Spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day

All mums like a bit of extravagance, this Mother’s Day why not treat her to something really special? Here are our 5 luxury top picks….

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Pip Studio Tea Set Big Flower Pink/Blue

With this beautiful and girly tea set you can hold your own afternoon tea party for two. All you need now is cucumber sandwiches & macaroons and you’re all set for your afternoon tea party, no 5* hotel needed!


Missoni Home Nacimento Patchwork Cushion

This Missoni Home cushion will brighten any home with its bold floral and stripe print on the front and bold block fuchsia colour on the back.

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Cath Kidston Antique Rose Bathrobe

The luxuriousness of this Cath Kidston bathrobe will force your mum to take the break she deserves. It features a classic Cath Kidston design and is perfect for snuggling up in after a long bubble bath.

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L’Object Platinum Python Frame 4×6″

This chic frame adds sophisticated style to any room and would be a fabulous Mother’s Day gift if you added a photo of the two of you. The 4×6” frame is platinum plated and features a snake skin design. 

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Delonghi Vintage Icona Espresso Coffee Machine – Azure Blue

If you can’t afford a trip to Italy for Mother’s Day how about bringing a touch of Italy to her? This iconic vintage style coffee machine would brighten anyone’s morning and comes in a variety of colours.

Which item will you splurge on?

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.



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.


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?

Denim makes a comeback for the home

Give your interior a quick style makeover with a few accessories in this season’s must have texture of denim. From the catwalk to the home, denim is a great fabric to add colour and style to any space.


Period Homes & Interiors magazine recently featured these super stylish denim napkins by Lexington. They come in a set of four and there are matching aprons and oven mitts available, perfect for a fresh kitchen style.

 Original Jeans, Pillow + Duvet

Transform your bedroom with Lexington’s Original Jeans bed linen range. Made from heavy washed 100% denim cotton in indigo it features stylish denim stitching and metal Lexington embossed closure buttons.

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This adorable Denim Puppy Bumperstop is the perfect finishing touch to any room.  He promises to do a great job stopping those banging doors, and is made from high quality denim fabric with hand crafted finishing like his brown leather collar with the ‘W’ Wish Original charm.


Brighten up any living space with this Multi Flower cushion from Pip Studio. With a bright vintage inspired floral design set against a denim background with contrast piping this cushion will make a fabulous addition to a sofa or bed.

Will you be adding a touch of denim to your home this season? Which of our denim picks is your favourite? 

Wedding Inspiration from Love My Dress

Congratulations to all those who got engaged over the festive period or in the New Year – 2013 will be full of fun wedding planning for many of you. A great source of inspiration for all brides to be is the vast variety of wedding blogs out there, full of great tips, contacts and beautiful images.

This week we wanted to share with you some images from a fabulous wedding blog Love My Dress. They feature a guest post from event designers Pocket Full of Dreams who take us through how to create a mood board – a must have to collate ideas and get started on planning that big day. From an initial colour choice of mint they developed their ideas by using a mood board into a beautiful table setting…

Mint & Green Mood Board

Mint & Green Mood Board

‘we wanted to show you how the below wedding inspiration board, which we recently created for a photoshoot, was taken from inspiration to reality; our original idea was to create something around the colour mint (a key colour trend for 2013) and over time we refined our concept into a design which was pretty, fresh and energised. ‘

Juliska Tableware in Berry & Thread

Juliska Tableware in Berry & Thread

 ‘So as you can see in the process of transforming our inspiration into reality, we have evolved and refined our design whilst still staying true to the freshness and energy of our original concept.’ 

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Mint & Peach Flowers

 ‘Wild About Flowers’ took our vision of something fresh and enchanted to create a wooden planter for the table centerpiece  overflowing with David Austin roses in a sublime peach, with textural succulents and other garden style flowers in mint, cream and peach tones.’

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Mint-hued place names and menus perfectly complemented the table

 Read the full post here.

Are you getting married this year- what are your top tips when it comes to planning?  

Thought about the wedding list yet? Have a look at Amara Weddings if you are looking to create the perfect wedding list.

Button Bonanza Interior Trend

Homes & Gardens magazine feature our Bronte Squirrel Grey Mohair cushion in their latest issue as part of an inspiration piece on Buttoning. This got us to thinking about how the humble button can transform home accessories. Whether it is as a detail on soft furnishings or as a pattern on crockery – we love buttons! Here are our top picks of button inspired home accessories…


Cushions and throws by Bronte

Many of Bronte’s cushions feature subtle button detailing which contrast beautifully against their luxuriously soft textures.


Avoca Button Stoneware

Avoca are huge fans of the button design and their range of stoneware features the quirky and colourful mixed button design.


Avoca Block Button Stoneware

As well as white with colourful all over buttons, they also have a range of block coloured stoneware with a hint of the button pattern – ideal for a nod to this trend.


Marcus Rainbow Chair in Arielli Snow

Classic and understated, this Marcus Chair and footstool get a modern overhaul with their rainbow button detailing.

Are you a fan of the button trend? Which pieces would you add to your home?

New Year New You

Happy New Year! The Amara office is buzzing with talk of resolutions and as can be expected the most popular has to be getting fit and losing weight. After over indulging at Christmas and the busy party season, January is always a great month for staring a new fitness regime and detoxing. Setting a realistic goal is always a good idea and will help you stick to new healthy resolutions. Whether it is to go to three gym classes a week, make sure you have your five fruit & veg a day, or perhaps to get ready for a sporting event such as a 5 or 10k race, having a target will keep you motivated and focused.

Juicing fruit and vegetables is a great fuss free way to get your five a day and give your body a boost in the cold winter months. A juicer is the must have accessory for every kitchen this January – here are our top picks…


Juice Extractor CJE1000U by Cusinart

 Enjoy fresh juice everyday with this innovative fruit & vegetable juice extractor from Cuisinart.

Avance Whole Fruit Juicer HR1871/00 by Philips

 Featuring a wide 80mm feeding tube, the Avance whole fruit juicer is suitable for whole or chopped fruit & vegetables.


Vita Electric Juicer by Bugatti

Add serious style to your kitchen with the Vela Juicer by Bugatti which can be tilted up to 60 degrees to easily pour your tasty creations. You can WIN this striking Italian made juicer by heading over to The London Magazine here.

Are you joining the fitness revolution or have you been more original with your resolutions?