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Make Your Toilet Your Throne

A person’s toilet should be their throne. With our ‘The Throne’ lidstick, you can make it just that.

'The Throne' lidstick

‘The Throne’ lidstick – available for £13.95 – click HERE to view on our website

To see if you enjoy your toilet like a king/queen, tick off how many of the below apply to you…

1) You have a magazine next to your loo

2) You have a selection of magazines next to your loo

3) You have a magazine RACK next to your loo

4) You keep scented candles in your bathroom

5) You have some interesting artwork in your bathroom to admire during your number 2s

6) You have a pair of monogrammed hand towels

7) You have a fluffy rug – or better yet, a bamboo duckboard – to rest your feet on

8) You’ve invested in some Poo-Pourri (one of the best products ever! Find out more about it on www.poopourri.com)

9) You have atmospheric lighting in your bathroom

10) You have our funky ‘The Throne’ lidstick on your toilet seat!

 

If you’ve ticked off any less than 5, then that simply is not good enough! You’d better get working on making your toilet your throne.

If you’ve ticked off 5 of more, then congratulations. Enjoy experiencing ultimate luxury when you are resting on your throne.

Why the Bathroom Should Replace the Kitchen as the Heart of the Home

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home.

But at Ziggiziggi, we disagree. Bathrooms beat kitchens any day.

Sure, the bathroom is where you go to do your number twos, but it is really so much more than that.

1) Bath time. Need we say more?

With a few candles and some bubble bath, baths are a time of relaxation and indulgence. Kitchens on the other hand are where we stress out about mess and overcooked food.

2) Bathrooms are often the scene of hilarious moments. Whether you’re helping your best friend who’s suffering the after-effects of a boozy evening, or watching your mum in a panic trying to get ready whilst running late, these times are far more eventful and entertaining than mealtimes.

3) The smell of fragrant shampoos, shower gels and bubble baths definitely win over the smell of burnt toast.

4) This is one for the girls… getting dolled up in front of the bathroom mirror is undoubtedly the best part of a night out. Who doesn’t love spending time in the bathroom making themselves feel glam?

5) You time.

In the bathroom you can lock out the world and enjoy some peaceful alone time. The best time to ponder life’s most unanswerable questions is always in the shower or on the toilet.

Style your bathroom to make it the centre of your home

Style your bathroom to make it the centre of your home

Tell us why you think bathrooms are the most important room of the house in the comments below!

How to Become Storage-Savvy with Ziggiziggi

We all have an idea of our dream home. Be it an upmarket penthouse or a mansion in the countryside, they all tend to have one thing in common – size.

We’d all love to simply have more space. Especially at this time of year, when we seem to accumulate endless miscellaneous objects from beach balls, to wedding favours, and random travel mementos. Having a giant home with plenty of storage would be ideal, but unfortunately it isn’t a reality for most of us.

That’s where Ziggiziggi comes in. With our featured products below, you can make your home feel more spacious and turn it into a haven of organised tidiness.

1) Mirrors

Mirrors not only make a room look double the size, but they can also make a room look larger by doubling up as a shelf or a cabinet to rid of your clutter.

We have a selection of bathroom mirrors that also double up as shelves.

For a contemporary style, go for the new Bevel Edge  Mirror & Shelf – click HERE to view on our website.

For a more natural style, try the Arena Bamboo Square Mirror Shelf – click HERE to view on our website.

Bevel Edge  Mirror & Shelf

Bevel Edge Mirror & Shelf

Arena Bamboo Square Mirror Shelf

Arena Bamboo Square Mirror Shelf

2) Style up your cabinets

Get yourself a stylish cabinet and you’ll be desperate to fill it up!

Try our Dark Oak Domain Revolve 710 cabinet, which also doubles up as a mirror – click HERE to view on our website.

Dark Oak Domain Revolve 710

Dark Oak Domain Revolve 710

3) Quirky storage jars

Storage jars add character to a room and are great for holding your bits and bobs. For the kitchen, our storage jars and canisters are great for storing biscuits, utensils, tea bags, or whatever you fancy.

Try our red Wesco classic cookie box to add a splash of colour – click HERE to view on our website.

Wesco classic cookie box - red

Wesco classic cookie box

And there we have it. 3 nifty tips to rid of clutter and make your home feel a little bit more spacious.

