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Five of the Best: Christmas Tree Toppers

If your traditional tree-topper is looking a bit worse for wear, then why not replace it this year with a spangly new one? We’re no longer restricted to simple stars or angels, but they remain – overwhelmingly – the most popular designs. Here are our five favourite Christmas tree toppers, each of them certain to brighten up your festive centrepiece – and all available from an online retailer near you.

John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Pinnacle Tree Topper in Red

Tales of the Maharaja Pinnacle Tree Topper in Red – £15, John Lewis

We start off with something slightly different – part of a rich range inspired by classical Indian dance (we’re especially fond of the lion and leopard’s heads baubles!), the John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Christmas tree topper is made from glass with a shiny red finish and has been finished with an ornate glittering gold pattern and a generous amount of diamantes. It’s 33cm high and 8cm in diameter.

Linea Light Up Wooden Tree Topper

Light Up Wooden Tree Topper – £20, Linea

An unusual design, now, that manages to be both rustic and sparkling: ,Linea’s Christmas tree star is made from thin and randomly-sized strips of wood shaped into a three-dimensional star shape. The design has been painted with silver glitter detailing and is affixed to a spring-like wire base that will grip to your tree without fuss. Its soft LED lights add to the magic and are powered by two AA batteries.

Gisela Graham Glitter Fairy Tree Topper

Glitter Fairy Tree Topper – £14.99, Gisela Graham

Already a bestseller, the fairy tree topper from Gisela Graham will add traditional charm to your tree. This beautiful angel is 28cm high and wears a shimmering white dress with a full skirt and a frost-like finish that perfectly matches her glistening wings…and she carries a snowflake-shaped wand in her left hand. She’s made from resin and will add a real touch of magic to your Christmas decor.

Swarovski Christmas Tree Topper Figurine

Christmas Tree Topper Figurine – £99, Swarovski

If only the best will do then you might want to check out this rather astonishing Christmas tree topper from Swarovski, no less! The tapered, curvy, conical-type design is made from clear crystal glass and has been decorated with smaller, glittering crystals at its widest points. At over 27cm high, it’s 7.3cm in diameter and is a real statement – though at just short of a hundred quid, it doesn’t come cheap!

M&S Jewel Snowflake Tree Topper

Jewel Snowflake Tree Topper – £12.50, M&S

We finish with a simple design that’s as stylish and timeless as you’d expect from the High Street favourite: M&S’s jewel Christmas tree topper, which is a boutique-style piece formed in the shape of a snowflake. At a petite 8.5cm high and 6cm wide, it is made from a gold-toned metal studded with plastic gems and will happily sit atop your tree for very many Christmases to come!

Five of the Best: Glass Ornaments

There’s no need to limit glassware to the kitchen – glass ornaments can add a real touch of style to your mantelpiece or at the centre of a table. They also reflect the light, adding atmosphere and sparkle to your home. We’ve sought out our five favourite currently-available glass ornaments for your perusal:

Basil Bird Cherry White Glass Ornament in Teal – £23, Svaja

Svaja has become a huge name in glass sculpture and it’s not hard to see why – the petite (6cm high and 11cm wide) Basil Bird has been handmade by Lithuanian glass artists in Lithuania and it features a striking colour combination of teal, turquoise and red. It’s also available in other hues, such as blue and green or amber and cherry red, if you love the shape but would like the sculpture in different shades.

Giftology Seahorse Collectable by Waterford

Giftology Seahorse Collectable – £70, Waterford

It’s such a fascinating creature (famously, the male of the species incubates the female’s eggs and gives birth) and striking too – so we’re surprised that the seahorse isn’t captured in sculptural form more often. Luckily, Waterford are here to put the situation right with their crystal seahorse ornament which is 18.4cm high and comes in a beautiful cylindrical gift box – the perfect present for someone special.

