£300 E.ON high street voucher giveaway

November 20th, 2014

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To celebrate over one million customers signing up to E.ON Rewards, they’re giving away a share of one million Tesco Clubcard points to a few lucky customers.

We’re linking up with E.ON to offer H is for Home readers the chance to win £300 worth of high street vouchers. How do you get your hands on them? Simply leave us a comment telling us what you would do with one million Tesco Clubcard points. Would you splurge on a Christmas to remember? Pay for a lifetime of weekly food shops? Jet off for some winter sunshine?

Whatever it is – we want to hear about it. Let us know what you’d do with the points and you’ll be entered into the draw.

You can gain even more entries by following E.ON and H is for Home on our social media channels. Find out why millions of people get their gas and electricity from E.ON and all the ways you can save.

And of course you can also enter to win the share of one million Clubcard points by visiting the E.ON website!

£300 E.ON high street voucher giveaway

World Dolls Series: Austria

November 18th, 2014

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vintage 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

We’ve arrived in Austria on our World Dolls Series tour. We might just catch the first of the winter snow, so our timing is perfect.

vintage 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Illustrations are by W. Lewis from The Birmingham school of Design – our resident artist in Germany & Holland too. We love all the artists in this collection of books, but if we were pushed, we’d probably choose W. Lewis as our favourite. The illustrations are both charming and very clever.

Dolls Lisa and Johann from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Our guides are Lisa & Johann, looking resplendent in their national dress.

Alpine skiing scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

We’ve parked the coach up and are going to chill out (quite literally) in the Tyrol for a while.

Ski jumping  scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Our hosts have no shortage of activities lined up – skiing, skating & sledging (it’s the 1960s so it’s pre-snowboarding!)

Cows in an alpine scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

When the snows melt we’re going to get stuck into a bit of farming.

Haymaking scene from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Picnics and strolls through flower-filled meadows on our downtime.

Illustration of a salt mine from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

It’s going to be hard to drag ourselves away from this idyllic life, but for a bit of urban culture & retail therapy we might stop by Vienna.

Illustration of Vienna from the 'Austria' book from the World Dolls Series

Well, we do need to get that coach moving again before it seizes up. Next time it’s Russia.

Etsy List: Be an E-preneur

November 17th, 2014

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'Be an E-preneur' Etsy list curated by H is for HomeToday marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week. According to their website:

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

We’ve been E-preneurs since 2007 – where have the years gone?! It’s been hard work and a steep learning curve but it’s been hugely enjoyable too. We may not have reached the lofty echelons occupied by Richard Branson or Warren Buffet, but we feel we’ve achieved so much in a relatively short space of time.

With the continuing development & reach of the internet, the opportunities and scope for working for yourself has really opened up. Whether it be entering e-retail like we have – or any number of other sectors, you can take the plunge. There’s so much information and advice available locally and online to help you on your way.  We wouldn’t want go back to the limitations of working for someone else thank you very much!

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Pick of the Pads: Ski-lodge Luxe

November 16th, 2014

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'Ski-lodge Luxe' feature from the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration Magazine

For this month’s Pick of the Pads we’ve chosen this wonderful Alpine ski-lodge in Northern Italy owned by Laura & Maurizio Gasparini.

Cover of the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration Magazine

It’s featured in the December 2014 edition of Elle Decoration magazine.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' living room sofas

This is no pine-clad monstrosity of floor to ceiling, orange stained tongue & groove. There’s no mistaking this chalet for a giant sauna!

'Ski-lodge Luxe' dark colours

There is lots of wood, but it’s this glorious backdrop of boards reclaimed from old barns. They have the subtle colour & texture variation produced by weathering & oxidisation. It’s not overbearing in any way.

collection of antlers above a bed

The silvery wood is complemented with furnishings in a cool palette of greys & creams.

bunk beds with cushions and furs

In fact, there are no bold flashes of colour at all… but it all works together so well.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' living room sofa

Natural light streams in through the huge windows and there’s the glint of metallics dotted around.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' decorative pieces

It’s quite pared back, but there’s interest everywhere – textiles, luxurious furs and collections of found objects. The spaces are so atmospheric.

'Ski-lodge Luxe' galley kitchen

What a wonderful place to relax after a day on the slopes!

Charity Vintage: Astounding Science Fiction magazines

November 15th, 2014

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complete set of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine from 1955 for sale by CLIC Sargent on eBay for Charity
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This week the world saw the space probe Philae land on a comet after a 10-year, 4-billion mile journey. To a person living in the 1950s this story would feel like utter science fiction. Back then there’d have been no astronauts, no moon landing, no space shuttles. The first living being in orbit didn’t happen until 1957.

This set of Astounding Science Fiction magazines from 1955 is being sold by & in support of CLIC Sargent*. The cover artwork is sensational I bet the stories are too! They have other sets of this title currently for sale alongside sets of Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Space Science Fiction and if Worlds of Science Fiction. If you’re a sci-fi or pulp fiction buff – these would be fantastic additions to your collection.

*CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.