Did you see our blog post all about how our Ballerina Print Duvet Sets were made? Well you loved it so much we thought we’d give you an insight into how our Pirate Duvet Set is made (including real* pirate!) >
We raided a renown London film and theatre costume department for our super-authentic, swashbuckling pirate and found a suitably bearded model to play the part!
No pirate would be complete without his first mate… this devilishly handsome parrot made a brilliant model for our pillowcase. Once all the shots had been taken we made our very own little pirate’s den for the finishing photo!
Take a look at our cleverly made Duvet Sets here.
Don’t worry if you missed Disney’s Maleficent in the cinema, this Summer’s dark fairytale take on Sleeping Beauty is now available on DVD. A great Disney classic that all the family will enjoy regardless of their age, we will be sat around snug in the warmth to watch this in November.
The suggestions for November’s must-read book have been pouring in and we’ve got a pile on our desks to keep us busy until 2015! A few favourites include ‘Cross Stitch’ by Diana Gabladon, ‘We are all Completely Besides Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler and ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey.
But our favourite has to be Alison Blackwell’s suggestion- Us by David Nicholls.
A Bonfire night take on a Winter classic- The Londoner’s inventive and very tasty recipe of Blackberry & Toffee Apple Crumble has been a big hit in the office. Easy to make for the whole family, simply take a traditional Apple & Blackberry Crumble recipe (we all have a our favourites) and add ribbons of homemade caramel to make this classic recipe extra- special.
Christmas is getting closer and our favourite Christmas event opens it’s doors at 5pm on 21st November. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is filled with everything that embodies Christmas- food and drink, ice skating and shopping and the impressive observer wheel. Visit early to get into the Christmas spirit and avoid the queues!
The clocks go back tonight and we can’t wait for an extra hour tomorrow! There are so many of ways to make the most of the extra time, here are a few of our favourites…
Make the most of it and enjoy a long Sunday lie in. It’s dark and cold and an hour’s guilt free lie in is something we all deserve, so grab a comfy quilt and snuggle up > http://ow.ly/Da5PF
Autumn is all about comfort food; ditch the salads and swap for soups, pies and traditional recipes. We love Jamie Oliver’s comfort food recipes; Turkey and Sweet Leek Pie and Toad In The Hole.
Go to town and cook a warming winter pie or traditional toad in the hole. We love Jamie Oliver’s comfort food recipes.
It may be getting cooler, but as long as it’s not pouring in rain then a crisp morning walk is a great way to enjoy Autumn in full swing. And our favourite part? Warming up when we get home!
Breakfast in Bed
When was the last time you stayed in bed to read the Sunday papers and enjoy breakfast? Well you’ve got a whole guilt-free hour to do so. Our breakfast of choice is a classic Eggs Benedict but BBC Good Food have create a tasty selection of different breakfast ideas to start the day > http://ow.ly/DaDM1
Our best selling Naked Wire Lights has been featured in Red Magazine’s guide on the Best Ways to Use Fairy Lights, and their creative idea’s have inspired our very own ways to decorate with our versatile lights.
Available in three sizes in a choice of battery or mains powered, these flexible lights have a nearly invisible wire that can be bent and shaped into almost any shape; here are some of our favourite ways to decorate with them through the Winter and into Christmas >
Available in two different sizes, our display domes are great for displaying everything from your favourite jewellery, to our Small Fawn or just filling with bright lights. Or, for a festive alternative, our Glass Christmas Tree Jars can be filled with lights, faux snow and mini Christmas trees.
Keep it simple by grabbing 15 metres of our lights and wrapping them up to create a wreath; simple and effective and it will stay in place all Winter!
When adding a little festive sparkle to your home for Christmas, why not wrap them around your banister or over a decorative deer like our Whimsical Willow Deer? Alternatively, tack to the wall for a super modern and unique Christmas Tree!
For more clever ideas on all the different ways you can decorate with our lights, take a look at our Pinterest Page or share your very own on Instagram by using #coxandcoxlights
It’s no secret that everyone at Cox & Cox HQ absolutely loves Christmas, and now that it’s October we think we can get away with talking about it.
What better way to start than with the Christmas Cake; now is the time to start preparing if you want to make the nicest cake, and we’ve found the best* recipe.
What you need:
> 300g each of raisins and sultanas
> 100g each of dried apricots and dried figs, both chopped
> 150g sweet marsala wine
> 1 small orange, finely grated zest
> 125g unsalted butter
> 200g light brown soft sugar
> 2 large eggs, beaten
> 200g self-raising flour
> 75g runny honey
> 2 tsp mixed spice
> 1/4 tsp ground cloves
> 200g walnuts, roughly chopped
What to do:
> Add all fruit into a large bowl and stir in marsala wine and orange zest- cover with clingfilm and soak overnight
> Preheat oven to 150 degrees/ gas mark 2, grease a 8 inch round cake tin and double layer with parchment paper
> Beat together sugar and butter until fluffy before gradually beating in eggs until smooth
> Sift flour and spices over mixture and slowly fold, then add nuts and soaked fruit (including remaining liquid) and mix until smooth
> Smooth into tin and bake for 2hr 30mins – 2hr 45mins or until skewer in centre comes out clear
> Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes before taking out and cooling on wire rack, but still in parchment
> Wrap clingfilm around parchment and cake, followed by foil and store in a cool, dark place ready for feeding
Don’t Forget > to soak in brandy every two weeks until Christmas!
