Christmas Gifts for Even the Hardest to Buy For

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that someone special this year? 

Christmas is almost here once again, yet each year we end up doing the same thing by spending hours searching for lovely gifts that will impress even the hardest person to buy for. So, we have decided to make it a bit easier for you this year with our fabulous gift guides. Whether you’re shopping for an interior lover, foodie, gardener or wine and beer lover, we have everything you need to give a great gift this year.

Gifts for Interior Lovers...

On the hunt for a gift for someone interiors obsessed? With our gorgeous range of home accessories, you’ll be spoilt for choice! For something chic and stylish, choose our Neutral Striped Cushion and Dusky Pink and Silver Mohair Throw. Or for something slightly more practical, our Oak Picture Shelf is a great choice. Every home lover is a fan of the little details, so we are sure they would love our Top Step Star Doormat and Pom Pom Spray too.

Gifts for Foodies...

Struggling to find your favourite foodie the perfect gift this Christmas? With our huge range of accessories, we are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for. Serve up a gorgeous sharing platter upon our Marble Tapas Board, grab a slice from our Slate Pizza Board and showcase a delicious treat for the end of the night with one of our cake stands.

Gifts for Wine and Beer Lovers...

If you’re looking for a wonderful gift to impress a wine or beer lover. Get them something to display their favourite bottles with our wide choice of wine racks! Choose from our Walnut Wine Rack, Armstrong Wine Rack, Solid Oak Wall Mounted Wine Rack, Green Metal Wine Rack and more. Or for something smaller, our Oak Leaf Bottle Stop or Vintage Corkscrew would make fabulous stocking fillers.

Gifts for Gardeners...

What do you get a gardener? Here are our top choices that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser this year. Our Rustic Wooden Herb Planter is great for those who love to grow herbs or smaller flowering plants. Or if you’re looking for something that will create a gorgeous display, opt for our Square Wooden Planter 40cm, Triple Wall Hung Planter or Set of Plant Pots and Tray. You can even give a matching set with our Floral Gardening Kneeler and Floral Gardening Gloves which are the perfect pairing for those who love to make their gardens beautiful.

There’s even more gifts over on our website, so head on over there to see the full collection.

How to Create a Warm and Welcoming Hallway

Here’s our top tips and tricks you need to achieve an inviting hallway that will make a lasting first impression on all of your guests.

Although it may not seem it, the hallway is probably the most important room in your home, it is the first thing people see after all! So if you are looking for ideas of how to make the most out of it, look no further. With our beautiful range of hallway furniture and accessories, you can create some organisation, add that extra bit of storage and inject some more personality. 

Hallways Lacking in Space

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Don’t fret if your hallway is on the smaller side, it’s all about being clever with your design and there’s plenty of ways to utilise the space you have and make a fabulous entrance to your home.

1. Avoid bigger sized furniture that can make a space feel crowded. Instead, make use of the walls around you and use shelving as a storage solution and you don’t have to compromise on style either! Choose from solid wood floating shelves for a sleek and modern look or go bold with a bracket shelf to add extra interest.

 

 

 

Or, if you are looking for a piece of furniture for your hallway, opt for a more discrete console table. Our Bowes Hairpin Console Table has a sleek and narrow design which makes it ideals for use in smaller hallways whilst still providing all of the space and style you need.

2. Say goodbye to muddy footprints with a stylish doormat, but opt for one with a more streamlined design that won’t take up much space. Our Top Step Star Doormat covers the full width of the doorway whilst still having a more narrower style.

3. Need somewhere to keep your coats and jackets so you can quickly get out of the door? Stay away from large coat racks that will make your hallway feel cluttered. Invest in some alternative storage solutions such as coat hooks which can be fitted into walls to keep everything neat and tidy. Our Oak and Leather coat hooks come in two size options and are perfect for homes with a Scandi influence.

Hallways Lacking in Style

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Just because your hallway has to be functional, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your style. Create a pretty pathway into the rest of your home by injecting some more personality and fun into your design.

