Loving our new Frankie day bed

Frankie day bed | H is for Home

The kind people at Happy Beds sent us their Frankie day bed with single mattress to try out this week – and we’re loving it!

Frankie day bed components | H is for Home

It arrived in five well-packaged boxes, each containing the essential components ready for construction. The fact that it comes in pieces will certainly suit those people who live in flats – or have some tight corners or doorways to manoeuvre objects through and around.

Arched slats on the Frankie day bed | H is for Home

Putting the day bed together was really straightforward. We followed the enclosed instructions and it was up and ready to go in approximately 1½ hours. Adelle actually loves doing that kind of flat pack construction type thing! Don’t worry if you don’t have a tool box, it comes with its own double-headed (Phillips on one end and standard on the other) screwdriver for assembling.

Detail of the fabric on the Frankie day bed | H is for Home

It’s very solidly constructed and has arched, flexible wooden slats for extra comfort. The detailing and finish is very good too. We really like the fashionable, soft grey, Hessian-like textile. It sits very nicely against our slightly darker grey walls – and also works well as a backdrop for pops of brighter colour.

Frankie day bed with blanket | H is for Home Frankie day bed with fabric throw | H is for Home Frankie day bed with vintage tin side table | H is for Home

We’ve been experimenting with various accessories and soft furnishings to dress it. So far, bright yellow has been our favourite. The grey/yellow combo is a bit of a classic, and was the obvious starting point if you look at the huge painting which hangs on the wall above it.

Frankie day bed with drawer pulled out | H is for Home Frankie day bed with blankets stored in under-drawer | H is for Home

The Frankie day bed has another nice design feature too. The under-bed, pull-out drawer is the exact dimensions as the mattress above. This means that, if you decide to house a mattress in it, you can have two single beds at slightly different heights – a great option if you have people staying over and need to maximise sleeping berths. Alternatively, it makes for great storage. You can get absolutely loads of bedding, clothes or shoes tucked away neatly and out of sight.

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Designer Desire: Birger Kaipiainen

Mosaic of Birger Kaipiainen ceramics | H is for Home

We’ve mentioned ceramic designer, Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988) before on our blog – we have a cup & saucer that he designed for Arabia. A place where he claims he was, “able to grow like a weed”.

Whilst researching this post, I’ve discovered a plethora of brilliant works by him. He produced an impressive mural – 9 x 5 metres – for the 1967 World Exhibition in Montreal entitled, Orvokkimeri (Sea of Violets). Most of his other works are on a much smaller scale; vases, platters, chargers and table and serveware.

Vintage examples of his work can occasionally be found on 1st Dibs, Bukowskis, Etsy and eBay. The Finnish Design Shop sells a few of his designs that are still in production.

There was a book written by Harri Kalha to accompany a 2013 exhibition of Kaipiainen’s work that’s found its way on to my wish list!

Portrait of Birger Kaipiainen

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Price Points: Strawberry pots

Strawberry pots | H is for Home

Our summer fruit harvest has been pretty good this year. We have a few strawberry plants that have produced lots of fruit – and now, dozens of runners between them. We don’t want to just cut them back and waste them. Also, you shouldn’t just keep the same strawberry plants, growing on the same plot (or in the same soil) year after year, as they accumulate viruses – and crops diminish.

About three years is the optimum life for a strawberry plant apparently, so we’re going to propagate a few over the coming weeks. We had a look at what the venerable Monty Don had to say on how to go about it – and it’s incredibly easy. You can never have too many strawberry plants because you can never have too many strawberries!

Here’s a trio of different strawberry pots – from less than a tenner to over £50 – which we’ve found that would be perfect for our allotment and garden…

  1. Large 45-litre plastic herb / strawberry planter / grow bag: £7.95, Amazon
  2. Terracotta strawberry pots: £35.00, Etsy
  3. Terracotta strawberry planter: £64.99, Crocus

Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter brownies

Slice of home-made peanut butter brownie and mug | H is for Home #recipe #brownies #baking #cookery

We’ve got a wonderful recipe for you this week – delicious peanut butter brownies. And there’s a bonus for some of our readers who have certain dietary requirements.

Peanut brownies mixtures | H is for Home

This peanut butter brownie recipe is taken from a cook book of low FODMAP dishes. FODMAP is an acronym for “fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols”. It’s a diet recommended for people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, functional bowel disorder, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Coeliac Disease. Don’t let the fact that you’ve got a healthy digestive tract make you think that this brownie’s not for you – it’s amazing!

Peanut butter brownie batter in square tin | H is for Home Spooning warmed peanut butter into peanut butter brownie batter | H is for Home
Peanut butter pattern in peanut brownie batter | H is for Home Cooked peanut brownies | H is for Home

Slightly crispy on the outside… soft, sweet, chewy and gooey on the inside. Eat it hot or cold… on its own, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or thick pouring cream.

