The New Cath Kidston Bed & Bath Collection Arrives

Vintage inspired homeware brand Cath Kidston amaze and delight us all each season with the release of their fabulous new prints. Spring/Summer 2014 is no different, with a host of stunning new patterns in the brand’s classic pastel hues now available at Amara.

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New to the bed linen collection are the fabulously floral Painterly Rose & Budgies prints which are both a traditional testament to Cath Kidston style. The Painterly Rose range has a fluid hand painted inspired design with a turquoise spot reverse. The combination of the two patterns allow you to mix and match pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers to create your own unique pattern variations.

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Perfect in both children’s and adult’s bedrooms alike, the Budgies bed linen range features the adorable creatures set amongst flower sprays with a pale blue reverse. This fun print brings carefree style to any room and is a beautiful summery addition to the home.

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Not to be forgotten, the new Cath Kidston range also includes towelling for you to give your bathroom a refreshing update. From the Bright Daisy floral print, to the fun Stars design you will be completely spoilt for choice, which is the perfect excuse to sample them all!

Which new print is your favourite?

Chehoma Chairs – Vintage Style With a Modern Twist

Furniture brand Chehoma specialise in retro designs for the modern home. Their chairs effortlessly blend comfort and style to bring you creations perfect for a vast range of décors and settings. Using fabulous natural fabrics and wood, every piece will become an instant favourite amongst you and your friends.

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Our favourites in the new collection are the stylish tub/squat chairs, wonderfully comfortable like a personal sofa these traditional chairs are reminiscent of classic baroque style with a chic twist. Chehoma’s brand new squat chairs look perfectly at home in the corner of a bedroom or lounge and look particularly fabulous as a boudoir chair in a vintage themed dressing room.

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Which Chehoma chair is your favourite?

Amara is shortlisted for the PayPal Etail Awards

The weather outside may be appalling but in the Amara office it couldn’t be sunnier, we are delighted to announce that we are finalists for the PayPal Etail Awards! Entering the category for the Best Pure-Play Etailer, small business section, we are over the moon to have been shortlisted.

Over the last few years we have worked tirelessly to create a one-stop eshop for all of your luxury & designer homeware needs. Our fabulous selection of top-end brands are second to none with new lines being added continuously to keep us at the forefront of home fashion.  

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The Amara team could not be more excited about this opportunity and feel extremely honoured to be finalists.  The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on June 12th, in the meantime we will be keeping our fingers and toes crossed for another award to add to our collection, whilst continuing to do what we do best.

Wish us luck!

Personal Touches For Your Wedding

Just like in your home, it’s the personal touches that add the perfect finishing touch to your wedding day. All the small details, from themed table names to quirky favours, help to create the perfect day for you and your guests. We’ve mentioned Pocketful of Dreams before here on the Amara blog, and today we are sharing some of their top tips for creating a personal wedding… 

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Pocketful Of Dreams team, Michelle Kelly and Vicki DeBlasi. Image credit: Rosie ParsonsMichelle

Michelle Kelly and Vicki DeBlasi are the talented creative event designers behind POD, and they believe that your wedding should be your day, told creatively. They have a penchant for beautifully handcrafted touches and exquisite attention to detail.

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Personal table settings are a fabulous touch.
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‘Define your wedding vision – think about what is important to you both and how you want to feel on the day.’

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Bespoke artwork with couple’s names can make the day truly individual
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 ‘Think about what makes your relationship special – are there key moments or shared experiences that define your relationship? Think about how others would describe your relationship and consider how you can subtly weave these elements into your day.’

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Be creative with quirky touches – such as a vintage food van for catering.
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When it comes to inspiration they also suggest to think outside the box of wedding magazines & blogs;Look at how you’ve decorated your home, the clothes in your wardrobe and think about the colours, textures and styles you are drawn to in your everyday life.’

Pocketful of Dreams team Michelle and Vicki are passionate about creating beautiful experiences, and they design, style and deliver a whole host of events from weddings to special celebrations, all tailored to their clients’ own tastes and personalities. Find out more about what they do over at their blog or see how they can help you with your event and email them at Vicki@pocketfulofdreams.co.uk.

What creative personal touches would you like at your wedding?

 

Brighten Up Dinner Time

Add a colourful touch to everyday dining with the latest range of Chilewich placemats, table runners and new napkins. Known for redefining how the world dresses their tables at home and in restaurants, Chilewich continue to create innovative kitchen textiles every season.

This year’s collection is full of bright colourful shades ideal for brightening up every meal time. The woven lattice range sees new colours such as hot pink and citrus orange, on trend for this season they will liven up every table setting.

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Berry is a new shade for Basketweave and Bamboo sees teal green being adding to the range. Hardworking textiles, every placemat, table runner and napkin is stylishly modern in design and made from the best in functional material.

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Napkins are the latest line to be added from Chilewich and come in a plethora of colours to match the different table linen ranges. There are also double napkins that are reversible, for a new look every meal time.

How will you be brightening up your table this season?

Fashionable Stationery from Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix has added new designs to his Papier Collection and they are easily the best yet. Bold pop art and his colourful signature fashion illustrations adorn the latest range which includes everything from hardback journals to beautiful note cards.

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Say thank you in style with this set of Love at First Sight – London notecards, it includes eight notecards, featuring two comic strip designs (four of each) in colourful pop art styling. Also included are eight ivory envelopes, each with Bellechasse die-cut flap and interior tone-on-tone star print.

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Taking illustrations from the Astrologie journal Christian Lacroix has transformed them into a striking set of twelve notecards. Each features a beautifully illustrated astrological sign design, one for each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. A beautiful gift idea for any occasion, all of this is presented in a beautifully decorated matching box that can be reused after the note cards have all been sent. 

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Write down your thoughts in style with this fabulous Cordoba hardback journal. t features a beautifully bright flocked & printed cover that evokes the tiles and the great mosque of Cordoba, and is filled with a 128 ruled ivory pages. With silver gilded pages and a black & white chevron ribbon marker, it is also the perfect size journal to pop in your bag.

Which piece from the new range will you be adding to your stationery collection?