Tuesday, 25 October 2016

AUTUMN PICKS WITH COX & COX

 



Gold accessories have been dominating our décor for the past year or so. I find that they brighten up our monochrome theme and bring a touch of glamorous to any setting. There have been a few key pieces missing from my gold collection so I was very excited when I stumbled across Cox & Cox recently. You might already be familiar with the homeware brand, after all their products have been featured in many interior magazines, such as Elle Décor and Living Etc. I was totally blown away by their stunning Scandi style furniture and chic accessories. They have really managed to nail everything that I love about interiors - minimalism, function and timeless design.

So when Cox & Cox asked me if I'd be interested in collaborating with them, for a minute I thought I might be dreaming. I couldn't have imagined a better brand to work with. As you know, I only write about brands and products that that I'm passionate about and happy to spend my own money on. You could easily spend hours browsing through their online store with one product more beautiful than the other. I think that it's the eclectic look combined with Scandi minimalism that really differentiates them from other brands. Whether it's lighting, furniture, outdoor or kids items you are after, Cox and Cox have it all.

Now you probably know how much I love entertaining. Well, a gold cutlery set has been on my wish list for quite some time and  I have been looking for the perfect one to go with my gold themed tablescapes. The Aurelia Brushed Gold Cutlery Set was love at first sight. When my new gold cutlery arrived, all I could think was 'wow' - this looks even more beautiful than on the website! The cutlery set is made from high quality stainless steel with a stunning gold brushed finish. My favourite thing is that there are no logos in sight which is quite rare to find. If you are looking for a luxurious statement cutlery that will bring a bit of glamour to your dinner parties, this is the one to go for! It also comes in the most beautiful natural gift box and with the prettiest thank you card you could imagine which just made the whole experience with Cox & Cox feel very special. Needless to say, I feel spoiled every time I use them.


It's no secret that I'm addicted to fresh flowers these days. I tend to buy them almost weekly and they always cheer me up no matter how hard my day has been. Even though I have a quite a good selection of vases,  I've been looking to add a gold/brass vase to my collection recently. The Brushed Brass Vase is perfect for displaying your favourite flowers or branches. I adore the glamorous look and it instantly gives our living room a bit of industrial chic. My favourite flowers are roses but anything goes with it really. It comes in two sizes, short and tall, and is currently a whopping 75% off the original price so I'm seriously thinking about getting the tall one too. They would make a great statement piece together, don't you think?


Cox & Cox have so many beautiful items in their new collection that I have decided to add a few to my current 'lust list'. I've noticed my decorating style is constantly evolving and at the moment I prefer a design that doesn't force you to stick to a bunch of rules. Here are some swoonworthy items that I think would look great in our home. I hope you like them too!

Moroccan Style Mirrors

Image credit: Cox & Cox
Seriously how amazing are these mirrors? From the minute I saw them, I was in love. The Kasbah mirror is incredibly stylish and would look great in a modern or traditional home. I adore the Moroccan style and these would be perfect for a bedroom or a hall. You could buy two and place each mirror above your bedside table for a chic, sophisticated effect. Or, you could create a beautiful statement wall in your living room. What I love about individual mirrors is that you can get as creative as you like!

Hanging Chair

Image credit: Cox & Cox
The truth is I don't exactly have room for this hanging chair right now but I would consider getting rid of one of my old chairs in our TV room for it. It's the perfect addition if you are going for that 'Hygge' look (Danish concept of living cosily)! You can also use this chair outdoors so it's incredibly versatile.

Bathroom Accessories

Image credit: Cox & Cox
Never underestimate the power of a nicely decorated powder room. I adore the grey towels and the blush toilet accessories. If you have a neutral bathroom, add a pop of colour with some pretty towels or a soap dispenser. I never thought I'd say this but pink it starting to grow on me. I don't know if it's because I'm a mother of  two girls but it's a seriously hot colour in our house right now. I almost feel bad for my husband but if you add it in small doses, chances are your other half won't even notice!

Copper Bowl

Image credit: Cox & Cox
The White Copper Bowl will look stunning in the kitchen or in the dinner table. It's perfect for fruit or you could use it on its own as a statement piece. It also perfectly complements the White Copper Pendant Lightshade. So if you're thinking about doing a kitchen reno, consider matching your accessories with the lighting. You'd be surprised the difference it will make!

