Art & Hue’s Pop Art Prints For The New VOX POP PARTY

With the British general election fast approaching in May, Art & Hue has been inspired by grassroot politics and a new political party to create a series of pop art prints. 

Art & Hue Vox Pop party Prints

Art & Hue has created pop art for Vox Pop, a new political party that aims to cut out the middlemen, MPs, and put the British people at the heart of the country’s decisionmaking.

Art & Hue Vox Pop party Prints

New for March 2015, pop art prints include a picket line, protest march, and the Houses of Parliament, as well as customisable Rosette prints available in various colours and slogans, including “Vote for You”, “You’re #1”, “Well Done”, and “YAY!”

Art & Hue Vox Pop party Prints
Art & Hue Vox Pop party Prints

Vox Pop is an official political party, registered with the Electoral Commission, that aims to reflect the voice of the people by introducing online voting for all policy making.

Art & Hue Vox Pop party Prints

Visit www.artandhue.com to see the full range and visit www.voxpopgov.com to read more about Vox Pop, the new political party that puts people in charge.

Pretty in Pink in the Kitchen

Take one cream painted kitchen and accessorise with pink coloured accessories to create a timeless country classic with a sense of fun and just a hint of retro.

Hand-crafted timber kitchens are built to last and are a real investment so the owner of this one opted for ‘Ringwold Ground’ from Farrow & Ball for the cabinets. A sensible choice because choosing units in a trendy, avant garde colour can be a costly mistake when fashions move on or you fancy a change.

The work surfaces are in a beautiful Bianca Carrara marble and a curved kitchen island hand-crafted from solid Cherry adds warmth and a handy breakfast bar. Loving the double butler sink!

But it's the accessories that add personality and a sense of fun. What's more, if the owner gets tired of pink they are very easy to change.

Kitchen is by Barnes of Ashbuton. A similar kitchen would cost from £22,000.

Win £200 Gift Voucher To Spend At John Lewis

Here at Heart Home magazine we are excited to have joined forces with Betta Living and give a chance to our readers to win a £200 John Lewis voucher to spend in their store.

For a chance to enter all you have to do is follow these simple instructions:

  • Create a Pinterest board showing your favourite bedroom style.
  • Choose between 1-3 pieces from Betta Living website and pin these onto your bedroom pinterest board. Place the hashtag #hearthomebettaliving
  • Add at least a total of 10 pins to your board – this is to create a real sense of style.
  • Write up a blog post about your chosen bedroom style and why you chose that particular style. Please make sure to add links to Heart Home magazine and to Betta Living.
  • You will then need to place your blog post link entry in the comments section below. If you fail to do this then your entry will not be valid.

Entry Deadline is Friday 24th April. The editors of Heart Home magazine will then be judging the entries and the winner will be announced on Monday 27th April. 

We look forward to seeing your creative entries! Good luck!

Terms and conditions: The prize draw is open to individuals in the UK residents aged 18 or over. Any person or persons connected with Heart Home magazine or Betta Living, without limit, their families, agents, or anyone else involved in the administration of this offer are not eligible to enter. All entries must be received by 06:00 24th April. By entering this competition you consent to share your email, name and postcode with Heart Home magazine or Betta Living, who may wish to send you mailings in the future. There will be one winner who will receive the prize above. The prize must be accepted as offered (there are no cash alternatives) and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. The winners will be chosen from the list, at random, on xxx and the winners will be notified by email or post within 7 days. No correspondence will be entered into. Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn after 28 days of the original draw. Heart Home magazine reserves the right to replace the prize with a product of equal value, if necessary. The winners will be asked to confirm their postal address before the prize is awarded. Details of the winners may be posted on the Heart Home magazine website and Facebook page. By entering this competition, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions above. Promoter: Heart Home magazine, 4 Oak Crescent, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7FF.

Easter Cocoa Almond Cake

We couldn't give you an Easter recipe without the inclusion of chocolate. This combination of cocoa and almond is deliciously moist and the perfect cake for a celebratory tea.

Ingredients:

225g caster sugar

225g unsalted butter, room temperature

6 eggs, separated

70g cocoa powder mixed to a paste with a little hot water

200g ground almonds

½ tsp cream of tartar

Icing sugar, so serve

A handful of chocolate mini Easter eggs, to decorate

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

Method:

Butter an 18cm or 20cm spring-form cake tin and dust with flour.

