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WFH Work Space

Given that many of us are still working from home and many workplaces have now adopted more flexible working plans for the future, it only feels right to prioritise your working from home set up.  Personally, I have spent the majority of the past year working at my dining table, which though comfortable enough, is starting to feel a bit samey. This is especially as the dining room doubles as the living room so my daily commute from table to sofa at the end of the day totals all of about two metres.  I’ve decided it is time to create a secondary home work space so that I have options. In the same way that a lot of regular offices...

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How to be sustainable over the festive period

It’s nearly that time! I can’t quite believe how quickly this year has gone, and yet somehow it feels like 2020 has been the longest year in history. It seems as though so much has happened in these past 12 months and let’s face it, more bad than good. So I’m very much looking forward to some Christmas festivities to switch off, spend time with loved ones, and eat everything in sight. Having said all that, one thing that I’m becoming more and more conscious of each year is the sheer amount of waste we accumulate over such a short period. Whether it be excessive portions of food that get pushed further and further to the back of the fridge...

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2020 wrap up- a Black-owned business perspective

Don’t worry, this isn’t another blog about how utterly depressing 2020 has been for retailers and… well everyone! Instead, this is about what 2020- warts and all – has meant for the vibrant, ever-adapting, world that is ‘indie biz’, specifically black-owned business. As a fully women-owned business, the three of us - who are from African descent - are constantly connecting with the black-owned, women- focused retail network. Here is what we have discovered: Black-owned businesses have suffered more from the Covid pandemic BUT the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has encouraged innovation and a new ‘conscious consumer’ in the community. A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that black-owned business fell by a whopping 41% during...

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Welcome to Thirteen Months!

We are Leah, Simone and Sophia, three sisters with Ethiopian heritage and born and raised in London. We are the founders of Thirteen Months, an ethical homeware company bringing traditional Ethiopian craft to our customers. So, what’s the name all about?  The phrase “Thirteen Months of Sunshine”, relates to Ethiopia’s thirteen month calendar, made up of twelve months of thirty days, and one final month of five days (six in a leap year). Being of Ethiopian heritage ourselves (our mother was born and raised there) it was important to us to embody its unique culture and identity within our brand. Hence, Thirteen Months was born!  All of our products are handmade on beautiful traditional wooden looms in the Ethiopian capital,...

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Getting Started on your Home Style

Having spent so much time at home over the last few months, I’ve found myself obsessing over new ways to style my home. Bathroom, Storage space, DIY, Balcony Ideas, you name it, I have a mood board for it. There is so much inspo out there it can sometimes feel a bit counterproductive to the actual implementation of it. I can get caught up in trying to decide on a theme or style for a room that I end up not knowing where to start. Ever found yourself in a similar rut? These tips might be of some help.  Go with your gut One thing that I’ve found really helps in getting started is going for pieces that I am...

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