silhouette deer wall sticker is available for £16.50 from Bombdesign.

4. Funky Deer Head

Modern contemporary deer head trophy decoration

Dimensional deer wall decoration

This super funky contemporary deer head decoration is made from graphically decorated laminated fibreboard.

It comes flat packed, but is easy to assemble – no glue required – and adds dimension and interest to a wall.

The gorgeous deer head is available for £35 from Cox and Cox.

5. Deer Paperweight

Contemporary handmade boxed paperweight

Handmade paperweight

This handmade paperweight features a funky geometric background (which reminds us of wallpaper) and a black silhouette of a deer, with a bird perched on its back.

The round paperweight comes boxed and costs £12 from Lollipop Designs.

And finally…

If you love all things deer related, don’t forget to enter our EasyArt Loves competition to win you very own deer stag framed art print!

Six Fabulous Christmas Book Trees

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Still undecided about what sort of Christmas tree to choose this year? If you’ve got a supply of books at home, then why not try creating your very own Christmas book tree!

It’s funky, unique and eco-friendly and you can design it to fit your room.

Here are six fabulous examples of Christmas book trees to inspire you!

1. Large Christmas Book Tree

Funky and unique christmas book trees

Christmas tree made from books

(Via Instagram)

Isn’t this fab? Who needs an actual tree, when you can create your own from books!

The whole of this huge Christmas tree is entirely made from books, then decorated with Christmas lights. It was created in a New York Anthropologie store (we also love the teapot lamp to the right!).

2. Mini Christmas Book Tree

Christmas xmas crafty handmade tree decorations

Mini book tree decoration

(Via Twig and Thistle)

Book trees needn’t be huge – why not try stacking your books to create a mini Christmas book tree like this one?

3. Funky Christmas Book Tree

Funky Christmas xmas book trees

Ingenious Christmas book tree

(Via Emmas DesignBlogg and IJM)

Or, if you’ve got shelf space free, get creative with your stacking skills and arrange your books to create a funky book tree like this!

4. Handmade Recycled Christmas Book Tree

Recycled Christmas book tree decoration

Handmade Christmas book tree

(Tree by Linda Koutsky, via RozWoundUp)

As well as clever stacking, Christmas book trees can be handmade out of old books too – these books were originally heading for the recycling bin, but isn’t the tree so much better?

5. Make Your Own Christmas Book Tree

Turn a hardback book into an Xmas tree

Make your own book Christmas tree

If you’re feeling inspired by these creations and have an old hardback book going spare that has seen better days, than why not get creative and turn it into this?

Over at Instructables, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to making your own unique book Christmas tree.

6. Create a Picture Book Christmas Tree

Finally, if you’ve got lots of children’s picture books to hand, then take a look at David Maybury’s video, as he shows you how to build a Christmas tree with picture books.

The video is also useful to see for general book tree construction techniques!

Royal Crown Derby William and Catherine Christmas bauble

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Prince William and Kate Middleton's first Christmas

Royal Christmas bauble

So you thought we’d seen the end of Royal Wedding and William and Kate memorabilia? Er, not quite!

Royal Crown Derby have produced a special limited edition Christmas bauble to celebrate the first Christmas of newly wed’s, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The William and Catherine oval bauble is decorated with a crown, their intertwined initials and an inscription that includes their wedding date. It’s hand finished in 22ct gold and is a limited edition of 1500.

If you want to hang the William and Catherine bauble from your Christmas tree, it will set you back £85 from Royal Crown Derby.

Family tree photo frame

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Christmas gift ideas for the home

Family tree frame

If you’re stuck for gift ideas for hard to buy for relatives, then how about this family tree photo frame?

The suitably tree-shaped wooden frame has space for up to 14 photos in its branches, so you should have room to include plenty of family snaps.

The family tree photo frame is on special offer at the moment from Dwell, where there’s 30 pounds knocked off the original price.

Wooden bauble Christmas wreath

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Modern and contemporary Christmas xmas wreath

Wooden wreath

It’s traditional to hang a wreath on your door, or in your home, at Christmas. If you fancy something a bit different from the usual greenery, then here’s a funky modern wooden wreath.

Created from birch plywood, the bauble design wreath is laser cut from the wood to produce a very effective and decorative design. The wreath comes with ribbon, so is ready to hang up immediately in your desired location.

The wooden bauble Christmas wreath costs £15 and can be purchased from Gilbert13′s store on Not On The High Street.

Finch Arte turquoise chair from Made

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Modern contemporary turquoise designer chair

Accent chair

Not only is this chair a great shape – think 60s style, with its nicely curved back – but it’s also a great price.

Normally retailing at about £749 on the high street, you can get yours for only £299, if you snap it up quickly at

The Finch Arte chair has only five days left at this great price, then it’s off to production and the chairs will be made to order.

The chair is made in the UK from a hardwood frame, with solid oak legs. It’s upholstered in this fresh and uplifting turquoise linen mix fabric and makes a great accent chair.

Orders placed in the next five days will be despatched by express delivery and should be received by December 23rd, so you could put your new chair straight into action for Christmas.

If this chair isn’t quite your style, there are lots more chairs, sofas and other pieces of furniture and home accessories on offer at

10 Christmas shopping discount offers

Monday, November 28th, 2011

So many shops have great offers on at the moment to help you save money on the cost of your Christmas shopping. To save you the time looking for them, we’ve rounded up this week’s top 10 Christmas shopping discount offers.

1. BHS have a ‘buy one, get one half price’ offer on everything – but it ends today, so you need to get in quick!

2. Whittard have an online exclusive of 20% off all Christmas gifts, all tea and all coffee – just use the code TCX20 at checkout. New customers can also get 10% off their order by using the code – Welcome10.

3. Marks and Spencer have a 3 for 2 offer running across lots of Christmas decorations, home fragrance and gift ideas. Plus, they’ve been doing some great extra discounts on various departments recently and special Deals of the Day, so it’s well worth checking regularly to see what’s on offer.

4. Habitat have 20% off everything (until 4th December). Just use the code XM20HAB when you checkout.

5. Heal’s have some Christmas gift ideas and home products on sale.

6. Achica has lots of great promotions running every day, often including homeware, food and gift ideas.

7. Lights4Fun have various deals available on lighting, including Christmas lights. In particular, look out for their 3 for 2 deal, bundle offers and multibuy offers.

9. Laura Ashley have a 3 for 2 deal on all Christmas gifts. Plus they currently have 30% off lighting and 25% off furniture.

9. At Debenhams, there’s up to half price off selected home and furniture items.

10. After all that Christmas shopping, a bit of chocolate wouldn’t go amiss! Thorntons have a 3 for 2 deal available on selected Christmas gifts.

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