30 Sep 2011

The weekend project, take one Hot Dog jar...

Candles have been a bit of a theme this week one way or another, starting with this post last Sunday,  and today's weekend project is inspired by the fact that we kicked off  the week  with power cuts to the Island.   Monday evening  found us  scrambling around the house in the dark lighting  candles, fortunately I have more than a few dotted around the house, (I stocked up on my last visit to IKEA) and while looking for containers to use as candle holders, a tall hot dog jar came in very useful.

Photography and Styling Samantha Stansbridge.

As we sat by candle light  around the table, I tied a piece of ribbon  around the top (as one  does at times like these) and thought that this would make a simple little project.  As I  still had some mother of pearl discs left from this project and this project, I just added a few to the ribbon (later on in the week, not actually during the power cut) and there you have it, how to transform a hot dog jar, inspired by  a power cut.

Taken during the power cut.

P.S visit last Sundays post for an update, a little treat for you  from Sorella.

25 Sep 2011

Simple pleasures for the senses...

Today I am enjoying the simple pleasure of an Irish Winter scented candle, with the fragrance of warming cinnamon and cloves to fill the room with a welcoming, and relaxing  aroma, perfect for a lazy Sunday evening.

A little treat for you, how would you like 20% off  on the Sorella website from now until the end of October? 

Just use the code  THSH at the check out .
Click Here to visit the website.

24 Sep 2011

Cheats tart.

Oh my goodness I'm in the Kitchen again!  This time its simple sweet treats in the form of cheats custard and raspberry tarts. I blame Heart Home Magazine for today's littler creation though, as I spotted some lovely summer berry tarts in the first edition of the on-line magazine and decided to have a go at something similar.
These ones, like I have already mentioned are a bit of a cheat as I bought most to the ingredients practically ready to assemble, so not much effort at all, I used instant custard, added some extra vanilla essence, spooned into ready made tart cases, and just plonked the fresh raspberries on top then glazed with a little warm jam, dead easy.  Cool them in the fridge a little after just to help set the custard.

Photography Samantha Stansbridge

To be honest, you can't fail to impress with these, the colours just look so great together, but next time I'll give the proper  vanilla pastry cream a go, check out Heart Home Magazine for instructions, issue one.

16 Sep 2011

Some loveliness from Alvhem Estate and interiors

Thanks for joining me this week here on This Home Sweet Home, its been a good week this week, (started  an interior design course and did a little photo shoot for friends)  and its been nice to have you along, hope you all have a great weekend, I'll leave you with some loveliness from the Alvhem Estate and interiors site which is always a treat to look around, I just love the way all the apartments look so light and airy, I'm hoping that if I blog about them  I'll get one for free....wishful thinking?  :)

Lovely floor to ceiling doors and windows to let the sun light in. 

Styling tips, mix  vintage and modern together such as the chandelier and wall prints. 

 Maximise the feeling of space with open shelves.

 and what every girl needs, a walk in wardrobe...

 Like this simple table? check out the previous post here to see how to make something similar.

....and just in case, I'll be happy with this apartment  that I just spotted, with the lovely shop to browse around at weekends.......well, a girl can dream.....
Happy weekend all! 

The weekend project. Simple table

Image Lievt Hemma Photo: Nina Broberg

Today's weekend project comes from Lievt Hemma blog, a simple table made by fixing planks of wood together and adding a set of IKEA Vika Lergerg table legs, which  are currently just £5 each, so  makes a great inexpensive  table or work space.  
 I love the idea of painting a  strip of colour down the middle, but you could also add a white wash, or use thicker planks and stain them to create a more rustic feel,  what would  be your preferred  look, stained painted or left natural?

And speaking of IKEA, did you notice that Ikea family live have had a bit of a make over?

15 Sep 2011

Heart home Magazine is live!

Heart Home Magazine goes live today and having just been looking through it, its going to become a favourite  I think.  Filled with loads to  feast  your eyes and your belly on, with a lovely late summer feeling, (just perfect for today's weather sitting out in the garden catching some rays)  I love the article on 10 steps to create the perfect look for some late summer entertaining by blogger Nina Holst of Stylizimo blog, and as you skip through the pages there are more than a few blogger's  and stylists that you will recognise. I spotted Selina lake, Holly Becker, one of the Bodie and Fou sisters, and Nina Holst, for starters,  its a great first edition, cant wait for the next one, go check it out.

Lovely styling tips and scrumptious baking

Love the look of those fruity little tarts,  could I count them as one of my five a day because of the fruit? 

14 Sep 2011

How do you cosy up in Autumn?

Well for early Autumn (do you say Autumn of Fall?) we are having some  nice weather really, a bit of rain here in there, in fact alot of rain some days, but the temperature is still quite mild, and when the sun shines its lovely, the light this time of year seems to take on a different quality about it as it starts to get lower in the sky, but the early mornings and evenings are starting to get a little chilly, so time to add some Autumn cosiness to the home.

New cushions from Ikea.

New books to peruse through this Autumn. 

Photography and styling Samantha Stansbridge

As the seasons change what do you like to add to your home to ring in the changes, are you heading into Autumn or Summer?

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