19 Dec 2010

Scrabble tile picture.

Do you like to decorate with letters?  Just lately I'm finding that they are starting to creep into my home, first with the tea chest and the lovely phrase  'It pays to buy good tea' written across it,  then with the huge letter 'S' that was formally a shop window prop, after that came the chunk of wood that was actually destined for the fire, but ended up on the tea chest, seen in the picture below, and the latest is the scrabble picture also seen here below, the idea for the scrabble picture came from here, a lovely blog well worth a visit.

So when I found a scrabble game at a recent visit to the charity shop I thought I would give it a go, although I would of prefered wooden tiles, over all I'm pleased with the final result.  If you fancy giving it a go yourself,  I have since found out, that you can actually buy wooden scrabble tiles from ebay. Happy Sunday all!

12 Nov 2010

Decorate Holly Becker

If like me you are a fan of the hugely popular blog decor8, written by Holly Becker   (and guilty of spending more time reading it then we should probably admit to) , then you will no doubt know that Holly has been very busy this year writing a book, with co-author Joanna Copestick, Decorate, and I am please  to say that it will be available to us UK fans eagerly awaiting its arrival in March of next year.  Not wanting to miss out on what looks like being a fab  book full of home inspiration, I have already added it to my wish list on Amazon  where you can pre-order it.  The picture above is for the UK version and there will be a US version also available next year, which you can see a peek of over at decor8.  Congratulations go out to Holly, I can't wait to get my hands on one.

28 Oct 2010

Shop tour in Guernsey

Hello every one, how are you all, well I hope.  I have just got back from a weeks holiday staying on the pretty Island of Guernsey just across the sea from us here in Jersey!  While there we did a bit of window shopping in the tiny town of st. peter port and I came across this fab little shop called Indica, it was on of those moments when you spot a shop that you instantly fall in love with before you even enter the door, and  I have to confess that I went back 3 times!  Think House doctor and Cath Kidston and you'll know what I mean.   Actually I loved the whole feel of the shop, light and airly with chalk white walls and wooden floor boards, simply divine.  I thought that the shop was a new one, but having spoken to the lovely girls working in the shop, its been around for some time, but it has  moved to the main high street in the last few years.  How I could of missed this shop before in my travels to Guernsey I just dont know....

1 Sep 2010

Did you turn the straighteners off??

I have been meaning to tell you about this little guy for an absolute age now, truth is he has been doing such a great job at saving my butt that I just wanted to let him do what he does best... switch off the straightening irons when I forget....yes I know such a dangerous thing to do as my Hubby keeps reminding me, and as I keep reminding my two daughters! but I bet we are not the only ones that are guilty of leaving the house with out  checking that the straightener's have been turned off, right?  so I thought that I  would bring this little guy to you attention. 

  We first got to know each other back in July, when I got an email introducing me to the Energenie products here and I wrote a post about the rest of the plug family here, but the 30 minute count down timer really caught my eye,  (and the nice people at energenie4u popped one in the post for me!) its the perfect amount of time for using with the straighteners, if I remember to switch them off I just do that at the main plug, but if I forget, well when the 30 mins are up, then they get switched off automatically, and I can honestly reply to Hubby "yes I did turn the straighteners off honey."  Also useful for anything else that needs switching off after 30 minutes, such as the iron, though if you need it to stay on a bit longer, just press the green button on the front of the plug and the count down begins again.
I thought it would also be a fab little gadget for anyone off to uni this term who had a tendency for leaving things switched on!  What about you whats your guilty,whoops I forgot to turn off the ............

27 Aug 2010

Bank holiday weekend project

Here in the UK it will be  long weekend due to a bank holiday on Monday, and every one knows that bank Holidays mean DIY right?  and what a perfect weekend to introduce to you a new section here on This Home Sweet Home, the weekend project, you may recall that I wrote about it here earlier on in the week,  and I'm sure you have plenty of your own ideas, but just in case you need a bit of inspiration here are a few that I found out and about in blog land.