1. Lighting is always important, but even more so in your hallway, as it creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Top your console table with a statement table lamp to create a stunning display and add ambience to your space.

2. Don’t just leave your walls empty, fill them up with family photos, prints and artwork. It’s a great way to introduce a personal touch and makes an interesting focal point for your visitors. Our Oak Picture Shelf creates a perfect ledge so you can change and update your display regularly depending on the look you desire.

3. Pops of colour can be incorporated into your hallway in many ways. Start with decorative pieces with interesting shapes such as vases and planters to add extra interest and dimension to your scheme. Our Round Green Vase makes a fabulous centrepiece on its own or it can be filled with flowers for even more impact.

Hallways Lacking in Organisation

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We all know the struggle of keeping on top of a busy family home. It’s far too easy to just dump keys, shoes, bags and everything else at the front door and forget about it. So, we think it’s time to get organised and give your hallway that extra bit of attention it deserves.

1. Console tables are great ideas for hallways as they are both practical and beautiful. Our Salters Oak Console Table is perfect for creating a stunning display and even has extra storage for showcasing your favourite footwear, so you can grab everything you need and head out of the door.

2. So where should you keep all of your bits and pieces? A trinket box is the ideal accessory for hiding away keys and money discretely, all whilst adding a stylish statement upon your console table.

3. One thing we are all too familiar with is the wet and rainy British weather, so having an umbrella close to hand at all times is a must! Our Solid Oak Umbrella Stand is handmade and has a metal tray inserted at the base, perfect for catching all of the drips whilst your brollies dry off, keeping your flooring dry and of course looking fabulous in your hallway.

Cosy up with Our New Autumn Winter 2021 Collection!

It’s finally here! We are so excited to share with you our new Autumn Winter 2021 Collection. We have created some fabulous new furniture including our beautiful new Salters Oak range which celebrates the beauty of solid oak with its simple lines and tactile curves. Our Ouseburn Living range has some wonderful new additions and there’s plenty of new accessories too, which are perfect for your home this season.

We’ve popped a small selection of inspirational pieces below, so get some ideas and then head over to our website to see even more of what our new collection has to offer.

Salters Oak

Our brand new Salters Oak collection is inspired by mid-century and Scandinavian design. It celebrates the beauty of solid oak with its simple lines and tactile curves to create a stunning collection of living and dining room furniture.

Accessories

We’ve added to our accessories collection too and there’s plenty to choose from which are perfect for your home this season. There are even more accessories and home furnishings available on our website, so here is just a selection of what’s on offer…

Ouseburn Living

If you have been a fan of Funky Chunky Furniture for a while, you will be pleased to know that we’ve also expanded our Ouseburn living range with some gorgeous new additions such as a console table, side table, tv stand and more!

Bowes Limited Edition

Looking for something with a more contemporary and refined look? Our Bowes Limited Edition range is perfect for you. It’s a range of smooth solid wood tops with hairpin legs, ideal for homes with an industrial or minimalist style.

The Ultimate Top 10 Cosy Homes

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As the weather turns cooler and the nights draw in we love getting snug in front of a gorgeous fire, settling down with a good book or the TV remote for a cosy evening.  As we move into Autumn it’s also the perfect excuse to update your interior and introduce a cosier more inviting style. There’s so many ways to do this, with colour palettes and textures. So, we have compiled our top picks for you to get some ideas.

Get Inspired

Take a look at our top 10 homes that are warm and inviting. They’ve also all completed the look with one of our solid wood fireplace beams. All are handmade to order in only 3-5 working days, so they can be with you in no time.

This living room is right on trend by mixing hues of green with terracotta, which has created a beautiful and inviting space. We love the garland and fairy lights adding some twinkly magic to an Autumnal evening in front of the fire.  

4×4 Oak Mantel in English Oak
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Wooden logs pilled high and lots of neutral shades makes the perfect combination for a rustic, cosy home. It’s fresh and neutral, but cosy and inviting too. 

