Five Fabulous Christmas Stockings

Whatever you fill yours with – tangerines or coal (in which case, welcome to the Internet!) or designer trinkets or…anything but a foot really – it’s important that your Christmas stocking looks the part. Whether your home is minimalist or elaborate, there’s a Christmas stocking out there for you that’ll enhance and not overpower your home this festive season – and we’ve chosen your five favourites to make selection easy.

Personalised Initial Felt Christmas Stocking by Ace

Personalised Initial Felt Christmas Stocking – £6.99 (was £12.99), Ace

Multi-dweller homes will appreciate the practicality of an initialled stocking that will limit the scope of those terribly embarrassing gift-giftee mismatches. Ace are providing just that with this personalised Christmas stocking which is marked with a large initial in green. At 41cm high there’s plenty of room for gifts…and it’ll look the part too, with a festive green, white and red colourway, as well as festive pompoms around the band and on the toe. Even better, it’s a steal at just a shade over half its original price! Linea Off White Faux Fur Stocking

Off White Faux Fur Stocking – £22.50 (was £30), Linea

Got one of those homes that manages to *do* all of the festive celebrations without resorting to cluttered multicolour garishness? If so, we’ll put aside our resentment for a moment in order to suggest this Linea’s stylish Christmas stocking to you. Made from sumptuously soft faux fur in a cream colour that’ll fit in with any setting (though a grey version is also available), it’s a chic, pompom-embellished piece and a bit of a bargain with over seven quid off.

John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Gold Sequinned Christmas Stocking

Tales of the Maharaja Gold Sequinned Christmas Stocking – £18, John Lewis

Part of Tales of the Maharaja, an opulent range of Christmas decorations by John Lewis and inspired by the myths and tales of classical Indian dance, this spangly gold sequinned stocking will add glamour to your festive home. It’s covered in an abundance of gold sequins and edged with a wide velvet band with an attached loop for easy fireplace hanging. A version is also available in an equally glamorous (but more frosty!) silver finish.

White Knitted Christmas Stocking with Tree Pattern by M&S

White Knitted Christmas Stocking with Tree Pattern – £19.50, M&S

Surely well up to the job of warming your feet once the festive season has passed, this lovely chunky knitted handmade stocking by M&S has been crafted by artisan women of Nepal – not only do they knit the stockings but they card and make the yarn (with some assistance from local sheep) themselves, and are paid fairly for their work. This version carries a green Christmas tree pattern, though a red, snowflake-covered version is also available.

Fizz DC Comics Batman Christmas Stocking
Fizz Batman Christmas Stocking – £12, DC Comics

Ultimately though, it’s important to remember one person in particular at Christmas…what do you mean, Father Christmas?! No! The Baby Jesus? NO! For some of us, at least, it’s a Batman-focussed affair of course. Mark it with this DC Comics Batman Christmas Stocking which is made from a soft-touch black fleece and edged in a wide grey band. The all-important Batman logo graces the side of this marvellous piece of festive frivolity.

15 Owl-themed Things For Your Home

Owls are really on a par with foxes when it comes to popularity in homeware – and we believe that if *you* could rotate your neck 360 degrees, *you’d* be worthy of finding your face on a mug or two! With that in mind, we’ve sought out our fifteen favourite owl-based home items…all currently available to add to your collection.

Orla Kiely Owl Towels in Papaya Orange

Owl Towels in Papaya Orange – £4-28, Orla Kiely

We begin with another gorgeous design from Orla Kiely, which manages to be striking yet look distinctly owl-like at the same time. These owl-themed towels from Orla Kiely feature a repetitive graphic pattern and are made from 100% woven cotton. Available as face cloths, hand towels, bath towels and bath sheets, in prices ranging from £4 to £28 respectively, they’re also available in light grey and marine blue shades – but we favour this bright papaya orange colour.

Owl Salt & Pepper Shaker by The DRH Collection

Owl Salt & Pepper Shaker – £9.69, the DRH Collection

Wonderfully curvy, these gold and platinum owl-shaped salt and pepper shakers dispense – as you would expect – their condiments through holes at the top of their skulls that have been positioned there in a completely humane trepanation process. The metallic finishes on this porcelain pair are created via electroplating, finished off with a high-quality glaze for a superb shine. They’re gift boxed so would make a perfect present for someone special.

