• Archive for October, 2011

    Halloween tricks and treats

    by  • Monday, October 31, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Stylish shopping • 1 Comment

    It’s the creepiest day of the year – but are you gazing at your £1.99 pumpkin and wondering how best to carve it? Throwing a party and stuck for decorating ideas? Looking for some inspirational images to get you in the mood? Head to Housetohome.co.uk for all the latest Halloween ideas…

    From decorating a party table, to creating a trick or treat display, the team at Housetohome has got it covered. You’ll even find a step-by-step HOW TO CARVE A PUMPKIN video.  - Ellie

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    The minging (but inescapable) meerkat trend

    by  • Friday, October 28, 2011 • Latest trends • 5 Comments

    I’m starting with the nicest image, because your eyes might start bleeding as you scroll down…

    We touched upon a sensitive topic yesterday, so let’s investigate a little further. I couldn’t believe it when I spotted this ‘Mr Meerkat’ wallpaper (£165 per roll) from designer Kate Usher the other day. OK, so it’s more Kalahari than Compare the Meerkat, but still, those pesky creatures feature. Even sensible shops such as Dwell have realised that we Brits are obsessed with turning our homes in to tut-filled  Meerkat Manors – this orange high-gloss chap was spotted in the AW11 collection. Possibly a tongue-in-cheek ornament. But WOULD YOU? (Sadly, he’s no longer available…)

    At the Tesco SS12 press preview, there they were. Tucked away discreetly by a clever stylist between a vase and a bowl of roses, but there nonetheless – a set of three ceramic meerkats in a rather tasteful shade of mink for £10:

    What is the world coming to? Because it’s Friday, I’ve decided to end this disturbing post with a round up of the Top 10 Most Minging Meerkats (from the internet meerkat) for your viewing pleasure/pain.

    1. Personalised meerkat cushions. This season’s must-have accessory? 2. Three meerkats is more minging than one. 3. A wind-up meerkat. So wrong. 4. A meerkat ‘rain scientist’. (I am not making this up.) 5. Christmas meerkats. ‘Spring-mounted so they can move in the breeze.’ 6. A meerkat mug. 7. A ‘polystone’ meerkat from B&Q. 8. Meerkats pumping water from a well. Like they do. 9. Meerkat Sylvanian family members. 10. A John Lewis meerkat.

    Let’s never speak of this again. Let’s let this Meerkat Madness trend trundle along discreetly under the radar and ignore it from now on. Yeah? This post never happened. - Ellie

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    NEXT SS12: BONUS ROUND (Suzani tsunami)

    by  • Friday, October 28, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 2 Comments

    A Suzani tsunami is sweeping SS12 high street home collections. Just back from the Next press show where I spotted another little gem. Decided ’twas worthy to be added to our Crazy Cushion Quiz… SO, for extra (brownie) points: Which of these did I spot for £150 in Liberty yesterday, and which will be £16 come February time in Next?

    I’m debating cutting up my Suzani quilt to turn it in to cushions – but can’t quite bring myself to do it! - Ellie

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