Beat together the sugar and butter, until fluffy, then beat in the egg yolks one by one. Fold in the cocoa and ground almonds.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, adding the cream of tartar at the end.

Fold this into the mixture, pour it into the tin and bake for around 40 minutes, until the sponge feels firm to the touch.

Allow to cool in the tin, and then turn the cake out and dust with icing sugar. Decorate with handful of chocolate mini Easter eggs.

This recipe originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photography by  Giedre Augustinaviciute.

Weekly Top Picks From The Heart Home Shop

Each week we are always adding fun new products to the Heart Home shop. This week we wanted to share with you our weekly top picks which we think you will absolutely love.

One of our picks is a gorgeous marble and wooden breadboard - an elegant and simple design which is perfect to have in the kitchen either for chopping or simply used as a platter board for the table. We are also loving this gorgeous diamond copper pendant light, would make a stylish feature in your home! If you're into prints then this one that says: 'This is where I want to be' is the perfect reminder to have in your cosy homes. We also have the perfect scent with this sweet grapefruit candle by Pommes Frites. Another product we are obsessed with this week are the red geometric wash bags from Snowden Flood - Fun prints, to make sure you travel in style!

So  much temptation to tickle your fancy :)

House Tour - A Desert Hideaway

This stunning holiday home is in Las Campanas, part of the high-desert area of Santa Fe known for its luxurious surroundings and access to the outdoor lifestyle. The owners wanted the estate to have a distinctively modern look, but also wanted the interior to be reflective of Santa Fe in a chic way. We asked the designers to tell us a bit about the project below.

Over the fireplace is a New Guinea shield from the 1920's. The sofas are Burton James with locally made slip covers. The dining table was designed by Violante & Rochford and made of solid metal by a local Santa Fe craftsman Mike Schreiber. The coffee table is Knoll.

Over the fireplace is a New Guinea shield from the 1920's. The sofas are Burton James with locally made slip covers. The dining table was designed by Violante & Rochford and made of solid metal by a local Santa Fe craftsman Mike Schreiber. The coffee table is Knoll.

1. Tell us a little bit about your company.

Violante & Rochford, a Santa Fe, New Mexico based interior design firm work extensively throughout the United States. Consisting of Michael Violante and Paul Rochford, the duo, who is also a married couple, offer full-service interior design services, from traditional to contemporary. Using their combined experience of 38 years, Michael and Paul always design homes that reflect the personalities of their clients and executive their visions flawlessly. Their distinctive style often uses art as a focal point for projects, and employs neutral palettes with bold but chic pops of color. They are lovers of light, nature, open spaces, grand vistas and mixing antique pieces with new items and artworks.

 Violante & Rochford may reproduce as needed for advertising, web and self promotion, for an unlimited time period. All use must be accompanied by photo credit © Wendy McEahern. Third party use by permission of Wendy McEahern ONLY and subject to licensing fees. ALL OTHER RIGHTS RESERVED

2. Where is this particular project situated?

Las Campanas is part of the high-desert area of Santa Fe, known for its luxurious surroundings and its access to the outdoor lifestyle easily. Golf is very popular in this area, and there is a major golf club located nearby.  It is also a location known for its beautiful views.

 Violante & Rochford may reproduce as needed for advertising, web and self promotion, for an unlimited time period. All use must be accompanied by photo credit © Wendy McEahern. Third party use by permission of Wendy McEahern ONLY and subject to licensing fees. ALL OTHER RIGHTS RESERVED

3. Tell us a little bit about the property.

It’s a new build, and a second home/vacation home. 

4. Tell us a little bit about your clients.

The owners wanted a house that would put them near nature and also sports, including golf.  And they wanted a distinctively modern look, but the interior to be reflective of Santa Fe in a chic way.

In the library the blue rug sourced from a local rug store in Santa Fe - Arrediamo. The chairs are by Burton James and were slip covered locally in Santa Fe. The table between the chairs was purchased by VR Interiors in Granada Spain. There is an ancient Chinese Jade Bi on fireplace mantle.

In the library the blue rug sourced from a local rug store in Santa Fe - Arrediamo. The chairs are by Burton James and were slip covered locally in Santa Fe. The table between the chairs was purchased by VR Interiors in Granada Spain. There is an ancient Chinese Jade Bi on fireplace mantle.

5. How big a job was it?

It was a big job because it was a new build, and we were involved in everything from the ground up.