Fallen Fruits Owl Door Knocker

Owl Door Knocker – £11.99, Fallen Fruits

Leave visitors to your home in no doubt as to your avian loyalties from the very first minute they encounter you and mount this owl door knocker from Fallen Fruits at the front of your house. It’s made from cast iron that’s been given a distressed rustic weathered effect finish so it looks naturally aged and will do a really good job at delivering the thundering sort of bang some of us need to get to the door in time.

Hector 37.5cm Table Lamp by The Lighting & Interiors Group
Hector Table Lamp – £24.87 (was £33), The Lighting & Interiors Group

This one’s a beauty – ever so cute, this owl-shaped ceramic table lamp base has a minimalist shape and is made from ceramic finished in a shiny, cream-coloured glaze. The energy efficient piece has a simple matching light shade and is suitable for halogen or LED bulbs of 40 watts (not included). Currently available at almost a tenner off it’s original price, this 37.5cm-high lamp is a bit of a bargain.

AM.PM. Malou Owl Hook

Malou Owl Hook – £12, AM.PM.

Useful wall fixtures and fittings can be somewhat pedestrian affairs, but the Malou owl-shaped hook by AM.PM. is here to put things straight. Made from cast aluminium coated in matt epoxy paint, it features a raised owl design and is also available in grey as well as in this rather nice duck egg blue. It’s part of a range of similarly-sized (16cm high by 6cm wide) hooks made in the shape of classically-sculpted animals, including a rabbit, a fox and a stag.

Owl Stool by Wrigglebox

Owl Stool – £61.99 (was £71.99), Wrigglebox

If you’re looking for a super-sturdy, ethically-sourced side table or stool, look no further than this hand carved wooden owl, which has been made from solid wood by skilled artisans. The handmade nature of this items means each piece – which has been carved from a single piece of the highest-quality monkey pod wood – is unique. You’ll currently find this fair trade item available with £10 off its original price tag.

Dickins & Jones Owl Jewellery Box

Owl Jewellery Box – £15 (was £32), Dickins & Jones

Made from wood but with a shiny duck egg blue and cream finish, this Dickins & Jones owl jewellery box takes the shape of a cube and its lid lifts off to reveal a rustic woven interior as well as plenty of room for all your favourite trinkets. It’s selling fast and currently on sale for less than half its original price, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on this lovely but practical piece.

Pair of Owl Bookends by Castleton Home

Pair of Owl Bookends – £58.91 (was £81.99), Castleton Home

Another great bargain, with over twenty quid off currently, this owl bookends set will help you organise your books in style. The owls, which have been made from a glass orb with antique-finished heads and feet, sit atop sturdy black polyresin cubes. In all, these pieces are each 22cm high (whereas the cubes are 8cm by 8cm at the base) and will do a great job of displaying your novels in your bedroom or living room. Grandma Wild's Ceramic Barn Owl Cookie Jar Barrel with Mini Choc Chip BiscuitsGrandma Wild’s Ceramic Barn Owl Cookie Jar Barrel with Mini Choc Chip Biscuits – £19.99, Very.co.uk

Barney the brown owl has been immortalised in this fantastic cookie jar (or biscuit barrel, if you’re a traditionalist) and will make a fantastic addition to your kitchen. He’s made from white ceramic painted in shades of brown, grey, yellow and black but, even better, his head lifts to reveal 300g of diminutive yet delicious chocolate chip biscuits – so he’ll make a perfect gift for an owl or biscuit-loving friend!

Owl Vase by KARE Design
Owl Vase – £26.04, KARE Design

Back to minimalism now with the rather arty and neutral white finish of this owl vase from Kare design. This elegant piece has been made from dolomite with a brilliant white and high-gloss finish. At 34cm high and 17.7cm wide (14.5cm deep), this will make a great addition to your mantelpiece and is a tasteful way to display bouquets of even simple flowers or branches from the garden.

Nordal Pair of Ceramic Aubergine Owl T-Light Holders

Pair of Ceramic Aubergine Owl T-Light Holders – £49, Nordal

Add a bit of cheer to your home, your garden, or maybe both – since these ceramic tea-light holders from Nordal come as a set of two! Measuring 18cm in diameter and 21cm high, the holders let light out through the gaps in the feathers that form the lattice-like front, whereas tealights are easily inserted via the back. This handsome pair is available in grey or light blue as well as in the aubergine (sort of purpley!) colour pictured here.

Oural blue ceramic owl figurine by Maisons du Monde

Oural blue ceramic owl figurine – £5.99, Maisons du Monde

We love the minimalist shape of this rather petite (8cm high and deep by 6cm wide) Oural owl figurine from Maisons du Monde. This charming ceramic piece is finished here in a duck egg blue glaze, though a version is also available in cream.

