Ten Easy Christmas Craft Ideas to Make this Festive Season

 There’s nothing more comforting than decorating your house for the festive season, especially with a mulled wine or mince pie in hand. From baubles and fairy lights to cosy, deep-pile shaggy rugs, Christmas decorations can inject a much-needed dose of hygge into the home. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on cosy and creative accessories. Why not get crafty?

Here’s a selection of our favourite Christmas craft ideas to make this festive season.

 
Gingerbread man card 

 Making your own Christmas cards won’t only save you a bit of cash – it’s also heaps of fun. Plus, if your card ends up looking as amazing as the one made by The Gingerbread House, you could even use it as decoration in your own home.

Simply get your hands on a pack of pre-cut, foam gingerbread men (or cut out your own), and use a craft blade to cut two diagonal slits into its front. This is where your candy cane will sit. Next, you can tie a ribbon around the gingerbread man’s neck or add some icing cuffs – any finishing touches you like – before sticking the man to the card. Alternatively, you could thread a string through the gingerbread man and use it as a tree decoration.

 
Christmas pudding pot-holder

 Handy with a crochet hook? This lovely Christmas pudding pot-holder by Emma Varnam is a great addition to kitchens, both during the festive period and beyond. Whether you’re filling your home with the smell of freshly baked bread, or cooking Christmas dinner for the whole family, a pot-holder is a great thing to have handy on a kitchen surface.

The best thing about this Christmas craft gift idea, however, is how versatile it is. Why not pop it on a coffee table and use it as a coaster, or whip up a few to use as placemats?

 

Post-it Christmas tree

 Want a quick and easy Christmas tree for a bare spot in your house? Don’t shell out for a traditional number – grab some post-it notes instead!

This post-it tree by Rock and Roll Pussycat couldn’t be simpler to put up. All you need to do is stick rows of green post-it notes to your wall (secured with blu-tack, for longevity), making them that bit shorter as you get to the top. Once you have your tree shape, cut coloured post-it notes into circles and use these as your baubles. Add a post-it trunk, pot and star, and you’re done! You could even get loved ones to write Christmas messages on the tree when they pop round.

 

Mini Christmas stocking

One of the best things about Christmas is hiding away from the cold and indulging in home comforts. If you’re particularly crafty, why not grab a plate of gingerbread and try a mini Christmas stocking tutorial?

Colourful and a little inspired by Danish design, this stocking may require a concerted effort at the sewing machine, but will look lovely hanging up in your home. Try filling it with sweet treats and pint-sized surprises for ultimate hygge.

 

Paper Christmas stocking

For a simpler Christmas craft stocking, take a look at this tutorial by This is Life. Grab some coloured card, pom-poms and other festive additions from a craft shop, cut a stocking shape out of the card, and get sticking! 

You can hang your stockings from door handles, make tiny ones and use them as tree decorations, or even turn the stockings into Christmas cards for friends and family.

 

Snow globe Christmas crackers

Run-of-the-mill Christmas crackers are great, but by combining two classic festive decorations, you can create something far more impressive.

Here Come the Girls combines a Christmas cracker and snow globe to make a magical table decoration. Simply make a tube using acetate, wrap some cellophane around the tube and thread a length of ribbon through the middle. Next, twist one end and secure it with string, before filling the cracker with your choice of festive contents: snowflake sequins and tiny wooden gingerbread men, perhaps? Or a good helping of glitter?

Once you’re done, secure the open end of the cracker and place it on your dining table or mantelpiece.

 

Paper Christmas tree

Why settle for one Christmas tree when you could accessorise your home with lots of miniatures? This paper Christmas tree by Blush Crafts is the perfect decoration to place on bare surfaces, giving your home an extra pop of festive cheer, without the stray pine needles.

All you’ll need is a wooden skewer, plenty of scalloped paper circles and a good helping of glue. Oh, and a wooden star for good measure!

 

Christmas village tea lanterns



Turn your home into a beautiful, glowing Christmas village with
this Christmas Craft Idea tutorial from Thinly Spread. Air-dry clay houses and delicate tea-light holders make fantastic lanterns, filling your home with a cosy, Christmassy glow.

And there’s plenty of room to get creative. Using paper templates, plan out everything from houses with star-shaped windows to churches, buses and even stables. Let your imagination run wild with this Christmas craft idea!

