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Features: November '12

Pantone Xmas Baubles from Found Home Store

by Lisa Hill on November 30, 2012  |  0 comments
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Pantone Xmas Baubles, £8, from Found Home Store

Add fun and funky colour to your tree with these Pantone Xmas Baubles from Found Home Store, £8.

Nowadays, there are many homeware items available which use the Pantone colour theme.

We have seen Pantone chairs, Pantone teapots and mugs, and Pantone placemats and coasters and now, at this festive time of year, we are thrilled to have these wonderful Pantone Xmas baubles.

Perfect for a more contemporary tree, they are available in six funky colours. Alternatively, treat yourself (or a friend) to a mixed set of them all.

Vintage Style Snowflake Stoneware Jug from The Contemporary Home

by Lisa Hill on November 28, 2012  |  0 comments
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Vintage Style Snowflake Stoneware Jug, £14.99, from The Contemporary Home

Add a traditional feel to your Christmas table with the Vintage Style Snowflake Stoneware Jug from The Contemporary Home, £14.99.

Just how adorable is this little jug from The Contemporary Home?

Made in a ‘distressed’ style, looking as though it’s been passed down for generations, it features a pretty snowflake design, making it perfect for your Christmas Day celebrations.

Orla Kiely Set of 5 Round Cake Tins from Heal's

by Lisa Hill on November 27, 2012  |  0 comments
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Orla Kiely Set of 5 Round Cake Tins, £35, from Heal's

Yummy storage for your scrummy cakes with this Orla Kiely Set of 5 Round Cake Tins from Heal's, £35.

Whether it’s for the Christmas cake itself, or for any other yummy Yuletide goodies, these pretty cake tins from Orla Kiely at Heal’s are spot on.

In 5 different sizes, they conveniently fit inside each other when not in use.

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Dad

by Lisa Hill on November 25, 2012  |  0 comments
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A selection of great Christmas gifts for Dad.

Find inspiration with our pick of the best Christmas gifts for Dads.

I always think that Dads are pretty tricky to buy for. Whilst there’s always socks and slippers, choosing something more interesting can be a bit more of a challenge.

But don’t despair as here at Furnish we have some great gift choices for Dads.

The Paul Smith AddColour Press Coffee Maker from Occa Home is perfect for caffeine lovers who don’t want to scrimp on style, whilst the 45 Record Coasters Set of Four from Heal’s will take them back a decade or two.

The John Lewis Dad Mug, meanwhile, will let them know just how great you think they are.

Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Adler – British Flag Paperweight from Amara Living, £42; Paul Smith AddColour Press Coffee Maker from Occa Home, £179; 45 Record Coasters Set of Four from Heal’s, £12; John Lewis Dad Mug from John Lewis, £8; Lolita Beer Wall Pilsner Glass from John Lewis, £20; La Hacienda Pizza Firepit from Occa Home, £113.50.

Twinkle Fairy Duvet Cover Set from Great Little Trading Company

by Lisa Hill on November 24, 2012  |  0 comments
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Twinkle Fairy Duvet Cover Set, £40, from Great Little Trading Company

Add a touch of wonder with the Twinkle Fairy Duvet Cover Set from Great Little Trading Company, £40.

If you’re looking for a pretty gift for a little girl this Christmas, how about this gorgeous Twinkle Fairy Duvet Cover Set from Great Little Trading Company?

With the sweetest wand-waving fairy, it would bring a touch of magic to any girl’s room.

Matching items also available.

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Christmas Eve Scented Candle - Rudolph from Amara Living

by Lisa Hill on November 22, 2012  |  0 comments
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Christmas Eve Scented Candle - Rudolph (16cm candle shown)

Enjoy Christmassy aromas with this Christmas Eve Scented Candle - Rudolph from Amara Living, £65 - £375.

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!” These are the reindeers from “The Night before Christmas” – the reindeers that pull Santa’s sleigh.

But the reindeer we all know and love the most, with his glowing, red nose, is good old Rudolph.

And, in honour of his fantastic work guiding Santa through the fog, this delightful clove and mistletoe scented Christmas candle, available from Amara Living, is named after him.

It will have you shouting out in glee!

10cm version - approx 60 hours burn time - £65
16cm version - approx 150 hours burn time - £95
24cm version - approx 400 hours burn time - £190
35cm version - approx 650 hours burn time - £375

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set from Summerill & Bishop

by Lisa Hill on November 21, 2012  |  0 comments
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Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set, £35.50, from Summerill & Bishop

Get ready for Christmas baking with this Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set from Summerill & Bishop, £35.50.

