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Five simple, subtle ways to style your home for Christmas

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Five simple, subtle ways to style your home for Christmas

It’s Christmas - but that doesn’t mean you have to cover every surface in tinsel. Here are our tips for making your home both festive and stylish... For many, Christmas decoration is a straightforward business: hang fairy lights on everything you can, then drape tinsel on everything else. Not that there’s anything wrong with that - it is Christmas, after all. But for those of us who find that flashing bulbs and neon reindeer bring on a headache, festive decor is a bit trickier. How can you keep your home stylish and relaxing, without seeming too much of a Scrooge?...

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Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

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Antiform - fashion design with a brilliant twist

At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Antiform is a designer fashion label with a twist – they make all their own clothes using reclaimed materials sourced in the UK. We met founder and fashion genius Lizzie Harrison... By Terry Stiastny As I speak to Lizzie Harrison, there’s the rattle of a sewing machine in the background. Lizzie is working in her Bristol warehouse base alongside...

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Wabi-sabi: How to bring the beauty of imperfection into your home

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Wabi-sabi: How to bring the beauty of imperfection into your home

The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi is becoming ever more popular as an approach to interior and garden design. But what is it - and how can you bring ‘beautiful imperfection’ into your home? Search the term #wabisabi on Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll find an extraordinary variety of images. It might be an old lock and key in an ancient door, or a close-up of a crackle glaze on a ceramic vase. It might be a child’s dress displayed against a whitewashed brick wall, or a hand-carved wooden bowl, its deep fissure secured by a single (but mindfully placed) brass...

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Raft does Black Friday (properly)

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Raft does Black Friday (properly)

For Black Friday only, discounts of up to 40% are available across our range... At Raft we reckon that if you’re going to do Black Friday, you may as well do it properly. We’re offering discounts across the entire product range, including up to 20% off accessories. So from reclaimed teak dining tables to hidden bookcases to throws, if there’s something you’ve had your eye on for a while, now’s probably the time to hop in and nab it while stocks last. Browse any of our products online and for Friday 23 November only you’ll see a special discounted price....

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Handmade desks for Project Child schools in Java

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Handmade desks for Project Child schools in Java

How Raft’s hand-crafted wooden tables are helping school kids in Indonesia... Raft’s reclaimed teak comes from Indonesia, and we have our own factory in Yogyakarta, Java, employing local craftsman to make our furniture. We don’t like anything to go to waste, so it was fantastic to be able to put some timber to good use recently when we provided 100 handmade desks for the children of the Sekolah Pantai and Sekolah Sungai schools in Yogyakarta. The schools are supported by Project Child Indonesia, a local community-based NGO, working to alleviate poverty in the coastal and riverside communities of Indonesia. These...

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