 

Wool-wrapped Christmas star 

If you’d like to try a simple yet effective Christmas craft idea, take a look at this gorgeous wool-wrapped Christmas star by Albert + Me Photography.

 

Using a Styrofoam star as a base, wrap around a length of coloured wool and tie it into a knot. Next, keep on wrapping, securing the points of the star with a glue gun. When you’re done wrapping the star, attach a length of string so you can hang up your creation in pride of place.


DIY branch Christmas tree


 

Rather than plumping for a traditional Christmas tree, why not bring the outdoors in with this pretty DIY branch Christmas tree by Heart Handmade UK? All you’ll need is a big tree branch from outside, a painted pot and some expanding foam.

Of course, you could go one step further and turn your alternative Christmas tree into a real centrepiece. Paint your tree branch before covering the top of the pot with pom-poms, then decorate the tree branches with your favourite baubles.

What are your favourite Christmas craft ideas? Is there something you like to make every year? Let us know!

Indoor Plant Care: Cheat Sheet

It isn’t often you find a home accessory that looks good, boosts your mood and cleans your living space. We are, of course, talking about plants. With so many varieties, however, and with such confusion about indoor plant care, it isn’t always easy to know which to buy. That’s where our cheat sheet comes in: with help from award-winning garden and landscape designer, writer, radio and television broadcaster, Matthew Wilson, find out which plants work in the home, how to look after them and even how to accessorise them.

View and save our Indoor Plant Care cheat sheet below, and scroll down to read our written guide to caring for some of the UK’s most popular house plants below. 

Bathroom Flora

Broadleaf Palm / Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

Lady Palm care

The Broadleaf, or Lady Palm, is a striking, humidity-loving plant that originates from China. The Lady Palm thrives in low light conditions and loves water, making it ideal for the humid conditions of your bathroom. Water it every two to three days, even in winter. Its rich green leaves bring bathrooms to life, but as it can grow quite large, make sure it has plenty of space on the floor. Broadleaf lady palm also filters ammonia from the air – particularly useful after a big bathroom clean!

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

Chinese evergreen care

If you aren’t sure how to care for a Chinese evergreen, remember that, as a tropical plant, it thrives in low light and humidity. Being positioned next to a shower or given a daily misting will help prevent browning leaves. Water every few days, but less so during the winter months: particularly at the end of winter. Chinese evergreen is great at filtering out formaldehyde, a common ingredient in cosmetic products. 

English ivy / Common ivy / European ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy care

Its cascading tendrils make English ivy a sought after houseplant, and the good news is that ivy care is simpler than you might think. This plant’s ideal environment is a bathroom windowsill. Not only will the ivy’s long stems be on full display, but it can make the most of the sunlight. English ivy needs at least four hours of direct sunlight per day, so south-facing bathrooms work best. Water every two to three days, but less frequently during winter, particularly at the end of the season.

 

Bathrooms tend to be perfect for humidity-loving plants, but if you’re still unsure about light and temperature requirements, Matthew Wilson has some advice:

“Most house plants come from sub-tropical or tropical countries where the atmosphere is moist, so a centrally heated home isn't the ideal environment for most plants. Misting the leaves regularly with a hand-held sprayer really helps this. The best place for most house plants is in a light room but not in direct sunlight.”

Accessorise bathroom blooms with… a hard-wearing cotton rug. Zesty yellow geometric patterns contrast brilliantly with bathroom greenery – blue bathrooms are so ten years ago! 

 

 

Bedroom favourites

Snake plant / Mother in law’s tongue / Saint George's sword (Sansevieria)

Mother in law’s tongue care

Also known as ‘mother in law’s tongue’, or ‘Saint George’s Sword’, the snake plant is a striking piece of greenery with large, upright leaves. As it gives out oxygen at night, it’s the perfect addition to bedrooms, helping you sleep more soundly as well as brightening up your space. Keep out of direct sunlight, and water only once or twice a month, and even less in winter. If proper attention is given to mother in law’s tongue care, the plant can also help filter toxins from the air.

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily care

There’s barely a plant more elegant than the peace lily, care of which couldn’t be simpler. Thriving in low light and tropical humidity, keep it out of direct sunlight but water almost daily in the height of summer. During winter, switch to weekly watering, while being careful not to let it become waterlogged. The peace lily also features on NASA’s list of the best plants for air purity.

Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.)

