Saturday Must | Burns Night

One of the most celebrated nights in Scotland, this Sunday marks a tribute to famous poet Robert Burns. Burn’s Night is a celebration of traditional Scottish food, drinks and merriment, here are just a few suggestions on how you can join in >

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Cullen Skink. A traditional smoked haddock chowder, Cullen Skink takes its name from the town of Cullen in in North East Scotland and is a rich creamy, smoked fish broth. Our favourite recipe for this traditional dish can be found here.

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Haggis Neeps and Tatties. It’s almost impossible to mention a traditional Scottish dinner and not include haggis. Every Burn’s Night begins with “Address To A Haggis”; a traditional Robert Burns poem, before serving. Our favourite recipe comes from Scotsman.

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Whiskey. A Scottish evening wouldn’t be complete without a good, old-fashioned Whiskey Sour. The Kitchn have four clever recipes for everything from a traditional sour, to a super sweet sugar sour, take a look here.

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Bramble. If Whiskey’s not your thing, then why not try Gin? Brands such as Hendricks are distilled in Scotland, and their website is packed with tasty cocktail ideas including our favourite, this Bramble Cocktail.

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Bagpipes. Scottish music is synonymous with bagpipes. The beginning of every Burn’s Night features traditional Scottish pipes as the Haggis is introduced and people begin their evening. Don’t worry if you can’t find a bagpiper at short notice, you can find Address To A Haggis here.

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Twin Atlantic. If traditional bagpipes aren’t really your thing, then Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic make a great alternative. Listen here.

Guide | Mirrors

Whether on a budget or looking to splurge, it’s easy to transform a space by adding mirrors. Follow our guide on how to use mirrors throughout your home >

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1 > Double the size of your room with the right mirror. A well positioned mirror can create the illusion of space- add to smaller spaces or narrow corridors to create a big impact and more depth to your room.

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2 > Update and redecorate in no time at all. Forget the wallpaper paste and paintbrush, adding a stylish mirror with a bold frame can add a new look or style to your living room in minutes.

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3 > Increase light and brighten up your room. As well as creating the illusion of space, mirrors can add light to a room by reflecting all available light back out into your space. Place opposite a window to make the most out of the available light.

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4 > Forget about photo frames and wall art, a selection of three or more mirrors can be hung together to create a stylish focal point and can often save money.

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5 > Don’t be afraid to use mirrors outdoors. They work in exactly the same way to create the illusion of a bigger outdoor area, or to boost light in darker corners.

Guide | Lighting

The right lighting can uplift and transform any room; adding life to dull corners and injecting personality and style into your space. Follow our guide on how to make the most our of lighting in your home >

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1 > Don’t be afraid to make lighting a statement. Chandeliers create focus in a room, and the delicate details reflect the light to create a sparkling display. Our clever Beaded Chandelier Shade fits on to most existing light fittings for an easy update, and our new Florence Chandelier is painted in a Scandi-inspired soft grey.

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2 >  Hang lighting at different levels to create a focal point in the room. The flex can be adjusted on almost all of our pendants to create easy and stylish multi-level lighting. Team together three matching or complementary lights over a table or island for the ultimate statement.

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3 > Set the mood and invest in a dimmer switch for your overhead lighting. Available in most good hardware stores and easy to install, a dimmer switch creates a more subtle, soft light. Statement lighting doesn’t need to be big or bold – our soft fluted glass pendants and decorative bulbs add effortless style and soft ambience.

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4 > A light should be both stylish and functional. Angled table lamps are great for reading the Sunday papers or your favourite book in bed, string lights add atmosphere to events and pendant lights bring focus to a room and brighten up larger spaces.

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5 > However you decide to light your home, it’s important to add layers. Mix and match pendant lights with table lamps and complement with string lights or candlelight.

Saturday Must | Cinema

Saturday is cinema time! Beat the January blues and get out of the house with the whole family to enjoy a good old fashioned flick. Here are some of our favourites that are on screen now >

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Animation at it’s best – Big Hero 6 is a must-watch for all ages. With a clever, funny and occasionally lump-in-throat plot line, Disney Pixar have made another classic for all to enjoy.

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The Theory of Everything

Based on the relationship between Jane and Stephen Hawking, The Theory Of Everything is set to be one of 2015’s best romantic films.
From when the pair meet at university, to Hawking’s diagnosis and their marriage, this film is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of Britain’s most inspirational men.

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Foxcatcher

Based on the true story of Olympic gold medallists, Dave and Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher tells the unusual tale of two wrestlers and eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont. This gripping film is ideal for anyone who loves action films and thrillers.

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Into The Woods

Lead by a star studded cast including including Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, Disney’s Into The Woods is a modern twist on classic fairytales, including characters such as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Birdman

Based on Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”, Birdman is a cleverly written dark comedy about a washed up Broadway actor once famous for playing a superhero. Up for an array of awards, Birdman is set to be one of the top films in 2015.

 

Saturday Must | Brunch

The Christmas decorations have been cleared away, the festive food is all gone and we’ve just made it through the first week back at work and deserve a treat.

We’ve put our heads together to share some of our favourite Saturday brunch dishes we will be enjoying this weekend…

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Breakfast shouldn’t be a complicated affair, and Jamie Oliver has created a pancake recipe that is both tasty and easy to make. Using just one mug, a mixing bowl and a whisk (no need for scales!), these American style pancakes can be made in under 15 minutes. Take a look at the recipe here.

