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December 5th  
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Tra la la, tra la la, tra la la la…….Here at Cosy Home, we’re busy getting into the festive spirit. Here’s what we’re hoping to find in our stocking on Christmas morning (and we’ve been really good this year, Santa…..).

1. Luigi spoon rest, Koziol

Just one Cornetto…..this cute spoon rest is styled on a gondola, with the spoon providing the pole. It’s practical as well as adorable, and will keep dirty spoons neatly out of the way between uses – just stir and prop. Was £19.20 now £18.50, available from Red Candy.

2. Hawthorn tree mug, Small Island

From Irish craft and design company Small Island comes this bone china mug showing a windswept hawthorn tree.  A lovely hand drawn image suggestive of the West of Ireland and the strong Atlantic breeze which shapes the trees there, it costs £9.

3. Decorative glazed bowls, House Doctor

These ceramic bowls have an attractive layered glaze pattern which is unique to each piece. While these are perfect for serving food they are nice enough to simply live on a coffee table or console, filled with pot pourri or bits and bobs. Priced at £9.95 (small) or £18.95 (large), available from Rigby and Mac.

4. Stag apron, the Glasgow School of Art

Be monarch of the glen, and the kitchen! With a modern take on traditional tartan and neutral palette this apron makes an ideal gift for any keen chef. This pen and ink sketch inspired by Scotland’s rich wildlife is printed on a cotton twill apron which features an adjustable neck loop. £18, available from the Glasgow School of Art.

5. Ceramic bee jug, Kate Thorburn

This cute little bee jug  from Kate Thorburn Ceramics is designed in the heart of the UK potteries. It’s perfect for holding cream, or maybe a posy of flowers in the spring. £16, available from What Kate Loves.

6. Floral hot water bottle, Rice DK

 A sweet soft cotton fabric cover with a floral and face design and a hot water bottle ready to use inside, this will keep you cosy all through the winter. Also available in pink. £19, from Sisters Guild.

7. Vintage floral padded coat hangar, Aurina

Padded coat hangers are ideal for storing delicate knitwear, or anything that might stretch or sag on an ordinary hangar. This one comes with a cute little heart motif, and costs £7.95 from Aurina.

8. Retro Bakelite alarm clocks, Rigby & Mac

These happy little retro alarm clocks with glow in the dark hands will be sure to wake you up with a smile. Available in ivory, red and green, they take one AA battery which isn’t included, so remember to buy it separately! £10.95, available from Rigby & Mac.

9. Set of four tealight holders, LSA International

Adding warm tones to your home or table setting, these co-ordinating coloured glass tealight holders in warm winter shades of purple and berry are supplied with tealights. £14.95 for the set, available from Annabel James.

10. Square butterfly cushion, Neema Crafts

The hand-screen printed linen fabric of this cushion is sewn at a workshop in Tanzania which employs people with disabilities.  It comes complete with a feather pad, and costs £19.50 from Neema Crafts.

By Sara Walker

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November 17th  
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Delft blue baroque wallpaper

The wonderful design and hue of Delft blue is perfect for home decor. We’ve got the low-down on how to get decorating your home with a classic Dutch theme.

Delft – the history

The chances are you’ll have seen pottery inspired by Delft Blue, the famous cream and blue pottery typically decorated with windmills and flowers. It’s been produced the city of Delft in South Holland since the 17th century.

Originally, it was a status possession, collected and shown off by rich families. Although it was called ‘porcelain’ to underline its important, Defltware was never true porcelain but made from clay coated with a tin glaze after firing. The hand painted designs owned something to a then-fashionable Chinese influence. This created a cheaper, more hard wearing result.

In spite of this, Delft Blue achieved unrivalled popularity, and at its peak, there were 33 factories in Delft. Of all of these factories, the only one remaining today is Royal Delft, which still makes pottery that’s entirely hand painted.

Gradually, Delft Blue became less popular and the factories gradually closed. Today, there’s been a resurgence of interest in the pretty, eye catching patterns and ‘Delft designs’ appear on anything from fabrics to tiles, while many manufacturers have ‘Delft Blue’ in their colour range.