World’s Best Granola

Our digital marketing assistant, Lydia Aaronson, has cooked up a delicious batch of homemade granola which we simply love.
It’s sweet, nutty, healthy, and looks fabulous in our Embossed Heart Glass Storage Jar!
Take a look:

Lydia's Granola in our Glass Storage Jar

Lydia’s Granola in our Glass Storage Jar

The ingredients that Lydia used were:

2 parts oats
1 part spelt flakes
1 part brown rice flakes
1 part mixed nuts and seeds of your choice (this granola contains pecans, hazelnuts, flaked almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
1/2 part melted coconut oil
1/2 part maple syrup or sweetener of your choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Handful of dried cranberries (or dried fruit of your choice)

To make the granola, simply mix up all the ingredients (apart from the dried fruit), bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 mins, mixing the granola halfway. Leave to cool and then add the dried fruit at the end.

It's hard to resist sneaking a taste whilst the granola is cooling down!

It’s hard to resist sneaking a taste whilst the granola is cooling down!

This recipe is so easy and is one of the best granolas that we have eaten. It makes for a really delicious breakfast or snack. It is also packed full of fibre, and low on saturated fat, salt and sugar. Lydia recommends pairing with some natural yoghurt and topping with berries.

Lydia's granola topped with berries. We promise there is some yoghurt hiding under there too!

Lydia’s granola topped with berries. We promise there is some yoghurt hiding under there too!

The best part of all is how pretty the granola looks in our storage jar. It is the perfect homely touch to any kitchen.

If you’d like to make your own version of Lydia’s granola, click on this LINK to our Embossed Heart Glass Storage Jar, which  looks fab when filled with the granola.

Our Embossed Heart Glass Storage Jar is excellent value at only £7.50!

Our Embossed Heart Glass Storage Jar is excellent value at only £7.50!

 

Be a Tourist at Home

The summer weather has certainly arrived in Britain and it is well and truly glorious. What better way to enjoy the warmth and sunshine than spending a weekend, or even a whole holiday, in the British countryside?
Areas such as Devon and Cornwall are stunningly beautiful and should be as much of a holiday destination as Spain and Greece.

Our digital marketing assistant recently paid a visit to North Devon’s Watersmeet, a beautiful river gorge in a dramatic woodland setting. The photos do not do this place justice.

Watersmeet House

Watersmeet House

Watersmeet

Watersmeet

Watersmeet is just one picturesque holiday destination out of thousands in the UK.

Whilst many people’s first holiday choice would be to go abroad, there is so much to see and do on our doorsteps. There are so many breathtaking parts of Britain that many people do not even know exist. So get exploring because there is so much to discover!

Our office has stunning views of the English countryside and just makes us realise how beautiful Britain can be.

The View from the Ziggiziggi Office

The View from the Ziggiziggi Office

A holiday in Britain can save you money and also supports your economy at home. It can also be just as much fun as any holiday abroad.
So get out there and enjoy a lovely British summer!

Spring Pastels

Pantone colours of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz – a pale, chalky pink – and Serenity – a tranquil blue.  

Rose Quartz and Serenity
(Courtesy of www.decoist.com)

Although these colours have been named as on trend for 2016, we think that they are ideal for Spring 2016 as they are so calm and serene.

The tranquillity of these colours makes them perfect for a peaceful meal in the Spring sunshine, as they create a warm, calming ambience.

These two colours are great to bring into the dining room for lazy brunches, afternoon teas, and light Spring dinners.

 

Try our LSA Polka Pastel coloured wine glasses (4 for £29.95).

LSA Polka Pastel Wine Glasses

LSA Polka Pastel Coloured Wine Glasses

LSA is great for this trend, as their Mimi vases also add beautiful pastel hues to the dining table (£10 each).

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LSA Mimi Vase – Pink

LSA Mini Vase - Blue

LSA Mini Vase – Blue

Our Vintage Union Jack handled tea tray also combines Rose Quartz and Serenity, and is the perfect addition to any Springtime picnic or afternoon tea (£7.50).

Vintage Union Jack handled tea tray

Vintage Union Jack handled tea tray

 

Give these pastel colours a go this Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

LSA Polka pastel coloured wine glasses (4), £29.95

Hot Trends for Hotel Interiors

Our Creative Director, Pamela Aaronson, has given us an exclusive insight into the world of hotels, revealing what’s on trend in hotel interior design right now.