Ever wonder how our best-selling kid’s duvet sets are made? Our clever suppliers get creative with the designs, that are always inspired by real costumes, before transforming them into wonderful duvets for us all to enjoy. Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes at the process…
The stunning tutu has been kindly lent to us by the costume workshop of The National Ballet and modeled by dutch ballet dancer Nancy Burer.
Once they’ve got the perfect shot, its printed straight onto cotton to assess the colour and quality of the print.
Once all the colour changes have been made, production is then started on high-quality 100% cotton before being packaged and sent to Cox & Cox HQ!
Like what you see? Inspired by a real ballerina in an authentic tutu, we think this printed duvet set is the perfect Christmas present for any little dancer…
We were so inspired by the Great British Bake Off and all your tasty baking suggestions, we’ve decided to re-create our Twitter competition winner’s fabulous Tiramisu Cupcakes!
What you need:
80g Unsalted Butter
300g Caster Sugar
240g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 Large Eggs
240ml Whole Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
250ml Strong Coffee
300ml Double Cream
Dusting of Coco Powder
What to Do:
> Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5/190 degrees and line muffin tin with cases
> Beat together all the butter, flour and 280g caster sugar into breadcrumbs before adding the baking powder
> Mix eggs, milk and vanilla essence before slowly pouring and mixing into flour mix until all is mixed into a smooth paste
> Pour into muffin cases and bake in oven for 18-20 minutes, until risen and springy
> Pour coffee and 75ml Kahlua into saucepan with remaining sugar and bring to the boil until liquid is reduced by half
> Once cupcakes and liquid has cooled, cut a 2cm diameter piece out of each cupcake and add 1 tsp of liquid into each cake and another 1 tsp onto the cake piece
> Make the mascarpone frosting by beating the remaining Kahula and mascarpone together until smooth, folding the cream and icing sugar together in a separate bowl before mixing it all together until even and smooth
> Add the frosting to the space in each cupcake and then re-add the missing piece before layering with remaining frosting and sprinkling with coco powder
Recipe from Red
Top image found on Pinterest
Bottom image and inspiration courtesy of Vanessa Cox
The days & nights are getting colder and it’s time to trade in salads for soup. We’ve found the ideal comfort soup that’s perfect with Halloween around the corner; Spicy Pumpkin Soup. Easy to make, we love Gourmet Traveller’s recipe. And for those who like a challenge, why not try this tasty Pumpkin Pie recipe.
Octobers must read is also a must watch; Gone Girl. A brilliant modern day mystery/thriller that is impossible to put down, easy to read and now a top-rated film staring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. We can’t wait to watch the film this weekend, but rumor has it there is a different ending, so we definitely recommend picking up the book first… available here.
Downton Abbey. If you haven’t heard about just how good Downton Abbey is then you must be living under a rock. Now in it’s fifth season, with stars like George Clooney rumored to be making a guest appearance we will definitely be tuning in; Sunday, 9pm, ITV.
It’s no secret that Christmas is our favourite time of year, and October marks the start of the preparation for the big day! Over the weekend we will be starting the preparation for our Christmas Cake to give it enough time to mature, so make sure you check our blog again soon for our step-by-step easy to follow guide.
It’s the beginning of September which means the nights are getting longer and the air is getting cooler; it’s time to embrace Autumn. A great time to be in the garden, we have everything you need to make the most of the outdoors in September.
Fruit and vegetables are ready to be eaten; apples and pears are falling from the trees and blackberries can be found almost everywhere. Use our handy Five Drawer Apple Rack to store any fallen fruit and stop it from rotting, and make a gorgeous Apple and Blackberry Crumble using this handy recipe.
With sunshine on the cards for the weekend, we are making the most of the September sun and entertaining outdoors. Take a look at our fabulous outdoor lighting collection, including our new Battery Powered Lacy Lampshades, ideal for when you are entertaining outdoors as the evenings get darker. Our Braziers are the perfect centerpiece for any outdoor gathering, adding warmth and light to any occasion.
Head to our Pinterest Page to see what has been inspiring our Autumn outdoors, and visit our website for everything you need, whether you are entertaining, decorating or planting outdoors for Autumn.
With less than one week until the launch of our first Autumn catalogue, make sure you have ordered your own copy here.
We know it’s early but we’ve also added a sneak-peek Christmas category where you can be the first to buy our best-selling Glass Christmas Tree Jars and all of our festive favourites ready for December.
Our brand-new and exclusive Florrie Velvet bedroom collection has also now arrived! Inspired by a flea-market find, we have developed our own patterned velvet that exudes vintage style. Perfect to snuggle under as the nights get cooler, we’ve created two stylish new quilts in a soft sage or bold plum colour, as well as updating our favourite soft velvet beauty bags.
Make sure you keep an eye on our website as we have a lot of new and exciting products arriving over the next few weeks, from new additions to our Outdoor Rust Collection to our fabulous Autumnal Rugs, we have hand selected products that transform your home as Summer ends and Autumn begins.