Hunkydory Home Blog

Help! How do I create a Minecraft themed bedroom? September 22, 2016 13:45

I'm sure many of you are like me and have lovely ideas for how to decorate your offspring's bedrooms; browsing Pinterest and Instagram for ideas, I mean where else in the house can you be really bold with colour and fun features than your child's room?

Then your plans are brought abruptly to a halt.  They want a Minecraft themed room, a room of brown and green and black blocks, I think there's barely anything less inspiring to an adult with a head full of whimsical ideas. 

Fear not, I have been there and I reached a compromise with my daughter; we won't paint walls dull colours, we won't buy overpriced merchandise.  We agreed to make our own accessories with a nod to the game (as let's face it, it will be another craze in a year or so), this enabled us to have fun creating together.

I hope some of these ideas are helpful to you.

I made this patchwork quilt for my daughter following a tutorial I found on Pinterest, I've never made a quilt before and it was a real labour of love.  She uses it as an extra blanket on the bed and also when she's curled up on the sofa watching youtubers.  I like the idea of using a traditional craft to create something very modern.

Creeper cushion

We also made some mini Creeper cushions, these were super easy.  We got some bright green fabric from IKEA and some black felt.  We cut the creeper shape out of the felt and stuck (easier for kids than sewing) it onto the fabric.


I used the same fabric from the reverse of the quilt I made to make this pixels lampshade , the beauty of the lampshade is that it's easy to change when she has a new interest.

What's been fun about creating these accessories for my daughter's Minecraft room is that we've been able to both be involved in the process and my daughter has really enjoyed educating me about her favourite game.   I thoroughly recommend this approach!  I hope it gives you some inspiration for decorating your Minecraft fan's room too.


New Mid Century Modern Collection June 03, 2016 17:11

Mid century modern mustard table lamp
My latest collection of hand crafted lamps, shades and cushions will add Mid Century style to any space.

Using a vintage style barkcloth in period colours the latest products will appeal to both lovers of retro style and those who want to add pattern and colour to a contemporary interior.   Available in Mustard Yellow or Burnt Orange the geometric pattern makes stunning lampshades and cushions the products are made using a lovely soft, barkcloth fabric.

If you're familiar with me and my store, you'll know I love vintage and in particular Mid Century design, if you're not please explore Hunkydory to see the range of vintage inspired designs.  I know I’m not the only one whose home has a nostalgic, retro feel and I love these new designs, the mustard colour in particular reminds me of my early childhood.

The table lamps with Ash wood base retail for £78.00.  The 40cm square, cushions in textured barkcloth fabric retail for £25.00 each. The handmade drum (30cm diameter x 20cm) lampshades retail for £34.00 each.



Week 18: My favourite things May 10, 2016 19:59 1 Comment

I've been rubbish again and realised I haven't shared my favourite things since Valentine's Day, how can time possibly have passed so quickly?

Anyway onwards and upwards, here are some lovely bits and bobs for you.

Isn't this adventure rug fabulous? It's almost too good for the kids to get their sticky fingers on!  Perfect for playrooms and nurseries, it's £39.00 from This Modern Life - love it.


This Unicorn Lamp from Joy is super cute and at £12.00 a bargain too.  If you don't want to admit still like unicorns when you're in your 30s you could always pretend it's for the kids room (like I always do).   

I appear to have a thing for playful stuff this week.  These Ice Cream cushions from Tiger really made me smile (another one for the daughter's room!).


Another cool lamp which I'd have nowhere to put, this ceramic Cactus table light looks fabulous both on and off.

I'm a massive fan of Ingela P Arrenhius and am delighted to have discovered this fabulous tin tea set, sadly it's for play use only (please make a grown up version soon for us big kids). Buy it from The Pippa & Ike Show.

Wallpaper, my new interior love! April 01, 2016 15:33

I have a new interior obsession: wallpaper.

Having shied away from wallpapering for many years (after one occasion when we questioned the need for a plumb line and then realised when we reached the end why it was necessary) we are rediscovering it in the hunkydory home. Why stick with boring old emulsion when you can have fabulous pattern on the walls?

I’m over the moon with the Darjeeling Mini Moderns wallpaper we’ve used in the bedroom and have now convinced Mr hunky that we now need to tackle the hall and stairs (I mean the 4 doorways and all those fiddly bits can’t be that difficult to paper around can they?).  What is great about wallpapering is that it actually transforms a room much quicker than painting once you get the hang of it, once the paper’s on the wall, job done.

darjeeling wallpaper

Darjeeling wallpaper from Mini Moderns

The only problem now is the choice, with so many fabulous designs available it’s difficult to know where to begin. Fortunately there are lots of places online to look for inspiration and interior design ideas. It’s much easier to decide when you can see pictures of the papers in-situ and in similar spaces. I’ve enjoyed hours drooling over designs, decide upon one and then find it’s over £100 a roll and have to start the search again.

For an entrance hall I think it’s important to choose something that expresses your personality without being too ‘in your face’ and much as I like bright colour, I don’t want anything too overwhelming when you step through the front door. I’m looking a design with neutral, calm colours and a design which brings the outside in without being ‘country cottage’, something to reflect where I live in the country but not flowery or green wellies! I really love the papers from St Judes, particularly this Harvest Hare design and his lovely Autumn paper from Bold and Noble, Hannah Nunn also has some gorgeous new designs in soft colours, but unfortunately all these wallpapers are slightly more than I can afford to spend given that I have rather a large space to cover.

Bold and Noble

Autumn wallpaper from Bold & Noble

Meadow wallpaper from Hannah Nunn


After much deliberation, I have settled upon this Scion Kelda wallpaper , I think the cute hedgehogs have won me over as well as the (just) under £40 price tag!

