Home Tones: Racing Green

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Racing green is a quintessential British colour. It’s the colour of rubber Wellington boots and Barbour jackets. It’s a favoured paint colour of the Land Rover, Jaguar, Mini and the vintage Morris Minor.

In houses, it’s a great transition colour for bringing the outside in and vice versa. It works well with other shades of green, yellows and various wood tones – and when contrasted against shades of cream & white.

Racing green coloured floor to ceiling folding doors out on to a gardencredit

Racing green coloured conservatorycredit

Vignette in front of a racing green painted wallcredit

Bay window painted in racing greencredit

Coastal house painted racing green & whitecredit

Boy's bedroom decorated in shades of blue with racing green bed headcredit

Built-in kitchen with racing green coloured shelf alcovecredit

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Price Points: Hand wash soap dispensers

Hand wash soap dispensers | H is for Home

Getting home after every dog walk, a few things are done… boots off, kettle on and a wash of the hands.

Hand wash soap dispensers are much less messy than using a traditional bar of soap. We have the Habitat wall mounted version above the basin in our downstairs cloakroom. It’s the budget model of the three, but has served us well for many years. We’ve recently found a very nice vintage 1930s aluminium & glass dispenser of similar design so we can have one upstairs too.

The Amazon and Alessi dispensers are also sleek and simple – and ideal for sink areas with a bit of horizontal storage space close by – the former suitable for holding 250-300ml bottles of soap and/or moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner etc.

  1. Chrome wall-mounted soap dispenser: £15.00, Habitat
  2. Chrome double soap dispenser holder: £48.61, Amazon
  3. Alessi Birillo soap dispenser: 50.00, Selfridges

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Cakes & Bakes: Elderflower shortbread

Home-made elderflower shortbread petticoat tails | H is for Home

It’s elderflower season again – one of the classic smells and tastes of summer!

Sprigs of elderflowers infusing into caster sugar | H is for Home

We see those frothy white flowers growing wild all around and can’t bear to see them going to waste.

Antique shortbread mould floured with polenta | H is for Home

We’ve already made a large batch of elderflower cordial which will last us a good few months. In the past, there’s also been elderflower champagne and elderflower cakes too. This week, we decided to try some biscuits – elderflower shortbread to be precise.

Home-made elderflower shortbread round prior to being cooked | H is for Home

There are various methods for incorporating the flowers’ flavour into the biscuit. We experimented with three – using cordial as one of the ingredients, infusing the sugar with elderflower bunches and finally incorporating the tiny petals into the biscuit mix itself.

Home-made

We found that cordial made the biscuits a bit hard, crystalline and possibly too sweet. The infused sugar runs the risk of lots of creepy crawlies escaping into the sugar (even if you shake carefully) – and the resulting elderflower flavour wasn’t intense enough for us. The last technique worked best for us – by quite a long way actually, so that would be our recommendation. The resulting shortbread was moist and crumbly with a wonderful distinctive flavour – give them a go before those flowers disappear!

Elderflower shortbread
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 elderflower heads
  2. 75g/3oz caster sugar
  3. 175g/6oz plain flour
  4. 75g/3oz fine semolina
  5. 175g/6oz butter
  6.  
  7. Home-made elderflower shortbread ingredients
  8.  
Instructions
  1. Make sure the elderflower heads are free of insects and brown bits
  2. Using scissors, carefully snip off the little flower heads add to the sugar and stir in. Allow to infuse for about an hour
  3. Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas mark 2
  4. If using a mould, sprinkle it with semolina to prevent the dough from sticking
  5. Put the elderflower-infused sugar, flour, semolina and butter into a food processor and combine for about 30 seconds or until lumps begin to form
  6. Turn the mixture out on to a lightly floured work surface and bring together into a ball
  7. Press the dough evenly into your mould (or baking tin). If using a mould, turn the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment
  8. Prick the top with a fork to prevent it from rising
  9. Bake for about an hour or until the shortbread just begins to brown
  10. Remove from the oven on to a wire cooling rack
  11. While still a bit warm score the top with a knife into petticoat tails/portions
  12. Once cooled completely, remove from the tin and cut into pieces
  13. Store in an airtight container for up to a week
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Get your home ready for summer

Summer still life

Springtime is usually seen as the season to give your home an overhaul, but for us, this part of the year is merely the precursor to the most inspirational season of all – summer. Whereas spring is the time to get things tidy and to give your home a thorough cleaning, summer presents the opportunity to create an entirely new design on the clear canvas of a newly spring-cleaned home.

