Malmo & Moss Christmas Shopping Guide
Santa is no doubt scratching his head in Lapland right now trying to work out what to load his sleigh with for all those Scandi interiors fans on his list. But fear not Saint Nic, Malmo & Moss has got your back with present ideas galore from a host of beautiful independent stores that will keep all of the Modern Rustic Mademoiselles and Hygge Husbands on your list happy.
My new hot water bottle from Aerende has been nicknamed Camilla Parker Bowles by my husband because since it arrived it has become the third person in our relationship getting more hugs than he does. I am wondering whether I should get Aavril (the lovely lady who knitted it) to make him a jumper in the same design to up his huggability factor. Aavril, who is recovering from breast cancer, knitted it as part of a programme that uses art and social skills to tackle stress and social skills so buying one will help to warm your heart as well as your toes. In fact every one of the beautiful items of homeware stocked by Aerende (which owner Emily describes as a (very) small department store) have been made by a maker facing social challenges so as well as improving your home shopping at Aerende will also help to improve lives.
The Malmo & Moss Edit of Aerende
Here is just a small selection of the beautiful things that caught my eye whilst browsing the Aerende website. There is a host of lovely textiles, ceramics and other items to chose from. Click here to shop.
Lisa Valentine Home
In 1997 my Christmas list featured a new ghetto blaster, an assortment of CDs from Britpop artists (anyone else remember Reef?!) and White Musk perfume from the Body Shop. Fast forward twenty years and I am still an indie kid (although the Reef album went to Oxfam a while ago) but I am no longer a #WhiteMuskWearer and, instead of a ghetto blaster, an oven glove is the number one item on my list. It is just one of the many items of beautiful but useful homeware stocked by the lovely Lisa Valentine Home. Slightly less useful for getting chips out of the oven but just as beautiful is this gorgeous Sasha throw from Lisa and quite possibly the softest thing I have ever owned. It comes in a range of colours including dove grey and blush pink and is only £40.
The Malmo & Moss Lisa Valentine Edit
Can you see why my Christmas list has taken such a practical turn? I mean just look at that duster, it is a thing of beauty! To shop the edit click here.
I first met Anwen, owner of PeaStyle, when she brought a selection of her Scandinavian inspired homeware to the Occasional Home Store Autumn Fair I helped to organise. We didn't get to chat much that day because from the moment the doors opened until we shut up shop there were a swarm of shoppers queuing up to buy the brilliantly curated mix of Scandi homeware PeaStyle offers. Back home and able to browse online without having to beat off a swarm of shoppers, I found my dream rug. It is a moroccan berber design and crucially, living with 3 small children who have the table manners of peasants at a medevial banquet, it is washable.
The Malmo & Moss Peastyle Edit
Sneak peek at some of the other covetable Danish designs to go top of your Christmas list if your Santa will struggle to fit a rug in your stocking. I particularly love the range of baskets Anwen sells which offer a super stylish way for clearing away your clutter.
Saint Nic outta know that no self respecting Scandi fan will want to be without a sheepskin or two to hygge up their home this Christmas and Jord Home is where he needs to send the elves for super soft sheepies at super reasonably prices. If, like my husband, your spouse has a tendency to panic buy practical items (anyone else ever received a portable phone charging battery in their stocking?!) then point them in the direction of the 'Christmas Giftset for Her' which includes a sheepie, a gorgeous scented candle and a pair of sheepskin lined moccasin slippers which have not been off my trotters since they arrived earlier this week.
The Malmo & Moss Jord Home Edit
It is not just Sheepskins that Jord Home specialises in (although there is a beautiful range including this super soft grey one I have my eye on) they also have a brilliant range of affordable rugs which all have a nod to Scandi design. Click here to shop.
Rule Number One in the Modern Rustic Handbook: Get Wood. Natural Wood that is and use liberally throughout your home to add warmth and texture. This chunky monkey rustic serving board from WAB Home ticks that box perfectly and i love the touch of industrial grit added by the scaffold board metal edge. All of their boards have been repurposed from other items giving them a new lease of life and their instagram feed is full of lovely pictures of their products in situ.
Malmo & Moss WAB Home Shopping Edit
Their beautiful serving boards come in a range of different sizes and finishes and look brilliant grouped together. They have also just started making rustic serving trays which sold out almost as soon as they went on sale but which should be being restocked soon. Click here to shop
I used to work as a visual merchandiser for Anthropology sounds so much better than I used to be an environmental lawyer advising clients on their sewage discharge consents. That (not the sewage) is what the incredibly lovely Libby of & Hobbs did before she took a leap of faith and opened up her own shop in a stunning old forge nestled in the village of Shere in the Surrey Hills. To enter the shop is to want to buy everything in it so narrowing down items for your Christmas list may be tricky. I particularly love the Tom Lane Alpaca Socks, the gorgeous slubby ceramics from Libby Baird and luxury stationery from Lola Hoad
The Malmo & Moss &Hobbs Edit
Self gifting has never been easier than when shopping from &Hobbs. There are a host of lovely bath and body products to treat yourself to and I couldn't resist sneaking more of those beautiful socks into the edit. Wallets at the ready? Click here to shop
All I want for Christmas is....breakfast in bed. With three kids under 7 I probably have about as much chance of this happening as waking up on Christmas morning to find Ryan Gosling's baubles in my bed but I have found the perfect tray for my breakfast to be delivered on when we reach a stage in the parental journey when one of them is old enough to make the others toast so that Mr Malmo can refocus his attention on being my #BreakfastButler. It is from Also Home and is made from a lovely mango wood in India by skilled crafts people. It is just one of the beautiful items of hand crafted homeware sourced by owner Anna Schmidt and sold exclusively by Also Home.
The Malmo & Moss Also Home Edit
I tend to look more like a dinner lady than a stylish dame in an apron but the beautiful brushed linen ones on Also Home's website make me want to give aprons another go. I also had to include their gorgeous range of bedding into the edit because I haven't picked up an iron since I got my lovely set of Lisbon linen bedding. Click here if you want to join the non-ironing revolution.
Having been lucky enough to meet the two lovely men behind Fellowstead at the Occasional Home Store Autumn Fair I can confirm that they are every bit as nice as their candles. I was also mightily relieved to come away from our first meeting without having barked at Simon to take the bins out as he happened to be wearing a very similar shirt to Mr Malmo on the day. They started their business hand pouring soy candles in a range of lovely earthy sceents from their South London kitchen in 2015 and have gone from strength to strength with their range now also including these amazing reed diffusers which have finally made the Malmo & Moss bathroom smell much less like a boys urinal. My favourite scent is the Fig Fern and Moss and I love that the packaging for their candles comes with a lovely quote from Tennyson on it making them the perfect Christmas gift. Click here to shop.
One item that always goes on my Christmas list without fail is pyjamas. I am very particular when it comes to my sleepwear. I still mourn the loss of a pair of navy blue check flannel bottoms which I stole off Mr Malmo which had the perfect fitting waist line (by which I mean not so tight as to create muffin top but not so baggy as to make me look like a teenage hoodlum). However after an extensive search I have finally found pyjamas that live up to and surpass the #FlannelFavourites both in style and comfort. They are from Noctu Organic, and made from 100% organic fairtrade cotton. Zoe and Milly, the sister team behind the shop, say the design is influenced by Scandinavian simplicity and minimalism and they have designs for all the family so shop your new nightwear here.