Pomme Blue Smoked Glass Statuette by Maisons du Monde

Pomme Blue Smoked Glass Statuette – £7.15, Maisons du Monde

Why not tell someone they’re the apple of your eye and give them the gift of this lovely, minimalistic Pomme Blue statuette from Maisons du Monde? The diminutive apple-shaped piece is 16cm high and 15cm wide and is transparent but made from smoked glass with a blue tinge to it. The perfect piece to liven up any living area and provide decoration without being overtly fussy.

Reef Blown Glass Fish Figurine by Now's Home

Reef Blown Glass Fish Figurine – £162.99, Now’s Home

10cm high and an impressive 42cm wide (as well as 24cm across), this blown glass dolphin or fish figurine from Now’s Home stands on a sturdy rectangular base, making it easy to display anywhere in your home. This pleasingly heavy (over 4kg) piece is shot through with a blue tinge and stronger black lines at the sides and will bring a welcome and tasteful touch of marine life into your home’s interior.

Swarovski Alice in Wonderland Figurine

Alice in Wonderland Figurine – £119, Swavrovski

Perfect for a child’s bedroom (though maybe lock it in a display cabinet for safety!) this gorgeous Alice in Wonderland figurine by Swarovski is inspired by the lead character in Disney’s famous film (which of course was itself inspired by our own Lewis Carroll’s classic book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This charming figurine is made from transparent crystal, apart from her famous dress which is a cobalt blue colour.

Five Modern Pendulum Clocks

We know…you’ve been using your phone to keep time with. Somehow, though – it’s not quite the same as a grand statement clock, certainly not if you fancy a bit of striking wall furniture. For that reason, we’ve had a look around our favourite online retailers to find these, our five favourite currently-available modern pendulum clocks.

Bard Copper Pendulum Clock – £39, Made.com

In super-trendy copper, Made.com’s Bard is a statement pendulum clock – a generous 41cm high (and 21cm wide) – which can be mounted on your wall or displayed as a freestanding piece. Its shiny, number-free copper face is appended by simple black hands and a minimalistic copper pendulum suspends from it. A curved frame surrounds the timeless but contemporary piece, giving it a nice retro feel.

Jazz 34cm Wall Clock by Nomon

Jazz Wall Clock – £329.99 (was £419.99), Nomon

The Jazz wall clock is made from sustainably-forested natural alder wood that’s been treated using handcrafting processes. Two silvertone hands – in the style of double prongs – sit at the centre of its circular face, and a stick-like pendulum moves beneath it in a quiet and relaxing fashion. This fine battery-powered timepiece is currently available with £90 off its original price, so there’s never been a better time to invest in this quality clock.

London Clock Company Glass Pendulum Wall Clock

Glass Pendulum Wall Clock – £80, London Clock Company

If you’re furnishing a modern interior, you could do worse than consider the London Clock Company’s wall clock, which has a marker dial in brushed chrome on its long glass body and is supported at the back by chrome brackets that span its length. Slim, quiet and super-stylish, the 63cm-high (and 21.5cm wide) timepiece has a long, rod-like pendulum and is powered by a solitary AA battery.

Acctim Bromsgrove Pendulum Clock in Oak
Bromsgrove Pendulum Clock in Oak – £59, Acctim

A perfect combination of traditional materials and modern design, Acctim’s Bromsgrove clock has a quartz movement and is powered by a single AA battery. Its white face, with black hands, is bordered by a spun metal bezel and sits on an asymmetrical oak and mirrored backdrop. A simple stick-like pendulum beats time beneath the face of this 18.5cm-high timepiece.

Miu Yellow Patterned Cuckoo Wall Clock

Yellow Patterned Cuckoo Wall Clock – £30, Miu

Exclusive to Habitat, Miu’s pendulum wall clock takes a simple shape and decorates it with a colourful yellow and grey vintage pattern. The long pendulum of the quirky 49.5cm-high timepiece is decorated in a monochrome checked pattern and the hands are an acid orange. In a circular cut-out at the top, you’ll find a perching (albeit stationary) red cuckoo. Perfect to add a bit of character to even the most staid backdrop!

