Ideas and Advice

  • Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

    When it comes to picking out perfect presents for loved ones, think ‘inside the basket’ this year. Putting together a bespoke bundle of goodies shows you’ve given real thought into choosing a present. It is fun and lets you show off your creative side. It can be cheaper than buying a pre-packed gift box, and it's easy to do too. If you’re not sure where to start, follow our step-by-step guide to put together a Christmas gift basket for smiles all round.  

     

    Getting started with gift baskets

    The first thing you need to do is decide on your theme. Think about what your loved ones enjoy doing and use that as your starting point. For example, do they love to cook or are they always at the spa?

     

    Choose one main item

    Next, decide on one main present for your gift basket that fits your budget. For example, if the recipient is a coffee lover, you could buy a new

  • How to Host An Unforgettable Christmas Party

    Christmas Party Ideas

    The holidays are the time to enjoy good food and great company. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a huge bash, create happy Christmas memories with our top tips for hosting the perfect festive party.

     


    Get organised

    Is your party a formal event, a casual get-together, or somewhere in the middle? How many people will you be catering for? Does your planned date clash with anything significant? Once you’ve decided on the party essentials, you’ll be ready to create your guest-list and a tick-list action plan of everything you need to do.

     

    Choose a theme

    A theme is a sure-fire way to set your party apart from the rest and give it some wow-factor. Som

  • Crate and Barrel Chef’s Theatre, Taste of Dubai 2019

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    Considered to be one of the best in

  • How to Hang Lighting

    Lighting has settled into fashion status in recent years—especially with the ever-popular pendants. These hanging fixtures can range in size from small globes just inches in diameter to large drum shades suspended on high. One of the freshest, most fashion-forward applications is bunching—grouping a trio or even quintet of pendants—all the same or a mix of shapes and materials. Follow our guide to learn how to hang lighting fixtures.

    Benefits of Pendant Lighting

    A stylish pendant light can be a focal point in a room and can add sophistication, an artsy element,

  • 4 Creative Kitchen Lighting Ideas

    No matter if you live in a sprawling suburban mansion or a quaint city apartment, the kitchen is most likely the hub of your home. It’s where friends celebrate, families congregate and guests relax. Memorable moments happen here, which is why it’s so important to incorporate kitchen lighting ideas that set the vibe for your entire home.

    Glam Up the Kitchen

    Once only a feature in the poshest of homes, chandeliers have been updated to illuminate even the most unexpected of spaces, including your own kitchen or dining room. They come in a variety of styles that showcase your design savvy and set the tone for an entire space.

  • Lighting Ideas for Your Home

    Just like music and temperature, the lighting can make—or break—a room. Too bright and you almost can't relax; too dim and it's sleep-inducing. Fortunately, there are lighting ideas to suit every space in your home. What you'll need depends on a number of elements, including available space, types of light desired, required maintenance and personal style.

    Types of Lighting

    Sconces:

    Because they are attached to the wall and take up minimal space, sconces are ideal for small areas that need light, such as entryways and hallways. But they also serve as a space-saving solution for bedrooms and living roo

  • 4 Tips to Introduce Calm into Your Home in 2019 with Maya Toubia

    It’s a new year. The year you are going to transform your life into a forcefield of calm. We know this is not an easy task, and probably not your first attempt at a change. Therefore, we have partnered with Maya Toubia who is going to help bring peace into your home. Over the course of her career, Maya has developed methods to integrate natural elements such as stone, wood, plants, and soothing lighting into your life for a more blissful way of living. With her expertise in wedding planning and décor, Maya shares four easy steps for transforming your home’s surroundings into a sense of complete calm.


    1. Choose natural elements to incorporate your style.  Think about the interior of your home. Is there a theme? Are there certain pieces that you connect with? When updating your décor, choose items that reflect nature and your style at the same time. Natural elements such as wood or marble help connect you with your outside environment. For

  • How to Stock a Home Bar

    In an age when every bar and restaurant in town seems to flaunt a mixologist, most people we know continue to steer clear of slinging drinks at home. But why wait for a night out to enjoy your favorite cocktail? Empower yourself by stocking a home bar; then throw a party to celebrate. Our handy guide breaks down bar ideas, tools, serving pieces and more. Read on and be inspired by our home bar essentials—that’s the spirit.

    The Drinks

    Word to the wise: Start small. You can always add to your collection later. Start with a set of foundation spirits for creating cocktails:

    • A Step-by-Step Guide to a Bathroom Makeover

      New year, new makeover. We partnered with Christiann Koepke to bring you 5 easy steps on refreshing one of the most used spaces in the home: the bathroom.

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    • Small Work Space

      As more of us find ourselves working remotely or running home-based businesses, having a space in our homes devoted to work is more and more relevant. Even if a large and separate space isn’t available, a stylish and functional small work space is totally within reach with the right furniture.

      crateandbarrel.com

      While you might not believe it, comfort is important when it comes to creating a home work space- and you are home, after all! Anchor the room with a comfortable sofa and a cozy rug. Well-balanced and beautifully tailored, our Montclair 2-Seat Roll Arm Sofa provides upright seating for concentration without lacking comfort. Add sophistication to the room with our Alvarez Garden Rug, which provides a soft, almost painterly aesthetic of jewel tones. It’s detailed enough for a conversation piece yet toned down enough to not be distracting while you work.

      If the room you have to dedicate to a work space i

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