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Features: December '12

Quick Shop: Pick of the Sales

by Lisa Hill on December 31, 2012  |  0 comments
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Our pick of the best sales finds

Hit the sales from the comfort of your sofa with our pick of the best bargains.

Many of the sellers here on Furnish are offering great discounts at the moment on their gorgeous homewares.

Verty have some super reductions, including this Cube Sheesham Blanket Box, reduced from £299 to £179, and Amara Living has discounts in all categories, including vases, bowls and cushions, such as this beautiful Pip Studio Tiles Cushion, reduced from £49.99 to £39.99.

Clockwise from top left: Samara Table Lamp from John Lewis, £45; Brown Snakeskin Console Table from Furniche, £149; Porcelain Jar Gaudy Dots from JasmineWay, £13.50; Romany Patchwork Small Cube Stool from The French Bedroom Company, £145; Cube Sheesham Blanket Box from Verty furniture, £179; Pip Studio – Tiles Cushion – Denim – 60×60cm from Amara Living, £39.99.

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Light Switch Stickers from Folly

by Alexandra Thomas on December 29, 2012  |  0 comments
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Light Switch Stickers, £5.95, from Folly

Liven up a little one’s room with these Light Switch Stickers from Folly, £5.95.

If you’re not a fan of Disney or the latest “in” kids’ character, then finding items to decorate little ones’ rooms can be tricky.

These Light Switch Stickers are a great way to add some fun with minimum fuss and come at a bargain price too.

Each set of stickers (boys, girls or animals) comes with four sheets of stickers including eyebrows, rosy cheeks, hair and facial hair which can be used to create “faces” for your switches.

Great for encouraging your little darlings to get involved in decorating their rooms, the options are truly endless. When they’re bored with one look, the stickers simply peel off and they’re ready to create the next.

Butterfly Bowl from Rigby & Mac

by Alexandra Thomas on December 28, 2012  |  0 comments
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Butterfly Bowl, £29.95, from Rigby & Mac

Get ready for spring with this Butterfly Bowl from Rigby & Mac, £29.95.

Christmas may only just be over but, once the decorations come down, your home can look awfully bare.

Spring is the perfect time to treat your home to something new, and this Butterfly Bowl from Rigby & Mac is just the ticket to spruce up a dining table.

Made from glazed ceramic and covered in butterflies, dragonflies and beetles, this versatile bowl is ideal for everything from serving salad and pasta to displaying fruit.

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Vanity Style Laser Cut Acrylic Mirror from Magpie Miller

by Alexandra Thomas on December 27, 2012  |  0 comments
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Vanity Style Laser Cut Acrylic Mirror, £30, from Magpie Miller

Add some instant glamour with this Vanity Style Laser Cut Acrylic Mirror from Magpie Miller, £30.

For me, having a dressing table is the ultimate in bedroom luxury. What could be more decadent than having a dedicated area to preen and get ready for a big night out?

As well as looking for the perfect dressing table, I have a major interiors crush on this Vanity Style Laser Cut Acrylic Mirror from Magpie Miller.

I love the vintage design which is spot on for a adding a feminine touch without being too girly. Now all that’s left to do is find the dressing table to go with it.

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Wise Owl Ceramic Side Table from The French Bedroom Company

by Alexandra Thomas on December 26, 2012  |  0 comments
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Wise Owl Ceramic Side Table, currently £95, from The French Bedroom Company

Add some animal magic to your home with this Wise Owl Ceramic Side Table from The French Bedroom Company, currently reduced to £95.

Owls are still big news when it comes to interior design. From vases and cushions to wall art and sculptures, these wise old birds will instantly add some on-trend chic to any room in the home.

One of my favourite pieces is this Wise Owl Ceramic Side Table from The French Bedroom Company.

Whether you choose to use it in a bedroom or in the living room, this kitsch side table is bound to be a real talking point among guests.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas...

by Lisa Hill on December 25, 2012  |  0 comments
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... and a Happy New Year!!!

All of us here at Furnish wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and stylish New Year!



LSA Serve Punch Bowl and Ladle from Heal's

by Alexandra Thomas on December 22, 2012  |  0 comments
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LSA Serve Punch Bowl and Ladle, £65, from Heal's

Get creative this Christmas with this elegant LSA Serve Punch Bowl and Ladle from Heal’s, £65.

If you’re planning on throwing a lot of parties this festive period, you may want to think about concocting your own punch.

While they can be deadly, they’re also an ideal way to rid your drinks cabinet of all those obscure spirits brought back from holidays.

Of course, you’re going to need something stylish to serve it in, and we think this LSA Serve Punch Bowl and Ladle from Heal’s is the perfect choice.

Generous in size, it will be the perfect addition to any Christmas buffet table or New Year’s Eve party.

Alessi Cico Egg Cup from Amara Living

by Alexandra Thomas on December 21, 2012  |  0 comments
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Alessi Cico Egg Cup, £11, from Amara Living

Looking for the perfect stocking filler? This Alessi Cico Egg Cup is just the ticket, from Amara Living, £11.

Decent stocking filler gifts can often be hard to find, particularly if you want to give something stylish rather than silly.