Five Fabulous Statement Wall Mirrors

A mirror can really have a transformative effect on the room – as well as making your living space look twice as big, it can add brightness and, if you choose a statement wall mirror then they can add a real focal point to your environment. Join us as we choose our five currently-available favourites.

Christine Mirror by Fiam Italia

Christine Mirror – £259.99, Fiam Italia

At a fairly gigantic 195 wide by 100cm high, you might need a large room to accommodate the spectacular Christine Mirror by Fiam Italia, but if you have a grand and airy room then it will be a stunning talking point! Fiam Italia specialise in creating furniture made from applying industrial processes and craftsmanship to curved glass, and the traces of heat forging on this piece guarantee that each piece is unique.

Lorentz Metal Wall Mirror Rose Gold

Lorentz Metal Wall Mirror Rose Gold – £446 (was £480), Deco Home

Comprising a large (90cm in diameter) circular centre with ten rods of metal on either side like the pipes of a church organ, the Lorentz wall mirror wall is part of an equally unusual range that includes dining, end and console tables as well as an entertainment unit. Each item is also available in a chrome colour as well as in this warm rose gold. It’s currently available at £34 so buy it now for a sweet discount.

Notre Monde Metal Frame Rectangular M Wall Mirror

Metal Frame Rectangular M Wall Mirror – £595, Notre Monde

Taking the art of Dutch abstract painter Mondrian as its inspiration, the M wall mirror from Notre Monde uses three colours of glass – bronze, clear and charcoal – and arranges them in the style of one of his familiar grid paintings. It has hangers on each corner, so you can display it whichever way up you prefer. It’s a metre square, so it’s big enough to make a real impact in any room.

Yearn Chain Wall Mirror in Silver

Chain Wall Mirror in Silver – £199, Yearn Mirrors

An impressive 134cm wide and 83cm high, this contemporary wall mirror by Yearn is more than large enough for you to touch your make-up in! The large rectangular centre is edged in a rather generously-sized ‘chain link’ design which has bevelled edges (it’s 6cm deep so it has a real chunky feel to it). A 102cm-in-diameter circular version (which employs the same technique to great effect) is also available.

Gallery Specter Wall Mirror

Specter Wall Mirror – £179.99, Gallery

Gallery’s Specter wall mirror consists of a large rectangular mirror at the centre of a bold geometric metal design. The copper-coloured frame is made up of multiple copper-effect criss-crossing rods, which are bent at angles to one another. The edges of this piece of art extend to 119cm high and 94cm wide, so make sure you’ve cleared plenty of wall space if you want to invest in this beauty!

Light up Your Life: Indoor Lanterns

Electric lighting is all very well, but rarely can it create the same sort of atmosphere as a simple candle in a lantern. Lanterns have also become popular as people go for more rustic home decor schemes, or in bathrooms where nautical is a popular look. Bearing that in mind, we’ve had a stroll around our favourite online shops and come up with our five favourite indoor lanterns.

Large Fusion Bamboo Globe Lantern

Large Bamboo Globe Lantern – £40 (was £80), Fusion

Looking for a large statement piece for your indoor or outdoor entertainment space? This bamboo lantern could be just the thing for you – its 54cm-high frame will provide your room with a great focal point and, when lit, will emit a warm and soft glow. This giant piece is currently available at half its original price but is selling out fast, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on this one.

2 Piece Lighthouse Lantern Set by Home Etc

Two-piece Lighthouse Lantern Set – £51.99 (was £54.61), Home Etc

Two for the price of one, this time – this sturdy pair of lighthouse lanterns is made from iron, given a lacquered grey finish. Both pieces are quite sizeable – the larger lighthouse is 54cm high and its more diminutive sidekick is 36cm high – and candles can be inserted at the base and the middle ‘viewing’ area as well as in the more traditional top section. They can be displayed either freestanding or hung from the hooks.

