Archive for August, 2010
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Make whoopie pies
One of the latest baking crazes to hit the UK is that of the whoopie pie. Not nearly so elegant as the cupcake, the whoopie pie is a mini American-style sponge cake that is sandwiched together with a buttercream filling and often iced or decorated with frosting on top too.
If you’re keen to unleash your baking abilities and have a go at making your own whoopie pies, then here’s a tin that will make your job much easier. The whoopie pie cake tin is the perfect size to make a whoopie pie – it conducts heat evenly, so your cakes will remain light and moist and won’t dry out – and it has room to make 12 whoopie pies in one bake off.
The whoopie pie cake tin is £7.99 from De Cuisine and they provide a recipe too, to help you get straight into cooking. For more whoopie pie cooking ideas and inspiration, you may like to check out the Whoopie Pies book.
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Get a squirrel to crack your nuts!
I’m generally not a major fan of animal shaped kitchen gadgets, but this little fella is a bit of an exception. Who could resit having a squirrel to crack their nuts?!
The nicely made silver coloured squirrel, who’s perched expectantly on branch, is ready to crack a nut for you. Just pop a shelled nut in his mouth, press down on his tail and, bingo, your nut will be ready to eat!
To get your hands on this fun squirrel nutcracker, head over to Heal’s, where he’s priced at £17.50.
Monday, August 16th, 2010
Perch on a Union Jack
We’ve explored several different ways in which you can bring the Union Jack trend into your home and show your love of all things British, but this is probably one of the most subtle.
The Union Jack bean cube is the perfect place to perch when you need an occasional seat in your home, or to rest your tired feet after a busy day. It’s made by Fleur-de-Lis Furnishings from 100% cotton and, although it will bring a bit of added colour and interest to a room, we rather like the faded colour look of this as opposed to ‘in your face’ bright colour.
The Union Jack bean cube is a nice little piece and a great buy at only £24.99 from HomeSense.
Friday, August 13th, 2010
If you love having contemporary art on your wall, then how about this utterly dotty creation?
The large 3d wall art canvas is handmade in England and measures 75cm x 75cm x 3cm in size. The pure white background of the canvas is brought to life by the addition of an array of colourful polka dots. The polka dots are 3D, so add a bit of dimension to the canvas too.
The polka dotty 3D canvas is available from Fairy Angel Cake for £150, with free delivery.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Here’s a novel way to light a room in your home – with a teapot or coffee pot!
This whimsical range of unusual lighting is inspired by 1930s tableware. Both the white teapot light and the white coffee pot light are made from fine bone china, finished off with a sturdy cotton braid, from which they are hung.
The teapot light is Art Deco in style, with a noticeably angular handle, whereas the coffee pot light has more of a timeless appeal.
If you fancy hanging these quirky lights in your home, then each one will set you back £95. They’re both available to purchase at Liberty.
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
This tangled heart tea light holder has been created by award-winning ceramics designer, Timea Sido.
Made from white earthenware, the tea light holder features an intricate design of a tangled heart on the front, which is perfect for letting through the glimmering light of a candle.
Timea studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and now has her own studio at Cockpit Arts in London, where she designs and creates wonderful ceramics for high profile clients.
Timea Sido’s delicate tangled heart tea light holder can be purchased from Swanky Maison for £15.
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
If you’re bored with predominently black or stainless steel kitchen gadgets, then these colourful Icona coffee makers from DeLonghi will add a much needed splash of colour into your kitchen.
They not only look good, but work well too, producing a delicious cup of espresso or creamy cappucino in minutes. The Icona coffee maker works with both espresso pods or ground coffee, so you’ve got both options rather than being stuck with one or the other (it’s ground coffee all the way for us), unlike some other machines.
The removable stainless steel drip tray at the bottom allows for easy cleaning and you can use it with dinky espresso cups or full size mugs or cups.
Available in blue or red (and black or white, if you must), the Icona coffee maker is £149 from John Lewis.
Monday, August 9th, 2010
No home is complete without some form of pictures, art or photography on the walls. These inspiring photos are by photographer Angie Muldowney, who uses a mix of modern photography techniques and vintage cameras to produce stunning effects.
If you’re looking for some new artwork for your wall, then she currently has a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer available at her Etsy store. Buy any one photo, of any size, and choose a second photo (of the same value or less) for free. There are full instructions in the shop as to how to redeem the offer and a fantastic selection of photos to choose from.
Amongst our favourites are Truelove (£6.43 for a 5″ by 5″ print), Going In, Roost and Only Time Will Tell.
Angie also adds in the helpful information that Ikea’s RIBBA 23cm by 23cm frame fits perfectly with her photos, offering an inexpensive way of creating a framed print for your wall.
Monday, August 9th, 2010
Modern baroque chair
Isn’t this a striking dining chair? You can’t help but be drawn in by the intricate cut-out detail on the back of the chair.
Produced in a modern baroque style, the dining chair is suitable for use both indoors and outside and is comfortable to sit on, as well as looking very on trend with the cutwork design.
The Aurora modern dining chair is available in black or white (we think the black looks stunning) and is £125 from Love Your Home for Less.
Friday, August 6th, 2010
Bring some of the famous London landmarks into sight, without even leaving your home!
This novel silhouette mirror features a skyline depicting some of the familiar landmarks in the city, such as Tower Bridge and Nelson’s Column.
The mirror is made from acrylic and has adhesive on the back, so it can easily be stuck to a wall. It’s sold by the V&A Shop, who have it priced at £45 – cheaper than a train ticket to visit the city, perhaps?