The Christmas countdown is on and we're all hoping for some fabulous surprises under the tree. If pressed, I'd have to admit that a Chanel bag or the latest offering from Isabel Marant would not go amiss and no doubt the savvy shoppers amongst you have some fashionable treats in mind. But fear not - BuyMyWardrobe has all your fashion needs covered, so I'm bringing a different take by breaking down my top homeware picks this season - perfect to give or (hint to a loved one and you may) receive.
The joy of gift giving is choosing something personal that shows the recipient you totally understand their tastes and interests. I'm definitely guilty of featuring products in my articles that I would have in my own home but in the true spirit of embracing our different styles, I've developed a gift guide of interiors products to suit a range of tastes and budgets.
Delicate spaces full of old world charm. Personally, I balk at the term 'shabby chic' as it's a tad over-used and has been diluted down to such an extent that it rather undermines the original concept in my opinion. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a characterful building chock full of traditional architectural features, it's very hard to create an authentic antiquitarian interiors scheme and slapping chalk paint onto any old item of furniture does not a shabby chic look make! However, that said, an English or French inspired vintage interior scheme if done well, can be stunning, elegant and cosy. So whilst 'vintage' can apply to different looks and eras, in this instance I use it in the sense of vintage linens, antique prints and one off pieces - timeless elegance meets grandma chic. You only need to look at the re-surgence in popularity of crafting to see how current this look has become and with good reason - vintage is beautiful.
Key features of the look: Floral prints, delicate lace, distressed paint effects, antique furniture, chandeliers.
A classic French chandelier elevates the simplest scheme, adding a touch of luxury. This chandelier hits all the right style notes and will add glamour, regardless of whether you prefer a paired back scheme with a nod to vintage florals or an opulent layered look. Twinkle Crystal Chandelier £99 French Bedroom Company
This gorgeous accordion plant stand acts as an ideal occasional table. The antique inspired design and claw feet nod to the traditional but the powder coated and aged finish ensure that this piece is adaptable to a range of vintage looks. Accordion Plant Stand £55 Urban Outfitters
This fabulous cushion really could pass for vintage, it nails the trend on so many levels. The muted colours, the feathered trim and those exquisite classic parrots that transport you to a bygone era. This is a stylish piece which would be equally at home in retro, country or French vintage interiors - super adaptable! Parrot Cushion £49 Sweetpea & Willow
If interiors heavy on florals and lace are a tad too traditional for your taste, interpret the feminine style synonymous with vintage decor with these gorgeous Pom poms available in chic pastel colour ways. Set of 3 Pom Poms £18 Bodie and Fou
If there is one place that has arguably the biggest influence on the world of interior design it's Scandinavia. The layers and textures so crucial to good interior design are evident in abundance in Scandanavian design. Shaggy sheepskins and slubby linens help to soften the lines of the simple, sculptural furniture which is famed worldwide. This is design at its best - not overthought or over egged - just simple, cool and aesthetically appealing.
Key features of the look: simple lines, iconic designer furniture, linen, chunky knitted textiles, sheepskins, cowhide, antlers.
The sleek finish and metallic shades of these Tom Dixon candles ooze style. Paired with a solid marble lid, these stylish scented candles are the perfect accent to the muted monochromatic and sludgy grey colour palette found in many classic Scandi-inspired schemes. The metal vessels will last long after the candle has burned away and are the ideal visual contrast to textural soft furnishings. Tom Dixon Eclectic scented candle £100
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll probably have heard about H&M's linen bedding range. It's so affordable and totally luxe. Available in a range of earthy tones, my pick is this gorgeous dark grey set. Linen Duvet Set £59.99 for a King size set
I swear by Ikea sheepskins and have them all over my home. In my view they're just as good quality as those from posh interiors emporiums but crucially are that bit more affordable. If you're gifting one of these cosy sheepskins and are confident the gift won't be returned, cheat by snipping off the cumbersome paper label and packing in a large glam box with oodles of tissue paper - it may be Ikea but presented correctly this is a super luxe present to open! Ludde Sheepskin £30
These natural wooden bowls are the perfect accessory to a Scandinavian inspired interior. The simple, perfectly formed design is both practical and sculptural creating a versatile design, equally at home in the kitchen or on display in the living room. Wooden bowls from £21 Nordic House
Cities where space is at a premium can be credited for the rise in popularity of industrial furnishings as we increasingly transform commercial buildings or even garages into chic homes, embracing the architectural honesty of exposed steel beams, heavy bolts and bare brickwork. The look may be hip but it isn't new as designs reference the rawness of materials used in old factories and workshops which have undeniable aesthetic appeal.
With the rise of reproduction furniture, true industrial devotees seek out the creme de la creme of original antiques in the form of machinists chairs, stools, oversized lighting, metal lockers and desks from obsolete French factories.
Key features of the look: reclaimed or reproduction factory fittings/furniture, copper piping, raw wood, distressed aluminium, concrete, bare lightbulbs
Light fittings don't come more industrial than this factory pendant. This oversized fitting is just crying out to be hung low over an equally edgy dining table. This light is ex display but industrial chic is all about embracing imperfection for a true rough and ready vibe. Picky purchasers be warned! £95 Design Vintage
How cool are these versatile concrete letters? Use as bookends, doorstops or simply objets d'art in your own installation! A and Z concrete bookends £65 Future and Found
The industrial looks is the very antithesis of cookie cutter interiors, so personalise your pad with these fabulous neon letters from Italian design house Selletti. Admittedly, spelling the word 'warehouse' with them will set you back a few quid but the lights are available in numbers, keyboard characters and even a heart shape here, allowing you to add some pizzaz on a budget. Selletti Neon Letters £39 each from Heals
Practical and edgy, this quirky Copper hook and hanger has just the right amount of industrial edge and really pops against a dark background £22 from Rockett St George
Got to have one of everything? Eclectic decor is a hard look to pull off but delivers on impact. It's easy to collect a mish-mash of objects but putting them all together into a cohesive scheme is the hard part, so choose gifts wisely with these top picks.
I love this convex mirror. It works well on its own but looks even better grouped in a set of two or three. Why not gift one and let your eclectic friend build a collection? Rockett St George Small convex mirror £80
This flamingo print is epic! Tailor to the recipient with either lampshade £57 or cushion £54 by Katie and the Wolf
Pineapples have been used for centuries in traditional design but retailers have caught on to the quirky appeal of the fruit, creating pineapple themed furnishings and accessories that inject whimsical flair to a space. These amazing bookends will fit perfectly into an eclectic scheme, whether it's kitted out in a modern or traditional way. £48 Graham & Green
I reckon these gorgeous bowls adorned with smoking fish and monocled cats tick all the 'eclectic' boxes! Designed by master of quirk, Rory Dobner this striking range is glamorous and unusual but also of the highest quality, crafted from fine bone china and edged in 22 carat gold. If time is of the essence, Rory has a large concession in Liberty. The perfect luxury gift for an eclectic shopper! Small bowl £18 Rory Dobner
Well, dear readers, not much else to say apart from - happy shopping! I hope you all get everything you wish for this Christmas and have a fabulous, stylish start to 2015!