Introducing | Flowers from Bramble & Wild | Competition

Flowers can instantly brighten up your home, injecting soft colour, fresh scent and a Spring feeling no matter what the weather’s like outdoors.

Here at Cox & Cox, we love to use flowers to add a pop of colour or texture to our fabulous products and bring our photographs to life, and we often work with local florists to create unique and stylish bouquets.

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ve teamed with Frome-based florist Bramble & Wild to create an exclusive Cox & Cox bouquet that embodies our unique style- available to buy here. Treat yourself to 10% off this bouquet and any other from Bramble & Wild with discount code CC10%.

We are also offering one lucky person the chance to WIN this exclusive large bouquet and our Cloud Hand Blown Vase. To enter, simply place an order on www.coxandcox.co.uk between now and midnight on Sunday 8th March using code BRAMBLE for 15% off and your chance to win.

Good luck!

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We chose Bramble & Wild for their like-minded style and unique attitude towards the home, and sat down with owner Grace to celebrate the opening of her new shop and talk about her work as a florist >

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What inspired your career in floristry?

My leap into floristry was a bit of a ‘eureka moment,’ to be honest! After finishing a foundation degree in art & design, I decided to defer my place at Falmouth University and, with the support of my mum, enrolled in an evening class learning floristry. Seven years later I’ve never looked back, although floral design can be stressful, knowing you can make a difference to someone’s day is wonderful.

Tell us about your unique style when it comes to your work.

I am always inspired by the countryside where I live, and I want my designs to reflect this natural look- I like to think of it as Rustic Chic!

Untitled design (34)Have you noticed any summer trends coming through in Floristry?

Peach and blush are definitely the colours of the year. This delicate colour combination is really popular at weddings, ‘Cafe au Lait’ Dahlias are great go grow in the garden and their large peach heads add a real wow factor.

What are the essentials for introducing flowers to your home?

For flowers, it’s all about the right vessel. Something like the Cloud Hand Blown Vase is perfect for ready-made bouquets as the wider base allows for the stems to spread out. If you’re picking stems from the garden, a small bud vase or jam jar works well and looks really sweet. As well as a vessel, it’s handy to keep a small bottle of flower food and a pair of sharp scissors, this keeps your flowers well fed and lets you cut the stems at an angle and remove dead heads.

What are your top tips for creating a good display?

My most important tip is to create something you love. My dad has a saying “If it looks right, then it is right”, so make sure you choose flowers you adore. Always bear in mind the 2/3rd  1/3rd rule- aim for 2/3rd of flowers above the rim of a vase, and 1/3rd below.

Tell us a little about how you’d style our vases?

Brightly coloured ranunculus with twisted stems would look lovely sat in your Three Recycled Bud Vases, I love the yellow ones as their colour and texture compliments these hand blown vases. For country styled flowers, the Small and Tall Pitcher would be ideal; fill with sweetpeas or an array of summer blooms like alchemilla and dahlias.

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Treat yourself to 10% Bramble & Wild’s bouquets and to order our exclusive Cox & Cox Bouquet- simply use code CC10% when ordering on the website.

Guide | Flowers

Flowers can instantly brighten up your home, injecting soft colour, fresh scent and a Spring feeling no matter what the weather’s like outdoors.

Here at Cox & Cox, we love to use flowers to add a pop of colour or texture to our fabulous products and bring our photographs to life, and we often work with local florists to create unique and stylish bouquets.

bramble and wild shop frontbramble and wild bouquetWe’re working with local florist Bramble & Wild to bring you an exclusive Cox & Cox bouquet, perfect for brightening your home or as a gift for Mother’s Day.

Available to buy online here, we are offering 10% off any bouquet using exclusive discount CC10%. Keep your eyes peeled next week for an exclusive Mother’s Day competition coming from Bramble & Wild!

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Follow our top tips on how to introduce flowers into your home for Spring >

> Bramble & Wild owner Grace says ‘My most important tip is to create a display you love. Always bear in mind the 2/3rd 1/3rd rule- aim for 2/3rd of flowers above the rim of the vase, and 1/3rd below’.

> Interior stylist Pippa Jameson has blogged about the perfect way to create a small flower arrangement. As a rule of thumb- opt for one strong colour with a few softer complementary shades, and for single colour displays, stick to three types of flower to avoid over complicating the design. And of course- add a splash of green foliage for contrast.

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 > Make sure you remove leaves from all stems that will sit below the vase or within the water to keep the display clean and fresh. For a simpler, bold display, thin out leaves around flower heads.

> Make sure your choice of flowers reflect your vase- for a tall glass vase, go for simple stems like Arum lilies, and for small bud vases, opt for a bright and beautiful bud like ranunculus.

