Interiors Gift Guide 2020

Written by High Life North
Published 16.10.2020

Notes of Northumberland

Notes of Northumberland design and produce a range of Luxury Scented Candles, Wax Melts, Diffusers and Home Fragrance products using their collection of Northumberland inspired fragrances. Each of the fragrances has been carefully blended to bring memories of places, people and pastimes of Northumberland to our homes.

All of their products use natural bases and are all hand poured in Northumberland by experienced chandlers. The wooden wicks gently crackle as they burn to add a truly multi-sensory experience to your home. Using only the finest quality oils and natural soy waxes, finished in elegant packaging, these products make the perfect gift or finishing touch for your own home.

Crystal Geo Wooden Wick Candle – £22.50

Northumberland Fragrance Library – £50.00

Body Care Collection – £25.00

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The Aviary

“By art lovers, for art lovers” who seek unique, original art at an affordable price, The Aviary is the premium destination both online and in-store, delivering a bespoke service experience to each and every guest. They believe that they have curated a rare and remarkable collection of art to be enjoyed in your home forever, priding themselves on housing an eclectic selection of art and sculpture not found anywhere else in the North East and in most cases the UK. The Aviary can boast that many of pieces on show are one-off originals so anybody choosing to visit will be spoilt for choice if they’re looking for something truly unique. This Christmas they have curated a wonderful selection of limited edition prints, homewares, beautiful coffee table books and ceramics all perfect for gifting. Alongside its usual showcase of art, sculpture and photography they’ve got something to inspire even the most novice of art collectors and with prices starting from £20, there’s something for everybody.

You Are Golden Prints – £80.00

Homeware – from £68.00

Coffee Table Books – from £20.00

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Ellie Davison-Archer

Ellie is a textile designer and printmaker specialising in hand screen printed homewares and accessories. Following her Fine Art degree at Norwich University of the Arts, Ellie moved back to her home town in Northumberland and can now be found printing away in her studio space at The Old Bath House, Broomhill. The inspiration behind Ellie’s designs are often initiated by the act of collecting objects of natural form, discarded curiosities and vintage oddities. Since her childhood days, beachcombing and foraging have always been a prominent activity to fulfil her curious nature and have since become the basis of her observational studies and fine line sketches. Inspired by these findings from the Northumberland coastline and countryside, her designs start life as meticulous sketchbook drawings that are then developed into layered compositions and patterns for print. It is then through traditional screen-printing methods that these designs are brought to life on fabric in a series of natural colour palettes. From fabric to product, the screen printed homewares are then able to adorn interior spaces by bringing the outdoors into the home.

Bee Cushion – £45.00

Lobster Napkin Set of 6 – £45.00

Feather artwork in a vintage wooden frame – from £38.00

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LannyxStudio is run by Allana, a designer and maker based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She designs and hand makes fashion, accessories & homeware using sustainable principles like up-cycling, repurposing and UK-sourced fabrics. Allana really believes in sustainability and ensures that all her products are crafted from carefully sourced materials and gives fabrics a new lease of life. You’ll find one-off and limited edition pieces that make the most unique gifts – and if you get in early you can even request custom products. All of your orders come in eco-packaging that is recyclable and compostable, with an option to add a personalised note to any order and can be sent directly to your chosen address. If you’re local (NE1-NE30) she can also hand-deliver your items free of charge.

Colour block throw – £35.00

5 colour cord cushion – £28.00

Suede look rectangle cushion – £32.00

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John Donoghue Photographer

John is a professional photographer based in the North East, entering his 21st year in the industry -a family man, real ale drinker and a long-suffering Newcastle United supporter. The passion and focus of his personal collection has been capturing the beauty of the North East, at first for exhibitions, and for friends and family, but now he has made them available commercially for us to enjoy in our own homes. All prints are produced on a high-end large-format digital printer (Epson Surecolour P7000), using Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm paper and premium quality Epson Pro inks. The vast array of colours and sharpness of detail ensure that the print you’ll receive is of the highest quality, so much so, you can almost imagine being there. John is also offering a framing option for you, so a print that catches your eye can be supplied framed – he will help you choose the right frame to really highlight the photograph. 

