Go Colourful

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Many of us may be sick and tired of boring old beige but apparently it’s still the safe shades of oyster, stone and cream that remain the nation’s favourites. Which is sad because although people are scared of making mistakes with colour, bland interiors can be very uninteresting. So let’s have less of the snoring boring and more of the creative colouring. And when it comes to adding colour to your home here’s our to top 5 favourite tips collected from some of our favourite British interior designers:

  1. Be free and full of gay abandon the it comes to colour. Why stick to one colour palette? Look at nature for inspirational colour combos:  take the happy and uplifting greens and lilacs in the Spring, or bright blue skies at sunset splashed with vivid oranges and reds. Colour will make your home more interesting and add intrigue to your interiors.
  2. Experiment. See what works for you. Deep reds create warmth and a convivial atmosphere. Blues are relaxing and perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms and wherever else in your home you head to unwind. Dark greys and blacks create glamour and sophistication and purples lend a luxurious feel too. And green is smart, harmonious, lush and hopeful and in the bedroom it’s fabulous combined with pink.
  3. Why are ceilings always white? Try painting them the same colour as your walls. Your walls will look less stumpy and it will help create that stunning, sumptuous atmosphere you’re looking for.
  4. If you’ve reservations about splashing colour across your walls (and ceilings) then why not simply add a spot of colour with accessories instead? Think bold lampshades, patterned throws, rugs, and colourful cushions and bowls. It’s fun and it’s the small touches that create instant personality and tell your story.
  5. Remember when it comes to accessories, make sure you combine the old with the new. All new looks generic and lacks character. Small vintage touches gives your home spirit. Be bold..and have fun with your home!

There’s currently 25% off our colourful recycled bowls and trays until Sunday 26th February 2017. Simply use the voucher code africa1 when you shop with us at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk.

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A Good Night’s Sleep. Not As Easy As It Sounds..

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It may be essential for energy, health and a lifetime of happiness but getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done. When it comes to proper shut eye, we all know we’re supposed get plenty of good sleep and avoid snoozing, but sadly for most of us it’s not always easy.. and often, the harder you try to still your mind and count the sheep, the worse it gets. So read on: perhaps some, or all of the following, may just help you get a better night’s sleep:

  1. Sniff lavender: the calming scent will help you relax and bring on the zzzzzs by decreasing your heart rate and your blood pressure. And keep it dark: if your bedroom’s not a pitch black place then find a comfortable eye mask and block out any annoying light
  2. Limit your caffeine intake after 3pm and if you can, steer well clear of it after 12. Easier said than done!
  3. Eat 3 hours before you plan to head to bed. Sleep’s not easy if you’re too full or too hungry
  4. Meditate: still your mind, switch off your brain
  5. Switch off your screens too: no phones, no laptops. Light emitting from screens apparently can disrupt the production of melatonin and ruin your sleep
  6. Exercise: it will definitely help you sleep more soundly
  7. Read a good book to still your mind: let your brain know it’s time to unwind
  8. De stress, stretch out, try some yoga or simply try some progressive muscle relaxation once you’re tucked up in bed: clench your muscles for a few seconds then relax. Start at your toes and work your way up!
  9. Keep fluffy pets out of the bedroom..not easy for some..but the fewer late night disturbances the better..
  10. Last but not least: have a hot bath before bed: raise your body temperature  a degree or two and then keep your bedroom cool (around 60 degrees is ideal). Throw the window open, keep your hands and feet warm (wear socks if necessary) and keep the bedding light. A cotton sheet and a cotton quilt is great..it keeps you more comfortable and feels fabulous against your skin too.

Sleep well… And Happy Valentines Day!

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All ibbi pure Indian cotton hand block printed quilts and throws are now 25% off until Sunday 19th February 2017.

ibbi block printed eye masks arrive this Spring.

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Storage Solutions ibbi Style

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A rather belated Happy New Year! and welcome to our first blog of 2017. It’s been an exciting start to our year and we’re already on the hunt for more beautiful, colourful, whimsical products to add to our affordable homeware ranges. We’re excited to have just launched our new website too and we really hope you find it an inviting, fun place to spend some time happily browsing..

Last weekend we were thrilled to see Eleanor Doughty’s fabulous article in the Sunday Telegraph (15th January) about ibbi and our HQ, Capheaton Hall in the heart of rural Northumberland. The response has been incredible and we’re so pleased so many of you enjoy our colourful curated collections. A particular hit seems to have been our decorative floral metal tennis pots shown here: these we found in Rajasthan and we thought they’d be a great storage solution for busy households. They’re bold and bright and here’s just a few ways we think these really work.