> Prolong the life of your flowers by snipping stems at 45-degree angle, and ensure the vase is completely clean. The cooler and darker the room, the longer your flowers will last, and adding a blend of vinegar and sugar will keep flowers clean and fed.

> Try flower pressing. Gardenista have a brilliant and very easy-to-follow blog on the best way to press flowers and another on stylish ways to present them.

> If all else fails, go faux. With flowers so realistic, you’ll find it hard to tell the difference, faux flowers are low maintenance and high impact.

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March Musts | Do it Yourself

Must Eat

minted-lamb-legA classic Spring Sunday lunch for Easter, Mother’s Day or any occasion, we love Donna Hay’s Minted Lamb and Asparagus recipe

Simply marinade for an hour in salt, pepper and olive oil, before roasting in the oven for an hour. Make the recipe extra special with homemade mint sauce, simply mix 80ml Malt Vinegar, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar and finely chopped spearmint.

Must Watch

 

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Watch amateur sewers take on a series of creative challenges in the competition to be crowned Britain’s Best Home Sewer.  If you haven’t already seen this brilliant show, then you need to head to BBC iPlayer right away. The next episode of season three is due to air on Thursday, so you’ve still got the weekend to catch up and chose your favourite sewing bee.

Must Make

 

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Made from fresh peaches, tasty blueberries and basil, this refreshing Spring Mojito recipe is a tasty alternative for anyone who isn’t a fan of mint or lime.

We’ve followed this recipe from blogger Pineapple and Coconutand mixed peach infused rum, homemade peach syrup and sparkling water with a muddle of blueberries and a sprig of basil. Take a look at her Spring inspired recipe here.

Must Do

 

bramble and wild bouquet1 This week we’ve been working with our local florist Bramble & Wild to create an exclusive Cox & Cox bouquet (pictured left), which has inspired us to learn a little more about flowers.

Floral designer Lucy MacNicholl runs a variety of flower schools, ranging from Beginners Flower Arranging to Wedding Flower Sessions, for more information take a look at her website.

Saturday Must | Pancakes

Pancakes don’t have to be eaten only once a year, we think they made a great weekend brunch idea. Whether you prefer sweet of savoury, it’s all about a reliable, easy to follow recipe that makes them taste great. Our recipe comes from Delia Smith >

What you need:
>  110g Plain Flour
>  Pinch Salt
>  2 Large Eggs
>  200ml/75ml Mix of Milk and Water
>  50g Butter
>  Sugar and Lemon to serve
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1) Sift flour and salt from a height into a large mixing bowl before breaking eggs into well in centre

2) Whisk until mixture begins to thicken then start adding milk and water slowly until batter is complete

3) Melt butter into pan before spooning 2 tablespoons back into mixture and whisking

4) Use remaining butter to keep pan moist, heat pan to high temperature and add just under two tablespoons of batter for every pancake

5) Serve by squeezing over lemon juice and sprinkling with sugar

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Why not mix it up with some fruity, savoury and sumptuous toppings >

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Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

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Sumptuous Double Chocolate Pancakes

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Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Crepes

Saturday Must | Valentine’s Cocktails

Here at Cox & Cox HQ, we are always looking for any excuse for cocktails! Here are just a few of our favourite Valentine’s Drinks you can enjoy over the weekend >

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A great alternative to dessert, Valentino’s Delight is a rich creamy cocktail with a sweet flavour.

Made using whiskey, sweet ruby port, coffee liquor (We recommend Kahlua) and double cream, Valentino’s Delight is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Click here to view the recipe.

 

 

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This fizzy, fruity cocktail can be made ahead of time by soaking pomegranates, cranberry and raspberries in rum before adding 3 tablespoons of sugar and fizzy wine when serving.

We’ll be making a whole pitcher to enjoy over the weekend using this handy recipe

 

 

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Our favourite Valentine’s Day Cocktail by far, The Red Queen is a sharp, strong cocktail which carefully mixes gin (we recommend Hendricks), cranberry juice, elderflower liquor with a drop of lemon juice.

Simply pop the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, mix until frothy and serve in cool martini glasses. Click here for the full recipe.

 

 

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The perfect blend of sweet and sharp, this cool refreshing Rosewater Lemonade can be made from scratch just like all of our cocktails and can be served alcohol free.

Blogger Use Real Butter has made this tasty recipe from scratch, click here to take a look.