Solar PIR Owl Garden Light

Solar Owl Garden Light – £24.99 (was £33.49), Pir

Add a bit of light (and fun) to your outside space with Pir’s solar garden light. Harnessing energy from the sun during the day, its generously-sized eyes will light up as you walk past it at night (for 30 seconds each time it’s activated) so maybe this isn’t one for the faint-hearted!

12-Piece Owl Breakfast Set

12-Piece Owl Breakfast Set – £11.69 (was £39.99), Studio.co.uk

A veritable steal at over twenty pounds off its original price tag, this 12-piece breakfast set is made from bone china and it features two different owl designs, in green and dark blue on a white background. You’ll find four side plates, cereal bowls and egg cups in this dishwasher-safe set. If you want to take the theme further, matching mugs as well as storage canisters are available in the same designs.

Owl Kitchen Roll Holder

Owl Kitchen Roll Holder – £1.99 (was £19.99)

We end with the biggest bargain of all – the rather enigmatic (or shadowy) owl kitchen roll holder. This novelty paper dispenser is 30cm high and 15cm in diameter and is made from MDF painted in black and white. A distinctive piece for your kitchen workshop, this fine fellow (or lass) is the tiniest fraction of its original price, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on him (or her)!

Dogtooth Decor: the Five Best Bargains

Ah dogtooth…it’s just so sharp, isn’t it? (Pun not intended). It’s always made for a perfect coat or suit, but it’s increasingly popular nowadays in home interiors. Here, we’ve picked five of our favourite bargains. We don’t suggest you try all of them out in the same room, but a bit of monochrome or grey and white houndstooth can make a great statement piece!

Habitat Dogtooth Chair and Footstool

Black And White Dogtooth Fabric Armchair – £535 (was £595), House of Holland

We love the gorgeous ’60s curves of House of Holland’s Misty armchair. It’s available in various striking colourways, including teal, lime green and a divine hot pink velour edged in navy blue piping – but the houndstooth version oozes Mod style, in addition to being in the current Habitat sale. The matching footstool is available for £175 – a saving of twenty quid – so act now if you want to add a bit of timeless style to your home.

Artgeist Dogtooth Check 2.45m x 350cm Wallpaper

Grey and White Dogtooth Wallpaper – £15.98 per square metre (was £20.17), Artgeist

The popularity of grey as the go-to interior design colour continues, but not in muted shades or textures. This striking wallpaper – nay, grey and white dogtooth mural! – from Artgeist is the perfect backdrop to bright fixtures and fittings, as is shown here alongside bright yellow fixtures and fittings and the spring sales give you the perfect opportunity to freshen up your surroundings in imaginative style.

Monochrome Dogtooth Linen Cushion

Monochrome Dogtooth Linen Cushion – £45 (was £65), Tori Murphy

Quality accessories can really lift the feel of a room, as this superb dogtooth cushion from Tori Murphy proves. In shades of coal and linen (we’re calling it monochrome!), the hand-finished cushion’s bold print is emblazoned on a beautifully soft 100% Merino lambswool, woven in Lancashire. The back is constructed from heavy calico. The cushion measures 40x40xcm, comes with a duck feather pad and is available with a twenty pound saving currently.

Alston Grey and White Throw from the White Company

Alston Grey and White Throw from the White Company – £42 (was £60), The White Company

The White Company provide a more muted but luxurious take on the trend with this beautiful wool and acrylic blend dogtooth throw in alabaster white and soft grey. Warm and soft to the touch, the throw would fit in perfectly in any bedroom or living room. Its edges are finished with tassels and you’ll make a 30% saving on the retail price if you buy it now.

B&Q Black and Grey Dogtooth Rug
Black and Grey Houndstooth Rug – £31, B&Q
A steal at just over thirty quid, this durable Amara houndstooth rug from B&Q’s Colours range comes in either beige or grey or the grey and black colourway shown here. Hard-wearing and measuring 1.6 x 1.2 metres, the polypropyline textured rug is a simple and practical way to had warmth, texture and a bit of timeless geometric style to any home.

Five of the Best: Faux Fur Home Accessories

It might seem a bit unseasonal, but faux fur looks fabulous and feels comfortable all year round – and there isn’t a better time to get a bargain piece! Here we choose our five favourite faux fur finds – all of them reduced!

