Guide | Rugs

The right flooring can easily transform the look of any room in your home. Rugs are the perfect way to update your home without the hassle of redecorating, and can be both practical and stylish too. Follow our guide on how to select the right rug for your space >

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1 > Stand Out or Blend In

If you’re looking to completely transform a room, then choose a colourful rug that will add warmth and create a focal point for your space. Styles like our Star Rug- Pink and Imperial Rug will stand out and create a new look without the hassle of wallpaper or paint. For a more subtle style update, opt for a neutral colour palette and add texture with our Chunky Knit Rug or Sumptuous Deep Rug.

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2 > Plain or Patterned

With an array of different textures and finishes, plain doesn’t have to mean boring. Keep things uncluttered by choosing a simple style like our velvety Luna Rugs or textured Sketch RugsA patterned rug is perfect for personalising plain spaces, whether you’re adding a vintage inspired twist with our Beaufort Rug or going a modern, geometric look with our Maroq Rug

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3 > Natural or Synthetic

Wool is a traditional material used for making rugs, and styles like our Handmade Cream Wool Rug have be woven to create a variety of textures. A naturally durable material that repels water, a wool rug will last a lifetime if the correct care and attention is given. Synthetic polyester blends like our Luna Rugs are much softer and shinier in appearance, and are designed to withstand areas of heavy footfall, making them ideal for living rooms and hallways.

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4 > Function and Style

Style and function are two key elements to choosing your ideal rug. For areas of heavy footfall such as hallways or living rooms, it’s important to find a rug that is hard wearing and easy to clean. Our Sumak Rug and Runners are especially woven from coarse wool for areas of heavier footfall, and our Jacquard Rug is made from a clever PVC/polyester blend that is both easy to clean and stylish too. For smaller spaces of lighter use, a sumptuous sheepskin or round crochet rug adds character and style to your bedside or beside your armchair. Mink-Sumptuous-Sheepskin-Rug---Large-H-MINKSHEEPLRGSumak-Runner-H-SUMAKRUN

The Butterfly Effect

There is something undeniably beautiful and captivating about butterflies, their unique colour and elegant shape makes for stunning wall art.

We have teamed with a renowned photographer and artist Göran Liljeberg to bring you an exclusive collection of entomological prints that showcase the beauty and detail of butterflies. Each print features a macro photograph digitally produced on high quality matte paper to emphasis the detail, sharpness and colour of each butterfly.

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We have chosen a collection that includes traditional British butterflies and striking exotic species, and presented them in our Scandinavian inspired texture oak frames or oak picture clip.

One of the most recognisable butterflies, the Cabbage White butterfly has a simple monochrome design to suit most interior styles. Available in a medium or large frame or as an extra-large print, with think this classic butterfly works brilliantly combined with our other striking prints.

Also found throughout Europe and featuring a simple monochrome design is the Wood White butterfly. One of the most delicate butterflies, the Wood White is much daintier than the cabbage white and looks beautiful sat alone in one of our elegant oak hanging frames.

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Untitled designWith their distinct pattern, shape and colour, Mother of Pearl Butterflies are commonly found in forested areas of Africa. Common Mother of Pearl Butterflies have a beautiful pink shimmery hue, and Forest Mother of Pearl Butterflies have a soft green tone, both with a large wingspan and a pearly sheen. These striking and unusual butterflies look stunning as an extra-large print when teamed with our handy Oak Picture Clip.

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Our Framed Butterfly Prints are available to buy individually or as a set, and come in a choice of Medium or Large frame. Our Extra Large Prints arrive unframed and are available to buy alone or with our handy Oak Clip. Click here to take a look at our full collection.

Decorate With | Oak Hanging Frames

The right frame can be used for more than just hanging a photo, and our new Oak Hanging Frames are designed to be a blank canvas to display anything you choose. Inspired by Scandinavian simplicity, each frame is crafted from four pieces of textured oak, two sheets of high quality glass and a smooth black rubber band which holds the frame together.

Use these stylish new frames to introduce botanicals into your home this Summer. Pressing flowers is easy to do and can instantly brighten up your wall with colour and life. Click here to take a look at Gardenista’s blog on how to press flowers.

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The transparent front and back on these frames means that anything you place inside will automatically stand out. We think these frames are great for displaying old family photos and keepsakes- why not buy our Large Oak Hanging Frame and create your very own collage or family tree?