Did you see anything you liked? If you are new to Cox & Cox you'd be pleased to hear that they have an introductory offer to give you 20% off your first order. Simply use 'INTRO61022' to get the discount.

Happy shopping!

* This post was in partnership with Cox & Cox.
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

HALLOWEEN INSPIRED TABLESCAPE WITH SAINSBURY'S






Halloween is  a great excuse to get together with family and friends. I love throwing a Halloween dinner party although I do tend to keep my decorations to the minimum on the dinner table. I prefer timeless tableware that doesn't scream Halloween and I like to fill the table with mini pumpkins which add a bit of colour to a neutral colour scheme.

I was thrilled when Sainsbury's asked me to style our home with some of their new season accessories. I've been a big fan of the British store for quite a few years now. I do my weekly grocery shop at our local Sainbury's and their homeware department has caught my eye recently. I absolutely adore their Harvest and Palatial collections. Whether you are a fan of colour or luxurious classics, there is something for everyone. The collections are full of bright autumnal colours and beautiful patterns that are bound to brighten up those dark nights.

I wanted to create a stylish table setting that would be ideal for a Halloween inspired dinner party. I knew that the Palatial Dinner Set would be the perfect choice from the minute I saw it. It's probably the prettiest dining set I've seen in a while. I love the grey detailing on the plates - they are so chic and elegant! The tableware really sets the mood for your dinner party and these white plates go very well in both modern or traditional table settings. Don't forget that white is always a classy choice because it gives you room to play around with other colours and patterns.






The centre piece is the focal point of the table so you need to think carefully what you place there. It will be the first thing your dinner guests will notice so make sure it's both beautiful and practical. I love a flower centre piece but this time I thought I'd make an exception. The Marble & Acacia Long Board is striking in person. I find the marble/wood design clever and it brings a rustic feel to the dinner table. You can use the board for canapé, breads, cheeses or use it to display decorative objects like mini pumpkins - it's very versatile! I decided to serve some Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cranberry, Orange and Pumpkin seed loaf which has been proven very popular in our house.




Now I've got to admit, I have a thing for trays. They are an absolute must in my book when entertaining and you can never have too many as far as I'm concerned. Use trays when serving drinks or canapé or as decorative items afterwards. They are great for adding colour to neutral décor and I always make sure I have the right tray for each season. The Harvest Round Tray is probably my favourite piece in the entire collection. I love the quirky pattern and the bright colour really makes it stand out. It's actually quite a big tray (36 x 36 cm) so it's ideal when you are entertaining a large group of people.


I'm a big fan of  fresh flowers but sometimes I like to change things up a bit. Potted herbs look relaxed and informal in a table setting like this which I love. And let's not forget how delicious they smell! The mini pumpkins bring a pop of colour to the table so I felt it didn't need any additional flowers. I like to use pussy willows all year round although if you can get your hands on some orange fall foliage it will go with the theme even better. The Mercury Effect Vase is perfect for faux flower arrangements or branches. The Small Silver Stud Skull also adds a bit of glamour to the dinner table.




Now you cannot have a dinner party without a scented candle, right? The Hedgerow Ceramic Candle is ideal for Halloween. The colour is perfect for the season and it smells absolutely divine. I love the jar so much that I am planning to use it as a vase for flowers afterwards. Little vases are great for displaying individual flowers, herbs or succulents so I try to upcycle old jars as much as possible.



Halloween is still a few weeks away but I always start my party planning early. It can be a little tricky to find stylish Halloween decorations amongst all the plastic spiders and cobwebs. Luckily Sainsbury's have a really nice collection of decorations, tableware and accessories for both kids and adults alike this year. If you are throwing a classy, grown-up party just add a few orange accessories and a silver skull to glam up the table. Don't be afraid to use seasonal herbs or vegetables in the centre piece along with some flowers. I do believe that less is more. Keep it simple and classy. You'd be surprised how much one orange vase or a statement candle can lift the mood and put you in the Halloween spirit.

Happy Halloween!

*This post was in partnership with Sainsbury's.
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

TOP 10 AUTUMN INTERIOR TRENDS FROM NOT ON THE HIGHSTREET & EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW










With the clocks set to change and the nights drawing in, Sally Bendelow, notonthehighstreet.com's Creative Product Director has kindly agreed to share her top ten tips for turning your home into a stylish, cosy hideaway this autumn. With over 20 years experience curating cutting edge, design led products, Sally knows a thing or two about this season's hottest home trends and luckily for us she was available for an exclusive interview with the Finnterior Designer Blog.

