Guide | Modern Boho

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There’s currently a big revival of 1970’s Bohemia. In both fashion and interiors, we are being inspired by laid-back bohemian style but with a modern twist. Mixing materials, adding texture and injecting life with houseplants are just some ways to introduce this trend into your interior >

1 >  Woven Wicker Furniture

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Warm wood, like rattan and wicker, in woven textures are integral to this style. A change from the light woods which have been central to Scandinavian style, these natural materials add warmth to your interior and can be introduced through rattan cone chairs, teak-leg tables and bamboo lightshades.

 2 > Add Texture

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From sumptuous sheepskins to textured woven rugs and chunky knit accessories – touchable textiles are central to this nostalgic 1970’s look. Add a crochet rug to your living space to introduce texture, or finish the look with a shaggy sheepskin throw and chunky knitted pouf.

 3 > Botanicals

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Botanicals are the perfect finishing touch to the Bohemian revival. Inject life into your interiors with terrariums filled with succulents and add colour with climbing house plants and hanging plant pots. For those of us looking for a low-maintenance look, our faux potted plants will last all year round, and don’t need a drop of water!

4 > Mixed Materials

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Add a modern twist to this 1970’s look by mixing materials and adding metallic colour. Contrast natural textures such as wood and sheepskin with geometric glass terrariums, metallic macramé planters and cool concrete to update the look and tie it in with your existing interior style.

Click here to explore Modern Boho at Cox & Cox, and take a look at our Pinterest board for all the inspiration on adding this look to your home.

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Saturday Must | Festivals

Festival season is nearly upon up. From food and music to family friendly fun, here are a few of our favourite festivals we will be visiting this Summer.

feature-image-jazzlogoblack6951-fitandcrop-890x502Taking place at the end of April, Cheltenham Jazz Festival will feature performances from Van Morrison, Jamie Cullen and Laura Mvula. As well as the music, the festival also includes a whole host of markets and events over the six day event. Click here to find out more.

E1390078F3BFD1A952450E480B37C436 imagesElderflower Fields is an independent festival set in private woodlands at the heart of Sussex. Designed especially for families, the festival takes place over the late May bank holiday and includes live music, urban activities and the best locally sourced food. Find out more here.

great british food festivalbanquet_2305445iThe Great British Food Festival is a collection of events across the country that take place over the Summer. Kicking off in Derbyshire at the beginning of May, each festival includes an array of Taste Marquees filled with the best food, Chef Challenges and a Cake-Off that can be entered by anyone. Click here to find out more.

Saturday Must | Beautiful Gardens

To celebrate National Gardening Week and the beautiful weather, we’ve been sharing our Gardening Tips, adding stylish new planters to our outdoor space and visiting beautiful Spring gardens. Here are a few of our favourites >

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Nesting in the middle of Somerset, Hestercombe Gardens has fifty acres of stunning lakes, temples, cascades, woodland walks and formal terraces boasting vivid colours and breathtaking scenery. This stunning combination of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian design has undergone stunning restoration work, making it a go-to place for day trips, events and even weddings.

Find out more about the history and visiting here.

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Cherry blossom is on full display at the beginning of April, and Kew Gardens is without a doubt the best place to enjoy this Spring display. The Cherry Walk is was originally planted between Palm House and King William’s Temple in 1909 before being extended along to the stunning Temperate House in 1935 and features stunning pink and white cherry blossom.

Find out more here.

homeimage2Renishaw Hall & Gardens is located in the heart of Yorkshire and was once the pride and joy of writer and politician Sir George Sitwell. These stunning 19th Century formal gardens are filled with floral displays and stunning views, and lead the way to acres of stunning woodland and lakes.

Find out more about these stunning gardens and visiting times here.

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Saturday Must | Home Grown Recipes

This week we are preparing for National Gardening Week by tidying up the garden, and making lovely recipes inspired by seasonal flavours.

Spring Tarts with Asparagus, Peas and Fresh Mint

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Asparagus is in season from Mid-April for around six weeks, so take advantage and grab some from your local greengrocer for this tasty recipe. Inspired by blogger and graphic designer Made By Girl, her fresh Spring recipe includes seasonal flavours that make a tasty lunch time treat.

Click here for her full recipe.

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Cucumbers make great grow-your-own vegetables for the novices among us and can be grown in a greenhouse or directly outdoors in the ground. We’ve found a refreshing Spring recipe for Cucumber Lime Margaritas by blogger Tastes Lovely that’s made using only three ingredients- cucumber, lime and tequila.

Click here for the tasty recipe.

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This tasty Risotto recipe by Bon Appetit is the very essence of Spring. Packed with seasonal vegetables, a splash of white wine and topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg, click here to view the full recipe.

Saturday Must | Easter Ideas

We’re spending our Easter weekend getting making crafty projects and tasty treats with the kids. Here are a few of our favourites >

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Blogger iKatbag has made a whole warren of cute pompom bunnies that are easy for any age to make and require no sewing- the perfect DIY project for the whole family. Click here to take a look at her blog.

