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How to: Dine in style for under £10

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Introducing Paula Beades Bespoke

Monthly Archives: February 2009

PJI featuring on The Ideal Home Show's website....coming soon

On February 24th, 2009 by .

I am currently writing a feature for The Ideal Home Shows website talking about companies that offer something different when It comes to recycled homeware and demonstrate that you can buy gorgeous home accessories that are environmentally friendly.   I will post a link to the feature when it’s published so that you can have a look at the companies and products featured but until then here is a sneak preview of the type of products I will be featuring.

This unusual yet stylish piece is from Nigels Eco Store.  It’s called Rock’n’Roll and is a unique eco-shelving system made from specially sourced paperboard rolls, and then velcro’d together.  You can vary how many circles you use and the order in which they are arranged. At £186.99, it’s cheaper than a conventional shelving unit.

*Look out for the link to purchase tickets to The Ideal Home  Show…coming soon on my Blog.

Valentine gift special

On February 10th, 2009 by .

With valentines day fast approaching, I thought I would give you a round up on the lovely accessories I have been sent information on.  I will also be posting some tips on how to style a valentines table…

I absolutely love this grey felt water bottle with a sweet embroidered red heart.  I have a similar one and it makes such a difference to cuddle this rather than boiling rubber!  It’s from a company called dotcomgiftshop and is priced at £12.95.  Their website is pretty good and has lots of sweet heart themed accessories.  They range from glass trinket boxes to this wooden chest; another favorite.  It would look great as a bathroom cabinet or used in the kitchen for all of your herbs and spices.  The fact that it is white means it won’t date that quickly.

I just had to share this with you as I think it’s so lovely.  It’s a hand carved Oak Swing with the words “Daisy Daisy give me your answer do, I’m half crazy all for the love of you”.  It’s not cheap at £270 but as it’s oak it should last and weather well.  It would also make a sweet present for a birthday or christening.  My sister is called Daisy…maybe I should suggest that my brother in-law buys it for her valentines present…! It’s from a company called Swings and Pretty Things.

If you are just looking for a little gift then these leather heart key rings from Ecotopia are quite cute.   I think I would have one of these regardless of whether it’s Valentine’s day!  The reason why I like them so much (aside from the colours) is that they are fair trade and under £3!

Forget chocolates or flowers, why not buy your loved one something a little different this Valentines.  This stylish tea light holder from Grand Illusions would look lovely as a set of three hanging in the garden.

The Spring/Summer months will be here before we know it and this would cast such a pretty light whilst enjoying some AL Fresco dining.  Not bad for £9.95…