• Grow your own veg

    by  • Tuesday, March 10, 2009 • 6 Comments

    I’ve just discovered a useful new website called Seed to Plate. It’s designed to make growing vegetables easier than ever – great news for a novice gardener like me! I’ve just got an allotment so I’ll be needing all the help I can get.


    The site asks you three basic questions: What food do you like to eat? How much space do you have? How much time can you realistically spare each week? Enter this information, then the website takes seconds to process it before coming back with the perfect plot for you. It shows you dimensions and a planting layout to follow.

    picture-31You can edit your plot by removing any veg you don’t like, then Seed to Plate will devise a personalised sowing/harvesting calendar so you know what to do and when to do it. There’s also an online shop where you can buy everything you’ll need for your new plot. It’s not just for allotment owners – even if you’ve just got a balcony or a couple of window boxes, you can use this clever site to make the most of what you’ve got. Right, where are my gardening gloves? And I’ll be needing my not-necessarily-essential-but-gorgeous vintage trug, naturally… – Ellie

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    New launch of bed designs…

    by  • Monday, March 9, 2009 • 2 Comments

    We’ve just heard that British bed designer Vi-Spring has introduced ten new bed/mattress designs at John Lewis and here’s a look at a couple. You can team the designs with ten new headboard fabrics too from a selection of linens from ROMO.  Choose from soft beige, creams and dusky pinks, through to darker shades including elderberry (shown, below), chocolate, and charcoal grey. 




    For the first time at John Lewis, selected mattresses will include bamboo fibre too – a material that’s sustainable, has great anti-bacterial qualities (so bed bugs stay away!) and  has a silk-life softness. Prices start at £1,200, with a lifelong guarantee, so head down to John Lewis for a snooze! If you can’t find the new designs in store, ask the experts, as we’re told that they’ll all be on display by the end of the month – Emily 



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    March: Wear sandals and pretend it's warm…

    by  • Monday, March 9, 2009 • 0 Comments

    We’re big fans of the Keep Calm and Carry On accessories here in the Ideal Home office (as you might have read in our previous blogs) and we’ve just been told about this spoof Keep Calm and Carry On calender from Etsy. Let us know if you’ve come across any other takes on the iconic slogan – we’d love to hear from you…


    Make resolution and break immediately – check 

    Bat lashes and pound chocolate – check 

    Wear sandals and pretend it’s warm – (well it is sunny outside today!) – check

    can’t wait for April… - Emily 


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