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How To Create A Cosy Home This Christmas

Tips On Creating A Cosy Home

I’m typing this post wrapped in one of our cosy waffle throws to block out the blast of cold air coming through ancient wooden French doors and cursing myself for not ordering replacement wooden doors and windows earlier in the year.

As a sun-loving Leo I struggle with the cold, dark,winter months so I like to create a cosy home where I can hibernate until the mild weather arrives.  For me the key essentials are warmth, lighting, colour and wintry scents.  Take a look at the Pinterest visuals above for ideas.  To see the full board use the scroll bar on the right hand side.

Warmth

  •  A roaring wood fire or burner helps create a cosy feel but older homes can still be draughty so the trick is to layer the textiles in your home.  Add wool blankets and throws to sofas so  you can curl up under them.  Pile on the cushions so you sink into them
  • If you have wooden, tiled or laminate flooring, add some deep pile rugs and runners for warmth and softness underfoot
  • Layer your bedding by adding coverlets, blankets and kantha throws for extra warmth and texture.  Increase the number of pillows too for extra comfort.

Lighting

  •  When it’s dark outside add extra table lights inside to create pools of light
  • Add clusters of candles to create a warm glow.  Use metallic candle holders in brass, copper and silver to reflect the light
  • String fairy lights over mirrors and mantlepieces, loop them along walls or cascade them down windows to create a magical Christmassy feel.

Colour

  • Introduce some warmer colours in the form of throws, cushions, a tablecloth or rug.  Browns, russets, pinks, reds, oranges and some yellows will all create a warmer feel.

Scent

  • Scent your home with woody, spicy smells.  I like Diptyque’s Cannelle and Amber candles
  • I add to this with large bunches of eucalyptus which I use in pots, on the mantelpiece, in wreaths, on my dining table and for gift wrapping (I prefer natural decorations).
  • Finally, there’s nothing like a real pine Christmas tree to create a wonderful woody aroma.

Gifts for Yogis

Gift Inspiration For The Yogis In Your Life

 

Gifts for Yogis

 

A selection of gifts for yogis or for someone needing to relax, unwind and create a sense of calm  after a long day at the office.  Choose from our handcrafted copper sunflower tea light holders £19.00, which are perfect for creating soft ambient lighting for an evening practice. | 2. Aashe, one of our large hand embroidered, comfortable, floor cushions from our Kutch Collection for meditation. | 3.  A hand beaten, fair trade, copper meditation urli(bowl).  Just watching the coppery light created by  floating tea lights reflecting against the tiny hammered indentations creates a sense of calm.

Five Ways To Create An Outdoor Space

It looks as if it is going to be a scorcher this weekend so today’s post is about how to create an outdoor space, somewhere you can sit, relax and enjoy the sunshine.  It’s easy to do and as you will see from the images below, it’s possible to convert even the smallest balcony into an outdoor living space.

 

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Five ways to create an outdoor space

Image Source: 1 and 2 DigsDigs.com, 3. Smittenstudioonline.com  4. Liza Bruce’s home Elle Decor

 

How To Create Your Own Outdoor Space

 

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The five key ingredients to create an outdoor space are from top left:

 

Plants, planting and planters are key.  You don’t need a garden, you can create an exotic look on a balcony, roof terrace or yard with creative planting.  I’ve chosen the image of the entrance to a New York roof terrace, owned by Gray Davis and his partner and featured in Vogue Australia, to show how by planting large ferns and a mix of palms in planters you can transform a space and create a tropical look.

 

If you have a balcony choose plants that can go outside during summer months like this architectural cactus, top right, and mix the planters so that you have different styles and sizes. For interesting planters, which don’t cost a fortune, try your local antiques market.

 

Cushions, cushions and more cushions are essential for lounging and to add colour and texture to a space.  I like a mix of scatter cushions and floor cushions but prefer a limited colour palette to avoid things looking too busy.  Have a look at our collection, we have everything from exotic Moroccan prints and kilims, to hand-woven contemporary Mayan stripes, to vintage Kutch embroidery and bright and bold African prints, many of which are in our summer sale.

