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March 1st  

How to create a chidren's pirate theme room

Ahoy there, me hearties! Shiver me timbers, and pass that bottle of rum. This week we’re taking a look at the best accessories to help transform your child’s bedroom into a Treasure-Island-themed world of imagination. If DIY isn’t your strong point, just paint the bedroom walls in sea-blue and let the accessories set the scene.

1. Pirate ship cushion, Elmtree Studio

Pirate ship cushion by Elmtree Studios

Made from high quality navy cotton ticking fabric and appliqued with a jaunty pirate ship and a hand-stitched Jolly Roger flag, this cushion is sure to delight any young potential crew member. Comes complete with a feather inner pad. £35, available from Swanky Maison.

2. Pirate clock, Milly Green

Melamine pirate clock from Milly Green

Learning your ABC, counting from 1 to 10 and telling the time are all made exciting with this pirate-design melamine clock, which can be personalised with your child’s name. £29.50 from Milly Green.

3. Pirate wall stickers, Becky and Lolo

Pirate wall stickers from Becky and Lolo

This set of 45 wall stickers features pirates, treasure maps, islands, a boat… and the treasure. The stickers won’t damage paintwork, and can be removed and repositioned if required. Great value at £12.55 for the set, from Becky and Lolo.

4. Pirate puppet, Aspace

Pirate hand puppet from Aspace

This dashing but not-too-scary-looking hand puppet pirate is ideal for helping younger children act out stories. Pieces of eight, anyone? £17, available from Aspace.

5. Pirate ‘this belongs to’ labels, Honey Tree Bespoke

Pirate personalised ‘this belongs to’ labels by Honey Tree Bepoke

Personalise anything from books to bags with those ‘this belongs to’ stickers with a pirate cartoon illustration. Available in a wide range of fonts and colours. £10 for a pack of 20, available from stationers Honey Tree Bespoke.

6. Pirate duvet set, Becky and Lolo

Pirate duvet set from Becky and Lolo

This sea-faring children’s pirates duvet cover set will make a bold statement in any boy’s pirate-themed bedroom. Made from 100% luxury cotton, the set includes a single duvet cover and one pillowcase. £24.98 from Becky and Lolo.

7. Treasure Island story print, Betsy Benn

Typographic Treasure Island story print from Betsy Benn

This typographic print of the best pirate story of all, Treasure Island, uses distressed, textured fonts to pick out the highlights of the story and it’s also complemented by hand drawn illustrations. You can even add one or two personalised lines of text if you like. The unframed print measures 29.7 x 42cm, and can be framed at an extra cost. Prices start at £32 from Betsy Benn.

8. Pirate cushion, Milly Green

Printed pirate cushion from Milly Green

These versatile printed cushions are ideal for bedrooms, playrooms and living rooms. Your child will love the bright design, and the cover is machine washable making it a practical choice. Comes complete with a cushion pad. £30 from Milly Green.

9. Wall sticker pirate ship, Jasmine Way

Pirate ship wall sticker from Jasmine Way

This swashbuckling sticker is made with high quality eco inks, so it’s environmentally friendly as well as inspiring. Put it up in your child’s room, and he’ll love making up stories about the faraway lands it sails to. £26 from Jasmine Way.

10. Pirate ship in a tin, Apples to Pears

Pirate ship in a tin by Apples to Pears

Let them set sail on their own adventure with this pirate ship in a tin, packed with all the pirate ship building essentials required to keep children entertained for hours. Set contains acrylic paints and brush, glue, eye-patch, treasure map, pirate stickers and instructions. £9.99 from Mollie and Fred.

By Sara Walker


February 23rd  

Very shabby chic home accessories

Sometimes all the colour you need is a touch of taupe.

Whether you’re opting for an all neutral interior scheme, or neutrals alongside additional colour accents, there are some great pieces around to help you effortlessly create a shabby chic or vintage style home.

Here’s a selection of stylish home buys from Very.

1. Heart shaped mirror with rose detail – £69

2. Catherine Lansfield daisy lace cushion – £12

3. Heart detail photo screen – £89

4. Love metal wall art – £49

5. 1Wall whitewash wood panel wall mural – now £50

6. Home metal wall art – £49

7. Harriet hare table lamp – £29

8. Cosmos print bean cube seat – £49

9. Ginger dusk large Yankee Candle jar – £20

February 18th  

Home money saving ideas

Save money in style this year, with these fab ceramic money boxes!

If you’ve having a thrifty February, want to save money for rainy days or simply need to get into the habit of saving more, then a money box could be just what you need. All of these are delightful in their own way, so fill them with cash to enjoy spending at a later date.

Top row:

Floral bunny money box from Lisa Angel Homeware and Gifts – £32

Stoneware vintage pet shop money box from Debenhams – £20

Porcelain unicorn money box from Sparks Living – £20

Middle row:

Union Jack wearing bulldog money box by Ben de Lisi – £20

Rob Ryan porcelain money box from Idyll Home Ltd – £23.50

Bottom row:

Grey rhino money box by Abigal Ahern / Edition – £20

Stoneware dachshund money box from At Home with Ashley Thomas – £16

Gold digga money box from Camila Prada Ceramics – £50

February 13th  

“Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you.”

