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Five of the Best: Earthenware Storage Jars

Glazed earthenware makes beautiful storage jars – the earthenware itself is relatively easy to shape, and the glaze makes it watertight. This is nothing new of course – in fact pit-fired earthenware has been produced as early as 29,000 BC. So, what we can say with confidence is: today’s choice of five earthenware storage jars isn’t going to go out of fashion in a hurry!

Habitat Tira Small Orange Storage Jar with Black and White Stripes

Tira Small Orange Storage Jar – £7.50 (was £10), Habitat

Add instant cheer to your kitchen with the addition of the Tira small orange storage jar which has a wide-mouthed bottle shape and is painted in parallel bands of black and white topped with a panel of orange. A wooden lid with a silicone seals makes it airtight. It’s part of a range of similarly-painted jars in different sizes and colours – all of which are currently on sale, so there’s never been a better time to upgrade your storage options!

Rick Stein Coves of Cornwall Earthenware Storage Jar - 1L

Coves of Cornwall Earthenware Storage Jar – £17, Rick Stein

We’re sure seafood enthusiast Rick Stein knows a thing or two about storage and this elegant earthenware jar is part of his exclusive collaboration with John Lewis. The tall, cylindrical cream-coloured pot – which has the capacity of one litre – is painted on one side with the abstract blue Coves of Cornwall logo. It’s topped with a wooden lid that fits tightly and has a rather rustic, threaded rope handle.

Brigitte earthenware floral vintage pot in blue and green
Brigitte earthenware floral vintage pot in blue and green – £5.35, Maisons du Monde

Who can resist the retro, almost Scandinavian style of this earthenware storage jar from Maisons du Monde? We know we can’t! Microwave and dishwasher-proof, the 7cm high (and 11cm in diameter) Brigitte jar features a gorgeous floral and foliage design in shades of yellow, orange and light blue and has a circular lid with a natural wooden finish which slots on tightly to provide perfect storage.

M&S Textured Storage Jar Medium

Textured Storage Jar Medium – £9.50, M&S

Stylish without being obtrusive, M&S’s storage jar has a pleasing texture thanks to recessed honeycomb shapes on its surface. This medium-sized version is part of a wider range that includes a small version (with the same proportions) and a large tub that’s somewhat shorter and fatter. The jars have wooden lids and are available in charcoal grey as well as in this cream-coloured variety.

Blue Spot Plain Store Jar Set by Fairmont and Main Ltd

Blue Spot Plain Store Jar Set – £27.57 (was £56.97), Fairmont and Main Ltd

We finish with a trio of earthenware store jars. Perfect for both town or country kitchens, they are hand-decorated with a spot design in three different shades of blue on a cream background. The handle of the matching jar lids – all of which have airtight seals to ensure contents remain fresh – are painted in dark blue. Matching textiles are available and this fine set is currently on sale – so act now if you fancy a kitchen revamp!

Five Festive Finds: Christmas Cushions

It’s a cliche to say that Christmas seems to get earlier every year but…it really does! The local pubs have been taking bookings for the day itself since the end of August, so we may even be a bit behind the curve here! Still – forewarned is forearmed, and there are also one or two bargains available in our five favourite Christmas-themed cushions.

Town Scene Light Up Cushion

Town Scene Light Up Cushion – £6.99 (was £24.99), Ace.co.uk

The advantage of buying now, as opposed to in ‘peak festive meltdown’ week, means that you can find some rather splendid pieces – such as this red town scene cushion –  for bargain prices! Made from polyester with Sherpa on the reverse, the landscape depicted on this sizeable (43cm square) cushion has a starry backdrop which actually illuminates, should you insert two AA batteries into it!

Velvet Christmas Cat Print Cushion

Velvet Christmas Cat Print Cushion – £15, M&S

Our feline friends might be as indifferent to the festive season as babies are, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be incorporated into proceedings, thanks to tasteful items such as this marvellous cat print cushion from M&S. The cuddly 45cm by 45cm cushion is actually made from a polyester velvet, printed with a charming picture of a cat resting on a red blanket in a festive environment.

Reindeer Cushion Cover by House Additions

Reindeer Cushion Cover – £4.99 (was £11.99), House Additions

Adding a lovely tan colour to the festive surroundings, this wool-mix cushion features a pattern featuring parallel rows of snowflakes (or are they poinsettias?!) and two symmetrical reindeer. It’s the perfect piece to add a festive feel to a sofa or a guest bedroom and is made from a cosy wool-rich viscose mix. Should you like this look, a smaller version and a matching draught excluder are also available.

Christmas Pudding Cushion

Christmas Pudding Cushion – £14.99, Very.co.uk

Even if you don’t like the real thing, you can’t fail to be cheered by this Christmas pudding cushion which features a design in brown, white, red and green with 3D detail. The circular cushion is 38cm in diameter and will look great on a sofa or under a tree, as well as being extremely comforting to clutch to your stomach during the Queen’s speech as you recover from that Christmas Day binge.

John Lewis Folklore Round Embroidered Cushion

Folklore Round Embroidered Cushion – £25, John Lewis

If (like us, if we’re being honest), you think it is slightly too early to go full-on festive, you can dip your toe into the water gently and introduce this embroidered round cushion to your surroundings. Festive, but not in an over-the-top way, it’s part of John Lewis’s Folklore range, which aims  to bring Scandinavian festive designs into our homes. This cushion is 40cm in diameter and embroidered with a beautiful pattern in shades of blue, red, white and orange.