Phalaenopsis orchid care

Also known as the phalaenopsis orchid, care of this plant is essential to optimising its health-giving benefits. As well as having stunning flowers, it gives out an abundance of oxygen at night time, and can filter things like toluene (found in shoe polish) from the air. Moth orchids like bright, but not direct, sunshine, plus humidity, so be sure to mist them once a day. Water moth orchids twice a week during summer and around once a week in winter.

 

Matthew Wilson says:“Moth orchids are surprisingly easy to look after and will flower well every year with a little care,” says Matthew Wilson. “Dracaena (Dragon Plant) are also fairly bullet proof, and the brilliantly named mother-in-laws-tongue is a dramatic structural plant in variegated form”.

Accessorise bedroom favourites with… a neutral, patterned rug. Soft grey is the perfect way to let vibrant snake plants and moth orchids take centre-stage. 

 

 

Living room Blooms

Red-edged dracaena / Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)

Dracaena Marginata care

Don’t be fooled by red-edged dracaena: it might grow slowly, but with the right care, can reach up to eight feet in height! This impressive plant makes a big impact in living rooms, where it also works to remove chemicals like formaldehyde (found in paints and wallpaper) and benzene (found in dyes and synthetic fibres) from the air. It thrives in moderate sunlight, and should be watered once a week during the warmer months, but much less in winter.

Spider plant / St. Bernard's lily / Spider ivy / Ribbon plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant care

If you love throwing open your living room windows, invest in a spider plant. As well as combatting the formaldehyde emitted from vehicle exhausts, they look great on windowsills or coffee tables. If you’ve been carrying out proper spider plant care, then, after about a year, your plant will produce delicate white flowers. They prefer moderate indirect sunlight and need watering every two to three days in summer, but much less in the winter. 

Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

Ficus Benjamina care

This large houseplant needs a little room to spread out, but is otherwise easy to care for. Thriving in fuller light (bright, but preferably indirect), weeping fig trees have similar requirements to the impressive rubber plant. This includes high humidity, so water it every few days in summer but simply keep mildly moist in winter.

 

Matthew Wilson has some great advice about keeping an eye on how thirsty your plants are:

“Aside from orchids, which need only occasional watering (and have see-through inner pots so you can check to see when the roots turn silver/grey, which is when they need to be watered), the rule for most house plants is to make sure the soil is always moist and never dries out. But don't overwater either!”

Accessorise living room plants with… a traditional rug. The long, lush fronds of these plants work beautifully with the intricate red patterns of the Zeigler 347

 

 

Kitchen essentials

Aloe vera (Aloe vera)

Aloe Vera plant care

If your kitchen’s in need of some potted greenery, invest in an aloe vera plant. Care of this tough and appealing specimen will reward you with a delicately-spiked plant that can remove benzene (found in detergents) and formaldehyde (found in varnishes and floor finishes) from the atmosphere. They thrive in bright sunlight, (think south-facing windowsills) but only need watering once or twice a month, and much less in winter.

Madagascar jasmine / Waxflower / Hawaiian wedding flower / Bridal wreath (Stephanotis floribunda)

Jasmine plant care

Though its flowers look similar, Madagascar jasmine is a different plant to its delicate cousin. The Madagascar variety prefers something close to a tropical climate, with plenty of indirect sunlight and moist soil, so water thoroughly every two or three days, and keep slightly moist in winter. Grown in optimum conditions, you can enjoy the beautiful white flowers of Madagascar jasmine all year round.

African violet (Saintpaulia)

African Violet care

Its velvety petals and shades of purple make the African violet a very popular houseplant indeed. They can be delicate little flowers, though, so make sure you don’t overwater them. Use water at room temperature (re-watering once the soil becomes slightly dry) to prevent leaf spots. They love bright, indirect sunlight and require watering every couple of days in summer, but be careful not to waterlog the plant in winter.

“Rooms with the highest humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens, will suit some house plants better than others,” says Matthew Wilson. “Some of the ferns, for example, really thrive in bathrooms, as do orchids.”

Accessorise this kitchen essential with… a washable, natural fibre rug. The delicate pattern and light colour of the Passion Cream 153 rugs contrast beautifully with green aloe vera, and will help make your kitchen feel light and airy.

 

8 Rugs that will instantly Hygge-Style your Room

As the winter nights draw in and the temperature begins to fall, it’s natural to want to barricade yourself in your home and spruce up the place with some cosy interior design features. Enter the trend of the moment: the Danish concept of hygge.

What is Hygge? 

