Scandinavian Inspiration

We are just back from a long weekend in Sweden and have been totally inspired by the amazing  Scandinavian interior design that we saw in the home interior shops.  So much so that we’ve just ordered some fantastic new products with strong geometric looks in coppers, brass and black which will add a bit of Scandi-styling to your home.  We’re really excited about these fab new products which will be with us and on the site in the next week or so.
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Welcome to the new improved Urban Cuckoo!

It’s been over 4 years since Urban Cuckoo first launched and times have changed and technology has moved on so we though it was about time to bring you a brand new website, with an updated design and better functionality.  You will now be able to sign up to our newsletter, read customer reviews, leave your own product reviews for products you have purchased, add products to your wishlist (handy for giving people birthday present ideas!), email products to a friend and access all our social media pages. You’ll also find the registering and purchasing process far easier and will
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Use a Shopper and Help Save the Planet

The Scottish Parliament has passed legislation that will require all retailers (food and non-food) to charge a minimum of 5p for each new single-use carrier bag (including paper, those made from some plant based materials and plastic), from 20th October 2014.  Personally I think it’s a good thing as I can’t bear to see the wastage of polythene bags and the thought of their impact on the environment.  I got in to the habit a long time ago of having my reusable jute shopping bags in the boot of my car and always use these for our weekly trip to
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Ted Baker and Orla Kiely Accessories

For those of you paying attention, you will see that we now have dedicated departments for both Ted Baker Accessories and Orla Kiely Accessories.  The reason we have invested so much into these designers products is not only that they are a huge favourite of my own (!) but we truly think they are beautiful, quality, objects of desire. Ted Baker has a knack of coming up with unusual, well designed and individual products, which we haven’t seen from other designers.  His products whether for Men or Women stand out and have that perfect mix of functionality and stylishness.  As
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Stags and Deer Galore!

As you will see from the theme running through our website and products, I have a bit of a thing for Stags and Deer!  So, imagine my delight on a recent family day out to East Links Country Park, when I discovered a whole field of them. It was so amazing to get up-close to these beautiful majestic animals and as wary as I am of touching animals, I even managed to steel myself to feeding one out of the palm of my hand. I can’t say that the feeling of a deer’s tongue licking my hand was an altogether
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Playing Shopkeeper!

Well, we had a great day in the Pop-up shop in Dunbar on Good Friday.  It was a lovely sunny day and the High Street was bustling.  After the initial mad rush to get the shop set up by 10am and we finally got our products on display and turned the sign on the door to ‘Open’.  We had a steady flow of customers, mostly locals and the odd sit from trusty friend and family!  All in all it was a great day and so nice to see all our lovely products on display in a shop setting.
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‘Popping-up’ in Dunbar!

We’ve been busy this week getting organised and choosing stock to bring to our ‘pop-up’ debut in the Dunbar Pop Up Shop this Easter Friday. We’ll have our quirky prints, linens, shopper bags, wash bags, cool bags, picnic blankets and a few other tantalising gift items.  It will be great to see all our lovely products on display in a shop environment, rather than everything being tucked away in boxes in our warehouse! It’s also a great opportunity for people to see our lovely products ‘in the flesh’ and have a touch and a feel! As it’s Easter weekend, we’ll
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

With this special day for Mums fast approaching (Sunday 30th March), it’s time to start thinking about a special gift to show her how much you care.  Mother’s Day is the one-day of the year to tell your Mum just how much you appreciate and love her so don’t leave it to the last minute and end up with some supermarket flowers or a tacky box of chocolates. We have a selection of thoughtful and unusual gifts that will show that you’ve given this special day some real thought.  Please click through to our Mother’s Day gifts page for some
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Urban Cuckoo appears at Stockbridge Market

Urban Cuckoo took a stall at Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh on Sunday 9th February.  As it is quite a ‘foodie’ market we showcased our new range of aprons and tea towels from designer Victoria Eggs, these included the ‘Scottish Dinner Apron‘ with vintage-inspired typography listing our favourite Scottish meals such as haggis, neeps and tatties, stovies, scotch pie, square sausage and clootie dumpling! We also took along the lovely ‘Green Fingered Apron’ and ‘Grey BBQ Apron’ (all with matching tea towels) by the same designer.  As it was the weekend before Valentines Day we also brought along a selection of prints
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