M&S Faux Fur Bean Bag

M&S Faux Fur Bean Bag – £120 (was £150)

Initially it had a slightly heftier price tag than a other similar items – but then this is no ordinary faux fur beanbag, this is an M&S luxuriously soft faux fur beanbag! Also available in mocha, it’ll add both comfort and style to your home’s interior.

Mint Green Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug

Mint Green Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug – £14.99 (was £29.99)

Now this is a colour you don’t see out in the wild! This fun sheepskin-effect rug is available in three sizes and the most fantastic colours (alongside this vibrant mint green, which is our favourite): heather and fuschia  as well as a more sober and naturalistic grey, beige, chocolate brown, cream and black. It has a non-slip latex backing for added safety.

Grey Faux Fur Throw by Gallery

Grey Faux Fur Throw – £34.99 (was £62.50), Kilburn & Scott

A quality throw can add real elegance as well as textural interest to a sofa. This grey faux fur throw is double-sided; it is mink on the reverse with piping detail along the hem band. Kilburn & Scott’s throw is also available in a warm cream colour.

Helene Berman Faux Fur Cushion, Coral

Helene Berman Faux Fur Cushion, Coral – £55.20 (20% off)

This colourful cushion – designed by faux fur specialist Helene Berman, no less – is part of a luxurious range of homeware. The cushion itself is also available in teal, soft blue, pink, black and grey as well as in this rather fetching coral (which looks somewhat red in the photo!)

Helen Moore Faux Fur Two Tone Hot Water Bottle
Helen Moore Faux Fur Two Tone Hot Water Bottle – £22 (was £59)

It might not be the most spring-like of items but we wouldn’t rule out its use just yet and its lack of seasonality means you get this Helen Moore faux fur two-tone hot water bottle at (much) better than half price! If you have the urge to match your hot water bottle with a keyring or scarf, matching versions of those are in the sale too.

Five Fabulous Bargain Photo Frames

They might not be the first thing you think of when you’re decorating your home but it can often be the accessories that make all the difference. And why pay full price when you don’t have to? Here are our five favourite current cut-price picture frames!

Habitat Cohen Recycled Magazine Frame

 

Cohen Round Recycled Magazine Photo Frame – £4.50 (was £6), Habitat

This striking porthole-shaped piece will really liven up your decor! Handmade in Vietnam from recycled magazines, the unique and colourful Cohen multi-coloured square photograph frame is perfect if you want to add interest and an eclectic flavour to your surroundings. It’s a petite 9cm high but a larger version in a rectangular shape is also available, also in the Habitat sale with 25% off. All you’ve got to do now is find a photograph with enough impact to do it justice!

Biba Jasmine Gold Photo Frame 8x10

Jasmine Gold Photo Frame – £15 (was £30), Biba

We love the grand stylings of this Jasmine gold coloured photo frame  – part of Biba’s continuing and inspiring range of gold-coloured accessories that includes bed frames and even toilet bins – which will really add a touch of fairytale glamour to any room. Measuring eight by ten inches, the velvet-back frame is also available in slightly smaller versions (4×6″ and 5×7″). It’s at half its original price, which means you can give a few of your favourite snaps the right royal treatment.

Rustic Wood Picture Frame

Rustic Wood Picture Frame – £3 (was £11), B&Q

A true bargain, here! This rustic wood photo frame, which measures 25.2cm by 20.2cm – is a mere £3. Originally priced at £11, it’s part of B&Q’s Whistler’s lodge collection, which includes all sorts of home accessories such as plaques, cushions, and candles. They’re all worth checking out as, though they’re part of the company’s autumn/winter style collection, they’ll all at a timeless natural style to your home – and, importantly, they’re all impressively reduced in the current sale!

Rope Collage Photo Frame

Rope Collage Photo Frame – £39 (was £49), Very.co.uk

Multiple-aperture photographs have come back into vogue the past few years, after decades in the wilderness. This layered rope four-aperture collage photo frame is an unusual piece though, and, as its manufacturers’ claim, will create the ‘ultimate seaside setting’ at home! With a tenner off, it’s practical as well as a tad nautical, though: the hanging points measure six by four inches and seven by five inches and allow you to display photos in both landscape and portrait formats.

Deknudt White Photo Collage Stand

Photo Stand – £63.99 (was £85.99), Deknudt Frames

Running short of wall-space? This wooden photo stand by Deknudt Frames could be the perfect solution for your picture-displaying needs. An impressive 124cm high (and 29cm wide), this collage frame offers spaces for five of your favourite standard-size (5″ x 7″) snaps. With a white painted finish (or a version is available in black if you prefer), it will display your memories while resting happily on a floor or a table-top thanks to its sturdy stand. Both colours are available for over £20 off, so act now if you want to pick up this bargain!