So, if you’re stumped when it comes to choosing another gift, we may just have the answer.

These Alessi Egg Cups from Amara Living come in a choice of colours and will make the perfect kooky stocking filler without breaking the bank.

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Lexon Safe Bamboo Eco Friendly Radio from Gifts with Style

by Alexandra Thomas on December 20, 2012  |  0 comments
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Lexon Safe Bamboo Eco Friendly Radio, £54.95, from Gifts with Style

Go green this Christmas with this Lexon Safe Bamboo Eco Friendly Radio from Gifts With Style, £54.95.

If you’re planning on being a little bit greener in the New Year or want the perfect gift for an eco warrior friend, then we have found just the thing.

This Lexon Safe Bamboo Radio from Gifts With Style combines excellent eco credential with good looks, proving that saving the planet can be stylish too.

Made from sustainable bamboo and corn-based plastic, the radio is powered by its crank handle rather than electricity which means you can take it anywhere you like. So, when you want to listen to the news or the latest tunes, you simply turn the handle for two minutes to get 30 minutes worth of power.

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Anorak Kissing Robins Placemats from Rose & Grey

by Alexandra Thomas on December 18, 2012  |  0 comments
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Anorak Kissing Robins Placemats, £27.50, from Rose & Grey

Give your Christmas dining table some seasonal flavour with these Anorak Kissing Robins Placemats from Rose & Grey, £27.50.

For me, dressing the table for Christmas lunch is as important as the food. I think it’s something I’ve inherited from my Mum who always makes her dining table look amazing.

My scheme is usually very simple – think white linen napkins, lots and lots of tea lights and elegant cutlery.

One thing that’s on my shopping list is this set of four Kissing Robins Placemats from Rose & Grey. Simple yet extremely stylish, they feature the sweetest silhouettes of robins; you’ve guessed it, giving each other a peck.

They’re perfect for adding some understated festive charm and are sure to be a real talking point among your guests.

Faux Fur Christmas Stocking from Found Home Store

by Alexandra Thomas on December 17, 2012  |  0 comments
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Faux Fur Christmas Stocking, from £28, from Found Home Store

Add a touch of luxury to your mantelpiece this Christmas with the Faux Fur Christmas Stocking from Found Home Store, from £28.

As a child, hanging my stocking on the mantelpiece on Christmas Eve was one of my favourite festive pastimes.

It’s no secret that some of the best pressies can be found in a Christmas stocking, which is why I’m resurrecting this family tradition.

Of course, my stocking needs to be super stylish, so I’ve got my eye on this Faux Fur Christmas Stocking from Found Home Store.

Now all I have to do is hope the big man doesn’t forget to stop at my house!

Quick Shop: Last minute Christmas shopping

by Lisa Hill on December 19, 2012  |  0 comments
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A selection of fab last minute Christmas finds

It's not too late to pick up some gorgeous, last minute Christmas goodies.

Although there’s less than a week until Christmas, many of the larger stores here on Furnish are still shipping in time for the big day, with some taking orders up until the 21st December.

Here is a great selection of gorgeous gifts and Christmas goodies, all available from suppliers still currently offering delivery by Christmas.

(Please check suppliers’ sites before ordering in case of changes to availability/shipping and for their terms and conditions. Additional delivery costs may apply.)

Clockwise from top left: Philippi Angelo Salt Shaker from Occa Home, £17; Satellite Fruit Bowl from Mocha, £32.99; Menu Raw Diamonds Vase from Gifts with Style, £61.95; True Grace – Christmas Manor Small Bowl Candle – Cinnamon & Orange from Amara Living, £36; Lolita All I Want Christmas Wine Glass from John Lewis, £18; NYC Plate Clock from BODIE and FOU, £34.99.

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Silver Plated Champagne Flutes from The Orchard

by Alexandra Thomas on December 16, 2012  |  0 comments
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Silver Plated Champagne Flutes, £37.50, from The Orchard

Toast the festive period in style with these Silver Plated Champagne Flutes from The Orchard, £37.50.

One of my favourite things about Christmas is definitely all the champagne drinking.

From a Christmas morning Buck’s Fizz to toasting in the New Year, it’s fair to say we get through a few bottles in our house.

Usually I favour a graceful stem for my champagne flutes but I adore these Silver Plated Champagne Flutes (set of 6) from The Orchard. With a delicate silver plated base, they are ultra elegant and, for the perfect Christmas table, there are also matching wine glasses available.

And, if you know someone who enjoys quaffing the good stuff as much as me, these glasses will also make the perfect gift.

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Mirrored Wall Stars from Out There Interiors

by Alexandra Thomas on December 15, 2012  |  0 comments
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Mirrored Wall Stars, currently £49, from Out There Interiors

Make your home twinkle this Christmas with these Mirrored Wall Stars from Out There Interiors, currently reduced to £49.

If you haven’t got room for a Christmas tree but still want to create a festive feel in your home, these Mirrored Wall Stars from Out There Interiors are just the thing.

Made from bevelled glass, they come in a set of three different sizes ready to hang on the wall.

