Allude Xmas Calendar: Gift Guide for the Home
Good intentions might feel a bit 1953, but they never do go out of fashion. After all, there are still enough “problem areas” in our lives at the end of every year, which we would like to finally take care of or bring to an end. Going for a jog in the mornings, filing our taxes before being charged overdue fines or a comprehensive face-lift for our own four (or more) walls. But rather than falling into aimless activism and ending up with torn-down drywall, sometimes – as TV design gurus prove time and again – a little interior cosmetic work is all your home needs. We’ve collected six gift ideas that are definitely more attractive than a core renovation:
Pillow by Allude Let’s be honest: the only purpose of most throw pillows is to spruce up an otherwise naked-looking sofa. There are hardly any which really invite cuddling up to. Often embroidered patterns scratch the skin, the velvet pillow is a one-of-a-kind piece, of which only 50 examples exist worldwide – and the one made of silk can’t tolerate any body contact due to its hypersensitivity. You’ll find the cushions by Allude, made of classy cashmere and high-quality virgin wool, much more robust, cuddly and très élégant.
Decorative bowl by Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon actually wanted to become a rock star, but his stage career didn’t work out. Thank goodness! Because instead of touring around the world, the British designer welded bits of metal scrap together in a friend’s garage to create decorative objects. And he was so successful at it that he started working for famous design firms, such as Cappellini and Moroso, without so much as a degree from some prestigious art academy. In 2002, the self-taught designer founded his own studio and has since made sure that such ingenious designs as his golden “Bone Bowl” appear on our wish lists.
Interieur fragrance „Joséphine“ by Circe Trudon
Joséphine de Beauhernais spent the bulk of Napoléon Bonaparte’s fortune not on giant diamonds or elaborately embroidered dresses. Rather, in 1799, while her husband was still stationed in distant Egypt, the Empress bought a castle. Thanks to her inexhaustible devotion to flowers and plants, the garden of Château de Malmaison was soon considered one of the most magnificent gardens in Europe. A passion that is also at the heart of the air freshener “Joséphine” by Cire Trudon, a brand with a long history that goes back to 1643. Its scent of Turkish rose, white musk and kaffir lime will whisk you away to a jardin à la française .
Cashmere blanket by Allude
Even though duvet-cover-style coats and jackets are very trendy right now: We rather leave pillows and duvets in the bedroom and simply wrap ourselves – once the front door has blocked out the frost – in this cosy cashmere blanket from Allude – an international bestseller for a long time, with lots of different uses! Moreover, no one will get the idea that we’ve fallen out of bed with a hangover thanks to our pajama look.
Vase by Pols Potten
The Netherlands is not only known for its cheese, bicycles and colourful tulips, which we like to buy by the bundle. Pols Potten’s humorous designs also come from there. What began as a small shop in Amsterdam soon became a sought-after label for unusual stools, plates and decorative objects. Not surprisingly! And in this handmade vase called “Pill”, tulips and other flowers are sure to look better than ever.
Marble clock by Bolia
There is hardly a material that is met with more enthusiasm in creative studios right now than marble. No matter whether in white, black or green. The precious stone will spruce up even those corners of the room, which we had already given up on as lost causes. Those among us who don’t want to go all in and buy a massive Carrara table can at least set highlights with smaller marble objects. Try this successful entry model: a wall clock made of marble mix with a golden clock face, which also picks up the 70s trend.