Delft Blue is a perfect choice for kitchens. For a traditional look, mix pieces of china with copper pans and fresh and dried herbs. For a more contemporary look, team it with crisp, white linen, polished steel accessories and natural surfaces such as marble. Don’t stop in the kitchen, though – roll the look out throughout the house with ‘Delft Blue’ cushions, fabrics and tiles.

Here’s how to get the Dutch Delft look in your home:

Delft Blue baroque wallpaper, Young and Battaglia

Delft Blue baroque wallpaper, £98

A mixture of English and Dutch cultures, this silky smooth porcelain wallpaper uses a classic Mintonesque willow pattern along with Delft Blue colouring.
 Printed on 180g smooth wallpaper suitable for domestic usage, it costs £98 for  900 x 2500mm from In Spaces.

 Delft Blue rabbit and cabbage cushion, Thornback & Peel

How to decorate your home with a delft blue Dutch theme

Delft Blue rabbit and cabbage cushion

This cream 100% cotton cushion hand printed with Delft Blue rabbit and cabbages, bee and ladybirds comes complete with a duck feather pad and is made in Great Britain.   A mixture of fresh colour with traditional imagery, it would work well in any decor and is currently on sale (was £44.95, now £24.95). Available from Annabel James.

Delft tulip tile no W.DE1537HP, The Winchester Tile Company

How to decorate your home with a delft blue Dutch theme

Delft tulipa tile, £11.45

Hand painted and delicate, this indigo Delft style tile features flowers on a crisp white background and would be ideal for adding subtle detail to kitchens or bathrooms. This range is available in six different designs, other ranges also available. £11.45 per tile from The Winchester Tile Company.

Set of three blue Dutch plant pots, Mia Fleur

How to decorate your home with a delft blue Dutch theme

Set of three Delft blue plant pots, £32.95

These blue Dutch style plant pots will bring some colour to your garden or houseplant display. The patterns and colours of these garden plant pots are reminiscent of Dutch delft tiles and make a pretty display on a  shelf or table. Available as a set of three in two different colour choices, £32.95 from Mia Fleur.

Bologna Little Delft tiles, The Baked Tile Company

How to decorate your home with a delft blue Dutch theme

Bologna Little Delft tiles, £3.30 each

With Dutch influences by way of Spain comes this Bologna Little Delft decorative floor tile.  This patterned tile looks equally good in hallways, bathrooms, utility rooms and kitchens and at just £3.30 a tile, it’s a cost effective way of transforming a room. Available from the Baked Tile Company.

By Sara Walker

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October 27th  
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One of our favourite parts of autumn is kicking through piles of leaves in the park – red, golden, brown and yellow, they’re a last display of colour before the colder weather sets in.

This year, we’re thinking about bringing autumn inside with these autumn-leaf themed home accessories – that way, we can enjoy the leaves even when it’s raining! Those rich, warm tones are perfect for adding a cosy feel to living rooms and dining rooms, as well.

Autumn leaves mug, Collier Campbell

Gorgeous autumn leaves ceramic mug by Collier Campbell

This fine bone china mug in Autumn Leaves is perfect when you’re coming home to a cup of tea after that long walk on a crisp, clear day. Bright and colourful, it will cheer up a less-than-clear day too. £8, available from Collier Campbell.

Lehtisade cushion cover, Riina Kuikka

Finnish autumn leaves cushion

The Lehtisade (Finnish for ‘falling leaves’) cushion cover  features an autumnal forest scene in seasonal colours. It costs £13.90 for the cover only from contemporary Finnish brand Vallila.

Pheasant and oak napkins, Annabel James

Thornback and Peel pheasant and oak leaf designer napkins

This set of four white napkins by Thornback & Peel is hand printed with a pheasant, oak leaves and acorns. It would make a lovely addition to any dining table, and if you’d like to offer it as a gift it comes presented with hand tied grey ribbon. The soft, muted colours are perfect for an autumnal feel. £44.95, available from Annabel James.

Muuria tray, Eclect

Contemporary leaf design tray

For a more stylized take on the trend, try this stylish leaf design, wood veneer tray by Muurla (Finland). With a retro feel, it combines autumn colours and inspiration with practicality. £25, available from Eclect.

