Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Dressing your windows for Christmas

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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Outdoor Christmas decorationsImage credit: Crazy Frankenstein

The way we dress our homes for the holiday season is a big part of the Yuletide fun.

Showing others that you’re taking part in the celebrations is a great way of joining in with the festive spirit – one of the most creative ways you can do this is by dressing your windows for Christmas.

Metallic baubles hanging in a windowImage credit: Harpers Bazaar

Where to start

Whether yours is one of the many luxury new homes around the country or an older period property, there’s nothing more off-putting than dirty or grimy windows at any time of the year. So, the best place to start is to make sure your windows are sparkling clean inside and out.

The next thing is to decide if you want to decorate just the insides or make the most of the outside of your windows as well. Obviously this will come down to practicalities as in many cases it might be difficult to get to outside windows that aren’t on the ground floor.

Fir tree snowflake Christmas window decorationImage credit: Refreshed Designs

Materials

If you can put decorations outside it’s a good idea to let nature help you. You can use holly or other similar classic natural winter greenery which you know can withstand the outdoor conditions.

If you plan to use lights or other electrical equipment outside it is essential to check that they are suited to the purpose and will pose no threat or danger in wet or windy conditions.

Colourful Christmas stockings and decorations hanging in a windowImage credit: Impressionen

Indoors

Whatever the size of your windows, let your imagination run wild!

There are many ways you can decorate the inside of your windows – have some fun with it.

If you have a property with old fashioned windows such as sash windows – you can make them look great with just a little fake snow and glitter. Carefully applied in the right way this can result in a really authentic, classic Dickensian Christmas card look.

More modern windows with large panes of glass can provide a blank canvas for a whole range of ideas. Spraying glitter materials through stencils or other cut-outs can work just as well as using elaborate and potentially expensive lighting set-ups.

Christmas tree in a corner in front of windowsImage credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Tree

One thing that can’t be beaten for maximum effect is simply placing your Christmas tree in front of the window. This not only means you can leave curtains or blinds open to show your neighbours how lovely your tree is, but it also gives you some privacy too.

Christmas is a time of fun and festivity – so get involved this year!

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Gifts for… the Home

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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selection of Christmas gifts for the home

We’re all busy buying presents for each other at this time of year. Spare a thought for your home – it has feelings too! :-)

  1. Red Liberty print felt stocking: £39.95, Liberty
  2. FÉE DES NEIGES duvet cover: £35-£75, La Redoute
  3. Macedonia coasters: £8 each, Anthropologie
  4. Stem Jacquard clementine towels: £4-£38, Orla Kiely
  5. Marimekko Kukkuluuruu tin: £15, John Lewis
  6. Country Living – Modern Rustic: £9.99, Hearst Magazines
  7. Zigzag tiles long matchbox: £10, The Conran Shop
  8. Bugatti Vera kettle in orange: £189, Amara
  9. Three white & copper leaf tea light holders: £20, Cox & Cox

Gifts for… Epicureans

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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selection of Christmas gifts for epicureans

Having both been chefs for a number of years we like our food… and drink. We’ve lined up a number of gifts for epicureans in your life.

They may be big on doing a spot of cooking, baking or culinary wizardry. Or they may prefer to just do the tasting, leaving the business of preparation to others. Whichever camp they fall into, there’s something here for them!

  1. Due Vittorie balsamic vinegar 12 year old tradizionale: £37.49, Ocado
  2. Peanut butter maker: £44.95, Prezzybox
  3. Rubis chocolate wine: £9.95, The Whisky Exchange
  4. Penneli garlic peeler: £7.99, IWOOT
  5. Pack of six stainless steel straws: £7.99, IWOOT
  6. De’Longhi KG79 coffee grinder: £34.99, Argos
  7. Mozzarella & ricotta cheese making kit: £28, Culture Vulture
  8. Cuisinart® gelato and ice cream maker: £199.99, Lakeland
  9. Monthly tea club subscription by Charbrew: £24.99, Notonthehighstreet

Charity Vintage: Christmas Corgi vehicles

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

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Boxed set of 10 vintage Christmas Corgi die cast vehicles for sale by & in support of DebRA(ends 14 Dec, 2014 15:23:46 GMT)

As it’s nearing Christmas, we’re doing a festive Charity Vintage post. This week, we’re featuring this fab boxed set of vintage Corgi Christmas vehicles. The 10 vehicles, which include Ford vans, Bedford Buses and Morris trucks, are all emblazoned with Christmas greetings.

The set ends tomorrow and is up for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of DebRA*

They’d make a great Christmas present for a vintage vehicle fan – whatever their age!

*DebRA provides nursing and social care for people with EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) – a painful condiiton where the skin and internal membranes blister at the slightest touch. DebRA also funds research programmes and are just a few years away from effective treatments.

Gifts for… Techies

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Selection of Christmas presents for techies

I’m a self-confessed gadget freak. If money was no object, the latest MacBook and iPhone would arrive by courier with each new release. No basic models for me either, I love all the bells & whistles!

Justin is much less of a computer geek, but he does love his hi-fi gear; he’s a vinyl junkie and Spotify addict. A quality music system, wifi speakers and pair of wireless headphones to match would make him a very happy bunny on Christmas Day.

Gifts for techies don’t have to look geeky. I love the USB stick masquerading as a Chanel lipstick (#2) and the ‘rubber duck’ wireless speaker for the bath (#6) tickles me!

The one item I’d be most happy to find under the Christmas tree this year though, is the Xperia™ Z2 Tablet (#1). It’s completely waterproof so I’d be able to use it in the bath to read, surf the net or watch the latest Scandi Noir offering!

  1. Xperia™ Z2 Tablet: from £369, Sony
  2. Chanel lipstick USB / flash drive: £67.13, Etsy
  3. Native Union Pop Phone soft touch retro handset – red: £9.99, Amazon
  4. Beats by Dre portable Bluetooth® Pill speaker, Nicki Minaj pink: £169.99, Selfridges
  5. Beats by Dre Pill speaker stand: £39.99, Selfridges
  6. iDuck wireless speaker: £21.95, Prezzybox
  7. Pebble smartwatch: £99.99, Currys
  8. Lomo’Instant Sanremo + 3 lenses: £129, Lomography
  9. Bose® SoundLink® around-ear Bluetooth® headphones: £199.95, Bose
  10. Slate essential lapdesk: £64.03, Etsy