6. Were there any particular problems to be overcome?

To maintain a distinctively modern look, but still have the interior reflect Santa Fe in a chic way.

The king-sized bed was made of maple by a local Santa Fe craftsman Christopher Thayer. There is a 1920's Navajo textile over the back of white slip covered chair.  Chair was made by Burton James.

The king-sized bed was made of maple by a local Santa Fe craftsman Christopher Thayer. There is a 1920's Navajo textile over the back of white slip covered chair.  Chair was made by Burton James.

7. With this project, what are you most proud of?

Blending the ancient with the new. Often times, an art object from long ago will be so modern it can trick the eye. We also love the dream-like bedroom.

 Violante & Rochford may reproduce as needed for advertising, web and self promotion, for an unlimited time period. All use must be accompanied by photo credit © Wendy McEahern. Third party use by permission of Wendy McEahern ONLY and subject to licensing fees. ALL OTHER RIGHTS RESERVED

8. What was the client’s reaction to the finished project?

They loved it!  And so did we!

At the foot of the bed in the guest bedroom is an antique Moroccan chest from the mid 1800's. The lamps were sourced from Design Warehouse in Santa Fe, NM

At the foot of the bed in the guest bedroom is an antique Moroccan chest from the mid 1800's. The lamps were sourced from Design Warehouse in Santa Fe, NM

9. What are you working on now?

We have so many projects going on at once, which is good.  They are all over the USA, and many of them are for second or third houses for already existing clients.  We love to be busy, and we have a lot of exciting things happening.  All good!

Photographs: Wendy McEhern

City Guide: Lost In Paris

Grand Haussmannian avenues, first-rate culinary experiences and an overall zest for life are hallmarks of the Parisian lore. The city may resemble a living museum but at its core, it is a stunning cultural hash of old and new - glam and grit - that continues to be the pleasure-ground for international dreamers. Varied in form, inspiration is everywhere here; all you have to do is open your eyes.

Palais Royal

Palais Royal

STROLL

Paris has no shortage of placid parks and gardens, but perhaps the most charming is at Palais Royal, the birthplace of the restaurant (if you’re feeling flush, book a table at Le Grand Véfour, one of the city’s oldest and longest running restaurants).  Today, its illustrious arcades frame art galleries, designer shops and terraced restaurants. At the heart of it all is a beautiful garden oasis, with manicured lawns, rows of lime trees, marble statues, a flowing fountain and benches for lingering.

Palais Royal Terrasse

Palais Royal Terrasse

The city’s gilded past looms large in the Left Bank, particularly on and around the Pont Alexandre III, an ornate bridge built by in the late 19th century in honour of Tsar Alexandre III following the Franco-Russian Alliance. Look out onto the river from the centre of the bridge when soft, golden light suffuses the city late afternoon and you’ll understand why it has provided the backdrop to countless films, including Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Quai d’Orsay, 75008

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III

EAT & DRINK

Colorful pastry shops line nearly every Parisian street but few do double duty as a cosy salon de thé like COLOROVA, a design-forward pâtisserie in the 6th. The dining room marries contemporary touches like graphic wallpaper, colourful Tunisian fabrics and industrial lighting with modern interpretations of time-tested classics like the Saint-Honoré, Millefeuille and lemon tart. Heady scents of fresh pastry greet as you step through the door and will leave you wanting to sample one of everything. Give in to temptation but only once you’ve experienced their market-fresh lunch menu. 47 rue de l’Abbé-Grégoire, 75006

Colorova

Colorova

Among the spots that have popped up across town in the swiftly evolving gourmet coffee movement, few are as congenial and welcoming as LOUSTIC. That’s largely thanks to its founder-head barista Channa Galhenage who left no detail unconsidered when he opened this 3rd arrondissement coffee shop. The coffee is brewed perfectly, the sweet and savoury bites are expertly sourced from local small businesses and the conversation is free-flowing. Ensconce yourself on the couch in the back room with a good book and a V60 pour-over and you’ll be at one with the regulars. 40 rue Chapon, 75003

Loustic

Loustic

Top Chef finalist PIERRE SANG was officially ushered into the canons of contemporary bistro cooking when he opened his namesake restaurant on the rue Oberkampf, a market street in the 11th arrondissement last year. The South Korea-born chef presides over a sleek open kitchen – both a way for him to offer counter-diners a unique experience and interact with them throughout the meal - and concocts modern French dishes inflected with Asian flavours, all from local purveyors. Though reservations aren’t accepted (no phone!), Pierre’s cooking is well worth an early arrival. 55 rue Oberkampf, 75011

