Beautiful Brazil – 2014 World Cup

We are now several days in to the 2014 World Cup that is taking place in the beautiful Brazil. Here are a few facts about this incredible country.



By both population and geographical area, Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country. There are almost 201 million people living there and the country is 3,287,597 square miles. Brazil borders every other South American country, apart from Ecuador and Chile.

The world’s best beach, according to Trip Advisor, is in Brazil. Baia do Sancho is made up of 21 islands and has green and hawksbill turtles, whales, sharks, parrotfish and clownfish.
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The moto of Brazil is ‘Ordem e Progresso’ – order and progress.

Brasilia looks like an aeroplane from above.

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The highest mountain in Brazil is the Pico da Neblina (Mist Peak). This is on the border with Venezuela and is 9,823 feet above sea level. Incredibly, it was not discovered until the 1950s (and was first climbed in 1965) as it is almost permanently covered in cloud.
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Sao Paulo has some of the world’s worst traffic jams – on 15 November 2013, there were 309km of queues in the city during the rush hour.
Traffic Jam in Sao Paulo

The Amazon River is the world’s largest river. During the wet season, the river can be up to 30 miles wide. Every second, thousands and thousands of cubic metres of water flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Brasilia took 41 months to build. It is now the capital of Brazil but Rio was the capital for 197 years before this.
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Brasilia several images for blog

Shanty towns are known as favelas in Brazil. Tours of these have become popular. Santa Marta in Rio is famous for its colour and has been visited by Madonna and Beyonce.
Santa Marta favela

For over 150 years, Brazil has been the largest exporter of coffee.
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Many public buildings in Brazil were designed by Oscar Niemeyer – one of the most famous of these is the Cathedral of Brasilia.
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Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee and has been for over 150 years.
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Shanty towns are known as favelas in Brazil. One of the most famous is Santa Marta in Rio – it has been visited by many famous figures, including Madonna and Beyonce.
Santa Marta favela

Sao Paulo has some of the worst traffic jams in the world – 309km of traffic jams around the city were recorded on 15th November 2013.
Traffic Jam in Sao Paulo

The Amazon River is the largest river in the world. During the wet season, the river is up to 30 miles wide.
Amazon for blog

The statue of Christ the Redeemer weighs 635 tonnes and is 38 metres high. It was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, along with the Giza Necropolis, the Great Wall of China, Petra, the Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.
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Brazil has more airports than any other country apart from the United States of America. It has more than 4000 airports!

There are more than 65 tribes in the Amazon that have never made contact with the outside world.
Brazilian tribe

One of the world’s largest waterfalls is found in the Iguacu National Park. This waterfall is 1.7 miles wide and has 275 drops. Iguacu National Park is home to many creatures, including the giant anteater and the giant otter. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Approximately 6 million tourists visit Brazil each year. This is actually one of the fewest of any country in the world as a percentage of its total population. Half of these tourists visit Rio.
Rio beachRio beach

Brazil has a total of four million plant and animal species, making is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.
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Brazil has more species of monkey than any other country.
monkey monkey

Rio de Janeiro’s famous Carnival attracts around 2 million revellers every day.

One of the world’s most poisonous spiders, the Brazilian Wandering Spider, is found in Brazil.
Brazilian spider

Brazil has three time zones.

Brazil has won the football world cup a record five times.
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Brazil is the longest country in the world – it is 2800 miles long via land.
brazil from space

Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil.
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The world’s widest road is the Monumental Axis in Brazil. Here, 160 cars can drive side by side!
Monumental Axis

Brazil shares a border with all South American countries except for Chile and Ecuador.

Brazil is home to the world’s largest wetland – the Pantanal. This patchwork of flooded lagoons and small islands is home to giant anacondas and huge guinea pig relatives called capybaras.
anaconda big guinea pigs

Have you been to Brazil? Do you know any interesting facts about this country? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

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Making a small space seem bigger

How to make a small space seem bigger

Large, bright room

A common question that we are asked is which curtains will help to make a small room seem bigger. Net curtains or voiles always work well simply because they will allow lots of light into a room.

Bedroom with net curtains

If you opt for curtains, think about positioning the curtain pole higher than at the window frame.
curtain pole

Choosing floor length curtains will draw the eye upwards.
Amalfi Silver Lined Curtains

We would also recommend opting for vertical stripes as these will add height. Vertical designs will also work well. In a small room, we would avoid bold horizontal designs or large floral prints.
striped curtains
Whitworth Heather Lined Curtains
Atlantis Black Lined Voile Eyelet Curtains

Choose lighter coloured fabrics, rather than dark colours.
Orion Green Blackout Curtains

Other ways to make a small room seem larger include adding a big mirror.
Room with mirror

Use wall-hung furniture.
wall hung desk

Hide away clutter.
clutter free

Use glass where you can.

