• Archive for November, 2014

    Let the Advent-ure begin

    by  • November 28, 2014 • Living • 0 Comments

    If the Wedgwood Advent House didn’t do it for you, here are five further fabulous Advent calendars to start cracking into from Monday…

    Ferm Living Advent Calendar1 – House Christmas calendar from Ferm Living

    Meri Meri Advent Calendar2 – Toyshop Advent calendar from Cotswold Trading

    Noma Light Up Advent Calendar3 – Wood Village Scene Advent calendar from Selfridges

    Pipii DIY Advent Calender4 – 3D Christmas Advent calendar Village Boxes from Pipii

    Linea Advent Stocking5 – Linea Giant Frosty Advent stocking from House of Fraser

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    Early doors on your Advent calendar

    by  • November 26, 2014 • One Perfect Thing • 0 Comments

    You’ve got four days left to get your hands on your daily fix of pre-Christmas treats in the form of your Advent calendar for 2014. But this year, instead of spending pocket change on a common confectionery incarnation, why not dig deep and invest in an Advent heirloom? Wedgewood Advent CalendarWere it within my means, I can’t deny that I wouldn’t consider this Wedgwood House Advent calendar.

    Honestly, it is far from my means yet I have found myself thinking about it a lot more than I really should since first laying eyes on it. The Georgian house, painted alabaster and Wedgwood blue, makes my heart race.
    Luckily cooler heads (and thin bank accounts) prevail. Wedgwood Advent Calendar ornamentsAt (deep breath) £12,000 (exhale), it comes packed with 24 miniature Wedgwood tree ornaments and, if Wedgwood is your thing, then this is a treasure. Alas, it is not big enough to live in.

    If Wedgwood (and/or spending £12,000) isn’t your thing, there are luckily still a few lovely (and less bank-account-crippling) options to get your hands on. Check back tomorrow for my pick of the best…

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    Wall to wall colour testing

    by  • November 25, 2014 • One Perfect Thing • 0 Comments

    If there is one thing guaranteed to cause decorating upset, it’s the risk associated with picking the wrong paint colour.  You can buy tester pot after tester pot and paint right on to the wall, but if it’s early in the process, you may end up staring at a patchwork mess for a long time…
    Luckily there is a new £2 way around it. iPatch is an innovative way to test your potential paint colour with zero mess.iPatch-sheets-2A new product from Colour & Paint (the company behind the Royal Academy of Arts and Liberty Art Fabrics paint ranges), the iPatch is a painted A4 sheet backed with a low-tack adhesive that means it can be applied, easily removed and handily reapplied from wall to wall.iPatch in actionSimply order the colour of your choice – at £2 a sheet – and eliminate the risk.
    It’s the solution to wanting to know how light or dark that colour will look around corners and at any time of the day – from brilliant sunshine to moody candlelight…
    It’s all a little bit genius.

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