Mar 12, 2017
Spring has almost sprung, and at nookoo HQ we’ve been scouring suppliers for some fresh new products that will help bring your home right up to speed. Whether you’re tackling a trend or just need a little newness, you’re sure to find something to update your nook. Here’s a selection of some of our favourite new items, in easy neutral tones that will slot right in.
This Scandinavian-inspired artwork from Born Lucky nurtures childhood imagination, with gender neutral colours that radiate calm and tranquility. Designed and made in the UK, each piece is carefully printed on chic matte white paper, giving a vibrant finish that’s made to last. From minimalist lettering to striking botanicals, there’s a contemporary print for every little one’s nook - add one magnetic print frame and you’re good to go.
This macrame wall hanging has us dreaming of lazy beach days and sun-kissed afternoons (now we just need the weather to catch up!) Until then we’ll just have to bring the sunshine inside and let this wall hanging take pride of place. Fitting in perfectly in almost any room, try hanging yours above a desk or a chair for an instant cosy feel.
Banish boring storage tubs with this fun woven basket, beautifully adorned with its own tonal woollen pom poms. Great for tidying away toys or hiding (erm, storing) your laundry, it’s handcrafted from sustainable hemp and is a functional nod to this spring’s natural trend.
Bamboo has long been a design favourite, and is given a refined yet fresh appeal with these mirrors from Madam Stoltz. The Danish designer’s latest collection is effortlessly inspired by outdoor living and artisan crafts, with each and every mirror lovingly handmade.
Dec 11, 2016
‘Small Business, Big Difference’ - that was the battle cry for Small Business Saturday, which bolstered the earnings of millions this year. Here at nookoo we’re all about independence, and with the festive period just around the corner, there’s no better time to start shopping small. Here are 5 reasons to support the little guys this Christmas.
Finding Something Different
If you’re bored of browsing the same tired gift sets, then shopping small is the way to go. Independent retailers stock unusual, quirky gifts that you’re unlikely to find anywhere on the high street. Not only will your present be extra special, you know it’s not something they already own. For the little one in your life, these patterned pieces by Marmalade Sky are truly unique.
Small businesses put more money back into the local area than their larger counterparts, and can play a pivotal role in building a sense of community. Earl of East, purveyors of hand-poured candles, are not only a permanent fixture on the London market scene, but share the love with regular creative workshops across the city.
Investing in Quality
Many small businesses make products by hand, often with years of expertise behind them. Family-run Flensted Mobiles have been perfecting their craft since the 1950s, with all of their products both designed and made in their native Denmark. With credentials like that, you can rest assured that your carefully picked gift won’t be in bits by New Year’s Eve.
Supporting A Family
Instead of lining the pockets of a big shot corporation, when you shop small you are supporting small too. For you it may be just another Christmas gift, but it makes whole world of difference to the people behind it. Wildfire Teepees began as a one-woman business, and directly supports a family of 4. How about that for some guilt-free shopping?
Paying It Forward
Small businesses not only contribute to their local communities, but often give back on a much larger scale, donating up to 250% more than the standard big biz. Built on close links with it’s Indian suppliers, Madam Stoltz supports a New Delhi school, with a fair trade initiative giving straight back to its roots.
Behind these reasons are millions of people whose dreams have been built on supporting the small. If you haven’t quite sorted your Christmas shopping this year, we hope you’ll choose to spend where it counts. Shopping small is the gift that just keeps on giving.