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I am a massive fan of the 'shabby chic' trend that seems to have been very popular for the past couple of years. I especially love Cath Kidston prints - although due to how expensive her items are I don't very often get to actually treat myself to any of her lovely stuff as I can't really justify spending so much money on one essentially unimportant item when I have responsibilities. I had never heard of Emma Bridgewater until about 6 months ago now when I was browsing Amazon one day in search of floral print or quirky kitchenwear as I like to jazz up my kitchen a little, rather than it been run of the mill and bland. I came across some cute little cake tins and I liked the look of her style and prints so I searched for her name on Google and came across lots of her different items and different prints. All of her designs are very unique but they have the same vintage/shabby chic type of design that designers such as Laura Ashley and Cath Kidston have.
This biscuit barrel stood out to me straight away as it reminded me of Cath Kidston's ever so popular polka dot print. We always have chocolate bars and biscuits in the house as there's a number of kids in my family who recently come around and my brother and boyfriend eat like pigs so we always have a big stash of treats, which we usually just store in a plastic storage container. I thought this biscuit barrel would be a nice change though and it would also save room in the kitchen cupboard, as obviously a biscuit barrel is usually placed on the kitchen worktop rather than in the cupboard. I looked online to see which stores stocked it/where I could buy it from as I like to buy in-store rather than online to save on postage. I ended up buying mine from House of Fraser and John Lewis also sell it, as do Amazon and various other online retailers. The biscuit tin is quite pricey and retails between 12 and 16 pounds. I paid £13 for mine and although this is a lot of money to be spending on a biscuit barrel, I am happy with the price I paid due to the quality and the lovely, quirky design. I also recieved a six month guarentee in case of any faults.
This biscuit barrel (aka cookie jar) is made from hand pressed stainless steel and is lightweight but reasonably sturdy, although it does dent easily if dropped but the time that this did happen I was able to press it to get the dent out and it went back to normal. Measurements wise, it's a decent size but still compact. It is 7 inches high and 7 inches wide. It's got an air tight lid which keeps the food inside nice and fresh and it also keeps the food inside hygienic as no flies etc are able to wiggle their way in. I love the design as it's very girly and unusual. The design is really jazzy but it's not too in your face. It's described as cream but I personally think it's a bright white, with multi-coloured polka dots all over it including the lid. The colours consist of blue, green, yellow and red. There is a yellow band near the base of the tin which has the Emma Bridgewater logo.
The lid can be lifted off easily as it has a small red knob which acts as the handle and the lid fits on perfectly. The inside of the tin is silver and it's easy to clean, getting crumbs out can be a bit time consuming though as they gather in the edges, but it's not too time consuming. I usually wash it with a wet sponge as it states on the official Emma Bridgewater website not to immerse in water for whatever reason. The tin can contain quite a lot of items and it's more spacious than it looks. We currently store biscuits in it and it keeps them fresh and they don't go soggy or lose the crispiness. It could also be used to store crackers, chocolate and so on. It looks lovely on my kitchen worktop and doesn't look out of place or odd, nor does it take up a lot of room.
I overall reccomend this biscuit barrel as it's really well made and I love the design. It's a little pricey but durable and it's effective at keeping the contents fresh.