Posted on July 25, 2019 by Alex Perrins

While your furniture makes a house, it’s the accessories you choose that make it a home. Adding finishing touches with texture, colour and patterns can turn a blank canvas into a statement look. Whether you lean towards the contemporary or hanker after the classic, here’s our favourite must-haves from our selection of homeware stores.

Crafted in Portugal, in blocked, summery colours, the Auburn woven throw, £25 from MADE.COM, is the perfect extra layer when sofa binge-watching or draped over the bed for snuggling-up. The tasselled edge adds a traditional twist to modern colour palette of pale yellow and dusky pink.

Add a touch of contemporary design to a side table or fill with seasonal blooms, these Trio ceramic vases, £113 from Calligaris are available in a range of different matte tones. As stylish as they are practical, pile them together for a personal look.

With its modern geometric pattern, the hand-tufted Colmena Multi rug by Linie Design at Heal’s is a captivating piece of Danish craft. The elaborate pattern and varying shades of colour perfectly create a harmonious design. Was £371, currently £315 in the 15% sale.

Square or rectangular, patterned or plain; style a range of comfy cushions on your sofa, favourite chair or bed for relaxed chic. Opt for a colour co-ordinated collection – that includes embossed fabrics and premium velvet – from BoConcept to create a look that oozes style. Prices start from £43.

This vintage inspired framed Russian space-age print, £45 from MADE.COM, will bring that oh-so-cool mid-century influence for a 70s-inspired interior. Hang on its own for impact or use it as the starting point for an on-trend gallery wall.

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Posted on July 25, 2019 by Alex Perrins

“I’m bored”… the phrase guaranteed to panic even the most well-organised parent during summer. With six, long weeks on the horizon it can be tricky – not to mention pricey – finding enough activities to keep the little ones smiling. So check out our guide on keeping the kids fed, entertained and informed at the Mailbox this holiday.

Step Inside the Exciting World Of Broadcasting At BBC Birmingham

Take a tour behind the scenes of our BBC TV studios and discover what it takes to put together high quality news bulletins and radio drama … and even have a go at making your very own radio play.

The organised visits – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.30am and 1.00pm – last about an hour and a half, and offer all ages the chance to gain access to this rarely seen part of the media industry. They are fully accessible but any specific access requirements can be discussed in advance.

For details and booking visit CLICK HERE.

Dine In Style With Your Mini Fashionistas

Junior diners can enjoy a menu full of classic kids dishes in style at Harvey Nichols; they can choose from cheesy pasta, chicken nuggets, fish fingers or a beef burger with fries, or meatballs with a choice of fries or pasta. For dessert, there’s a chocolate brownie or an ice cream sundae.

Available for those aged 12 and under, the menu also features fun colouring activities including designing your own handbag and trainers, and dot-to-dot high heels. Mains are priced from £4 and puddings are £3 and they can add a stylish mocktail or pressed juices, with prices starting from £5.

Films for all the Family

From July 21-August 25 we’re spoiling the parents just as much as the children with our free showings of 90s family classics on our giant Urban Room screen. You bring the popcorn and we’ll provide the entertainment. Showings at 11am unless stated.

Saturday July 27: Matilda

Sunday July 28: The Addams Family

Friday August 2: Chocolat

Saturday August 3: James and the Giant Peach

Sunday August 4: Ratatouille

Saturday August 10: The Parent Trap (1998)

Sunday August 11: Free Willy

Saturday August 17, 1pm: The Fantastic Mr Fox, in partnership with Flatpack Film Festival.

Sunday August 18, 3pm: Isle of Dogs, in partnership with Flatpack Film Festival.

Saturday August 24: The Witches

Sunday August 25: The Borrowers

Kids Eat For £1 At Café Rouge

Ensure eating out as a family doesn’t break the budget with this tasty offer. Mini diners can tuck into three delicious courses plus a drink and they’ll also get an activity pack on arrival. What’s more, Café Rouge offers nutritionally balanced children’s puddings that are approved by the Soil Association’s Out to Lunch campaign!

The Petit Menu is designed for two-six year olds while the Kids Menu is perfect for seven-12 year olds and the kids eat for just £1 promotion runs until August 18. For more details and menu visit CLICK HERE

Relaxed screening of The Lion King

Our very own Everyman Cinema will be showing the remake of this Disney Classic at a special relaxed screening on Sunday August 18 at 11am. Aimed especially for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivity, learning disabilities and/or additional needs and their families, friends and carers, there will be no ads or trailers, lights will be left on low during the film and the volume will be reduced. This relaxed environment means guests are free to move around and make noise.

To book with a CEA Card, please contact Everyman Customer Services Team on 01233 504815, or pop into the cinema and have a chat with a member of staff.

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