All prints from £45

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Charlotte Thompson Art

An artist living in Hexham, Northumberland.  Art has always been a big influence in Charlotte’s life, having studied it at A-level and then combining Art and Teaching as a degree. For years she worked as a primary school teacher and sharing her love of painting and creativity with the children was one of the things she enjoyed most. Watercolour is her favourite medium and she likes to create landscapes, including local scenes as well as paintings that reflect the changing seasons. Birding is another major interest and she often paints the birds she sees from her garden as well as further afield. Charlotte’s work includes original paintings, giclee prints (digital prints) and greetings cards.  This year her work has taken off in a new and sustained direction as she has undertaken more commissioned art. People have emotional connections to special places and in turn, Charlotte can create unique and bespoke landscape paintings for them to cherish. 

Stormy Day at St Mary’s (original watercolour) – £325 – 43x43cm including frame

Autumn Glow (original watercolour) – £165 – 38x38cm including frame

Midday Clocks (limited edition giclée print/100)- £165 – 46x56cm including frame

Order by emailing Charlotte directly on [email protected] or follow her on social media @reesthompsonart.

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Candalia - Fleur d'Oranger Candle - £15.00

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Barrel & Bird - Rustic Centrepiece - £27.00

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NE Art Collection - Angel of the North Decoration - £20.00

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Lillian Daph - Standing Deer - £12.00

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Rose & Grey - Dusty Pink Paper Christmas Trees, Set of Three - £115.00

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Barrel & Bird - Rustic Chopping Board - Graze Board - Serving Platter - £25.00

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Sweet Fantastic

Sweet Fantastic is a North East design company which is passionate about producing regionally inspired prints and homeware.

Its designs range from minimalistic mono-typographical artworks to bold and proud illustrative works which celebrate North East culture and heritage. Produced using high-end materials and beautifully packaged, its prints make for perfect gifts and stylish additions to your home.

Sweet Fantastic is constantly in the process of developing its product portfolio and this Christmas has expanded its popular Geordie definition print range into beautiful Durham style ceramic mugs as well as some new tote bag designs and a unique Geordie Hamper gift set.  Prints range from £7.50 – £21.50 unframed and framed. 

White Durham style mug, with black coloured insert – £12.00

Cotton Chalk White Tea-Towels – £12.00

Geordie Hamper – £54.50

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The Present House Company

The Present House Company is run by Charlotte Levien from Sussex. After many years of working in the interiors industry, Charlotte followed her passion for sourcing the finishing touches that make a beautiful home.

The Present House Company focuses on unique homewares that you can buy for your home or gift someone special and for occasions like house warmings, weddings, birthday presents just to name a few. All the products you find on the website have all been expertly curated by Charlotte.

In the current times, it is more important than ever before to send someone you love something special to add some cheer to their lives. All of your orders can be gift wrapped and a gift note can be added and sent directly to your chosen address.

Glazed Guggle Jug – £26.50 – From the original design by Thomas Forester & Son in Staffordshire in the 1870s. Now reproduced and made in Stoke-on-Trent in lovely contemporary colours.

Tissue Box Cover – £24.00 – Incredibly pretty, this stylish paper-covered tissue box cover adds a touch of style to your tissues, wherever you choose to put it.

Mana Placemats, set of 4 – £68.00 – These colourful and stylish placemats will add the finishing touch to your table setting.

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Light Up North - Fa La La Wreath - £295.00

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Happy Planet Art - Festive Sea Animals - £6.99

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La Basketry - Mini Basket Kit - £38.00

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Kayleigh Falcus - Set of Marble Candle Holders - £15.99

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JEM Illustrations - 2021 Calendar - £8.00

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Ibbi - Gemma Orkin Ceramics Soap Dish - £20.00

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Sonosynthesis Macrame

Sonosynthesis is a small female-run business based in Newcastle.

They’re passionate about creating beautiful handcrafted fibre art pieces from locally sourced, and eco-friendly materials to add a piece of boho to your home, as well as encouraging the love of fibre art and crafting by running local workshops and supplying DIY home kits for all your crafty needs.

