Win a Hunkydory Home table lamp

Win a Hunkydory Home table lamp | H is for Home

Hello! September is here, so that means we have an all new competition starting for you to enter. This month, our long-time homewares friend, Hunkydory Home has provided a table lamp for one of our readers.

Blue lamp available at Hunkydory Home

Hunkydory Home is based up in Northumberland (we will visit that neck of the woods one day, the landscape looks stunning!) and has been making eye-catching lampshades and cushion covers for over a decade.

Zig-zag lamp available at Hunkydory Home

Each one is handmade using bright, colourful, mid-century inspired fabrics that will enhance any room in your home.

Yellow lamp available at Hunkydory Home

They have a large range of colours and patterns from which to choose – some are exclusive to Hunkydory Home – so you won’t find them anywhere else!

Bedside lamp available at Hunkydory Home

To be in with a chance of winning, visit the Hunkydory Home webshop and tell us which lamp you’d like to own and where in your home you’d put it.

Hunkydory Home table lamp

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Forthcoming Attractions: Early May 2016

Selection of vintage homeware sourced by H is for Home

We’ve acquired some fabulous vintage items this week.

Vintage Thomas Flammfest lidded casserole dish and Johnson Brothers Op Art coffee pot

We’ll start with two pieces for the kitchen diner – both items having a distinct Op Art feel. The coffee pot has a bold pattern of squares & circles in chocolate brown, black & white. It was produced by Johnson Bros in the late 60s or early 70s. The lidded casserole dish was made around the same time and has an equally striking design – this time, a repeating pattern of tulip heads in vibrant green & blue. It was made by Thomas of Germany. As we mentioned in the last Forthcoming Attractions post, we’re big fans of much of this company’s output.

Vintage toy Mettoy Elegant typewriter with original box

This toy typewriter is a lovely example. It’s the Mettoy Elegant model in shades of pink – complete with original box. We’ve had a few of these Mettoy typewriters, but never in this colourway before.

Small vintage Dümler & Breiden fat lava vase and Cascade glass piggy bank

Next is an old favourite – the West German fat lava. This example was produced by Dumler Breiden and has a striking, sculptural form with flashes of orange to the rim and twin handle like openings. The piggy bank was made by Cascade in the 1960s/70s. We like the design and pewter colour of the glass. You might want to use this money box for display only because there’s no stoppered hole to retrieve the coins – once they’re in, they’re in!

Small goose neck desk lamp and mid century modern teak, metal & glass wall pendant lamp

And last but not least, two nice bits of lighting. The miniature desk lamp is really cute. It dates from the 1950s/60s era and has a brass coloured flexi neck – perfect for those dramatic grey interiors perhaps. The wall lamp originates from the same period and is a real beauty. The mount is teak with brass & copper detailing – the glass shade has a wonderful swirling pattern. This piece looks good against grey too – and we can also see it hanging on a bright white wall in a pared back Mid Century Modern space.

Detail from a mid century modern teak, metal & glass wall pendant lamp

If anything has taken your fancy, most of these items have just been put into our web shop.

Home Tones: Neon

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Neon has made a big comeback in recent years. It’s not just the preserve of 50s-style diners, cocktail bars and nightclubs. Neon can be used very successfully in the home environment, in any room of the house.

My favourite application is in the bathroom; it helps set a relaxing atmosphere when enjoying a long soak with soft music and glass of wine.

Neon isn’t only about signs – although I love them, especially when they’re personalised with your name or favourite saying. Strips or tracks of neon lighting can lead the way between rooms or up and down stairs – especially at night when overhead lights may be turned off.