 

4×4 Oak Mantel in English Oak

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This living room is has plenty of character and is full of rustic charm. The mixture of green with warmer tones creates a cosy and inviting feeling. We love the mix of styles between the log basket and driftwood heart and the more industrial shelving unit. It’s this layering and combination of styles that makes a house a home. 

 

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Someone has found the best spot in the house and we don’t blame him! There’s something about an exposed brick fireplace which is simply stunning. This fireplace is also loaded up with fire sets and tools to help keep that fire roaring away all evening.

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Cosy throws bundled up in a basket, fairy lights twinkling and candles lit. This is living room is so ready for the colder months ahead. It’s a great example of how to make your wood burner look cute and cosy even when it’s not stoked with a real fire.

 

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The soft glow coming from the fireplace creates a beautiful ambience within this room. Although, not your typical autumnal colours, the green walls show that pastels don’t just have to be for Spring and Summer. Simply changing up some accessories can transform the look and feeling of a room.

 

4×4 Oak Mantel in Natural Oak
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Simplicity at its finest. You don’t have to over accessorise to create a gorgeous look, keeping things paired back and minimal still looks wonderful. The neutral shades in this home have been balanced with the warmth of a wooden mantel and roaring fire.

 

4×6 Oak Mantel in Smoke Oak
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Beautiful blue. Different shades and tones have been used within this living room to give a multi dimensional effect. Combine this with wooden elements and you have a gorgeous rustic and welcoming space.

 

6×4 Mantel Shelf in English Oak
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Often associated with Spring and Summer, green is a popular colour within homes. Yet, green is here to stay. Experiment with different hues and tones to carry on this trend into the later months of the year.

 

4×8 Oak Mantel in English Oak
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Lighter shades create a bright and beautiful space that is fresh and crisp. To achieve a cosy look, introduce some wood into your design which will add warmth and texture.

 

4×4 Solid Wood Mantel in Medium Oak
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Add the Finishing Touches

Are you feeling excited for the cooler months ahead? Your home wouldn’t be complete without some fabulous soft furnishings and we have exactly what you need.

1. Pile up our comfy cushions

2. Snuggle up under one of our wool blankets

3. Add a beautiful glow to any room with our lanterns and lamps

4. Introduce style to your fireplace with our fire sets and log baskets

Create a wonderful colourful display around your home with our Autumn felt accessories

To get some more ideas, head over to our inspiration page or visit our website. You can even read some of our stylists top tips for the new season in our previous blog post too!

How To Get A Perfect Night’s Sleep?

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Lack of sleep can leave us feeling tired, drained and unmotivated and it is estimated that almost 1 in 5 of us have difficulty with falling asleep at night. So, what is the secret to a good nights sleep? A gorgeous bed will definitely help! But how do you choose a bed that’s right for you? Read on to find out more…

With so many different styles, we understand that picking your favourite bed frame can be a difficult decision. So, to ensure you don’t have any further sleepless nights trying to decide, we have compiled together our top picks so you can find the bed of your dreams in no time.

What’s Your Bedroom Like?

Do you love a less-is-more style bedroom? Or maybe your bedroom is in the loft, and you need a lower level bed. 

 

Our Pandon Bed Frame is a low-level bed with plenty of style. Perfect if you love a minimalistic rustic look and ideal for use in converted lofts, low ceiling rooms or a loft-style bedroom.

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Our Baltic Bed Frame has a quirky design that creates the illusion that the bed is floating, perfect for smaller spaces and if you love modern, loft-style design.

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If you are looking for a rustic style with a little bit more refinement, take a look at our Coleridge Bed Frame. It’s one of our most popular designs, now available with a matching footboard too. Great for making a stunning centrepiece in your bedroom that will last for many years to come.

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Create a cosy and homely feeling with our Derwent Bed Frame with Footboard, ideal for homes with a country farmhouse style. It is a real statement piece of furniture, complete with a striking, chunky slatted headboard and footboard.

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So whether you’re a fan of minimalist, industrial, refined rustic or farmhouse furniture, we have a bed that you will love. And even better, they can take centre stage in your bedroom in just 6 weeks!