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January 9th  
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Bohemian decor is bright, artistic and full of colour, pattern and texture. If sleek, contemporary, minimalist interiors leave you cold, then Bohemian style is definitely more ‘maximalist’.

We all know someone with the ability to throw clashing colours and styles together and create an enviable result, and that’s what Bohemian style is all about. The great thing about this decor is that there aren’t any design ‘rules’ – the best way to throw it together it to take pieces that you love, preferably that tell stories of different experiences or places you’ve been on your travels.

How to find and develop your own Bohemian style

To find your own Bohemian style, first think about the things you love.

Are you a beachcomber? Do you love long autumn walks? What about travelling – what are you favourite places to go? What experiences did you have there? Gather together things that mean something to you, and incorporate them into the decor.

For example, a favourite dress or pair of jeans that’s linked with something important in your life can be reinvented as patches in a quilt, a cushion cover or even part of a pair of curtains. This style is all about unexpected juxtapositions, so don’t be afraid to go a little off piste. Remember, if you love everything you’ve chosen then that’s the only criteria for including it – be brave!

Mixing styles up like this creates a carefree, relaxed attitude, and a decor that’s full of talking points and culture. Colour schemes aren’t chosen but evolve – lots of rich, earthy tones like orange and brown mixed with jewel tones like purple and blue will create a warm, den-like atmosphere.

To save it all looking too busy, keep carpets and floors a plain colour (plain waxed or painted floorboards work well), and pile them with coloured rugs. In a similar way, paint walls a plain colour to act as a showcase for your collections of art. Choose a warm tone like soft grey, and steer away from plain white which it too stark. Use soft furnishings like throws and rugs not only in the conventional ways, but also hung from the walls, draped over lamps and as table cloths.

How to choose Boho fabrics and furniture

When choosing fabrics, look at texture as well as colour and pattern. Very textured fabrics like hessian and chenille will mix well with satin, silk and velvet.

Furniture, vintage is key. Each piece should tell a story – whether it’s the wardrobe your grandparents bought when they got married, or the table you found at an auction rooms and brought home tied to the roof of your car.

Search vintage fairs, junk shops, small ads and online auction sites for pieces with a bit of history, and then sand, wax, repair, paint and refurbishment them until they become yours.

Accessorise with Boho finds

Look for accessories with a Moroccan or Indian feel, and don’t stick to one colour or type of material – mix wood with leather, cotton with wool and stone with textiles. It all sounds a bit chaotic, but the finished result is unconventional but cosy and welcoming.

When it comes to accessories, more is definitely more. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites:

Paradurah printed duvet cover, La Redoute

This lively duvet cover is oozing with boho style. It costs from £29 at La Redoute.

Kantha quilt made from vintage sari, Decorator’s Notebook

Kantha quilt made from vintage saris, £175

Each one of these quilts, £175, is hand stitched from vintage saris, so each one is different. For a selection, visit Decorator’s Notebook.

Set of four large Bohemian bowls, Berry Red

Set of four Bohemian bowls, £48

In mix and match assorted patterns, these bowls are ideal for everything from pasta to cereal.  £48 for four from Berry Red.

Aurora round velvet chair, MiaFleur

Aurora round velvet chair, £525

This chair has a sturdy frame wrapped in raffia with angular iron legs with a brass finish and a soft, cotton velvet buttoned cushion. £525, available from MiaFleur.

Set of four ombre boho Mason jars, Etsy

Add instant boho charm to a room with these handpainted accessories

For instant boho charm, this set of four ombre handpainted Mason jars are the perfect accessories to add to a room. They’re £40 at Etsy.

Ivonette table lamp, The Chandelier and Mirror Company

Ivonette table lamp, £79

A traditional table lamp with a classic tapered shade upholstered with a rich regal burgundy fabric and fringing. £79 from The Chandelier and Mirror Company.

Magellan mirror, PIB Home

Magellan mirror £35

This small round mirror has a slightly distressed frame for a vintage feel. £35 from PIB Home.

By Sara Walker

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December 21st  
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Whether you’re into pop or classical, music is a part of all our everyday lives. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves music or just fancy adding a little tune-related twist to your home decor, then look no further. We’ve chosen our top ten picks, all with a subtle music theme, ideal for adding individuality.

1. Set of four Secret Music coasters, Moody Monday

The distinctive contemporary design of these coasters is inspired by the parts from an old double keyboard organ. Part of the Secret Music collection, they’d make an ideal gift for a music lover and are a lovely, subtle way of introducing a musical ….ahem….note into your decor. £24 for a set of four, available from IN-SPACES.