 

 

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These adorable origami bunny napkins make a great companion for your Easter feast, and will keep the little ones busy while you’re preparing food. Take a look at Martha Stewart’s Bunny Fold Project for easy to follow, step by step instructions.

 

 

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Easter weekend isn’t complete without a selection of tasty treats. For a traditional recipe, take a look at Jamie Oliver’s Hot Cross Bun Recipe, or visit La Receta De La Felicidad ‘s blog for a tasty Rabbit Cookie Recipe.

 

 

 

 

Take the little ones on a real-life Easter Egg Hunt through the Spring Woodland’s with National Trust’s Easter Egg Trail. Taking place everyday over the long weekend, click here to find your local trail.

 

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Ideal for Easter Egg Hunts and festive displays, egg decorating is a great way to have fun with the family and let the kids get creative.

Take a look at our blog for a step-by-step guide on how to get started.

Guide | Botanicals

A huge trend both on and off the catwalk this season, the botanical look is now filtering into our homes. This trend complements existing interior styles, making it really easy to recreate in your home, whether its industrial inspired or simply Scandinavian. Here are a few easy ways to take on the trend.

Hanging Houseplants

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Inspired by 1970’s style, Macramé hanging planters have made a comeback in a big way this season. Use bold metallic planters made from zinc or copper for an industrial inspired look, or go for simple white colours for a more Scandinavian theme. When picking your plants, chose something like a Boston Fern or Spider Plant that is used to being kept indoors and are easy to maintain. The shape of these plants also means they will grown down and hang over your planter, adding to the overall botanical charm.

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Go Faux

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Adding flowers and plants to your home instantly adds character and style, and if you ‘go faux’ you don’t have the hassle of maintaining them. Succulents and Cacti are a popular choice because of their bold colours and unique look, and we really love faux floral stems that stay gorgeous all year around. Go for realistic leafy stems with soft coloured flowers like magnolia and rose.

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Incorporate this trend throughout your home by updating decorative displays and adding a fresh lick of paint. Farrow and Ball’s 2015 collection features three bold botanical colours that will instantly update the look of your home and transform your existing style. Try your hand at flower pressing and display in our Hanging Glass Frames, or create a simple terrarium inspired display by adding stems to our Display Domes.

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Beautiful Bouquets

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bramble and wild shop front 1Bristol-based Florist Ruby & The Wolf has created a stunning botanical bouquet displayed in our Cast Iron Urn Planter, and Ruth De Fraga Gomes has shared an incredible photo of our Aged Metal Embossed Planter on Instagram.

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Head to Pinterest for inspiring images to help you recreate this trend in your own home.

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April Musts | Easter

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We’ll be spending Easter Weekend indulging in our favourite sweet treats and having a go at re-creating tasty White Chocolate Easter Egg Cupcake using this recipe from Garnish & Glaze. 

Must Watch

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If you love period dramas, then BBC Films latest production is just for you. Directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, A Little Chaos is a tale of two landscape gardeners competing to design a fountain at Versailles- find out more here.

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Ideal for Easter Egg Hunts and festive displays, egg decorating is a great way to have fun with the family and let the kids get creative.

Take a look at our blog for a step-by-step guide on how to get started.

Must Doeventpic_1082National Trust have lots of family fun planned for the Easter Weekend. They’ve teamed with Cadbury’s Chocolate to create an egg-cellent Easter Egg Trail in Spring Woodlands all across England and Scotland for you and the little ones to enjoy.

Find out more here.

 

Saturday Must | Spring in the Garden

Spring has officially begun and National Gardening Week begins on Monday (13th- 17th April) which means there is no better time to start gardening.

From bringing your potted plants back outdoors, to planting up your borders and mowing the lawn, here are our top tips on how you should spend this weekend in the garden.

1 > Move your Potted Plants Outdoors

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Most outdoor potted plants need to be moved indoors during the Winter months to protect them from fast changing temperatures and frost, but the lack of sunlight and synthetic heat can damage the plants if left indoors too long.  When transitioning the plants back outdoors it’s important to remember the following…

  • The change in light from indoors to out can be intense, so do not place your plants in direct sunlight to begin with. Instead, choose a shady spot in the garden and over the next few weeks begin to move the plants into sunnier spots
  • The clocks may be changing and the weather may be warmer, but it’s still important to be wary of frost, especially after a clear night
  • These plants will need more watering and care against pests, but be sure to pay close attention as overwatering can have detrimental effects

2 > Start Sowing Seeds

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Whether you are beginning to work on your fruit and vegetable patch, growing some beautiful sweet peas or replanting your borders for Spring, this is what you should be focusing on in April…

