• 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

    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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    How clean is your home?

    by  • May 16, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    When we saw Bissell UK’s recent poll on carpet hygiene, it got us questioning our habits (pretty much all of us have eaten food we’ve dropped on the floor!), but it was interesting to find out about people’s cleaning routines around the UK. A staggering three out of four people admitted to wearing shoes in their home, unaware that they could be spreading bacteria from room to room.

    According to the survey, approximately 26.2 million British adults have never washed their carpets. This can lead to unsightly stains, odour-causing bacteria and other unseen microbes that can potentially have a detrimental impact on your health and wellbeing.

    For an easy way to wash your carpets, Bissell has created the Proheat 2X Revolution carpet cleaner which is not only powerful but a lightweight carpet cleaner that achieves a professional finish. The antibacterial cleaning kills odour causing bacteria and you can have your carpets clean and dry in an hour thanks to the powerful suction. Due to its size and weight, it’s easy to get to those hard to reach places so you can keep your home in tip top condition. It’s currently on offer for £249.99 and you can find stockists at bissell.com.

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    Style at Home visit a wedding wonderland with Notonthehighstreet.com

    by  • May 10, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Rustic-table

    With wedding season coming into full swing, online retailer Notonthehighstreet.com put on a fabulous showcase of their wedding products for journalists and bloggers to check out. Held at Clifton Nurseries, a hidden gem in the heart of Little Venice, the team had worked alongside wedding stylists, Knot & Pop, to decorate the venue with this year’s hottest wedding trends. The tables were beautifully styled to reflect each trend; rustic romance, pretty pastels, bold and bright, and chic and modern (including hints of copper and marble).

    Pastel-display

    It was wonderful to see a wide selection of the products that Notonthehighstreet.com have to offer for the wedding market; everything from stationery to favours, jewellery to venue decorations…it really is a one-stop-shop for any bride to be! The day kicked off with a stamping workshop, hosted by Notonthehighstreet seller Little Stamp Company. The company makes all sorts of stamps, including a huge range of wedding designs so couples can customise and make their own wedding stationery and create their own style to continue through their designs; from save the dates right up to the place settings. You can even have one large design made up as a single stamp in A5 size to save time. We had lots of fun testing out the stamps and getting messy with the inks and think it’s a brilliant idea for any budget-savvy brides.

    Stamping

    Next we had a whistle-stop tour to learn the art of brush lettering, with Notonthehighstreet.com seller The Lovely Drawer. Having watched our tutor, the lovely Teri, demonstrating the various techniques, we got stuck in and followed a handy guide to practise each letter. We soon learnt that it certainly isn’t as easy as it looks! Armed with an ink pot and paintbrush, we were sent away to carry on practising and developing our own styles to create anything from personalised wedding stationery to typographic prints to hang around the home.

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    Our third and final workshop of the day was hosted by Notonthehighstreet.com seller Gin Tales. We eagerly made our own cocktails following steps and using the flavoured gins made by Gin Tales (lavender was a particular favourite of ours!) which you can buy as miniature wedding favour bottles or larger bottles to stock the bar.

    Cocktails

    We were also lucky enough to have a guest talk from renowned bridal designer, Kate Halfpenny of Halfpenny London. She showcased a range of her newest designs to hit the bridal catwalks and teamed each dress with accessories from Notonthehighstreet.com to complete the look. Jewellery, hairpieces, clutch bags and lots more are all available to buy through the online retailer and can add the perfect finishing touches to your look, without breaking the bank.

    Halfpenny-models

    So if you’re tying the knot this summer, head over to Notonthehighstreet.com’s wedding section to browse their ranges and pull together your perfect look from what their talented sellers have to offer.

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    Hillary’s Scandi-style Natur range

    by  • May 6, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Hillary's blinds and curtains

    With so many fabric designs to choose from, picking one for your curtains or blinds can be pretty mind boggling. Scandi style is a massive trend (and one we love here at Style at Home!) and so we were thrilled when we came across Hillary’s new Natur Roman blinds and curtains collection. Inspired by the scenery and simple design philosophy of Scandinavia, it includes a wide range of contemporary fabrics you’ll love.

    With stripes, geometrics prints and bold patterns in colourways of coral, dove grey and mineral blue, you can really brighten up your home. We particularly love the Rain stripe design.

    Hillary’s provides a fantastic made-to-measure service, which includes a dedicated advisor to visit you and show you the full product range. They can help you to choose the right blinds or curtains for your budget, measure your windows and come and fit them at a time to suit you.

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