Set of six gold leaf napkin rings, MiaFleur

Lay your table in style and add these gorgeous gold leaf napkin rings

These aren’t what’s normally meant by ‘gold leaf’ – these are golden napkin rings in the shape of leaves.  Combine with crisp linen napkins for an elegant table setting and create a stylish table for that special dinner party. Made from metal, they cost £29.95 for the set from Mia Fleur.

Lokta paper leaves, Wildflower Favours

What would you create with these autumnal paper leaves?

These tree-free lokta paper leaves are so evocative of autumn. There are 100 leaves to a pack and three leaf designs in various autumnal shades. They’re made from eco-friendly lokta paper, made from the bark of the Daphne bush, which grows at high altitude in Nepal.  The bush regenerates more growth and can be used again and again, so it’s sustainable. The leaves cost £5.99 for a pack from Wildflower Favours.

Autumn scene path self adhesive wall paper, IN-SPACES

Bring autumn into your home with a self-adhesive wallpaper panel

How much fun is this?! If it’s too wet or dreary to go outside, create your own bright autumn day with this self adhesive wallpaper. The special air flow technology means that application is easy and there’s no need for paste – if you get it wrong, the panels can be re-positioned as well. £35 per 1m strip, available from IN-SPACES.

Alice’s Walk cushion, IN-SPACES

Alice's autumnal walk cushion design

The rich, warm tones of this cushion will set off a neutral-coloured chair or sofa to perfect. Team it with a fluffy throw for ultimate cold-weather comfort. It comes complete with a duck feather pad and costs £68 from IN-SPACES.

Autumn leaf tiles, Walls & Floors

Unusual decorative autumn leaf tiles

Suitable for both internal and external floor applications, these fun tiles will help to create the feeling of kicking through leaves without the mess! They cost £21.45 per square metre from Walls & Floors.

Actuelle autumn leaves rug, Modern Rugs

Realistic autumn leaves design rug

This rug design is printed on a special fabric called Sorona ® produced by DuPont ™. It’s environmentally friendly, stain resistant, crush resistant and highly durable – so you can use it anywhere, including high traffic areas like hallways. It measures 150cm by 230cm and costs £429 from Modern Rugs.

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October 21st  
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Mad about baking? Discover the top 10 essential baking accessories that every home baker needs in their kitchen

Glued to Great British Bake Off? If so, you’re not alone – the show’s been credited with getting us back into the kitchen as a nation. The first series aired in 2010 and attracted only two million viewers, but now an impressive 12.5 million of us watch it every week.

If you haven’t yet succumbed to the temptation to get your pinny out, what are you waiting for? Baking’s very therapeutic, and you can control the recipes for healthier bakes. If  you’re starting from scratch, here’s what you need to equip your kitchen!

1. Baking essentials set, Garden Trading

Baking essentials st, £42.50

A set of three essentials to help you turn out the perfect cupcake. The Louella Measuring Cup is made of thick glass and measures one cup exactly – great for American recipes. Keep eggs safely in the egg run, which helps you store in date order. Finally, the glass jug and juicer is useful for all sorts of things from measuring to squeezing. £42.50 for the set, available from Garden Trading.

2. Ceramic mixing bowls set, Rice DK

Mixing bowl set, £47.50

A colourful nest of ceramic mixing bowls in yellow, blue, coral, and soft jade, there’s a size for every need from Monday mornings scrambled eggs to rainy day Sundays baking cakes. Each bowl has a handy lip to help pour out batters and liquids. £47.50, available from Sisters Guild.

3. Typhoon vintage kitchen scales, Red Candy

Kitchen scales, £29.95

We love these 1950s retro red designer weighing scales, complete with glossy red enamel coated steel with silver accents and silver bowl. It displays weight in both kg/g and lbs/oz, and costs £29.95 (was £34) from Red Candy.

4. Jane Asher wooden spoons three pack, Poundland

Wooden spoons set, £1

Getting the right kit doesn’t have to cost a fortune! This set of three traditional wooden spoons is great for scooping or stirring foods whilst cooking or baking – the different heights allow you to vary the size of bowl. £1, available from Poundland.

5. Set of five cookie cutters, Zeal

Set of cookie cutters, £2.85

This set of five cutters will produce perfect biscuits and cookies as well as marzipan and fondant icing. It comes in five different colours of different sizes, complete with a storage box. They’re dishwasher safe, as well! Was £3 now £2.85, available from Amaroni.

