Fathers Day is fast approaching. Interior designer Jamie Hempsall gives his advice on what to buy Dad.
If you have been anywhere near a card shop on the High Street in the last few weeks, you must be aware that it is Father’s Day this Sunday – a chance for us all to say thank you to our Dad. Whilst it might be traditional to give CDs, Sweets or a good bottle, there are plenty of interior items that should definitely appeal to the “Man of the House”.
Reflecting Dad’s individual style is important in your choice of your gift and for the sartorially aware chap surely there can be nothing more appealing than a bit of tweed added to your interior. Fabric houses have been using plaid and tweed for some time, but the Green Tweed A4 Magazine Box from Chia Maria is the first serious interior accessory I have fallen in love with. The imitation suede lining definitely adds a special touch of class (£26 – www.chiamaria.com; 020 8265 4539).
Green Tweed A4 Magazine Box from Chia Maria
You can combine a further sense of fun and functionality with the Harvest Coat Rack, which makes terrific use of a redundant rake. It is a perfect gift idea for those gardening enthusiast Dads and can be used inside or outside as a playful coat or object hanger; not to mention conversation piece. They are available in powder- coated steel in a variety of colours (£21.50 – www.shoponyourdoorstep.com; 01843 808061).
Harvest Coat Rack made from a yellow rake
When it comes to imbibing what matters is not just what is in the glass, but what is on the outside! If Corona is his tipple serve him up a treat with a set of two glasses made from recycled bottles. The Corona glasses are dishwasher safe, so you do not even need to get lumbered with washing them up for him (£12.50 for a pair – www.seld.co.uk; 01654 767475).
Corona bottle glasses from Seld
If he is more of a coffee enthusiast, he may enjoy supping whilst masquerading behind the moustache of a favourite character from film, TV or literature. Rume has a range of fine bone china espresso cups & saucers featuring three designs pairing a different moustache on either side: choose from Fu-Magnum, Maurice-Poirot or Mustafa-Chaplin. The saucers all feature a gentlemanly bow tie and there is even a bowler hat sugar bowl to match (Cup and Saucer £14.50 – www.rume.co.uk; 01273 777 810).
Moustache Espresso Cup And Saucer from Rume
Sometimes Fathers just need to know that something is exclusively theirs (be it a bar of chocolate or a favourite breakfast cereal). If this is the case, you could create a personalised enamel tin to hold his private treasures. These hand painted beauties come in a variety of sizes and are made to order as a truly individual gift (from £39 – www.jonnyssister.co.uk; 01935 873186)
Enamel storage tins made to order from www.jonnyssister.co.uk
TRULY INDIVIDUAL IMAGES
Without any doubt a framed photograph of loved ones is always a winner and something that can be used both at home or taken to your Dad’s place of work. If you fancy this idea, but want to add a hint of individuality why not consider a Personalised Digital Silhouette Print – custom designed from your own photograph. Cat’s Print Shop take your image and create the Silhouette using a palette of contemporary and vintage inspired colours. They are provided ready to frame in standard 8” x 10” or 11” x 14” sizes. From £40 (www.catsprintshop.com; 07852 774 335).
Personalised digital silhouette prints from Cat’s Print Shop