Five of the Best: Stylish Bargain Vases

Barcelona Ceramic Vase by Pacific Lifestyle
Barcelona Ceramic Vase – £39.99 (was £49.99), Pacific Lifestyle

Chunky and bright, Pacific Lifestyle’s red Barcelona ceramic vase will bolster up your interior with its bold presence. The design – a strong colour supplemented by a volcanic effect base – is reminiscent of vases of the 1970s, especially the other available version (not shown here) available, which is a strong mustard yellow.

Set of 3 Vases – £25 (was £29), Very.co.uk

At triple the value, this set of three vases from Very.co.uk is a great purchase, especially now the trio feature in the sale. The tallest vase, 30cm high and with a metallic finish, is complemented by the slightly smaller cylindrical turquoise vessel and the petite angular pot in pale blue.

kate spade new york Pearl Place Rose Bowl

Pearl Place Yellow Polka Dot Rose Bowl – £37.50 (was £75), Kate Spade New York

We’ve long admired her glassware range, and Kate Spade’s Pearl Place rose bowl is a great addition to the collection. A bulbous goldfish bowl-shaped glass vase, emblazoned with gold polka dots, it is presented in beautiful green branded box and would make a superb gift  – especially as it’s currently half price in the sale.

TAMERTON Multi-Coloured Ceramic Vase

TAMERTON Multi-Coloured Ceramic Vase – £37.50 (was £75), Habitat

Habitat’s Tamerton multi-coloured ceramic vase is a hand-decorated piece and so each one is unique. The pale grey stoneware vase is covered in a dripped colourful pattern of glazes that emanate from its top in a volcanic fashion. It’s currently half-price in Habitat’s sale, so act quickly if you want to acquire this beauty.

Linea Sprig Vase

Sprig Vase – £10 (was £20), Linea

Another hand-painted piece, Linea’s sprig vase bears a delicate design of foliage and berries, in pretty shades of blue and pink/orange. A column vase of 27cm high, it’s perfect for smaller bunches of flowers and, the company promises, will ‘bring the fable folk trend into your home.’ This one’s also something of a steal, and is yours for a tenner (again, half price).

Time to make savings: the best bargain clocks

It’s so hard to get back into a routine after Christmas – and since time can feel like your enemy at this time of year, you could do with a clock with a nice friendly (or at least stylish!) face. Obviously, if it’s a bargain that’s even better – so here are our favourite timepieces from the current sales.

Karlsson Maxie 29cm Wall Clock, Copper/White – £29 (was £55)

Copper has been a huge trend in interior design over the past year, and with good reason – it’s so sleek and stylish, and gives us a bit of a break from more predictable chrome or blingy gold. We love the understated retro yet contemporary looks of this Karlsson Maxie wall clock in copper and white. The clock is 29cm in diameter and powered by one AA battery – stocks are running low, though, so get in fast!

Wall Clock by Herdasa

Wall Clock by Herdasa – £88.99 (was £102.99)

From a company that prides itself on ‘spanning the style gap between classic and contemporary’ comes this striking timepiece. The black and grey Herdasa wall clock is comprised of a grey face on a shaped wooden support and it comes in a series of more natural finishes, including cherry, oak and walnut, in addition to plain white.

Roger Lascelles Children's Cow Pendulum Clock

Roger Lascelles Children’s Cow Pendulum Clock – £24 (was £35)

The little dog may have laughed to see such fun, but not before the cow had jumped over the moon! Display the first part of the scene on your child’s bedroom wall in the form of this fantastic cow-shaped Roger Lascelles children’s clock which has a swinging, moon-shaped pendulum. Powered by 2 AA batteries, it’s made from foamex.

Nickel Cog Wall Clock

Nickel Cog Wall Clock – £69 (was £99)

Industrial style in interior design remains popular, and is embodied in this nickel cog design wall clock from Furniture Village. An impressive 46cm in diameter, the clock’s face is composed of shiny nickel plate, finished off with black hands and would suit a minimalistic, clean and crisp interior.

Acctim Mika Glass Wall Clock

Acctim Mika Glass Wall Clock – £16.99 (was £20.49)

If you want to add a burst of colour to your living environment you could do worse than introduce the smart retro stylings of this Acctim’s red open-dial glass wall clock, which has a mirrored Arabic dial and is also available in black and hard-to-find lime green! This battery-powered clock is 30cm in diameter.