Just up the street is A BOIRE ET A MANGER, a smart new gourmet grocer that takes its name very seriously. From juice and wine to eggplant caviar and other aperitif staples (many of which were sourced from the south of France), each of the artisanal products here is well-suited for discerning food lovers. Cheeses, meats and a handful of savoury tarts make the perfect picnic fare. Snag a spot at the counter in the back and enjoy a mixed cheese or charcuterie plate and a glass of wine as a pre-dinner aperitif – it’s the perfect opportunity to chat with the young owner. 61 rue Oberkampf, 75011

A Boire et A Manger

A Boire et A Manger

SHOP

Since 2007, MEDECINE DOUCE, a Canal Saint-Martin jewellery shop, has been the paragon of affordable Parisian chic: discreet, minimalist and ultra-feminine. The collections are updated each season but always feature a stunning selection of basics and statement pieces with subtle splashes of colour. Guaranteed to turn heads back home. 10 rue de Marseille, 75010

It’s nearly impossible to talk about shopping in Paris these days without mentioning the Right Bank’s design hub, MERCI. Dedicated to fashion and homewares, this Marais concept store sees throngs of design-hungry shoppers pass the threshold each day – and it’s something they can feel good about since 100% of profits are donated to charity. After scouring each floor for that hot ticket item, be sure to grab a bite in one of their three on-site cafés. 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003

Merci

Merci

Article written and photographed by Lindsey Tramuta taken from the Winter issue 2013 of Heart Home magazine.

Visit Lindsey’s blog : http://www.lostincheeseland.com

Seared Lime & Coriander Duck Steaks with Pak Choy

A tasty alternative to the usual beef steak for you today. This delicious recipe uses duck (did you know that a skinless duck breast has fewer calories and under half the fat of a skinless chicken fillet?) and is the perfect starter for a special Easter lunch.  Alternatively if you do not split the duck breasts it can serve two as a main course. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Gressingham duck breasts, skin removed
  • 2-3 large heads pak choy, leaves removed from the stem and washed
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

Marinade:

  • Small bunch of fresh coriander, washed and roughly chopped
  • 5 kafir lime leaves ( fresh or dry ) roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  •  1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  •  Half a teaspoon caster sugar

Serves 4 as a starter. 30 minutes preparation. 5 minutes cooking

Method:

1.       Firstly, take all the marinade ingredients and place in a pestle and mortar or food blender and pound or mix. Place in a bowl big enough to fit the duck. Set aside.

2.       Next place the duck breasts on a chopping board, remove any mini fillets and cut across the breast horizontally at the thickest part. You should have 4 flat fillets. (If serving as main courses use four breasts unsliced).

3.       Place cling film over the top and hit them with a rolling pin or the back of a large chopping knife to flatten to approx 1/4 inch. Place in the marinade bowl, mix well and leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes but preferably 2-3 hours in a fridge.

4.       When you are ready to eat, take the breast from the marinade and scrape off any excess marinade back in the bowl. Leave the marinade in a warm place.

5.       Place a wok or large frying pan on to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot throw in the pak choy, season with salt and pepper and stir fry for a couple of minutes, adding a little water if drying out.

6.       When it is cooked, divide onto 4 plates in the middle. Next, cook the duck steaks. Take another large pan and put onto a high heat.

7.        Add 2 tablespoons of veg oil and when it gets hot, carefully place the duck steaks into the pan, I find using tongs to do this is a good option. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and sear for about a minute and a half. Then flip the steaks over and do the same. Now add in the remaining marinade into the pan and bring to a simmer. Add a little water if it needs loosening.

8.       Once it is simmering continue to cook for a minute, remove the duck steaks from the pan and place them on top of the pak choy. Pour over any remaining marinade over the steaks. Delicious.

Gressingham has lots of recipes along with “how-to” videos on their website www.gressinghamduck.co.uk and if you don’t fancy making this marinade yourself you can buy new Gressingham Duck Steaks in a lime, coriander and ginger marinade from Sainsbury’s stores. 

Herbarium – Hastens New Bedlinen Range

The latest range of bedlinen from Hastens is a result of a floral design collaboration with Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg, one of Sweden’s most well-known textile designers. Gunilla has already won accolades for ‘Herbarium’ such as the prestigious Designer of the Year Award from Elle Decoration and it’s Hästens first digitally printed linen collection.