Why not try your hand at this project above using a butterfly punch, and some pretty card, or a heart punch, if you don't have a heart punch an easy way to make sure you get an even heart shape is to draw the heart on a piece of thing card, fold in half and cut around the half of heart on show, then you will get a lovely even heart.

Via here

Or if you fancy doing a spot of sewing how about this tea towel table cloth, great for an informal country look.

If you are feeling really adventurous why not hit the car boots/flea markets and see if you can bag a bargain and a diy project all in one! like this great desk seen on Design* sponge.

This weekend i think I might spray some more tin cans which I recently had a go at here, or having spotted this little shelf project (fab blog by the way, well worth a visit, but you will need google translate) I might have a go at making some myself.  So how about you got any projects you would like to share, why not play along,
Here's what to do:
  • Give your weekend project a name and type this in the Name field below.
  • Link to the post on your blog, just the post not the main page.
and that's it,  Happy Weekend (project)

20 Aug 2010

Happy weekend all!

Happy, Happy , Happy! I'm goign to be doing an AS Photography course in September at my local College! Happy weekend to you all.

9 Aug 2010

The weekend Project, spray paint tin cans.

I was going to say good morning to all my 100 readers, (yes folks I have reached a small, but what feels like significant mile stone) but having just glanced at the clock on my computer  it reads 12.15, so its a good afternoon!  I would just like to start off by saying thank you  to you all for stopping by and pressing the follow button, and thank you for your comments, you have no idea of how giddy it makes me when I get a new follower and a few comments, (picture little girl squeals and dancing about the room...no really I do) so thank you.
Has the weekend been good to you, I hope so.  I have had a bit of a mixed weekend really, my computer has been giving me trouble for a week or so (hence not much blogging around these parts of late), which meant that trying to access the Internet has been a bit of a hit and miss affair, very frustrating to say the least!  It all started when my kaspersky Internet security ran out and I had to update it to the new one, but for some reason my computer just did not like it at all (I'm still XP which might have something to do with it) it took me a week of frustrating,  sometimes successful and sometimes not successful attempts to get on the Internet, before  then deciding to uninstall the Kaspersky, any way long story short and an email to get a refund, I'm now using a different Internet security thing, and I'M BACK! (hopefully)

In between Internet attempts I did do a spot of DIY in the form of some spray painting, something which I have been meaning to to have a bash at for a while because I keep spotting other bloggers using spray paint to transform old ornaments and things around the home to great success, (check out Layla's Mantle at The Lettered Cottage, and the fab tin on the Colour me Pretty post by Leslie over at decor8blog.)  So I bought my self a small can of spray paint and set to work on a couple of tin cans (we are eating a lot of tined food at the moment.. ha ha) finished off with some pretty Japanese tape, and I have to say that I'm really impressed with the results.  If you are thinking of having a go your self, don't bother with a small can of spray paint, get your self the full size, because take it from me, once you start spraying things and see the results, you will be looking for more items to transform!

In other news, now I'm happily back on  un-interrupted Internet surfing and blog hoping, I thought it might be fun to have a FACEBOOK page for This Home Sweet Home, so Sunday evening was spent setting that up, you can check out some more photos of my cans along with a few other photos, so feel free to stop by and press the like button, or even say hello! Also after getting an invitation (I did request one) I'm  on Pinterest, you can find the Pinterest button along with the Facebook button on the right  hand side of this blog page. So see you all there! .....STOP THE PRESS. I have also signed up to the Blogging your way e-course run by Holly Becker on Decor8blog, I'm so excited to be on this course, gosh I think this week may be a really good one, hope you have a good one too!

30 Jul 2010

Black & white, & Concrete shelves

I discovered  Anna Malin's blog  earlier on this week  (by way of Sunny's blog)  where I spotted these shelves, and now just can't seem to stop thinking about them. I  have been re-visiting them on and off all week.  The shelves are made out of a concrete mix, and I can't get over how lovely they are, welcome to the soft side of industrial!


In fact this weekend I intend to get my self lost in this blog as I'm quite taken with the black and white theme of  Anna's lovely home and her photography.  If you are looking for some decorating inspiration with black and white then head on over, oh and look out for the connection with Holly from Decor8!

