Archive for the ‘Candles’ Category

More Press Coverage for Hampton Blue!

October 18, 2012

Thanks so much to Period Ideas Magazine for featuring our yummy East of India Warm Mince Pies Candle in their November edition of the magazine.  Warm Mince Pies Candle, £6.50                            Also, many thanks to Good Homes Magazine for featuring our new Cavallini and Co Destination stickers.  Need a hat trick for November now!

Cavalllini and Co Destination Stickers, £10.95

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Antique Silver Tealight Holder for Mothers’ Day

March 16, 2011

I’m a bit wary of recommending household items for Mothers’ Day – puts me in mind of my dad buying my mum a microwave one Christmas – but no one could argue with this lovely antique silver tealight holder, surely?

It has a heart motif on either side, a distressed finish, and a wire handle for hanging if desired. Plus each one is slightly different due to the handmade process. Lovely.

Hearts for the home

January 26, 2011

Yes, Valentine’s Day is on its way so I’ve picked out a few “hearty” home items.

I really like this quadruple cream metal heart hook. Beaufiful to look at and practical for tidying all that clutter. You could even paint names on and encourage your children to hang their stuff on their own peg.

I love things that are beautiful as well as useful and this heart-shaped memo holder fits the bill.

Great for holding special notes, photos or momentos or – and I love this idea – for using as place card holders.

Candles are – as I’m sure you know – essential for romantic atmosphere and I particularly love these East of India creamy vanilla candles. They come in a tin with awooden heart on the lid. Yummy.

Relaxing after Christmas

December 27, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got the gifts you hoped for. (I didn’t find a Fiat 500 or a pug under the tree, sadly. Maybe next year…)

I love the week between Christmas and New Year when all the rushing and overeating and drinking is over (okay, maybe not all of it) and you can relax and take it easy, catching up on TV and reading the books you got for Christmas.

And I love these East of India candles too. The Cinnamon and Orange is great for this time of year, since it’s still festive without being overpowering.

Sparkly stocking fillers

December 15, 2010

It’s great to get a big Christmas gift, something you’ve been wanting all year, but it’s equally fun to have lots of little things to open. Here are a few of our favourites.

This gorgeous Lisbeth Dahl silver purse is embellished with stripes of silver sequins and glass beads on the front and glass beads on the back. It has a zip fastening and is lined with silver fabric and would be equally appreciated by tweens, teens or (alleged) grown-ups.

This embroidered butterfly heart mirror is one of those things that are so handy to have in your handbag, but which you probably never remember to buy for yourself.

This beautiful clear glass tealight holder with a metal handle with silver and clear bead detail is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Perfect for adding a bit of atmosphere to Christmas evenings.

Last minute gift idea: Cupcake Candle Holders

December 8, 2010

Each Christmas, I try to have a few extra gifts in and wrapped just in case of unexpected visits (or expected visits with unexpected gifts) from friends.

I’d love to receive these cute Cupcake Candle Holders and I know most of my friends would too. They cost just £12.95.

Warm up winter with a collection of candles

November 3, 2010

The leaves are falling off the trees (“Spring is on its way!” my 6-year-old said yesterday. Well, yeah. But don’t hold your breath.), the nights are drawing in and, if the weather reports are accurate, a long, hard winter is ahead.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, because the best thing about winter is snuggling up indoors with trashy TV, Bailey’s Irish Cream and candles. Lots of candles.

The other great thing about winter is, of course, Christmas and this spice candle in a tin with wooden heart on lid is perfect for getting you in the Christmas spirit (if the Bailey’s hasn’t got you there already).

Candles also make great gifts and this Cup Cake candle is my favourite. The candle is cute and the box is inscribed with the words “Live life in the moment and make it so beautiful that it is worth remembering”. Just the thing to take you through to spring. It’s on its way, you know.

Autumn accessories for your home

September 22, 2010

I love the autumn, it’s my favourite season. I love the cold, brisk, sunny weather and I love the back-to-school feeling. But most of all, I love the idea of snuggling in for the winter and making the house cosy with items like these:

I think one of the best things about this time of year is lighting candles. They make any room seem much more cosy and atmospheric. This East of India Candle has the scent of baked apple and so is perfect for this time of year. It’ll give you that Bonfire Night feeling.

Also by East of India is this Mug In A Box, perfect for morning coffee or evening hot chocolate. Both the box and the mug are inscribed with “Laugh often, love much, live well” – great advice for any season.

This Lisbeth Dahl Rose Knitted Scarf is not strictly for the home, but at this time of year, I like to keep scarves and throws on all the chairs and sofas so I can easily wrap up warm in the evening. This soft scarf has fine silver metallic threads running through it to add that hint of sparkle. Snuggly.

Gifts for new mums

August 16, 2010

In the last three weeks, four friends of mine have had babies. Three girls and one boy. (It’s not making me broody at all. Not at all. Okay, maybe just a little…) I always try to buy gifts for the mums rather than the babies – it’s the mums who’ve done the majority of the work, after all!

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a candle and this boxed cupcake candle, by East of India, is particularly gorgeous. The inscription on the box says: “Live life in the moment and make it so beautiful that it is worth remembering.” A perfect reminder that one day you will indeed sleep again!

When I was pregnant with my first son, the books all told me to buy muslin squares. I had no idea what I was going to use them for, but the answer turned out to be “everything”. That’s how I feel about a wide cotton scarf. Perfect for making you look like you’ve put a bit of effort in when you’re actually still wearing a maternity sweatshirt and pyjama bottoms, they also work as a breastfeeding cover-up and hide the lingering “baby” bump… And if you did want to use a corner to discretely wipe your baby’s mouth (or, for that matter, your own), I wouldn’t judge…

I love this Petits Enfants frame. It’s so, you know, French! Perfectly shabby chic. And, if the new baby isn’t a first baby, it’s a great way of including older siblings in your gift.

What are your favourite new mum gifts? Or did you receive any howlers (support tights?)? Let us know in the comments!

Three travel treats

July 27, 2010

We’re going on our summer holidays in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait. There’s no internet, no mobile reception, just relaxation (assuming I ignore the children). I’ve picked three treats to take with me to make my week off even more special.

We’re holidaying in the UK this year, so goodness only knows what the weather’s going to be like. I haven’t a clue what clothes to take, but I will be taking a few scarves, which make it easier to warm up a summer top. This one’s great because it has metallic thread running through it so is “dressy” enough for a meal out too.

One of the issues with holiday accommodation is that often they’ve been shut up for a little while and so don’t smell quite so fragrant. So I will be taking one of these gorgeous East of India candles with me to cheer the place up. Vanilla = relaxing.

This is the first holiday for a while on which I won’t be taking my laptop. I can’t quite believe it. But instead I’ll be taking this travel journal so I can keep a record of what we get up to!