2. Vintage music table confetti sprinkles, Widlflower Favours

What a gorgeous idea! 200 pieces of vintage music table confetti sprinkles hand-cut from real vintage music sheets, with each heart measuring 2.5 cm. Perfect for weddings, they’d also be ideal for summer or birthday parties. £2.99 from Wildflower Favours.

3. Love and music collage, Jane Wilson

ursFor something really special, what about this beautiful  collage by UK-based artist Jane Wilson? Created from vintage music manuscripts dating back to the 1800s, it’s a perfect present for a friend…or for yourself. Measuring 25 × 25 × 4.5 cm, it’s sold frame and signed for £65 from Artfinder.

4. Personalised Top 20 chart print, Betsy Benn Designs

Everyone has a list of their all time favourite songs, so this print is really personal. You could choose your favourite 20 tracks of all time, or even a wedding or birthday playlist. It costs from £35 unframed from Betsy Benn Designs, available from Not on the High Street.

5. Secret Music cushion, Moody Monday

From the Secret Music collection comes this ‘Dance!’ cushion, handmade in Edinburgh. The contemporary hand printed design was inspired by an abandoned double organ keyboard. Available in different colours and a choice of duck feather or microfibre pads, it costs £60 from IN-SPACES.

6. Orlando metal loop sculpture, Artisanti

This raw silver finish ornamental metal sculpture is made from an entwined metal ribbon reminiscent of a musical clef symbol. The textured, shiny aluminium finish catches and reflects the light, so place it near a lamp or candle for maximum impact. £204, available from Artisanti.

7. Personalised guitar chopping board, Getting Personal

If you know someone who fancies themselves as a bit of a rock god, then this chopping board could be just the thing. In the shape of a guitar, it has ‘The World’s Greatest’ engraved across it in a variety of fonts, and you can personalise it with a name. With a hole at the top of the fret board, it can be hung on the wall as a focal piece when it’s not in use. £24.99, available from Getting Personal.

8. Beechwood guitar salad servers, Kikkerland

Very much in the same vein are these brilliant guitar salad servers, made from beechwood. They’re heat resistant and safe to use on non-stick cookware, so you can use them as wooden spoons too. They’re ideal for rocking out at the barbecue. £16, available from Kikkerland.

9. Attache record player in brown, GPO Retro

How cool is this portable record player? This suitcase-style, vintage inspired model has built-in speakers and a USB port to connect with a MP3 player or smartphone, so you have all the benefits of modern technology in a vintage-style case that wouldn’t look out of place in a period home. Oh yes – and you can play vinyl records on it as well! £89.95, available from GPO Retro.

10. Personalised ‘Our Song’ vinyl record cushion, The Drifting Bear

This faux suede cushion displays your favourite song on a vinyl record, personalised with your names and a special date. Prices start at £35 for the cover only, or you can add a microfibre or duck feather pad for an extra charge. Available from The Drifting Bear.

 

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December 17th  
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Deck the halls – or at least the dining table – with these lovely seasonal placemats. The Christmas table always takes centre stage during the festive season, so make sure it looks its best – you can leave these placemats in situ while the decorations are up to add a festive feel.

If you think that having placemats you only use for four weeks a year is a bit extravagant, we’ve also included some plainer options that you can use all year round – dress them up at Christmas with holly sprigs, gold paper stars or ribbon.

 

1. Copper placemats, Mia Fleur

With their deliciously, hand beaten finish these copper placemats take centre stage and glam up the dining table. They have a rubber backing to protect your surfaces and are made from aluminium with a copper dye coating. £40 for a set of two, available from MiaFleur.

2. Pure linen placemats, Tolly McRae

For a classic look this Christmas, try these pure linen placemats in a range of muted shades. Choose from dove grey, rosewood, charcoal, pure white or natural, and accessorise with lots of silver and crystal. £24 each, available from Tolly McRae.

3. Ruusunen placemat, Vallila

In bright, festive colours, this fabric placemat from leading Finnish home accessories brand Vallila would also work well for a New Year party. Adds a splash of colour to plain table. £7.90 each, available from Vallila.

4. Shards placemat, Beyond the Fridge

If you’re in love with the trend geometrical shapes then this is for you. Made  in Somerset, these mats have a textured, heat-resistant surface for extra grip and are backed with a layer of cork. Available in other colours and designs, £12 each from Beyond the Fridge.

5. Slate placemats, Garden Trading

Looking for a stylish yet simple dining table set, perfect for dressing up for Christmas or down for everyday? This set of four slate coasters and four placemats is durable and heat resistant – you can even write guests’ names on them in chalk! £24.50 for the set, available from Garden Trading.

6. Holly placemat, Beyond the Fridge

Ok, it’s only once a year – so let’s go all out for Christmas! These durable, cork-backed mats, £12 each,  are easy to clean and will cheer up the festive table year after year. Matching coasters also available, all from Beyond the Fridge.

