BIRTHDAY PARTY AT LILLA

YAY!!!!!

Our happy Lilla shop is about to turn two!

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To celebrate we have teamed up the absolutely fabulous Danish happy brand RICE!! A massive pallet with great designs for our birthday arrived. RICE is a wonderfully bright and funky brand. They create designs that makes you smile and they are absolutely fantastic to deal with as a small independent shop. So supportive and cheerful plus super cool designs. What’s not to like?!

Between 16th – 29th April we will celebrate our Birthday with a fantastic 25% off ALL Rice designs plus you 30% off our stylish Ferm Living Baskets, 40% off all Tulipop.  50% of all our soft Ferm Living and Oyoy cushions.  And this is not all, I believe more than half the shop is now a SALE shop!

Tomorrow Saturday 21st we have a face painter joining us between 1-3 pm. There will be goody bags for the young customers! You will find myself and Emma in Lilla and Anna in our big sister shop Spektakulär from 10 am and we are so looking forward seeing you!

Now I do like to say a MASSIVE thank you! I did not know how difficult running two shops would be and it truly has been a challenging couple of years but I am so incredible grateful to you all our dear and super supportive customers who come in for chats and telling us how much you love the shops. Lilla is not an ordinary toy shop and we love the way it looks. It is my happy place full of bright and cheerful designs. We have many great plans and for the next two years we would like to introduce you to more fabulous Scandi brands for the young ones.

Looks like another sunny day ahead! Why not swing by Lilla and check out our Rice brand, perfect designs for the garden party :)

Charlotte x

 

 

 

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Not Just A Pretty Face…

Hey blog fans – Glad Påsk! Hope you are all enjoying this rather bracing (ok, freezing!) Easter break. I have already blogged about one of our favourite brands RICE but I just wanted to add a little to it as I think the amazing charity work they do deserves to be shouted about.

Every year RICE takes an active part in developing projects and relief work all over the world. They do this because they strongly believe in the saying: No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. I think this is a very good motto to live by – I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling totally overwhelmed sometimes by what’s going on around the world but if we can all do a little then great things can happen.

CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility is a vital part of the RICE ethos. Over the years they have engaged in several projects helping people in need all across the globe and their new Hope Is BRIGHT range supports the work of UNICEF. About 844 million people are without access to a basic water service and every year UNICEF provides millions with clean water. For every Hope IS BRIGHT product sold, together they donate 1.5 EUR – these 1.5 EUR can provide 1800 L of clean water or provide 1 days ration of therapeutic food to a child in need.

In Lilla we now have boxed sets of two gorgeous lupin design cups in the popular larger size (great for drinking from but you could also use them as small vases. I love this design so much, lupins are my favourite garden flowers so I’d like to see them displayed all day in my house!)

Like all RICE products, these sets are made of hard wearing melamine and are BPA free. Now that you know the good work they do, you can enjoy the Hope IS BRIGHT products with a clean conscience!

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LILLA OPENING HOURS

Happy Monday!!

Lilla opening hours this week 19th – 25th March

MON

TUE

WED

THUR

FRI

SAT

SUN

10.00 – 14.30

10.00 – 17.00

10.00 – 14.30

CLOSED

10.00 – 17.00

10.00 – 17.30

CLOSED

Sadly this is due to poor poor Leigh breaking her ankle (snow accident…so she says ;) ), and recovering in hospital after an operation. She was also covering quite a few shifts for Kirsty who is enjoying the heat on the other side of the world at the moment. I kind of wish I could trade places with her right now!!!

Thank you all for being so amazing and understanding! Please do aim for early visits to avoid disappointment. These hours may change if I or my lovely staff can juggle our private lives a little.

Spektakulär is open as normal and the lovely ladies there has keys so they can let you in if you are on a hunt for an emergency gift. But please be patient in case they are busy. And we do love chocolate bribes and great smiles :)

Have a fabulous week, we are getting weekly deliveries at the moment which is truly making the shops sparkle!

Charlotte x

Subtle Show Stoppers

Ok, confession time.  When I first worked for Charlotte, my taste in interiors was quite far removed from anything you would find in Spektakular. I am so glad that the interview process didn’t involve her coming to my house to check me out (it was actually just a case of smiling a lot and offering her sweets but that’s another story…) However, just as my dad’s love of swing music eventually seeped into my soul against my will, Spektakular’s stock quickly did the same. Here we have a perfect example…

Lindform is a Swedish family business started in 2007. They have since then grown to be a brand that is synonymous with Scandinavian design and quality. Their products can be found in design boutiques, hotels and restaurants around Scandinavia and Europe. The inspiration for the company comes from Scandinavian nature with its organic tones and simple shapes.  The collection also contains influences from Japan, whose minimalist style matches well with the Nordic design

These individually handmade ceramics are small in stature (most stand at around 10cm high) but big in style. Each piece can take up to 8 processes to get the design to the right standard and because they are hand decorated, no two pieces are identical (although you sometimes have to look very hard such is the skill of the artists!) Beautifully minimalist as single pieces, they also look lovely in small groups (I’d always go for an odd number a bit like planting a garden!) The slim neck detail of  many of the vases makes them most suited to displaying a single stem. For real impact, group them together with similar single flowers or herbs – lavender is a favourite of ours in Spektakulär, even one stem packs a fragrant punch!

