Our Scandinavian-inspired Elements collection is travelling all the way to Africa this season， and returning home with a wealth of tribal markings and animals accessories. Crisp contrasting monochrome， natural materials， and matte finishes create a modern ethnic stylepersonalized gifts for him， complete with highlights of deep indigo， rich turmeric and burnt orange.
Dunelm’；s Head of Design， Debbie Drake， shares the inspiration behind the trend and her favourite features：？？personalised gifts
“；I’m delighted that our customers are getting behind our Elements range! It’；s growing from strength to strength. This is great as it gives the design team more freedom to try new and exciting ideas. African tribal patterns and colours are currently a big influence on the home market， so this season we have taken our Elements brand in this direction， whilst maintaining the important overall modern Scandi style.
The bedding designs in this season’s story are bold and graphic –； playing to our strength in designs with unisex appeal， but my favourite part of the collection is the bathroom range. Blending ochre and black on borders of fresh white towelling. The hard accessories feature a textural marking pattern which delivers the tribal theme in a very easy going way. Whilst grey has been the best-selling colour in bathroom for the last few seasons， I expect crisp monochrome to grow in popularity this year.
Dunelm has a loyal customer base with a strong global style. I’m hoping this collection will offer something new for them， but also a new generation of home decorators. As a nation we have increasingly more people living in rented accommodation and those who are lucky enough to buy find they have smaller living spaces than their parents did – ？so we are focusing on offering compact furniture ranges and accents pieces which are petite， but packed with personality.
Enhance your new scheme with our fun stylised African animal motifs and add a splash of trend colour shades of turmeric and burnt orange. Complete the look with some large-scale house plants with glossy leaves， such as rubber or fig.”；
Whether you are beginning or ending a line of quilting stitches, the stitches must be secured to keep them from coming undone. In this post I’ll teach you how to “pack the stitches,” a technique in which the first few stitches – or last few, if at the end of a line – are placed very, very close together.
My husband and I have gotten to that point in our lives where we buy everything we want.? This makes gift giving nearly impossible.? This year, I sewed him a love note. Start with a piece of whitish fabric slightly more than 2 sheets of notebook paper (allowing for the seams).? I found mine in the remnant bin at the fabric store. Mark the borders and the vertical red line for each sheet.? Sew a double red line down each piece of paper and "equally spaced" blue lines across both sheets.? I embrace the fact that it is homemade, so I didn't want it to be perfect.? With pencil, write your message. Using the color of your choice, sew your message on the write side of the fabric.? I found that using an embroidery hoop made it so much easier. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together and sew up the edges, leaving a 1-2 inch gap to turn it right-side-out.? At this point I'd recommend using a thread color similar to your fabric. Pass the fabric through this hole. Sew around the border of the whole sheet being sure to tuck in the part you left unsewn to turn it right-side-out.? Play around with stitch lengths to get the look you want.? I used a longer stitch for the red, and a really short stitch for the blue.? I really think it would be fun to make an envelope, but I was so excited to give it to my husband, I gave it to him in a paper envelope.