The Mercantile Blog

  • New Product - Luxurious Reindeer Hides

    I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about our latest fabulous addition to our collection - these soft, thick and warm reindeer hides.  Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, they look wonderful on the sofa, the floor or outside for staying cosy while having your coffee on a crisp winter morning.

    Take a look at these beautiful ways to style these versatile rugs, which make perfect Christmas gifts, and if you get one for yourself, be sure to send me a photo of how you use it!

    1) Tough and versatile, these rugs look stunning on the floor, especially against painted wood or better yet - polished concrete.  We'll definitely be having them in our house in Crete on our industrial-minimalist concrete floors.

    2) Tough they may be, but they're also soft and warm - drape it over your sofa, maybe layered up with our chunky knit aran throw for decadent cosiness. 

    3) Our Norwegian friends, Stefan and Linda, have a snug verandah at the front of their seaside "hytte" or hut, a couple of hours away from Oslo.  Freezing cold, but sunny and sheltered, I'd love to snuggle up there with one of these furs while drinking my coffee on a bright winter day.

     

    Images with thanks to Nordic Bliss and Still Inspiration.

  • Can We Say It Yet?

    Christmas.

    It's definitely coming.  And you know what?  We love it.  It's not about getting your tree up in November (who does that?) or braving Oxford Street in late December, but about creating an atmosphere of (my favourite new word) "koselig".  Candles, warmth, an open fire, good food, a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere, a constant flow of friendly chat - this is only a fraction of what goes into "koselig" but it's a good start.  

    Many of our products here at Natural History Mercantile feed into this - our cosy throws, our thought-provoking magazines and delicious spreads and chocolates, but perhaps most important of all is our wonderful new collection of candles from Cream of Cornwall.

    They have crafted a special candle just for Christmas, called Nadelik Lowen, which is the Cornish for Christmas, and the wonderful fragrance will softly fill your room with the essence of the most koselig home - mulled wine, cinnamon, cloves and citrus.

    Order yours here and get Christmas off to a cosy start.

  • You Spoke, We Listened

    Last week we asked you to complete a short survey telling us what you thought of Natural History Mercantile.  The results were astonishingly consistent, and we are thrilled to have been able to answer your prayers, uploading new products before you'd even had your morning coffee.

    You asked for wool blankets and throws, and we can see why - dark evenings, dropping temperatures and Christmas coming - we need to snuggle like never before!  So we've introduced some new wool blankets to get your started - a cuddly aran knit and two strokably soft and warm plaid throws.  How can you resist?

     

    Then you asked for candles, so we had a think, and set out to find the most wonderful candles in the UK, made in Cornwall, with wonderful rich fragrance, and some VERY Natural History Mercantile imagery - I just know you'll love them.  See the collection here.

    You also wanted our ceramics back - you told us that you missed our mugs and plates, so tah-dah! A limited edition collection of Natural History's very own designs.  There's only one of each plate though, so don't wait around!  Take a look at the range here.

    Finally, you asked for more jewellery so that you could mix and match our stunning Soru pieces with an affordable selection of bracelets.  No sooner said than done.

     

    Last but not least, the winner of our competition for a box of Bonieri gianduja chocolates is Elise Oliver - congratulations Elise!  We'll be in touch today.

    Thank you all so much for your input - we were overwhelmed with the responses you gave, and appreciate that so very many of you took the time to be a part of our journey.

  • What Do You Think Of Us?

    Would you like to win a box of our mouthwatering Bonieri Gemme chocolates?  

    Take just a moment to tell us what you think of Natural History Mercantile in this quick survey and we'll enter you into a draw to win this delicious box of gianduiotti.

    Take the survey here.

  • Nothing to do with design at all.

    Although perhaps it has everything to do with design, in terms of the wonderful stage direction?

    Anyway, I must have been living under a rock for the last four months, because I only heard about the amazing and talented Rob Cantor today, when I came across the video for Shia LaBoeuf, performed live by Rob Cantor, featuring the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, the West LA Children's Choir and the Argus Quartet.

    The wonderful production carries through into his other videos (available on youtube) which are all beautifully and cleverly made.

    Follow him on youtube here.  His website is fabulous too.

    @robcantor

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