Whether you’re at home in the garden, or on the beach this Summer, it’s such fun to create a Summer table heaving with patterns, plants, fresh flowers and a rich mix of textures. Here we’ve chosen just a few of our current favourite products from our collections which we think will add the perfect finishing touches to your Summer table:
Vintage Rajasthani Cups: from £22.00. Made for bunches of fresh summer flowers
These vintage gems, once used for sipping the traditional Indian yoghurt drink, were found across the markets of Rajasthan. Etched with elaborate patterns, these brass and silver vessels look stunning individually and beautiful grouped together. Display down the centre of your table, filled with sweet peas and cornflowers for a perfect colourful Summer touch.
Hand block printed napkins: made to mix and match: £20 per set of 4
Our tablecloths and napkins are all hand block printed in Jaipur and the vibrant colours and intricate designs are made to mix and match. Create a fresh look by mixing patterns with plain linens too. Bright plain coloured linen napkins from your own collection will sit beautifully alongside these traditional Rajasthani designs.
Standing Star Lanterns add gentle candlelight and are so pretty when dining outdoors: from £29.95
It’s simply always better by candlelight! and candles, however displayed, create the perfect intimate mood. We love an eclectic mix of candlesticks and different shaped lanterns down the centre of the table to create a unique individual style. These standing star lanterns in brass and glass are a fabulous addition to any table and it really doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a modern or more traditional look. They’re equally at home in both!
Colourful ramekins: £12.50 each. Perfect for nibbles, dipping sauces and small puds
From small ramekins to large salad bowls and platters, our bold, hand painted ceramics will add a wonderful splash of colour to any table. And whatever shape or colour you chose, these pieces always sit beautifully together.
Glass Tea Sets
Assam Tea Sets: perfect for tea, fresh fruit cordials and of course chilled rosé! £34.95 at ibbi
We love these tea sets, made in Rajasthan: the perfect accessory we think for your dining table. Ideal on Sunday evenings when you’re enjoying lazy drinks and supper with friends. Absolutely perfect for fresh elderflower cordial or a glass of well deserved chilled rosé after a hard day’s work in the garden!
It’s almost Easter and with all this glorious Spring sunshine we’re getting ready for a long weekend of celebrations. We hope you have a fabulous Easter! At ibbi, we’ll be:
Eating: freshly baked hot cross buns, straight from the oven. Too mouthwateringly droolingly good for words (and possibly the only thing better than choccie eggs at Easter?)
Shopping: because who doesn’t love an Easter offer! and happy news: some of our absolute personal favourites will be up to 50% off this Easter so you’ll be able to add a splash of cool colour to your home for less!
Decorating: we’ll adorn our Easter table with all things simple and beautiful: bunches of fresh Spring flowers picked straight from the garden, pretty painted ceramic bowls piled high with choccie eggs, lots and lots of colourful candles and lanterns too with small tea lights (candlelight wins every time) . We’ll merrily mix and match our table linen to create a beautiful individual dining style. Plain linens and block prints go beautifully together. It’s the small details that can have the greatest impact. You really don’t have to think big at all. Mix it up every time.
Drinking: Orange and Rosemary Mimosas (delicious for Easter: make a syrup from sugar and water and then add rosemary sprigs and orange peel..allow to cool. Add a splash of fresh lime and a squeeze of orange juice to the strained syrup and add to chilled prosecco. Garnish with rosemary and a twist of orange and lime peel. Simply too good!)
Going: absolutely nowhere. Isn’t it great to stay put if you can? Enjoy some wonderful home time with family and friends. You can even encourage them to help you dig the garden too!
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Pictured: Hand painted ceramics from £12, colourful candles £2 each, inlay candle holders from £17, block printed napkins £20 for a pack of 5. Check out our glass and brass lanterns too: from £9.95. All available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk
If it’s been a dreary (and possibly dry) January, you’ll be looking for reasons to be cheerful and celebrate in February! Valentine’s Day is almost here and let’s face it, everyone loves a teeny bit of wooing. So this year, why not forget the padded card, the heaving restaurants and the stodgy soft centres in the shiny heart shaped box (tempted though you may be) and have a look at our eclectic ibbi goodies instead. Hand painted ceramics, hand woven sisal baskets, embroidered bags and belts, carved colourful ellies and so much more! You’ll see our range is carefully sourced, usually hand crafted, beautifully vibrant (lots of reds and pinks of course for Valentine’s Day treats) AND we’re offering 15% off right now. The offer is valid until Valentine’s Day 2016, so why not check out further details on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ibbidirect) or simply head straight to http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk and use the voucher code: lovelovemedo.
The school year has already finished for some and will soon be coming to an end for all. So if you’re looking for gift ideas for teachers you’d like to say thank you to, then perhaps we can help. Whether it’s beautiful, cutesy or spectacularly colourful presents you’re on the hunt for, we’ve a selection of goodies that might just appeal:
1. South African ceramic bowls: each one unique and beautifully hand painted in vibrant colours. Great for al fresco dining and perfect for all manner of nibbles. From £11 plus p&p.
2. Flamingo watering cans: bright and cutesy! And isn’t watering plants the perfect therapy for any teacher after a year of maths, medieval history or far too many months spent with the periodic table. Comes in cheery fish shape too. £14.50 plus p&p.
3. You’re a Shining Star Photo Frames: we love these hand crafted bone inlay frames. And make sure your teacher doesn’t miss you this summer by including a fabulous picture of yourself too! From £24 plus p&p
4. Elephant Hooks: they’re fun and fabulously colourful and will help make finding those ever illusive house or car keys a thing of the past. One thing less in life to stress about for just £4.50 plus p&p
5. Candles: isn’t everything better by candlelight…and our candles come in a great variety of summer shades. £2 each. We’ve terracotta potted candles too (unscented or Indian Basil scented). £4 each (p&p applies to all)
Happy First Birthday to…ibbi online! Yes, we can’t believe http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk is one year old today and what a year it’s been. We’re now sourcing collections of home accessories from India, South America and South Africa and it’s been a frantic and fabulous first twelve months! We think there’s only one way to celebrate such an occasion: and that’s with lots of cake, a glass of fizz and a present, from us, to our very first ibbi online customer: Scottish based artist Silvy Weatherall. (If you’re not familiar with Silvy’s work could we suggest you sneak a peek at http://www.silvart.co.uk to discover more about her breathtaking painting, photography and sculpture. Her decorative feather mandalas have to be seen to be believed). Silvy: a present is on its way to you!
So a huge thank you to all our supporters and customers. It’s been an amazing a year and an amazing journey so far.. and it’s great to have you with us.