Macrame Magazine Rack (made to order) – £48.00

Spiral Coasters – £9.00

Moon Wall Hanging (custom made) – £45.00 

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Rebecca Pitcher

A self-confessed country girl, gift and homeware designer Rebecca Pitcher loves nothing more than pulling on wellies and a woolly jumper and exploring the great outdoors.

Her designs are inspired by her passion for the British countryside. With woollen blankets, soy candles and country-inspired homewares that evoke that same sense of freshness and cosiness as settling in by the log burner after a breath of crisp autumn air.

Her gorgeous designs include dog prints, striped duckegg, daisies and bees and striped blue. She also sells a range of blankets, cosmetics bags, cushions and gifts.

Fine Bone China Mugs – £14.95

100% Cotton Tea Towels – £9.95

Double Oven Gloves – £24.95

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Anglepoise - Type 75 Mini Table Lamp - £99.00

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Victoria Print Studio - Cullerfornia Wallpaper - £75.00

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Ink & Drop - Glancing Watercolour Print - £13.00

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LaDiDa - Zebra Pot - £22.00

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Adriana Homewares - RYEDALE RASPBERRY THROW - £220.00

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Sophie James Mayfair - Christmas Stocking Diffuser - £68.00

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Lochs & Fens

Mother and daughter team Polly and Isobel Irvine bring together the best of both worlds when it comes to country homeware and stationery inspired by the wilds of Argyll and Lincolnshire. Starting with a range of cards and notelets, Lochs & Fens has grown to include beautiful kitchen homeware. This Christmas, they have a range of gorgeous oven gloves, aprons, napkins, soap, wrapping paper and gift tags. 

Christmas Tea Towel – £8.50

These beautiful but sturdy tea towels are big enough to manoeuvre your Christmas roasting tins and absorbent enough for smear-free glassware – plus they add a festive touch to any kitchen.

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Aprons – £18.50

Smart enough to wear to the table, and useful enough not to want to take off. Is this the ultimate apron?

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Light Up North

Lighting up your home is obviously very important, especially in this cold, dark, winter. Why should your lighting be standard lamps and bulbs – Emma Krause of Light Up North felt that when she finished her expensive home renovation in 2016, so on her hunt for a cool light she came across EL Wire. Electroluminescent wire bent into different shapes and words can be used to really enhance a space. Light Up North can use this neon wire to create bespoke art for your home, and also have some fantastic popular items in their shop which are definitely worth checking out!

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Lochs & Fens - Christmas Napkin - £15.50

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Corbridge Farmhouse - bespoke oak chopping board - from £80.00

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Wilde Posies - Hand-tied Posies - 'Ginger Rogers' - £32.00

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RE Corbridge - Spanish Chestnut Pan - £13.96

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Nostara - FROSTED FIR candle - £35.00

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Scottish Made - Pug Serving Board - £36.00

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Barrel & Bird

Lindsay and Sarah met working in the legal field in 2002 and dreamed of changing their careers to build a business that involved creativity and design. With a combined love of interiors and upcycling, they began to carry out research and created test products. In September 2017 they finally took the plunge to create Barrel & Bird.

Their aim is to build a brand that is known for providing quality, stylish products with a rustic, industrial feel.

​Make your winter bubble baths extra special with their Rustic Bath Caddy, made with reclaimed scaffold boards that have been sanded, cleaned and sealed with danish oil for protection. Made to order, it can be left plain or made with all or some of the following features:

Candles: two tea light holders

Wine: a slot for a wine/champagne glass

Metal: a metal stand to hold a tablet, book or magazine

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Gracie & Belle

This small family business based in Sunderland is passionate about creating beautifully scented, hand-poured candles that are both vegan and cruelty-free.

Created using the best 100% soy wax, Gracie & Belle’s popular Christmas scents are now available to buy, described by customers as ‘Christmas in a jar’.

Choose from:

Christmas Spice – £16.00

Fireside – £13.00

Frankincense & Myrrh – £16.00

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