Now, just got to get it on the wall... anybody got a long ladder?

this post was written in collaboration with homify

Week 17: My favourite Valentines finds February 08, 2016 13:56

For me, I'm happy with flowers every time, but it's tricky to know what to get him... I've been taking a look around the Internet for alternative Valentine's Day presents.


This A3 Me & Your Penguin Selfie print by Heather Alstead is super cute and in a super stylish monochrome colourway, better still it's only £15.00,but they don't need to know that ;-)


Bear Tankard

I'm liking this bear tankard from Jimbobart , it's both manly and adorable, also available in a gorilla design for even more machismo!


Amazing Bag

These days we all need to carry shopping bags around with us, this tote is the gift that keeps on giving - lovely to receive and then pass the message on to everyone who sees you!

Isak Plate

Aw, serve up this Familjen Side Plate by Isak, it's a lovely keepsake and comes gift boxed.

Radio 4 mug

Tell them how you really feel with this fun 'I Love You More Than Radio 4' mug by Hannah Broadway.



Week 16: My favourite finds January 29, 2016 16:27

I met with a friend today who brought it to my attention that it's been a while since I shared some favourite finds with you, and she's right, so (slap on the wrist) here you go....


Oh Superliving, why do you always tempt me with your gorgeous Scandi ceramics?  Look at these luscious new green additions - those vases would look right at home in my home!


Is it acceptable for adults to have a mobile?  My dentist has a lovely distracting floaty one above the chair, but I guess he's got a good reason.  Perhaps I can convince him to have this fun Charley Harper mobile instead?  
Available from Hus and Hem for £19.95

Ok, I know Orla Kiely is absolutely everywhere this days, but that doesn't mean I'm going to get tired of her fabulous designs.  Check out this lovely enamelware available from Unique & Utility.


This cute Hedgehog Doormat   is coming soon to Magpie, I think it would be a bit of a shame to get it all muddy!


Trees Wallpaper by Contour


Now this is something I have actually purchased for my home.  Having lived with bare plaster in the main bedroom for over 18 months now, I have actually bought this fabulous wallpaper for behind the bed. Now there's just the small issue of getting around to decorating...
Trees Wallpaper from B&Q.


Just like the decorating, I hope to get around to posting my favourite finds again soon!


Making, making, making... January 27, 2016 17:19

Penguin Fabric
I've got more fabric than I do time to make everything at the moment!  Last week I added the first batch of new designs and I hope to have more to share next week.
Meanwhile these handsome penguins arrived this morning - I can't wait to see these turned into shades and cushions.

New Lighting For 2016 January 22, 2016 11:19

I've been busy this week adding new products to the website , there are some lovely bright retro designs as well as some more contemporary ones (the City Table Lamp is one of my favourites).
Adding a new lamp or lampshade to your home is a really quick and easy way of adding some colour and pattern to a room and giving it a bit of a lift, especially on these dark winter days.

Hello 2016 January 14, 2016 17:26

Northumberland Snow

It's taken me a little while to get going this New Year so please forgive my absence, I'm back in the swing of things now and excited about the new year.  I hope to share more on this blog so you can see behind the scenes at Hunkydory HQ (aka my home!).

In Northumberland we had a decent covering of snow today, I'm so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and I love how the countryside sparkles in the winter weather.  

During the cold snap I am taking the opportunity to make brand new lampshade and cushion designs and I can't wait to get them photographed so I can share them with you.  I have found some fabulous new geometric fabrics, some lovely children's designs and some old favourites in new colours.  Let's hope the sun shines brightly over the next week so I can get some photography done.



Retro Flowers: My first collection October 11, 2015 21:11

I'm so excited to introduce my very first collection of fabrics which I've turned into fabulous cushions and lampshades, I really hope you like it too.

I really wanted this collection to reflect Hunkydory style; bright colour and a retro feel! The table lamps, cushions and lampshades ooze with nostalgia and burst with colour. The fabrics feature bold floral motifs in brilliant colours are inspired by my childhood in Scandinavia and my love of vintage design. All products are designed and made in England using a soft, textured hopsack fabric.

The collection features two key designs in complementary colours, each piece works fabulously on its own as a statement or together as a set. The Isobel Flowers design features cream flowers set against a vibrant orange red, teal blue or golden yellow background. The Martha Flowers design features a round floral motif in two colour ways; orange red and blue or teal blue and sunshine yellow against a cream background.
I wanted to keep the products affordable and so the plump 45cm square cushions are £25.00, lampshades £35.00 and table lamps with glossy ceramic base are £75.00.
All the cushions and lampshades are handmade here in England and, don't forget, there's free postage on everything.

What's The Difference Between LED And Incandescent Light Bulbs? October 02, 2015 10:56

I've been asked a few times what the difference is between the vintage style LED and the traditional incandescent light bulbs and so I've put together a simple infographic to compare the two.

I sell both varieties in store and have used both at home, initially I wasn't sure about the LED but now I'm a convert! 

Week 15: My favourite finds October 01, 2015 12:11

I always like a good A-Z poster and this 'A-Z of lesser known animals' by Hannah Broadway is especially pleasing. Featuring more unusual animals such as O is of Orca and M is for Mandrill, I think this would look very nice in our home (hint hint Mr hunky).
Oh hello, super cute sausage dog draught excluder, would you like to come and live in my home?  Sadly, I think my puppy might eat you...  Love this from Cath Kidston.
I like this playful, modern Cuckoo Clock each hour a different bird pops out singing a different birdsong (the light sensor mens it's not waking you up through the night).  It's pricey at £119.00, but Christmas isn't too far away....
It's that time of year again when the evenings are a bit chilly.... we desperately need some blankets at home and I'm very taken with these 100% wool geometric designs from  Finnish textile company Lapuan Kankurit available from Cloudberry Living.
I used to stock Hannah Turner's fabulous birdy ceramics (her owl teapot being one of my favourites), now she has introduced these super cute Owl Espresso Cups & Saucers , a great gift for any coffee lover and only £14.99 for the set.

