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The Tuesday Twist: 28 November

The Tuesday Twist: 28 November

Have yourself a Happy Hygge Holiday

 
During the cold winter months, the Danish concept of Hygge (hoo-guh) is a welcome practice to banish the winter blues. Based on the idea of creating an atmosphere of comfort and cosiness, this concept pairs nicely with Scandi/Nordic style! 
Here are some ways to incorporate hygge into your home this winter:
Unplug: Enjoy each others company without all of the distractions of the outside world. This can be a great time to bake scrumptious festive treats with the kids
  
Add some candles and create soft lighting: We absolutely love these Antique Smoke Glass Hurricanes by Nordic House. Be sure to check out their entire range of current Candle Design Trends.
 
Cosy up with blankets and pillows by the fireplace: A key component of hygge is incorporating elements that evoke a sense of comfort, such as warm knitted blankets by a nice toasty fire. Perfect for unwinding from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.
 
Bring nature inside: This year try making your own decorations and gift tags using elements of nature!  
  
We love the idea of filling your own clear Christmas baubles to make stunning customised decorations! These make elegant gifts with that personal touch. Get inspired HERE
 ‘Scandi’ style: With a key palette of red, green and cream, your home will be a cosy inviting place to celebrate a Scandinavian Christmas.
  
Check out more Scandinavian decorating ideas HERE
  
    
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The Tuesday Twist: 21 November

The Tuesday Twist: 21 November

Family Christmas

Here at the Urban Twist studio, we are gearing up for a busy Christmas season! This year we have added extensively to our personalised Christmas decorations range. Not only do they make thoughtful gifts with the personalised element but they are also the perfect size to send anywhere in the UK or around the world! 

Many of our decorations are designed with families in mind! Our large Layered Acrylic Baubles come in three delightful winter scenes and can be personalised with a short message. Choose to have your bauble gift boxed to add an extra special touch!

 

Our Portrait Baubles add a vintage element with a modern twist to your seasonal decorations. Available in 4 designs and 5 frosted acrylic shades, these baubles can be hung on the Christmas tree or used as a gift tag!

Everyone loves a snowman! Our range of Personalised Acrylic Snowman were wildly popular last year so this Christmas we released new wooden designs. Available in 4 versions for adults and children, these Personalised Wooden Snowmen are perfect for families of all sizes!

 

Some of our favourite Christmas decorations have to be our Personalised Santa's sleigh and Reindeer! This is such a festive way to get your family in the holiday spirit! 

Christmas is a time full of family get-togethers and memorable moments! By the end of the season you will no doubt have dozens of wonderful photos to sort through. When you find that special moment captured on film, why no frame it in one of our Personalised Photo Frames? We offer an extensive range of designs and finish options to complement your photo perfectly!

Another way to celebrate your family Christmas is by commemorating the day with one of our Personalised Memory Map Wooden Artworks! These freestanding blocks can be personalised with your own special text and can be sat on a windowsill, mantelpiece or desk. Our design is made to order with your own choice of country and a personalised symbol placement to highlight your special location.

    

 

 

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The Tuesday Twist: 14 November

The Tuesday Twist: 14 November

♥ Baby's First Christmas: Remember Every Second ♥

A child's first Christmas is an experience like no other! It's important to remember these early moments because those precious babies grow up so fast.

While we here at the Urban Twist studio feel a new baby is a momentous occasion at any time, we pay particular attention to these little blessings at Christmas. So this year, if you are celebrating your own baby's first visit from Santa or want to send the perfect gift to new parents, we have just the thing!

Personalised Christmas Tree Decorations: Choose from a range of Christmas decorations to mark your little bundle of joy's first Christmas holiday.

We also offer a range of larger spiral inspired wood effect decorations that can be customised with a personal message such as 'Baby's First Christmas.'

  

Capture the Cuteness!

What better way to capture the adorableness of your little one than with their own holiday photo shoot? With the right props and a dash of 'calm-and-sleepy-baby-luck' you can create festive photos like these!