Sunday 25th November is Stir up Sunday.

The last Sunday before Advent, this is traditionally the day to make the Christmas pudding, with the whole family joining in and giving the mix a good stir.

But, whether it’s for mixing the pud, making mince pies, or simply whisking up eggs for Christmas morning, this Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set will do the job perfectly.

Quick Shop: Champagne glasses

by Lisa Hill on November 26, 2012  |  0 comments
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A selection of our favourite champagne glasses.

Raise a toast to our pick of the best champagne glasses.

The festive season is approaching, and what better way to toast Christmas or see in the New Year than with a glass or two of cold, sparkling Champagne.

At Furnish we have loads of champagne flutes to choose from, all perfect for adding a touch of style to your quaffing!

Here is a selection of our faves.

Clockwise from top left: Baroque & Rock Champagne Flute from Red Candy, £6.30 each; Brissi Alba Champagne Flute from John Lewis, £7 each; Culinary Concepts Hammered Champagne Flutes from John Lewis, £54.95 for set of 2; Versace Arabesque Champagne Glass – Amber from Occa Home, £139 each; Melanise Champagne Glasses from OKA, currently £35 for set of 6; LSA Remi Copper Champagne Flute from Heal’s, £15 each.

Jan Constantine Appliqué Snowflake Cushion from Amara Living

by Lisa Hill on November 20, 2012  |  0 comments
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Jan Constantine Appliqué Snowflake Cushion, £69, from Amara Living

Cosy up in your living room with the Jan Constantine Appliqué Snowflake Cushion from Amara Living, £69.

If you’re looking to jazz up your sofa a little this Christmastime, then treat it to this luscious Jan Constantine Appliqué Snowflake Cushion from Amara Living.

Made with gorgeous red, felt wool, and decorated with a hand embroidered snowflake design, it would also make a fab festive gift.

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts For Mum

by Lisa Hill on November 19, 2012  |  0 comments
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A selection of great Christmas gifts for Mum.

It'll be happy mothers day all over again, with these wonderful Christmas gifts for Mums.

Mums are the best! (Or so I keep telling my son.) And Christmas is a great time to say thank you with a gorgeous, glamorous gift or two.

The L’Objet – Lorel Gold Plated Round Frame from Amara Living is one of the prettiest small photo frames I’ve ever seen, with a really lovely gold plated vine design and dainty Swarovski crystals.

Meanwhile, the fabulous clocks from Burford Trading have quickly become a firm favourite on Furnish, and I reckon this Butterfly version would go down a treat with Mums across the land.

Clockwise from top left: L’Objet – Lorel Gold Plated Round Frame from Amara Living, £150; Missoni Home Montgomery Throw Pink from Heal’s, £210; Brissi Betty Round Vase from John Lewis, £38; Romany Patchwork Cushion from The French Bedroom Company, £38; Scroll Smoky Mercury Candle Holder from Artisanti, £154; 3D Butterfly Circle no.17 Wall Art Clock from Burford Trading, £20.

Beaded Swirl Cushion from John Lewis

by Lisa Hill on November 18, 2012  |  0 comments
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Beaded Swirl Cushion, £25, from John Lewis

Add beaded beauty with the Beaded Swirl Cushion from John Lewis, £25.

In my opinion, you can never have too many cushions.

Large or small, round or square, patterned or plain, I love to have cushions galore on both my sofa and my bed.

And cushions are a great Christmas gift idea, with the varied colours and textures available, and I reckon this beautiful Beaded Swirl Cushion from John Lewis, with its subtle shade and intricate beading would be a safe bet for pretty much everyone!

Silver Glass Lantern Fairy Lights from Primrose & Plum

by Lisa Hill on November 17, 2012  |  0 comments
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Silver Glass Lantern Fairy Lights, £42, from Primrose & Plum

Create a magical mood with these beautiful Silver Glass Lantern Fairy Lights from Primrose & Plum, £42.

Yesterday we brought you the rather cute Heart Reindeer Christmas Decoration from Design My World.

Well… I’ve found another gorgeous Christmas decoration for you in these Silver Glass Lantern Fairy Lights from Primrose & Plum.

They have just the prettiest glass baubles, and would look great on the tree at Christmas, or draped over the mantelpiece or fireplace any time of year.

Heart Reindeer Christmas Decoration from Design My World

by Lisa Hill on November 16, 2012  |  0 comments
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Heart Reindeer Christmas Decoration, currently £5.06, from Design My World

Fly high with the Heart Reindeer Christmas Decoration from Design My World, currently £5.06.

If you’re looking for some new and stylish Christmas decorations this year, how about this cute little Heart Reindeer from Design My World.