We wouldn't mind a hotel break here! Courtesy of www.travelplusstyle.com

We wouldn’t mind a hotel break here!
(Courtesy of www.travelplusstyle.com)

Giving us an inside look into the world of hotel design, Pamela has picked 6 top trends for 2016…

1) Nature
One important interior design trend for Hotels for 2016 is bringing nature inside, with the emphasis moving to natural materials such as stone accents, wood features and decorative plants; there has even been a rise in indoor ponds and waterfalls. Another way to blur the line between outside and inside is using floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies. Floral patterned fabrics are also becoming increasingly popular and featuring in many textile ranges.

Add a subtle touch of nature with a bamboo bath mat

Add a subtle touch of nature with a bamboo bath mat

2) Texture and Colour
The mixing and matching of fabrics with contrasting textures is very current. For example, mixing faux fur with suede or velvet creates depths of texture.
The naturalistic design trend is cropping up again but this time with the ‘Nature Luxe’ theme – the combination of nature and metallics. This uses fabrics such as skins and hides and craft textures like knitted, woven and braided textiles and mixing them with metal to create a natural and luxurious design.

3) Authenticity with bespoke furniture
Hotels have become less of a temporary shelter for guests, whilst they explore new and exciting destinations, and more of a new and exciting destination in themselves. The shift in the way hotels are being chosen and used by customers has led to the need to make them stand out. A faceless room without personality will not give them the needed nudge to pick a hotel. How do you inject this personality into your hotel? As well as many other techniques, bespoke personalised furniture and interiors.
(Source: www.curtisfurniture.co.uk)

4) Rose Quartz and Serenity
Global colour authority Pantone surprised the design community by naming not one but two colours for the 2016 edition of its Colour of the Year forecast. The pastel pink Rose Quartz and powder blue Serenity may seem like a sugary sweet selection but according to Pantone, the pairing is in fact part of a more unilateral approach to colour—a commentary on the current societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.
Following Pantone’s prediction, British wallpaper brand Graham & Brown’s 2016 forecast was full of dusty pinks and pale blues enlivened with warm metallic accents.

5) Warm metals
Particularly effective in the bathroom and kitchen space, rose gold, brass, copper and gold will continue to dominate in 2016. Golds and brass tones warm up a space, and reflective surfaces bounce light around a room. Using a few well-chosen pieces as accents helps to create an up market ambience in a room. According to London-based interior designer, Gemma Gordon-Duff of Gordon–Duff & Linton, it helps to pair these tones with raw, natural materials such as marble and wood. “Good quality materials like this are a great investment because they will never go out of style,” she advises.

Luxury Bathroom Collection

Luxury Bathroom Collection

6) 70’s Vibes
1970s-inspired furnishings are set to make a comeback in 2016 according to New York-based hospitality designer and entrepreneur Stacy Garcia. “The relaxed, free-spirited nature of that era has been attractive to the fashion industry and has quickly moved towards interiors as well. Many design elements of the 70s were bold, raw and globally-fuelled, as a response to the changing social and political environment of that time.”
Fabrics, furnishings and decorative items are incorporating updated 70’s flair, with revivals of Eames designs, and other 70’s staples such as Parker Knoll and Ercol having a revival on the high street.

 

Next time you check in to a hotel, try and spot some of these interior design features!

 

Hopefully these trends can also inspire your interior design choices in your home this year.

 

Thank you, Mum

For this year’s Mother’s Day, I decided to write an article explaining why I think my mum is so great. When I first sat down to write, I felt complacent that it would be an easy task to sum up why I love my mum. But after thinking about it, it dawned on me that the word ‘mother’ doesn’t do justice to the many roles that my mum plays in my life. My mum hasn’t just brought me up. My mother is my best friend, counsellor, mentor, doctor, stylist and source of much entertainment and many laughs. For want of a better word, I will still refer to her as my ‘mum’, but she really is so much more.

Since starting university a year and a half ago, my relationship with my mum has changed. She no longer has to nag me to do my homework or stop staying up late. Instead, she is the greatest of friends. I depend on her, not to make me dinner or pick me up from school, but to be a friend who can always put a smile on my face.

Although she buys me amazing presents, clothes, and (definitely too much) chocolate, none of that springs to mind when I think of why I love my mum. Her little quirks and habits are why I love her most.