Linea Medium Metal Lantern

Medium Metal Lantern – £40, Linea

Exclusively designed for House of Fraser, this decorative lantern is a simple, quality piece that will elevate any interior design scheme thanks to its sleek lines. A shapely glass midsection, in the shape of an inverted bulb, sits on top of a chrome base. On top rests a matching chrome lid, attached to which you’ll find a leather looped handle, meaning that this 34cm-high piece can be hung as well as positioned as a freestanding piece.

ELVA metal lantern in black

Black Elva Metal Lantern – £57.49, Maisons du Monde

A slight departure from the nautical feel of many of our other choices, this Elva metal lantern  has a squared structure with horizontal openwork along its sides and is finished in black, though a white version is also available. Inside, you’ll find a candle-holding glass container. An impressive 61cm high, this lantern can be used both indoors or outside and it has a handle at the top that means you can transport it with ease.

Wilko Rope Lantern

Glass and Rope Lantern – £10, Wilko

We end with a real bargain – every bit as functional and aesthetically pleasing as many more expensive versions, this rustic lantern from Wilko comprises a large glass base encircled by rope. Around the neck of the lantern, the pins of a thick chrome band are attached to a thicker piece of rope that mean you can hang the lantern if you choose. Perfect for brightening up a bathroom, this simple piece can be yours for just a tenner!

Five of the Best: Storage Trunk Sets

If you’re pushed for space, then there’s every chance you’ll need to explore your storage options…but some of them are more stylish than options! Trunks can be a great alternative to a sideboard or cupboard – not only do they look great, they be transported easily and can be slid under the bed or carried to the attic. Having said that, if you’re the happy purchaser of any of the trunks we’re showcasing today, the last thing you’ll want to do is hide them away!

Aluminium and Copper 3 Piece Trunk Set by Homestead Living

Aluminium and Copper Trunk Set – £274.99 (was £500), Homestead Living

Steampunk remains such a big trend, but it’s easier to add it to your wardrobe than to your decor – but this great set of three trunks will help redress the balance! In graduating sizes, each of the three is covered in aluminium-coloured metal that’s been given an aged, soft, almost iridescent sheen. With a ‘patched’, rivetted finish, they are large enough to be used as coffee or bedside tables, as well as looking beautiful at the end of your bed.

Split Willow Set 3 Leather Strap Storage Trunks

Split Willow Leather Strap Storage Trunks – £49.99, Very.co.uk

If your decor is more rustic in style then grey storage trunks will fit in beautifully. Crafted from split willow, they are lined with fabric and finished with faux leather storage straps so they can be closed securely. They’re also available in a natural finish, and are part of a range that includes magazine holders, laundry baskets and storage units – so there’s no excuse for letting that clutter accumulate!

John Lewis Water Hyacinth Trunks, Set of 3

Water Hyacinth Trunks – £100, John Lewis

The amount of new materials used in home furniture seems to be multiplying at a bewildering speed: but we won’t complain while the results are as aesthetically pleasing as this set of trunks from John Lewis is made from water hyacinth, a fibrous tissue that is perfect for basket weaving. Each box has a hinged lid and the two smaller trunks fit into the larger one. A grey wicker version is also available if you like the baskets but not the colour.

Brown Vintage Book Trunks (Set of 3)

Brown Vintage Book Trunks – £419 (was £451), Deco Home

Read all about it! Or at least…create a grand, bookish feel to any of the rooms of your home with these three vintage-style trunks, each of which is covered with a book design. The edges of the trunks are finished with a faux leather trim embellished with rivets and there are latches at the sides. The largest of the trunks measures 65cm by 42cm (41cm high) and so there’s plenty of place to store your stuff. Maybe even your books!

Darjeeling Set Of 3 Storage Trunks

Darjeeling Set Of 3 Storage Trunks – £264.99, IPD Furniture

We end with the Darjeeling storage trunks – three beautiful boxes that are handmade from Indian Sheesham wood by skilled craftsmen. Built with huge attention to detail, each piece has true rustic charm and has the quality you’d expect from antique boxes. If you love the look, you’ll find a dining set, coffee table, lamp unit and television unit (though it’ll be hard to pass this off as antique!) in the same range.