Pronounced “hue-ga”, this Danish mainstay refers to feelings of togetherness, cosiness and warmth. Think scented candles, warm blankets, shaggy rugs and a slice of cake. It’s no wonder Danes are the happiest nation in the world!

To help you inject hygge decor into your own home, we have compiled a wish list of some of the most relaxing rugs around, so you can unfurl by the fire in style.

 

Blizzard Ivory

 

Size: 120 x 180cm (4ft x 6ft), Price: £99.00

With a lustrous shimmer and texture that’s soft to the touch, this rug is quintessentially hygge. Its neutral colour palette helps to create a feeling of serenity and pairs brilliantly with Danish furniture, such as blonde-wood tables. Plus, with this shaggy rug cosying up your floor space, those toes are in for a real treat.

To complete the look, add some plush woollen cushions to your couch, dim the lights and curl up with your favourite winter warmers.

 

Como 005 Grey

Size: 120 x 180cm (4ft x 6ft), Price: £129.00

During winter months, the combination of gloomy weather and daily stresses can prove wearing. Luckily, getting back to a hygge home that oozes tranquillity can do wonders. This Schoner Wohen rug is just the thing to help create this welcoming ambience. Made with exquisite craftsmanship, its premium quality pile will bring comfort and elegance to any floor. 

 

Sheepskin Mink 

 

Size: Double (70x180cm) (2ft 4' x 6ft 0'), Price: £114.00

Sheepskin mink rugs are perfect for adding instant warmth to a room. Whether it’s laid next to a fire or thrown over the back of the sofa, this rug’s thick Australasian wool is sure to bring a touch of class to any home. Super silky, it is made to the finest quality. Imagine curling up with a good book as your rug exudes hygge style into your room.

 

Sienna Plain 

 

Size: 120 x 170cm (4ft 0' x 5ft 7'), Price: £109.95

Clean lines and grey pastel palettes are cornerstones of Scandinavian décor, so this Sienna rug is perfect for injecting a subtle and contemporary hygge ambience into your home. It also complements other hygge decor accessories, such as charcoal throws and geometric print cushions. Its modern border design is made with 100% wool pile and has an understated elegance synonymous with the hygge style.

 

Plush Sand

 

Size: 140 x 200cm (4ft 6' x 6ft 6'), Price: £359.00

If you want a hygge rug as snug as your heavy-duty knitwear, you’d be pushed to find a thicker pile than this. Made from 100% polyester, this rug’s 7cm pile length is perfect when paired with roaring fires and toasty nights in. Try adding it to a ’hyggekrog’ (a nook): a place where you can snuggle up under a blanket with a cup of tea.

 

Cascada Grey

 

Size: 120 x 170cm (4ft 0' x 5ft 6'), Price: £194.99

To achieve hygge at home, it isn’t always necessary to seek out the biggest pile you can get your hands on (although we wouldn’t blame you!). This Cascada Grey rug, for instance, has a minimal, chunky felted texture that would be perfectly at home in a Danish house. Marry this with a small, light-toned coffee table and you’re in hygge style heaven!

 

Cottage CT5581 Anthracite / Sand Rugs

 

Size: 160 x 230cm (5ft 3' x 7ft 6'), Price: £59.99

Nordic patterns are characterised by straight, crisp lines in clean hues and mid-strength greys. Cottage rugs incorporate these Scandinavian principles in the form of geometric shapes, adding instant character to interiors. Available in a selection of different shapes, you can find the perfect rug to complement your snug space.

 

Chelsea 2205/902 Grey

 

Size: 135 x 200cm (4ft 4' x 6ft 7'), Price: £199.00

Made with high-quality wool and decorated using geometric patterns, this rug evokes the sensation of walking through woodland. As you sit back, snuggled up in your woollen blanket, let this comfortable woven rug transport you to a homely cabin retreat in the Rold Skov forest. 

Have you incorporated a hygge style into your home? Which rug would you like to get your hands on? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

How to Hygge – Anywhere!

As winter descends upon us and the clocks go back, it’s the perfect time to embrace the popular Danish notion of “Hygge”. 

From embracing the cooler temperatures, getting wrapped up in chunky scarves, to bringing cosiness to your interiors with deep, shaggy rugs, you can pretty much Hygge Anywhere. 

Read on to find out how a few simple steps can leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling…. 

Autumn Winter Interior Design Trends 2016/2017

Interior design trends come and go as quickly as the seasons. Colour schemes, patterns and themes change according to different cultures and eras past. The only question is, what’s on the cards for autumn and winter 2016 – 2017?