  • If you want to grow sweet peas this year, then it’s the perfect time to start sowing. Find a deep pot, lightly fill with soil and pop seeds straight into surface about 2cm below soil (we recommend adding 2-3 per pot) and watch as they begin to sprout in the next two weeks
  • Begin to plant up your borders with a base of shrubs by opening up the soil using a fork, mixing with compost and then placing shrub into soil. Once the soil is built up around the shrub, be sure to give it a good water and keep an eye on it over the next few days. You can also begin to add more hardy perennials like foxgloves or geraniums
  • It’s the perfect time to start focusing on that vegetable patch; sow the seeds of carrots, broad beans, cauliflower and lettuce and dig out around your fruit trees to remove any conflicting roots

3 > Mow the Lawn

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  • If the weather stays dry then take advantage and mow the lawn. Be sure to make sure the grass is clear of anything which may clog up the mower, and set the blades to cut a little longer to avoid the lawn looking brown. As the weather gets warmer you will need to do this about twice a week, but for now once a week is fine

4 >  Weed the Garden

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Once Weeds have taken over the garden it can be extremely difficult to get them under control, but ensuring they are gone before you begin planting will make it much easier in the long run.

  • Before you begin planting, spend time turning over the soil and mulch a thick layer of bark chippings and leaf mould to prevent weeds from growing up and keep the soil beneath moist
  • Use your hands to remove the heads of all weeds as soon as you see them growing, and later go in with a hand weeding tool to lever all the roots out of the soil
  • If you find weed growing in your potted plants, it’s best to remove by hand and then place pebbles or shells over the soil to prevent regrowth

Make sure you check the blog next week for our top tips on how to make the most of National Gardening Week, whatever the weather.

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How To | Easter Ideas

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Hang our delicate porcelain decorations for a magnificent display, using simple branches such as twisted willow, and add cherry blossom or our faux dogwood stems for a hint of colour.

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What you need:

> A large, weighty vase- we used our Tall Recycled Glass Vase

> Strong stems- we recommend twisted willow

> Soft blossom- add colour with cherry blossom or our Faux Dogwood Blossom Stems

> Hanging Decorations- our porcelain birds and ceramic hanging eggs are ideal

What to do:

> Add a handful of stronger stems like twisted willow that will take the weight of your decorations

> If you want to add a little colour, the include some season cherry blossom or faux dogwood

> Hang ornaments across the willow and be sure to intersperse different colours and sizes for a balanced display

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Why not try:

> Using a wider stem vase, like our Milo Vase, and filling with decorative coloured eggs like our Faux Speckled Eggs for a more colourful and creative display

> Create a longer lasting floral display by replacing the hanging decorations with more flowers. Try our faux hydranga or visit your local florist for a selection of seasonal flowers

> Do a little DIY and decorate your own eggs, take a look at our blog on easy ways to do this

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For us, the Easter weekend is all about getting the family together, and there is no better way than enjoying a meal together.

Decorate your table for Easter by creating a simple but beautiful display using the tips above and adding a pop of colour with faux florals like our Hydrangeas, or creating a centerpiece of faux eggs in a basket.

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Here is what we will be cooking on Easter Sunday >

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An Easter Sunday tradition and one we really love; Lamb is in season and a is tasty treat the whole family will enjoy.

Our favourite recipe comes from website Simply Recipes and recommends a simple marinade of rosemary, olive oil, garlic, pepper and lemon juice, left on overnight before slowly cooking on Gas Mark 7 for 20 minutes before reducing to Gas Mark 2 for the remaining 40 minutes. Take a look at the full recipe here.

 

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Creative cook Jamie Oliver has come up with a brilliant spin on two classic dishes, combining festive Hot Cross Buns with the family favourite Bread and Butter Pudding.

Click here to take a look at his clever recipe.

 

 

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Saturday Must | Mother’s Day

It’s time to say ‘Thanks Mum’ and treat her to something special for Mother’s Day next weekend. Take a look at our Mother’s Day edit, we’ve hand selected some of our favourite products that our mum’s will love, and we think yours will too.

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We have also teamed with artisan florists Bramble & Wild to create an exclusive Cox & Cox bouquet. Click here to take a look, and enjoy 10% off all bouquets with code CC10%.

For your chance to win this stunning seasonal bouquet and our Cloud Hand Blown Vase, simple place an order on our website before Midnight Sunday 8th March. One lucky winner will receive this beautiful prize just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Sometimes there is nothing more valuable that spending time with your loved ones, and we’ve found some lovely ways to spend your day together.

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Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea in this historic town of Bath. The Royal Crescent is one of Bath’s most famous landscapes, boasting traditional Georgian features and set right in the heart of this beautifully historic city.

With prices starting from £32 per person, this luxurious treat will really make mum feel special. Click here for more information.

 

Take a trip to royal palace hampton-flowerHampton Court to enjoy the gardens and architecture and experience Florimania. Showcased in the apartment of William III, Florimania takes you through the history of flowers, and how they would have looked over the past 500 years. Click here to find out more.

 

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If you’re in Yorkshire for Mother’s Day then take a trip to Nostell Priory and Parkland to explore the stunning 18th century treasure house and beautiful gardens. To celebrate Mother’s Day they are hosting a Fiesty and Fabulous talk on influential women from the past, followed by a traditional afternoon tea. Click here to find out more.