Monday, 11 December 2017

Create the perfect Christmas Eve with Studio...

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house, nothing was peeping… Except the kids who won't go to bed!

Whether you're a parent or a big kid who gets excited when Santa is due, Christmas Eve is the most exciting night of the year. But what can we do to make this magical night even more special?

Well, how about a Christmas Eve box? It's a little box of treats that are perfect for getting into the festive spirit. No matter what you fill the box with, your family will love cracking open these early Christmas goodies.

So after you've put down the cookies and milk for Santa, it's time to treat each other to whatever you like. Pyjamas, choccies, arts, crafts and more can be packed into these cute boxes - ideal for taking your little ones' minds off Santa's sleigh touching down.
So, put on a Christmas film, get cosy, and take a look at the Christmas Eve box inspiration Studio has on offer…

Where did the Christmas Eve box originate? Well, they've been a tradition across the pond in America for years, but only recently have they made it over to the UK - However, it's the Germans who started this festive feature.

What do I put in it? Well, let's start with the box… With a choice of different colours, designs and FREE personalisation, this beautiful box will add some extra magic and sparkle and can be reused for years to come!

Personalised Christmas Eve Boxes

Some snuggly pyjamas/slippers because we all know it’s not really Christmas until you slide on your new jammies. nightwear?source=TX2P&utm_source=blog&utm_medium=unpaidsocial&utm_campaign=content_plan&utm_content=19000100--kids_nightwear&cm_mmc=Studio_NP-_-Social_Media-_-Blog

Let their imaginations run wild whilst you read them a magical Christmas story.

 Christmas Books

Some lovely sweets or chocolate as a special treat.

Reindeer food - Guide Santa’s sleigh to your house by sprinkling magical reindeer food on your garden and what’s great is that it is so cheap and easy to make! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear plastic bag
  • Oats
  • Edible glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Gift tag

Just mix it all together and tie up with the ribbon and gift tag and hey presto! Instant yummy reindeer food!

A cuddly toy because no Christmas is complete without a special teddy to snuggle up to.

 Cuddly Toys

Letting them put their very own personalised Christmas decoration on the tree is sure to be a special moment and will be treasured forever.

Take their mind off Santa’s imminent arrival by embarking on some fun Christmas crafts. Here are some great, simple cost-effective ideas to get you started!

Tissue Paper Christmas Trees

Clothes Peg Snowmen

 How to make your very own clothes peg snowmen

Paper Plate Christmas Elf

 How to make a paper plate Christmas elf

You can stock up on all your creative supplies here…

 Creative Supplies

However, it doesn’t have to be all about the kids because grown-ups like Christmas Eve boxes too! This pre-packaged box includes an array of mouth-watering treats to kick start the festive celebrations!

Merry Christmas everyone…

Monday, 20 November 2017

Go All Out!

Tis the season… to sparkle!

The Christmas adverts have officially hit the TV, so that can only mean one thing - the holidays are coming!

Although we're all looking forward to the grub and the gifts, we all know it's the parties that make Christmas so fabulous.

From sizzling sequins to jumpsuits, miniskirts and floor sweeping maxis, Christmas is the perfect excuse to go all out and get dolled up.

Whether it's your work's Christmas bash or you're out catching up with friends, here's our top picks for getting set for the glitteriest time of the year!

Dress to Impress!
Tis the season to feel glamorous, and what better way to turn heads than with a fabulous frock!

Whether you're seeking a trusty LBD or a glittery gown, we have a huge choice of seasonal dresses for all kinds of occasions.

Top Picks:
Club L High Neck Sequin Fishtail Dress
Get set for your red carpet moment this festive season with this sparkly floor sweeping fishtail dress!

Be You Kimono Sleeve Wrap Front Crushed Velvet Dress
Make the most of the crushed velvet trend with this stunning kimono dress, perfect for family events or hitting the town.

Be You Kimono Sleeve Wrap Front Crushed Velvet Dress

TFNC Remy Sequin Dress

Sparkle this season in the Remy Sequin Dress from TFNC, the ultimate dress for anyone who loves sophisticated sequins.

Step into Christmas… 
From the highest of heels to subtle boots and flats, we have loads of festive footwear available for you to strut your stuff this season.

Top Picks:

Be You Glitter Lurex Sock Boots

Add a little sparkle to any outfit with these gorgeous heeled lurex boots!

Be You Stud Heel Ballerina
Choose comfort without scrimping on style with these chic studded ballerinas.

Baby, it's cold outside!
Beat chilly December weather without covering up this party season! We have a huge collection of gorgeous layers to add extra style to any outfit…

Top Picks: 

Barney's Leather Jacket
Add a rock and roll edge to any outfit with this genuine leather jacket from Barney's. 

Be You Hooded Fur Jacket
Wrap up in this luxurious faux fur jacket, complete with a hood for keeping your fabulous locks dry!

 Fur Jacket

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Studio Confidential - Julie Goucher

When it comes to houses, it's the finishing touches that make it a home…
From cushions to duvet covers, curtains, bath mats and more, there's loads of creature comforts available for you to add your personal touch.

At Studio, we have a talented bunch working in our buying department to bring you the best homeware bits on offer - including Julie Goucher, one of our buyers.

Julie's got an eye for the latest styles and trends. She loves to experiment with gorgeous patterns and textures so you can find interiors to suit.

Here's a little bit about Julie, her inspirations and top picks for the Christmas season!

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into your current role…
I started in retail at the age of 15, initially working for a department store group in their flag ship store. I was then asked to join the buying team and worked there for over 30 years, buying across most home and gift areas.  

I joined Studio six years ago and I’ve loved working in this growing business.  My hobbies are travelling and shopping and I’m lucky enough to be able to do both of these as part of my current role.

Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself/embarrassing incident/memorable moment…
I have too many embarrassing moments to discuss, many of them making my colleagues laugh. I have a great sense of humour and I am known for my loud laugh.

My first trip to the Far East was in 1990, nearly 30 years ago, and I have seen the East develop so much in this period.  Although I have travelled there many times, I still get a real buzz when I step off the plane. The innovation in that part of the world is endless.

Which designers do you admire and why?
A huge proportion of the bedding and bathroom ranges for Studio is unique to us and we work with many designers both in the UK and overseas. Each season before we travel we put together our trend pack to take inspiration from. 

The inspiration for the trend packs originates from the catwalk, following designers such as Chanel, Gucci, DG and Ted Baker. Home trends now run hand in hand with fashion!

How would you describe your own style?

What are your golden rules for choosing interiors?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. You need to put your own stamp on your home! 
Look for inspiration from our catalogues and website, as we’ve a huge range to choose from!

What upcoming trends do you see emerging in the near future?
Florals are still very strong with some geo influences being applied.

What are your favourite products from your range?

I love our beautiful percale bedding which is available in 12 on trend colours. It has an easy-care finish and perfect for a good night’s sleep!

Our Christmas range of bedding is currently flying out with some styles already sold out. Take a look at our Selfie Elfie bedding, this will give all the family a real laugh!

Anything with Pugs is also a big seller and we have several available but be quick as they are selling fast!

Our range of Christmas light up cushions are really popular and sold extremely well last year, so this year we have increased the selection.

What’s your favourite emoji and why?
Definitely the smiley one!  

For more home inspiration you can shop our vast range of homewares here...

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Sleigh at Secret Santa This Year...

It’s that time of year again when workplaces around the UK are gearing up to partake in the national institution which is Secret Santa. Deciding on a gift that will be awesomely amusing, yet invariably cheap can sometimes be no mean feat, but we here at Studio are here to help.

We have some amazing gifts that will delight your colleagues, friends and family members alike with something to suit every personality and every budget. Here’s a taster of some of our favourites…

Chocolate Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts at Christmas are the vegetable that everyone loves to hate but these brussel sprouts have a bit of a twist. They are made entirely of chocolate!

 Chocolate Brussel Sprouts

Tinder Tactics
Is the recipient of your Secret Santa gift a disaster when it comes to dating? If so, this handy guide to online dating is the perfect choice!

