We are getting into the long period of daylight which last late into the evening and starts very early in the morning. A wonderful time of the year, but it can be difficult to sleep in a room filled with light. Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.
Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Now might be a good time to invest in darkening blinds -some call them black out blinds. To help you get a good night’s sleep Luxaflex® has a developed a beautiful range of room darkening fabrics for your home. And they are very stylish to fit in with your décor be it traditional or contemporary.
Children especially tend to wake up as soon as it is light so if you want to give yourself a little extra time in bed, Luxaflex have some pretty designs for children’s rooms.
Luxaflex®, the premium brand of Hunter Douglas, worldwide market leader in window covering products, was created more than 60 years ago, with the invention of the first Metal Venetian blind. Each year Luxaflex® introduces innovative, original products, colours and design options and creates inspiring collections that are market orientated, timeless and superbly fashion forward.
Made with Rococo’s new 50% cocoa organic milk chocolate, Orange Blossom Neroli, will have you swooning. The beautiful wrapper has been painted by Chantal Coady OBE and depicts the delicate Moroccan orange blossom and the fruit itself. Made using one of the most prized organic essential perfume oils, carefully balanced with the rich chocolate, Neroli is renowned for its calming and soothing qualities, helping anxiety and nerves and inducing a good nights sleep.
The Bee Bar is just the right size for a small treat at any time of the day. So be kind to yourself, put your feet up, relax, unwind and enjoy the delicate flavours.
Bee Bars retail at £1.60 and weights in at 20g. Available in shops and on-line.
Rococo ends its round the world voyage as it began, with ingredients from some far-away places: bringing inspiring flavours to put a bit of zest into the cold, dark days and nights of Winter. It is the season of citrus so the Chocolatiers have brought together zesty flavours, unusual fruits and spices and even the distinctively delicious taste of Rooibos Red Bush tea for you to enjoy.
Japan: Yuzu & Sake
A Ganache of 64% chocolate and fruit puree. Japan’s citrus fruit isn’t for the faint-hearted. Pucker up!
Grenada: Banana and Nutmeg
Soft notes of banana blended to a firm ganache, with fruity Grenadian chocolate and warming nutmeg.
New Zealand: Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)
Mouth-watering, fruity jelly and chewy toffee, both made from the uniquely flavoured fruit that has the texture of quince and opens with the Winter chills.
South Africa: Citrus Rooibos
Winter brings a wonderful harvest of citrus. Rococo blended the sharpness of Blood Orange with a dark ganache infused with Waterloo Tea’s fantastic Citrus Rooibos.
The Winter Collection is available in boxes of 4 chocolates £6.50 or 12 chocolates £17.95 or you can buy them loose £13.50 for 100g. In Rococo shops now.
As part of the Spring Summer collection 2017 Broste Copenhagen has introduced a new service called Salt.
Its elegant shape and soft tones inspired by the natural mineral salt, have a classic expression which makes it a perfect for every occasion. The black hand-painted brim, make every piece unique. The glaze is very sensitive to conditions during firing which results in varying textures and colours.
The Pantone Colour of 2017 has not been to every one’s taste if social media is anything to go by, but it does work well with window dressing. It enhances the light effect and makes the room look brighter and sunnier as these Luxaflex® blinds clearly illustrate.
For Valentine’s this year Rococo is extending their fabulous and extremely popular hand-painted hearts range with two news hearts: a beautiful Honeycomb design complete with bee and a delightful Rose design.
These hand-painted hearts are made from Honeycomb milk chocolate and Rose milk chocolate respectively and are filled with 9 of Rococo’s Couture ganaches. They come in a lovely gift box so all you have to do is choose to your favourite Valentine to receive it!
Both hearts weigh in at 300g and retail at £51.95
They will be available from Rococo Shops and on-line in the New Year.
Bling goes WIDE this Christmas at Holly&Lil for maximum impact
The new wide version is designed to be narrow at the front for your dogs’ comfort and wide at the back for your viewing pleasure. SPECTACULAR!
The Wides are perfect for ALL dogs – the hanging tab centre back, where you attach the lead, allows dogs that prefer a narrow collar, from ShihTzus to Labradors and Bulldogs to wear them comfortably.
For Hounds you would use the Dring next to the buckle!
Available in most designs, prices start from £99 and £120 in the semi Precious!
