Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hobbs Silk Scarves

I have started a little colourful collection.
I love love Hobbs silk scarves. They bring a new range out each season, eye catching, sometimes quirky, handpainted onto pure silk. They brighton up any outfit and any home, I just need to think of a better way to display them! To me they are like little works of art. I just purchased the animal Cheetah one, at a bargain price in the sale, others start at £59.

Even my mum is now a fan, her love for farming and fashion was combined when Hobbs launched a special limited silk scarf for the Great Yorkshire Show "Printed on a classic navy background, the scarf features the traditional white Yorkshire rose, horses and livestock, as well as colourful rosettes, a tractor and a pair of wellington boots. It has been designed and produced by Hobbs, renowned for its stylish and classic women’s clothing and shoes to mark the company’s first involvement with an agricultural show."

I love the magazine supplement Stella. There is some real good reading in there, along with bits of fashion.
This week they have a promotion with the website
I thought I would check it out as Stella are offering a £15 discount off any item. What a nice surprise, offer some really cool pieces at discount rates "Designer furniture straight from the makers to your home" claim to strip out the middle man allowing us to work with the designers directly (well almost as we now go through them). The cost of the items is quite a lot cheaper though, I especially love the bike range from the Hollander Collection.

Here are some of my favourite bits...

Delivery time is up to 14 weeks, which may seem quite a long time but each item is made to order and includes shipping time (which you can track along the way).

Other features on the site include a Vote system where you can have a look at what new items could be added to their range should you vote for your favourite piece, also Being Made where you can see where new items are being created across the world. These features all make the website more interactive for us, the user, pulling us in and letting us feel as though we know what is currently happening in their business... good ideas!

Maybe it's about time for a new innovative furniture team as sadly Habitat waves it's white flag?

Monday, July 18, 2011

July's rainy days

British summers are funny.
One day rain, one day sunshine, one day gales and now even hail stones.
When I think back to being young and eight weeks of school holidays began, the sun seemed to shine for so much longer. Warm days spent beck jumping, climbing trees, building dens with friends and going on bike rides with my sister and mum. Leaving the house early doors and returning home when the sun was just starting to go down... good memories.

Now as the rain continues to pour, and the flower heads soak up the large drops from the sky, our summers seem shorter and shorter and signs of the autumnal season starts to creep in.