 

Rugs work well too with large floor cushions for lounging.  They add texture and delineate the space.  Just be prepared to roll them up quickly if the weather changes.

 

For seating, if you have space you could build a bench like Sarah Sherman Samuel and her partner from Smitten Studio (lifestyle photo 3).  If not, there are lots of wicker chairs around.  Ikea has some tropical rattan chairs similar to those in the second lifestyle image.

 

Baskets as platters or for reading matter will add additional texture and don’t take up too much space.  See our selection of handcrafted baskets here.

 

Lighting  – I like the idea of overhead festoon style lights and there are lots of choices available.  Solar powered fairly lights look magical too and our copper tea-lights, now in the sale, will add an extra sparkle.

 

Finally, if you don’t have an outside space, bundle up a blanket, our Moroccan Pom Pom  blankets make great picnic rugs and some cushions and head to the nearest park or beach.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gift Ideas For Him

Gift Inspiration For Him

If you, like me, are only just beginning to think about Christmas presents and haven’t bought a single gift yet then our edit of handcrafted global accessories for him, below might help:

 

 

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Gift ideas for him clockwise from top left:

1. Berber Bread Basket £45  |  2. Storage Jars from £33  | 3. Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket Natural Black from £149  |  4. Sea Urchin Vase Green Medium £45  | 5.  Selection of Cushions from our Chiapas Collection £75 each | 6. Black and Natural Block Weave Baskets Bonakele from £34  | 7. Copper Tea Light Candle Holder Seed Pod Large £28  |  8. Table Runner Yox £110

 

 

 

Launch Competition – Win A Luxury Copper Tea Light Holder

Welcome to our blog,

As I write this post we are all bleary eyed and suffering from sleep deprivation here at Maud HQ.  We’ve been burning the midnight oil for a good few days now trying to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and get the shopping cart to function prior to launch.  Hopefully, by the time you read this, all will be resolved but please do email us and let us know if you spot any gremlins.

This is the first posting of what I hope will be weekly postings on the stories behind the handicrafts in our launch collection, including interviews with some of the artisans and NGOs we work with, travel, textiles, interiors, markets and things that catch my eye along the way.  To start off we want to celebrate the launch of Maud interiors by offering you the chance to win one of these fabulous handmade copper tea light holders.

 

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These  nature inspired copper pods are made by the Tambat coppersmiths in Maharashtra, India.  We love the combination of contemporary design and traditional handicraft skills.  They give off a warm golden glow when lit and reflect the light on the outside due to tiny indentations which create a mirror-like appearance.  These indentations are made by profiled beating hammers, there are different hammers for different copper products, and this technique ,known as matharkaam, is the distinguishing feature of the Tambat coppersmiths.  It is a highly skilled craft requiring strength, dexterity and keen hand-foot-eye coordination.

The Tambat people have been handcrafting copper ware since the seventeenth century.  They originally worked for the Peshwar rulers making armour, coins and cannons but with industrialisation and British laws they were forced to turn their attention to providing utensils and ceremonial objects for the public.  The community has been declining over the years:  in the 1970s there were 800 households and now there are only about 80 – 100 households remaining.   Fortunately INTACH, an Indian NGO, has created a social enterprise to introduce contemporary designs, skills development and marketing support to revive this traditional craft and these wonderful copper pods are just part of that initiative.  We have more copper products from the Tambat community coming soon so pop back to the site to find out what’s new, sign up for our newsletter in the footer below, or check out our Facebook page for updates.

In the meantime, here is how you can win our launch giveaway.  All you have to do is like, share and comment over on our Maud interiors Facebook page and tell us why you deserve a Copper Pod tea light holder.  The winner will be announced on the blog on Thursday 16th May 2013.  Good luck!