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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.

Monochrome Interior Inspiration

Monochrome Interiors And How To Create Them

 

Scandi or monochrome interiors can be difficult to pull off as they can look stark, cold and clinical.  Two Scandinavian designers who nail this look are Danish fashion, interior designer and artist, Marlene Birger and Swedish stylist, make-up artist and founder of boutique, Miloii, Karolina Vertus.  You can see shots from their properties in our Pinterest board above (use the scroll bar on the right hand side to see all the photos).

There are five key elements to monochrome interiors:

1.Pattern

Add patterned rugs, blankets, cushions and throws to break up expanses of one colour.   Stick to a restricted colour palette and don’t be afraid to mix stripes, zig zags, florals and tribal motifs.

2.Global textiles

Thick Beni Ourain rugs, hand-woven runners, striped and patterned blankets, sequinned wedding blankets, throws and piles of assorted cushions all add layers, texture, pattern and warmth.

3.Metallics

Sequinned Moroccan wedding blankets, lassi cups, silver sculptures, candlesticks, contemporary metallic lights, tea light holders, inlaid furniture and metallic tiles all reflect the light and add sparkle.

4.Natural materials

Rustic or global wooden furniture, tribal carvings and wicker baskets all add texture.  I would also add plants to the mix.

5.Artwork

Create a visual feast with bold contemporary artwork or mix and match styles on a gallery wall.

 

Get The Look

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  1.  Add pattern and texture with our hand-woven Indian Zig Zag runner in black and white, £380
  2. A bold striped blanket, perfect on the bed or thrown over a sofa, Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket Natural Black £183
  3. Kilim Pouf Ayoub, a Beni Ourain pouf, will provide extra seating, pattern and texture to a room, £110
  4. A sophisticated basket with layers of ribbing will add texture, Open Ribbed Basket Black Gogo Christina, £112, shown here on our natural and white Indian Zig Zag runner, £380
  5. A striped blanket will add warmth and pattern, Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket Black Natural, £183
  6. Add a decorative touch with one of our storage baskets, Bonakele Black, £180
  7. These Black and Natural baskets Bonakele, available in three sizes, £34 – £80, add pattern and texture
  8. A traditional Beni Ourain carpet adds pattern, texture and warmth underfoot, £795
  9. Vintage lassi cups add pattern and a silvery shine, (available in a variety of patterns and sizes), £30 – £34
  10. Add sparkle with vintage Moroccan wedding blankets, (shown here Assia) £225 and cushions.

 

If you are a fan of monochrome interiors you can read more on Karonlina Vertus, her apartment and family, in Milk magazine here. Marlene Birger has written two books on her style and properties, you can read more about them and see her artwork here.

 

A Nomadic Chic Beach Home

The sitting room of this Santa Barbara beach home owned by Gina Tolleson cleverly mixes global textiles to create a nomadic chic look.  I think the secret to this look is to mix patterns, textures and textiles but keep to a limited colour palette.  Here the reds and oranges of the embroidered cushions, the floor rug and the lamp  work with the brown and neutral tones of the Moroccan rug on the sofa, and the natural wood of the sofa and tray.   You can read the full article here.

 

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Create Your Own Nomadic Chic Look

Here are some ideas for creating a similar look:

1.  A selection of vintage hand embroidered cushions from our Kutch collection.  |  2.  A vintage Azilal rug from our Rug Collection.  3.  Handcrafted copper meditation bowl.   4.  Moroccan Pom Pom blanket in natural from our Souk Collection.

 

C-Home photographer article Nancy Neil.

Valentine’s Day Gifts With A Global Twist

Handcrafted Gifts With A Global Twist

 

Why not give your loved one a handcrafted Valentine’s Day gift this year, something with a story behind it?

 

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For textile lovers, a hand embroidered cushions from our Kutch collection, like Advika, a vintage  Rabari embroidery cushion cover featuring heart-shaped motifs would make a wonderful gift.  The Rabaris are pastoral nomads living in Rajasthan and Gujurat with a distinctive style of embroidery which has been handed down from mother to daughter over generations.  Steeped in cultural tradition this is a statement cushion to cherish.

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If you are giving jewellery why not present it in one of our handcrafted Copper and Brass Trinket Boxes, which are perfect for storing chains, rings, earrings and cufflinks?  Each piece has been handcrafted by a Tambat coppersmith in Pune, India, using techniques dating back to the seventeenth century.  Tiny rows of uniform indentations on the surface, crafted with special hammers, create a mirror like appearance that reflects the light.

 

 

 

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For romantic nights in try our super warm Moroccan Pom Pom blankets from our Souk Collection.  These blankets are hand woven by Berber weavers and are designed to withstand the cold in the High Atlas mountains.   They are perfect for snuggling under on chilly winter nights.

 

Gift Ideas For The Home

Black And White Gift Ideas For The Home With A Dash Of Pink

Handcrafted gifts to cherish which will add a global touch to interiors.

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Gift Ideas For The Home clockwise from top right:

1.  Berber Bread Basket Black Purple Red £45  |  2. Bonakele Black and Natural Block Weave Baskets £34 – £80  |  3. Small Sea Urchin Vase White £25  |  4. Patchwork Cushion Black Pink White £85  |  5.  Open Ribbed Basket Gogo Christina Black £112  6.  Black and White Zig Zag Runner  £380  |  7.  Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket Natural Black Stripe £149 – £183  |  8. Patchwork Cushion Pink Black White £85

Gift Ideas For Students

The Student Gift Edit

 

Stuck for a gift for the student in your family?  I’ve picked a bright selection of our handcrafted global  interior accessories which will bring colour and warmth to spartan student bedsits.  Choose from a selection of unique, one-of-a-kind silk screened cushions and floor cushions, super warm Berber pom pom blankets designed to withstand the cold of the High Atlas mountains and  quirky storage solutions.

 

 

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Gift ideas for students clockwise from top left:

1.  Large Storage Basket Bonakele £180  |  2. Trinket Box £22  |  3.Pom Pom Blanket Multicolour Stripe £149 – £183  |  4. Small Spiky Sea Urchin Vase White £25  |  5. Haimi Vintage Embroidered Floor Cushion Cover £110  |  6. Farida Berber Cushion Cover Orange Green £85  |  7. Nejma Berber Cushion Cover Orange £85   |  8. Berber Basket Green Orange £55  |  9. Namibian collection cushions and floor cushions £65 – £87

 

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

 

 

 

Winter Warmth

Winter Warmth With Our New Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets

The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct nip in the air so what better time to launch our new collection of Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets.

 

 

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Perfect for keeping warm on chilly nights, these blankets have been hand woven on traditional looms especially for Maud interiors in a town near Marrakesh in Morocco.  Hand woven using techniques passed down from father to son over generations, these thick woollen blankets were originally designed to keep out the cold in the High Atlas mountains.  They have been given a contemporary twist with the addition of large coloured pom poms at the head and foot of the blanket and look stylish over a duvet or as a throw over a sofa or chair.

 

The blankets are available in two sizes: 200cm x 300cm, which is suitable for a single bed or throw and 240cm x 300cm for a double bed.  They are available in five colour ways, natural shown above, natural and black shown below, multicolour stripes, natural and black (thin stripes with black pom poms) and natural and grey stripes.  Click here to see the collection.  We have a few blankets available now, the remainder are being hand woven and are due mid October.  To pre-order a blanket email info@maudinteriors.com.

 

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Photography: Kristy Noble

Styling: Hannah Bullivant