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Gimme Five! Metal potting stations

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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selection of metal potting stations

Can’t you tell summer’s coming?! All the veg & salad seeds we sowed are sprouting. We’re running out of outdoor work space to prick out and pot on as seedlings outgrow their starter homes.

We’re after another potting station; one that can withstand living outside in damp northern climes. Aluminium or zinc will be best – with a lower shelf. You can never have too much storage space for seed trays!

We like #4 best, the one from B&Q. It has that all-important shelf, along with uprights along three sides which can be used as hanging space, acts as a windbreak for delicate seedlings and also prevents plants & tools from slipping off the edge from a height!

  1. Aluminium potting table: £36.50, Amazon
  2. Halls silver aluminium greenhouse potting bench: £55, Waltons
  3. Aluminium potting station: £69.99, Taylors Garden Buildings
  4. Potting bench: £30, B&Q
  5. Palram steel work bench: £44.99, Garden Street

Gimme Five! British bird handbooks

Friday, May 15th, 2015

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Selection of 5 British bird handbooks | H is for Home

Have you seen any of this year’s fledglings yet? All along the Rochdale Canal which passes through Todmorden, there are lots of broods of ducks and Canada geese. In our garden this week we’ve had a baby robin as a frequent visitor.

Justin’s a long-time twitcher, but I’m a lot less knowledgeable ornithologically! We have a stack of British bird handbooks on our bedroom bookshelf; the latest addition being a couple of Matt Sewell’s beautifully illustrated guides.

We actually own copies of all the above – with the exception of Bewick’s – perhaps it will be in my stocking this Christmas!

  1. The Observer’s Book of British Birds: from £4, Amazon
  2. Our Garden Birds, Matt Sewell: £7.28, Wordery
  3. A Sketchbook of Birds, C. F. Tunnicliffe: £2.81, eBay
  4. Bewicks British Birds: £2.99, The Works
  5. RSPB Handbook of British Birds: £8.37, Hive

Gimme Five! Metal planters

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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selection of galvanised metal planters

Lots of the plants in our garden are in need of potting on. In the past couple of years, some of the plants have become pot-bound, crying out for a bit of leg room. We used to have lots of lovely terracotta pots but after a couple of harsh, cold winters most of them have cracked and shattered.

Little by little, we’ve been replacing the terracotta with more hardy galvanised versions. We’re in the market for quite a few more metal planters. We love vintage dolly tubs but they can be quite dear – some fetching about the £50 mark.

Galvanised metal planters looks great in groups of different sizes and shapes and some have lovely corrugated patterns. Here are some of the best ones we’ve found.

  1. Fallen Fruits balcony zinc rectangular planter: £13.99, Wayfair
  2. Two aged zinc troughs – £45, Cox & Cox
  3. Single galvanised pot: from £2.99, Crocus
  4. SOCKER plant pot: £6.50, IKEA
  5. Galvanised iron planter: £7.95, by Ella James on Notonthehighstreet

Gimme Five! Coffee tables

Friday, 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

Gimme Five! Bookshelves

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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selection of modern bookshelves

We’re in desperate need of some new bookshelves. We’re great hoarders of magazines – we keep them for inspiration and for cutting up and using on moodboards.

Our ever-growing collection of lovely interiors and cookery books is dotted all around the house. We have them in almost every room; stacked up high in piles on the floor, on tables and on each side of the bed.

The recessed floating shelves in our sitting room are mainly given over to displaying our collection of vintage pottery and enamelware. Even this is interspersed with little stacks of books here & there! We like free-standing shelves as we’re always rearranging the furniture to give new purchases a temporary or sometimes permanent home!

We like modern, sculptural, minimalist but striking bookshelves that look like works of art in their own right. The Ptolomeo bookcase is great because it makes use of often under-utilised vertical space. Our favourite though, is the bright yellow SD2.o; unusual, asymmetric and with a sense of fun!

  1. Vitra ESU shelf 4OH By Charles and Ray Eames: £2,108, Heal’s
  2. SD2.0 Shelves limited edition Factory Yellow by Andy Murray Design: £350, Bouf
  3. Loki 5-shelf bookcase: £195, Habitat
  4. Polygon shelving unit, walnut: £299, MADE
  5. Ptolomeo bookcase by Bruno Rainaldi: £1,095, The Conran Shop
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