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!

Image by Spira
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.


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



We are hiring 😁


Fabulous opportunity has arisen here at Spektakulär/Lilla! We are now looking for a cheerful, creative sales assistant to come and work with us.

This is a Maternity cover only! It will end October, however there might opportunity to stay on extra over the busy Christmas season.

Two days a week (every Monday and Friday), plus every third weekend.

Plus we are also looking for you who can be flexible to cover extra holidays and odd days here and there.

You will be working in both Spektakulär and Lilla and we would really appreciate retail and some kind customer service experience. It would not hurt if you know a bit about Scandinavian design but this is not essential…we will teach you all we know 😁

Does this sound perfect for you?!?! And if you would love to join this fabulous team then pop in to the shop with your CV and Cover Letter alternative email me at

Charlotte x

This Week’s Offer

Hey everyone, hope you had a peaceful/fun February break – I spent the last few days visiting my mum and seeing old friends and am now exhausted but it was worth it! If I wasn’t at work today I think that I would still be in my jammies, catching up on Netflix and wishing I had one of these fabulous tablet pillows… this week we have 30% off them!


all images from bosign

Most nights I sneak off to bed with my tablet and watch a bit of something (I know kids – do as I say, not as I do…) and inevitably at some crucial moment my tablet falls forward and I miss something!

Bosign’s shapeable tablet pillow works on all surfaces, hard and soft. You can adjust it so that it always has the best possible angle, no matter what position you are in. If you watch a movie, you can put your hands behind your head and just enjoy; the screen stays at a perfect watching angle.

Of course it isn’t just for binge watching in bed, if you want to use both hands for typing, the pillow keeps your tablet in the right position without you having to hold it.

Bosign’s brilliant design can hold the tablet in either a horizontal or vertical position. It rests securely in the pillow pocket and the silicone pattern on both sides of the pillow makes it stay in place on smooth, soft and rough surfaces. When you aren’t using your tablet you can even store it safely inside the internal pocket.  The cover is durable, water-repellent and of course easy to wash (hand wash cold).

Fits all iPad models.

• Shapeable soft pillow – comfy surfing
• Two positions – vertical and horizontal
• Two inner pockets – protective sleeve and storage
• Works on all surfaces, hard and soft
• The iPad/Tablet pc rests securely on the anti-slip surface
• Washable cover

Not only do we have the tablet pillows in various colours, we also have the stylish Bosign travel pillows, again with 30% off.  This versatile version of the tablet pillow isn’t just a stable and easy to use tablet stand it’s also a great neck pillow for travelling.


Bosign are such a clever company – we love their innovative designs in Spektakulär and we are very happy that so many of you seem to agree with us! Oh, I am already looking forward to tonight’s viewing!

Ruth x



Inner Cushion Sale

To give us some room in Spektakular for exciting new spring stock, our Linum feather cushion inners are now at an amazing 50% of the original price.

We don’t have many of each size so be quick before they disappear as we won’t be getting these sizes back again (we will continue to stock our popular 50x50cm.) They are lovely luxurious inners (85% feather and 15% down) that plump up brilliantly – treat your cushion covers to one!

Here are the sizes and prices…

40x40cm                          rrp £10                             now £5

50×60                                rrp £14                            now £7

35x70cm                          rrp £15                             now £7.50

Thanks, Ruth xx




February Offers

Hey, how’s things? Crikey, it is cold out there today but very beautiful! To be fair it is always warmer outside than in my house so I am coping with it pretty well (and having lived here for 25 years am used to the less than balmy climate!)

During February we thought we would treat you all to weekly offers. Last week we had 25% off some gorgeous Pappelina rugs (follow the shops on facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss any deals!) and this week we have a new deal for you – 2 actually…

This Wednesday it is Valentine’s Day and to help you celebrate and set the mood (c’mon, it’s worth a try!) we are offering 20% off our stunning Ester and Erik candles until Sunday.  Ester and Erik are a Danish husband and wife who produce the finest hand dipped candles we have ever seen.  You will probably have seen the racks of taper candles in Spektakular – at Christmas we have so many that the frames can reach the ceiling we love them so much!

The traditional dipping technique offers great advantages over cheaper mass produced candles, which means the candles burn slowly with a steady flame and without dripping, are odourless and emit no soot.  They come in a dazzling spectrum of colours and will cheer up any table – yes we do have romantic red ones but personally I’d be cock-a-hoop if I was given the lovely teal ones…just sayin’…


Over in Lilla this week…

The magical world of Tulipop is inhabited by quirky and playful characters who appeal to all those who are young at heart. Its unique characters include Gloomy, the adventurous hyperactive mushroom girl and Fred, the furry smelly forest creature who wants to be scary but is too gentle to succeed (absolutely my favourite!) The Tulipoppers are all quite flawed but still lovable – just like us humans.  In Tulipop traditional gender stereotypes are challenged, and mutual respect for nature and each other is given high priority.

We have a whopping 40% off our eco-friendly Tulipop dinner sets featuring Gloomy, Miss Maddy, Fred and Bubble. The sets include a plate, a bowl and a cup and are made primarily of bamboo fibre which is degradable at the end of its life cycle. The sets come in a beautifully illustrated gift box, which is made of recyclable material.

Original price £25 – now £15 – while stocks last, grab one while you can!


Ruth xx