We’re Nine!

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H is for Home is nine years old today – doesn’t time fly? We buy, we sell, we blog – the months and years drift by. Having said that, it does seem a long time ago that we gathered in our little home office and pressed the button for our first ever post to go live.

It’s been a very enjoyable journey since that day. A sincere thanks to all our shop customers and blog readers & commenters, our Twitter and Pinterest followers – for all the likes on Facebook and competition entrants – there’d be no H is for Home birthdays without all of you!

To mark the occasion we’re having a blog redesign – it’s almost done – let us know what you think.

Have a Hornsea Halloween

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Vintage Hornsea Halloween mug showing witch detail | H is for Home

What a perfect drinking vessel to toast the evening.

Vintage Hornsea Halloween mug | H is for Home

This fabulous vintage witches mug was designed by John Clappison for Hornsea Pottery in the 1970s and comes from their ‘Birthday’ range.

Hornsea Halloween mug showing cat details | H is for Home

We just love the old crones and cat flying on their broom.

Vintage Hornsea witches mug base with birthday greeting: 'If I but had THREE WISHES And only one came true, I'd ride with these THREE WITCHES Upon their broom to YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY'

Happy Halloween everyone!

Welcome Home: Tips for the perfect house-warming

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House-warming dinner party scene

After you sign the papers, hire the movers and unload all of your boxes, it’s time for the house-warming. Your celebration doesn’t have to break the bank. After all, you just bought a new home. Add a few touches of personality here and there to make your home uniquely you. Here’s how to plan and prepare for the perfect house-warming.

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Keep the guest list small

Sure, all of your friends and family will be dying to see your new place. But before you invite everyone and their plus-ones, figure out how many people your new home can comfortably hold. Since you’ve only just moved in, you may need to improvise when it comes to seating, or justify a standing-room-only approach.

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(Not) fully-furnished

Although you may want to show off your home when, and only when, it’s decorated like the living spaces you’ve seen in magazines, this sort of thinking is not realistic. Your friends and family will be anxiously waiting to see your new home, don’t keep them waiting too long. By adding a few hints of your personal style, like accented walls, artwork and your existing furniture, you can throw together a stylish space in no time without feeling bad about possibly redecorating in the future as you accumulate more furnishings.

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If you opt to have a small house-warming with only your closest friends and family, consider breaking in the kitchen and having a dinner party. Serve your dinner on a set of stylish tableware, like Z Gallerie’s Origami collection and choose napkins and cutlery to match. If you’re on a budget, check out Zazzle’s collection of disposable and customisable paper plates. Choose a dinner party theme and decorate with a vase or two of fresh-cut flowers. Use one vase or use multiple vases to create a statement all while making your new home feel welcoming. Be cautious, too much tablescape décor can quickly turn into a mistake if there’s no room for the food or refreshments.

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To register or not to register

While house-warming registries do exist, they should be left for weddings and baby showers. It’s not wrong to ask for what you want, but it is bold and some may consider these types of registries tacky. If your guests do decide to bring gifts, accept them graciously. In most cases house-warming gifts are modest, like a bottle of wine for example. Whatever the gift, be sure to send a handwritten thank-you note to the gift giver after your house-warming.

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The basics

It’s wise to wait until you’ve been in your space for a bit before hosting a house-warming, but sometimes the big move into a new, permanent home is just too exciting not to share with the rest of the world. If you really want to wow your guests in the days after you’ve just moved in, be sure that you’ve got everything unpacked and ready to use if you think you’ll need it. Be sure that your cloakroom is furnished with the proper toiletries, like hand towels and other personal items, and if you’re cooking for your house-warming be sure that you have all of your ingredients unpacked. Without preparation, your house-warming could turn into a nightmare.


Amara Interior Blog Awards nomination

'AMARA Interior Blog Awards' bannerSome very kind person has nominated us in the Amara Interior Blog Awards in the Best Organisation Blog category.
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It was truly unexpected and we’re very chuffed at our work being recognised.

Voting is now open and runs until Friday 3 October.

There’s going to be a swanky awards ceremony in that there big London town and we’d love the opportunity to go; so please vote for us here – it will take you less than a minute!