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5 tips for revamping your working-from-home space

5 tips for revamping your working-from-home space

Remember the days when working from home was the privilege of the few? When we longed to roll from bed, through toast and tea into our desk chairs, without the honk of a bus or clack of a shoe on pavement? When the ability to whip up a quick spaghetti alle vongole for your working lunch was just not an option?

Well here we are, in week 12 of lockdown, all living that long sought-after dream. Over 60 working days of no shoes. 60 days of zoom calls. 60 days of living in a fusion of our home and work lives.

And for lots of us, it really has been a dream. But plenty of people are ready to return to reality and go back to the office. Here are our top tips for falling back in love with working from home. 

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Introducing our Cane Furniture Collection

Introducing our Cane Furniture Collection

Rattan Cane and Stainless Steel Furniture to brighten up modern homes

The concept of our Maha cane furniture hit the slates in June 2018. Two whole years ago, almost to the day, we sat down with our friend Lottie to design some new products that merged the feel of Burma with the requirements of modern western homes. 

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Homeware to make your summer sizzle

Homeware to make your summer sizzle

"Temperatures may reach 27° degrees..." That's what the Weather Lady said. And we're ready for that sun. We're ready for long lunches, tomato salads, mozzarella. For spoiling puddings, for raspberries, for a little bit more cream. For afternoons on the grass. For reading every inch of the papers. For dozing off to the hypnotic coo of a wood-pigeon. We are so, so ready...

Here's our Summer Selection

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Lockdown Shopping Trends

Lockdown Shopping Trends

One of the fun bits about running a small business is watching the data. It's satisfying when things happen as you expect them to, but it's way more interesting when something weird happens and things start to feel a bit illogical.

Well about eight weeks ago, something weird happened. We all retreated into our homes, shut the front door, and wondered when we'd next leave them for anything other than a perfunctory leg-stretch or to buy more doughnuts.

And for a homeware brand, this does weird things to the data. People have been shopping differently. We've all read about loo roll and yeast and yoga mats, but what about homeware?

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Natural Homeware: Why we're going back to basics

Natural Homeware: Why we're going back to basics

It's very odd realising that the world is no longer your oyster. Or that your oyster has become very much smaller. A clam, if you will. A four-walled winkle.

But in the same way that having a child forces you to slow down, spending a protracted spell in the same space and not knowing when that spell will break does help to distil things. 

Take breakfast, for example...

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Feel like time is standing still?

Feel like time is standing still?

The sign pinned to the metal gates says “Closed until May 1st”. Although if it opens on Friday, it would be one of the few shops to do so. Lockdown isn’t lifting quite yet in Yangon. If anything, it’s getting stricter.

Behind those lilac wooden doors is a watch repair shop, and cabinets full of stopped-watches, waiting to get their tick back...

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Ever wondered how rattan is made?

Ever wondered how rattan is made?

Our rattan weavers have strong hands, nimble fingers, a strong grip on their toes. They can sit cross-legged on the floor for days without tiring, working reeds between their fingers and pulling them tight. They are built for weaving, their bodies and skills inherited from the generations that have gone before them.

And beyond the subject matter of their chitchat, not much else has changed about the way they weave for hundreds of years. Perhaps the chitchat hasn’t even changed much.

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Doorstep Treats - Part II

Doorstep Treats - Part II

Last week we asked you to nominate somebody who could do with a pick-me-up. Somebody who's finding life particularly hard. Somebody who needs to know that they're valued and that you're thinking about them.

We were overwhelmed by nominations.

We wanted to share some of the incredible stories that made us want to send out something to everyone that wrote in. Here they are, with anything identifying redacted. 

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Doorstep Treats

Doorstep Treats

We’ve been inspired by some pyjama pals of ours, who did this last week, to do a little giveaway. Sometimes we buy too much of the stuff we love. So we’ve got some stock hanging around which needs a home, and would like to send it to somebody that needs cheering up. 

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We want to help you cheer somebody up!

We want to help you cheer somebody up!

The whole world feels a bit topsy-turvy doesn't it?

We're finding it helpful to focus on doing small, kind things.

So we've put together a list of things you can send somebody for under £30. Maybe to your granny, to a friend who's a doctor or a nurse, or to a new mother caring for their baby without the support of friends and family.

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