I have cultivated flowers for a long time and nature has always been my source of inspiration. Herbarium is a kaleidoscope of clematis and hollyhocks, well known in Scandinavia, assembled in a checkered pattern that fits with Hästens beds,” said Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg.

The collection is produced from the finest Egyptian cotton in a light weight satin featuring 300 thread count linens in 100% high quality combed cotton. The fabric has the advantage of being much lighter than traditional and heavier cotton weaves. It also offers a silky feel that is both softer and warmer to touch.

The pillow cases are available in Blue or Champagne, in 5 sizes (€70 - €80). The duvet covers are available in Blue or Champagne in 7 sizes (€250 - €630).

Since 1852, Hästens has been committed to crafting the best sleep. The skilled craftsmen at the factory in Köping, Sweden, have been refining their work for generations. Every bed is bespoke and hand-made using only the best natural materials. With operations in 36 countries and more than 200 partners in Europe, Asia and America, the small family owned company has grown into a global producer and retailer of premium beds.

Seller Of the Week: Att Pynta

We are rather chuffed on the lovely talented sellers we currently have in our shop, so it only seems right to dedicate a little blog post on each one of them. This week we introduce to you Att Pynta, a contemporary, affordable homeware and interior inspiration brought to you by a Swede and a Brit living in London.

Owners Kai & Amanda met while working in the fashion industry where they connected over their shared love of the Scandinavian aesthetic. During a coffee break the idea of Att Pynta was born, a destination for Scandinavian style and interiors without breaking the bank.

You are warned, each product is too tempting not to buy!

The New Chicken Print from Thornback and Peel

Lovers of Thornback and Peel and their quirky signature prints will love the latest mustard hued Chicken print.

Available as 100% cotton, British made handkerchiefs in a beautiful gift box of three they make a perfect guilt-free Easter treat for the discerning gentleman or country lover!

The box set of 3 is £18.50 and is available either from the shop or online. Single hankies are £5.50.

The Chicken card is £2.95.

Thornback and Peel, 7 Rugby Street, London, WC1N 3 QT

Rydal: New Collection Of Checked Wallpapers From Sandberg

To complement its signature stripes, the Sandberg Studio has now compiled a book dedicated entirely to checks. Timeless and classic, yet supremely on-trend, Rydal combines old and new, bold and understated designs in one, ‘go-to’ compendium. With nods to age-old, elegant and sophisticated motifs, Rydal reflects this season’s hottest look both in fashion and interiors.

Charlotta 206-68, £68.00/roll

Charlotta 206-68, £68.00/roll

The perfect foil for the existing Sandberg ranges, Rydal comprises 11 exciting designs: a delicious mix of subtle and striking signature papers that make the ideal companions for natural materials such as wood, stone, linen and leather. Inspiration for both design and colour has been taken from the stunning Swedish countryside surrounding Sandberg’s design studio. The wallpapers also pay homage to the region’s heritage, which was firmly rooted in textile production - Rydal was itself a historic spinning mill – and many of Rydal’s motifs have a textile ‘feel’ to them.

Astrid 566-19, £76.00/roll

Astrid 566-19, £76.00/roll

Rydal was previewed in a pop-up showroom at Paris Déco Off in January 2015, and launched both nationally and internationally at the end of February 2015.

Vincent 207-34, £76.00/roll

Vincent 207-34, £76.00/roll

The wallpapers have been designed in-house by the Sandberg Studio. They are responsibly printed at Sandberg’s factory at Ulricehamn in the west of Sweden. The printing inks and pigments are water-based, non-toxic and harmless, and no detergents, plasticisers or PVC have been used in the manufacturing process.

Edvard 551-11, £84.00/roll

Edvard 551-11, £84.00/roll

An Old Victorian Dairy Gets a Facelift

This magnificent live/work space was designed by Theo Otten of Otten & Partners Architects. It consists of a vast reception room, a contemporary kitchen, two double bedrooms with ensuites, galleried walkways and a glass canopied roof flooding the whole space with light.

The main reception room and the kitchen/dining room are separated by this 'black box' which makes the perfect library. The contrast of light to dark and back again creates a dramatic punctuation mark in the otherwise light studio space.

Currently for sale via Domus Nova.