23 Jul 2010


Just recently I have been updating my daughters bedroom for her, which is still a work in progress.  A while back I re-painted the pale lilac walls a lovely crisp white (can you believe that it took  me Three coats of white to paint out pale lilac.... that will teach me to buy cheap paint!) as she decided that she wanted a black  white and pink theme to her bedroom.
As I don't have oddles of cash, this mini makeover is being done on the cheap, with items being picked up from places like charity shops, car boot sales and any other place I can get a bargain!

So here are my tips and trick for a mini cheap-o- makeover.

  • The butterfly picture was a car boot sale find for just a few pounds, car boots are a great way to find cheap items.

  • The chest of draws started life as a  set of pine coloured draws which i painted with a white wash paint, (just a bit of emulsion watered down)  not sure but we may do another coat as my daughter is not all together sold on the white wash finish.

  • The Glass knobs where a real bargain as I managed to get seven for £16.00! I had seen some for £6 each, so i was well and truly made up when I bagged these for the draws!

  • The black and white throw was the starting point for the idea, a kind of, hey this looks good in here conversation that got the ball a rollin. 

  • The pink lamp shade was made using some material bought on eBay, and a do-it your-self lamp shade kit.
If your looking for a do-it yourself lamp shade kit, I got mine from www.hunkydoryhome.com, and currently you can find draw knobs and handles form  http://www.bombayduck.co.uk/ who also have a sale on at the moment.

12 Jul 2010

Whats plugging you?

When it comes to Energy Saving and Eco Friendly  gadgets and gizmo's  well I have to confess that I'm not as clued up as I probably should be.  I'm more of a reuse re purpose kind of person and  do my bit for the environment by recycling where I can, and not always buying brand new when second hand will do the job just as well.  But recently these little gadgets popped up in my mail box courtesy of http://www.energenie4u.co.uk/, and well I know that at first glance they are not the most beautiful thing you will ever plug into you sockets, they could well save you a penny or two, and so I thought I would give um a chance so here's the energy saving low down on these guys.

Automatic Standby Plug Adapter for TVs – This device will learn the standby power level of your TV and switch it off automatically when it is put into standby. You can re-enable the socket and TV at the same time using the standby button on your remote control without having to get up and go to the socket itself

Automatic Standby Shutdown for Home Entertainment Systems - This 5-gang socket has 1 socket reserved for appliances that need to remain constantly on (like a Sky box), this device will learn the standby power level of your home entertainment system and switch it off automatically when it is put into standby. It can be re-enabled using the standby button on your remote control without you having to get up and go to the socket itself. A similar 5-gang sock

Energy Power Saving Meter - Discover what appliances are the worst offenders in your household for wasting the most electricity. Find out how much appliances are costing in terms of money and their carbon footprint.

Oh and for all of us who have ever forgotten to switch off the hair straighteners before leaving the house with swishy shinny poker straight hair, well this one is a must  for you ..and I....but if my Hubby ever asked......its wasn't  me who left them on OK...!

So come on whats plugging you? (sorry I couldn't help meself) have you got  any energy saving tips and tricks to share, and gadget talk your loving at the moment?

Monday Happiness, finding new shops in town!

Hello to you all, how is your Monday going so far,  Good I hope.  I made a new discovery  in town today, which I first heard about over at The Bean Scene  blog (a local fellow blogger!) and I just had to check it out.   Elizabeth Howell  has recently opened, and is a fabulous mixture of interiors homeswares, clothing and jewellery.
I had intended to just pop in and have myself a bit of a nosy around,  but also on my to do list while in town was to search out some little handles for a chest of draws that i wanted to give a bit of a face lift to, and on entering the shop that's just what I found!  What a great way to start the week, Monday Happiness to all!

See those little glass handles above?  I now have the seven that I need to finish off my drawers.

Elizabeth Howell - 3 Burrard Street, St Helier Jersey

10 Jul 2010

Tips from the designers to the stars.

