Archive: Apr 2015

  1. Celebrate UK Coffee Week


    From sleek cafetieres to our pretty SS15 V&A licensed mugs, we’ve everything you need to show off your brewing skills and celebrate Coffee Week. And to help you create the ultimate cup of joe at home, from the 29th April, for a limited time only, you can save a third on our glass coffee, glass espresso and glass cup and saucer mugs.

    Take |Your pick of stylish mugs

    Mug shot

    We’ve more than 100 mugs to enjoy your steaming hot coffee from, each of which has been created with design in mind. My personal favourites are the country kitchen Sketched Hare and Fox mugs.

    1. Sketched hare mug, £2.50 | 2. Dipped mug, sea-blue, £3.50 | 3. Sketched fox mug, £2.50 | 4. Bold floral mug, purple, £2.50 | 5. Aqua print mug, £4| 6. Dipped mug, aqua, £3.50 | 7. Sketched cockerel mug, £2.50 | 8. Aqua mug, £4.

    DIY Cuppa

    Take the plunge

    Once you’ve got the necessary vessels, you need something to make it in. Our cafetieres range from 3-cup to 12-cup, offering both modern and classic options. And to give your frappuccino a little extra froth, don’t underestimate the power of a milk whisk.

    1. Chrome 3-cup cafetiere, £10 | 2. Ella Sabatini glass espresso mug, £2.50 | 3. V&A Kingfisher Palace bone china mug, £5 | 4. Bodum Schiuma milk frother, £8.

    We all need a caffeine boost to see us through the long days but remember drink responsibly!

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  2. ‘Printspiration’ for your home

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    via: (photographer: Yayo Ahumada)

    Sharp and stylish

    Bring a touch of country style to your living room with a couple of checked throws in calming, pastoral hues. When the sun shines and the garden beckons they double as great picnic blankets, too.

    1. Yellow & Grey Check Throw, £12 | 2. Coral Check Cushion, £10

    Pretty textures


    Hidden depths

    Introducing some unusual textures to a room can add depth and make a playful statement. Crocheted cushions and throws are a sweet addition – not to mention cosy to snuggle up to – while hand-crafted pieces can bring cheer and character.

    1. Crochet Throw, £30 | 2. Wild Flowers Embroidered Cushion, £15

    Bold blooms


    A flowerful look

    Forget chintzy floral patterns – it’s painterly blooms in saturated colours that are enjoying a moment. On bedspreads or scatter cushions they flourish beautifully in watercolour style.

    1. Floral Print Cushion, £15 | 2. Country Floral Print Bedlinen Double, £18

    Graphic art


    For extra edge

    Whether geometric patterns in black-and-white or photographic prints featuring dreamy landscapes, graphic pieces are like off-the-wall artworks. To avoid overdoing it, pair eye-catching pieces with simpler décor – a bold, stripy runner along a dining table or photographic cushions arranged on a neutral-toned sofa.

    1. Palmtree Bedlinen, £18.00| 2. Monochrome Stripe Runner, £12

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  3. Global-inspired interiors

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    Invoke the magic of Morocco

    If you won’t find yourself rambling the riads this summer, add a little Moroccan influence to your décor instead. To create this look in your own pad, start with muted colours as a base – black and white will work well – then enliven with intricate patterns, flashes of bright colour and ornate, metallic hues.
    Rugs, lamps, candles, wicker baskets and cushions are all must-have accessories. Works particularly well in the living room.

    1. Black & Gold Effect Taper Candle Holder Large, £6 | 2. Large Black with Gold Effect Metal Bowl, £12

    Thailand homeware

    Thai-up your décor

    Anyone who’s had the pleasure of gliding through Bangkok’s floating markets will know that Thailand packs a style punch to the senses. Why not get into the spirit and add a Far Eastern feel to your home?
    A mix of striking patterns and plush colours teamed with calming wooden influences makes Thai style an inspiring décor genre. Give it a go in the dining room or kitchen-diner.

    1. Wooden Tealight Tray with Amber Glass Votives, £10 | 2. Santana Dinner Plate, £3.50

    Spanish homeware

    Make it Mediterranean

    Create an interiors look that’s reminiscent of sunny Spain and you’ll feel like you’re drinking Sangria with the locals all year round.
    To get this feel in your own home, fuse white-washed walls with mosaic tiled floors and accessories in aqua hues. Accents of terracotta work really well for a fresh Mediterranean-feeling kitchen.

    1. Terracotta Dipped Jug, £12 | 2. Terracotta Dip Bowl, £2.50

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  4. Create your own country escape


    Bright blue skies, long sunny days and clusters of daffodils can mean only one thing – spring is here. So if you’ve come over all Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, combine natural woods, fruit and vegetable motifs and warm shades to create a farmers’-market-feel in your own home.

    Au natural homewares

    Rough-hewn textures

    Wicker and natural wood pieces are an ideal way to give your home a stylish rustic feel. This can work in any room of the house, from wicker storage baskets in the bedroom to wooden ornaments in the kitchen.

    1. White Wash Wooden Shelved House, £35 | 2. Set of 3 Rush Weave Baskets, £10
    3 Woven String Hanging Heart Small, £3 | 4. Wooden Heart Memo Blackboard, £15

    Eartjy tones homeware

    The simple things

    Use warm, natural materials such as terracotta interspersed with bright, fun fruit and vegetable motifs to create a timeless look that speaks of the simple things in life. Works particularly well for big family get-togethers around the dining room.

    Get gardening

    The great outdoors

    Whether you’ve an acre of land or a petite patio, nothing says ‘making the most of spring’ like getting your hands dirty. If you’re not quite ready for some hardy shovelling, start with simple ceramic planters. An easy way to get green-fingered, and they look great once bright red strawberries are poking out.

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  5. Easter entertaining ideas

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    Spring is in full swing and the Easter holidays are here already. If you’re a parent you’ll be only too familiar with that all-important question ‘what are we doing today?’ Two weeks is a lovely long break, but it does mean you need to come up with a lot of entertainment ideas. I find arty, creative ideas go a long way (particularly if the weather isn’t behaving) so here are just a couple of ideas for whiling away a spring day.

    Easter egg maracas

    Easter egg maracas

    Fillable plastic eggs are a blank canvas for your creativity. We decided to use ours to make our own musical instruments! Simply open up the eggs and fill one half with seeds or beans. Seal them up using sticky tape and decorate them however you like with beads, glitter, etc! Top tip – different sized seeds/beads will make different sounds, so you could make a variety of maracas and create your own band.

    Easter bonnet and mini Easter chicks

    Easter bonnet

    Decorate this pink bonnet to make a cute Easter garment. We decorated ours tearing strips of tissue paper and sewing them onto the hat (because it can get windy out there Easter egg hunting). We also sewed on plastic eggs from the egg and spoon race set, although you could use strong glue. We made some simple tissue paper flowers and some fluffy Easter chicks and glued these into place too. For the final touch, we added some fake daffodils and Easter ribbon.

    Cerys can be found sharing creative family-friendly ideas over on A former teacher and marine biologist she can now be found covered in glue, mud and play dough with her two kids. You can follow Cerys on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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