How to Fund Those Home Improvements

Whatever scale of home improvement you are considering carrying out, it will inevitably cost money. This can be from tens of thousands of pounds for the more expensive types of home improvements such as building a home extension / loft conversion, down to hundreds of pounds for smaller enhancements such as redecorating a room and replacing a few key furniture items.

When planning your home improvements, one of the most important things to consider is the budget and how you are going to finance carrying out the work and purchase the materials and hire any associated specialist labour needed to complete the project. Firstly draw up a list of everything you need material wise, don’t forget to allow for delivery costs and try to put in some labour time frames for manual work you are not able to do yourself. Once you have the figures to hand you need to review your funding options.

Saving Money – The most cost effective way of financing your home improvements is to save the money you need, putting money aside for your project week by week. Once you have enough money to carry out the work you will be able to buy the materials and hire the tradesmen required to complete the work. The major drawback of saving the money before hand is that you will have to wait longer to carry out the work, this can be a major problem in some instances where your home improvements may be urgent.

Personal Loan – A personal loan is often available for amounts from £500 up to £15,000 making them suitable for small to medium sized home improvement projects, because most personal loans are unsecured, they may not be available to all, if you have no credit history, a low credit score then a personal loan may be unavailable or charged at a higher interest rate. For larger amounts the terms allowed are still usually restricted to a maximum of 5 years, so this may make the monthly payments too high for high cost projects.

Secured Loan / Remortgage – A secured loan is sometimes also referred to as a second mortgage, both secured loans and remortgages can be used to raise larger amounts, making them an option for financing larger projects such as home extensions or conservatories. As both these types of finance are secured on your property there are some deals available for people who may have not been able to get the finance amount they wanted unsecured, although it is important to note that these products may be more costly, due to the rate offered or by spreading the payments over a long period and can involve various lender and / or intermediary processing fees.

Stuart Johnson from First Choice Finance noted that “Any improvements that you are considering making to your property must be properly budgeted. The full cost of any improvements must be considered including the cost of any fees and interests charged on any loan or mortgage you take out to pay for your home improvements over the loan term. Any form of secured borrowing, be it from your bank or through a broker, carries the same legal implications as a mortgage so make sure you are comfortable with the payments and aware of the risks before you embark on this route. Whilst enhancing a home can have a positive impact on its value this is not a foregone conclusion and so one should embark on such projects as an aspirational expense for a quality of environment improvement. ”

People carry out home improvements for many reasons, whether it is to improve the living space for them individually or looking to add value to your property. Some home improvements may increase the property value more than the cost of carrying out the work, while others will prove to be less cost effective and will not increase your home`s value as much.  Remember that the cost of any finance must be considered for any project to be truly cost effective and property values can go up and down, as recent history has clearly demonstrated.

P.L.U.T.O Wallpaper by Mini Moderns

Whilst designing their Hinterland collection - based on Dungeness and the surrounding Kent countryside - Mini Moderns were intrigued to learn about the area's rich military history. The P.L.U.T.O. print is named after The Pipe Line Under The Ocean - a fuel line running under the English Channel from Dungeness and Greatstone to the French coast, constructed to supply fuel to the allied D-Day invasion army during the Second World War. The idea of the pipeline is expressed in the design as a continuous metallic line, running diagonally across a background inspired by the 'dazzle' camouflage featured on military vessels during the two world wars. 

The design also features circular and curved motifs based on the three Dungeness 'Sound Mirrors', or 'Listening Ears'. These pre-cursors to radar could detect enemy aircraft across the channel before they could be seen. The magnificent concrete structures are still standing today, and add to the unusual beauty of the Dungeness area.

Coach Emerald & Silver

Coach Emerald & Silver

Tangerine Dream & Silver

Tangerine Dream & Silver

Lido & Copper

Lido & Copper

Mustard

Mustard

Washed Denim & Copper

Washed Denim & Copper

Furniture in the images supplied by Hopper and Space

Baked Alaska with Brownie Base

Baked Alaska seems to be one of those desserts that can create the wow factor at any time of the year. At its heart there is the melting mass of ice cream that makes it lovely for summer soirees, but it's gooey (well, especially in this case) base and oven browned top makes it just as successful as a comforting pudding too.

Ingredients for the Brownie base:

1 cup of plain flour

1 cup of caster sugar

½ cup of cocoa

2 eggs

50g melted butter

¼ cup of milk

Method:

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, sugar and cocoa.

In a separate bowl whisk eggs and mix with cooled melted butter, add milk.