Group them in a cluster, line them in a row or use them individually throughout the home to create maximum impact with minimum fuss.

Bari Wall Mirror from Furniture for Home

by Alexandra Thomas on December 14, 2012  |  0 comments
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Bari Wall Mirror, currently £149, from Furniture for Home

Give your home an instant update this Christmas with the Bari Wall Mirror from Furniture for Home, currently £149.

Getting your home ready for guests at Christmas is almost as stressful as finding the perfect gift for Grandma and trying to work out if the turkey will fit in the oven.

But, if you’re expecting lots of visitors over the festive period yet haven’t got time to paint or wallpaper, then adding a striking accessory will give your scheme a fresh look in next to no time.

We love this dramatic Bari Wall Mirror from Furniture for Home which will instantly update a wall and lift a room’s scheme.

Perfect over a mantelpiece or in a guest bedroom, you’ll be able to wow your guests without even touching a pot of paint.

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Dina 3 Tier Round Glass Cake Stand from Artisanti

by Alexandra Thomas on December 13, 2012  |  1 comment
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Dina 3 Tier Round Glass Cake Stand, £61, from Artisanti

Show off your Christmas baking with this Dina 3 Tier Round Glass Cake Stand from Artisanti, £61.

While you may have missed Stir up Sunday (or not if you checked out this feature from our magazine last month!!), there’s still plenty of time to grab your apron, mixing bowls and scales, and create some Christmas goodies.

Whether you favour a traditional mince pie or a European slice of stollen, what better way to display your creations than with this simple, yet stylish, Dina 3 Tier Round Glass Cake Stand from Artisanti.

Perfect for every festive occasion from a Christmas Eve tea to a New Year’s Day buffet, this cake stand is sure to be a favourite for many years to come.

Bugatti Diva Coffee Machine from Amara Living

by Alexandra Thomas on December 12, 2012  |  0 comments
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Bugatti Diva Coffee Machine, from £525, from Amara Living

Give the coffee lover in your life the ultimate gift with this Bugatti Diva Coffee Machine from Amara Living, from £525.

Some people are as serious about coffee as others are about religion, politics and football.

If your loved one is a coffee aficionado, then the perfect gift for them this Christmas is undoubtedly the Bugatti Diva Coffee Machine from Amara Living.

Super stylish, the Diva Coffee Machine is also available in chrome (£570) and is perfect for making everything from espressos and macchiatos to lattes.

Not only that, but it will add some great Italian style to any amateur barista’s kitchen.

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Multi-Coloured Christmas Wreath from Found Home Store

by Alexandra Thomas on December 11, 2012  |  0 comments
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Multi-Coloured Christmas Wreath, £60, from Found Home Store

Give your front door the Christmas treatment with this Multi-Coloured Christmas Wreath from Found Home Store, £60.

Hanging my wreath on the front door is one of my favourite things at Christmas. For me it really signals that I’m ready for the festive period.

Going against everything I usually love interiors-wise, my wreaths have always erred on the traditional side but, this year, I’m opting for this more contemporary Multi-Coloured Christmas Wreath from Found Home Store.

Made from an array of colourful Christmas baubles, the wreath will definitely bring some colour to your Christmas scheme and give your guests a very special welcome.

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids Part 2

by Lisa Hill on December 10, 2012  |  0 comments
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More fave Christmas gift ideas for kids

Enjoy yet more wonderful Christmas finds for youngsters with our second Christmas Gift Guide for Kids.

Following on from yesterday’s great selection, today we have yet more fab gift ideas for kids.

The Osborne & Little – Cockatoo’s Zagazoo Cushion, designed by Quentin Blake and featuring the funky birds from his Cockatoos book will look great in a child’s bedroom or playroom, whilst the Dotty Dolls House Bookcase from Great Little Trading Company carries out its book holding duties beautifully.

Clockwise from top left: Dotty Dolls House Bookcase from Great Little Trading Company, £125; Woodland Height Chart Sticker from Great Little Trading Company, £20; Onion Bull Terrier Dog Light from Found Home Store, from £70; Osborne & Little – Cockatoo’s Zagazoo Cushion from Amara Living, £55; Toy School Bus With Wooden Puppets from Design My World, £29.95; The Good Life Red Owl Framed Print from Heal’s, £155.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids Part 1

by Lisa Hill on December 09, 2012  |  0 comments
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Some of our favourite Christmas gifts for kids

Find some gorgeous Christmas goodies for your little ones in the first of our Christmas Gift Guides for Kids.

Christmas is primarily a time for children. And buying for children at Christmas primarily means buying toys.

However, here at Furnish we have many gorgeous homey bits and pieces for your children’s room which would make ideal Christmas gifts.

Here are some of our faves, with more to follow tomorrow.

Clockwise from top left: Designers Guild – Little Owl Cushion – Aqua from Amara Living, £35; Fire Engine Bookcase from Great Little Trading Company, £125; Nextime Colour Guide Clock from Red Candy, £59; Judith Kerr – Mog with Medal Framed Print from John Lewis, £25; FatBoy Junior Beanbag from Found Home Store, £109; Pick Up A Penny Money Box from Design My World, £17.50.