The classic Valentine’s day poem, which dates back to Spenser’s The Fairie Queen of 1590, was used to decorate almost every card in the 19th century, and flowers are still the most popular gift today, along with chocolates. Red roses symbolise love and respect, while violets stand for care and loyalty.

This Valentine’s Day, choose a flower-themed gift with a difference.

1. Violet bloom iPhone case, Amy Sia

Violet iPhone case, Amy Sia

This phone case features a pretty, photographic print of violets, making an attractive and practical gift. Available for Iphone 5/5s or 5c,  it has a silicone interior liner for impact cushioning and an impact resistant, flexible plastic shell. Priced at £24.95, available from Amy Sia.

2. Rose and neroli scented candle, Hearth and Heritage

Rose scented candle from Hearth and Heritage

Give the traditional scent of English roses with this hand poured scented candle made with high quality essential oil and eco soy wax. As well as the top notes of rose, there’s also an underlying aroma of neroli (orange blossom) for a subtle floral scent. The candle comes in a heavy glass container, wrapped in tissue and packaged in a recycled box with sealed wrapping to hold the scent. £19.95 from Hearth and Heritage.

3. Silver rose jewellery, Shrieking Violet

Silver rose jewellery, Shrieking Violet

For a twist on a traditional theme, try this silver jewellery hand made with real miniature roses. The pendant is available in several different shapes, and there’s also a bracelet, bangle and ring. Prices start at £24.95 from Shrieking Violet.

4. Art deco rose print cushion, LuLu and Luca

Rose print art deco cushion

Add a touch of style to your home this Valentine’s Day with this art deco rose print cushion, designed by LuLu & Luca and inspired by a collection of art deco floral and geo vintage prints. It’s silkscreen printed by hand in the UK onto natural heavy weight linen, and the reverse is plain. Comes complete with a feather pad. Priced at £55, available from In Spaces.

5. Violet lamp, Living it Up

Violet-shaded lamp from Living it Up

‘Violet’ is a contemporary lamp that’ll fit into any interior with its crystal base. The violet shade gives a subtle, soft ambient light to give an atmospheric glow to bedrooms and sitting rooms. It’s hand crafted and the shade is made from purple silk. Was £160, now £128 from Living it Up.

6. Rose and bee heart tin, Emma Bridgewater

Rose and bee tin from Emma Bridgewater

This cute little heart shaped lidded tin features a bright rose and bee design and would make a perfect gift box for jewellery or handmade chocolates. Priced at £4, available from One Brown Cow.

7. English rose teapot, Sophie Allport

English Rose teapot from Sophie Allport

From designer Sophie Allport comes this pretty, delicate English Rose range, which includes mugs, plates, bowls and a teapot as well as several other items. We love this teapot, £25, which has a capacity of one litre (four cups), and is perfect for taking that early morning cuppa up to your Valentine. View the range at Sophie Allport, prices start at £6.

8. ‘Name a rose’ gift box, Getting Personal

‘Name a rose’ gift tin from Getting Personal

This gift tin contains everything you need to grow a rose bush, including a packet of rose seeds named after your recipient. Complete the registration card, adding the name you wish to call your rose, and receive a personalised certificate of registry. You’ll also receive an A3 double-sided rose calendar poster. £16.99, available from Getting Personal.

9. Valentine’s rose card, Bombus

Rose Valentine’s card, Bombus

A modern take on the traditional for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, this handmade card features a delicate gold rose silhouette mounted onto a red card. It’s blank inside and comes with a matching envelope. £4.50, from Bombus.

10. Rose cake forks, Rice DK

Rose cake forks, DK Rice

These pretty cake forks with a delicate rose design handle are ideal for serving that Valentine’s pudding, and they’re great value at £10 for 12 forks. Available from Berry Red.

February 11th  

Beautiful hummingbird designs for a cosy home

There are some lovely new pieces in the spring 2015 collection at Laura Ashley and we couldn’t help but spot these beautiful hummingbird designs.

There’s 25% off at Laura Ashley at the moment, so snap these bargains up whilst you can!

Hummingbird cushion – now £36 (normally £48)

Hummingbird mirror – now £55.25 (normally £75)

Small melamine hummingbirds tea tray – now £6 (normally £8)

Hummingbird design paper napkins – now £3 (normally £4)

February 2nd  

Bird and bee themed designs for a cosy home

Celebrate the world of nature, with these bird and bee themed home accessories and decor.

Top row, from left to right:

* Bring birds into your home with this handmade set of wooden coal tit wall birds by Anna Wiscombe

* Keep a beakful of salt close to hand when you’re cooking, with this quirky ceramic bird salt cellar

* Delight in the wonder of the work of bees by decorating your walls in this delicate honeycomb design bee colony wallpaper

Botton row, from left to right:

* Finish of your curtains in style with this bee-autiful queen bee tieback

* Serve up culinary delights on this bone china bee design plate

* Get organised, by hanging things up on this wise owl hook

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