Perfect for the tree, it would look particularly striking combined with the other decorations in the range, see below.

(As a bonus, we have an exclusive 15% off everything at Design My World but only until 21st November.)

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Glass Candle Holders from Ancienne Ambiance

by Lisa Hill on November 14, 2012  |  0 comments
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Glass Candle Holders, £10 each, from Ancienne Ambiance

Add a festive glow with these Glass Candle Holders from Ancienne Ambiance, £10 each.

I love candles at any time, but there’s something special about candlelight at Christmas. A bit of sparkle and a warm glow are perfect on a crisp winter’s evening.

So, continuing with our pick of the best Christmas gifts, these Glass Candle Holders from Ancienne Ambiance would make a great pressie, or could be used within your home to add a festive touch.

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Dandelion Wall Clock from Burford Trading

by Lisa Hill on November 13, 2012  |  0 comments
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Dandelion Wall Clock, currently £25, from Burford Trading

Float away with the Dandelion Wall Clock from Burford Trading, currently £25.

The time has come.

The supermarkets have long had their Christmas puds in store. Alongside high streets everywhere you can see the Christmas lights up on the lamp-posts, not yet turned on, but ready and waiting. And soon the day will come for the first ‘Fairytale’ of the year.

It’s Christmas!

Well… not quite. But it’s definitely time to get started for Christmas.

So to help you with gifts, decorations and all those Christmas must-haves, we’ll be bringing you our favourites over the next few weeks.

This Dandelion Wall Clock from Burford Trading is certainly one of my favourites. Featuring a beautiful hand drawn dandelion, it would make a perfect “gift for the home”.

Chinese Blanket Trunk from Shimu

by Lisa Hill on November 12, 2012  |  0 comments
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Chinese Blanket Trunk, £345, from Shimu

Add versatile storage with the Chinese Blanket Trunk from Shimu, £345.

This Chinese Blanket Trunk from Shimu is so versatile.

Fantastic in your living room as a coffee or side table, brilliant in your bedroom for storing clothes or as occasional seating, and ideal in your hallway for hiding away unwanted clutter.

Or you could always use it as a blanket trunk...

Teapot with Tea Cosy from The Contemporary Home

by Lisa Hill on November 11, 2012  |  0 comments
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Teapot with Tea Cosy, currently reduced to £12.99, from The Contemporary Home

Keep warm and cosy with this Teapot with Tea Cosy from The Contemporary Home, currently reduced to £12.99.

As the days are getting colder and colder, the need for cups of hot, comforting tea is getting stronger and stronger.

And this teapot from The Contemporary Home with its extremely cute and colourful tea cosy, is just the thing.

Bobbletastic.

Set of 6 Bibi Vases from Rose & Grey

by Lisa Hill on November 10, 2012  |  0 comments
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Set of 6 Bibi Vases, £19.95, from Rose & Grey

Enjoy life's little pleasures with this Set of 6 Bibi Vases from Rose & Grey, £19.95.

I have completely fallen in love with these gorgeous Bibi Vases from Rose & Grey.

Oh so cute, and looking like they belong in a doll’s house, their jewel-like colours go together beautifully.

Perfect for displaying in a group, with flowers or without.

Protea Candle Holder from Delve

by Lisa Hill on November 09, 2012  |  0 comments
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Protea Candle Holder, £52, from Delve

Enjoy fair trade candlelight with the Protea Candle Holder from Delve, £52.

Regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of candlelight, loving every type of candle (and tea light, and votive, etc) and having far too many throughout my home.

But I may need just one more, now this gorgeous Protea Candle Holder has caught my eye.

Handmade in South Africa by a fair trade craft group, it is made up of shaped wire ‘leaves’, which produce a lovely effect as the candlelight shines through.

Ella Doran Portables Placemats Set of Six from Heal's

by Lisa Hill on November 08, 2012  |  0 comments
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Ella Doran Portables Placemats Set of Six, £44, from Heal's

Dine in retro style with the Ella Doran Portables Placemats Set of Six from Heal's, £44.

It always seems amazing to me, as a child of the (very late) sixties, that it’s been a good couple of decades now since ‘record players’ were the way we all listened to music.

CDs, and then digital music players, just took over so completely, that most of us no longer own any vinyl records. And, if we do, we have no player to play them on.

So, for a reminder of those good old days (scratches, bits of fluff on the stylus, and general crackling notwithstanding), take a look at this fab set of 6 Ella Doran Portables Placemats.

With six different designs, all featuring portable players from even before my time, they are definitely my current pick of the dining pops.