Hygge - if you don't know what it is, read on.  It could change your life....

Hygge - if you don't know what it is, read on. It could change your life....

It's about being kind to yourself and surrounding yourself with things you love - yes, read on, and get some hygge in your life.  They actively encourage it in Scandinavia and I think we should be doing the same over here (if you're not already).

New Autumn/Winter Collection

Well the nights are drawing in and I lit a fire last night (although I'm not sure it was entirely necessary, I just fancied a glass of red wine and it always tastes nicer by a roaring fire). 

To mark the change in seasons, we've introduced an entirely new range of products.  As you know, Andrassy Living only came to be in March of this year so we're trying things out and doing things differently and this has resulted in our decision to have an entire new range for you to purchase from.  I hope you love what we've hand-picked for you as much as we do.

The website has been updated to reflect the season but it's still a work in progress with new products being added regularly over the next few weeks.  This time, I've got the fabulous Gill Bowyer helping with some photography.  We had our first shot at capturing the products last week.  I absolutely love this one she's taken of the Etched Glass Vase Lantern with the Votive - both available to purchase now on the website!

 

We're also really excited about the new range of Ceramic House T-Light holders.  When they're lit they look so beautiful - just like someone is at home... with the fire lit, possibly drinking red wine.  Gill hasn't photographed them yet but here they are, unstyled - still gorgeous.

Lastly, we've got some great new items in the popular White Ceramic range that we had in the summer, namely the White Ceramic Platter.  It'll show off your canapés beautifully this Christmas or we've used it to serve a delicious fig, goat's cheese and thyme combination - perfect for sharing. 

The White Ceramic Square Bowls come as a set of 2 and make great serving bowls or, because this wonderful range can be put in the oven (although they don't recommend it's over 200 degrees!), you could use them for a hearty shepherd's pie straight from the oven to the table. 

So there's a little taster of what we have on offer this autumn.   We hope you'll find the perfect Christmas present for a loved one at Andrassy Living this year.  Only 11 weeks or so until the big day..............

Sophie.

 

Credits - http://www.gillbowyerphotography.com

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October 08, 2014 by Sophie Martin

Maison & Objet Paris Exhibition

This weekend I took a trip to Paris to view the Autumn/Winter collections for our website.  I wore my most comfortable  shoes as there were almost 3500 exhibitors this year, showing cookware, home textiles, accessories, furniture, the list goes on.  Basically, the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre is stuffed to the rafters with gorgeous and practical items for your home.  What more could a girl want? (apart from a bag with wheels.  Brochures + bottle of water + iPad = HEAVY)

I made a couple of new discoveries which I'm pursuing for the website.  I found gorgeous lambs wool blankets in bright colours, perfect for snuggling up under on a cold winter's night and because they're so pretty, will look fantastic draped over the arm of your sofa too.  I wouldn't mind waking up on Christmas morning and finding one in my stocking.  

  

I also found a great company that sells beautiful home ware inspired by the traditional skills of artisans in Africa and India.  Their designs fit in perfectly with the Andrassy Living look and to top it all off, they're a fair trade company.  Suffice to say, plenty of "I have to have it" moments.  They had lovely tableware, baskets and throws, all of which stood out from the crowd but for the blog, I'm featuring these antique brass frames which I'm completely taken with.

I'm not sure if my iPhone has done them justice but I love the brass and the fact that they display these dried leaves and flowers so beautifully.  These make effective pieces of art for your wall at a fraction of the price of a painting and they'd look incredible with several grouped together.  Also, if you've inherited any old photographs of great great grannies and grandpas, these are the perfect thing to show them off in. Anyway, I'm off to find my flower press (last in use since around 1982).

I also found these beautiful ribbons which I'm going to stock this Christmas as we've obviously got plenty of wrapping ahead and if you take great pride in the presentation of your gifts then these are for you.  They also make lovely presents for grown-up stockings (if you still enter into such things - sadly F.C. stopped visiting me in my late twenties) or for someone who's hosting you for the weekend.  And what do you think of the grey ceramics with the bamboo lids?  They also do them in bowls and I think they're gorgeous.

 

So, that's just a taster of what M&O had to offer.  I could go into much more detail and add more pictures but I don't want you to nod off.  If you have any comments I'd love to hear them as it's important to know what you like and don't like.  Thanks for reading and hope you'll visit the store next month to see our new collection.

 

 

 

September 08, 2014 by Sophie Martin