Recently you may have heard that Gwyneth Paltrow had a temporary home in Nashville  renovated for her and her family while she had been working on filming there, and I have been having a little snoop over at Goop (yes I like reading Goop) to see the results.  Now for starters  I'm pretty sure that what Gwyneth calls a very limited film scale budget is probably more than we ordinary folk would call limited if we were renovating on a budget, but there are a couple of pointers that I picked up from  designer/stylist Annette Joseph. which she used while working on Gwyneth's home, that any cash strapped renovator could find very useful .

Image Annette Joseph blog.

  • Look out for local sample sales and ex show room  for one off pieces, as long as they are in good condition these can be a  great buy and save money.  Gwyneth's bath tub was a floor sample find.
  • Flea markets, car boots and charity shops can throw up some interesting items, great for finding retro and vintage accessories and soft furnishings.  Again in Gwyneth's kitchen the lighting was a flea market find.
  • Check out online stores such as overstock.com for home furniture to make a saving, some items on overstock.com are now available to the UK now, though this is limited to smaller items.  I loved the clear  plastic chairs in the dinning room that Annette found for the family dinning area from overstock.com
  • Re purpose other pieces of  furniture for example one of the pieces that Annette used was an alter piece from India used as a little console table all in the bedroom.
  • Throughout Gwyneth's temporary home, Annette was able to use art work borrowed from galleries, this is probably not an option available to the likes of you and I, but don't let that put you off owning original pieces of art for you home. Recently I have been visiting local auctions, and have been amazed at how cheaply you can pick up original paintings, you may not be buying something painted by a famous artist, but its still an original.
You can see more of the renovation by visiting Goop, and learn more about Annette Joseph here.

5 Jul 2010

Lisa Stickley made at home.

A few weeks ago I received  this book, Made at Home (1) by lisa stickley (who I recently wrote about here) and published by Quadrille, and I have been waiting until this week  to tell you about it because of release dates, but its available now, and I'm  eager to share it with you.  made at home, a guide to simple sewing, is just that, and is a great starting point for  anybody thinking of taking up sewing and wanting to embrace the current trends in all things home made.
I love that this unpretentious book has  the feel of almost being some ones school project written in a jotter, probably down to the lined pages, illustrations as well a photographs, and bits of wobbly writing,  but the teacher would be wagging her finger at the lack of any capital letters!  Yes that's right its all written in lower case.  Being a person who frequently forgets these kind of things while writing i kinda like it!

Its an easy to follow book which shows you how to create items such as a tea cosy (2), pretty napkins (3), coat hanger covers (5) and shoe bags, along with slightly more challenging things such as a pouffe, and roman blinds, but all achievable in a weekend.

The book starts by covering the basic such as equipment, basic stitches,  seams, and tips on tackling corners.  I also learnt a tip for making zips look neater in cushions.  The  sewing projects covered are, for the kitchen, for living room, for the bedroom and for the laundry, with handy templates (5) suggested shops and suppliers at the back.

Over the weekend i got out my sewing machine and tried the project for making a little slip cover for those horrible wire coat hangers that I bet every home has hung in the wardrobe, and there it is in picture 5. so much better. 
What i really like about this book is that it doesn't have to be perfect, if you need to add a pleat here and there then do! (for making a bolster)  How many hours have I spent previously trying to get that round bottom to fit just so!

30 Jun 2010

Cute paper Balloons

Don't you just love these colourful Japanese paper balloons? I came across them this morning on the delightful online shop of Petra Boase where you can find a whole host of goodies ranging from baby clothes to mugs and tea towels.


1. Owl Note Books
2. Assorted Tea Towels
3. Mugs
5. Children's clothes

25 Jun 2010

Dress those walls.

When it comes to decorating, I flirt with the idea of Wallpaper even going so far as ordering samples, but its a fleeting affair, preferring to stick to paint as I like to keep my options open, and paint is soo easy to change at the drop of a paint can.  but I have to say that I may be getting charmed once more by the recent fashions and developments in wallpaper.

