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We wish you a very happy and restful Christmas break and a good 2014 to follow, from all of us at Angel and Blume.

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We recently spent a very inspiring morning at the Nina Campbell shop in Walton Street where we attended a Master Class giving us an insight into some of the wonderful interiors showcased in Nina’s new book Nina Campbell Interiors. Some examples are shown below and if you like these, the book will be an excellent buy as it is stuffed full of beautiful images of Nina’s work throughout the world. I can also highly recommend a visit to her shop (or her website) for anyone on your Christmas list who loves their home – we all made a good start on our Christmas shopping, kicking off with gifts for ourselves.







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Besides the dinner table, the Christmas tree is the centrepiece to the Christmas holiday, and for me the act of decorating it marks the point when the festive celebrations truly begin. This old tradition is an activity to be enjoyed and most importantly a chance to go all out on splendiferous décor.  There are many gorgeous treats and trinkets on the high street to decorate your tree with, but sorting through the good from the bad can be a bit of a trial. So, for anyone on the look out for some new tree accessories, here are a few cherry-picked examples to offer some inspiration.

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Christmas Berry Bauble Decoration and Gold Geometric Christmas Bauble


Large Drop Christmas Bauble – Silver and Feather Christmas Decoration – Natural.


Crackled Heavy Glass Bauble – Smoke Lustre and Set of 2 Pink Card Decorations.

Rockett St George’s bauble collection is gorgeous, and they have anything you could wish from beautiful paper honeycomb balls to elegant glass pinecone drops.




I am a huge fan of Klaus Haapaniemi’s superbly illustrated textiles and prints, so was delighted to see they have released some designs especially for the Christmas season. When opened these quirky creatures have paper honeycomb bodies.

Bat Card Decoration and Spider Card Decoration from Klaus Haapaniemi.



Heal’s have an extensive range of Christmas decorations, including these bright pink and gold leaf apple and pear baubles. They might not be to everyone’s taste, but they are certainly fun and original.

Berry Apple with Gold Leaf from Heal’s.



Cute and amusing, these fantastic laser cut greetings cards from Hus and Hem, can be popped out and bent into shape, forming adorable Christmas decorations that would look great on a tree.

Folding Star Cedar Wood Motif and Reindeer Cedar Wood Motif Postcards from Hus and Hem.




Coral and Tusk have transformed some of their lovable designs into Christmas decorations.

Badger with Mistletoe Ornament and Reindeer with Bells Ornament form Coral and Tusk.



If you are going for the simple, elegant look, Toast does a great range of tasteful glass and ceramic coloured baubles.

Large & Small Damascene Baubles and Teardrop Damascene Baubles from Toast.


Etoile velvet Ribbon from Anthropologie.


Icicles vintage tinsel from Heal’s.

Some lovely red ribbon, sparkly tinsel and an Angel are all that’s needed to finish it off. Happy tree decorating everyone!

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website. 

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I know you don’t want to hear it but there are just six weeks to go until Christmas. I too have been in denial but the arrival of the Rockett St George Christmas catalogue has finally stirred my festive spirit. It is a lovely collection of things we don’t need but really want and I have picked some of my favourites for you below – three of which I have already placed an order for. So that’s my Christmas shopping underway then.angel wings

Of course we want these for the Angel and Blume tree!2 snow doll candles - stargazer and wishmakerTwo snow doll candles – Stargazer and Wish Maker

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Glass Christmas Trees – sold separately but they look great as a trioKasbah Morrocan Led fairy lights

Moroccan inspired fairy lightsquare stickers

Christmas Stickers which look great on plain brown paper

gold candle wall sconce

Fabulous gold wall sconce – this is not going to be taken down after Christmas!

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Lovely tea light holderchristmas cards

I bought these fab cards but what I really want is the gorgeous box they come in!gold wreath

Lovely metallic Christmas wreath

Nut crackerA must have Christmas item

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With the Christmas tree undressed and the decorations packed away for another year our living rooms can look slightly sad and lacking. The addition of a beautiful cushion or two can make all the difference as this will add comfort and  texture to your sofa and chairs.

And whilst we are still in the midst of winter and not yet ready for spring time accessories, we thought we would list our favourite winter style cushions. There are some especially lovely embroidered options around at the moment, all ready made and great value.

 Magpie Miller Laurel

From Magpie Miller, Hand Embroidered Laurel on rich black linen 50.8cm x 50.8cm £38

 Magpie Miller Embroidered Antlers

Also from Magpie Miller, these embroidered antlers on off white linen are current and fun 50.8cm x 50.8cm £38

Fabrics and Papers nest egg 

Fabrics and Papers have some wonderful embroidered winter trees and this one is our favourites. Nest Egg Cushion, hand embroidered with blue and yellow birds on cream linen. 43cm x 43cm £145.00

Maxemilia winter tree 

Maxemilia have embroidered tree cushion covers, with dainty stitching. This design is copied from the drawing of a tree on Old Street in London. Thick cotton linen mix white fabric, 16” x 16” £35

 Maxemilia plane treemaxemilia tweed back

Embroidered London Plane Tree Cushion cover on cotton with vintage tweed back. Also Maxemilia 16”x16” £35

Heals have a large and varied selection of ready made cushions.  This famous Melin Tregwynt Mondo dot design comes in lovely earthy colours and the wool fabric makes it warm and soft to the touch.