Cut down on furniture.
less furniture

Keep the floor and furnishings light.
light floor

Keep the walls pale.
pale walls

Use effective lighting.
effective lighting

Use stash away furniture.

Do you have any tips on how to make a small room look bigger? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

Do you love interior design? If so and you are an AMATEUR interior designer, email ASAP to apply for series 2 of The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC2!

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Scenes from films

Here is our top 10 New Year’s Eve Scenes from films

1. Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
The finale of Ghostbusters 2 is set on New Year’s Eve, as the painting-dwelling ghost Vigo attempts to return to the mortal world. We love it when the Statue of Liberty walks through the streets of NYC, starting a party.





2. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
In this iconic romantic comedy, Harry waits until the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve to tell Sally how he’s felt about her for years…





3. Poseidon (2006)
It is on new year’s eve that the great ship floods and it becomes a race against time to avoid death.





4. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
It is at the President’s New Year celebration that Michael Corleone lets his brother know that he knows that he is the man who is trying to have him killed…and seals his fate with a kiss.





5. Sex and the City – The Movie (2008)
A touching scene, showing how your friends are always there…it’s a lovely montage of the new year’s eve for different characters in the film.




Film title: Sex and the City: The Movie

6. The Holiday (2006)
All the characters are finally together in London – a really feel-good moment.





7. About a Boy (2002)
A simple New Year’s Eve lie (about a boy … who is not his son) lands Will in a difficult situation…





8. New Year’s Eve (2011)
Intertwining stories told in New York City on a new year’s eve.




New Year's Eve Movie

9. Trading Places (1983)
The movie ends with a ride on a New Year’s Eve party train to Manhattan, with all of the main players taken on alternate identities to fool a private detective who is after them.





10. The Gold Rush (1925)
Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp imagines how fun his New Year’s Eve dinner would be if the ladies he invited actually showed up, leading to one of Chaplin’s most famous routines – the dance of the rolls.


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What do you think of our top 10? what would make your list? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

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Cooking a turkey

Top Tip Tuesday – how to cook a turkey!


With Christmas Day tomorrow, here are some tips for cooking a turkey.

1. If necessary, thaw your bird completely before putting it in the oven. Thaw it in the fridge for a few days – up to four, depending on the size of your turkey.
Uncooked Turkey

2. 204°C is the perfect temperature for cooking a whole bird. You’ll get crispy skin without compromising tenderness.
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3. Basting the bird won’t give you crispier skin. In fact, you’ll get limp, soggy skin and it only marginally affects the flavour.

4. Some argue that rubbing the entire bird with butter mixed with a heaping dose of salt and herbs add to the flavour of the bird.

5. It doesn’t matter what orientation you roast your turkey in. Breast up, breast down, flipped over halfway through or hanging from the rafters – no position will make the breast more moist.

6. Let your bird rest for a few minutes after you take it out of the oven – aim for about 20 minutes as this will let everything settle and keep the moisture in the meat.

7. The easiest way to guarantee that pieces of breast will be moist is to let them soak in the bird’s juices for a few minutes after they’ve been cut. This includes the fatty runoff from what you’ve rubbed over the surface or stuffed under the skin.

8. You want the entire bird to roast evenly and have crispy skin all over, so consider raising it off the surface of the roasting pan.

9. Don’t waste the juices in the bottom of the pan! Reduce in a saucepan with a little white wine, add a little cornflour and you’ve got an amazing gravy.

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Our Top 10 Christmas Films

Here are our top 10 Christmas Films.

1. Santa Claus The Movie (1985)
The Dudley Moore classic that shows lots of traditional beliefs about Father Christmas.


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2. Home Alone (1990)
An exciting comedy film of the boy left behind by his family.



3. Elf (2003)
A more modern Christmas film, but with traditional values and messages.

Elf film


4. The Polar Express (2004)
A magical, animated adventure – it really makes you want to believe!
the polar express



5. A Wonderful Life (1946)
A true classic that is still relevant today and does make you think!



6. A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppet version of the classic by Charles Dickens…you’ll quickly be singing along!

The Muppet Christmas Carol 1


7. Love Actually (2003)
A Christmas themed romantic comedy…with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister.



8. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (2000)
Based on the Dr Seuss classic.



9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A stop-motion musical fantasy film, by the creative genius Tim Burton.



