Etsy List: Blooming Marvellous!

May 4th, 2015

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'Blooming Marvellous!' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Who doesn’t love florals? Whether they’re big & blousey, delicate or sophisticated, there’s a pattern to suit everyone’s taste.

Flowers are famous in art & design; just think of Georgia O’Keeffe’s lilies, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s rose, Claud Monet’s water lillies, Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers.

Flowers punctuate life; each year begins with milky white snowdrops before traversing into drifts of crocuses, daffodils, dandelions, bluebells, foxgloves, poppies and buddleia… before it starts all over again. Blooming marvellous!

Blooming Marvellous!
Curated by H is for Home

Out & About… Bingley

May 3rd, 2015

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mossy wall overlooking a humpback bridge and river

Last Sunday we went Out & About in Bingley, West Yorkshire. The walk was organised by Natalie on behalf of Turtle Mat. It brought together various bloggers from the Yorkshire area.

Yorkshire bloggers on a quick stop in St Ives Estate's picnic area

Bingley is a town we’ve always wanted to see a bit more of; we’ve driven through it a couple of times, but have always been on our way somewhere and couldn’t stop.

Fudge drinking from a stream in Bingley

Our guide for the day was Cedric – originally from France, but a firm Yorkshire fan and indeed, Bingley resident. We can say straight away that from first impressions it’s a lovely little place.

Historic Butter Cross in Bingley town centre

We all met up at the train station and, from our brief view of the town centre, we could see that there were lots of beautiful buildings & interesting corners to save for later visits. A river & canal run through its centre and there seems to be real history all around. By the looks of things, there’s no shortage of shops, pubs & cafés too.

alleyway off the main street in Bingley

Within a few short minutes of setting off, we’d found ourselves in an attractive open park, then passed some charming & well-tended allotments – then into pretty countryside and the grounds of St Ives Estate.

Adelle walking in St Ives Estate, Bingley

We stopped to take in the view on rocks overlooking the valley and Ilkley Moor beyond.

Cedrick, Justin & Fudge on a rock overlooking Ilkley Moor

From here, we dropped back down into town to have our lunch at the Brown Cow pub. We started with a well-deserved pint from a good range on offer. Adelle chose bubble & squeak with poached egg and watercress sauce.

Bubble & squeak with poached egg, tomatoes and watercress sauce at the Brown Cow, Bingley

Justin opted for traditional fish & chips – Fudge was hungry too and was hoping for a dropped chip!

Justin eating fish & chips with Fudge looking on intently

Despite not having much space left, we couldn’t resist dessert to finish. Treacle tart with raspberry coulis for Adelle…

treacle tart with raspberry coulis at the Brown Cow, Bingley

…and waffles and ice cream for Justin.

Waffles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce at the Brown Cow, Bingley

We were each given a Turtle Mat to take home… perfect for post-walk muddy boots and dirty paws.

Turtle Mat mat with pair of walking boots

On the day of the walk we enjoyed beautiful warm sunshine, so no mud to speak of that day. We’ve had plenty of opportunity to test out the mat since though – well, we live in the Pennines after all!

Fudge in the lounge with the Turtle Mat mat

It’s found the perfect home by the front door and it really does work wonders. Our carpets and rugs might now stand a chance of staying clean!!


Charity Vintage: Orange rotary dial telephone

May 2nd, 2015

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vintage orange rotary dial telephone for sale on eBay for Charity by The Prince Of Wales Hospice(ends 6 May, 2015 20:47:50 BST)

The Prince of Wales Hospice* is currently selling this vintage orange rotary dial telephone – very Mod! It would look fab in our kitchen but I’ve been banned from having any more orange items in the room!

A vintage dial phone is so much more enjoyable to use and hold. If I’m going to be on hold for 20 minutes waiting to talk to ‘customer services’, I’d much rather be on this than one of those ugly, flimsy ones that are being manufactured these days.

It’s in full working order and looks to be in really good condition – it was manufactured by Pye way back in 1974. The starting bid is only a tenner with £4 on top for delivery.

*The Prince of Wales Hospice provides specialist palliative care to those over the age of 18 with a progressive incurable illness. They provide our services free of charge to a catchment area of 170,000 people at a cost of £2 million per year but only about one-third of this is received from the NHS.

Gimme Five! Coffee tables

May 1st, 2015

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selection of 5 coffee tables

We had a new competition start this morning with a prize of a rather elegant, limited-edition coffee table. We thought we’d feature a few more versions of coffee tables available on the web.

There probably aren’t that many homes out there that don’t have at least one coffee table; it’s such a versatile piece of furniture. Use it to serve coffee, by all means – but it can also double (quadruple?) up as a bedside table, stool or footrest.

We were particularly tickled by the pizza box table/stool from Firebox. It would fit perfectly in a teenager’s or student’s bedroom!

  1. Mocha Modern Triangle coffee table – oiled oak: £169, Funique
  2. Incredible cardboard stool: £19.99, Firebox
  3. Fergus coffee table: £229, Swoon Editions
  4. Rattan table: £275, Cox & Cox
  5. Muuto Around small coffee table: £275, Occa Home

Arcade prize

May 1st, 2015

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Limited edition Arcade table designed by Sam Baron for Just99 | H is for Home We have an absolutely gorgeous competition prize for you this month – it’s just too bad we can’t enter ourselves! 😉

Limited edition Arcade table designed by Sam Baron for Just99 | H is for Home Just99 has agreed to ‘furnish’ us with one of these beautiful, limited-edition Arcade tables to give away to one of our readers.

Limited edition Arcade table designed by Sam Baron for Just99 | H is for Home The Arcade was designed by Sam Baron exclusively for Just99 and retails at €189. The company, launched in the UK this February, hosts a selection of beautiful art work and interiors pieces for the home, created exclusively for them by international architects, designers, photographers and artists.

As their name suggests, only 99 units of an item are produced. Almost every week, a new product or edition is added to their website and, after all 99 are sold, that’s it – they’ll no longer be available, thus creating a ‘buzz’ and sense of desirability. If you’d like to the proud, new owner of one of these limited-edition Arcade tables, just tell us what room in your house the Arcade table would live.

Just99 Arcade table giveaway

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