The Northern Line News - Design Led Homeware, Gifts and Art from Cumbria

Coco - The Art of Chocolate. Looks good enough to eat!

Coco - The Art of Chocolate. Looks good enough to eat!

Two passions of The Northern Line, very neatly packaged into one...good design and great tasting chocolate! Though with this product there's a very compelling story to go with it and a passion to put product before profit. Coco make chocolate, very nice chocolate, and they collaborate with a number of artists to create beautifully packaged bars. The beauty of this product is inside and out, because the chocolate, unlike many, is sourced at origin in Colombia. By purchasing a product at origin, more profit stays within the country and develops the industry. Coco visit Bogota, Colombia's colourful capital to oversee the beans...

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Homeware from Lakeland makers

Homeware from Lakeland makers

It goes without saying that we not only love living in the Lakes but are very proud of our part of the world so we thought we'd put you face to face with Makers from this part of the world that we are delighted to stock in our shop and online. Alicja of Upland Clay based near Penrith makes beautiful handmade ceramics. We first came across her work at the Borrowdale YHA when we stayed there for a weekend hiking (we highly recommend a visit to this hostel). Alicja's individual style is distinct and very personal and having visited her studio you're aware...

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The Feel-Good Hit of the Year!

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year!

Without doubt the product line that most caught the eye last year, both in our shop and on our website was the Jimbobart range. Basically it's a product for grown up kids, kids and all those in-between. This delightful range plays on our sense of humour and love of animals, especially animals in pyjamas and superhero clothes and that certainly seems to have found favour with many of our customers. It's a quirky range that includes the full gamut of kitchen and dining accessories from mugs and plates through to platters, tins for biscuits, cakes and sandwiches and even some slider cases for...

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Geo to Go - earthy modernist fits the bill

Geo to Go - earthy modernist fits the bill

New Year and some new arrivals, but we're right on board with a trend that never really leaves the home styling arena - namely geometric. Although the buying trends we picked up on in our Windermere shop and certainly online is the appeal of a more earthy less hard defined geometric which works so well on ceramics and definitely has a strong effect on soft furnishings. So for the new arrivals we have these lovely cushions and throw/blankets perfectly illustrating this strong but homely geometric feel. Black and cream, although strong in contrast will sit comfortably with pretty much any colour combo...

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Inspiration for Home Styling

Inspiration for Home Styling

At Home with Alice is a lovely Home, lifestyle and travel blog and obviously at this time of the year there's plenty of tips on gift buying and home styling for the Christmas period. We're delighted to be featured within the section on Gifts for Him - yes that notoriously difficult area to find inspiration! Throughout the site though, you'll find plenty of other interesting topics and well worth a visit. You can find the link to Alice at Home below. https://athomewithalice.co.uk/best-christmas-gifts-for-him/

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