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Why not create your very own work of art to display in your home? Find a large fern leaf (about 1/3rd bigger than your frame), score each leaf half way along its length and fold down to create a cool geometric inspired design. Then simply press between the glass and put the frame together.

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Head to our Facebook page, Twitter page or Instagram account to share your photos of different ways to decorate with frames. Click here to view our full frames collection…

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All photos sourced from supplier, found on Pinterest or taken ourselves. 

June Musts | Father’s Day

June is all about dad, with Father’s Day on 21st June, so we’ll be spending this month treating the men in our lives to fun days out and tasty treats.

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choconchocWe’ve teamed with luxury chocolatiers Choc on Choc to offer you an exclusive Father’s Day competition. For your chance to win a stunning Chocolate Vinyl Record and Cassette, simply place an order on our website (and enjoy 15% off!) with the discount code DADCOMP. One lucky winner will be announced on Monday 15th June- good luck!

 

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JS64592507We’ll be treating our dads to a fun day out on 21st June, and have taken inspiration from National Trust’s Father’s Day events. No matter where you are, there is a perfect trip to suit your dad’s interests- from vintage car fayre’s, to big BBQs, musical picnics and wine tasting events. Find out more here.

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For anyone with a green fingered dad, let them enjoy a weekend in the garden for Father’s Day. It’s the perfect time to plant your favourite flowers for Summer, so why not treat them to some stylish planters?

Take a look at our selection of zinc, rattan and birch effect planters here.

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A homemade gift is always extra special, so we’ve found our favourite coffee flavoured cake and cocktail recipes for dad’s that love a caffeine hit. Head to Huffington Post for their tasty blog on how to make the perfect iced coffee for a tasty weekend drink. For dad’s with a sweet tooth, Delia Smith’s Coffee Cake recipe includes crunchy walnuts and a smooth coffee cream centre. Take a look at the tasty recipe here, and treat him to our stunning Ceramic Cafe Set as an accompaniment. Image found on Pinterest here.

 

Don’t forget to place an order on our website with 15% off (using code DADCOMP) before midnight Sunday 14th June for your chance to win our tasty chocolate prize. Click here to start shopping…

Chelsea Flower Show

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Recreate the Chelsea Flower Show look in your own garden by planting up bright flowers, introducing rustic ornate accessories like our Three Aged Zinc Planters and creating the looks below with our Festoon Lights and Chapel Window Mirror.

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How To | Dine Indoors or Out

We all love the idea of alfresco dining, BBQs and garden get together’s, but sometimes the British Summer has other ideas.
We’ve put together a selection of stylish products and tasty recipes that can be enjoyed indoors or out- no matter what the weather brings throws at us!

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Food photographer and recipe blogger Tartelette has created a stunning tart that mixes simple, fresh ingredients like rocket, heirloom tomatoes and crumbly goat’s cheese on a base of puff pastry. Finished with a fresh vinegarette dressing, this tasty vegetarian-friendly recipe can be found here. We recommend adding fresh prosciutto ham for extra flavour.

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A refreshing favourite that’s perfect for the warm weather (and can also be heated up during the cold!), fresh lemonade is easy to make and a great alternative to shop-bought fizzy drinks.

Recipe developer Blogging over Thyme has added a refreshing twist to this tasty drink by including fresh mint and ginger. Click here to view her recipe- we can’t wait to try our own!Untitled design (77)

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Toasted marshmallows, a campfire favourite, make a tasty and fun dessert. Soak wooden skewers in water beforehand to stop the ends burning, and crisp over a fire, or pop under the grill.
For a grown up treat, we recommend trying Bailey’s hot chocolate topped with toasted marshmallows; click here to view the recipe from blogger Amanda K. by the Bay.

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We’ve been inspired by blogger Port & Fin to recreate her naughty-but-nice Gin & Tonic Cucumber Ice Lollies. Simply mix together gin, tonic and lime juice before pouring into a mould and adding fresh fruit like cucumber to add a little crunch. Click here to view this tasty recipe, and here for a non-alcoholic version for the little ones.

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Sweet Peas

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Late Spring is the ideal time for growing your own Sweet Peas. These stunning climbers can be planted in unheated greenhouses or directly into the ground from late April and begin to flower late Spring- early Summer.

HOW TO GROW >

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> Set seedling pots into a vented tray and fill with compost

> Add a single seed into each pot and sow 1 inch into the compost

> Set in water until the top of the soil is damp- then remove from water and store until germinated

> Fill sweet pea frames with organic soil or manure, add germinated seeds and sit in a sunny spot

> Make sure you regularly tie and train up the frames

10167982_817407194953456_550209244724058468_nSweet pea flowers begin to blossom in late May and come in a stunning variety of colours. Use these beautiful flowers to introduce colour by positioning the frames all around your garden, or bring indoors and create a laid-back floral display.

