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    Tree Trends 2016

    by  • November 27, 2015 • Craze, Heroes, Styling • 0 Comments

    Opening-picWe invited seven of our fabulous readers to take part in our annual Christmas Tree Challenge. Their task? To decorate a tree in their favourite festive look from the high street. From frosty whites to glitzy golds and jolly novelty to rustic woodland, all the looks were proudly showcased in our December issue. Don’t worry if you missed it, because we’ve got them all here for you to see. We’d love to hear your favourites so do get in touch with us on Facebook!

    Rustic RetreatDanni styled this fabulous tree (above) with all her favourite bits and pieces from Wilko. She chose chalkboard wrapping paper for the parcels under the tree which complements the rustic nature of this look perfectly. With copper tones and wooden features this has a real homespun feel about it and creates a truly cosy look for Christmas. Her favourite piece is the Merry Christmas stag plaque (£5).

    Jay chose this stunning frosty look from George at Asda (below) and it looked absolutely wonderful. “When I saw all the items, I instantly loved every single thing, especially the glitzy stag head,” shares Jay. “I adore the finished look – it makes me think of a snowy Christmas morning!” We love the penguin cushion (£7), which adds fun and character to the overall scheme.

    Winter Wonder & Shiny BrightsShelley went for a novelty set of baubles for this tree (above) using decorations from HomeSense. With a mix of eclectic and one-off centrepieces she has created a truly unique scheme. The felt garlands are her particular favourites, which look brill draped around door and window frames. And Editor Lizzie loved the pancake bauble (£3.99) so much it took pride of place on the mantelpiece!

    4Rachel has created a really glamorous look (above) with this stunning range from Marks & Spencer. “I loved turning a plain tree into a festive delight,” says Rachel. “I picked up loads of styling tips and ideas along the way, too. My Christmas list has certainly grown!” All the glass baubles are absolutely exquisite – Rachel’s favourite is the sequinned onion-shaped bauble (£6) in gorgeous deep blue.

    This cosy woodland delight (below) was styled by Sabrina who chose a mix of checks in traditional colours for a truly festive feel. All the items are from Dunelm and work together perfectly. The plush long-legged robin (£6.99) brings a fun touch that all the family will love. “I was so pleased with my finished tree,” says Sabrina. “The squirrels, robins and reindeer are all so very cute!”

    5&6Carrie added a touch of glamour to this tree using beautiful gold decorations from Argos (above). Combining shiny metallic baubles with sparkling glittery snowflakes this is a simple but truly effective look. The candlestick holders (£19.99, set of two) bring an element of class to the scheme and look brilliant at a fireplace. Choose matching wrapping paper to bring the finished look together.

    3Samantha has gone for a softly sparkling scheme (above) with this blush pink and glittery gold mix of decorations from Tesco. Dressing the tree in beautiful baubles that sparkle and combining with complementary wrapping paper and greeting cards the look is wonderfully opulent. The ‘Believe’ sign (£4) on the mantelpiece is the perfect finishing touch and can be used all year-round, too.

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    Style at Home online advent calendar

    by  • November 24, 2015 • Craze • 0 Comments

    Advent-calender-2015

    We’re just a little bit excited about Christmas. Eeek! And to celebrate we’re launching our online advent calendar so you have the chance to win some fab prizes including an Annie Sloan Mini project kit, a vacuum cleaner and more! Keep posted for our special treats each day from our favourite festive recipes, Christmassy house tours and craft projects that will make this Christmas one to remember.

    Keep an eye out on our Facebook page facebook.com/styleathomemag

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    Off your trolley!

    by  • October 8, 2015 • Craze • 0 Comments

    Shallow Trolley Bags

    We were all familiar growing up with our mums storing plastic bags within plastic bags within more plastic bags. What were they saving all these bags for we used to say? Now the Government has bought in the 5p carrier bag charge, we can see they were actually pretty useful! If you’re not familiar with the new legislation, retailers with more than 250 full-time employees are now required to charge 5p for single-use carrier bags (there are certain exlcusions see the Government website).

    If you’re anything like us at Style at Home, you always have good intentions to reuse your shopping bags but you either forget to take them to the supermarket in the first place or you leave them in the boot of the car and only remember when it comes to paying at the checkout. This week we’re loving one of Lakeland’s ingenious new products, the Shallow Trolley bags, £19.99. The four-piece set rolls up neatly and hooks onto the trolley while you shop. Once you’ve unpacked all your shopping at the checkout, simply unroll the Trolley bags and they spread out across your trolley, resting on the sides so you have a series of open, upright bags ready to load your shopping into. Once back to the car, simply separate each bag along the Velcros and load each one individually into the boot. Easy!

    The only flaw is  that it’s down to you to remember to take them food shopping in the first place! But if you want to make the weekly food shop that little bit easier and save yourself from paying out for plastic bags you can’t beat them.

     

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    Jam packed

    by  • September 9, 2015 • Craze • 0 Comments

    I’ve made jam about three times in my life with varying degrees of success. But the stand out memory is that it’s been a bit of a faff for some pretty average jam. And it took ages. And I burnt my tongue trying to taste the hot jam (massive fail). So, when the Home Preserving Starter Kit from Ball brand landed on my desk and with instructions I can do it in three easy steps, I was intrigued. I like a challenge.

    The simple kit gives you everything you need to get started, for just £19.99. All you need at home is a large pan to cook your jam in. So, this week I shall be mostly channelling my inner Mary Berry and attempting my first batch. Now just the small problem of finding a blackberry bush on the way home…

    Ball brand Starter preserving kit

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