When lockdown hit at the beginning of 2020, the need for self preservation and being kinder to yourself was never more apparent. We promised ourselves we’d eat better food, we’d do more exercise and we’d reconnect with old pastimes that had been swept away in favour of the rat race.
One thing that many of us vowed to do more of was read books. With virtual book clubs becoming more popular than ever before, it was clear immersing ourselves in fictitious literary worlds was the escape we needed. Continue reading
It’s been a strange year so far. We’ve had to adapt our lives to new ways of living and interacting. Keeping the kids entertained has been one of the biggest challenges since they’ve been off school, but one of the benefits we do seem to have is the glorious weather that has stayed with us throughout. Let’s utilise the sunshine and the time we have to enjoy our gardens and our little people, so throw open the french doors and extend the playroom into the garden!
Have you ever watched a film and thought to yourself “Wow! What an incredible place that would be to visit!”… we definitely have. Filming locations don’t just happen by chance, though. Despite being given fictitious names, a film or TV show has to be set somewhere, and not all are produced in giant studios either. Often, when a film or TV show is in pre-production, a location scout (we can only dream of having such a job) is tasked with finding the perfect spot to set the scene.
For big budget blockbusters, this can usually be anywhere in the world and some films can have multiple filming locations. Sometimes those locations can become just as iconic as the film or TV show it’s a part of, too.
Being the curious creatures we are, we wanted to explore some of these iconic film locations, but doing so in real life would cost a pretty penny… so we went on a virtual tour instead! But that’s not all, we’re a door company, so it seems only right to include some iconic doors, too (step aside patio doors!).
Fancy a whimsical wander through Wonderland? Or what about an intergalactic mosey on down to Mos Eisley? Why not take a step through our Magical Mystery Doors and be transported to some real-life movie locations? To begin your tour, click the link below. Beware, though… there’s no telling where you might end up!
If like us you’d love your very own house elf, there’s actually a good chance that you might already have one.
For centuries, the presence of house spirits and mythical creatures that live in the home have played a prominent role in folklore around the world, with many cultures embracing the age old tales and superstitions that are passed down through the generations.
Some are known to be positive, while others… not so much (did you remember to lock the patio doors?…).
If you’re in France, you might be privileged enough to share your home with a Matagot, a mythical creature that takes the form of a cat or sometimes a fox, rat or dog. Matagots are said to bring good fortune… but only if you treat them well!
On the other hand, if you’re in England, you might be unfortunate enough to live with a Boggart (or Bogeyman as they’re affectionately known) – said to be the manifestation of all your fears, the Boggart is fond of mischief and wrong-doing; rattling doors, moving your things and they may even go a step further by stealing your children!
So, which mythical creatures do you share your home with? Check out the funky illustrations we’ve created below and let us know if any of them seem familiar…