  1. In the Hallway: to help you get rid of just a little of that inevitable hallway mess. They’re great for walking sticks, tennis racquets, brollies and dog leads. (I’m hopeless at de cluttering but at least this way there’s less to trip over)
  2. In the Living Room: great fireside, for logs and kindling
  3. In the Bathroom: a fun, quirky laundry basket that might just encourage your kids to drop their dirty stuff in one place,  rather than scattering it across the length and breadth of the house
  4. In the Conservatory: they’re good for garden tools and all those other outdoor odds and sods that need stashing away
  5. In any dark corner of your home: as a stand alone ornamental object. A splash of colour is always uplifting, even if you prefer a more neutral colour palette. Surround the pots with bold cacti, big ferns and other leafy greens and create a stunning colourful impact and add some life and style to dull areas of your home.

Any other ideas please share! We love to hear from you.

Now it’s time to get to Paris for the Maison show and then India to see our amazing suppliers and discuss our new collections. We’ll be back in touch again soon..

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/capheaton-hall-northumbrian-manor-family-funhouse-historic-home/

Autumn Chills and Block Printed Quilts

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There’s already an Autumn chill in the air and don’t you think it’s a perfect time to be thinking about adding a touch more style, warmth and luxury to your bedroom space.  Our latest Indian block printed quilts are a perfect addition to throw on the bed when the temperature starts to fall and they look so pretty when layered with soft linens, crisp cottons or cosy knitted throws. Much as we love  a splash of the vibrant, we think quilts should be rather soothing in colour but they look wonderful, scattered with colourful rich velvet and cool vintage kantha cushions.  Happy styling.. and stay cosy! And if you’d like to learn more about the traditional art of block printing fabric, have a look at the info attached. unspecified-597

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Cosy Autumns and Kantha Throws

So it’s farewell to the Summer and time to cosy on down and embrace the Autumn! And as textiles are such a quick and easy way to add comfort to any room, we’re delighted with our latest collection of little vintage kantha quilts (queen size kanthas arriving very soon too..we’ll keep you posted!). Kantha quilts have been created in Bangladesh and West Bengal for over 500 years. They’re made by stitching together layers of vintage saris with a ‘kantha’ running stitch, often in a bold contrasting coloured cotton thread and every kantha is entirely unique, oozing cool style and timeless charm! They’re great for uni rooms as they’re very easy to maintain and are machine washable too. So be bold with your hues and get ready to drape away: you can throw little kanthas over your tables, chairs and sofas and queen size kanthas are fabulous as chic bedspreads. You may not want to colour up your entire home but you can always dip your toes in by adding a few colourful hints here and there. Take a peek…

All little kanthas available now. £40 plus p&p at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

Queen size kantha throws will be available soon

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Why We Love Hand Painted Ceramics: Our Favourite World Tableware

unspecified-488There’s something utterly beautiful we think, about our hand crafted ceramic tableware. Each bowl, platter, jug and cup is painted by hand, a labour of love, every single last piece entirely unique. And the creative process behind these beauties, and all the jargon involved, is really wonderful too. So just in case you’re interested in all the jiggering, fettling and sponging that goes in to making our World Tableware we thought we’d outline the creative process. Read on!

The ceramics are all made in South Africa, either by slipcasting (water and powder mixed to make liquid clay which is then poured in to a mould) or jiggering (traditional steel tools pressing clay against a mould that gives form to the outside of the piece). The ceramics are then fettled (to remove rough slipcast seams), sponged (to improve the application of colour), painted (with underglazes and the top 3D colour pattern), bisqued (fired at 900 degrees in the kiln), glazed (removed from the kiln, brushed to remove dust and dipped in transparent glaze to create the final top coat sheen), re-fired (at 1170 degrees over a 3 day period) and finally finished, checked and packaged  to us at ibbi HQ in Northumberland in the UK. So if you’re looking for a perfect tableware set which oozes stylish design and colour, look no further! The pieces are made to mix and match too.

There’s a pdf attached below outlining the creative process of our ceramics which might be interesting if you’re thinking of buying a piece or two as a gift.

Sorry it’s been a while! It’s great to be back blogging.

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All ceramics available at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk

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Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight

IMG_7686It’s ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’! So what a perfect time to be celebrating the arrival of our fabulous new Kiondo sisal baskets from Kenya. Colourful, unique, practical and oh so pretty, these baskets are one-off beauties and we just wanted to say that it’s a pleasure for us to support the work of the weaving cooperatives involved in creating these one-of-a-kind treasures.

Take a peek: all available now at http://www.ibbidirect.co.ukIMG_7659