Seasonal Essentials | The Cocoon Coat

by Laurie Prescott

Oversized silhouettes have been an increasingly common trend for several seasons now, but this year the cocoon coat with a soft egg shape and dropped shoulders has taken on a new popularity. The cocoon shape was originally popular in the 60s and has associations with the mod look, but this time round it's decidely more sophisticated.

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Gifts for a good night's sleep

In the pressure to find the perfect gift it's all too easy to end up buying people something that they are unlikely to want, need or use. My own philosophy when choosing gifts is to focus on buying thoughtful but useful little everyday luxuries - things that people might not necessarily think of treating themselves to but which they will nonetheless gratefully receive, appreciate and enjoy.

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Review | Bowers & Wilkins T7 Speaker

Sound systems have always occupied an interesting position in the landscape of our homes.

"Is hi-fi a piece of equipment or is it a piece of furniture - that's the dilemma," says Sir Kenneth Grange in this 2011 film for the Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound.

Founded in 1966 in Worthing on the south coast, Bowers & Wilkins is a British company with a long tradition of producing high quality design led speakers. The company appointed Sir Kenneth Grange as its industrial designer back in the 1970s, and there's a short history of his pioneering designs for the company here for anyone interested.

Fast forward to 2014 and their latest offering is the new T7 portable wireless bluetooth speaker.

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Getting ready for Christmas

I don't usually go massively overboard on decorations at this time of year - this is about as maximalist as it gets around here - but I have enjoyed adding some sparkle and light to our home these past couple of days.

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Home & gift ideas from Amabyss

Today I'm partnering with independent online boutique Amabyss to share an edit of some my favourite items from their gift and homeware range.

A couple of months ago I had a big clear out and sold most of my colourful collection of 1960s Scandinavian glass vases on ebay. Since then I've slowly been editing in a few new pieces in a clean new monochrome palette. This stylish but simple pale grey vase fits the bill perfectly.

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