Wheel of George

Corner of our bathroom showing George at Asda products from "Wheel of George" colour selector | H is for Home

Asda has just introduced their “Wheel Of George” colour selector which helps you decide on decorating schemes and choosing complimentary accessories.

Corner of our bathroom in shades of green, yellow and naturals | H is for Home

We chose some products from their bathroom range using green as a strong colour influence. We love using green in a bathroom and this extract is taken from the design experts on the Asda blog:

The colour of cleanliness and clarity, green is a popular choice… Not only is it gender-neutral but it also evokes the feeling of relaxation and serenity. If you’re planning on painting the whole room in one shade of green, be sure to test out a patch in situ beforehand. With too little natural light, green can be very dark, cold and, with paler hues, almost grey. If you fancy adding just pockets of bold emerald, pine or lime to a room, start with a warm white or beige base. From there, beautiful green blankets, cushions and artwork will add rich injections of colour.

View of our bathroom with lime green towels and cream walls and accessories with colour coordinating print of a tiger in long grass | H is for Home

We have the complimentary shades of warm white, cream, beige and stone in abundance. Our bathroom has buttermilk coloured painted walls on three sides and an exposed natural local stone on the fourth. We have a plain white bath suite and there are slate tiles for splash backs – with wooden doors, floor and window sill. So, a perfect backdrop for our new lime green towels!

Our bathroom showing cream bathrobe and brown slippers from George at Asda | H is for Home

We then went about choosing some other accessories in whites, creams and naturals. The hyacinth storage containers and painted wire baskets with rope handles will provide much needed extra storage for all those bottles and jars. There’s also a sandstone soap dispenser and – for a touch of pampering and luxury – fragrant candles and diffuser, soft towelling dressing gown and faux fur-lined slippers.

Corner of our bathroom showing George at Asda candle and diffuser | H is for Home

We love the vibrant green with its layers of natural, neutral shade behind. We also like to introduce small pops of bright orange and amethyst into the space – provided in this case by sweet pea flowers, bubble bath and tiger!

Items featured:

lime green bath towels | dressing gown | mule slippers | soap dispenser

water hyacinth baskets | wire baskets | scented candle | reed diffuser

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Get their look: Bright fold-away kitchen

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Those of you out there who love a clean, uncluttered kitchen will share our love of this bright fold-away kitchen with its sleek, modern, minimalist styling. On first impression, it’s a white box-like space, but slide open the doors and you’re surprised by two recessed work areas with bright yellow shelving and storage. The trio of orange glass pendant lights adds interest and splash of colour when the doors are closed.

The kitchen, and the rest of this award-winning London eco-house, was designed by the architect son of the couple who live here.

  1. Tom Kirk Flute pendant
  2. Dulux ‘Sunny Savannah’ paint
  3. About a Stool bar stool, steel sled base – Hee Welling / Hay
  4. Almond and cream KitchenAid food processor
  5. IKEA 365+ stockpot with lid
  6. White / yellow bon bon bowl

Get their look: Bright fold-away kitchen | H is for Home

Designer Desire: Vera Neumann

Vintage Vera Neumann mosaic | H is for Home

Vera Neumann was an American graphic designer best known for her bold, bright, beautiful silk scarves stamped with her little ladybug symbol.

After her death in 1993, the rights for her work were sold and leased to various organisations who reproduced her designs on clothing and homewares. The most recent I could find was a line of scarves by Target in 1993.

Black & white portrait of Vera Neumann

There’s a lovely looking book all about her work that I wouldn’t mind getting hold of – it’s entitled Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon.

Although there’s a lot of her work still on the market, alas, it’s mostly located in the USA. However, the prices start at such a reasonable level and a scarf is so light that postage costs shouldn’t be exorbitant.

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Price Points: Food graters

Selection of food graters | H is for Home

Justin has been complaining about our completely rubbish cheese grater this week. It’s quite basic and a bit ancient, to be honest. We use it almost every day for cheese or Fudge’s carrots (which he likes in his dinner!). Grating is currently an unnecessarily slow, slightly messy process so it’s an issue that needs addressing.

Here’s a short list of three we’ve identified, each with their own strong points. Number 1 is the classic grater – efficient, sturdy & robust – this one comes with its own collect & storage container. Number 2 epitomises form and function, a stylish addition to the kitchen with its copper detailing. And Number 3 is a clever collapsible model which folds away flat for storage – ideal for those with limited cupboard or drawer space – or perfect for camping or camper vans.

