• Gorgeous new bird pattern

    by  • Tuesday, March 17, 2009 • 4 Comments

    I’ve just seen the latest wallpaper and fabric design from Lewis & Wood. ‘Bewick Birds’ is inspired by the work of Thomas Bewick, a wood engraver who published the History of British Birds in 1797. I think this paper would make a stunning feature wall. Although it’s a traditional design, birdy patterns are all the rage at the moment and it could look contemporary used in a striking teal and chocolate scheme:


    The wallpaper is £46 per roll, and the fabric is £44 per m, so this is a treat to save up for. The good news is you won’t need much to make a big impact. Check out these other beautiful bird buys. – Ellie


    Red bird cushion, $39, Etsy


    Birdy decorations, £9.75 each, Whippet Grey


    Bird stamp set, £25, Cox & Cox


    Bird hooks, £12 each, Graham and Green

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    Exclusive Elspeth Gibson homeware out this month…

    by  • Tuesday, March 17, 2009 • 0 Comments

    Iconic British designer Elspeth Gibson, whose dresses have been worn by the likes of Cate Blanchett and Liz Hurley, is launching a new signature home collection for Tesco this month, including bedding, candles and china. Most of the range is online now and I’ve just been told that it’s being filtered through to larger selected Tesco stores this month. Here’s a peak at what’s on offer:  

    Elspeth Gibson Delicate rose duvet set, £30, Tesco

    Elspeth Gibson Delicate rose duvet set, £30, Tesco


    Elspeth Gibson Blossom cakestand, £15, Tesco (with cake! :>)

    Elspeth Gibson Blossom cakestand, £15, Tesco (with cake! :>)


    Elspeth Gibson Blossom cake stand (without cake!), £15, Tesco

    Elspeth Gibson Blossom cake stand, £15, Tesco (without cake :<)

    For more inspirational home buys click here - Emily 

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    Wondering what to cook tonight?

    by  • Tuesday, March 17, 2009 • 0 Comments

    How about an easy-to-make St Patrick’s Potato dish to accompany a little tipple this saint’s day? At Ideal Home magazine we test a lot of dishes for our food pages, but I was particularly delighted to see how simple-to-prepare and yummy this recipe is, having tried it out last week in preparation. The dish is very rich so a little goes a long way, and the trick is to cook it very slowly so the cream doesn’t curdle: 


    Recipe taken from Irish Food Board: www.bordbia.ie

    St Patrick’s potatoes

    Serves 6-8

    1kg medium-sized potatoes

    1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

    100g well-flavoured Irish farmhouse cheese such as Gubbeen or Carrigaline*

    300ml double cream

    300ml milk

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    1.Preheat the oven to 140C/Gas Mark 1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin slices. Overlap one-third of the slices over the base of a buttered 2.25 litre shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with half the chopped garlic, one-third of the grated cheese and some salt and pepper. Repeat the layers once more, then finish with a final layer of neatly overlapped potatoes.

    2. Warm the milk and cream together in a pan with a little more seasoning to taste. Pour over the potatoes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

    3. Bake for approximately 1 ½ hours until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Cover very loosely with a sheet of foil part-way through cooking after the top has become nicely golden.

    Enjoy your night! – Emily


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