• Our round up of Bake Off worthy baking accessories

    by  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 • 0 Comments

    It’s official. Along with the rest of the nation, we at Ideal Home have well and truly caught Bake Off fever and a (secret) sweepstake is readily under way. Chatter in the office each Thursday morning covers not only the wonderful bakes, the disastrous makes, the both questionable and utterly impressive showstoppers, Mary’s colourful jackets of choice, Mel and Sue’s saucy double entendre’s and what brand of cake mixers are being used this season (check out Girl About Tech for all the juicy goss there), it also covers what an amazing array of baking accessories are always on hand for the plucky contestants to create culinary magic.



    And so in homage to this, (and because who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon looking at gorgeous baking porn) we’ve collated a round up of our fav baking essentials to make Mary and Paul proud.

    LinensBefore you begin your baking journey, be sure to have the loveliest linen’s, the most gorgeous gloves and amazing aprons, all the ready. 1. Cake Typography Tea Towel, £8.95, Rock Bakehouse. 2. Woodland Rose Gauntlet, £14, Cath Kidston. 3. Oil Cloth Stargazey pie apron, £16, Seasalt. 4. Dachshund cotton apron, £35, Fenella Smith. 5. Baking delight tea towels, £9.95 each, Victoria Eggs. 6. Love AGA Oven gloves, £25, AGA Cookshop. 7. Cream tea tea towel, £6.50, Seasalt. 8. Love AGA Apron, £27, AGA Cookshop. 9. Jelly and Cake oven gloves in mustard, £27, Thornback & Peel at Amara.



    No soggy bottoms or crumbling crusts will be in sight if you’re sure to weigh out ingredients correctly, and any of these scales will do the job in style. 1. Woodland rose digital scales, £20, Cath Kidston. 2. Cream Vintage Scales, £20.99, Amazon.  3. Green vintage shop scales, £49.95, Dotcomgiftshop. 4. Mini scales in green, £6, George. 


    Display your bakes in style and with pride on a pretty cake stand. 1. Rosalie cake stand, £29.50, Marks and Spencer. 2. Floral cake stand, £16, Marks and Spencer. 3. Marble cake stand with copper base, £55, Oliver Bonas.  4. Woodland rose wooden cake stand, £40, Cath Kidston. 5. Bluebellgray hand painted cake stand, £48, Houseology. 


    It’s all about mixing up your cake mixture in style and hand beaten somehow always tastes better. Then of course you’ll need to keep your bakes fresh (if they’re not demolished immediately like ours usually are!) so a pretty cake tin will be needed for that. 1. Ben di Lisi cake tin, £18 for 2, Debenhams.  2. Vintage cake tins, £25 for 2, The Contemporary Home. 3. Bohemian cake tins, £15 for 2,  Marks and Spencer. 4. Mason Cask Bake my day Batter mixing bowl, £12, Wilko.  5. Medium mixing bowl, £10, Sainsbury’s 6. Parma Violets Floral ceramic mixing bowl, £28, Laura Ashley.


    And just because we couldn’t resist them, a few more of our fav baking buys! Happy baking everyone!! 1. McDougall’s Flour shaker, £8, Imperial War Musuem.  2. Truly Alice Teapot cake stands, £4.94 for 6, Luck and Luck. 3. Chevron cake bunting, from a selection at Candle & Cake.  4. woodland rose spatula, £6, Cath Kidston. 5. Gold cake slice, £16, House of Fraser.  6. OMG Cake! Personalised cake fork, from £17.50, The Cutlery Commission.





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    AW15 Trend Alert: the bright and beautiful Memphis Movement

    by  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Amongst the calming rustic schemes and luxe accessories of the AW15 shows, one trend made its mark as a colourful antidote to its well-behaved contemporaries. Started in the Eighties and founded in Milan, the Memphis Movement was inspired by Pop Art, Art Deco and supposedly ‘Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again’ by Bob Dylan. Its classic trademarks include bold pops of primary colours, plastic surfaces, asymmetrical shapes and a nod to the kitsch style of the Fifties.


    Although the Memphis Group’s founding fathers disbanded in the late Eighties, this season sees a resurgence of the trend, but with a noticeably modern spin. Made.com’s aptly named Memphis range is still going strong, and the company’s new season offerings include new pieces in eye-popping neon tones. Go for an understated option with the Henge cabinet (above), or choose classic Eighties style with the fearless May pendant.


    For a notable Fifties feel, turn to brands such as Dunelm (above). The Oslo pendants’ domed edges and the storage pots’  curved lines have a retro vibe, whilst an angular vase and austere candlestick bring the look up to date. Team the statement blue and red accessories with pared-back wooden furniture to keep the scheme minimal and modern.


    Habitat started with the premise of being “a colourful reaction to post-war gloom,” and has since pioneered smart, bold furnishings in unflinching hues. It’s AW15 collection is no different; look out for angular furniture, such as the Malva sofa (above), as well as Memphis-inspired patterns and blocks of daring colour. We wouldn’t expect anything else!


    For a singular statement piece, check out the Harto range at Heal’s (above). Its Rosalie chairs are made from lacquered folded sheets of metal, instantly giving the retro colours a contemporary feel.

    Love this look? Check out our favourite AW15 highstreet finds inspired by this season’s Memphis Movement.



    Shopping credits: 1. E27 socket lamps, £52 each, Muuto range, Houseology; 2. Watch Me wall clock, £35, Normann Copenhagen; 3. Colourful dining chair, £36, Senn range, Danetti4. square magnets, €15.90 for nine, DaWanda; 5. Dazzle Cam 1 wallpaper, £140 per roll, Quirk & Rescue; 6. May pendant, £29, Made.com

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    Bright buys for summer entertaining

    by  • Sunday, August 9, 2015 • 0 Comments

    So, I feel the sun has been a little shy this summer, however I am wholeheartedly keeping the dream alive of a balmy Indian summer! With that in mind, it would also leave plenty of time for summer entertaining and general lounging/basking in the garden. We might be working on our autumn winter issues already, but I’m not ready to give up on summer just yet!  Even if it’s a little cloudy, I’ve selected some colourful garden buys that bring a little sunshine in!




    Where to buy:

    1. Pink Kali rope chair, £95, Oliver Bonas; 2. Tropical Fiesta cutlery, £5.50 for 18 pieces, £5.50, Talking Tables;  3. Watermelon medium melamine cup, £4.50, Rice range, My Beautiful Caravan; 4. Small lantern, £15, Marks & Spencer; 5. Paper napkins, £1.98 for 20, H&M; 6. Saldanha picnic blanket, £65, Urbanara; 7. Yellow Diamond paper plates, £6 for 8, Peach Blossom; 8. Airo metal folding table, £15, Habitat; 9. Cotton rug, £12.99, H&M

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