Woof! Woof! September 14, 2015 20:15

Look what's come into store this week, I only put these online yesterday and already there's only a handful left (I've begged the supplier for more so fingers crossed, but if you're set on them then I suggest you buy whilst I have them in my hands!).
These fabulous Basset Hound and Happy Dachshund Cushions  are perfect for dog lovers. These super cute cushions feature the front of the dog on the front and the bottom on the reverse!  Buy a pair and put together they'll make a real talking point in the living room.

Week 14: My Favourite Finds September 07, 2015 21:21

Oops... it's been 2 months since my last Favourite Find post, let's call it a summer hiatus.

I spotted these Alphabet Candles in Marks & Spencer last week and had to snap up an A.  The packaging is lovely and the candle has a gorgeous grapefruit and ginger scent, even better they're only £6.00.  Snap up a few as early Christmas gifts.


Oh my, oh my... I NEED this lovely bedding, it looks fine and the price tag is very reasonable BUT it's in France and they don't appear to ship to the UK - sob! If anyone's visiting France anytime soon do let me know...

You know I love everything by Ingela P Arrenhius, and so I'm excited to see these new enamel flower pots, you get both pots in one box.  I found these on a Swedish site, but I'm sure they'll be available in the UK soon.

This tunic from Boden featuring a Mark Hearld design is too nice to be just for kids, but unfortunately they don't do grown up sizes... shame, however it will be lovely for Little Miss this Autumn.

Rachel Powell is another super talented design whose work I really like.  These birch ply trays are new for 2015 and simply lovely.  Check out her wallpaper too - I want ALL of them!

Welcome Autumn! September 02, 2015 13:54


Hooray, September's here...







I realise I'm probably in the minority, but each year I'm always relieved when the summer holidays are over; it's not that I don't like spending time with Mr Hunky (teacher) and little miss (pupil), but it really throws my working-from-home out of kilter.   Every year when July rolls around I promise myself that I won't neglect my blog, social media and website and every year I end up spending 6 weeks chasing my tail.  If I spend too much time working I feel guilty I'm not doing summer holiday things and vice versa, so I welcome September and the return of my routine with wide open arms!

This September I've got so much on the 'to do' list, I'm refreshing the product range with new designs and brand new lamp bases (chunky, ceramic, retro beauties) and I'm working on my own designs too which I'm hoping to bring you in the next few weeks, that's all in addition to keeping on top of all your lovely orders which are coming in thick and fast. 



 So, I shall leave you with a sneak preview of the new Tulip design and ceramic bases coming soon and make the most of having the house back to myself before the school bell rings!



Hunkydory Home Turns Ten July 14, 2015 14:22

This week will be 10 years since I first started Hunkydory Home.  I hadn't realised it was my 10th anniversary until people started congratulating me on LinkedIn today, so here we are, a lot has happened in the last decade.  

At the beginning of 2005 my husband and I left our jobs and took a road trip down the west coast of the USA.  As we drove from Whistler down to San Diego we talked about what we wanted to do with our lives.  He had already decided to retrain as a teacher, a career which he has thrived in ever since, and I had no clue what I was going to do, so far I had worked as cabin crew, in an off license, as a travel consultant, an adminstrator and none of them had floated my boat.  When we returned to the UK we spent £75 on a sewing machine from Argos and taught ourselves to sew zips into fabric so we could make cushion covers to sell on ebay, we got our £75.00 back within a week and were sewing cushions morning, noon and night - this was the start of what is now Hunkydory Home.  

Mr hunky went on to teacher training and I temped in various jobs whilst still making cushions to sell on ebay.  This was in the days when the 'House Doctor' and Sarah Beeny told everyone to make sure their homes were neutral, magnolia walls and sellable and there I was making bright, bold, retro cushions flying in the face of what you were 'supposed' to do with your home.  It turned out there was a demand for colour and pattern, and when one day I was asked if I made lampshades too I decided to give it a go.  The lampshades and cushions sold well on ebay (nobody else was selling anything like what I was offering back then) and the next logical step seemed to be to start a 'proper' business.  

Original Logo

My original website logo

In July 2005 with a bit of help from the Prince's Trust and North Tyneside Business Centre, Hunkydory Home was born.  I launched my own website, got a bank account and a logo and became officially self employed, it was very exciting.  Slowly but surely the business grew and I busied myself making, promoting, administrating and wearing multiple hats as all small business owners do.

8 years ago I welcomed my daughter into the world and she has known nothing but Hunkdory in her life; she is used to boxes and bubble wrap filling the house and lampshades being made on the kitchen table.  She has seen my grow the business so much that I could never take a day off, moved it out of the home and into premises and then watched me as I decided I didn't like abandoning my creative roots and being enslaved to the business and brought it back home again.  

Packing mugs, tea towels, plant pots etc... time to move into premises!

Today Hunkydory Home is back to being all about cushions and lampshades (well, a bit different to the beginning as I'm selling lamps and lighting too).  In my 10th year I will be launching the first exclusive Hunkydory collection of products,  I'm just in the process of getting the fabric printed and products made up and they'll be launching soon. I'm as excited about the business now as I was when I first started.

Hunkydory Home has always existed to enable me to have a creative outlet, to work with homewares and follow my interest in interiors and to allow me to be flexible around the rest of my life. I do not consider myself an entrepreneur, I am quite happy running my business from the heart of my home without worrying about growth and making millions, I guess it's taken me 10 years to realise that.  


