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Thursday 15 December 2011

All I Want for Christmas: home sweet homewares

I'm in the middle of the process of buying my first flat (an excited but terrified eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee to that). I'm doing a spot of spare room surfing, with the bulk of my stuff in storage, until it all goes through. What I'd like for Christmas are little bits to cheer up my bedroom now and make it feel a bit more like home - things that I'll then be able to eventually carry proudly into my new house. Whether you're renting or a proud homeowner, there's surely space in your stocking, and in your home, for one of these beauties.

Okay, I'm asking for a tea towel for Christmas but I've clearly got my priorities straight. Roll on cavorting in the kitchen opportunities. This is designed by Joy of Ex and costs £10 from To Dry For.

A house always benefits from a bit of artwork, especially one that reminds you how wonderful you are in times of stress like this You are Ace print by Laura Seaby does. While I'm still renting, there's no hammering things into walls so I'd be grateful if someone also bought me one of these tabletop easels so I can prop some of my favourite prints up around my room. The print is £25, while the easels start at £11.

Do you know what else makes me feel at home? Coffee and the papers at the weekend. I've been lusting after the Chemex coffee maker for a while. The design dates back the 1940s and I love its scientific looks: after all coffee is a very serious business. This makes up to six cups (so you can spend your weekend delightfully caffeinated) and costs £29.99 from Muazo.

Urban Outfitters seems to leave the competition floored (sorry!) when it comes to cheap and attractive rugs. I've had my eye on this joyful zig zig number for a while. It's the most expensive item on my Christmas list at £65 but it'll last me long after twelfth night.

How about a vase for adding some instant prettiness? I think these striped numbers from Hus and Hem are beautiful, worthy of their £56.17 price tag and are asking to be filled with beautiful blooms. If someone wants to send me some flowers too, that would be just great, ta.

If someone is feeling very generous and really wants to treat someone with ambitions on sprucing up their home, interior design hero Abigail Ahern runs masterclasses on how to create stylish spaces. A day class costs £150.


  1. I've been after a chemex for my boyfriend, you are stars! x

  2. Love the tea towel, "My Kitchen is for dancing" I think there should be a whole series.
    My kitchen is for singing, drinking, snogging.. etc


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