Sliced peanut brownies | H is for Home

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Peanut butter brownies
Yields 6
Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 175g/6oz of unsalted butter
  2. 200g/7oz dark chocolate
  3. 75g/3oz crunchy peanut butter
  4. 125g/4½oz smooth peanut butter
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 175g/6oz of caster sugar
  7. ¼tsp of salt
  8. 50g/1¾oz self-raising flourHome-made peanut butter brownies ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6
  2. Grease a 30 x 20cm (12 x 8 inch) brownie tin and line it with parchment paper
  3. Put the butter, chocolate and crunchy peanut butter into a heat-proof bowl on a saucepan of simmering water over low heat and warm until just melted
  4. In a separate, small saucepan, gently warm through the smooth peanut butter
  5. Put the eggs, sugar and salt into a large bowl and whisk until the sugar has dissolved
  6. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the melted chocolate mixture and self-raising flour
  7. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin
  8. Drizzle over the smooth peanut butter in 3-4 straight lines, then 'drag' through the peanut butter with a skewer or toothpick to create a marbled effect
  9. Bake for 20 minutes, until the cake is just firm to the touch, but has a slightly fudgy texture
  10. Allow to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes then lift out the block onto a board using the lining paper and cut it into 6-9 squares
  11. Serve warm or cold, on its own or with a scoop of ice cream or pouring cream
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Adapted from The Low-FODMAP Recipe Book
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You’re an angel

Vintage 1968 angel painting by Renate Doktor | H is for Home

This was an interesting recent buy. It’s a rather lovely painting of an angel. Archangel Michael or Gabriel perhaps? The wonderful colours and stylised nature of the piece really grabbed our attention.

Vintage 1968 angel painting by Renate Doktor | H is for Home

It was produced in 1968 by Renate Doktor – and there’s certainly something very distinctive about the treatment of the subject matter that puts it in this era. It’s painted on board – unframed, but mounted on a Hessian backing – again very common of the period.

Vintage 1968 angel painting by Renate Doktor showing signature | H is for Home

We think it’s very charming. If you’d like this particular angel to watch over you, just drop us a line. We’ve priced it up at £75.00.

Why you should hire a skip instead of travelling to the tip

Why you should hire a skip instead of travelling to the tip

A lot of hard work is involved in getting rid of large amounts of household waste. There are many options available to make this task less stressful with the two main ones being either to hire a skip or driving the rubbish to the tip yourself.

When it comes down to choosing an option, a decision needs to be made about which choice is practical for you. We’re going to go through some reasons why hiring a skip can be highly efficient and environmentally friendly.

Skip in front of a row of terraced houses

1. Convenience

The disposal of large amounts of waste can be much more convenient when choosing to hire a skip rather than doing it yourself. The clearance company will arrange and deliver the skip – and then you decide when it will be taken away. All you have to do is dispose of the waste at a time that’s convenient to you.

To many, it may seem like driving waste to the tip is a cheaper option, however, once you factor in time and fuel everything adds up – and you pay a lot to just get rid of a few bags. Breaking the waste down and placing it in the designated containers uses a lot of precious time that you may just not have. This task can be left to a reputable and responsible waste company. It can become even more costly if the tip is far away from your doorstep as the cost goes up with every return trip you make. Also, you may not have access to transportation, meaning this complete service could be a total godsend.

By hiring a skip from websites like Envirowaste.co.uk who can deliver and collect at a suitable time to you could be very beneficial – freeing yourself from all the hassle and strain of doing the job yourself!

Skip beside a red brick house

2. Affordability

Affordability is another major reason why people opt for skips, especially if you think of all the trips you are going to make if you have a lot of waste. Driving to and from tips will not only cost you money in terms of fuel, but waste time as you will also have to load and unload the items in your car, sort recyclables and deposit the waste in the correct areas. The weight of the waste in your car can also impact fuel consumption.

Many consider the cost of hiring a skip is only offset by the convenience it brings, but it’s worth noting that there are many competitive skip hire companies offering a variety of services at highly affordable rates.

Skip full of plastic VHS video tapes

3. Type of waste

You need to consider the type of waste you’re moving and throwing away when deciding between a skip and a tip. Dirty and dusty waste can easily find its way into the fabric in your car and be a potential source of permanent damage. As this is not a one time job, days of moving around with the waste can result in holes and tears in the seats and leave them stained. Added to that, loading and unloading heavy objects can cause scratches and dents in the paintwork.

Hiring a skip is a stress-free service that gives you peace of mind and saves your vehicle from potential damage.

Skip full of domestic waste

4. Sanitation

Dusty and dirty waste can leave your vehicle filled with unwanted germs and odours. Sorting all the waste is not an easy task and can be dangerous if the disposed items consist of broken glass or leaking liquids. Hiring a skip will ensure careful handling of all the waste as the company can take appropriate action in a safe and hygienic way. They will know how to handle and dispose of the items with great care so you don’t have to get your hands dirty!

Large number of large yellow skips stacked one on top of another

5. Protecting the environment

Hiring a skip is one of the best ways of conserving the environment by discarding unwanted materials properly, instead of them ending up in landfill. You can even hire a skip according to the type of items of which you need to dispose. Be it glass, metal, plastics, or any kind of household or commercial waste, it will all be taken care of in an ethical and environmentally friendly manner as the provider will have access to many recycling depots, waste treatment plants and dump yards. This way, the environment not only stays safer, but cleaner and healthier.

These multiple advantages of hiring a skip seriously outweigh travelling to the tip to dispose of unwanted items.

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