We have been flying the flag during this summer of celebration and with the Olympics in full swing these patriotic paperweights seemed to make their own appropriate medal rostrum! The "bronze" position has now been taken but "gold" and "silver" are still here if you're quick off the blocks!
On 31 July the floral displays in Melrose town centre were being judged for Scotland's Floral Gateway competition and on 7 August they will be judged again for Britain in Bloom, so fingers crossed! In support of all the Melrose in Bloom volunteers' hard work we have dressed one of our windows with all things flower related, just a few of which are shown above.
In the middle of July we were in Harrogate for the 'Home & Gift' trade fair. As ever, it was pleasant moving around the venues in the city centre and we saw lots of great gift items for the new season. In fact, a couple of our regular suppliers have already delivered some of the stock!
From WoodWick there are four new candle fragrances in the 'Ikat Collection', with tins decorated in the style of Indonesian textiles. As always, these provide excellent quality and long burn times with the famous, crackling wooden wick. There are also a few new fragrances in Classic WoodWick as well as the return of some old favourites.
Also from the USA we are trying a new range of home fragrancing from Trapp Private Gardens, based in Kansas. With their Trademark phrase "It's all about the fragrance", these reed diffusers and room sprays are set to perfume your home beautifully. The reed diffusers come with a 8 fl. oz. (237ml) bottle of fragrancing liquid, a frosted glass container and two sets of reeds, ready to perfume your home for 3 months plus. Alternatively, you can use the 3.4 fl. oz. (100ml) room sprays for an instant burst of fragrance. Everything is beautifully packaged and the room spray comes in an attractive bottle that doesn't need to be hidden in a cupboard!
If you appreciate handmade craftsmanship and the natural beauty of wood you'll love the clocks and barometers that we have on display at the moment from Borders resident, David White. The skeleton mantle clock above, for example, is set in a piece of sycamore while the reclaimed barometer (and thermometer) below, has been mounted on beech wood, stained in a medium oak shade, and has decorative onyx discs.
David's pieces range from £49 to £79.
Our love of "all things candle" drew us to these oversize ceramic lanterns (18 ins./46cm tall, 8.5 ins/22cm sq.) when we saw them back in February - and they have now arrived! Colourful and unusual, they make an impact and will add interest to your home decor. The planter also makes an ideal home for a specimen houseplant.
Keeping to the lantern theme, we also have this open frame design, in two sizes, that has a cast iron-style finish.
Add to this some beautiful new pashminas, Equilibrium jewellery pieces, several photograph frames, bronze resin animal sculptures, useful and decorative material-covered notice boards, inexpensive wall clocks in fun designs, metal hanging heart decorations plus a new supply of the ever popular laser-cut ballpoints and you can tell how much there is to see in-store!
If you are planning a holiday during August we hope it will be enjoyable and relaxing but that you'll also find time to call in and say hello at Present Perfect. We look forward to seeing you.