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If a savoury brunch is more your thing, then Australian Blogger Not Enough Cinnamon has the perfect (and healthy!) recipe. Using smoked salmon, avocado and toast of your choice- we recommend sourdough- simply slice or mash the avocado, top with as much salmon as you like and add some salad for good measure. Take a look at her recipe here.

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Whether poached, scrambled or fried, Eggs Florentine is a classic brunch dish that’s easy to make and full of flavour. If you’ve got some extra time and want to indulge, then Delicious Magazine have created a Grilled Cheese Eggs Florentine that looks stunning, but our favourite recipe comes from Martha Stewart using quick fried eggs, goats cheese and crisped spinach. Take a look at her recipe here.

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Another brunch classic- French toast is great for sweet and savoury fans alike. Dense bread is best for creating the tastiest recipe, we’ve gone with brioche and used a spot of double cream to make the egg mixture extra smooth. Follow Martha Stewart’s classic recipe here.

Cox & Cox January Musts

Must Read

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From the author of the 2012 best-selling Jubilee, Shelley Harris’ new novel Vigilante has been described as smart, funny and shocking- why have a mid-life crisis when you can become a Vigilante?

Available from 8th January- pre-order here.

Must Do

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Banish the January blues by bringing colour to your home. Add bright cushions and colourful rugs for a Spring update, or be inspired by Dulux and Pantone’s colour of 2015 and paint an accent wall or dip dye your kitchen chairs. For some great ideas on how to introduce colour into your home, look no further than Bright Bazaars blog on how to paint a feature wall and DIY dip dying.

Must Watch

Broadchurch

 

The wait is finally over! Broadchurch officially returns to ITV on Monday. Following a rave first season that was so it good it had a American remake- we are dying to find out how the residents of Broadchurch rebuild the community following the first season.

Take a look at the trailer, and don’t forget to set the series to record now.

Must Eat

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The ultimate home comfort- Jamie Oliver’s Turkey and Sweet Leek Pie is ideal if you’ve still got any leftover turkey! We think this recipe works well with chicken, and the chestnut and sage puff pastry top adds extra flavour to this tasty dish.

For this recipe and more, visit Jamie Oliver’s website.

Spring Preview | Behind the Scenes

There’s not long until our new Spring 2015 season launches! We know it feels a little early but we can’t wait for you to see our fresh new collection. Take a look behind the scenes at our recent photo shoot >

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We love a spot of evening alfresco dining- even when it is freezing! Don’t let the coats fool you- our new Spring images will have you wishing it was sunny all year around.collage_20141222115424033_20141222115432664

It may be our Spring/Summer photo shoot but we still found time to add a bit of festivity with our festoon lit Christmas Tree. Don’t worry- you won’t find this in our new Spring collection!

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Our talented stylists, photo shoot assistants and clever photographers have transformed our favourite products into stunning photos for our our Spring catalogue.

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And of course no photo shoot would be complete without some company from our four legged friends! They may not appear in our catalogue but they certainly added character to the shoot.

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Keep an eye on our website to be the first to see new things, and don’t forget to request our first Spring 2015 Catalogue here.

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Christmas Giveaway | Chocolate Hamper

unnamed (2)As an extra special Christmas gift to you, we’ve teamed with local Chocolatiers Choc On Choc to offer you the chance to win one of their beautifully handmade Christmas chocolate hampers!

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Whether it’s a quirky gift, a thoughtful gesture or something fun, Choc on Choc have plenty to choose from.  All their chocolate is handmade in their Somerset kitchen and delivered directly to your door.

For your chance to win this extra special hamper delivered to your door in time for Christmas, simply enter your details below* >

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Create Your Own | Christmas Table

Cox-Cox-Xmas-Table-Blue-ToneChristmas is everyone’s favourite time of year, and one of few special days where the whole family can get together.

Dining is at the centre of most festive occasions and we think your Christmas table should be extra special, follow our helpful guide to preparing an easy and impressive festive look >

1) Start with the basics

You don’t want to spend Christmas morning digging out mismatched plates for dinner, and there’s no need for fancy dinnerware that only gets used once a  year- but good quality, simple pieces make all the difference. Keep a headcount of everyone that’s coming to visit over the Christmas period and make sure you have enough unchipped, matching plates and glasses to cover all eventualities. Our Casa Dinnerware set and array of handy glassware means we have everything you need to be prepared for any occasion.

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2) Create a centerpiece

You can instantly transform a table for the festive season with a tabletop centerpiece. Add a bit of personality with our fill-it-yourself Glass Christmas Tree Jar, or soften the lighting with our Three House Tea Light Lanterns or Rusty Tea Light Lantern. If you are short of space, our Standing Deer or Small Fawn makes a sweet addition, or for those with extra room our small Frosted Light Up Tree really sets the festive scene.

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3) Name Places

Add the personal touch to your Christmas table with D.I.Y name place holders. Our Snowy Pine Cones look great popped on a plate with a piece of paper tucked inside them; an easy way to get a bit creative and set your festive table.

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4) Finishing Touches

Whether it’s the Christmas crackers, super soft napkins or decorative finishes, your Christmas table should exude festivity. Dust with Decorative Snow, scatter with our Mini Snowy Pine Cones or add a modern finishing with our miniature Black Rattan Stars.

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