Etsy List: Summer of sport

July 6th, 2015

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'Summer of sport' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

We’ve had an exceptional summer of sport so far this year. The England team last week came 3rd in the Women’s World Cup – the best either the men or the women have done since 1966! We stayed up ’til way past midnight to watch the matches, but the quality and excitement made it worthwhile.

We’re a week into Wimbledon Fortnight and local girl Heather Watson gave Serena Williams a scare… and, for a while, the British public a glimmer of hope.

We’re currently engrossed in the Tour de France – an annual favourite of ours – last year’s Yorkshire Grand Départ a memory we savour.

Next week sees the start of The Open Golf at historic St Andrews in Scotland. I’ll be a golf widow for a week, but I might join Justin in watching the final few holes.

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Webwise shopping

July 5th, 2015

Made.com sofa and rugMADE.com

Online shopping continues to boom. The home & garden sector is one of the biggest growth areas. Furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, textiles, kitchen & dining ware all lend themselves perfectly to the web shopping experience.

The vast majority of people don’t employ an interior designer, but they have their own ideas, creative flair and preferences. People want their home to look unique, to stand out from the crowd, to have personality. The web enables you to create an interior that’s perfect for you.

hanging lamp from CasafinaCasafina

So, whether your moving into a new home, giving your current one a fresh look or simply adding that single special piece that you’ve had your eye on… a great place to check out is VoucherBin.

They have a range of offers and voucher codes available – high street names and online favourites such as Made.com, Cox & Cox, Casafina, Love the Design and Dotmaison can all be found there; the kind of companies that offer innovation and affordability when it comes to giving your home a design aware look.

Bedding from Cox & CoxCox & Cox

Some people love the ‘brand new’ for their homes, some love the aged character of antique, some love both. Even keen vintage fans don’t tend to fill their home exclusively with vintage homewares. They might also like the look or practicality of a brand new piece, the products of a specific new designer, a company’s ethos, a modern twist on an old classic… and so on.

Also, many people like to mix old with new – an eclectic look that has timeless style… a look that is here to stay.

Homewares available at Love the DesignLove the Design

So, if you’re browsing the internet and see the perfect thing… pause for a moment before clicking to buy… there’s the distinct possibility that the thing you’re after or something similar will appear on VoucherBin.

You’ll find voucher codes which give you discounts of up to 75% off the regular price. If you’ve got a budget to stick too – and most people have – it might just help you finish that dream space without short cuts or compromise. Check it out!

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Gimme Five! Preserving tools

July 3rd, 2015

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selection of preserving tools

On our dog walk yesterday we picked elderflowers. Today I made our first batch of elderflower cordial of the year.

Elderflower cordial always marks the start of my preserving season. Good kit always makes the jam, jelly, pickling, or chutney-making process more successful. Here are a few preserving tools that I recommend!

  1. Swift stainless steel preserving pan: £59.96, Divertimenti
  2. KitchenCraft home made blister carded cooking thermometer: £5.99, Wayfair
  3. 24 assorted Kilner fruit jam labels: £2.50, John Lewis
  4. Preserves: River Cottage Handbook No.2: from £7.26, Amazon
  5. Ball® preserving starter pack: £19.99, Lakeland