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A couple of months ago, we featured a TeacherBoards combi-board in one of our posts. We named it as our favourite because of its funky tangerine colour.

Today, we’re pleased to be able to offer one of our readers one of their rainbow felt boards as the prize in this month’s competition.

Take a scoot over to their website to have a look at the ‘rainbow’ of colours they’re available in, then come back to tell us in the comments section below which one you’d like to win.

As usual, in addition to leaving a comment, there are a lot of other ways of entering the competition… and increasing your chance of winning!

TeacherBoards rainbow felt notice board

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Home Tones: Tiffany Blue

Picture gallery on a Tiffany blue painted wallcredit

One of the few things I regret about our one and only trip to New York over a decade ago was not popping into Tiffany’s. We walked right past it, along 5th Avenue, peeking through the door as we drew alongside. I don’t know why we didn’t go inside!

Tiffany Blue is such a distinctive shade. The shop’s little boxes and bags with their white ribbon and rope are instantly recognisable.

According to Tiffany & Co:

Also referred to as robin’s-egg blue or forget-me-not blue, this distinctive color may have been chosen because of the popularity of the turquoise gemstone in 19th-century jewelry. Turquoise was also a favorite of Victorian brides who gave their attendants a dove-shaped brooch of turquoise as a wedding day memento.

The colour is perfect teamed with brilliant white and soft grey – or, for a touch of drama, try combining it with charcoal or black.

Tiffany Blue painted front doorcredit

Kitchen cupboards and door painted in Tiffany Bluecredit

Tiffany Blue clothes cupboard and drawers in a dressing roomcredit

Black and Tiffany Blue decorated teen bedroomcredit

Baby's nursery with Tiffany Blue bedding and cushionscredit

Shower enclosure with Tiffany Blue tiled floorcredit

Twin Tiffany Blue bathroom sinkscredit

Price Points: Cake decorating combs

Cake decorating combs | H is for Home

While browsing cake recipes on Pinterest this week, I realised what the one thing would be to make my home-made cakes look much more professional. Cake decorating combs may be pretty cheap, basic tools but they can make a huge difference to the look of the end product.

For a little over a pound, you can give your iced/butter cream cake a smooth, attractive finish. Each of the combs featured has at least three different types of ‘teeth’ – giving you a choice in the width/depth of the lines/swirls you make on the top and sides of your sweet creations.

  1. Polypropylene decorating comb: £1.18, Nisbets
  2. Ateco aluminium cake decorating comb: £3.78, Amazon
  3. Wilton 3pc icing comb set: £14.99, eBay

Cakes & Bakes: Almond loaf cake

Home-made almond loaf cake | H is for Home

Today’s almond loaf cake wasn’t meant to happen; Justin requested a coconut cake that he could have with an afternoon cup of tea. We didn’t have any dessicated coconut in the store cupboard and it was out of stock when I went to by some from the supermarket.

Almond loaf cake batter in a a tin

A snap decision in Morrison’s saw me pick up a bag of ground almonds instead… and what a good decision that turned out to be.

Cooked almond loaf cake in its tin | H is for Home

A last-minute, quick, basic wet & dry recipe that turned out to be taste triumph!

Preparing to pipe chocolate on to almond loaf cake

A little drizzle of chocolate finished it off nicely.

Home-made almond loaf cake | H is for Home

A new one for my afternoon cake repertoire!

Almond loaf cake
Serves 8
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 175g/6oz + 1tbsp golden caster sugar
  2. 150g/5oz butter, softened
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ tsp almond essence
  5. 4 tbsp milk
  6. 125g/4½oz plain flour
  7. 1½ tsp baking powder
  8. ¼ tsp salt
  9. 150g/5oz ground almonds
  10. 50g/2oz dark chocolate
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  12. Home-made almond loaf cake ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/325°F/Gas mark
  2. Grease a 450g/1lb loaf tin
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined
  5. Stir in the almond essence and the milk
  6. In another mixing bowl, sieve together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt
  7. Stir this into the wet ingredients in three batches, stirring well after each addition
  8. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf tin, levelling out using a spatula or back of the spoon
  9. Sprinkle the tablespoon of sugar evenly over the top
  10. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes away clean
  11. Allow to cool in the tin for at least half an hour
  12. Break up the chocolate into a small heat-proof bowl
  13. Melt in a bain-marie or in 10-second bursts in a microwave
  14. Make a piping bag out of a triangle of parchment paper, fill with the melted chocolate and zig-zag over the top of the cake
  15. Serve
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Putting Britain on the map

Collection of vintage British maps | H is for Home

We’ll certainly have no excuses if our knowledge of home isn’t up to scratch any more. We recently made a bulk purchase of about 20 large vintage school wall maps. Produced by G W Bacon in the 1950s, many feature the British Isles – and cover every aspect of its geography – towns, roads, railways, population density, industries, geology, rivers, relief, contours, isotherms, isobars and rainfall.

It’s been very enjoyable sorting through them. They’re 60 years old – so slightly out-of-date in some respects, but no less interesting. It’s often the differences between ‘then & now’ found on these old maps & globes that are fascinating. The ‘traditional industry’ map illustrates this perfectly. If you click on each image you can view them in greater detail.

Vintage 'Reduced' school wall map of England & Wales Vintage 'Rainfall & Isobars' school wall map of the UK Vintage 'Railway' school wall map of England & Wales Vintage 'Population' school wall map of the UK Vintage 'Physical' school wall map of England & Wales Vintage 'Isotherms' school wall map of the UK Vintage 'Industry' school wall map of the UK Vintage 'Industrial' school wall map of England & Wales Vintage 'Contours' school wall map of the UK Vintage 'Communications' school wall map of the UK Vintage 'Bold feature' school wall map of England & Wales

In addition to their educational value, these vintage maps are also very decorative in terms of graphic design and colour. They look great in a library, study or office space. We’ve hung a row of them along a long hallway. We’re going to keep a few and sell a few of this particular batch. Some have gone into our antiques centre space and we’ve also listed 3 or 4 on eBay this week.

Get their look: Symmetrical sitting room

Symmetrical sitting roomcredit

I love a sense of order and calm in a room – and this symmetrical sitting room really works for me. The mirroring of objects & décor must suit my brain. Justin doesn’t totally agree – he’s not one for rooms that are completely symmetrical. Our only concession to symmetrical décor in our home is probably matching bedside tables with the same lamps.

When I showed him this particular image, he said that he’d prefer one large piece of artwork over the sofa and one side table (the one in the window) – oh, and probably one glass lamp. In fact, by the time he’d finished re-arranging, it probably wouldn’t be symmetrical at all. Each to their own! I could happily live with a bit of interior symmetry and thought this was a lovely example. It’s very restful to my eye. What do you think?

On a more united front, we both love the bright & airy feel of the room – and the combination of soft greys and sunny yellow accessories.

  1. Smoky glass table lamp
  2. Coffee sack cushion
  3. Hand screen printed Dandy Deer and Dandy Doe
  4. Yellow Eames-inspired Eiffel DSW armchair
  5. Vintage atomic side table
  6. Bobble vase
  7. KIVIK Three-seat sofa
  8. Matrix Ripley yellow rug
  9. Reclaimed pallet coffee table on wheels

Get their look: Symmetrical sitting room | H is for Home