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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…

Lie In

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

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Get Cooking 

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.

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Get Outdoors

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!

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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

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Decorate With | Naked Wire Lights

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 >

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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.

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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!

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Make Your Own | Christmas Cake

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.

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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

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Don’t Forget > to soak in brandy every two weeks until Christmas!

Behind The Scenes | Ballerina Print Duvet Set

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…

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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.

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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…

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Cox & Cox Bakes | Tiramisu Cupcakes

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
125ml Kahlua
400g Mascarpone
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

> Enjoy!

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Top image found on Pinterest
Bottom image and inspiration courtesy of Vanessa Cox


Cox & Cox October Musts

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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.

Must Read

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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.

Must Make

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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.

Autumn Outdoors

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.

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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.

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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.

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This Week at Cox & Cox

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.

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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.

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This Week at Cox & Cox HQ

With less than a month to go until the launch of our new Autumn catalogue we have been extremely busy getting everything ready for you. Take a sneak peek at the front page of our first Autumn catalogue below and request your very own here.

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We have been welcoming back a warm glow to our kitchen and dining spaces with our collection of soft white & copper leaf accessories and burnished copper chairs, all now back in stock. Click here to take a look and shop the collection now!

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This week we also expanded our collection of Mirrors. Whether simple, french style, or big and bold, we have something for everyone and included all of our old favourites just for you. Click the image of our new Tunis Wooden Mirror to take a look >

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We are also excited to announce that we have reached 33,000 likes on Facebook this week! Facebook is the best place to go to be the first to hear about Cox & Cox so don’t forget to like us and keep up to date!

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Keep your eyes on our website, Facebook page and sign up to our emails to be the first to hear about our new and exclusive collection launching soon, as well as our new Autumn products as they arrive.


Joanna Thornhill

A firm favourite with everyone at Cox & Cox HQ, we love Joanna Thornhill’s brilliant new book ‘Home For Now‘. Released earlier this year, freelance stylist and writer Joanna has put together a collection of inspirational images, information and advice on how to make your rented space or first home beautiful.

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Having worked on photo shoots and features for magazines such as House Beautiful, Country Homes & Interior and companies such as Sainsbury’s, Joanna demonstrates clever, practical and reversible decorating and styling ideas that allow you to transform the look of your home with just a few key pieces and tips. Items such as Wicker Cone ChairRecycled Vases, Cushion Covers and Mirrors are just a few pieces that can add instant style and personality to your space.

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We sat down with Joanna earlier this month to find out a little bit about what she loves;

What do you love most about Cox & Cox?

I look at interiors websites far more than the average person – mainly down to my job, as I’m constantly looking for products and trend ideas to feature in photoshoots and features, but also as it’s my passion! I really appreciate sites who put in the effort to create a strong identity for themselves and offer a whole lifestyle package, rather than just a collection of ‘stuff’. With Cox & Cox, I know I’m going to see stunning, original product photography, as well as products to back them up.

What was the last book you read? 

I’ve been so preoccupied with work of late that the last time I sat down to read a whole novel was when I was on holiday to Crete. We stayed in a beautiful resort in Plaka, opposite the tiny uninhabited island of Spinalonga. So I couldn’t not read Victoria Hislop’s historical novel, The Island, which is based there. Being able to actually take a boat to the island having just finished reading it was pretty special.

What one item can you not live without?

I’d love to say something more interesting than my iPhone but really, it’s the one thing I’d be lost without. I’m very much a digital rather than paper person and prefer to either send emails to myself, bookmark web pages or use an online to-do list to manage my workload and life in general, plus my calendar, contacts and work folders are all ‘up in the cloud’. The iPhone gives me the freedom to access everything I need when I’m out and about, as well as keep my social media networks updated on the go.

What is your favourite Cox & Cox product and why?

There are too many beautiful things on the website to choose, but one Cox & Cox piece I have in my own home (well, outside it in the garden, actually) is the Rattan Planter. They are so simple and make such a difference to the look of the garden. My outdoor space is completely concrete so we’ve hidden it with fake grass and gravel borders, but this means all our plants have to grow in pots rather than the ground. I think plastic planters just look really scruffy but they’re the best way for us to grow anything, so the rattan planter mean I can stylishly disguise it. Hurrah!

What is your favourite place?

There’s still so many on the Bucket List, but I think a recent trip to India for a friend’s wedding will always rank way up there. After the wedding, in the north of India, my partner and I went down to Kerala for several days. I can still clearly picture all the vibrant colours and patterns that were on every building and surface. I’m not exactly a minimalist so for me, it was visual heaven!

What would your last breakfast on earth be? 

It’d have to be a really good Full English, with all the trimmings, and a soft yolk.

What makes you happiest?

I’m very lucky that my job is also one of my main passions in life, but it does mean that sometimes it’s hard to switch off, especially when things are busy. So I really appreciate time out with my boyfriend outside of London altogether, even if it’s just a daytrip, to help get out of that work mindset and just switch off, far enough removed from home to prevent me nipping back to catch up on any deadlines! Particularly if it’s by the sea – having always lived inland, that first glimpse of it on any trip still feels me with that childhood excitement. Fish and chips on the beach is possibly my favourite thing ever.

What are your plans for 2014?

I’m hoping to build on the momentum of launching my book, Home for Now, and seeing what other doors that might open for me, as well as various styling jobs I have in the pipeline along with my regular pages for several titles and websites. And at home, I’m desperate to make headway with my house renovations – we bought our first place just over two years ago and have been painstakingly stripping it back and restoring it to its former glory, all on a shoestring budget. We’re midway through finishing the bedroom and study, which have pretty much just been cosmetic, but I’m hoping once that’s sorted we can do the biggie – a total refit of the kitchen and dining room. And I think once all that’s done, a holiday might be in order!

Who or What is your biggest inspiration?

I think when you’re a visual person, inspiration is all around you – as cheesy as it might sound, but anything from a beautiful sunset to a charmingly derelict old building can spark off ideas for colour or decorating schemes. Although design shows and magazines can really help get the creative juices flowing, sometimes the best inspiration comes when you’re not even really looking for it.

What did you want to be when you grew up? 

I sort of always wanted to do what I’m doing now really, I just never knew it existed! I’ve always loved writing, art and design, but was never quite sure what the best outlet for that would be. I wanted to be a fashion designer for a long time and studied Fashion Design at university, before realising it wasn’t quite right for me and switching to a degree in Fashion Promotion, but was always interested in interiors and eventually decided that should be my vocation rather than just an interest. I think blogs and social media have really opened up the industry and people are far more familiar with what interior stylists do nowadays, but back when I was first starting out, for an outsider like me it almost felt like stepping into a secret world – I’m glad I eventually found my way into it though!

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Joanna’s book is available to buy here.