   

If you can manage to pick your favourite photo from the bunch, why not incorporate this into a memorable gift with one of our Handmade Wooden Engraved Photo Frames?

  

Handmade with Love

To create a memorable piece of art try using your baby's footprints and handprints! Family and friends are sure to love these thoughtful and oh so adorable gifts from your new baby!

    

    
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The Tuesday Twist: 7 November

The Tuesday Twist: 7 November

Gifts for the Pet Lover

This week we are going 'barking mad' over personalised pet gifts! Pets are a huge part of our daily lives so this Christmas why not celebrate them with their own personalised Christmas gifts?

Puppy and Kitty Paws to Deck the Halls!

A Personalised Pet Photo Frame is a great way to show off your adorable pet or to give as a gift for an animal enthusiast!

Each self-standing frame is made to order and can be engraved with personalised lines of text. Choose from a 6x4 or 7x5 inch size and a range of stunning finishes to perfectly match your decor.

All of our frames are designed, assembled and engraved in our Edinburgh studio, crafted from the highest quality cuts of wood.

Capture the likeness of your furry friends with these adorable Personalised Pet Baubles! Choose from a range of dog and cats to be featured at the center of your decoration. The acrylic version features a cutout of your desired pet in a stunning frosted acrylic In the wooden version, your pet will be crafted from a stunning frosted acrylic and set within a beautiful oak bauble. 

Capture the likeness of your furry friends with these adorable Personalised Pet Light Switch Surrounds

For the animal lover whose pet 'rules the roost,' these surrounds are the perfect cheeky addition to your home! Choose from a selection of dog breeds and 2 variations of cats.

 

We absolute love these amazing Personalised Pet Photo Collages from Treasure on the Wall! Create a truly memorable piece of wall art that is a pefect tribute to your pet!

Homemade with Love

Whipping up a batch of these Homemade Dog Biscuits is the perfect way to include your little furry friends in the holiday festivities! We just love the idea of using these biscuits in a pet-friendly Advent Calendar like this one courtesy of HandMadeInMadison!

 

Pet Salt Dough Decorations are an easy craft to do with kids and they make a delightful momento of your furry friends!

 

    

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The Tuesday Twist: 31 October

The Tuesday Twist: 31 October

All of us here at the Urban Twist studio would like to wish you a very Happy Halloween!

    

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The Tuesday Twist: 24 October

The Tuesday Twist: 24 October

Halloween is officially less than a week away! 

Capture and display your favourite family moments this autumn with one of our Personalised Photo Frames. Each wooden frame is handmade and available in a range of finishes and sizes.

Whether it's your child's first Halloween or a loved one's birthday, these frames make truly thoughtful gifts with a stunning engraving of your own personal message.

Explore our full range HERE.

Autumn Bakes

Fall Harvest Sangria

Full of spice and everything nice! This delightful cocktail courtesy of Eat Yourself Skinny is a must try!

Stuffed Pepper Jack o' Lanterns and Monsters

A fun twist for your dinner parties, these delightful stuffed peppers that can be made with any delicious filling, are sure to be a hit with your guests!

Spiced Pumpkin and Chocolate Cake with Maple Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting 

This intricately layered little beauty courtesy of Vikalinka is to die for!

 

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Don't forget this Sunday when local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, 29 October 2017, 02:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 29 October 2017, 01:00:00 local standard time instead.

Jack o' Lanterns with a Twist

If you want to break away from the classic jack o’ lantern this year, why not check out some of these creative, and quite on-trend alternatives!

Marbled Pumpkins 

Lace Patterned Pumpkins

Succulent Garden Pumpkins

 

Painted Metallic Foil Pumpkins

 

    

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The Tuesday Twist: 17 October

The Tuesday Twist: 17 October

Autumn is one of the best seasons to spend time with family and friends. The crisp fall air often encourages more time spent indoors with loved ones. Making your home a cosy and inviting environment for the season is surely a highlight!