Week 13: My favourite finds July 07, 2015 21:53

Cat Planter
I love this super villain cat planter found on Folksy, it's so much fun and only £12.50. Plant it with a cactus or succulent and it would make a lovely gift.
mother t shirt
These fabulous Mother t shirts by Selfish Mother not only look good, but they're also raising money for charity, for each one sold £15.00 is donated to Women for Women International. 
This geometric chopping board by Ferm Living is too good to leave behind the bread bin, it would make a great cheese board or centre piece for the table.  Available online from Liberty.
Geometric door mat
This triangles doormat from B&Q is another geometric gem and it's only £7.00 so an absolute bargain! 
Fuzzy felt cushion
I spotted this Fuzzy Farm Cushion in the Cath Kidston sale and it took me straight back to my childhood, it's only £14.00 now too so it would be rude not to!

Summer Lighting For The Garden July 02, 2015 11:40


It's hot, Wimbledon has begun, yes Summer has most definitely arrived here in the UK!

Suddenly my thoughts turn to the room I neglect the most - the garden.  Not that it's completely neglected as Mr Hunky has a certain obsession with mowing the lawn, but I'm not green-fingered and the garden isn't an area I spend a lot of time on.   So I'll leave the plants well alone and focus on other ways to 'decorate' our outdoor space, there are lots of options for outdoor lighting now and by lighting the outside you extend the reach of your home in the evening.

Different spaces in the garden lend themselves to different types of lighting, whether you want to create a romantic, intimate space or to use lighting to define a path or highlight plants.  Soft lighting is best for decorative purposes, I'd save the floodlights for the football pitch or for security purposes.

Obviously a British summer tends not to last very long, so the options I'm looking at are all temporary and can be stored indoors for next year, no mains wiring here!


String Lights For The Garden

I love it when I see trees all twinkly and magical at night, white fairy lights just bring them alive at night.  I've been meaning to get some solar powered lights for our garden for ages.  Solar power makes sense outside because who has a handily placed electrical socket right beside their trees?  

 Solar Bloom String Lights For The Garden  Garden Chinese Lanterns

I think these Solar Power Bloom lights look really pretty and they're only £9.99 from Lights 4 Fun at the moment, they look lovely nestled in a hedge or tree at night.  The other type of string lights that I like are the round lanterns, I've seen them in lots of colours, but I do like these Solar metal ones, they have a Moroccan feel to them.

Table Lights For The Garden

Table Lantern

We have a new garden table and chairs and I'm thinking about a large hurricane lantern with a citronella candle to sit in the middle of the table.  I like this Traditional Fisherman lantern from Not On The High Street, it will look just as at home inside in the winter as outside in the summer.  

Solar powered filigree lamp

I'm not so keen on solar powered lights for the table as I think the light looks too artificial, but I do like this porcelain filigree solar powered lamp I found on Not On The High Street, it will look attractive on the table during the day and pretty all lit up at night.  

Lighting The Garden Path

Garden Oil Lamps

There are lots of solar powered lights that you can stick into the ground alongside your pathway, for parties and summer evenings, I really like these oil torches by London Garden Trading

A pretty idea for parties is to use candle bags to line the walkway/entranceway, you can use LED tea lights so you don't have to worry about candles blowing over! There is a good selection of candle bags online at The Candle House.

Other Novelty Lighting For The Garden

These colourful solar powered lanterns look just as lovely in the daytime as illuminated at night, they can be hung individually from trees or grouped together like this.  

If you've got a pool (lucky thing) or a pond (more likely) these floating Chinese lanterns from The Glow Company would look lovely bobbing about in the evening.  Also from the same place are these cube seats which light up, suited to a modern space they'd be great for a party.

I'd love to hear how you light your garden or if you have any unusual suggestions.

Week 12: My favourite finds June 18, 2015 11:00

Paul Thurlby Alphabet Print
Well hello you print of most gorgeousness! I love Paul Thurlby's style and I WANT, WANT, WANT his ABC123 Print, it's £90.00 so if you could all be so kind and purchase a few more lampshades I might be able to treat myself.
The next room on the 'to be decorated' list is our spare bedroom and I was chuffed to find these fabulous Helena Springfield curtains half price in the sale this week.  They are just the colours and style I was looking for (very Orla-esque don't you think?).
As a mum to an 8 year old girl who played the Frozen soundtrack on repeat for several months, this cute indoor plant pot made me smile when I saw it in John Lewis , it may also become a spare room addition. 
Hexagon Cork Coasters
These hexagon coasters have such lovely summery colours, they're almost too pretty to use.  Available from Etsy.
Lemon yellow & paradise blue stool by Rose in April
Such bright, happy colours on this lovely little stool by Rose In April available from Sisters Guild.

Lighting The Living Room - How To Get The Right Light! June 10, 2015 20:29

Not too long ago we renovated our living room, we hadn't realised when we moved in last year that there was no mains lighting in the room until it got dark on the first night and it became apparent that the light switches on the wall were redundant!

Deciding how to light a living room is important as it will set the whole tone and feel of the room, many of us spend the majority of our evenings there after work relaxing and that means most of the time it's dark outside.  People sometimes ask me what lighting is best for a living room so I thought I'd share some ideas including what we did when we refurbished our own room.

Ceiling Lighting For The Living Room

We have beams across our ceiling and decided we were not going to have a ceiling light or 'big light' as Peter Kay calls it.  Most rooms will have a central pendant fixture and you need to decide if you want to make a feature of it or keep something simple there.  In our last house we had this geometric design from IKEA, it looked great but was a nightmare for attracting dust!  We hardly ever switched the light on though as we preferred the soft light from side lamps in the evening.

If you don't want to make too much of a statement you could opt for a drum lampshade for the ceiling fixture, but don't pick something too small for the room - a large 40cm or 50cm drum shade can be very effective if you have space for it.  I would always recommend using a diffuser with the lampshade especially if you're going to be sitting underneath it.

Wall Lights For The Living Room

Rather than ceiling fixtures we opted to install wall lights in our living room combined with a selection of lamps.  I like the way wall lights diffuse light against the wall, but they do their job best against a light wall rather than a dark colour which will absorb the light.  I found these rectangle plaster wall lights from Habitat from one wall and we were able to paint them the same colour as the wall so that they blend into the background - I'm really pleased with them.