Mix both dry and liquid mixtures together using an electric mixer.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Gently ease the mixture into the corners of the tin and paddle the spatula from side to side across the top to level it.

Bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 180C/160C fan assisted oven.

Take out of baking tin and leave to cool on the rack until completely cold.

Ingredients for the Baked Alaska:

250ml vanilla ice cream

4 large chocolate brownies (you can buy the brownie base instead of making)

4 egg whites

115g caster sugar

Method:

Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan assisted and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Remove ice cream from the freezer and leave to stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Cut 1 round from each of the brownies, using a 7 cm round biscuit cutter and put them on the baking sheet.

Put the egg whites in a clean bowl and whisk, using an electric mixer, until stiff peaks form. Whisk in the caster sugar in a thin stream and continue whisking until stiff and glossy. Put 1 scoop of ice cream on each of the brownie circles.

Working quickly, spoon the meringue over the ice cream and use a palette knife to spread it all the way down the sides of the Alaska, making sure the ice cream and brownies are completely covered. Make a few peaks in the meringue, using the tip of the knife.

Bake for 6 – 7 minutes until the meringue is browned. Serve immediately, dusted with a little cocoa powder.

This recipe originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photography by  Giedre Augustinaviciute.

Mother's Day Gift Offer From The Heart Home Shop

With Mother's day fast approaching we wanted to offer a little something special to our beloved readers. 

If you buy any of the promoted items below then we will offer the first twenty orders a free Mother's Day card designed by Lola Hoad Design. Order before 9am on Wednesday for this special offer and you will receive your product and card in time for Mother's Day.

Mother's day card from Lola Design. 50p of all sales from this card will go to Women's Aid, the UK charity helping women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

Mother's day card from Lola Design. 50p of all sales from this card will go to Women's Aid, the UK charity helping women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

To make things easier for you we have put together a selection of products that we think would make the ultimate Mother's day gift.  The Marble cheeseboard from Att Pynta is one of our favourites, such a versatile piece that looks great on a coffee table or in the bedroom with candels, books and your decorative items. Can also be used in the kitchen as a cheese board, or to display your spices, oils and fresh herbs. Candles are always a good choice especially this P.F Candle fig & jasmine from Ruby Roost. The perfect lush scent that is hand poured in an apothecary inspired amber jar with a brass twist on lid. We've also put together a selection of some fun prints that we are sure your mother would treasure.

So much temptation, what's not to love?! Happy shopping...

This offer is only valid with the promoted items from the sellers featured above.

The Lovely Laura (Felicity Design)

It's been a while since we featured Laura Felicity Design. In fact it was back in 2011 (you can read the interview here) and since then the lovely Laura's company has been going for strength to strength.

Dotty Bird Cushion Collection

Dotty Bird Cushion Collection

2014 was a very busy year behind the scenes she informed us. The company underwent a re-brand, she had some gorgeous new photographs taken to really do her designs justice and her website had a re-vamp. Have a pop over there now it's looking fabulous.

Dotty Bird Rose Pink & Charleston Grey Collection

Dotty Bird Rose Pink & Charleston Grey Collection

And 2015 is going to be no less busy with new products being released, including a digital print wallpaper collection, with complimenting screen printed home accessories. And a reduction in retail (and trade) prices!

Geometric Flower Wallpaper, Cream & Plum Purple

Geometric Flower Wallpaper, Cream & Plum Purple

And I've no doubt we'll see Laura's smiling face around a few trade shows too.

Celebrate Mother's Day With King & McGaw Prints

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. From designer mums, to quirky mums, sweet mums and classical mums, King & McGaw have put together a selection of prints to suit all styles. It's the perfect gift to say thank you to the one who brought you into this world.  

Here is a selection of some of our favourite prints. Why not say happy mother's day with something different than the usual flowers...

Vintage Tags by Deborah Schenck 

Vintage Tags by Deborah Schenck 

Cortina D’Ampezzo – Franz Lenhart 

Cortina D’Ampezzo – Franz Lenhart 

Le Parfum de la Rose – The Courtauld Gallery collection 

Le Parfum de la Rose – The Courtauld Gallery collection 

Sangria - Ana Zaja Petrak 

Sangria - Ana Zaja Petrak 

October 1956 - Sketch 

October 1956 - Sketch 

Unframed prints start from £14.95 and hand-framed prints from £45. 

Please note King & McGaw was formerly known as Easyart. Still selling the same inspiring collection of prints, just under a new name,