The March of the Penguins
The March of the Penguins is not just for Christmas but for the ‘let it snow’ season. Or all year round for penguin lovers! These collars have enamel silvertone charms handsewn on to our exclusive Holly&Lil calf leather collars in so many fabulous colours. The ones pictured here are on our fabulous Emerald and Red Calf which suits these Christmas designs perfectly but you can have your collar sewn on any of Holly&lil’s leather colours.
If you want them in time for Christmas. please give Santa and his elves plenty of time to make and parcel up your order to ensure pre-Christmas delivery. We promise to keep you up-to-date on delivery times when you order.
Prices from £ 72.00
Breed Specific Collars
We all love dogs they are our special friend and some people not only love dogs they often love a specific breed. Holly&lil have found some wonderful Breed specific charms – Pugs, Frenchies, Bostons and Schnauzers and intersewn them with Swarovski Hearts and beautiful glass beads. A joy.
Breed Specific Charm dog collars – Holly & Lil Collars Handmade in Britain, Leather dog collars, leads & Dog harnesses. Frenchie, Pug, Schnauzer and Boston. The collars retail from £72.00
Soft textiles gives a touch of pure luxury to Luxaflex® Facette® Shades and the array of glorious new colours available can provide a perfect match for your interior. The exclusive fabrics add real distinction to any room and style – from traditional to contemporary.
The unique and patented design features two fabric layers woven into one to create a beautiful soft fabric look for windows. Facette® Shades work like a roller blind to let you quickly and easily raise or lower the shade in both the fully open or closed position. You can enjoy your view, effortlessly adjust the light or simply get the extra privacy you want at any time.
Create softly diffused light to help you find your perfect balance of light and privacy and let you enjoy the view and natural daylight.
Facette® Shades have been carefully designed with a choice of two vane widths that complement window proportions. The ultra slim vane style with elegant, delicate lines has excellent view-through to the outside. The larger vane size makes a big, bold, contemporary style statement on all windows and is a perfect choice for large modern windows. Both styles come with Child Safe manual and motorised operation.
Luxaflex®, the premium brand of Hunter Douglas, worldwide market leader in window treatments products, was created more than 60 years ago with the invention of the first Metal Venetian blind. Each year Luxaflex® introduces innovative, original products, colours and design options and creates inspiring collections that are market orientated, timeless and superbly fashion forward. Luxaflex® consistently offers a comprehensive range of products and trained retailers who offer consumer superior sales advice and service.
From the Rococo Home Collection: their very first chocolate scented candle.
Chantal Coady OBE, founder and creative director, likes a challenge, and this one has been on her mind for a while. To create a subtle fragrance of chocolate inspired by their exotic Madagascar 64% single estate dark chocolate which is renowned for its red berry & citrus notes. The candle offers a sophisticated luxurious experience of rich chocolate notes with nostalgic references to childhood’s comforting cocoa and warm vanilla in the base notes.
Imagine at the end of a long day, as the dark evenings approach, lighting your candle and sinking into a hot bath… pure indulgence. A truly decadent addition to your own home or the perfect gift if you can bear to part with it.
The candle comes in a custom made Eau de Nil coloured glass, tissue wrapped in its own gift box and retails at £ 37.50, it will burn for approximately 40 hours.
We recommend burning the candle for minimum two hours at a time in a draught free area to achieve an optimum fragrance throw, always until the wax pool hits the sides of the glass. We also recommend to trim the wick to 5mm before lighting.
Rococo Chocolates are on the road again with their Autumn Couture Collection taking a voyage around the world, using ingredients from different countries as they come in to season. Take your senses and imagination on a delicious journey across the continents.
Continuing on their world tour, Rococo is embracing the soft, rounded notes of autumn and its gentle hues of brown and gold. They have created this collection from the annual autumnal harvest of nuts and grains from Europe, Australasia and North America, with delicious Costa Rican coffee as it comes fresh to the market. Enjoy the journey and the delights it brings.
UK – Malted Barley & Sourdough A deep, malty milk chocolate ganache, topping a nutty malted praline with crunchy sourdough crumbs.
Australia – Macadamia Gianduja Smooth, moreish gianduja made from deliciously delicate macadamias blended with white chocolate.
Costa Rica – Costa Rica Coffee Praline Rich Ecuadorian dark chocolate praline, whipped with freshly ground seasonal Costa Rican coffee beans from Square Mile Coffee.
Indiana, USA- Popcorn Ganache A rich, creamy and surprising white chocolate ganache, infused with salted popcorn, encased in milk chocolate.The Autumn collection is available in Rococo stores and online now, in 12 and 4 choc boxes £17.95 and £6.50 and loose in store too at £13.50 per 100g.