7. Robin and mistletoe placemats, Sophie Allport

If you prefer a more understated seasonal style, this set of four ‘Robin & Mistletoe’ placemats feature some plump red breasted robins on a grey background. Practical and stylish for everyday use, the set costs £27 from Sophie Allport. Matching coasters also available.

8. Winter woodland placemats. KitchenCraft

Get into the Christmas spirit with this set of four laminated and cork backed placemats, £9.99, perfect for enjoying your Christmas meal. Matching coasters also available. See the KitchenCraft website for details.

9. Set of two beaded silver placemats, Creative Tops

These table mats are beautifully made with silver glass beads. Hand made with a silk backing, these mats will add a touch of hand-crafted luxury to dining arrangements. £20 for a set of two, see the Creative Tops website for stockists.

10. Festive family Christmas placemat, Dotcomgiftshop

Ideal for younger guests are these Festive Family placemats, practical and wipeclean with a festive design. £3.95 each, available from Dotcomgiftshop.
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December 8th  
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Ideal for those hard-to-buy-for people, these subscription gifts will keep on giving every month of the year. From bird seed to nature lovers to gourmet parcels, there’s something for everyone here.

Stuck for a gift idea? How about a subscription box? There's a brilliant choice of options available. Click through for the top 10!

1. Birdseed subscription box, Boxwild

Birdseed subscription, Boxwild

This gift box contains three specially blended, seasonal seed mixes to attract a range of birds into your garden. Each month the team at Boxwild select seasonal blends to give your birds optimal nutrition for the season, and donate 50p from each box sold to Wildlife Charities in the UK to support the wonderful work they do. £12.50 a month (can be cancelled at any time), available from Boxwild.

2. 12 month subscription to Cake Masters magazine, The Craft Channel

Cake Masters magazine subscription, The Craft Channel

Know someone who’s hot stuff in the kitchen? Flex their baking muscles (and possibly get some ‘thank you’ cakes, you never know!) with this 12 month subscription to Cake Masters magazine. £38 including delivery, available from The Craft Channel.

3. Three month chocolate tasting club, Hotel Chocolat

Chocolate lovers subscription, Hotel Chocolat

Receive a different box of exclusive new chocolate recipes every four weeks for three months. Subscription packs are sent out by post and allow the lucky recipient to become a Tasting Club Member. £60 for three months, available from Hotel Chocolat.

4. Monthly coffee subscription, Em and Nick’s

Monthly coffee subscription, Em and Nick’s

Indulge the coffee lover in your life with this range of speciality coffees, available as whole bean or ground for espresso and aeropress dark.  Available for around £10 per month from Em and Nick’s.

5. Three month plant subscription, geo-fleur

Plant lovers’ subscription, geo-fleur

Plant Post Club is a plant subscription service brought to you by East London plant specialists geo-fleur. Subscribers receive a monthly surprise package of plants or plant related accessories. £60 for three months, available from geo-fleur.

6.Three month cookery book subscription gift, The Beautiful Book Company

Cookery book subscription, The Beautiful Book Company

A cookery book a month, picked especially and delivered gift wrapped. A truly personalised gift, the subscription is tailored to the recipient. £59.99 for three months, available from The Beautiful Book Company.

7. One month subscription to the Cake Slice Club, The Cake Nest

Subscription to the Cake Slice Club, The Cake Nest

We all deserve a bit of what we fancy so sign someone special up for our weekly Cake Slice Club and they’ll receive a beautifully packaged and truly delicious handmade cake every week for a month. Wheat free options available too. £30 for one month, available from The Cake Nest.

8. One month stationery lovers’ gift subscription, Honey Tree Publishing

Stationery lovers’ subscription, HoneyTree Publishing

If you know someone who’s a fan of beautiful stationery and design, then treat them to this gift from HoneyTreePost which delivers a selection of beautifully crafted stationery to their door. £15 for one month, available from Honey Tree Publishing.

9. Monthly haberdashery craft box subscription, Pocket and Pin

Haberdashery subscription box, Pocket and Pin

Ideal for keen crafters is this collection of craft supplies delivered to the door.  Habdash Boxes are designed to inspire rather than instruct, and include items such as a fat quarter of premium 100% cotton fabric, eight mini sheets of 30% wool felt, three metres of ribbons/trims, a selection of buttons and a mini spool with thread and needle. Priced around £12.50 per month, available from Pocket and Pin.

10. Six month letterbox fresh flower subscription, Bloom and Wild

Fresh flowers subscription, Bloom and Wild

What a lovely idea to cheer up the winter months! Delight your friends and family with the gift of fresh flowers, delivered straight through their letterbox once a month for six months. £115 for six months’ subscription, available from Bloom and Wild.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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