10. Gremlins (1984)
A horror comedy film, with some strange creatures wreaking havoc!



Which is your favourite Christmas film? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

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Sunday Star – Hawaii Black Voile Panel

This week, our Sunday Star is the Hawaii Black Voile Eyelet Panel.

Hawaii Plain Black Voile Eyelet Panel

We love this panel because it will give you some privacy, whilst allowing plenty of light into a room. Also, the black will add some glamour and sophistication to a room.

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Verdigris Curtains


Today, we’re thinking about using the colour verdigris.


If you’re struggling to picture the colour, just think of the Statue of Liberty!

Verdigris is a soothing colour that can work well in a modern scheme.




If you are going to use Verdigris, you could break it up with some soft-pink.
Verdigris and soft pink

Also, using floral-print fabrics works extremely well.
Verdigris and florals

Some curtains that work well with this look include the Crabapple Duck Egg Lined Curtains. This will really make a statement and would work wonderfully with some soft pink accents.
Crabapple Duck Egg Lined Curtains

If you would rather have your curtains in a complementary colour, we recommend the Milano Candy Made to Measure Curtains. With these curtains, use the verdigris liberally on your upholstery and walls.
Milano Candy Curtains Made to Measure

What do you think of using this colour? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

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Friday Favourite – Dorothy Gingham Curtains

This week, our Friday Favourite is the Dorothy Gingham Curtains.

These curtains would look fantastic in kitchens and come in a range of colours – red, black, green, beige, yellow and blue.

Dorothy Gingham Red Curtains

Dorothy Gingham Black Curtains

Dorothy Green Gingham Curtains

Dorothy Gingham Beige Curtains

Dorothy Gingham Yellow Curtains

Dorothy Gingham Blue Curtains

Our favourite colour has to be the green!

What do you think of this design? Which colour is your favourite? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

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Father Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve been thinking about different Christmas traditions here at Woodyatt Curtains. Today, we’ve been thinking about Father Christmas!

Father Christmas

One of the most memorable descriptions of Father Christmas has to come from Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’:

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf…


Although he tends to be called Father Christmas in the UK, a similar figure exists in many other countries such as Canada, France, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Italy and India, to name but a few.

Many people believe that Father Christmas began wearing a red suit after a Coca-Cola advertising campaign!
Before the 1880s, most pictures show Father Christmas with a green outfit.
green outfit

People believe that Father Christmas lives in the North Pole with his elves.

In 1866, Thomas Nast, a cartoon artist for Harper’s Illustrated Weekly, made a montage called ‘Santa Claus and his works’, and for the first time established Father Christmas as a maker of toys.
Santa Claus and his works

On Christmas Eve, Father Christmas loads up his sleigh and flies across the sky with his reindeer.

What memories do you have of Father Christmas? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

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Naturalist curtains

Why not try this British twist on shabby chic. It’s a trend that’s been inspired by great Victorian scientists who collected and classified plants, birds and insects.

Charles Darwin

Darwin drawing of bat

Darwin drawing of birds

This is a look that is incredibly easy to live with. The essential elements include some nature prints – these can be on the wall or on fabrics. Choose motifs that could have come from a sketchbook.
Insect wallpaper

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Naturalist interior2

Naturalist interior1

If you are going to use some colour, try and go for a heritage colour that the Victorians loved, such as traditional warm reds, greens, blues and yellows.
Red walls

Metal details will look fantastic with this look – you could even go for a laboratory feel. Try wire shelves or metal lights.
Metal lights

Finally, shabby-chic furniture will really complement this look – try distressed cabinets and reclaimed pieces.
Distressed cabinet

Curtains that would work well with this naturalist look include the Apsley Coral Lined Curtains – the delicate floral design looks like it could have come from a Victorian lady’s sketchbook.
Apsley Coral Curtains

The Leonie Mulberry Lined Curtains will look fantastic with this look.
Leonie Mulberry Lined Curtains

The Verona Green Lined Curtains are more subtle but will work equally well.
Verona Green Lined Curtains

If you’d prefer to use your nature prints on your walls, we’d recommend having a curtain in a heritage colour. Our favourites include the Milano Claret Made to Measure Curtains, the Milano Electric Blue Made to Measure Curtains, the Milano Fern Made to Measure Curtains and the Milano Gold Made to Measure Curtains.

Milano Claret Made to Measure Curtains

Milano Electric Blue Made to Measure Curtains

Milano Fern Made to Measure Curtains

Milano Gold Curtains Made to Measure

So what do you think of this trend? Have you used it in your home? Would you opt for naturalist prints on your fabrics or walls? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!

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