A few years ago, it was all about pineapples in home décor. Recently, it seems that the baton has been passed to the cactus. Lots of homewares have been given the cacti treatment. Cactus wallpaper, cactus candles, cactus vases, cactus cushions and cactus lights – the list goes on & on!
Here are three cactus lights at various price points that caught our eye.
- SUNNYLIFE cactus small neon light: £22, Selfridges
- Cactus marquee light: £60, Etsy
- Home Collection ‘Cactus’ marquee floor light: £135, Debenhams
We’ve just got our hands on a whole set of brand, spanking new bedding (more of that to come in the near future) and we’re shortly to get delivery of a new mattress too (we’ll also get to that in a week or two). So, it’s only right that we should get ourselves a lovely new bed for all of it to go upon!
We’ve needed a new bed for our top-floor spare bedroom for quite a while now. We love the one we have at the moment that it will replace. It’s an antique dark wooden one that’s attractive in a rustic country kind of way. However, it moves and squeaks with every small movement and it’s just too short to have a comfortable night’s sleep.
We’re currently redecorating the room that the bed is in (again, we’ll share that with you soon!) and we’d like a new bed that fits in with the new décor. We’ve been perusing the ‘net looking at king-size metal beds and the three at the top of our list are all around about the same price. Looks-wise though, we think the copper one from MADE.com comes out tops with us!
- Clover metal bed frame: £299.99, Bensons For Beds
- LUCIA grey metal UK king-size bed 150cm: £350, Habitat
- Alana kingsize bed, copper: £379 MADE.com
What’s your favourite book? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Whatever your chosen reading may be, these book bags are perfect for toting it around… along with your keys, phone, purse, tissues, lipstick – whatever!
Back in the day, when I used to have a daily rail commute (and before mobile phones were so ubiquitous), I used to read books voraciously. I read Lord of the Rings entirely on the Todmorden ↔ Manchester train. I was also addicted to crime fiction, long before the advent of Scandi Noir.
Unfortunately, I never seem to find that kind of time any longer – more’s the pity. I think one of these book bags would certainly get me back into turning those pages!
- Book handbags and clutch bags by The Literary Gift Company: £30, Notonthehighstreet
- To Kill A Mockingbird leather book bag: from £143, Etsy
- Dolce & Gabbana book padlock top handle bag : £4,750, Harrods
The quality of our air has been in the news quite a lot recently. Just a few days into the new year, some parts of London have already breached guideline nitrogen dioxide limits. It’s also been discovered that living on a busy road may increase your risk by 12% of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
We live on a fairly busy road, however, I’m more worried about the particles in the air from our multi-fuel stoves. An air purifier seems like a no-brainer for our home. Whether you suffer from allergies, asthma or simply want to improve the smell of your home (all you cooks, pet owners and/or smokers!) air purifiers are a good idea.
- Puripod air purifier: £25.99, Wayfair
Removes contaminants, clears airborne fumes, releases clean and fresh air back into your room and eliminates unpleasant odours:
- Removes cooking smells and cigarette smoke
- Light weight and portable
- Easy to move from room to room
- Virtually silent
- Rabbit Air MinusA2 Peanuts Edition SPA-700A: $539.95, Amazon US
- BioGS HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorisation
- Customised filter option of your choice: germ defence, odour remover, pet allergy, toxin absorber
- Covers up to 700 sq. ft.
- Dyson Pure Cool Link™ Tower: £449.99
- Automatically removes 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns: 360° glass HEPA filter captures ultra-fine particles from the air including pollen, bacteria and pet dander.
- Intelligent purification: Automatically monitors, reacts and purifies – then reports to your Dyson Link app. So you can remotely control your environment.
- Automatic night-time mode: Monitors, reacts and purifies; but only using the quietest settings. LED display dims – no disturbance.
What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? We’ll be having a quiet one at home, probably watching a film and then maybe Jools Holland’s Hootenanny on the box. We’ll be enjoying a bottle or two of New Year’s Eve bubbly listening to the fireworks going off around the neighbourhood.
We can heartily recommend all the bottles featured below – we’ve personally tested them ourselves! Who needs to spend hundreds of pounds on Cristal Champagne and the like? These are excellent value and taste great!
What’s your tipple of choice on New Year’s Eve?
- Wm Morrison Vintage Cava Brut: £6.50, Morrisons
- Astoria Corderie Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry: £11.25 Gerrard Seel
- Tesco Finest Vintage Champagne: £25, Tesco
Well, it’s December so we’re now officially allowed to talk about Christmas. It’s time to think about advent calendars, putting up decorations and getting the Christmas tree. Don’t get me wrong, I love real pine trees at Christmas but artificial Christmas trees also have their merits.
I love the scent that you get from a pine tree; however, artificial trees don’t drop their needles. If you have a real tree, you’ll still be vacuuming them out of the carpet in April!). We tried, on more than one occasion, to buy a live tree with root-ball intact so that we can reuse it year after year. The longest we’ve managed is 3 Christmases – we ever so slowly murdered the poor thing!
Don’t try and hide the fact that it’s artificial – embrace the fake tree by choosing one that’s hot pink, white, or – like the one pictured above – ombre. We love our metallic copper-coloured one, it really shines in the firelight… and once 12th Night has passed, we can store it away in the loft until the following year.
Saying that, some of the artificial trees available today are good imposters. Both the little tabletop one from NOTHS and the 12ft giant could have you fooled – especially once their covered (tastefully, of course 😉 ) in lights & decorations.
- Mini artificial Christmas tree by Marquis & Dawe: £16, Notonthehighstreet
- 6ft ombre-effect tree: £100, Next
- 11¾ft green Louise fir luxury premium PE Christmas tree: £699.99, Christmas Trees and Lights