With endless decorating possibilities available, choosing a theme or decor scheme can be challenging. This year we just can't get enough of the warm, gentle and sophisticated palette of the Muted Colours Trend! What exactly does this look like?

Try to incorporate shades such as those displayed in this 18th century tray of Jasper pastels:

Warm, pale shades of grey

Blush and dusky pinks

Dusty pale greens

Light, gentle shades of camel

Smoky shades of peach

Light, earthy shades of brown

Toned down shades of lavender and purple

Read more about the Jasper Trials

Trendy Pumpkins

This year to fully embrace the muted fall colour palette, why not try your hand at creating non-traditional pumpkins?

  • Using chalk paint in various shades of blue, white and tan you can create chic decor that would look great as a centerpiece or mantel display.
  • Incorporate a few pumpkins painted with gold geometric patterns as stand out pieces.
  • Another trend this autumn is the incorporation of velvet elements. Rather than switch out your entire furniture range, why not try making some adorable velvet pumpkins?

  

Table Pieces

Why not make a standout centerpiece for your table this year by combining the muted fall colour palette with accents of gold and trending plants such as succulents?

Geometric Patterns

 This year we saw an influx of geometric patterns in both decor and design. Mixed with this year's trending shades and materials, the combinations are just perfect!

   

 

    

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The Tuesday Twist: 10 October

The Tuesday Twist: 10 October

It's that time of year where families begin to spend more time indoors as the temperatures drop outside. With the holidays approaching this is the perfect opportunity to spruce up your interior to be more cosy and festive! 

Cosy Autumn Decor

One of my favourite things about autumn has to be the beautiful foliage colours. There is something quite soothing about the natural gradients of red, orange, yellow and green swaying in the crisp fall air. 

To replicate this autumnal feel within the home, try incorporating some of these tips courtesy of Elle Decor:

In addition to incorporating fresh fall colours into your home, the fabric, accessories and decor you choose can help enhance the autumn ambiance of a space. Here are several of our favourite fall finds this season:

Fabrics and Textures: Velvets, Knits and Woven Fabrics

     

 Natural Wooden Elements

 

Trendy Accents: Antlers, Brass and Copper

  

Autumn Getaways

In addition to creating a cosy warm home, for some of us the season of autumn is also synonymous with travel. There is perhaps no better time to visit Europe than in the fall months. Good weather, fewer tourists and queues and amazing colourful foliage makes it the perfect time to plan a trip! If you are looking for a wee bit of travel inspiration, here are some of the best fall travel destinations across Europe, courtesy of Solo Sophie.

On-Trend Chocolate!

Warm yourself up from the brisk autumn air with one of these delightful hot cocoa creations. Featuring everything from the traditional marshmallows and cream to innovative combinations of raspberry powder and wine, these are some of the best places in the UK to get your chocolate fix!

 

If you prefer homemade hot cocoa, why not try a few of these combinations to give your cocoa an exciting boost? 

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The Tuesday Twist: 3 October

The Tuesday Twist: 3 October

'Fall' in Love with Autumn Weddings!
An Autumn wedding is a chance to celebrate your nuptials with the added bonus of fall delights. From pumpkins and caramel apples to colourful leaves and romantic candles, the possibilities are endless! This week we have rounded up some of our favourite ideas just bursting with autumn delight!

Unique Touches for Your Autumn Nuptials

The Eats

Your guests are sure to love these Edible Fall Wedding Favours courtesy of Southbound Bride! With a handmade element, treats like these give your wedding a comfortable and homey feel. 

To really capture the tastes of fall why not try setting up a hot chocolate bar or a scrumptious dessert bar? Your guests are sure to love these cold weather treats!

A big trend this year is 'naked' wedding cakes that are void of thick icings and frills but none the less stunning and delicious!

The Colours

This year we are seeing a lot of navy, burgundy and gold mixed with accents of gold, peach and blush pink. These colours compliment each other nicely and truly stand out as autumn inspired!

The Decor

The time for pumpkins and rustic leaves is here! Take advantage of this by incorporating some of the awesome decor ideas into your ceremony or reception.