 

Everyday Elegant Dining

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Whether it’s a special occasion or a relaxed dinner party with friends, a night in can be as appetising and stylish as a night out. Add subtle colour to your table with our brand new Dove Grey Casa Earthenware, handmade exclusively for us in Italy. Recreate the Cox & Cox look by teaming with our stylish Aurelia Gold Cutlery and Salt & Pepper Pinch Pots and treat yourself to Martha Stewart’s Raspberry Ripple Meringue­ our favourite Valentine’s dessert!

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If you’re looking for expert tips, then follow the advice of the top chefs by presenting your food on simple white plates-­ apparently it makes your food look even more attractive and appealing.

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Blogger and chef, Bojon Gourmet’s Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi recipe can be served with or without pancetta and makes an tasty looking supper that’s bound to impress your loved ones. Head to her blog for a useful step ­by step guide on how to make this dish, and make the recipe extra special with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce from Domestically Blissful.

 

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No good dinner party is complete without a choice of delicious drinks. Whether you’re starting with a Gin & Tonic or finishing with an Irish coffee, our Everyday Water Glasses and Mugs are perfect choice to serve them in. Our Ceramic Cafe Set makes a great end to the evening, by brewing the perfect coffee or loose leaf tea.

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Saturday Must | Delicious Desserts

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, and it’s our favourite excuse to spoil ourselves. Ditch dinner and head straight for dessert with our sumptuous selection of sweet treats >

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

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The perfect mix of sweet and sharp, the light layers of this stunning Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake are topped with tight chocolate curls and sat on a rich brownie base. Inspired by food blogger and self confessed chocoholic SugarHero, click here to view her recipe.

 Milk Chocolate Souffle

chocolate-souffle-646-620x620The ultimate indulgence, this Milk Chocolate Souffle recipe is surprisingly easy to make and can be pre-prepared ahead of time. Our favourite recipe comes from Bon Appetit and is topped with a light handmade nougat whip. Take a look here.

Brown Sugar & Espresso Pavlova with Figs

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If chocolate isn’t really your thing, then this fresh fig pavlova is a sweet alternative. With rich espresso and brown sugar, this rich crispy meringue is topped with sweet caramel essence, refreshing greek yogurt and fresh figs. Our favourite recipe comes from The Pretty Blog and is available here.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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A classic dessert idea that’s easy to make and the perfect balance of naughty and nice. Author and blogger Handle The Heat has made a youtube video filled with different ways to decorate from scratch at home, take a look here.

Win- Valentine’s Chocolate Goody Box

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We’ve teamed with luxury chocolatiers Choc on Choc for your chance to win an indulgent Valentine’s Goody Box! Treat yourself or your loved ones by heading to Facebook and entering our competition.

Good Luck!

Guide | Monochrome

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Monochrome is key, in both fashion and interiors, for SS15. We love it, but this bold look can sometimes come across a little stark, so we’ve created a collection that is a subtle take on the trend.
We think black and white is a great way to add statement pieces and is an instant trend update to your existing interior style.

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We spoke to interior stylist Sally Denning, who has worked for titles like Country Homes & Interiors, Living etc, and Homes & Gardens, about the trend >

Black & white is a decorating classic and one of interior’s key trends for Spring. Mix the sleek lines of black and white with concrete and wood to add depth, and introduce textures such as sheepskin to soften the look

Mixing monochrome in different materials can adds a new element to the look; team with concrete for a sleek, modern look or add sheepskin for a softer, Scandi style.

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If black and white is just too harsh for you – we think it looks great combined with splashes of grey, blush pink or soft metallics.
It’s easy to add a touch of monochrome inspiration to your existing interiors with one or two statement accessories like a rug, lamp or vase.

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Shop our soft monochrome look here.

February Musts | Award- Winners

From the BAFTA’s to the BRITs, February is well and truly award season. Here are a few of our award-winning favourites.

Must Eat

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It’s no secret that everyone at Cox & Cox loves their food, so the first place we headed was to the Great Taste awards. Artisan bread makers Flour Power City have been awarded not one but three 2014 great taste awards for their bread. Take a look at their award winning selection here.

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The winners of 2015’s International Classic Music Awards have just been announced, with the lifetime achievement award going to Russian conductor Dmitrij Kitajenko, meanwhile Yury Revich has been awarded young artist of the year for his violin skills at the age of only 23.

 

Must Watch

BoyhoodThe winner of the 2015 Golden Globe for Best Film Drama, Boyhood has got everyone talking. The film follows a family as they grow over a twelve year period, and took a whopping 10 years to make.

Independent cinemas will be showing the film over the next few months so keep an eye out on your local cinema for more information.

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Fashion photographer David Titlow picked up the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in November of last year for a shot of his baby son meeting a dog for the first time. His portrait, along with selected others, are on display at the National Portrait Gallery until 22nd February.