Plaster wall light

I have long been a fan of Hannah Nunn's fabulous paper cut lights and seized upon the opportunity to use them in our living room; we put one either side of the fire place and I have to say they have become a real feature in the room in the evening.  They are rather unassuming until you flick the light switch when the patterns burst into life, I chose the coal tit and the cow parsley designs but they're all lovely!

There are lots of options for wall lights for a room, but I did find it tricky to find fixtures that were simple and stylish.

Table Lamps For The Living Room

Hands up... this section is biased towards my own table lamp collection, but that's only because they're the perfect size/height for a living room side table as well as looking super stylish!  I have the oak table lamp bases in my living room and I tend to change the lampshade to suit my mood.  

Natural Cream Wooden Table Lamp

If you prefer darker wood I also have this fabulous rich walnut lamp base which is perfect for modern homes.  Both the oak and the walnut bases are hand crafted by Nick James in Newcastle, none of this mass-produced in a factory business!

Standing Lamps For The Living Room

Ages ago I bought this giant red standing lamp from and it's in my living room now, I think it's lots of fun and it's great for task lighting.  I like to mix the more industrial/retro pieces with the softer contemporary countryside bits I have.  The great thing about this MADE lamp is that it is bright for reading and task work, I tend to put it on if I'm doing something and switch it off and rely on the softer side lamps when we're just watching tv or chilling.

Red Standing Lamp

The wooden tripod style floor lamps are currently popular and available on the high street.  This Oak design from John Lewis would work nicely with our table lamps!

John Lewis Oak Tripod Lamp


So that gives you an idea of how I've used lighting in my home and I hope it's given you some lighting ideas for your living room.  There's so many options to explore, don't be afraid to mix it up a bit!

Week 11: My favourite finds June 08, 2015 19:42

Bibu Flamingo Print
I've been a fan of Bibu's cushions for a long time and was excited to see that they've now released a range of wall prints.  I'm finding it tricky to decide which is my favourite, it's a close call between the Flamingo and the Penguin.  See the full range here.
Orla Kiely tray
Yes, I know it's more Orla, but I can't help it I'm a big fan!  This time it's her gorgeous owl design on a tray, available from John Lewis.
I came across these china giraffe vases on Not On The High Street and there's something I like about them, I think they'd look just as good without flowers in which is a bonus because who has flowers ALL of the time?
Finally this week...
This isn't a 'buy' as such but refers to an article I read at Brit and Co about the new trend for painting furniture with a high gloss finish, it's  a refreshing departure from chalk painting which has been absolutely done to death! It seems everyone I know has suddenly gone mad painting anything they can with a chalk finish.... I'm not overly keen on painting furniture, but I love these chairs!

Week 10: My favourite finds May 29, 2015 16:29

Jane Foster Panda Apron 

Eek! Much excitement, one of my favourite designers Jane Foster has just launched a range of kitchen textiles featuring her panda, fox and cat designs.  The panda is most definitely my favourite and available as an apron, oven glove, tea towel and rather fabulous tea cosy!


New York Mural

Isn't this New York wall sticker great , it's a bit pricey at 96 euros but would be a fun statement in a room!

Hedgehog Clock

I found this super cute bamboo wood hedgehog wall clock by Owl & Otter over on Folksy, their otter clock is rather lovely too  (I do love a good Folksy browse!).


Rock Mugs

These rock mugs by Lydia Leith are great for celebrating a great British summer!  Choose from Brighton, Margate and Blackpool, they're hand decorated in Stoke on Trent and the cheerful colours will look lovely on your kitchen shelves.

Quilt by Hanna Andersson

Finally I came across this lovely quilt from Hanna Andersson, I usually buy clothes for little miss from here but I saw they offer a small homewares range now too.  I love the hand stitched Scandinavia houses on this quilt and think it would look great on a sofa or chair as much as a bed.

Week 9: My favourite finds May 20, 2015 13:32

I came across this lovely Umbrella Cats print  by Bubble Gum Years on The Lost Lanes a lovely site selling works by all sorts of creative people.  It's only £10.49 too so I might have to treat myself.
Perhaps I'm being optimistic, but it's May now and  my thoughts are turning to summer and the idea of lazing in the garden reading a book.  I've wanted a traditional style deckchair for ages and then I saw these in John Lewis the other day. You buy the sycamore frame and then choose a sling to go with it, I particularly like this Nordic Harbour design.
Alice in wonderland pencils
This set of Alice In Wonderland pencils by Pobble and Ping over on etsy is so cute. I love them, the bright colours and fun quotes just cheer me up, and at only £4.99 it's another opportunity to self gift this week!
Ooh, look what's coming soon to Magpie, a new range of retro mix and match homewares called The Modern Home - A-Z of the Atomic Era featuring some of the 20th Century's most iconinc home designs.
Finally, I've admired Olivia Brown's ceramic dog sculptures since I first saw them in the wonderful Fenwick Gallery in Warkworth a few months ago.  Sadly they're a bit too pricey for me to treat myself, but maybe one day I'll be able to commission a sculpture of my poodle pup (if anyone sees Mr Hunky drop him a hint!).

Week 8: My Favourite Finds May 10, 2015 21:09

Donna Wilson Tiger Plate
Little miss loves tigers and so this new bone china Tiger Plate by Donna Wilson caught my eye this week.
Bold & Noble Print
How cool is this Geometric Heart Print by Bold & Noble?  I love it, it's only £45.00 and it's definitely on the wish list!
How cool are these glass water bottles by Faucet Face, just looking at them makes tap water seem more appealing! They're £20 from Bear & Bear and proceeds from sales go to charities aiding those without clear drinking water.
I love all this Mini Moderns enamelware which is coming soon, it's hard to choose my favourite product, but I think it has to be the storage jars, especially the tangerine one!  
Wola Nani Bowl
These striking  papier mache bowls by Wola Nani are handmade using recycled paper products in South Africa by women living with HIV.  I love the bright colours of these sardine can labels, the bowls are available to buy online here.

