Our new shop space

Shopfront of our new shop space | H is for Home

In a recent blog post about a Blomus tea set, we mentioned our new shop space.

Empty shopfront of our new shop space | H is for Home

Well, here it is! It’s an attractive corner plot directly opposite the antiques centre from where we currently sell. This was a good opportunity to spread things out a bit. We’re sharing the shop with a couple of other dealers.

Looking out into the street from our new shop space | H is for Home

Our space has got a lovely, big display window.

Neglected window box outside our new shop space | H is for Home

…and a neglected window box which had potential to look very pretty.

Justin standing in the street outside our new shop space | H is for Home

So, what to do next!  Mmmm… let’s mull this over.

Bringing stock into our new shop space | H is for Home

We moved into the space over a couple of days. We wanted to combine our twin loves of mid century modern and rustic country styles.

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

And here are the results. We hope it looks like the kind of shop in which you’d like to browse. If you ever get the chance to visit, we’re right next to the library in Todmorden – at the junction of Hall Street and Rochdale Road. Picturehouse Antiques, where we also sell from, is directly across the road – and there are loads of good places to get coffee and cake close by!

Collection of wooden vintage bobbins in the window of our new shop space | H is for Home

Justin took lots of snaps which we’ve included below to give you a good feel of the new place. We hope to see you there one day!

New H is for Home shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Detail of an antique miniature chest of drawers for sale in our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Display of antique wooden items for sale in our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Detail of spindles from an antique country chair | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Trio of blue vintage objects for sale in our new shop space | H is for Home

Setting up our new shop space | H is for Home

Chemist fittings in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Chemist fittings in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Chemist fittings in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Anatomical figure of a cow in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Anatomical figure of a pig in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

Detail from a Frogman piece in the new shop space next to ours | H is for Home

New H is for Home shop space | H is for Home

Get their look: Vintage furnished Victorian railway carriage

Vintage furnished Victorian railway carriagecredit

This vintage furnished Victorian railway carriage home belongs to Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, owners of Minimoderns. Keith and Mark design & produce a range of beautiful homewares, much of which can be found decorating their home.

The railway carriage is located down in Dungeness on the Kent coastline. We love the distinctive scenery and unique atmosphere that Dungeness offers. It’s attracted many artists and designers over the years – and lots of ground-breaking architecture too.

There’s a sparseness to the landscape – and the Scandinavian mid century modern simplicity of their décor suits the environment and the railway carriage supremely well.

  1. Hooked E27 Bakelite lamp holder
  2. Bright orange round fabric lighting cable | 3 core
  3. Trentham green bull money box designed by Colin Melbourne
  4. Vitra Alexander Girard wooden doll
  5. Attache record player – blue
  6. Hornsea Pottery bird ashtray/pin dish by John Clappison
  7. Green Riihimäki art glass vase
  8. Set of 4 ceramic beakers
  9. Jacquet cushion – Tangerine Dream
  10. Darjeeling cushion – Tangerine Dream
  11. Pavilion linen fabric – Harvest Orange

Get their look: Vintage furnished Victorian railway carriage | H is for Home

Why you should install a food waste disposer in your kitchen

 Using an Insinkerator home food waste disposer

Food waste disposal units have been popular in the USA for decades; around half of homes there have one. However, only about 6% of UK homes and 3% in Canada have one fitted.

Black kitchen sink with running tap

It’s practical

If you have a compost heap in your garden, much of your food scraps can be added to this. However, you shouldn’t add things like meat and fish as it encourages vermin. Unfortunately, not everyone has a garden, and some people may have mobility issues, so rely on their local council to collect their food waste. Where we live – and this is probably the same for most people – food waste is only collected once a week. This means you’ll have smelly, decomposing food hanging around for days on end – not nice!

Rubbish in landfill

It can be better for the environment

A massive 20% of household waste is food scraps. Having an Insinkerator installed under your sink means your food waste won’t be going into landfill where it will contribute to the production of methane (a greenhouse gas) which will be released into the atmosphere.
When the food waste  from your disposer gets to the water treatment plant, it will be processed and, if it is a state-of-the-art plant, any biogas and biosolids that are produced will be captured. These bi-products then go on to be utilised as fertiliser and to generate electricity. Surely, this is a better option for the environment.

Range of kitchen waste disposer units

They’re not as expensive as you may think!

Waste disposal units come in a range of sizes and prices. You can buy models for less than £100. Herefordshire and Worcestershire councils once offered them at subsidised prices (we can’t find information about whether they still offer this grant).

They can be incorporated into a new kitchen design scheme – or easily installed within an existing sink unit.


Designer Desire: Celestino Piatti

Mosaic of Celestino Piatti designs | H is for Home

We’ve long had a soft spot for the illustrations of Celestino Piatti (1922-2007). He was a Swiss designer best known for his children’s book illustrations and poster and postage stamp designs.

For years, we’ve been hoping to happen across a pristine 1st edition 1965 copy of his Animal ABC in a charity shop somewhere. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon – thankfully, you can get new copies online.

Celestino Piatti

Much of his work has distinctive thick, rough, black outlines with bright ‘colouring in’ – almost child-like but incredibly beautiful. He had a few motifs which he kept returning to again & again; owls, the sun with a face and cockerels.

