Price Points: Kids’ night lights

Three kids' night lights | H is for Home

I’m not ashamed to admit it; I may be 50 years old, but I’m still a teensy bit afraid of the dark. Especially if I’ve just watched a scary film!

Night lights may primarily be for children but I think people of any age can benefit. For instance, getting out of bed on dark mornings and stumbling around getting ready for work. Perhaps you have overnight visitors who don’t know their way around your house very well. A night light would be a welcome way marker to the bathroom

  1. Personalised white cloud night light: £16, My First Years
  2. Multicolour silicone colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp with remote control: £18.99, Amazon
  3. Zazu Lou owl night light: £35, JoJo Maman Bébé

shop kids' night lights

Zazu Lou owl night light
Zazu Lou owl night light
£35
Colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp
Colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp
£18.99
Personalised white cloud night light
Personalised white cloud night light
£16
Zazu Lou owl night light
Zazu Lou owl night light
£35
Colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp
Colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp
£18.99
Personalised white cloud night light
Personalised white cloud night light
£16
Zazu Lou owl night light
Zazu Lou owl night light
£35
Colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp
Colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp
£18.99
Personalised white cloud night light
Personalised white cloud night light
£16

Price Points: LED floor lamps

LED floor lamps | H is for Home

Do you remember when it was reported in the news that the manufacture of ‘normal’ incandescent bulbs was to be terminated? There was a stampede of frenzied shoppers at DIY outlets stockpiling 60 & 100 watters as if Armageddon had arrived!

LED (or light-emitting diode) lighting was declared the future and few wanted to be part of it. Well, the panic has died down and future is here. LED bulbs may be more expensive than the old fashioned ones, but they have a much longer lifespan, use 90% less energy, are more compact and ‘have fewer environmental concerns linked to their disposal’. Well worth the initial outlay.

There’s an ever-growing range of attractive LED floor lamps available on the market – perfect for armchair reading or a spot of knitting, crochet or – in my case – button replacement. Here are three of our favourites that we’ve found.

  1. Nexus 142cm floor lamp
  2. LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
  3. Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass

shop LED floor lamps

Nexus 142cm floor lamp
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
£96.99
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
£149.90
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
£1,027.00
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
£96.99
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
£149.90
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
£1,027.00
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
Nexus 142cm floor lamp
£96.99
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
£149.90
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
£1,027.00

Price Points: Statement pendant lights

Three statement pendant lights | H is for Home

We love our characterful 19th century mill-worker’s cottage but we wish our ceilings were a bit higher. Not because we need to stoop to get around (we don’t) but because we wish we could illuminate the rooms with statement pendant lights.

In our kitchen, we have a group of recessed LED down-lighters which are practical and unobtrusive. However, we’d love to be able to have attention-grabbing lighting hanging from the ceilings of our sitting room and bedroom. Maybe in our future house!

  1. KNAPPA pendant lamp: £18, IKEA
  2. Saloon Flowers 5 designer pendant lamp: £112.90, lights.com
  3. Ballroom glass lights by Grattify: £220 each, Notonthehighstreet

Win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher

Win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher | H is for Home

I know February is the shortest month… but where has it gone?! So here we are in March, starting off with a brand new competition to win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher.

Selection of products available at First Choice Lighting for under £50 | H is for Home

If you’re our lucky winner, you can spend your voucher on anything from First Choice Lighting’s extensive range. Splash out on a single statement piece like a chandelier (or the woven rattan floor lamp [bottom left in the picture above] which caught our eye). Alternatively, buy a bulk number of energy-efficient LED bulbs… we’ve been meaning to replace all our traditional ones with these!

To enter the give-away, leave us a comment at the bottom of this post telling us which product(s) from their website you’d choose with your £50!

£50 voucher for First Choice Lighting

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Forthcoming Attractions: End-January 2016

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Vintage shop items | H is for Home

Here’s a selection of some recent vintage finds for you to peruse.

vintage leather luggage items | H is for Home

We’ll start with the vintage leather luggage items. They always prove popular in our antiques centre space and look great arranged in stacks and groupings. The different shapes and colours work really well together.

vintage metal corkscrews and vintage industrial task light

Moving on to a bit of vintage industrial styling. We love these hanging task lights with their cage bulb covers. They look fantastic hanging from the ceiling in a dark corner or above a dining/work table. The addition of a old fashioned filament bulb and flex finishes them off perfectly.

pair of vintage metal corkscrews | H is for Home

These vintage French corkscrews have an industrial feel too with their mechanical concertina-like action. They look good and are useful (very useful) too!

vintage metal exit sign | H is for Home

This next item caught our eye immediately as we really like old letters, signs & stencils. This ‘EXIT’ sign is made from what looks like zinc metal with a painted surface. We like the yellow colour and aged patina.