6. Set of three cake tins, Sophie Allport

Set of three cake tins, £35

After all that hard work, you’ll need somewhere to store the results of your labours. We love these sturdy, airtight tins with a pretty chicken and egg design. St of three tins, £35, available from Sophie Allport.

7. Roost oven gloves, Cottage in the Hills

Double oven gloves, £15

Sturdy oven gloves are a must if you’re baking, and these organic cotton double oven gloves are both stylish and practical. They have a handy loop in the middle of the glove so you can hang them up, ready for grabbing when you need them. £15, available from Cottage in the Hills.

8. Klippan shorebirds blue apron, Cloudberry Living

Kitchen apron, £24

From an original Swedish design, this apron features fresh, cheerful birds highlighted with greys, blues and shades of yellow for a burst of sunshine. It’ll help make baking even more enjoyable – and keep you from getting splattered into the bargain. £24, available from Cloudberry Living.

9. Ceramic lace two tier cake stand, live laugh love

Ceramic cake stand, £9.95

Show off your creations in style with this two tier vintage style cake stand with lovely fret work detail. Flat packs for easy storage, and at just £9.95 from live laugh love it won’t break the bank.

10. Candy stripe baking cups, Candle and Cake

Paper baking cases, £2.49

These pretty, scalloped edge baking cups are perfect for use as baking cups, treat pots, jelly pots, ice cream bowls, fruit cups, whatever you like. You can put the cake mixture straight into them and stand them on a baking tray, so there’s no need for a muffin tin. £2.49 for 12, available from Candle and Cake.


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October 12th  
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Celebrate the natural wonder of wool in your home, with super cosy woollen home accessories

Nothing says ‘cosy’ like pure natural wool. It’s warm, breathable and deeply comforting, and it’s the perfect time to invest in some woolly accessories ready for the colder weather.

From 10 to 16 October 2016 The Campaign for Wool (yes, really) holds its 7th UK Wool Week, designed to promote the use of wool as a bi0degradable, renewable, safe  material that’s suitable for a wide range of uses.

So here are top 10 wool picks for a Cosy Home!

1. Hand woven wool throw, IN-SPACES

This hand-woven, naturally dyed throw will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s made of pure sheep’s wool and it’s fair trade as well! It uses two different colours of naturally dyed yard. ln a herringbone weave, the throw is available in grey, blue & grey, and red & purple. £120, available from IN-SPACES.

2. Moorland wool rug in taupe, The Rug Seller

This plain and simple rug has a deep taupe border and subtle self-coloured stripes to add interest and texture. Made from thick, soft, 100% wool yarns and woven in India using cut and loop techniques, it’s soft and warm to the touch. Available in different sizes, prices start at £69 from The Rug Seller.

3. Wolesley storage ottoman in wool tweed, MADE

With heritage-feel fabric, autumnal colour scheme and accent piping, this UK made ottoman will complement any interior and provide useful storage in a bedroom or living room. You can use the padded top as an occasional seat, as well. £369, available from MADE.

4. Klippan Polka wool blanket/throw, Eclect

The Klippan brand combines Swedish design with traditional methods of working with natural textiles. These 100% lambs wool blankets/throws are thick and warm, but are also springy and light in weight and make an ideal for snuggling up on a winter’s night. Each blanket comes with its own natural wood wool comb for care. £64, available from Eclect.

5. Merino wool sailor knit cushion, Louise Roe

This tactile cushion is made from 100% Merino wool and would be perfect for adding subtle texture and warmth to an armchair or bed. The cover is removable for spot cleaning. £78, available from A Splash of Colour.

6. Berries natural and blue wool and jute pouffe, Harley and Lola

Blending elements of classic design and chic trends, the ‘Berries’ pouffe is perfect as an occasional seat or footstool.Made from hand woven wool and natural fibres of jute, it costs £99.99 from Harley and Lola.

7. Devon lightweight wool duvet, The French Bedroom Company

Wool is an ideal material for duvets, as it’s breathable so cool in summer and warm in winter. It helps to regulate body temperature throughout the night. The unique natural properties of wool are resistant to dust mites, so wool duvets are anti-allergy as well.  These are hand made in Devon, using wool from pure breed flocks of Texel sheep and are a natural alternative to a down filled duvet. Available from the French Bedroom Company, prices start at £100.