Now let's hear it from Sally...

1. This autumn, we are continuing to see the trend of over-sized chunky knits coming into the home as well as in the world of fashion. Embrace the feeling of cosy this autumn through super-sized knitted blankets and throws - a statement throw can instantly transform the look and feel of your living room or bedroom.

2. Updating your home fragrance is a simple yet effective way to welcome the new season with a nod to autumnal hues. Look for rich and warming scents combining bergamot, frankincense and amber, which are ideal to capture the aroma of a crackling open fire.

3. Look to update your colour schemes to embrace the deeper tones of winter blues and forest greens which will add a touch of opulence to your home. Think dark, elegant colours alongside warm lighting and reflective surfaces.

4. Continue the theme of opulence by introducing classic, sumptuous textures such as velvets, sheepskin and suede. This can be achieved through statement accessories like cushions and chaises.

5. Alternatively, look to the artisan trend where we see craft techniques and simple materials at the heart. Bringing together objects made by hand from rustic materials to add texture this autumn. Look to update your tableware with porcelain bowls and ceramic mugs.

6. Decorative lighting is becoming an art form in itself, with designs that catch the eye whether the bulb is on or off. Consider mixing different styles with complementary tones or mixed metals to make a statement and brighten up the autumn evenings.

7. Get party ready in advance of the festive season by indulging in the roaring twenties trend of metallics, mirrored surfaces and vintage decadence. Introducing vintage etched champagne coupes to your collection offers a simple update and the most elegant way to drink!

8. Indulge in Hygge (pronounced 'Hooga') - the Danish concept of living cosily. Think rich textures, rustic materials and layered blankets in abundance.

9. Don’t forget to refresh your bedding ready to snuggle up! Invest in extra layers such as throws and cushions to create the perfect setting for Winter nights.

10. A whole room can be quickly transformed by investing in a statement piece of furniture to embrace this season's trends. Consider occasional chairs that have a ‘wow’ factor - perfect for your extra guests this autumn!

Interview with Sally Bendelow (Creative Product Director at notonthehighstreet.com)



FD: Scandinavian design and interiors seem very popular in the UK at the moment. Why do you think that is?

Sally: The Scandinavian trend has long been in play due to its minimalist elegance and focus on creating functional styles with a strong aesthetic. The paler colour palette, use of natural materials and focus on quality has made this trend a favourite with the Homewares market and markedly more accessible to the UK customer.

The Scandi trend is also a simpler way of living, offering an antidote to the angst and our fast pace way of living. It provides a calm and thoughtful sanctuary starting with the home. When simpler designs emerge there is nowhere to hide from a finish and quality aspect, so everything has to be clean, well considered and beautifully executed. The Scandinavians deliver this via food presentation and fashion - making them a natural reference for this style.

FD: If you had to pick just one favourite interior trend or item right now, what would it be?

Sally: Favourite current trend for me personally is texture, ie. chunky knits, substrates that are tactile and interesting, gnarled raw wood and unpolished concrete.

FD: Where do you get inspiration from?

Sally: Both personally and within my creative team, we get inspiration from everywhere. Trade shows, shops, online, film, magazines, books, TV and most importantly our 5,000 small business Partners.

FD: Now that the festive season is approaching, what is your entertaining style? Casual or formal?

Sally: My personal entertaining style is casual...but actually very planned and considered, we are all a brand!

FD: What interior trends do you think are here to stay and which ones are currently on their way out?

Sally: Hygge is a trend that we have seen for some time but it is absolutely coming to the forefront and becoming more prevalent to customers as they embrace the Danish concept in their entire lifestyle - from homewares to the foods they are consuming. Luxurious metallics has also been on our radar and continues to evolve but we expect to see a move towards richer metals such as brass and luxe gold from the copper trend that we have seen more widely adopted. We've also seen an abundance of tropical related homeware in the market to bring fun into your living space. We expect to see this move to a subtler trend of botanicals with rich earthy tones of green and organic materials.

Thank you Sally for sharing your tips with us! What is your favourite autumn interior trend?

For more information visit www.notonthehighstreet.com

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