Thank you, mum, for all those times when I’ve made you a cup of tea and you’ve fallen asleep and forgotten about it. It will forever make me laugh.

Thank you, mum, for being my biggest fan and coming to each of my performances and shows, no matter how far you have to travel to get there.

Thank you, mum, for being my favourite cuddle partner.

Thank you, mum, for begrudgingly giving me backrubs whenever I ask.

Thank you, mum, for always wanting me to be your shopping partner.

Thank you, mum, for always singing along to Kisstory with me in the car.

Thank you, mum, for always giving me a confidence boost when I’m getting ready to go out.

Thank you, mum, for keeping me calm whenever I am stressed.

Thank you, mum, for always being a voice of reason.

Thank you, mum, for being so glamorous and not even knowing it.

Thank you, mum, for always correcting my pronunciation.

Thank you, mum, for making me so proud to be your daughter.

I know this doesn’t cut it, but thank you for everything you’ve done to get me to where I am today, for being a constant support to me, and for all the little things that you do that make me love you so much.

This Mother’s Day, I would like to express my appreciation for my mother. I know I might be biased, but she truly is the greatest of all mums and I don’t know where I’d be without her.

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By Lydia Aaronson.

Ziggiziggi’s 6 Easy New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

The time of year has come where we all start thinking about how to improve ourselves for the new year. But at Ziggiziggi we think it would be much more useful to try out some new things with your home. Why? Because focusing on design projects is a great way to have fun, spend time with the family, work on creating your dream home – and let’s face it, who has ever stuck to a new year diet past February?

Happy New Year from Ziggiziggi!

Happy New Year from Ziggiziggi!

So here are our 6 easy resolutions that you can make and have fun carrying out over the next year.

1)      De-clutter

Who says a spring clean has to wait until spring time? Start off the new year by rifling through those wardrobes, cupboards and shelves, getting rid of unnecessary clutter.

2)      Grow a herb garden

A few potted herbs on the windowsill give the impression that you don’t mess around when it comes to cooking. Fresh herbs taste great and are a cheap and almost effortless way to add some colour to your kitchen.

3)      Make a feature of your recipe books

One can never have too many recipe books, so why not treat yourself to that new recipe book that you secretly wanted for Christmas? And with a stylish Ziggiziggi shelving unit, you can proudly display all of your recipe books rather than hiding them away in the cupboard.

4)      Buy one special feature piece to spruce up a room

You can easily transform your home without having to redo the wallpaper or replace the carpet. All it takes to change up your living or dining room is one large statement piece. Ziggiziggi clocks, picture frames and vases are great for adding character and creating a statement. Who needs an interior designer when it’s that easy?

5)      Play with patterns

Want to revamp your home without having to paint or wallpaper the walls? Play around with new patterns by getting something as simple as a new shower curtain to re-style your bathroom. Or perhaps some patterned cushions to change the tone of your living room? This way, you can experiment and play around until you find the patterns you like.

6)      Treat yourself!

At Ziggiziggi we want to make your home a haven of relaxation, so it’s important to take a break from home design and treat yourself to something luxurious. From candles to bath oils, you can find your perfect treat from Ziggiziggi.

 

So there we have it. Give some of these resolutions a go and have a great year ahead.

Happy new year from the Ziggiziggi team

x

The Breakfast Club: A Review by Ziggiziggi

This morning we took ourselves to The Breakfast Club on Southwark St for a treat of Friday brunch… and a treat it was!

From the second we stepped through the door, we were immersed in a quirky, eccentric American diner-type setting. From the funky pineapple-shaped lamp lighting our table, to the music that made us want to twist and shout, the whole place had a buzzing atmosphere.

We enjoyed the poached egg with avocado and chilli, and the pancakes with berries, maple syrup and bacon. The food was mouthwatering and put a smile on our faces. We couldn’t quite stomach the ‘Full Monty’ today but we will certainly be back again to try it! The Breakfast Club, you’ve certainly got Ziggiziggi’s approval.

Pancakes with berries, maple syrup and bacon - deliciously good!

Pancakes with berries, maple syrup and bacon – deliciously good!

We can certainly add The Breakfast Club to our list of favourites.

We loved the latte art and the brightly coloured mugs which our coffees came in too! Check out our own retro mugs HERE if you’re also nuts about coffee like the Ziggiziggi team are.

So where is your favourite breakfast or brunch spot? Comment below and share your best foodie experiences.