Easter DIY: How we decorated our daughter's bedroom April 27, 2015 12:34

A few weeks ago I shared my plans to decorate little miss' bedroom over the Easter holidays, as usual the job took longer than planned mainly because I'm married to a perfectionist who need to fill every teeny tiny hole in the wall and sand every teeny tiny bump!  If it was left to me I'd slap the paint on so I could move onto the fun accessorising bits, anyway, we have now finished - hooray!

The colours were all chosen by little miss so we were working with a turquoise, pink and purple scheme and she absolutely, definitely wanted purple curtains (more on that later!).  

We painted the wall behind her bed using a B&Q colours paint called 'Chance', it's not the greatest paint to work with but equally it's not expensive and we only wanted to do one wall in it.  Little miss really wanted some sparkly stars and I found this set of Copper Star Stickers by Ferm Living which I think look lovely and they really catch the light.  Around the top of her four poster bed (yes I know, she's lucky) we twisted felt bunting and purple fairy lights, it really is the prettiest cosiest place to sleep!


bedroom with desk

The rest of the walls were painted white and then we accessorised using the accent colours.  The Ikea desk was previously bright green so I primed it with Zinsser Bin (I love this stuff) and then used a Valspar spray paint to change it to turquoise, I'll definitely be using the Valspar paint again as it worked a treat.  

I bought this huge cork notice board online, it had a plain pine frame which I painted pink and hung over her desk.

There were already some built in shelves in the room and so we painted them pink and purple and they make a great area for little miss to display all her precious ornaments and keepsakes.  I used the Valspar spray paint to paint the picture frames the same colour as the desk and put in some felt owl artwork that little miss and I made a few weeks ago.   

Finally came the curtains... everybody assumes that because I can sew a cushion that I must be able to sew everything and anything including curtains, this couldn't be further from the truth!  Sewing patterns and terminology terrify me so making the curtains was not a consideration at first, however the bay window in the bedroom is 3 metres wide and I discovered that you can't buy ready-made curtains this size.   Given that I was being quoted £100s to get the curtains specially made I decided to rise to the challenge and make the purple curtains myself.  

homemade purple curtains

Thank goodness for YouTube, this fantastic video showing you how to make simple lined curtains enabled me to make my first pair, they're not perfect, but they fit, they're lined and they're purple!  It really wasn't as difficult as I had imagined and I'll definitely be making curtains for other rooms in the house.  I ended up spending £41.72 on all the fabric and trimmings saving a small fortune.

So with the addition of a rug and a few other accessories that's it, and we're really pleased with the result and most importantly little miss loves it!  It's so satisfying to do it all yourself, it just makes a room a little bit more special and personal to you.  The only thing that's missing now is a lampshade, yes I know, you'd have thought I'd have had that sorted....

Week 7: My Favourite Blog & Buy Sale Finds April 23, 2015 13:04

I'm chuffed to have some of my products featured on the Spring Blog & Buy Sale Wishlist and so I thought that this week I'd feature the products from the wish list that I have on mine. 

 I like everything about this upcycled school chair  by Zoo Fest -the style, the colour and the fun illustration. It would fit perfectly in little miss' newly decorated bedroom.


This Father's Day card  by Joanne Hawker struck a chord and made me smile (actually thinking about it I could send this to a few people....).

This Happy Apples Tea Towel by Anna Lindsten is screen printed in Sweden, I love the colours and Scandi feel of it.

Hello Ronnie & Frank the brightest, boldest cats in town - featuring here on a tote bag, by Yoke designs.


This set of 4 coasters by Mel Smith Designs feature the London skyline and can be used individually or lined up to create London Southbank.


Week 6: My Favourite Finds April 13, 2015 19:11

I missed last week as I was off on an Easter break with the family, I hope this week's finds make up for it!
I've always been a fan of Jane Foster and she has some lovely new additions to her range of mugs, I particularly like the Walrus with the Toucan coming a close second!
tea towel
I really like the colour and design on this tea towel by Place In Print. The design is inspired by the geometric brickwork pattern found on the roof of the Crystal Palace Subway, a hidden Victorian space found beneath a busy road.
We're in the middle of decorating little miss' bedroom using bright colours.  I really like these wooden hangers that I found on folksy, they're far too lovely to hide away in the wardrobe - I think this would look great on the wall as a place for me to hang the next day's clothes. 
So it doesn't fall into the homewares category, BUT I would wear it in the home so I'm letting this one through.  I love this Viking t-shirt from Love It Love It Love It  (this fab kidswear company also does a few adult pieces now too), I might just need this in my life this summer.
Anorak is another one of my favourite brands, my Kissing Robins bag is always receiving compliments and I recently purchased the Kissing Horses bedding.  I frequently visit their website to see what new additions they have and I just came across this fun Kissing Rabbits snack box  I think it might work well for little miss' packed lunch.

Week 5: My Favourite Finds April 01, 2015 07:22

Ingela Storage Tins
I've always loved a spot of Ingela Arrenhius' work, and so when I came across these fabulous storage tins I knew they'd have to go straight on the wish list. They're only £12.95 for a set of 3 - I think they'll be great for storing nik naks in little miss' room.
Folksy bedding
This lovely Folk bedding from MADE is another spy for little miss' room this week.  We're currently decorating and I think a freshly decorated bedroom always needs some lovely new bedding, this colourful set will fit perfectly with the look and feel of her room (but we'll probably have the triangles on top!).
Jonathan Adler Cushions
I love the colours in these needlepoint cushions from Jonathan Adler, featuring city names they use a traditional technique in a very contemporary way.
Plastic woven mat
We've recently acquired a puppy which is making flooring decisions practical rather than aesthetic, I do believe you can have both though and I rest my case with these fantastic woven plastic rugs from Sweden.  This one has a definite touch of Orla about it, but there are lots of designs so it's going to be difficult to choose.
Tulip coasters
Finally I found these lovely bright Tulip coasters over on Folksy I love the colour and Scandi inspired print and at only £15.00 I could possibly treat myself this Easter to a set!

