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August 20, 2015

The Great British Bake Off Competition 2015

It’s that time of year again when the The Great British Bake Off has us cranking up the oven and having a go at something new; whether it be bread, biscuits or something a little sweeter. Week by week we watch good bakers become star bakers and those that fall under par we see go home, we sit wondering if we could do better, but then seeing the look of disappointment on Paul Hollywoods face and the wrath of his comments and we think twice.

We don’t want you to feel nervous under the pressure so we’re not asking you to bake, but we’d love to see what great captions you can come up with in our weekly Great British Bake Off competition. We want you to visit our Facebook page: find the image you want to add a caption to, like and share the post and leave your entry in the comments below the picture.  Each new image will be released on a Thursday, judged the following Tuesday and the winner announced on the Wednesday. The winner of our favourite caption from each week will be entered into our final at the end of The Great British Bake Off competition and our star caption from the whole competition will win a set of shabby chic retro cream scales:

retro scales web-1Here you go…Week 1:



Please note that postage of the prize will be free to any UK winner. A postage charge will be applied for any international winners. Any rude/offensive captions will be removed.  This competition is not directly affiliated with Facebook but run purely by ourselves.

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August 4, 2015

Design A Picture Perfect Cottage Garden With The Orchard

How To Create The Perfect Cottage Garden


Informal but beautiful, laid back and affordable cottage gardens are ideal for those who want a pretty and colourful garden but enjoy a more carefree approach.  It really is a case of beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you can make it everything you want it to be with the view of creating an organised but beautiful mess.

In years gone by cottage gardens were split into three areas to keep the family going these were vegetables to nourish, flowers to feed the soul and brighten the day and herbs to cure, today they can be just as functional or simply a thing of beauty to enjoy with a cuppa and a piece of cake.

So where to start…creating a cottage garden is as easy as 1,2,3 if you follow these three simple and easy design principles from garden guru Frankie “Flowers” Ferragine: (more…)

June 15, 2015

Shabby Chic In A Nutshell?

Filed under: Shabby Chic — Mat @ 8:57 AM

Shabby Chic a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique (Wikipedia)

Shabby Chic styling is to create an air of charm and history; pieces classed under this style tend to originate from the decorating traditions of English country homes. Though its origins can be traced back further, shabby chic really hit the interior styling world in Great Britain in the late 1990’s and is still going strong today with little signs of taking a back seat where interior design is concerned. (more…)

May 20, 2015

Give Your Home A Fresh Look With Shabby Chic Styling

Filed under: Shabby Chic Furniture — Mat @ 9:29 AM

Shabby Chic, an everlasting trend that just keeps on growing, even after almost 20 years since it first emerged in the interior design world. Shabby chic brings together eclectic style mixing antique style furniture with feminine florals, pastels, lace and aged paint effects.

Popularity In Shabby Chic Furniture Continues To Grow

Over time the shabby chic genre has become an umbrella term for a number of similar styles or looks; you may have read of looks such as vintage chic, country chic, Scandi chic or Nordic chic to describe similar interior styling. In fairness these are unique looks in their own right, perhaps inspired initially by shabby chic ideals, but it is the term ‘shabby chic’ that has registered most in people’s hearts and minds.

The great thing about shabby chic style is that it is easy to achieve and put your own twist on. It’s also an inexpensive way to revamp your home by utilising upcycled furniture or creating the look by painting and restyling perhaps slightly more modern furniture.

The best way to start is with a blank canvas of white walls, or just off white for a softer feel. You can then add pastel shades such as pinks and duck egg. If you’re lucky enough to have great floorboards through your home, keep these natural or opt for white washing to add to the look.

When it comes to adding shabby chic furniture opt for floral soft furnishings with upcycled wood pieces and maybe a little wicker or rattan, again white or grey washed.

From this base you can then purchase unique second hand artifacts, antiques, flowers or pieces of timber that will enable you to add your own personality and bring out the quirkiness that shabby chic style commands.

Still stuck for inspiration? Well we’ve put together a number of ways you can bring the shabby but chic feel into your home without making it look like an open house jumble sale. (more…)

May 7, 2015

8 Fresh Interior Design Styling Tips For Spring

Filed under: Interior styling — Mat @ 1:10 PM

Spring is officially here so it’s time to throw open the windows, get the paint out and revamp your home with one of eight of this season’s top interior design styling trends awash great colour palettes for the new season.

Go Floral

Choose wallpapers and textiles delicately designed. Nothing too bold and overpowering just something to add a hint of spring.  Go for a classic design that incorporates blooms and birds perfect for living rooms and bedrooms. In doing so you can then bring a little of the outside in by using garden trugs as magazine holders or wire baskets to display a select few items in order to make a small feature. (more…)

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