Paint cards, piantbrush and paint roller

Sometimes, all it takes is a new coat of paint on walls, doors and ceilings to completely refresh the look of your home, and we love any opportunity that allows us to go wild with different colours and shades. The summer palette is all about light, breezy hues which relate to the colours we’re currently seeing during the sunnier days of the year. Create a continuous stream of light which carries through the windows and into your living room, bedroom; and, in fact, any other room in your home by painting walls in a sunshine yellow. If you prefer the textures and patterns wallpapers can provide, opt for lighter shades with intricate patterns rather than papers with huge block designs. The more delicate the design, the more summery the feel.

Light-filled bedroom

It’s long been known that natural sunlight is a fantastic mood enhancer, and so you should ensure you make the most of summer’s lighter, brighter days by ensuring your bedroom captures as much natural light as possible. Swap heavy curtains that served their purpose during the winter for lighter, translucent drapes to maximise the amount of sunlight that enters the room. Treat yourself to brand spanking new furniture and take a look at the Bedstar range of wooden beds in white which will bring a fresh summery look to your bedroom. White furniture will really brighten up the room, so look out for wardrobes and drawers in a glossy white finish to complete your bedroom in a contemporary, seasonal style.

Bottles of herbs with tomatoes

Adorning your home with blooming house plants is a fantastic way of having a constant reminder that summer’s here, even on the not-so sunny days. Select colours and species that make your heart sing, and of course, ones that match your carefully considered colour scheme. Decorate your kitchen windowsill with herb pots to add fragrance to the room and extra flavour to your cooking. Plants are extremely versatile in that they can perk up any room in the home, and you should feel free to mix and match the types of plants you place around your home. Pet owners should be aware that some plants are toxic to animals, so do research which ones are safe to be around your little critters.

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Vintage first aid boxes

Collection of vintage first aid boxes

We’ve just had a lovely little mention in the current edition of  Homes & Antiques magazine. We’re regular readers of the magazine – and it’s often a surprise when we turn a page to find one of our products staring back at us. We supply photos or loan items for magazine photo-shoots months before publication, so don’t always know exactly when they’ll be featured. This particular article was all about vintage first aid boxes.

Homes and Antiques magazine cover - July 2016

Well, it started with a tour of of salvage dealer, Kate Kaemena’s house – who, as you might expect, has a home full of interesting objects. In one corner, she has a collection of vintage first aid boxes which make a quirky and eye-catching display. Following the house tour, there’s a page focussing on vintage first aid boxes and three of our examples are included in the line up. Most houses have some form of first aid box – as this article proves, they can be both functional and attractive to look at – perhaps the case with most things with a bit of effort.

Homes & Antiques magazine article about collecting first aid boxes which includes examples from H is for Home shop stock

The feature was written by Katie Treggiden with lovely photos by Emma Lewis.

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Get their look: Minimalist industrial kitchen

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We love this minimalist industrial kitchen. There’s a wonderful sense of space with a double height ceiling and internal glazing that divides spaces without closing them in. Huge windows let light flood in, the white walls and polished concrete reflect and enhance it.

Open shelves mean everything is easy to hand for cooking and cleaning. Lots more white is introduced through crockery and kitchenware. Softer wood tones balance out the harder industrial materials, herbs and plants naturalise and soften the space. The room works so well – practical and unfussy yet full of interest.

  1. Vintage circular dough boards
  2. Heavy duty industrial shelving
  3. Antique wooden masher
  4. Vintage enamel bread bin
  5. Large black enamel jug
  6. Vintage industrial floor mirror
  7. Vintage industrial lab stools
  8. Vintage zinc metal dolly tubs

Get their look: Minimalist industrial kitchen | H is for Home

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