Red vintage goose neck desk lamp and vintage Fiesta biscuit tin

And a bit of classic vintage-retro now. We always have a good selection of vintage desk lamps available in the antiques centre. Having a choice of colours is ideal, so this lovely bright red example can join their number.

Vintage Fiesta biscuit tin detail

And last but not least, this gorgeous 1950s biscuit tin. It has colourful and playful decoration with a Spanish theme. Perfect for those home-made biscuits or cupcakes. All these items are being listed in our online shop or eBay this week so get in touch if you see anything you’d like.

5 Lighting hacks to make your room look bigger

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If your home is on the small side you’ll need to be creative to get the very most out of every little space you have. Even people with bigger homes want to make the most of the rooms they have.

There are a wide variety of decorating and lighting hacks & techniques you can use to help you give the impression of more space. Here are just a few simple ideas that can be used to achieve a lighter, brighter and bigger-looking room.

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  1. Pendant lights

One simple way to make a room look bigger – and to free up some much needed space – is to replace any floor or table lamps with pendant lights. These can have adjustable cords fitted so that you can raise or lower them for different occasions. Remember to angle your lighting so not to cast shadows over corners of your room. If you don’t want permanently bright lighting you could always have dimmer switches fitted so that you can lower the intensity of the lighting at night.

If you want to keep your electricity costs down then fitting low energy lighting, such as LED spotlights or small ceiling lights, will all help keep the your bills to a minimum. If you use lighting well you’ll feel like you have a big, bright space to enjoy and pendants should help in this quest.

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  1. Wall lighting

Pendants aren’t the only way in which lighting can help to make the most of your room. The use of wall lighting, as described in this Mirror article, can help point light upwards and, if you have a brilliant white ceiling, the effect can be amazing. This not only makes your room look lighter, but it can also make the space look bigger. Up lighting will also free up much needed space.

You could have LED strip lighting fitted to the underside of shelving to give the room a warm feeling and these will also illuminate and show off you favourite books or ornaments – making them into bright features instead of dark ‘space eaters’.

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  1. Mirror Mirror

The use of mirrors hanging opposite the windows in a room can help reflect some much needed light and can give the impression of more space. You should try hanging the mirror on different walls until you get the ideal effect, you’ll be surprised how much larger you can make a room look as they reflect the light in effective ways.
Even a small mirror can make a lot of difference to the smallest of areas and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Another great look using mirrors is to hang two or three side by side this can have a similar effect to purchasing artwork.

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  1. Painting your walls

An article on the House Beautiful website explains how you can use different bright colours on walls to help give the illusion of space. Light and bright shades are the order of the day to make the most of this technique.

If you do decide to paint one wall a dark colour then make sure that all the other walls are brilliant white or just have a hint of light colour – and don’t make your dark wall the one that gets the most natural light as this will spoil any chance of making the room feel bigger. You could also experiment with different types of wallpaper to give your room a special look. Some wallpapers have patterns that show up best under lights, pick one that really sparkles for a fun effect.

Some large DIY stores have 3D computer software online that can show you how a space would look once it has certain furniture and décor fitted. Model your colour scheme and see just what difference colour can make when combined with lighting.

Pastel colour painted kid's bedroom with floral roman blindscredit

  1. Changing your furniture, flooring & fittings

You’ll be surprised how much difference you can make to a room by just moving your furniture around or by changing the type of flooring you have. When it comes to furniture, why not try two or three different arrangements over the course of a week and see which works best? Don’t just do this in the day time either. You need to see what the effect of natural daylight and lighting is on these items.

The use of striped carpets or rugs can give the impression that the room is longer than it actually is. If your carpets are looking a bit tired you could either lay new laminate flooring or, if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, then you could just lay some new rugs down.

Tidying away any clutter and clearing the window spaces obscured by heavy curtains can also make a room look more spacious. Allow the light to stream into a room by replacing your curtains with blinds.

You can essentially control three elements in your room: the lighting, the colour scheme and what’s inside the room. Tinker with all three of these, while keeping an eye on how to maximise the natural light you get in, to make your room feel as big as possible.

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Forthcoming Attractions: Early September 2015

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collection of vintage lamps pottery and glass

Here’s a selection of recent buys.

collection of vintage desk lamps via @hisforhome

It’s very lamp-tastic!

collection of vintage desk lamps via @hisforhome

We picked up five lovely vintage desk lamps in various styles & colours at the same market. They included a classic Conran Maclamp with this unusual metallic paint finish.

pair of vintage desk lamps via @hisforhome

A few bits of nice pottery & glass too. The 1960s dish with its abstract design depicting what looks like two figures was produced in Israel and introduced a new designer & pottery to us – always good to keep learning!

collection of vintage pottery and Chance Glass dish via @hisforhome

All the items featured have gone into our web shop or antiques centre space. They’re all postable so get in touch if you see anything that your interested in.