Copper

Copper has appeared everywhere during 2016, from picture frames to waste paper baskets. And with a warming hue, there’s no way we’ll lose this sophisticated trend come autumn/winter.
The best way to incorporate copper is with subtlety. Utilise the colour in things like throw cushions and cosy coppery-orange rugs, or go bolder with copper metal accessories. Our favourites are cage-like candle holders, and sets of copper pots and pans. When hung on the wall rather than stored in a drawer, the latter become stylish accessories rather than simple cooking utensils.
 

Natural materials

Bringing the outside in is a great way to create a cosy abode during wintertime. This doesn’t always mean investing in heaps of wooden furniture. Angie, of Culture South West, has some great tips for employing the natural materials trend in your home.
“We spend a lot more time inside during the winter months, often leaving nature well and truly locked outside. And yet, we all need a bit of nature to brighten up those short dark days, so I feel this season will be filled with rugs made of natural fibres, as they're not only a great way to add depth and warmth to your home, but also more environmentally friendly and long lasting.”
 

Hygge

This Danish notion of cosiness and togetherness is taking the world by storm, and with the chilly autumn nights drawing in, expect to see more hygge interiors popping up in your Instagram feed.
To inject hygge into your own interior , make a list of the things that make you feel most at home. These could be everything from plants and natural wood furniture to plush rugs, thick blankets and candles. It’s a simple way to make over your living space, but oh so effective.
 

Scandinavian style

From fashion to home décor, Scandi-style is the order of the day. This trend is showing no signs of being consigned to the history books, and that's probably down to just how easy it is to achieve.
Geometric patterns, pastel tones, mid-century modern furniture and pale wood floors all bring the look together. Create one giant smorgasbord of textures and patterns to turn your home into a Scandinavian retreat, or pick your favourite elements to give your home a lift.
 

Organic glamour

From colours to materials, Lucy, of Lish Concepts, predicts that this autumn/winter season will be dominated by organic palettes and prints.
“Winter 2016 is all about Organic Luxurious Glamour,” Lucy says. “Inspired by all things botanical and horticultural, we are seeing floral and botanical prints set against darker backgrounds. Dark greens, rich inky blues and blacks are highlighted by the luxurious opulence of metallics, especially gold. If that is too dark for you, there is also room for a more pastel palette: think icy Nordic fjords.
“Artisanal is still key, and people will be looking to incorporate handmade, handwoven and hand-dyed elements into their interiors.”
 

Portuguese tiles

You won’t have failed to notice pictures of Portuguese-style floor tiles adorning social media feeds and magazines. Their bright colours and vintage aesthetic makes them incredibly covetable, and with endless patterns available, they’ll fit nicely into virtually any home.
These tiles might be a little cold underfoot during autumn/winter, but we think that’s the perfect excuse to lay down a toasty shaggy rug or don your warmest slippers. Failing that, why not replace odd tiles along your kitchen or bathroom walls with a Portuguese-style alternative? Or, if you’re feeling bold, use them to tile the whole wall!
 

Marble

Once just a mainstay of high-end hotels, marble has made its way into our homes. Coffee tables, work surfaces, trinket trays and even mobile phone cases have had the marble treatment, whether through the power of print or actual stone.
The popularity of marble in the Scandinavian trend means that, come autumn and winter, it’s still coveted by bloggers and homeowners alike. This trend can be quite full on, so start small with marble-print accessories (such as notebooks and vases), then think about getting bolder. How about a minimalist marble clock?
 

Golden Hues

Pastel colour schemes are still a firm favourite among homeowners, but with the chilly weather setting in, Anna, of Don’t Cramp my Style, is predicting an influx of golden autumn hues.
“This autumn, the most popular indoor colour schemes contain soft pastels that blend with shades of orange, brown and grey. Metallics like bronze, copper and gold will also make appearances. The metallic trend will continue well into winter, replacing shades like silver and chrome. I think textures will play a huge role this season (blending sheepskin with wool and linen), as well as typography and abstract graphics.”
 
What are your favourite autumn/winter design trends? We’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below! 
 

 

Dulux Colour of The Year 2017

Dulux have released the colour of the year for 2017. Denim Drift is the name and diversity is the game.

