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.
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.
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!”
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!
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.
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.
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!