MADE Unboxed

July 21st, 2014

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Lois cushion from MADE.COM with vintage Figgjo Flint mug of tea and half moon spectacles

A few months ago, we were approached by MADE.COM to take part in an exciting new venture of theirs – MADE Unboxed. They wanted to photograph our homewares from MADE.COM; in situ, in our home and interview us about our property, our style and our inspiration.

Brass Stow chest of drawers from MADE.COM with Fudge the Weimaraner

Well, we’re happy to announce that MADE Unboxed went live today – and we have our very own designated page on there!

Orange wall in our kitchen with Skinny la Minx apron and tea towel with Pontessa crockery

Unboxed is an online community for interiors fans… and for those folks who just like sneaking a peak around other people’s homes! ;-) Think Pinterest, but without all those cute cat photos and Ryan Gosling ‘Hey Girl’ memes! So go check it out, get signed up, share photos of your own home and gather some inspiration from other members. You can search by area or for a specific product to see who has purchased what in your neighbourhood.

Red Cohen lamp from MADE.COM with collection of West German 'fat lava' pottery vases

According to Chloe Macintosh, MADE.COM Co-Founder and Creative Director:

Unboxed contextualises our products without the need for costly lifestyle shoots or high street shops, which ultimately the customer would pay for. But more than that, Unboxed demonstrates ‘collaborative consumption’ a movement empowering consumers to take inspiration from each other… People not only want to see products in a real life situation, but more than ever we are fascinated by how others have decorated their homes; Unboxed taps into this property porn boom!

Etsy List: de Nîmes

July 20th, 2014

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'de Nîmes' Etsy List by H is for Homede Nîmes
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Denim – or to give it its original name – de Nîmes isn’t just for jeans and jackets, you know? It’s such a ubiquitous material – versatile, hard-wearing, easy to work with, easy to clean, ages well and is attractive in all its hues; from the deepest indigo to the palest washed out powder blue.

Denim works a treat in interior decor as well – on walls, on the floor, on the furniture, as bedding. But go steady, don’t over do it – nobody likes to see the ‘double denim’ look! Match it with tartan or plaid, chintz or florals, stark whites, bold brights or cool metallics. We told you it was versatile!

Charity Vintage: Viners cutlery storage table

July 19th, 2014

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Vintage Viners cutlery storage table for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 20 Jul, 2014 21:08:18 BST)

We’ve not come across one of these before. A cutlery canteen, cum coffee table, cum cutlery storage. It looks to have been made or commissioned by Viners of Sheffield in the 1950s.

The table is for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation* in Motherwell. It has lovely mid century modern styling… and you get what looks like a load of highly collectable vintage Viners Chelsea cutlery thrown in as a bonus! We did a little research and found that the last one similar to this sold for £95 – this one’s starting bid is £49.99.

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.

Gimme Five! Memo boards

July 18th, 2014

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selection of 5 memo boards

We’ve a little slate hanging up in the kitchen where we’re supposed to write down our shopping lists and messages but it’s so small that it rarely gets used. One of these proper memo boards will stop us from both buying the milk!

We had a look at some of our usual internet haunts and came up with this short-list. We love the 2-metre tall blackboard from Graham and Green (#4) but alas, we won’t have the space for it.  It should go without saying that #2 is our favourite! Firstly, it’s bright orange; :-) secondly, it’s a pegboard – something we’ve already said we want on a wall in our ‘soon to be set up’ home office.

  1. Week planner memo chalk board: £29.07, Wayfair
  2. Large pegboard, orange: £60, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Master of Boards® stainless steel magnetic memo board – Monaco – 35x50cm: £29.99, Amazon
  4. Chalkboard: £389, Graham and Green
  5. Vintage double sided silver clip display board – receipt keeper accounting system: £33.01, Etsy

Cakes & Bakes: Redcurrant muffins

July 17th, 2014

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Redcurrant muffin with a cup of tea | H is for Home

So far on our allotment, the only things that have come to fruition are the currant bushes that we inherited. The last time we were there we did a little bit of weeding but we spent the vast majority of our time picking shiny, jewel-like blackcurrants and redcurrants. We harvested almost a kilo of the latter – that’s over £10-worth from a supermarket! 125 grams of it was put towards making a batch of redcurrant muffins.

We acquired a silicon muffin tray in a boxed lot at an auction many moons ago that we surprisingly, have never used. Fished out, dusted down and washed; it turned out 6 big, beautiful muffin specimens! Silicon is a revelation – baked goods ease out of it with no cajoling whatsoever! If you’ve not tried it before, Lakeland does a good range of affordable silicon baking tins, pans and trays.

The redcurrant muffin recipe used here was found on the Abel & Cole website. The rest of the redcurrants have been put into the freezer temporarily, waiting to be turned into jam, jelly and relish; so keep a watch out for some more redcurrant recipes to follow!

Cakes & Bakes: Redcurrant muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: makes 12 small or 6 large muffins

Cakes & Bakes: Redcurrant muffins

Ingredients

  • 60g Stork or butter
  • 175g plain flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • ½tsp salt
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 120ml milk
  • 125g fresh redcurrants
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350ºF/Gas mark 4
  2. Grease a 12-hole muffin pan (We have a 6-hole silicone muffin pan that makes lovely large, tall muffins!) or insert paper muffin cases
  3. Put the Stork/butter into a microwave-proof bowl or measuring jug and heat on a low setting for 20 seconds. Set aside to cool
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl
  5. Add all but 2 tbsp of the caster sugar - this is being reserved to sprinkle over the muffin tops prior to going into the oven
  6. In a small measuring jug, beat the egg a few times until the yolk & white is just combined
  7. Whisk in the milk and melted Stork/butter
  8. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, stirring quickly and gently until flour is just dampened
  9. Gently fold in the redcurrants, being careful not to burst too many of them
  10. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin , filling each slightly more than half full
  11. Sprinkle the 2tbsp of reserved sugar over each muffin
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes away clean
  13. Cool on a wire rack for a few minutes prior to serving
  14. Keep in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 3 days
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