Take for instance wallpaperdirect,  for Autumn, they will be launching a whole collection of wallpaper populated by people! As the company’s wall coverings expert Melanie Adams explains, "the fascination with people watching has translated into our interiors and continues to grow in popularity"

“The Ferm Living’s Fashion range of wallpaper and vinyl wall stickers focuses on slick silhouettes of posing models to create a strong monochromatic effect that would look great in a dressing room. For brighter accents, the soon to be launched range from Paper Moon injects some true colour into your walls, with designs such as ruby-toned Make Up, showing women with big sunglasses and even bigger hair, and Pets, a pale yellow wall covering of people parading their animal companions.”

For those of you who, like me just can't go all the way with wallpaper, try the cute wall stickers, these owls are just so cute!
So how about you, wallpaper, or paint.

24 Jun 2010

The humble pallet board.

image House Doctor blog

This morning I stopped by Decor8 to find that Holly had posted about House Doctor, who are a Danish based interior company, and Holly shared some lovely new products from the up and coming fall 2010 (Autumn to us Brits) collection.  You must stop by House Doctor to flick through the online brochure, its just lovely. 
 Anyway, as I was  a scrolling down, (on Decor8) I came a cross the photo above, and thought to myself  'that little table is just so do-able' (I'm not sure if it is a prop or it is actually sold by House Doctor I couldn't find it in the catalog) and it got me thinking about the humble shipping pallet board and what cab be done with them.  After a quick google around I found the ones below. 

This Coffee table idea is great I'm thinking, stack another one on top to make it higher, great for storage too!

Images above Tatertots and Jello

Image re-nest apartment therapy

I love the day bed ones above, I'm seriously thinking of this in my daughters room, her mattress is currently on the floor.
What do you think, pallet board furniture the way to go?

16 Jun 2010

Kitchen gadgets

What is the one kitchen gadget above all others that you just can't live without? Well a few weeks ago I realised that above all the other gadgets collecting dust in my kitchen cupboard, the one thing I really miss is my normally trusty (had it for years) Braun multimix hand blender, used regularly for blitzing up soups, cake creaming, and blending together the contents for my fish cakes. Well it no longer blends the contents for my fish cakes, this part of the blender has given up on me, and I miss it, the last time I tried to make fish cakes all I got from the blender was a rather strange farting noise, and un-blender fish cake mix, though it seems happy with the other gadget parts for blitzing up soups, and cake creaming! So I am now on the lookout for a new one, and I'm wondering.....should I stick with what I know or should I be brave and see whats out there in the big old world of blenders and blitzers.
Do you have a favourite make that you use time and again or do you like to shop around and see whats new, whats the worst or best kitchen gadget you have ever had?

10 Jun 2010

Hello Monday...

Please ignore the fact that I did not blog much all last week, it was just one of those weeks that seemed to run away with you and before you know it, its the beginning of a whole new week! I hope you all had a fab weekend, I meant to post about these lovely string lamps last week, so......here it is now....
Bright, simple, unique, and affordable that's how Cable and Cotton describe their mini lamp shade balls, and on a wet dull dark typical British summer evening (it rained rather alot last week) I can just picture drawing the curtains early and switching on these beautiful softly glowing mini lamp balls to add a warming cheery glow to the room. But equally on a warm British if your lucky summer evening, as the sun starts to go down, they look just as nice giving off there gently glow in the garden.
The ball lamps are made from cotton which lend them selves to the lovely soft glow that are available in a 20 and 35 string combination, and available as pre-selected or have fun picking your own colour combination. Here are my combinations (below) that I tried out, a red pinky colour way, and a refreshing citrus colour way.

7 Jun 2010

Ikea Beloved Homes

All images frpm the Beloved Homes book

Today I thought I would share a few pages of my Ikea book that I mentioned over the weekend.
It show cases 9 much loved homes in the Scandinavian style.
photographed by Stellan Herner

4 Jun 2010

Yet more Ikea treats

It sounds so romantic in french, Des amours De Maison, which when translated means beloved Home. Unfortunately I don't read French very well which is very bad of me considering I live practically a stones throw from France, its just as well that I can get away with not being able to read the contents of this book, as each photograph paints a thousand inspiring words. 

I also bought some new cupcake tea towels, which I'm having trouble using as they are just  too pretty for drying dishes with.

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