8. Embroidered wool blanket, Reste

This virgin wool blanket is made in Central Mexico using the highest quality softest wool. The blankets are loomed by artisans, hand-drawn and then hand-embroidered by women in Malinalco Mexico in a minimal pattern of triangles and lines and the edges blanket stitched in contrasting thread. £155, available from Reste.

9. Etawah stone and navy wool cushion cover, Nkuku

These stylish cushion covers are soft and tactile, finished with a row of pretty wooden buttons to add an individual detail. £32.95 for the cover only, available from Nkuku.

10. Rouen stool in olive wood, Swoon Editions

This little French-style stool is upholstered in olive herringbone wool, while antiqued brass studding completes the look. Perfect at a dressing table or as an accent in the corner of a bedroom or bathroom. £179, available from Swoon Editions.


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September 8th  
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There’s nothing like proper, traditional wicker baskets for giving a home a cosy feel. They’re attractive as well as practical, and will find uses all over the house. Use in the kitchen to hold fruit and vegetables, in the bathroom to hold rolled towels and spare loo roll, and in the sitting room to store magazines and remote controls.

They’re perfect for using in the garden to hold carry cut flowers or tools, and you can even take them to the shops!

If traditional isn’t your thing, we’ve thrown in a couple of different choices as well.

Here are our favourite finds:

Cosy home guide to storage baskets

1. Hanging wall baskets, Monty’s Vintage Shop

These heavily braided wall baskets are a bit different, and ideal if you don’t have much space and prefer to keep clutter off the worktops and floors. These would be handy in any room, but particularly in the kitchen for storing teatowels and bathroom for toiletries. £12 from Monty’s Vintage Shop.

2. Set of two graphic maize baskets, Idyll Home

The strikingly attractive grey and natural grass diamond pattern, combined with the broad weave construction, makes these baskets stand out from the crowd. They sport leather carry handles for ease, and cost £42 for the set from Idyll Home.

3. Kelp laundry basket, House Doctor DK

This generous laundry basket is pretty enough to keep outside the cupboard. From House Doctor DK, known for their beautiful Nordic interiors, it will make you feel a little better about this regular chore. £35.40 from Sisters Guild.

4. Navajo seagrass baskets, ALSO Home

These unusual, pretty white-washed baskets with lids would make ideal sewing or knitting baskets. Hand-woven by Vietnamese artisans from natural seagrass with a soft white finish, they’d also be useful for holding cosmetics. Prices start at £35 from ALSO Home.

5. Picnic basket, Grace & Glory

Get ready for the great outdoors with this chunky rattan picnic basket. The open top design means you have plenty of room for bottles and containers, and it’s easy to carry them upright. The sturdy design means this basket will last for years. £42 from Grace & Glory.

6. Market basket, Bohemia Design

This rustic market basket has been handwoven in Morocco from sustainable palm leaf and makes a stylish and eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags and storage boxes. Its size makes it perfect for storing shoes, fire wood, newspapers, wrapping paper and any other odds and ends cluttering up the house. Or fill it with towels and suncream and head to the beach. £20 from Postcards Home.

7. Bloomingville baskets in black,

Beautiful and rustic, these baskets are ideal for holding indoor plants or  for storage. Each basket is handmade using natural raffia, woven and twirled around to create a basket shape. Part of the basket is painted in white or black, with the other half showing off the natural raffia finish. £165 for a pair, from

8. Kindling basket, Annemarie O’Sullivan

Make going outside for firewood a doddle with this handwoven willow basket with a fixed hazel handle. The willow has been coppiced after one year’s growth, dried and then re-soaked ready for weaving. £310 from Made By Hand Online.

9. Pair of wire Grille baskets, Loaf

Inspired by the humble shopping basket (but classier), these sturdy baskets are ideal for storing magazines, papers and correspondence. £65 for a pair (one of each size) from Loaf.

10. Natural rattan shopping basket, Marquis & Dawe

A traditional style shopping basket, made from sturdy willow with a grey wash finish, this would be ideal for storing fruit or vegetables or taking to the market with you. £30 from Marquis and Dawe.

By Sara Walker


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