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What Are The Benefits Of Bringing Natural Materials Into The Home 
So here’s the thing. We think that the natural world does a pretty good job of being beautiful. We like its myriad of colours, its textures, its strength, its endurance in the face of elemental adversity. Old growth wood is perhaps the most perfect example of this strength and beauty and of course, our reclaimed timber brings with it all those little ‘imperfections’, the unique colours and natural patina that add texture, interest and character to your home. 
But using natural materials in the home brings more than just aesthetic benefits; they can actually make you feel better too! 
"A tidy house is a tidy mind." 
It’s an old, well-worn adage that’s hard to deny, and the satisfaction of a tidy home and the sense of order it brings. 
But a tidy house doesn’t necessarily mean a house that’s not still full of clutter. 
Many of us find ourselves doing a cursory clean-up, a ‘quick, someone’s coming round’ kind of tidy that sees us throwing things into cupboards and under beds where said items languish for days, weeks, sometimes even months and years. 
It’s in with the new, and cleverly away with the old, in our guide to using bespoke furniture storage solutions in your home... 
For many of us, the new year is a time we naturally want to restore a little order after the happy chaos that is Christmas. It’s a time when we reassess our interiors, looking for functional and practical storage solutions to stow away items new and old. 
Are you hosting Christmas dinner this year? 
Maybe it’s a small intimate affair or a full-on extended family and friends feast, either way, there are lots of ways to make the Christmas table the focal point of the celebrations and we’re not talking about just the food. 
Whatever your style, contemporary and cool, rustic and handmade, opulent and glamourous or somewhere in between, we’ve sought out some inspiration and tips to help you bring some environmentally-friendly festive magic to your 
Christmas table decorations. 
We love green here at Chunky Monkey and our overall ethos is one of sustainability and provenance, so it comes as little surprise that we don’t believe in buying lots of plastic shiny stuff that will inevitably end up in the bin as landfill.his text to edit it. 
Of course, it’s where families gather to celebrate special occasions, but the table is also where the everyday minutiae of life plays out. 
It’s where families find themselves together on a daily basis, it’s where family life really takes place. A dining or kitchen table is often the real focal point, or heart, of a home. 
When it comes to choosing a table for your home you’re probably already anticipating its future in your family. The tales it will be able to tell about special family meals, conversations and debates, (ok, arguments). A witness to all those ‘special’ family moments. 
How to pick that special piece 
Many of us have childhood memories of a piece of furniture that took pride of place in the family home. 
Perhaps it was a grandparent’s dresser that proudly displayed the rarely used ‘best’ crockery, or a sideboard that contained the boiled sweets that were dished out as a special treat.  
Maybe it’s a kitchen or dining table, passed on through the generations, a table at which decisions were made, arguments started and resolved, meals, worries and celebrations shared. 
From start to finish, see your bedroom as a sanctuary… 
Interior design projects don’t often start with the bedroom. By nature, a private space, it’s a room that often takes second- stage to the social spaces of your home such as the kitchen, lounge and dining area. 
Understandably, people often focus their design intentions on the rooms that get set seen by guests first. 
But bedrooms are, or should be, your own private sanctuary, a place to recharge, to rest, to get away from the stresses of the day.  
Bedrooms also offer you the perfect chance to really stamp your personality on a design and indulge your individual taste. 
Dining alfresco is one of life's greatest pleasures and the perfect reason to spend time in your a garden. The sun beating down, the sound of nature all around, delicious food, all made a bit better by a nice cool drink and a bite to eat. 
2018 is the year of eating outside. Since Easter, the UK has been enjoying some sunny weather and if the forecasters are correct we are going to be enjoying a lot more over the next few weeks. 
We love to spend as much time outside as possible which is probably why we are so obsessed with outside furniture and of course dining alfresco. 
Read our tips on how to make eating outside a success. 
How to order the perfect bespoke item of furniture 
The goal for us is that the customer and the craftsman are in harmony so we can create the perfect bespoke piece of furniture that matches your vision. 
To achieve this there are certain things that we will need to know when we start to collaborate and design your order. 

What we need to know... 

I was given this book by my husband for Christmas [ok, I might have picked it out myself] but for a while now I've wanted to find out more about 'Hygge'. Why the Danes seem to be some of the happiest people in the world - and, who seem to know how to live so well. 
It may take me a little while to get through this, albeit, little book as I'm not a huge reader [much to my mother's disappointment] but one initial thought is how 'home' features heavily - in fact, there's a whole chapter on it. 
It talks about how 'home is central to social life in Denmark' whereas other countries have more of a culture of social life taking place in bars, restaurants and cafes. But the Danes prefer 'home hygge'. 
This led me to think of ways I can 'hygge-up' my home and create my own special culture to invite our family and friends into, which could be anything from a new piece of reclaimed furniture to installing a wood burner or a new lamp, rug, or even just a candle to encourage a more welcoming and cosy ambience. 
Happy New Year - here's to living well in 2018!! 
Rachael - Chunky Monkey 
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