Easter DIY Project March 25, 2015 13:00 2 Comments

The Easter holidays are almost upon us and in our house that means one thing - DECORATING!

We moved to our 'forever' home last July and immediately set about slowly renovating it. We hadn't realised until moving day that the living room was full of mould as it was only revealed once the owners took their furniture away (what's the point of a survey I ask you?).  This room, along with the whole house needed a lot of tlc.

We set out doing up the living room and completed all the boring, but expensive stuff (installed vents, plastering, lined the chimney) and the fun bits too (new multi fuel stove, lighting, carpet) and we're really pleased with the finished room.  It's a lovely space to retreat to for some peace and calm at the end of the day, but it also cost us a small fortune so since then the decorating has been put on hold.  The pic below shows its 'almost finished' state as we hadn't put the artwork up yet.

 Our living room

Now Spring is upon us project 2 is about to commence - little miss' bedroom.  I feel a bit guilty as originally we promised to do her room first, but that was before we discovered the mould so I'm going to make sure it's especially lovely for her.

Little miss is almost 8 and is a self declared tomboy (although secretly she still enjoys 'girly' stuff), we have agreed upon a lovely bright aqua colour for the wall behind her bed with the rest of the room white with accents of purple and deep pink and touches of other bright colour.

Decorating materials

I've ordered some copper star wall stickers by Ferm Living  as well as a huge cork pinboard to cover the wall above her desk (I'm going to paint the pine frame in a bright paint).  I need to paint her lime green desk a colour that will fit in with the scheme and next on the list is finding curtain fabric.  Little miss and I are going to get some picture frames so she can create her own art for the walls, that's this weekend's task.

I'm looking forward to sharing the finished result with you, good luck with your Easter DIY projects.


Week 4: My favourite finds March 17, 2015 09:58

I've been a fan of Quirk & Rescue for a while, their love of colour and retro pattern obviously appeals to me, I especially love these Decades of Sound cushions so much fun, I think they'd be great for teenager's bedrooms.
These light boxes from Rockett St George  make me smile, I'm just trying to work out where in my home I could put one.
This Olivia tableware is new from Danish design house Superliving, I love the fresh colours and simple design.

I know little miss is probably too old for a mobile, but I'm just planning decorating her room in lovely bright colours and i think this crochet hot air balloon mobile found on Folksy would look great, it's such a happy design.
Finally, I've been hunting high and low for some vinyl flooring for little miss' bathroom, I want something affordable but a bit different from your standard B&Q fare.  I think these Red Circus floor tiles from Zazous might be the answer.

Week 3: My favourite finds March 10, 2015 13:40


Our main bedroom has had bare plaster on the walls since September, it seems we lost decorating momentum (and pennies) after finishing our living room and now the rest of the house is crying out to be renovated.  I have no shortage of ideas and now Spring is here I really want to get going again.  I love this Darjeeling bedding from Mini Moderns and once we do finally get going again, this is what I'm basing the bedroom around!




 When we do start on the house again I've decided to paint the bathroom a rich navy blue to contrast with the plain white subway tiles that are already there.  I really like this rope bath mat that I've found on Etsy, I'm not sure I can justify £68 on a bath mat, but I have found a tutorial on YouTube on how to make them and I might have a go if I feel brave! 

Always love a bit of Orla Kiely and for owls, I'm sure this Olly Owl mug will be finding its way into my kitchen before long!



With Mother's Day coming up family is at the forefront of my mind this week, I love this ISAK bread board fun for any kitchen and would make a lovely gift.




Finally, it's not homeware, I know but I had to share today's favourite discovery in my local town of Morpeth... a shop called The Pudding Parlour which is going to be dangerous for my waistline.  I bought Mr hunky a slice of key lime pie and a slice of cookie dough pie for me... they are sitting there in the fridge asking me to devour them.  If you're in the North East you must visit, they have stores in Hexham and Morpeth as well as a presence in Fenwicks.


Week 2: My favourite finds March 02, 2015 12:51 1 Comment

I need a footstool in the living room to rest my weary legs on!  I love these beauties from Orwell & Goode but at £300 I better start saving my pennies! 


Samphire Bay is an online store based in Alnwick, Northumberland just up the road from me.  They design lovely prints and have a range of fab screenprinted hessian cushions featuring local sayings, I'm pretty sure 'plodge' is universal though isn't it?



I love this new Nelly wallpaper by Rachel Powell and think it would work really well with our Elephant lampshade.



These bone china mugs  from Alfred & Wilde featuring gold geometric designs are so stylish and would be a lovely addition to my kitchen.




One of my favourite online furniture stores MADE.COM have launched a new kids range, it's full of lovely stuff and I'm sure little miss' room will soon be filling up with pieces. I love the mini version of these kitsch chairs as well as this hexagon bedding.  There's also a whole range of monochrome pieces which would be great for accessorising a teenager's bedroom.




New designs February 28, 2015 09:29

Woodland lamps, shades and cushions

I've been very busy since relaunching the website occupied with one of my favourite activities; sourcing fabulous fabrics to use.  It's taken some time to get the lampshades and cushions made and photographed, but I'm getting there, my efforts have not been helped by the arrival of a 10 week old bundle of mischief - our new standard poodle puppy (sleep, what's sleep?).

This week I've added the rather wonderful Dinosaur Lampshade, as well as these Scandi style Woodland lamps, shades and cushions.


