Miniature woven garden furniture

Toy miniature woven garden chairs | H is for Home

Last week’s quirky item was a vintage miniature organ – this week we’re going even smaller in scale, with this even more miniature woven garden furniture.

Toy miniature woven garden furniture | H is for Home

They’re very 1950s – and very sweet too. The set comprises of a table & four chairs, a bench and two armchairs. To give you some idea of size, each chair stands 9cm or 3½ inches tall.

Toy miniature woven garden table & chairs | H is for Home

We like the lemon yellow and crisp white colourway – and the detail is fabulous. It’s so pretty – we’d happily use it in our own garden if we were 6 inches tall ourselves!

Toy miniature woven garden chairs | H is for Home

Anyone out there with dolls or a dolls house that need garden furniture – or would just like them as a decorative piece in their own right, just drop us a line. There’ll be no expensive furniture removal costs! The eight piece set is priced at £35.00.

Get their look: Double-height hallway

Double-height hallway

We love a proper hallway off the front entrance. Not only does it create a path through to the rest of the house, it’s a place to hang coats, take off muddy wellies & walking boots, deposit house keys and mail. Ours is a bit cramped to say the least. This double-height hallway is the epitome of adult cool. Bright & airy, sophisticated furnishings, clear of clutter and creates an expectation of a great interior ahead. Hopefully, we’ll get a space like this one day.

  1. 50cm x 50cm picture frame
  2. Sector Octo ceiling light, birch
  3. Solange cotton-blend throw
  4. Jojo vase
  5. Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair
  6. Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira sideboard
  7. Odyssey Nestor (Antislip R10) floor tile

Get their look: Double-height hallway | H is for Home

Simple ways to add value to your home

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Do you want to add value to your home and make it a more comfortable place in which to live? This is the wish of many home owners around the country, but many of these people are not willing to take the necessary steps to achieve this goal. It’s not as difficult as it may seem to add value to your home and the following tips are some of the easiest ways in which to do this.

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Replace old windows and doors

A large number of older homes still have the same windows and doors that were fitted when the house was originally built. The technologies used to manufacture modern windows and doors have come a long way in recent years. Energy efficient windows and doors ensure that homes are warmer and look more stylish. Attractive and secure garage doors also add value to a home and are provided by suppliers like the Garage Door Company Ltd. You can check out their site to find a solution to suit your type of property.

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Install insulation and a new heating system

Every home owner wants to live in a warm, cosy home. However, older heating systems were often not as efficient as modern heating systems. If you feel the cold in your home during the winter, you have a heating problem that needs to be fixed.

In most cases, installing a new boiler, radiators or other types of heating systems will make a huge difference to the temperature inside your home. To ensure that this heat does not escape, it’s important to check how well insulated your property is as well. If it’s not up to the necessary standard, it’s wise to install additional insulation in the wall cavities and in the attic space.

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Landscaping

When you’re attempting to add value to your home, not all changes take place inside the property. Most people enjoy spending time outside in a well-kept garden. However, many gardens leave a lot to be desired and are not inviting places to in which to spend time.

Hiring a professional landscaper to inject some life into your garden has the potential to add thousands of pounds to the value of your home and make it an attractive area for family and friends to relax, especially during the summer.

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Flooring

The floors in a home suffer the most from wear and tear. This is particularly true in high traffic areas of the home such as corridors and entrance ways. Replacing existing flooring products with high quality carpets or wooden flooring will instantly transform each of the rooms in your home.

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Clean and paint

It’s amazing how fresh a home can look by simply cleaning it and giving it a coat or two of paint. Once a home owner sees the difference this can make, it often inspires them to make other changes that will greatly increase the value of their home.

Some people make changes to their home so that it becomes more comfortable to live in, while other home owners want to increase the value of their property so that they can sell it profitably in the future. Either way, making the changes above will ensure that both of these objectives are achieved.

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Home Tones: Hibiscus

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Last week, in our Home Tones post, we discovered that my birthday colour is Dry Rose. This week, it’s only fair to talk about Justin’s birthday colour – Hibiscus – which is your colour if you were born on 14th April. If you weren’t born on this day, you can find out what your own colour is in Michele Bernhardt’s book, Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says About You.

Those born on Justin’s birthday are supposed to be, “Determined | Persuasive | Sparkly”. It continues…

Swatch of Pantone's 'Hibiscus'You have a sparkly personality and the room lights up when you are in it. It is important for you to express your ideas with flair and gusto. Staying within the status quo and being average is not for you. Remain detached in regard to material ambitions and you will find that money and financial gain will come more readily to you. Your personal color gives you the staying power to follow through to completion. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Hibiscus helps you to listen better while improving your timing.

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Price Points: Walking sandals

Walking sandals | H is for Home

After many years of loyal service, my current walking sandals – a pair of Keen Neports – died a death last summer. Despite that, I love them so much that I’ve glued the soles back together, then the laces snapped so I’ve knotted those back together…

Now that the weather’s become warm enough to transition from walking boots back to sandals, I’ve dragged the old faithfuls back out once again. If I’m honest, I’m flogging a dead horse, they’re now really tatty and won’t last until the end of this summer.

The new pair will see daily use, up to 3 dog walks per day… every day, and I’ll need a new pair that can cope with the moorland terrain. I love the look of most Keen sandals, so the orange pair above are my favoured replacements.

  1. Keen Clearwater CNX walking sandals: £72.28, Amazon
  2. Teva Kimtah leather sandals: £80.00, Millets
  3. Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve sandals: £85.00, Cotswold Outdoor

Nettle pesto

Home-made nettle pesto | H is for Home

The nettle patches around here are in fine form at the moment. For the past week or so, I’ve been telling myself off for not carrying rubber gloves and a large plastic bag when I go for a dog walk. Finally, I remembered to do it yesterday and picked myself a bagful of bright green, vibrant nettle tips.

Freshly picked nettle tips |H is for Home

I’ve previously shared recipes for nettle soup and nettle loaf. This time I’m making a batch of nettle pesto.

Grated Parmesan | H is for Home

The nettles take the place of basil and I’ve replaced the more traditional pine nuts with walnuts.

Nettle pesto ingredients in a food processor bowl | H is for Home

The taste and smell is much earthier than traditional pesto but can be used in exactly the same way. It’s a very versatile store cupboard ingredient. I like it with an extra glug of olive oil and mixed through plain spaghetti then finished with a spoonful of grated Parmesan. I also like adding a few small dollops of pesto to the top of a pizza before putting into in the oven. Justin thinks it’s great with roasted or pan fried meats too – and has just made chicken breast wrapped in smoked ham and filled with nettle pesto butter for this evening’s meal.

Nettle pesto
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Ingredients
  1. Carrier bag-full of nettle tips
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 50g/2oz Parmesan
  4. 75g2½oz walnuts
  5. 2tsp salt
  6. 1tsp ground black pepper
  7. 5-8tbsp olive oil
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  9. Home-made nettle pesto ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil - enough water to be able to submerge all the nettles
  2. Put a large colander into the kitchen sink
  3. Blanch the nettles for about 30 seconds, using a wooden spoon to push the leaves down into the water
  4. Carefully pour the nettles into the colander in the sink and allow all the water to drain away. Allow to cool fully
  5. Finely slice the garlic and grate the Parmesan
  6. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse for about a minute
  7. Decant into sterilised glass jars
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