• Tree trends 2016

    by  • November 15, 2016 • Craft • 0 Comments

    Have you seen our December issue? Our annual Christmas Tree Challenge brings you the hottest festive trends for 2016 and we invited seven of our fab readers to help us decorate a Christmas tree. From traditional red and white to glam pink and gold, we’ve got seven fab schemes you will love. Plus, we’re giving away a bundle of Christmas decorations from the shoot to give away. Visit www.housetohome.co.uk/xmasgiveaway for your chance to win.

    Nordic shelter from Homebase
    Traditional winter whites mix with cool blues to create a striking festive look that is unique and impressive.

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    Frosted pines from Dunelm
    Create a calm retreat with rustic, snow-capped decs in wintry whites and greys, and natural eucalyptus, pine and mistletoe.

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    Frozen mansion from George Home
    Go for a special look this year with delicate blush pinks and gold hues that shimmer, sparkle and ooze opulence.

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    Cosy chalet from Wyevale Garden Centres
    Tartan ornaments, red and green trimmings and handmade decorations come together for a perfect homespun scheme.

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    True enchantment from Wilko
    Dress the tree in blue and copper with ice-blue lights for extra twinkle, finishing this magical look with silver accessories.

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    Scandi chic from Marks & Spencer
    Gleaming silver tones and natural elements combine to create this wonderfully special look with a Scandinavian feel.

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    Festive glamour from Poundland
    If you want something extra special go for soft golds, copper and bronze with hints of Champagne for a truly beautiful look.

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    Add a neon touch to your home

    by  • September 21, 2016 • Craft • 0 Comments

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    We are partial to a bit of neon here at Style at Home and to say we were completely mesmerised by the designs from Jo Jo Neon is an understatement. Together Jody, creator of the fab lifestyle brand BON and Jo, an art teacher and designer have teamed up as Jo Jo Neon to take part in Somerset Open Studios.

    They create stunning neon art pieces and interior accessories so you can create a fun an affordable look in your home. From prints to cushions, you’re sure to find something you will love.

    Open daily from 17 September to 2 October 12pm to 5pm at Park Farm, Kingsettle Hill, South Brewham, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0LA, pop by and check out their beautiful designs. Plus, try your hand at one of their great workshops on Sunday 25 September and 2 October 2-5pm. Have a go at silkscreen printing and make your own creative pompom art pieces. Each workshop is £5 and includes your own neon treat to take away.

    For more info check out bon-maison.co.uk

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    Upcycle a chest of drawers

    by  • July 4, 2016 • Craft • 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 • Craft • 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 • Craft • 0 Comments

    Amy fashion parade at Beach Blanket Babylon,Notting Hill,London

    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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