'Boo' neon sign in a gold cabinet cocktail barcredit

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Red 'hotel' neon sign in vintage industrial decorated bathroomcredit

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Red 'undress yourself' neon sign above the entrance to a walk-in wardrobecredit

'You only live once' neon sign above a sofa in a sitting roomcredit

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Bright ideas for illuminating your home on a budget

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various vintage hanging lampshades grouped together in a sitting room

Image credit: Godrich Interiors

A gloomy, dimly-lit home can dampen the mood and if you constantly have to rely on your overhead lights to brighten and cheer up a room you’ll undoubtedly be spending a lot on your electricity bill. If you’ve been wanting to make some drastic changes to solve the problem but haven’t the budget for it then don’t despair. We’ve got some bright ideas that can help you illuminate your home without having to spend a fortune…

White-washed loft bedroomImage credit: studio mark ruthven

Paint it up

One of the most inexpensive ways to brighten up any room is to paint the walls with light colours. Whites and pastels trick the eye into thinking that the room is brighter and larger than it is. Light-coloured walls also reflect the sunlight coming from outside during daytime, so you won’t have to turn on your interior lights. Aside from the walls, you can also paint the trim, doors, and stairs with pastel accents to make your home look brighter.

Wrap-around mirrors in a bathroomImage credit: Celia James

Reflect light with mirrors

Mirrors are budget-friendly and instant fix for dreary rooms that lack natural light. Aside from reflecting the existing light from a lighting fixture or a window, mirrors also create the illusion of space, making a room look larger than it really is. For best results, install a mirror opposite a window. The bigger the mirror, the better. Visit a local market for cheap but fab gilt-frame mirrors for a dramatic effect. Aside from mirrors, you can also use reflective surfaces such as mirrored trays and glass bowls and figurines to add sparkle to a room.

Fairy lights in a child's bedroomImage credit: Corynne Pless

Decorate with inexpensive decorative lights

Those string lights you decorated you home with for the holidays can be used to illuminate you home all year round, especially in the bedroom where they work to give off a relaxing feel. You can place the lights across your headboard or over the bed for that dreamy and romantic effect.

Tall multi-armed floor lamp in a mid century modern decorated sitting roomImage credit: Trunk Creative

Brighten dark corners with lamps

Do you really need all your lights on in the evenings when you’re getting ready for bed? Save on electricity without stumbling in the dark with lamps! You don’t have to get those expensive fixtures; a trip to the bargain store (or probably your attic) will do. Keep an eye out for lamps with character, or something you can spruce up yourself to make it suit your home’s interior design. Place the lamps in dark corners or next to a chair for a cosy reading nook.

Angular bedroom painted in pastel coloursImage credit: Gemma Zimmerhansl Interior Design

Use light or pastel colours

Decorate your home with pastel-coloured items, such as furniture, sheets, and drapes. A light-coloured palette can add a lively and airy feel to a small space, such as the bedroom. Divan Beds Centre bed bases in white, cream or beige can make your room look brighter and feel less cramped. While you’re at it, change your bedding to match your new look.

With these tips, you’ll be able to have a more illuminated home while keeping your savings intact. As you can see, when it comes to illuminating your home on a budget, changing one small thing can make a big – and brighter – difference.

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In the Spotlight

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Mole Richardson vintage spotlight

We bought this fabulous vintage spotlight this week. It could have been used in the theatre, film or early TV studio. What a great looking object!

Mole Richardson vintage spotlight on a wooden tripod

It combines a Mole-Richardson lamp with a wooden tripod base. They probably didn’t start life together, but they make perfect partners. It has a sculptural presence and is very striking indeed – helped by the huge scale of course. It’s photographed here in our lounge, but it certainly has the size to suit a large loft space too.

logo detail on a Mole Richardson vintage spotlight

We’ll probably put this in our antiques centre space as it’s the kind of thing that needs viewing & transporting in person. Worth a trip to Todmorden?

Gimme Five: Light bulbs

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selection of 5 fancy light bulbs | H is for Home

Remember when the only choice you had with light bulbs was their wattage and whether they were screw in or bayonet? Then, not that long ago, we had those really ugly energy saving bulbs – it felt like a step backwards – all lumpen bits of moulded plastic!

Light bulbs have come a long way since then – look at these beauties – delicate and other-worldly works of art. They make the need for lamp shades a thing of the past!

  1. MEGA Edison 240V 60W E27 –  €26.40, Danlamp
  2. PLUMEN drop cap + pendant set – £25.30, Made In Design
  3. Clear Goldline filament bulb 240V 25W E14 tip-candle – Amazon
  4. Calex 35W decorative globe bulb, gold – £15, John Lewis
  5. Lee Broom crystal bulb – £109, Heal’s