Saturday, 15 November 2014

Review:Handpicked Collection

I have been recently contacted by Handpicked Collection, an online shop specializing in stylish and unique  products: home and garden accessories, must-have gadgets, beautiful jewellery and classic children’s toys and games. 
I was asked to choose a product from their Christmas range. It was a difficult decision as there are so many nice things to in their product range. They have some really unusual products that I have not seen elsewhere.
I finally decided on the Children's Art File and Frame.
First I have to say that the delivery was super speedy. The product is sturdy, much bigger than I had imagined but looks lovely on the wall. The children are very happy to display their pictures easily: no need for blu tack, cello tape etc.

Handpicked Collection has a very user friendly website. There is a drop down section for ease of navigation as well.
I quite like some of the products such as this vintage milk bottle crate

this decanter that looks so elegant (I had bought this for a friend a few years ago and she really liked it)

and this circle bud vase 

I highly recommend that you check out this website whilst doing your Christmas shopping.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Bringing a contemporary feel to a traditional kitchen

Traditional kitchens can look great, but if you want to transform your current food prep area by giving it a more contemporary feel, take a look at these top tips. They should help you to achieve the design you’re after without busting your budget in the process.

Update your cabinets

One of the biggest features of any kitchen is the cabinets that line the walls. By changing these items, you can completely transform the appearance of the room. If your current cabinets have a dated or worn look, it’s time to replace them with new, improved versions. Kitchen furniture specialists such as Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets offer a range of attractive products that may tick all of your boxes.

Uncomplicated, elegant styles are best in a contemporary kitchen. It’s also worth considering using some open-fronted wall cabinets to house glasses and crockery. 

Hide your appliances away

To give the room a coordinated, stylish appearance, try to conceal some of your appliances. Tucking them away behind doors that blend in with the rest of your cabinets will help to create a more sophisticated, uncluttered look. You may be able to do this for your washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and fridge.

Opt for a colourful splashback

Bold, bright colours can look stunning in modern kitchens. One simple way to add some vibrancy to the space is to include a colourful splashback. For example, you can take your pick from glass versions that come in reds, pinks, blues, greens and a variety of other hues.

For the best results, make sure you echo the colour of your splashback in other accessories around your kitchen, such as your table dressings and towels. This will show keen attention to detail, which is essential in modern interior design.

Add trendy metal touches

Think about introducing some trendy metal touches to your cooking area too. Materials like stainless steel, nickel, chrome and brushed aluminium are bang on trend and they can add a chic, contemporary look to any kitchen.

These materials can be used for cabinet handles, cooker hoods, taps, pendant lighting and more.

Create a glossy-look floor

A glossy-look floor can also dramatically enhance the visual appeal of these spaces. For example, a highly polished wooden floor is ideal in a modern kitchen. It has a clean, sharp look and because it reflects light, it can help to ensure that the rooms have a bright and spacious feel. Wooden floors have the added advantage of being practical and durable, so they can prove to be a savvy investment.

Be imaginative with your lighting

When it comes to kitchen lighting products, your options are almost endless. You can take your pick from a host of different solutions, including spotlights, under-cabinet lights, in-cabinet lights and pendants. If possible, try to use a variety of products to create a layered look. This will also ensure that you can change the ambiance of your kitchen at the flick of a switch.

Clear the clutter

Last but by no means least on this list, it’s important to clear the clutter in your kitchen area. It’s impossible to create the clean, elegant lines that contemporary interior design demands if your kitchen surfaces, walls and floor are weighed down with too many items. By getting rid of any unnecessary objects and fitting the rest into your cabinets or other storage solutions, you should be able to complete the look of your revamped kitchen.

If you’re ever stuck for inspiration when you’re updating your cooking area, simply take a look online. By perusing pictures of the latest and best kitchens from across the globe, you should be able to get all the ideas you need.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Top 5 Children's Books for Encouraging Creativity {Gift Guide}

The holiday season is right around the corner. My favourite gifts for children are books so I thought I would share some of my children's favourite books with you today.

  1. Peter Reynold's illustrations are simple yet beautiful. His books The Dot, Sky Colour and Ish all encourage creativity with a thoughtful short story.
  2. Amy Krouse Rosenthal is not very well known in the UK but her book This Plus That is a fun and creative book for children aged 5+.  Check out my review of the book here.
  3. Roni Schotter's The Boy who loved Words is a beautiful book suitable for children aged 7+. This is one of Defne's favourite books and I love the way the writer enriches the child's language.
  4. Laurance Anholt's amazing books about artists are also much loved in our house. With an engaging story each book depicts an artist's life. We have read Picasso, Degas, Leonardo and Van Gogh so far and will definitely buy the rest of the books.
  5. A Child's Garden of Verses includes beautiful poems from various poets with beautiful illustrarions from Gyo Fujikawa.
Also, don't forget to check out my Montessori Inspired Gifts that I have written previously.

I’m collaborating with more than 75 other mothers to bring you gift guides that cover every age and interest of your children. You can find all the guides sorted on our main gift guide page.

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