• Go pom pom crazy with this nifty gizmo

    by  • August 24, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Essentials 003_RWant a faster, easier and fun way to make pom poms? Then you must try the latest pom pom maker from Clover (from £6.60 each). Everyone has been going crazy over this little invention, using it to decorate scarves, hats and handbags.

    First seen being used on TV by Kirstie Allsopp, the nation went wild and wanted to know what all the fuss was about over this clever gadget.

    With no need to thread needles through loops, you will have your pom pom’s made in minutes, providing hours of entertainment. Coming with two sizes per pack you can experiment with different styles and colours to create a unique, handmade product of your own. They make perfect little gifts for family and friends, so we’re sure that once they set their eyes on your creation they will want to make some of their own, too!

    Clear, step-by-step instructions are provided in each pack to get you started, though you will pick it up in no time! Available from all craft, knitting and hobby shops, get your hands on one today and never go back at using that old-school, cardboard method.

    For where to buy a Clover pom pom maker, email clover@stockistenquiries.co.uk or call 01453 883581.

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    Calling all crafters

    by  • August 17, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    Get hands on and creative at the Sewing, Stitching, and Hobbycrafts show held at EventCity, Manchester. Returning with over 60 exhibitions, this event will have your imagination running wild!

    With the encouragement and assistance from skilled experts you can get inspired to create something new and original. The wide range of workshops include jewellery making, paper craft demonstrations and learning how to sew, which make it a fun and exciting way to spend your day.

    The event will be held from 8-10 September 2016, 10AM-4PM (5PM SAT). Tickets are available from the link below, though all workshops are bookable on the day only.

    For more information and tickets click here

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    Add a pop of coral

    by  • August 17, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    You may remember this kitchen feature from our September issue.

     

    We had loads of fun shooting Samantha’s kitchen and loved her use of bold coral accessories against the neutral backdrop. Here are some of our favourite items from the shoot.

    All products can be found on notonthehighstreet.com 

     

    These faux orange roses are a great way to bring some colour into the kitchen. Placed in a glass vase, these flowers add life and vibrancy to the room, and you won’t have to worry about replacing them every week, which is an added bonus.

    Artificial Orange Tea Rose

    This ‘Like a Boss’ print is bold, fun and quirky. It adds a burst of colour and word art products are really on trend, so give it a contemporary look, too.

    'Like A Boss' Faux Gold Foil Print

    Frame an old photo with a modern, border for an updated look. Clashing vintage with modern is very much on trend and the use of the patterned edges is a nice eye-catching touch.

    Coral Print Wooden Photo Frame

    We love this dipped coral basket – perfect for placing small bits and bobs and keeping the place tidy. The bright colour unifies the other coral accessories and completes the look.

    Coral Dipped Belly Basket

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    Light up your room with Hive Bulbs

    by  • August 15, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    The Hive Active Light bulbs are a new life changing innovation that you won’t believe you have ever lived without. These smart LED bulbs not only save energy and reduce the cost of your energy bills but can also be controlled whenever, wherever you like, through the use of your smartphone – making them perfect for today’s busy lifestyle.

    With the allowance of schedules to be set for the lights to come on, off and dim, you can feel at ease that no-one will know when you are not home. Stumbling around in the dark looking for the light switch will be a thing of the past and, much to the annoyance of the kids, you can also use them as a morning alarm, turning the bedside lamp on, meaning you wont have to deal with the hassle. Or even controlling when it’s time for lights out!

    The bulbs are as easy to install as a regular bulb and are available in both screw and bayonet formats. Just pair them with a Hive Hub and you can get started right away. The initial cost of a Hive Hub is priced at £80, however after that one off payment, it is only £19 per bulb, which we think is worth it, considering they provide security, safety, and, most importantly, peace of mind.

    For more information head over to the Hive website here.

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    Upcycle a chest of drawers

    by  • July 4, 2016 • 0 Comments

     

    Upcycle a chest of drawers

    In our August issue one of our readers asked for an easy furniture upcycling project to try. At Style at Home we love upcycling, it’s an easy and budget-friendly way to give furniture a new lease of life. If you have an old chest of drawers knocking around why not try this fab ombre project? Download our free, handy guide below and get painting!

    Chest of drawers upcycling project

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    Make a house a home

    by  • July 4, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Anton desk, £150, House by John Lewis

    Anton desk, £150, House by John Lewis

     

    With house prices constantly going up, many of us are lifetime renters. Gone are the days of renting just being for students and those in their twenties. With this comes the passion for people to make their homes as welcoming as possible and furniture and homewares are one way of achieving this.

    Four years ago John Lewis launched its House by John Lewis range, aimed at a younger, design savvy audience with pieces that were not only great value and well-designed but could be easily moved, an important aspect when living in a rented home.

    The new House by John Lewis collection has been updated and we love the Anton furniture range. The desk, pictured here, would be ideal to help create a home office on a budget, but it could also double up as a dressing table in a bedroom. So, what more of an excuse do you need to get shopping for your home? Go and check out the fab new range at John Lewis, in stores from August.

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    Five minutes with Fiona Cairns

    by  • June 22, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    We love crafting and cooking here at Style at Home, which is why The Handmade Fair is right up our street! From 16th to 18th September at The Green at Hampton Court Palace, you can try your hand at something new in the Skills Workshops, shop for unique handmade products from over 250 handpicked sellers, and tickle your tastebuds with delicious food and drink.

    This year cake connoisseur and Royal Wedding cake maker Fiona Cairns on stage with Kirstie teaching her how to decorate a birthday cake fit for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Kirstie will learn some super simple icing tips, how to crystallise flowers and a whole host of other decorating secrets.

    Recently we were lucky enough to speak to the lovely Fiona about all things baking, have a read of our interview below.

    What sparked your interest in baking?

    I used to bake as a child as this was something my mother always did for the family. I do remember though that it was a rather exotic treat to visit my friend’s homes and eat Mr Kipling’s Fondant Fancies or shop bought éclairs as my mother never ever did this!

    What 3 cake making tools can’t you live without?

    It is difficult to single out just 3! However as baking requires precision and exact measures, a set of measuring spoons, digital scales and I would struggle without my Kitchen Aid!

    For beginners, what is a good project to start with in cake decorating?

    I would say to purchase a set of icing bags and a set of nozzles (star, plain etc) and practise simple piping swirls of buttercream and flavoured creams onto cakes and cupcakes. All it requires is a little patience and practice.

    Where did you learn to bake?

    As I said before I baked a little as a child, but when I got married and went on a 2 month cookery course my interest blossomed. I then worked for 3 years at Hambleton Hall (a Michelin Starred kitchen) as a pastry chef.

    What’s been your favourite cake to make?

    I would say without any doubt making the Royal Wedding Cake for William and Kate in April 2011. At the time of course it was not only a huge honour to be commissioned to create such a special wedding cake, but it was a time of many a sleepless night! We need not have worried, as the couple were delighted!

    Any baking disasters?

    Of course, there have been a few! The time I baked a huge chocolate cake for a New Years Eve party – during the afternoon, I took it out of the oven too soon and it was not cooked through in the middle. All the shops were closed and I just had to use my cake. So, I cut it in a dozen or so smaller round cakes (leaving the centre out) and individually decorated them with gold leaf and physallis and took them to the party – they were a great Success!

    For more information and to buy tickets to The Handmade Fair visit thehandmadefair.com.

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