Tinder Tactics

Beard Baubles
What do you buy a bearded hipster? Beard baubles of course! Nothing says Christmas like festive facial hair…

 Beard Baubles

Might Be Water, Might Be Gin Water Bottle
This quirky yet practical water bottle will be adored by any gin lover and will be the talk of the water cooler.

 Water Bottle

3D Motion Face Mats
These are fabulous for adding a little fun to the office Christmas party!

 Face Mats

Glow Toilet Bowl Light
This is a great gift for the guy at work who needs to improve his aim.

 Glow Bowl

Personalised Wine Set
This will delight any wine lover and it’s available in red, white or rose… Perfect for pleasing every palate!

 Personalised Wine Set

Hot Chilli Challenge
Dare your mate to spin the wheel and take on the hot chilli challenge. Can they take the heat?

 Hot Chilli Challenge

Mermaid Blanket
There is always someone who is perpetually cold so this mermaid blanket will be the gift that keeps on giving!

 Mermaid Blanket

Bluetooth Selfie Button
This is the ideal gadget in order to take the perfect selfie. Strike a pose!

 Bluetooth Selfie Button

For more inspiration simply sit back, relax and peruse our Secret Santa Shop at your leisure, you’re bound to find something that will make the Christmas workplace a fun one!

Happy shopping! 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Half Term Halloween Fun

'Tis the season to be… SPOOKY!
Halloween is upon us, which means it's the perfect time to get the kids together for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun!

From scary food oozing with slime, to apple bobbing, costume competitions and all-round spookiness, we all love Halloween.

This half term, let your ghoulish side out and let the kids take part in some freakish fun…

Here's a list of eerie Halloween half-term ideas:

Pumpkin Carving
Gather the kids and partake in one of the most traditional Halloween past times around. Pumpkin carving has been enjoyed for generations, and not only is it fun, it's also cheap - win win!

All you need is a pumpkin, a marker pen and a knife (adult supervision required).

To make it more fun, why not turn your pumpkin carving into a competition? Or test out your skills by carving your favourite creepy characters.

Here's some simple ideas that work amazingly well:

Bake Spooky Treats 

If you consider yourself an apprentice Mary Berry, Halloween is the perfect time to let your creative juices flow in the kitchen.

From doughnuts shaped like spooky spiders to chocolate monster cookies, kids will love your terrifying take on classic cakes and biscuits.

Here's a few recipes for you to follow, ideal for even amateur bakers!

Easy Peasy Mini Doughnut Spiders

 Easy Peasy Mini Doughnut Spiders

Chocolate Monster Cookies

 Chocolate Monster Cookies

Trick or Treating, of course!
Whether you're getting the kids dressed up for a night of trick or treating or you're the one dishing out the candy, October 31st is fun for all!  

To make sure there's no tricks thrown your way, take a look at our tantalising and terrifying range of Halloween sweets available…

After all, as any kid will agree, there's nothing better than free sweets!

 Spooky Sweets

You can shop our full range of chocolate and sweets here...

Get Creative with Halloween Inspired Arts & Crafts
If your kids are arty, it doesn't take witch-craft to think up of fun ways to get them creative this Halloween!

As long as you don't mind a little mess, your kids can get crafty with a range of cost-effective projects, including balloon pumpkins, toilet roll monsters or simply drawing their favourite beasts and ghouls!

Take a look at handprint vampires, they don't need to be Picasso to create these simple yet scary Draculas.

Handprint Vampires

Handprint vampires

Check out more spooky craft ideas here...

 Spooky Crafts

And if you're short on craft supplies this art tub from Crayola and our range of personalised coloured pencils are great to get you started...

 Crayola Art Tub

 Personalise Pencils

To top off the Halloween fun, we have a wide range of spooky items available to help you unleash your dark side this Halloween.

From home d├ęcor to cute and creepy teddies, there are loads of bits and bats on offer to make Halloween night memorable for your little ones. Here are our top 5 Halloween picks...

Nocto Bat 

 Nocto Bat

Grim Reaper Teddy 

 Grim Reaper Teddy

Skull Bedding 

 Skull Bedding

Vampire Teddy 

Vampire Teddy

Kids Fancy Dress Outfits

 Kids Fancy Dress Outfits

Happy Hauntings!