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My Favourite finds - Autumn 2017 November 11, 2017 19:58

Autumn is well and truly upon us. We can hibernate until Spring, wishing away the coming months to welcome the sun again, or embrace the comfy cosiness that Autumn brings.

One sure way to achieve this, is to introduce a bit a faux fur into your home. Faux fur is huge this season, and there are some absolute smashers around. Here are a couple of my favourites :

Faux fur bench from Maisons du Monde £108

This Ikea rug  is a steal at  £10! Buy two and drape one over a chair.         

                                      

The fabulous brand Selfish Mother, have teamed up with Save the Children, with a different celebrity designing each sweatshirt. This is definitely going on my Christmas list, and with 50% of the retail price going straight to Save the Children, not only do they look the part, but they are raising a huge amount for this amazing charity. It's sure to keep the autumn chill away, and looks super cool too.

They are £50 and available here

 

I've been lusting after these fabulous Charley Harper Flock Of Birds stickers for a while now , and have just ordered them hoping they'll work in the bathroom? Not sure how they'll hold up with the steam, but they can always fly off to our bedroom. 

I love Charley Harper designs, his unique minimalist style is unmistakable. We have his amazing flamingo and Heron  already available in lampshades, but have two new stunning designs to add over the coming weeks...

 

 Another fun purchase this week, is these fabulous light switch stickers. I've bought them for little miss, and as she's always wanting to re-do her bedroom (definitely her mothers daughter) these are perfect!

 

There's nothing quite like a spanking new, crisp set of bedding to snuggle under, and as my thoughts turn to cosying up our bedroom, this set from Mini Moderns is top of my list. I'm a huge fan of all things Mini Moderns, but this Darjeeling print has to be my most favourite!

 My final favourite, is a brand new addition to hunkydory home for autumn. I'm keeping this one myself, I absolutely love it! This little beauty has a photoshoot this week, so will be available next week on the website. We've also some fabulous new lamp bases coming soon too, I'm sooo excited for these, they're the same as our handmade solid oak bases, but with a new look!

I'm off now for snuggles with my girl, cosying up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate. I love autumn...

 


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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!

 


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.