The blue-grey hue has been picked for its ability to fit into all interior design styles. The adaptability of the colour makes it suitable for everyone. The tone takes on a different characteristic depending on what it is paired with which keeps it fresh and interesting. 
 
Dulux forecast the colours that we are going to put on our walls years in advance. Their job is to know exactly what style we will love – before we even know ourselves. Alongside Denim Drift, Dulux have produced a palette of tones that complement each other and that will embody the year of 2017. Their colour prediction was centred on four lifestyle trends; New Romanticism, Shared Individualism, The Working Home & Considered Luxury.
 

[Image Courtesy of Dulux]
 
New Romanticism is all about vocalising our issues surrounding the environment; it’s about sustainability; it’s about bringing nature back into our urban world and reconnecting with our spiritual selves. Dulux say: “Although this trend comes from a place that is deeply considered, it translates into our homes in a boho, eclectic fashion that immerses you in the natural world and transforms your home with a truly creative flair.” 
 

[Image Courtesy of Dulux]
 
Shared Individualism is focused on how society is changing, how we meet people is changing, the digital age is taking over and social structure isn’t what it was. It’s about the joining of people and the sharing of space. Dulux say: “This colour palette has a fresh and playful mood which is perfect for creating a shared space to enjoy together.”


[Image Courtesy of Dulux]
 
The Working Home is no surprise, it’s about how, again due to the digital age, we are able to work from any space. People work from home and we are constantly switched on.  The boundary between work and life is shifting. Dulux say that they have developed a colour palette to help you create different zones in the home, and a fluid environment that fits both.
 

[Image Courtesy of Dulux]

Considered Luxury is the changing of our priorities. Dulux say “buy less, choose well and make it last” There is a new consumerism in which value is placed on experience rather than possession. It’s the idea that the memories made within the walls are more important than the walls themselves. This trend captures a new way of living.

It looks like 2017 will be a year to embrace the blue hue! Click here to search our 
blue rugs.
 
 

The EDITO Rug Range.

Edito may be new to the world of rugs, but their designs are already standing out from the crowd. 
 
Designed in Paris by Isabelle Desauty, Edito's first collection, Antidote, is fresh, graphic and very different! The designs are all hand drawn before being entrusted to quality manufacturers in Belgium who use the latest weaving technology. The outcome? A collection of high quality rugs full of artistic imagination & flair.
 
The Serie Noire is one Edito's stand out pieces. The graphic and somewhat gory design is striking and unique. This quirky rug would look great in a New York loft or a high-tec bachelors pad, what do you think?
 

 
Other stand out peices include the 'Dandelion' rugs. The simplistic design comes in three different colourways and looks like a work of art for your floor!
 

'Masomnos' which means ‘More or Less’ in Spanish, is another favourite design of ours, we think this would look great in a scandi styled home! The simplistic design could work really well as a centre piece to a room, but could just as easily blend in to the background, for a more subtle interior.
 
 
We are very excited to be one of the first companies in the UK to be stocking such a diverse and unique collection. Shop EDITO

How to Get Makeup out of a Carpet

 
Ahh makeup – it’s all fun and games until it’s been trodden into the fibres of your carpet and shows no signs of coming out. 
But before you rip your carpet out or throw away your favourite rug, try out some of the below tried and rested methods to save your carpets. 

 

The golden rules

Always spot test the mixture on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure it doesn’t make the stain worse.
It’s important to use a clean, white cloth to tackle your stain. Adding more colour to a makeup stain is never a good move.
Don’t use bleaching agent on a natural wool carpet. It could damage the fibres beyond repair, and could even make it prone to catching more dirt.
 
 

How to get eyeliner out of carpet

You will need: washing up liquid, cold water and a cup or glass.
 
Step one: Mix one table spoon of the washing up liquid with two cups of cold water.
 
Step two: Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain repeatedly with the solution, using a clean area of the cloth each time.
 
Step three: Blot the liquid repeatedly until the stain fades away 
 
Step four: If the above steps don’t remove the stain, mix ½ cup of warm water with one tbsp. of ammonia and sponge the carpet with the solution. 
 
Step five: Keep blotting until the solution is fully absorbed. 

Extra tip: For stubborn stains that aren’t being removed by the above methods, mix a cup of warm water with one tsp. of white vinegar and sponge again until the liquid is absorbed. Press with cold water and pat dry. 

 

How to remove lipstick from carpet

You will need: Dry cleaning solvent, a sponge or cloth to dampen. 
 
