MOODY MONDAY LENDS AUTUMNAL WARMTH TO INTERIORS

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The nights are fair drawing in and as evenings get more autumnal, Moody Monday’s innovative collection of bold provocative prints for accessories include this season’s must-have – sumptuous velvet cushions. Perfect for creating a splash of colour, and adding warmth to any sofa.

 

Nebulae Velvet Cushions

 

Debuted at the ICFF New York earlier this year, this collection ‘STELLAR’ is inspired by the boundless hidden beauty of the sky and space. This luxurious, contemporary collection of designs captures the dualistic nature of the skies with a colour palette evoking both dawn and dusk. Vibrant jewel colours accompany mesmerising geometrical patterns paired against contrasting backgrounds.

From the dazzling colours of the Northern Lights to the abstract patterns of constellations, the depths of sky and space provide an intriguing array of inspiration.

The ‘STELLAR’ collection also consists of four wallpaper designs in varying colour ways, three fabric patterns, two cushion designs, four coasters and a set of matching fabric, coaster and placemat designs. One of our most provocative patterns, Nebulae, consists of strong geometric shapes with intense contrasting colours that creatively interpret the enigmatic nature of space.

Designer, Eliza Kesuma comments, “I love the changing of the seasons, which provide me with fresh inspiration to create new and contemporary prints. The Stellar range of fabric fits perfectly into nights on the sofa. Inspired by patterns of light created at dusk and dawn, the warmth and feel of the velvet cushions are the perfect way to create an instant boost.”

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Christmas Around the World

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It’s two sleeps before Christmas Day and we’re all gearing up for the festivities to come. Hopefully, last minute shopping is done, meals have been planned, homes are being prepared, and we’re almost there.

For the last blog post in our Christmas series, we take a look at some Christmas traditions outside the UK. Most cultures have similar traditions but we noticed quite a few differences too. If you’re like us at Moody Monday, you’ll appreciate beauty in diversity. Here they are.

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Germany

Christmas starts early with the awaited arrival of Santa Claus, Nikolaus and his assistant Knecht Ruprecht on the night of the 5th of December. Excited children eagerly expect to be surprised with gifts if they’ve been good or bundles of twigs if otherwise.

Although not adhered to by all families, the Christmas tree, German Tannenbaum is traditionally decorated on Christmas Eve.  They also hide a pickle in the Christmas tree on that day. The first child to find it on Christmas morning gets a small gift.

The traditional German Christmas meal usually has goose, or duck, rabbit or perhaps a roast with side dishes like apple and sausage stuffing, red cabbage, and potato dumplings.

Estonia

Like most countries, food plays a vital role in Christmas celebrations. The common meals you’ll find round the dinner table include pork, potatoes, blood sausage, sauerkraut and beer. A popular dessert is gingerbread which is usually made together by the family.

Another Christmas tradition is for the President of Estonia to declare Christmas Peace on Christmas Eve and take part in a ceremonial service. Families prepare their homes for the festivities and then head to the sauna for a bath together before leaving for Mass. This is probably one of the most well-known customs.

Venezuela

It has become tradition for the roads to be shut to cars in the capital city, Caracas to allow people to roller skate to Morning Mass from the 16th to 24th of December.

Christmas trees are popular but traditionally, nativity scenes are more common. Firework shows are also quite popular at this time of year.

The main Christmas celebration takes place on Christmas Eve when families come together to celebrate with food and music. The traditional Venezuelan Christmas meal consists of delicious dishes like Hallacas (made of flour, beef, or chicken), cornmeal dumplings stuffed with meat.

Santa Claus doesn’t come bearing gifts according to Venezuelan tradition, the child Jesus does.

For more interesting facts, have a look at this detailed infographic by HuffingtonPost

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Last minute Interior presents for Christmas

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We’ve all had our fair share of last minute moments especially with Christmas gifts. It usually starts with us thinking carefully about what our loved ones would like and then spending some time hunting down that perfect present. But with many plans, they don’t always go as smoothly, we might second-guess our decisions or get the feeling that we haven’t quite found ‘the one’.

Many interior gifts offer great design, do not usually follow specific trends and are therefore timeless. So today on the blog, we bring you our favourite Christmas present choices which you can pick up at the last minute and will be sure to be a winner with your loved ones.

Ideal for someone who likes an elegant touch in their home

Pinched vase, Kelly Hoppen, £120

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For the design enthusiast in the family, add some fresh urban style to their sofa

Chinese paper silk cushion, Moody Monday, £132

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Know someone with a glam home? they’ll love you for brightening up their space

Zoffany Cicero table lamp, Amara, £431

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Perfect for the friend who doesn’t need an excuse to have a stand out piece

Wall sculpture, LuxDeco, £240

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In stylish vessels, these candles will appeal to anyone who values cosy nights in

Scent candles, gift set of 3, Heals, £80

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This is the perfect present for framing this year’s Christmas memories

Photograph bookend, Linley, £250

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A keen hostess will appreciate some earthy designs  in her living room

Enamel bowl, BoConcept, £109

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Hope you’ve been inspired. Let us know about some of your purchases.

Dazzling Luxury Christmas decorations

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Now we’re in December, everyone is starting to get in on the Christmas decoration action. From luxury hotels to department stores, the desire to put up the most imaginative festive displays continues to grow year after year.

Read on for three Christmas displays to inspire you.

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Jeff Leatham, artistic director at the hotel has gone all polar with this year’s arctic-themed display in the hotel lobby. Known for his floral installations, his Christmas displays at the hotel definitely do not go unnoticed. We really like his ingenuity.

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Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel

You can’t go wrong with lots of sparkle at Christmas. This Waldorf Astoria hotel gives guests an unmistakably festive winter wonderland welcome with this festival of lights in the hallway.

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Galeries La Fayette, Paris

As they imply, enjoy Christmas from another planet with this extravagant cosmic display. The stunning creation combines the paradoxical nature of the cosmos with familiar Christmas colours and elements.

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6 Christmas tree decorating ideas

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Food, music, presents, gifts, there’s so much to plan ahead for Christmas but undoubtedly one of the highlights of getting our homes ready for Christmas is decorating the tree. Whether real or artificial, Christmas trees come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and they can provide the perfect avenue to express bouts of creativity.

You can stick to what’s tried and tested or decide to switch things up with your tree decorations this year. We have some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Channel Scandi chic by letting your green tree stand out against the backdrop of grey tones and muted colours. The key to this is keeping  the decorations really simple using pretty icicles, festive accessories and fairy lights.

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Stay in harmony with your living room’s colour palette by sticking to one colour for the tree decorations. In this cosy living room, baubles of different sizes create the right amount of texture and impact

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Sticking to a green colour scheme, the ornaments provide variety and make the tree anything but boring.

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You can’t go wrong with a colourful traditional look. Go bold and beautiful with vibrant garlands, baubles, ribbons and accessories.

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An alternative Christmas tree like this one with a hoop design is an option for those who like to try something unique.blog6_christmas tree

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Have fun decorating!