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I had a strange day last Thursday. It started with a visit to a chiropractor which was a first. The Queen was in York for the day and as I left the chiropractor (in some discomfort) she drove past (she wasn’t driving) , my quickly taken photo captures her/her nose perfectly, only the Queen waves like that.

We drove over to Nantwich in the afternoon to spend the Easter weekend with my sister and family. By a quirk of fate Scott Matthews was playing at the civic hall. If you like Jeff Buckley or Nick Drake then Scott Matthews will probably be for you. It was great to hear him live, a really captivating and intimate gig.

My cheap kodak point and shoot is well known for its inability to take decent photos. So here’s a blurred image and one with the subject cropped.

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turn key


 

 

 
A great new product has just arrived in store. Turn Key is designed by Isreal based brand Monkey Business, it’s the kind of product that will last you a life time and is guaranteed to make you smile every time you use it.

Buy yours here.

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pucket – the tournament


 
We are going to hold the inaugural York Pucket Championships on 3rd April at 7pm at the Lamb & Lion on High Petergate, York.

There will be a unique Pucket Bucket trophy for the winner and of course a bottle of champagne, all competitors will get a hot pie to sustain/console them.
 

 
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the game of Pucket there is a clip above, it’s fun, fast and incredibly simple. Quick fingers and a steely nerve are an advantage!

Entry forms will be available from the shop from Friday 9th March, the entry fee is a mere £2, Hurry though as there are only 32 places available on a first come first served basis. All of the entry money goes straight into the prize pot. Pucket is available to buy both in the shop and through our site.

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HOME 2012

A quick picture of our stand from HOME – LONDON at Earls Court this week (the intense light and funny carpet made it a bit hard to expose the camera, sorry).

It was a great show for the snowhome wholesale side of the business, as we used the show to launch the new “Word Map of London” which was well received and we managed to pick up some great new stockists. The show was also a great place to look around and find some new stock for the shop for new year….if you’ve been in the shop lately you’ll understand that it’s needed!

John also exhibited at HOME (on the stand behind) where he also launched some great new products, soon to be stocked in snowhome. (See his stand below).

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TELEGRAPH – SHOP AWARDS

Since last weekend, snowhome has received a healthy increase of both internet orders and footfall. A small percentage of these customers all have one thing in common…..they have read about snowhome in the Telegraph, where we have been nominated for ‘The Best Small Shops in Britian Awards’. From this feature we have even had a few sales direct to celebrities, I would love to say who, but I better not….I don’t want ruin any suprise christmas gifts now do I (you just don’t know who’s reading this blog).

Anyway, this is a competition, so now we’ve finished bragging we’d love to receive your votes. Please CLICK HERE to nominate us if you feel we are up to it. IMPORTANT scroll down to the BEST FOR INTERIORS section when voting.

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GRAZE




Every Wednesday the postman brings me a Graze box, it’s a birthday present from my Mum.
The whole Graze concept is very nicely thought out right the way through from the website to the clever packaging. It’s an exercise in very good branding and it works because all the details are consistent. To be honest , I’m more a fan of the cute box design and the little craft booklet than I was of yesterdays “love mix” but I can use the website to delete love mix from my future orders. One of the best things about the Graze experience is receiving a neat little present in the the post every week, when I’m used to bills and invoices a box of goodies is always a more than welcome delivery.
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LIVE MUSIC

I’m not a regular gig go-er any more but have been lucky to have seen not one but two great live acts in the last week.

We saw Faithless last Thursday at Brixton Academy followed more by Ben Howard at the Duchess in York on Tuesday. As events , probably as different as chalk and cheese or maybe as different as dance electronica and mellow acoustics. Both were uplifting and hugely enjoyable in very different ways ( one in a adrenaline rich, dynamic, dancy sweaty way the other in a warm, intimate , herbal tea kind of way ) it’s good to be reminded again of the intensity of a live performance. I’ll add to my list of things that I should do it more often!
Things have been a bit busy with a final push to get our new “product” ready to launch next week, if all goes well I’ll be posting a preview next Thursday.

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR

An unexpected series of events this week ( nothing too serious ) have given rise to a little soul searching these last few days.

The first optimistic days of warm spring sunshine have coincided with the growing realisation that a bright and fulfilling future for us is more achievable through greater investment in our own ideas and creativity.
It’s not a groundbreaking theory or even a lightbulb moment it’s just makes good sense. It gives the news below a little more relevance too!…..
I’ve been developing a new product for the shop for the past two months. We will be launching it at the Grand Designs Live exhibition at Excel in London on 30th April. John and I will be sharing a stand to promote his Embrace unit together with new Snowhome item.
I don’t want to give too much away at this stage but I’ve been working in collaboration with Alison Hardcastle ( friend, illustrator and former Snowhome employee ). I’m really pleased with the work in progress, the final results will be something very new for us. I will post news here before the end of April so you’ll get a preview ( and a chance to buy ) prior to the official Launch at the exhibition.
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BEN HOWARD

Ben Howard. A bit of a favourite listen in the snowhome shop last summer and we’ve just heard he’ll be playing in York on the 12th of April. See you there!
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LAMINO

We had a special delivery from SWEDESE this morning with the LAMINO chair we had ordered for a customer. As shop owner Angus took the privilege of sampling it, (I hope they don’t mind). Angus described as “the comfiest chair I have ever sat on” followed by “I want one”.
The lamino chair was designed by Swedese founder Yngve Ektrom in 1956, it’s timeless. I hope I can design something like this one day.
PS. sneaked embrace in the shot (bit of shameless self promo)
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