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 Gold Green Melin Tregwynt cushion 45cm x 45cm £50

 heals siberian wolf

 The epitome of luxury and comfort, as well as being shamelessly glamorous is Heals Faux Fur Siberian Wolf Cushion.  £78

 Anta tartan

Lastly from Anta, woven in Scotland, in beautifully muted blue and brown colours, this tartan cover with horn buttons comes with a 45x45cm feather pad.  £74 Check out their Tartan Tuesday offer – you may get yourself a bargain!

Cadboll Tartan Cushion



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With Christmas behind us it will soon be time to take the decorations down and give your home a fresh new look.  Here are just a few ideas to make your home look and smell beautiful in the aftermath of the festive season.

Indoor flowering bulbs offer great value displays for minimum effort and can be planted in the garden afterwards to flower next year.

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Indoor Narcissus Paper White from the Spalding Plant and Bulb Company from £9.50

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And also from the Spalding Plant and Bulb Company, these beautiful Delft Blue Hyacinths have the most heavenly fragrance –  from £5.85

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If you haven’t had time to plant your own bulbs, ready to flower, potted spring bulbs are available from most supermarkets in a multitude of different containers to suit all tastes. Waitrose Scented White Hyacinth Planter £35

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Cyclamen Wicker Bowl £24 and available on next day delivery from Interflora

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To make your front door that bit less bare after taking down your wreath these fabulous potted olive and bay trees from Marks & Spencer come in decorated pots so that all you have to do is stand them on the door step and water them!

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge News website

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As the big day approaches, we bring you our pick of this season’s best wrapping paper and accessories, for putting those final touches to your Christmas shopping.

We are loving these stylish papers designed by Esme Winter at The Original Pop Up Shop.  Printed in London using vegetable based inks, the colours are unusual, beautiful and the small geometric print is bang up to date.

Esme Winter paper

Set of 3 wrapping papers £7.50  www.esmewinter.co.uk

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Tie up parcels using some plain string or twine and label with these jolly red gift tags, £1.75 each from Paperchase.

The White Company wrapping paper

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For an understated alternative this elegant, hand made, screen printed Champagne and Mini Floral paper, £14 a roll  from The White Company is so simple and teamed with  pretty lace ribbon,£5  from Anthropologie will make quite delightful looking parcels.

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If you’re feeling creative or  are looking for a Christmas project to keep the children entertained, then you might like to make your own gift tags using luggage labels and this adorable little stamp kit from Anthropologie. £22


And continuing with the DIY theme, this Festive Tape and Wrap Set, £13 from Notonthehighstreet.com, will allow you to create stylish and individual parcels which will look fabulous under the Christmas tree.

Xmas ribbons

As will these very jolly Christmassy ribbons from The Contemporary Home at notonthehighstreet.com Christmas Ribbons £5.99


And lastly, the most lovely idea for those little table presents, often quite fiddly to wrap.  No glue or tape required, so simple to assemble and will look gorgeous on your Christmas table.  Favour boxes from Sally Swannell £4.95 for 6.

This blog originally appeared on the Cambridge News website

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Fed up of drooping Poinsettias and dropped pine needles?  Then consider these fabulous, faux alternatives from Bloom, in traditional and modern designs that will last year after year.


Large and small poinsettias £65

Two different sized poinsettias potted in charmingly aged terracotta pots that look as if they have come straight from the back garden.

Bloom narcissus

This is a lovely little narcissus arrangement in a moss filled silver pot, which at only 27cm high makes a perfect centerpiece for the table.  £25

Bloom Christmas Treet

To make things even easier, this 5’ pre-lit Christmas tree comes already decorated with a constellation of little LED lights so all you have to do is plug in and switch on! £159

Bloom twigs

For a more up to date alternative to the traditional fir tree, these twiggy stems would be very useful where space is limited. £19

Bloom topiary

As would this elegant Cedar topiary spiral in its sac-cloth wrapped pot. £49 from Bloom

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I know it is a tad on the early side to be thinking of Christmas but when I saw these gorgeous, understated decorations on the Cox and Cox website, I just couldn’t resist a little bit of festive musing. These delightful earthy ornaments will give you a natural minimal look for a very stylish Christmas.

Pine Cone Candles £8.50

6 Wooden Stars £10.50

Birch Heart £10.50

Midwinter Street Gift Tags £5.50

Fluted Paper Light Garland £45

Deer Window Stickers £5.50

Magical Paper Tree £40

12 Felt Snowflake Decorations £7.50

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