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30 July 14

Choosing the right doors to suit your space

Choosing the right doors to suit your space

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row of different antique wooden doorsImage credit: anyjazz65

Doors have a huge functional and design impact on our homes. If you’re buying brand new doors, the chances are that you don’t need to worry too much about functionality. All new doors from reputable suppliers will comply with safety standards – though of course you do need to check where fire doors may be required to higher standards.

violet coloured internal doorImage credit: Martha Stewart

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29 July 14

Meccano Machines

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Meccano bus, lorry and aeroplane

We picked up these gorgeous Meccano models at auction recently – a lorry, a bus and a plane.

red and green lorry

They’re very charming – a little play worn and full of character.

blue aeroplane

They’re pretty big actually – the largest measures 60 centimetres in length. They look great on a shelf – adding a playful, vintage industrial touch – to either a kid’s or grown-up’s room!

red and green bus

The lorry and aeroplane will be available on…

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28 July 14

Etsy List: Black Beauty

Etsy List: Black Beauty

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H is for Home 'Black Beauty' Etsy List

Black is stylish and sexy, adventurous and dangerous, mysterious and serious. You can jazz it up by using it alongside bright colours like fire engine red and hot pink; give it a ‘luxe twist with gold, bronze and animal print highlights or go traditional with white and cream. You can incorporate black into your interior decor scheme with pattern – think hounds-tooth, check, spots and stripes.

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27 July 14

Making Moving Day Stylish - The smart way to pack

Making Moving Day Stylish – The smart way to pack

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Man, woman and little girl with smiley face cardboard boxes on their heads

Moving day is fast approaching and packing needs to start in earnest… but what do you prioritise, cost-effective packing; care of valuables; easy unpacking at the other end? Happily, by packing smart it’s possible to manage all of these priorities and still have energy for the excitement of the move!

These top tips have been compiled by a family run removals firm with over 15 years’ experiencep…

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26 July 14

Charity Vintage: Formica topped tables

Charity Vintage: Formica topped tables

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two vintage Formica topped tables for sale by & in support of Wesley Community Furniture (end 29 Jul, 2014 20:10:04 & 20:14:34 BST)

Looking for a vintage Formica topped table for your kitchen, madam? We have this lovely yellow one you may be interested in – perfect for eating your breakfast at. No? Yellow not your colour scheme? How about this beautiful powder blue example, madam? Have you seen its drop leaf mechanism? A great space-saving option for a compact kitchen!

The pair are…

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25 July 14

Gimme Five! Electric fans

Gimme Five! Electric fans

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selection of 5 electric fans

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but with so many weeks of bright sunshine and lovely weather our house has become really hot and stuffy – especially on the top floor where the rising air has hit a cul-de-sac.

The vast majority of buildings in the UK don’t need air con for more than a couple of days – maybe weeks – per year. So installing expensive cooling systems aren’t even an option.…

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24 July 14

Spiced redcurrant & red onion relish

Spiced redcurrant & red onion relish

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Spiced redcurrant & red onion relish ingredients

Last week we brought you a sweet, baked redcurrant recipe. This week, some more of our redcurrants are being used in a savoury preserve – spiced redcurrant & red onion relish. We’ve slightly altered a recipe we found on the BBC Good Food website.

We’ve not tried out our relish yet – we’re giving the flavours some time to steep. It’s meant to be really good teamed with a creamy goat’s cheese or…

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23 July 14

Classic Reproductions

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Vintage & reproduction Eames EA 117 chairs side by side
image credit: smow.com

We love mid century modern furniture here at H is for Home. The classic designs of the era can be incorporated into any furnishing scheme. Pieces can look equally good in a contemporary minimalist space or rustic barn conversion. Our only advice would be to give them a little room to breathe and be admired.

Vintage and reproduction George Nelson Ball Clocks side by side
image credit: Esteban, Flickr

If you decide mid century modern…

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21 July 14

MADE Unboxed

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Lois cushion from MADE.COM with vintage Figgjo Flint mug of tea and half moon spectacles

A few months ago, we were approached by MADE.COM to take part in an exciting new venture of theirs – MADE Unboxed. They wanted to photograph our homewares from MADE.COM; in situ, in our home and interview us about our property, our style and our inspiration.

Brass Stow chest of drawers from MADE.COM with Fudge the Weimaraner

Well, we’re happy to announce that MADE Unboxed went live today – and we have our very own designated page on there!

Orange wall in our kitchen with Skinny la Minx apron and tea towel with Pontessa crockery

Unboxed is an…

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20 July 14

Etsy List: de Nîmes

Etsy List: de Nîmes

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'de Nîmes' Etsy List by H is for Homede Nîmes
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Denim – or to give it its original name – de Nîmes isn’t just for jeans and jackets, you know? It’s such a ubiquitous material – versatile, hard-wearing, easy to work with, easy to clean, ages well and is attractive in all its hues; from the deepest indigo to the palest washed out powder blue.

Denim works a treat in interior decor as well – on walls, on the…

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19 July 14

Charity Vintage: Viners cutlery storage table

Charity Vintage: Viners cutlery storage table

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Vintage Viners cutlery storage table for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 20 Jul, 2014 21:08:18 BST)

We’ve not come across one of these before. A cutlery canteen, cum coffee table, cum cutlery storage. It looks to have been made or commissioned by Viners of Sheffield in the 1950s.

The table is for sale by & in support of British Heart Foundation* in Motherwell. It has lovely mid century modern styling… and you get what looks like a load of highly collectable vin…

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18 July 14

Gimme Five! Memo boards

Gimme Five! Memo boards

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selection of 5 memo boards

We’ve a little slate hanging up in the kitchen where we’re supposed to write down our shopping lists and messages but it’s so small that it rarely gets used. One of these proper memo boards will stop us from both buying the milk!

We had a look at some of our usual internet haunts and came up with this short-list. We love the 2-metre tall blackboard from Graham and Green (#4) but alas, we won’t…

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17 July 14

Cakes & Bakes: Redcurrant muffins

Cakes & Bakes: Redcurrant muffins

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Redcurrant muffin with a cup of tea | H is for Home

So far on our allotment, the only things that have come to fruition are the currant bushes that we inherited. The last time we were there we did a little bit of weeding but we spent the vast majority of our time picking shiny, jewel-like blackcurrants and redcurrants. We harvested almost a kilo of the latter – that’s over £10-worth from a supermarket! 125 grams of it was put towards making a…

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15 July 14

Off our trolley!

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vintage industrial trolley with 3 brown vintage suitcases

Justin spent last Sunday afternoon doing up this vintage trolley or sack truck – here are the results of his labours. It was in a bit of a state – the metal hidden behind years of rust and grease.

detailed view of vintage industrial trolley wheel

The metal now has a lovely patina and we like the greens & yellows of the original paintwork that eventually came through. It has a nice original maker’s label for Willmot Trucks of Dudley. The…

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14 July 14

Etsy List: La Fête Nationale

Etsy List: La Fête Nationale

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La Fête Nationale Etsy List by H is for HomeAt the start of this month we commemorated the USA’s Independence Day with a Star Spangled Banner Etsy list; so it’s only fitting that we do the same for our near neighbours, the French. Today they celebrate La Fête Nationale – better known over on this side of the Channel as Bastille Day. Vive la France! Vive la République!

La Fête Nationale
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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh