WE’VE GOT THIS UNDER WRAPS

A gift wrapping guide from SOOuk and Holly Brown Designs. The crazy gift buying is almost over, it’s time to start the huge task of getting it all wrapped up and put under the tree. The gorgeous Holly from Holly Brown Designs popped over to show me some amazing cool and modern ideas to add the finishing touches to my own christmas gifts. Elegant design gifts call for a little more than nice paper and a bit of ribbon and it doesn’t need to be expensive either. By looking round your home and garden for extra bits of foliage or by making paper ornaments you will find you have all you need to add the extra sparkle this festive season.

Whether your style is natural, neon, traditional or minimal, our beautiful wrap designs will make sure your presents look the part beneath the tree.

Go bold with monochrome, simple white paper and chunky black ribbon (or vice versa) is classic. I absolutely love this elegant look. The ribbon is from Sainsburys on offer just now 3 for 2 and the paper is white art paper.

Modern metallics are still the hight of fashion and are set to carry through in to next year. I have been obsessing over copper for a LONG time now and I am delighted to see it available this year in gorgeous wrap. You can get similar paper from Paper Chase but go natural with the ribbon. I think this white works perfectly and prevents it looking too ‘blingy’

Brown paper packages tied up with string… still look great but this year try going all out and snip some berry’s or branches to flourish the top. Rosemary or eucalyptus work beautifully or if you are going to use christmas tree branches leave it till the last minuet to avoid the needles falling off (as I found out last year!)

Feathers are huge right now, they have become the perfect styling prop for all skandi lovers – move over succulents there’s a new guy in town… which is quite good because even I would struggle to get a succulent on top of a gift box. Holly brought these GORGEOUS navy ones over to the studio and I love them (I might of actually nicked them sorry Holly!) They are quite simple to make (I’m told) just a bit of snipping to some quality paper and I think the navy is the perfect contrast for the white wrap. You could try adding some gold pen to the edges to add the ultimate christmas sparkle.

The only problem you might have is if all this wrapping is more exciting than the gifts inside! Stay warm, enjoy the chocolates, don’t argue too much with your family and most of all have a wonderful festive time. Soo x

Deck the halls (and the rest of the house too) A design Lovers gift guide

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, can you believe it’s here already? I am delighted to be bringing you another gift guide after the success of last years and boy are there some beauties in this list.

LIGHT BULB MOMENT £99.00

I can’t think of a better place to start than here, these gorgeous lights are hand etched by [Vinegar and brown Paper] and I have fallen in love with their Kookie observations of life etched on to glass. I have already done a large part of my christmas shopping in their online store. I’d highly recommend a visit.  I have picked out this gorgeous industrial style light for my gift guide. I bought this for HB and loved it so much I gave it to him as soon as it arrived, a complete fail on my part but I just couldn’t wait till christmas. The bulb is individually etched with “your next idea will be arriving shortly” and is a vintage style filament bulb with industrial lamp base by grey moose designs, you can even choose from a selection of coloured cords. I just love it!

FORNASETTI CANDLE – £115.00

Silenzio scented candle in ceramic vase designed Fornasetti. I saw these candles years ago in a very cute home store in London and I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure about them at all. I found the designs interesting but they didn’t feel right for my home. However… I came across them again on a shoot recently and I can’t get this one out of my head. I am having a new fireplace put in (just for christmas obvs) and I think this would look AMAZING sitting on the stone mantle with a few other bits of styling. I am going to tell you that it is a unique blend of ethereal ingredients and incense which I am sure would smell amazing, but i’ll be honest for £115.00 I am never going to burn this little beauty.

MOON CUTLERY – £290.00 (for a 24 piece set)

Designed by Cutipol. Theses pieces seem like styling heaven to me, This sleek matt gold cutlery will look stunning on the christmas table (and for every other special occasion for the rest of your life) Made from 18/10 stainless steel with a gold finish. I absolutely adore the moon shaped spoons. You can collect pieces individually or mix and match with other sets to create your own unique table setting. These would look amazing teamed with the stunning Moon plates from Diesel Living with Seletti.

SECOND SKIN BOWL – £25.00 

From S2|20 have you had a look at Hege in France’s new design store? it’s possibly my favourite online shop. It’s minimal skandi lovers heaven. I have been obsessing over the Second Skin Bowl for a while. especially the Charcoal one. It’s designed by the talented July Adrichem a product stylist from the Netherlands. The dark matte black bowl has a beautiful powdery texture and the handmade uniqueness of this bowl really adds to it’s charm. Far too pretty to actually use.

TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN DIARY – £25.00

This Stunning modern weekly planner and diary designed by Marjolein Delhaas has a silver foil embossed 3D stamped cover with ‘two thousand sixteen’ and this IS the perfect gift for those typographical geeks amongst us, not naming any names… The book is A6 and has 160 pages with an over view planner 2016/17 at the back. Get it and you can have a cool and contemporary place write your new years resolutions.

SILENT WOOD PRINT – £65.00 from SOOuK

One of our very own art prints made it on to the list! I think this print from our recent Alpine collection if the perfect print to evoke a wintery feel while sticking with beautiful soft monochrome tones. It feels really good to be under the tree canopies from the comfort of home. Box Frame it in white for a striking 3D look.

NO.15 CRANBERRY + FRANKICENSE  SOY CANDLE –£18.00

For a moment of Christmas calm, try gorgeous EAST WICK Candles. It’s definitely time to get cosy and how perfect will this sent be for the festive period?  A mix of sweet cranberry and warm frankincense, blended with bergamot, orange and a hint of spiced apple… I say YES PLEASE! and as if that gorgeous aroma is not enough the packaging is perfectly minimal and monochrome so they look really pretty too (No.15 is a limited edition scent and will only be available through winter)

EYE BRACELET FROM MIRTA – (around) £100.00

I can’t actually deal with how beautiful these pieces are, I just LOVE their minimal simplicity. One of a kind and limited edition pieces with raw uncut stones from the Rock collection are hand crafted by Croatian designer Andrea Simic. Handmade with oxidised silver and diamonds. If santa leaves one of these for me on christmas morning i’ll know I’ve been a very good girl this year.

I hope I’ve given you some great ideas for your loved ones / design lovers. Happy shopping everyone and remember spread a little comfort and joy this year by supporting our amazing independent designers. Without them the world would be a really dull place.