 

Explore more decor ideas HERE

Happy Planning!

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The Tuesday Twist: 26 September

The Tuesday Twist: 26 September

 

Now that autumn is officially here, it's time to switch gears from tropical warm summer days to crisp and cosy fall! This week we look at the seasonal home decor and colour trends of autumn 2017.

A Pantone Interior

Combine colours of blush pink, terra cotta, deep greens, cream and matt black with rich natural materials and accents of brass and woven knits for a perfect on-trend fall interior! 

And don't forget those accessories! A big trend this year is farmhouse style which incorporates a lot of natural materials such as leather and wood. The goal is to create a cosy space that centers around simplicity.

 

We also can't get enough of these cosy knitted coffee and tea sleeves! Even your fall beverages can be on trend!

Explore more Fall Trends 

Heavenly Aromas

Last week we explored drying fruits like apples and oranges to make festive fall garlands and centerpieces. Extending that trend a bit, this week we try our hand at creating autumn inspired candles! Using cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, coffee beans, and branches you can create stunning fall decor that smells amazing! 

 

Handmade with Love

Adding something handmade to your home, gives it a unique and special quality. We just love our always popular Mini Family Tree that is designed and created by hand in our Edinburgh studio! The frame which comes in matt white and matt black is sure to compliment your autumn decor.

Our Personalised Family Trees come in many sizes and designs so please check out our full range! SHOP FAMILY TREES

 

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The Tuesday Twist: 19 September

The Tuesday Twist: 19 September

 

This week we officially welcome Autumn!

It's hard to say what we like best about autumn; the leaves changing colour, the smell of fresh fall air, fresh baked pumpkin spiced desserts or those delightful cinnamon and nutty lattes. This truly is a magical season and we are welcoming it with open arms!

So What is the Autumn Equinox

The Autumn (September) equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s Equator – from north to south. This occurrence causes the day and night to be almost equal in duration.

Autumn Around the World

While we might be more familiar with fairs and festivals during the official start of autumn, around the world the autumn equinox coincides with many cultural events, religious observances and customs.

In Pagan culture this time is known as 'Mabon.' Japan it's 'Ohigan.' China and Vietnam celebrate the Moon Festival and Catholics partake in Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael. Read more about equinox customs

However you choose to celebrate, we hope your autumn is a season of harvest and reflection and filled with fun festivities, like my favourite popular tradition of attempting to balance and egg on it's end!

 

 Fabulous Fall Feasting!

This autumn please your palette with some tasty fall treats! Here are a few of our favourite finds that we are just dying to try out!  

Mini Pumpkin Spice Loafs

Parsnip and Apple Soup

Bring Autumn Inside!

Along with delicious smells and tastes, the colours of autumn are also unmatched! We love the idea of incorporating these stunning shades into homeware like these hand-painted wine glasses by LK Custom Creations. These would be a lovely addition to any autumn dinner party!

Or try your hand at creating centerpieces or garland from dried fruit and spices such as apples, oranges, cloves and cinnamon. Check out this article showing how to dry fruit HERE

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The Tuesday Twist: 12 September

The Tuesday Twist: 12 September

Back to University!

Many college and university students will be making their way back to campus this week. This can be a stressful yet exciting time for students so it's good to be as prepared as possible. 

Our Wooden Engraved Notebooks are the perfect 'Back to Uni' gift that can be used for note-taking, sketching, personal agendas and so much more! We offer a wide range of design and personalisation options. 

These notebooks also make perfect travel journals and sketchbooks whether you are studying abroad or taking a mid-semester holiday break! 

Taking notes and developing effective study skills is a critical part to any university student's success. Here are a few helpful techniques to get you started off on the right foot.

Capture the Moment

Studying far away from family can be a hard adjustment for some but with our Personalised Photo Frames your loved ones seem closer than ever! Perfect for parents and students alike, these frames are available in four metallic finishes and can be personalised with a custom message.

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