Dinosaur home accessories for kids 

Week 1: My favourite finds February 23, 2015 19:19

Having spent a number of years selling a whole range of home goodies in my store, I still enjoying hunting out new products and keeping them bookmarked for future treats or presents.   I thought the blog would be a good opportunity to share my favourite homeware finds from around the internet each week.

Nautical Laundry Basket

I need a new laundry basket and I love the simplicity of this Nautical Stripe one by the Little Baby Company and it's only £15.95 which isn't bad at all.

Pineapple Night Light

Err hello Pineapple night light, I'm not sure if you'd fit anywhere in my home but I do like you rather a lot!  Looking at the dimensions it's pretty much the same size as the real life fruit, but at around £60 it's a bit pricey for me to buy on a whim!

Gillian Kyle Storage Tins

If you've been familiar with Hunkydory for a while, you'll know I love a Tunnocks teacake, I love these new storage tins from Gillian Kyle , on this occasion I think the Caramel Wafer tin is my favourite though.


House Of Rym CeramicsTHESE mix and match ceramics from House Of Rym, the Drippity Drop design teacup is my current favourite, but I'd love to have the whole collection to show off in my dresser!


 Ahoy Magpie Paper Plates

Ahoy there! These paper plates from Magpie are shouting out for a picnic on the beach (matching paper cups available too) - roll on Spring/Summer.








My favourite blogs February 11, 2015 21:43 1 Comment

I thought I'd write a blog post about my favourite blogs - the sites I visit and enjoy on pretty much a daily basis.

Messy Nessy Chic -
I absolutely love this website, it describes itself as blogging the 'Off-beat, the Unique and the Chic' and that's exactly what it's all about. Every day there's an interesting post about all manner of curiosities accompanied by beautiful photography. I particularly like the collection of '13 things I found on the Internet today'; a fascinating list of online oddities!
Some memorable posts I've read include, The fake townhouses hiding mystery underground portals,  The Ghostly Flintstones Amusement Park , The 1970s Cold War Era Home built 26 feet underground, The Girl With The Impossible Waist and there are many, many more.  Be warned it's an addictive blog to browse!
Vanessa 'Nessy' Grall is the lady behind the blog, she's English but not very much a Parisian (which means you get all sorts of insights into Paris too - bonus!).
Print Pattern Blog -
I've enjoyed browsing this lovely, visual blog for as long as I can remember, it's full of colour and pattern which you will have probably guessed I'm a big fan of!   The blog celebrates the world of surface pattern design and features the work of both established designers and retailers as well as newcomers. 
If you like the blog, there are a few books available too, I've got them all and they make a lovely colourful addition to the bookcase.
Bambino Goodies -
I think I first discovered Bambino Goodies when my daughter was a toddler and I've been a fan ever since.  They feature cool stuff from independent retailers for the under sevens and their families, and not only that but they link to things to make and do as well as other cool websites.  I like their '10 Best...' posts which feature the Bambino team's Top 10 items on a given topic from Hedgehogs to Penguins and much more in between.
I have to say that frequenting this blog has not been good for the bank balance
Blog & Buy Sale -
James and Josephine run the Blog & Buy Sale website, their sole aim being to showcase the best creative sellers from around the world and they do just that!  There's always something fun and inventive to look at and every season they run a Wishlist crammed full of gorgeous products you'll covet.   I always enjoy the interviews with different makers and designers. 
This is another site to browse when you're nowhere near your bank card!

Retro To Go -
If you're into retro stuff then this blog should definitely feature on your list of 'go to' sites. Every day vintage and retro style fashion, furniture, cars, memorabilia, events and basically anything hip and retro is featured (they often find amazing stuff on ebay!).  

These are just a few of my favourite sites, I'll share more with you soon, in the meantime enjoy!

How to choose the right lampshade February 05, 2015 00:00 1 Comment

Lampshades are often an afterthought when it comes to decorating a room, but they can actually contribute greatly to the design and feel of your room being a flexible way of adding colour and pattern.

Retro lamp shades

There are a number of things to bear in mind when purchasing a lampshade:

Is your shade for a ceiling pendant light fitting, a table lamp or a standing lamp - it is important to make sure the shade you buy is suitable for its purpose as fittings may vary.
Do you need a lampshade with UK standard fittings or are you looking for a shade to fit a base from Ikea or similar which use wider European (ES) fittings?
Most lampshades these days will fit both type of fittings (ours do) but it's still worth checking before purchasing.

If it's for a central ceiling pendant light consider how big your room is, you don't want a tiny shade that will be lost in the space, equally a huge shade will dominate the space.  Don't forget that if you hang it too low some of your taller friends and family may bump their heads! (I had a beautfiul shade that was massive, but I hung it so low my husband used to have to walk around it!). 
For a lamp base, the shade should skim the top of the base with no hardware or sockets visible when you look at your lamp whilst standing in the room.

The cone shaped/empire shapes are becoming less fashionable for ceiling lights being replaced by the more contemporary drum shape, but they still look great for a small beside or table lamp and you can find some super designs online.

Check the maximum wattage of bulb you can use for the lampshade you purchase.  Most lampshades will allow you to use a 100watt equivalent energy saving light bulb - this will give off the most amount of light. Don't opt for a dark coloured shade if you want a lot of light to shine through.

You may wish to purchase a diffuser to sit in the bottom of your ceiling lampshade so you don't see the bulb and get dazzled when you look up. The diffuser is a white circle of PVC in the middle, it sits underneath the shade hiding the bulb and diffusing the light.

Lampshades are not the easiest things to clean and can attract dust.  You can buy 'lampshade cleaners' which are basically a rubber sponge that brush the dust off.  Otherwise a soft bristled paint brush should do the trick and some people even use the upholstery attachment of a vacuum cleaner, but having not tried this myself I would advise that you take care if using this method.