  1. OXO Good Grips box grater: £16.95, Divertimenti
  2. Copper tipped grater: £25, Trouva
  3. Fold Flat Grater™ Plus 4-in-1 folding grater: £30, Joseph Joseph

No churn pistachio ice cream

Home-made no churn pistachio ice cream | H is for Home

Remember last week, I failed to use the bag of pistachios in my store cupboard? Well I’ve used them this week… well most of them, anyway.

Milk and pistachios in a saucepan | H is for Home

I’ve puréed them and whipped up a batch of pistachio ice cream adapting my basic no-churn ice cream recipe originally borrowed from Nigella.

Pistachio purée in an electric blender | H is for Home

It tastes nothing like the pistachio ice cream you can buy in a supermarket (in a good way).

Whipped cream in a food processor | H is for Home

It looks nothing like it either – but if you like it like that, by all means add a couple of drops of green food colouring to the mix.

Tub of home-made pistachio ice cream with chopped pistachios sprinkled on the top | H is for Home

Finish with a generous sprinkling of chopped pistachios and you’ve got yourself a quick, simple summertime dessert to enjoy on it’s own, in a cone or as an accompaniment to a hot fruit pie or brownie.

Pistachio ice cream
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Ingredients
  1. 100ml/3½fl oz milk
  2. 30g/1oz pistachios (shells off weight)
  3. 300ml/10½floz double cream
  4. ½ tin condensed milk (200g)
  5. 2tsp vodka
  6. 20 pistachios, roughly chopped
  7. Home-made pistachio ice cream ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and 30g of pistachios. Turn off the heat just before it begins to simmer. Allow to cool
  2. Put the double cream, condensed milk, vodka and puréed pistachios into an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on a high speed until firm (about 2 minutes)
  3. Decant the mixture into a 1-litre lidded tub/container, sprinkle the chopped pistachios over the top and freeze for at least 4 hours - preferably overnight.
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3 Ways to make your home look more spacious

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It’s incredibly easy and affordable to make smaller rooms in your home appear more spacious. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost anything at all. By following these 3 steps, you can easily add length, depth and height to any space.

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Use low-contrasting, cool colours

Lighter colours reflect light. Darker colours absorb it. In the world of decorating, there are several ways to manipulate colour to make a space feel larger:

  • Lower the contrast among the colours in a room. Stick with neutral tones in adjacent shades throughout your design.
  • Paint trim and moulding a shade or two lighter than the walls. This helps to make walls appear as if they’re receding.
  • Use colours that are cool, as opposed to warm – icy blues, greys, mint greens – these are all colours that give the illusion of spaciousness. Carry them over from your wall colours to your designer curtain fabrics, wall art and throw pillows.
  • Consider your art work. If you’re decorating a small room, covering the walls with multiple large canvases or frames can often make the space feel more overcrowded. If you’re wanting to make an artistic statement in your room, try installing wall murals instead.

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Create room flow

Avoid interrupting the flow of your space as much as possible. Rooms that are cut up into sections by furniture, rugs or other elements feel smaller than rooms with plenty of open space. There are a few simple methods of optimising the flow in your home.

  • Consider installing seamless flooring, such as hardwood or tile, that flows uninterrupted from room to room. Choose larger flooring units, as opposed to smaller ones. For instance, 18-inch tiles make a room appear more spacious than 12-inch tiles because there are fewer grout lines that intersect, making the overall pattern appear less busy.
  • Purchase furniture that serves a dual purpose, such as an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table or an armoire that stores your television and electronics. This will help you streamline your furnishings and eliminate extra pieces that take up needless space. You also want to make sure the furniture pieces you’re displaying are proportional to the size of your room. While oversized couches, cabinets, dressers and beds look dramatic; they take up much more space than needed.
  • De-clutter and organise. Go for a minimalist approach to help your space look larger. Make good use of vertical space in the form of bookshelves and wall-mounted ledges. This will help to get articles such as books and collectibles off tables and stands that take up precious floor space.

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Reflect soft, natural light around the room

The way in which a room is lit goes a long way toward creating a mood, whether it’s small and cosy or spacious and relaxing. There are many creative ways to bring openness to a space using light:

  • Introduce natural light. Cut daylight-blocking shrubbery away from the windows of your home, and clean and polish the glass on both sides. The addition of natural light to a space gives it an airy and open appeal.
  • Where natural light is not an option, use lamps. Try to create soft shadows as opposed to stark contrast between dark corners and bright white walls.
  • Use mirrors – mirrored doors, back splashes or decorative mirrors mounted as art. Mirrors help reflect light around a room, giving it depth and fullness.

These simple design tips will easily and instantly make a small space seem much more spacious.

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