The range is mainly vases but also includes candle holders and plates, all in the signature organic style.

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All images by Lindform Sweden

We have a beautiful display of Lindform products in the shop, drop in and see their calming simplicity for yourselves…

Back soon, Ruth x

 

 

 

Get Familiar With Familjen Tableware!

According to her website, Sandra Isaksson was raised by a family of trolls in the heart of a Swedish forest. Blueberrykissed; she sculpted clouds and painted rainbows, carved with wind and whittled snowflakes from skybears. Personally,  I am more than willing to believe her version of events! 

Sandra is an award winning graphic designer, product designer and illustrator with a master’s degree in graphic design & illustration from Designskolen Kolding in Denmark. She works as a freelance designer for international brands and runs her own Scandi-Brit fusion brand designing and producing a co-ordinated range of home accessories. All about beautiful happy things!  

In Spektakular we are delighted to stock her Familjen range of tableware. Familjen are a beautiful and happy people living in the far Lappish north, The Mintbergen village is so remote that the sun does not rise in winter nor set in the summer. The proximity to Russia has brought with it a certain taste for vodka.  It is worshipped for its many healing properties from curing melancholy to healing a broken heart! I find that gin has a similar effect on me…
 
The vodka used to arrive by the lorry load from Finland but these days the villagers make it themselves from home grown potatoes and flavourings from the forest. As you can imagine, its a happy and beautiful place to live!  
 
The quirky inhabitants are featured on Sandra’s fabulous range which includes mugs, trays, tea and coffee pots, plates, coasters, bowls and more. We love her designs in the shop, they never fail to make us smile! 
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(all images courtesy of Sandra Isaksson)
Pop in and see for yourselves, we think you’ll find these unmistakably Scandinavian designs pretty hard to resist…
 
See you soon, Ruth x

A Spira Spring…

Spira began with a desire to bring colour, pleasure and attitude to people’s homes. Their concept is based on the creation of a lasting, timeless collection of cushion covers and other products to which they add new patterns every season. Their aim is to ensure that all Spira customers can create their own personal style by combining and matching patterns from a range of different collections.

I decorated my living room a couple of years ago and couldn’t wait to bring some Spira magic into it. I love mid century modern furniture and patterns and luckily for me the range at that time was full of geometric prints in perfect tones. The only problem was deciding what combination! Eventually I went for circles and zig-zags in blues and greens and a couple of plain covers in the same shades. I absolutely love them – the great thing about Spira is every range they bring out, colours can be matched in some way to previous collections. Last winter brought us a lot of woodland animals and in each of the covers there was a colour-way that I could have added to my existing stash (if I was allowed to buy any more cushions. I’m not. Or mugs apparently…)

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Image by Spira 

Cushions are such an easy way and affordable to add a splash of happiness to your home. Recently our biggest sellers have been the fantastic face prints – they are a total joy and look brilliant in pairs either end of a sofa. It’s fun watching customers choose who they want to take home and we all have our favourites!

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Image by Spira

All our cushion covers can be bought by themselves or with a pad. If you have recently decorated or need to match a sofa or chair, feel free to bring in a photo and we can help you choose – it’s not that we are nosy and love to see in your homes (but we are and we do!)

Ruth xx

Sence Copenhagen Offer

As part of our weekly offers in Spektakular we are offering a fabulous 10% off the Sence Copenhagen range of jewellery right up until Mother’s Day on March 11th (I know, longer than a week but that’s just because we love our mums!)

SENCE Copenhagen is a designer jewellery brand from Scandinavia and a fashion leader at the frontier of the latest trends. Most of their jewellery is strongly influenced by the trends, moods and colours of the fashion season and they look for the best quality materials for each of their jewellery pieces and use natural materials and semi-precious stones where possible. Sence are very proud that they never forget where they come from and take pride in their Scandinavian roots and dedication to quality.

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Image by Sence Copenhagen 

We are delighted to be Sence stockists – we all love their easy to wear, beautifully made pieces. In Spektakular you will find necklaces, bracelets and earrings – all items come with a presentation bag and don’t forget we can gift wrap anything you buy.

Obviously you don’t have to buy them just for mum, treat anyone you love to a piece (that includes yourself…) You know it makes Sence (sorry, I’ll get my coat!)

Ruth x