Additional image credits

Artnet | Invaluable | Pinterest | Poster Gallery

Price Points: Compact digital cameras

Compact digital cameras | H is for Home

We have two, fairly expensive, Sony DSLR cameras which we use to take photos of our shop items and for our blog posts. Recently, one of them suddenly one day stopped charging. We bought a new rechargeable battery in the hope that it would fix the problem – but it didn’t.

We took it into a camera repair shop and a nice, very knowledgeable man had a look at it. The first thing he did was to check that it wasn’t the adapter that was faulty – it wasn’t. He then took it upstairs for a more in depth investigation only to return to say that it was something to do with the slot where you connect the camera to a computer or printer to transfer the images across. Apparently, the cost to fix it would be about the same as the cost of buying the same model of camera again. Isn’t that always the way?

Instead of getting it fixed/replaced, we’d rather buy a more lightweight, portable compact digital camera to keep on us when we go out to events or on walks. We also want one where you can transfer photos off it via Bluetooth or wi-fi. It can be such a drag having to keep hunting for where you last left the lead, connecting the camera to the laptop, making sure you eject the camera before you pull the lead out again…

Whenever we’re buying new electronic or tech products we always go online to check out user and expert reviews. Top in the Which? compact digital cameras reviews is the Canon PowerShot G9 X. According to them:

The Canon PowerShot G9 X follows on from last year’s PowerShot G7 X by putting a large 1-inch sensor into the body of a compact camera, promising near DSLR-quality photos from something small enough to shove into a pocket.

What Digital Camera: had good things to say about the Panasonic TZ80:

There’s plenty to like about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80. It’s a generously featured and highly flexible compact that ticks all the relevant ‘travel camera’ boxes.

We think we would be more than happy to go with the really budget version, the Nikon Coolpix S3700. We could afford to buy one each… in different colours!

There are 83 reviews on Amazon with an average score of 4.2 out of 5. Someone that gave it 5 stars said:

This is a fantastic budget camera for family snaps and taking short videos while out and about. It is really slim. light and compact but at over 20 megapixels (much more than a standard smartphone) the quality of the photos is great. The snaps we took were sharp, in focus and in great colour.

That kind of review combined with the cost probably seals it for us.

  1. Nikon Coolpix S3700 digital camera in silver: £79, Jessops
  2. PANASONIC Lumix DMC-TZ80EB-S Superzoom compact camera – silver: £329, Currys
  3. Canon PowerShot G9 X compact system camera – black (20.9 MP, Wi-Fi, NFC) 3-inch touch screen: £369.99, Amazon

Cakes & Bakes: Panipopo

Portion of home-made panipopo torn form the loaf | H is for Home

I’ve been seeing recipes for panipopo sweeping by on my Pinterest feed for quite a while. I’ve never really stopped & clicked because I thought that the sweetened coconut bread would be too wet and sickly.

Panipopo dough | H is for Home Risen panipopo dough | H is for Home

How wrong I was! I’m glad I read some of the comments remarking on how delicious it is and how ex-pat islanders hanker after it when they’re away from home.

Rolled & sliced panipopo dough | H is for Home Panipopo dough in a rectangular baking tin | H is for Home

Panipopo (or pani-popo or pani popo) is a Polynesian bread originating from Samoa or Hawaii – depending on who you believe.

Risen panipopo dough in a rectangular baking tin | H is for Home Pouring sweetened coconut milk on the risen panipopo dough | H is for Home

I thought that all that liquid would make for a soggy bread, but most of it is absorbed by the dough in cooking. The liquid that is left turns into a thick, unctuous, syrupy sauce. We weren’t sure what to eat it with – I chose to have it as it comes, dunking it in more of the  sauce that I’d reserved. Justin went all adventurous and had his with a little bit of Cambozola…  he reckons it’s a winner.

Cooked panipopo on a oven cloth | H is for Home

Here’s the recipe – why don’t you have a go? Let us know what you think!

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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the dough
  1. 7g/¼oz active dry yeast
  2. 240ml/8½ fl oz warm water
  3. 450g/16oz plain or bread flour
  4. 50g/1¾oz caster sugar
  5. ½ tsp salt
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 tbsp vegetable oil
For the coconut sauce
  1. 200ml/7 fl oz tinned coconut milk (check the tin, mine was already diluted to 50% coconut milk, 50% water)
  2. 200ml/7 fl oz water (omit this if your coconut milk is already diluted)
  3. 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  5. Home-made panipopo ingredients
For the dough
  1. In a measuring jug, stir the yeast into the warm water and leave for 10 minutes
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt
  3. In another measuring jug, lightly mix the egg and vegetable oil
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Combine well, adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky
  5. Empty out the dough on to a floured surface and knead for 10-20 minutes until smooth and elastic
  6. Put the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover with cling film or put inside a large plastic bag. Leave in a warm place to prove until doubled in size
  7. Grease a large, deep rectangular or round baking tin. Set aside
  8. Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface
  9. Roll the dough into a long rectangle, roll it up and slice it into 2.5cm/1-inch or any even-sized rounds
  10. Put the rounds into the baking tin, cover with cling film or put into a large plastic bag and allow to prove until doubled in size
  11. Wile the bread is proving, preheat the oven to 180ºC/375°F/Gas mark 4
For the coconut sauce
  1. In a large measuring jug, combine the coconut milk, water (if using) and sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved
  2. When the dough has doubled in size, pour the coconut sauce evenly over the dough
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top of the bread is has turned a golden brown
  4. Allow them to cool in the tin for at least an hour before serving
Adapted from SamoaFood.com
Adapted from SamoaFood.com
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