Step one: First, scrape as much excess lipstick product from the carpet as possible. Be careful not to smear it further into the fabric. 
 
Step two: Using a clean cloth or sponge, dab the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent. Keep blotting the stain until all the solvent has dissolved. 
 
Step three: Repeat until the stain disappears 

Extra tip: If the stain is fairly deep and the above doesn’t work, mix liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Blot the stain with the mixture using the cloth/sponge, finishing by sponging with cold water. 

 

How to get mascara out of carpet

You will need: Cool water, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and two clean cloths
 
Step one: Pour two cups of cool water into a bowl. 
 
Step two: Add one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. 
 
Step Three: Stir with a spoon so the mixture is fully combined. Take the clean cloth, and dip into the water. Blot the stain numerous times, until the stain starts to fade. Rinsing the area by blotting with cold water alone, then finish by blotting with a dry cloth. 

Extra tip: If the above fails, try tipping a small amount of oil-fee make-up remover onto a cotton pad, and dab away at the stain. Be careful to keep the movement as a blotting action, and not rubbing the stain further into the carpet. Particularly good for waterproof mascara.  

 

How to get eyeshadow out of carpet

You will need: Mild laundry detergent (5-6 drops) mixed with one cup of cold water
 
Step one: Remove any powder excess with a plastic spoon or cloth
 
Step two: Apply a small amount of the laundry detergent and water mix to the cloth, so it is slightly damp. Blot the stain continuously, but do not rub!
 
Step three: Repeat until stain is removed. 

Extra tip: If the eyeshadow stain is an oil based eyeshadow, or liquid foundation/cream blusher, then hydrogen peroxide at 3% is advised. Apply a couple of drops directly to the stain. Leave to soak in for one minute, before pressing with a clean cloth to lift the stain out. 
 
Have the above tips helped you remove a makeup stain from your carpet at home? Perhaps you have another method that does the trick?
 
Whatever your chosen method, it’s safe to say that, after tackling these stains, it’s likely that you’ll try to keep the make up on your face (and off the carpet) all the more!
 

WORLD DOG DAY 2016

They are hunters, protectors, detectors & rescuers. They are the eyes for those without their vision, ears for those without their hearing. They are part of our family. They are man’s best friend. Dogs deserve National Dog Day & we are happy to be celebrating them!

We have our very own Modern Rugs pooch, Pugley. Pugley loves coming into the office and helping us out with paperwork, answering calls and of course testing out how comfy our rugs are!

 
  
It seems as though it’s not just Pugley who loves having a nap on a cosy rug... we have had so many photographs from our canine customers and their new rugs that we thought we would share them. (Give the photographs a click too!)
 
      

    
 
     

Make sure you give your pooch a little extra love today! They deserve it!
Happy National Dog Day!

 

Brazilian inspired interiors!

The Rio 2016 Olympics are well under way! Great Britian is doing an amazing job on the medals table and the event is doing a great job of inspiring many people to go out and be more active... but for us, Rio 2016 is inspiring style! Beautiful Brazil is a flamboyant paradise of tropical patterns, textures and colours. The perfect place for some interior design inspo!

The kaleidoscope of colours around Rio seen in the street art & architecture reflects the vibrancy of Brazil as a whole. Hot pinks, zesty greens, lemon yellows & electric blues; carnival style colour is everywhere. Rio’s Portuguese paved sidewalks are just one of the city's stand out features; they are iconic and boldly geometric; they have definitely been the inspiration behind the geometric trend of the summer. 



Brazilian style is not just about an infectious use of colour and geometrics, you can’t forget the vast rainforests that occupy other areas of the country, the leafy emerald palms are becoming a popular focal point with designers at the minute, with zesty greens & jungle prints. The botanical vibe isn’t just limited to interior design either, it’s transcending onto the catwalk too. From dresses and playsuits to wallpaper and rugs, the leafy palm design is bang on trend this summer!

 
As well as natural botanical prints, this season natural materials are being incorporated into design more than ever: wood, stone, jute, bamboo; all reference to Brazil’s commitment to resourcefulness. Whether it is a jute rug, a bamboo basket, a table made out of drift wood; natural materials bring texture to any space. The perfect juxtaposition of natural textures and carnival colours, create a truly unique Brazilian vibe at home.



Brazils energetic use of colour and bold pattern is fascinating, and whilst we can't be out in Rio for the Olympic games, there is so much inspiration to take from the infectiously vibrant country!