Create a pretty look by simply adding the flowers to a recycled glass vase or jam jar, or get more creative by mixing with fruit such as blueberries or whitecurrants.
Single stems also look sweet styled in old bottles or bud vases.
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unnamed (10)Special thanks to independent flower shop Green & Parlour for the use of their imagery on our newsletter. Click here to see view stunning bouquets and find out more about the services they offer.

Saturday Musts | Tea

A nice cup of tea is a British favourite, but there’s much more to enjoy than an old-fashioned builders brew. Here are a few of our favourites…

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Fresh mint tea is a springtime delight and a perfect palette cleanser. All you need for this refreshing brew is a sprig of mint, water and honey as an optional sweetener.
Mint can be grown indoors or out in Britain and takes only a few weeks to harvest the leaves for tea. Make into a warming infusion by adding to boiling water, or add to cold water for an iced tea.

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Used in traditional Chinese medicine for its antioxidants, green tea is used to make fresh herbal teas, mixed with flavours like cranberry and ginger or our favourite- a green tea latte. Make by mixing Macha Green tea Powder with frothy milk (we recommend coconut milk for extra flavour) and sugar to sweeten. Click here to view the recipe.

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Often referred to as Red Bush Tea, Rooibos is an earthy, strong tea that is naturally caffeine free and great with or without milk. Brew your tea for five minutes for optimum taste, or be creative and use the leaves to create a rich and creamy Rooibos and Honey Ice Cream. Click here to view our favourite recipe from blogger Drizzle and Dip.

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Made from a blend of black tea and the rind of the bergamot orange, Earl Grey has a distinctive citrus flavour and gets its name from British Prime Minister the second Earl Grey. A popular hot tea usually drunk without milk, Earl Grey can also be infused with gin to create a classic British cocktail- click here for an easy to follow recipe from blogger Sugar and Charm.

Untitled design (72)Enjoy your tea of choice in our hand made casa earthenware mugs which are now 25% off. Click here to take advantage of the offer and begin brewing now.

Saturday Must | Introducing Colour

It only takes one perfectly placed accessory or lick of paint to instantly change the look and feel of a room. Adding a pop of colour is an inexpensive way to quickly update your home. Take a look at three of this years hottest shades, and how they can work in any space.

Pantone’s Marsala

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Pantone’s colour of the year is described as a robust and earthy red wine. Marsala is a warm, bold tone that works brilliantly as an accent colour to refresh your space. Paint an accent wall and team this bold colour with light, neutral tones found in our Colette Mirror and Pearl Knit Cushion.

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Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue

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One of Farrow and Ball’s key shades for the season, No. 22 Light Blue has a silvery hue to it which is designed to reflect light and brighten up dark spaces. Introduce this colour scheme with statement furniture like our Fleur Occasional Chair and Lina Side Tablesand team with cool grey tones to complete the look.

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Dulux’s Copper Blush

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A combination of two striking and stylish colours, blush pink and copper gold can be easily introduced with statement chairs and decorative accessories to add a hint of femininity and shine to your home. Dulux have chosen Copper Blush to complement 2015’s metallic trend, and added a chalkier pink tone to make this colour both versatile and beautiful.
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Guide | Wedding Lists with Prezola

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We’re pleased to announce that we will be joining together with Prezola, the UK’s award-winning independent wedding gift-list company, to bring you a hand-picked selection of inspiring gift ideas for you to include on your wedding list.

Prezola have over 30,000 products available from leading brands, a dedicated honeymoon fund and a wide selection of cash and charity options- all in one place.

Click here to find out how Prezola works, and take a sneak peek at just some of the Cox & Cox products that are available for you to include in your list.

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To celebrate our upcoming partnership, we’ve asked Phoebe Miller from award-winning blog So Your Getting Married  to pick her top Cox & Cox wedding gifts.Spring-header1

Winner of Best Wedding Blog at the Cosmopolitan Awards 2014, Phoebe’s main passion is weddings, but she also loves interior design, throwing dinner parties and relaxed summer BBQs.

Her selection of products include our simple and stylish Scalloped Jug, Scandinavian Lotte Bench and fabulous Festoon Lights

Click here to view her list on Prezola’s website, and here to build your very own.

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