Our Exclusive Aga Covers Are Back in Stock

After our first batch of Heart to Home exclusive Aga Covers sold out, we are now working with a new sewing team and they have recently delivered their first batch of Heart to Home linens. We’re thrilled to say that the results are better than we could ever have hoped. There are some brand new designs, which will be revealed very soon, but in the meantime we have stock of Chickens, Hares and Pheasants Aga/hob covers.

Chickens Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Chickens Aga Cover – brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home


Hares Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Hares Aga Cover – brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Pheasants Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Pheasants Aga Cover – brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

Heart to Home Has Never Been Such Good Value


There are a whole clutch of money-saving special offers at Heart to Home at the moment – and not just for one day or one week only.

First is our 20% off Sophie Allport offer.

Currently you can take 20% off anything and everything in our selection of Sophie Allport kitchen and dining room linens and fine bone china – that’s tea towels, oven gloves, mugs, jugs, Aga hob covers and a lot more.

Second, there’s good news about postage.

You can now get free UK delivery on any order over £25. That’s down from £35. And we’ve scrapped the surcharge for mugs, jugs and other china, so an order for a single mug now just costs the standard £2.80 for UK delivery.

Finally – for the moment – there’s a hidden page on our website with leftovers from our Autumn Clearance Sale so get over there quick because when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Take a Look at This Lovely Converted Barn – Cotswolds Holiday Accommodation

Ashwell Barn Cotswolds Accommodation - Stairs / Dining

Climb the stairs to nestle in the cosy luxury of the bedroom under the rafters of this lovely renovated English barn in the Cotswold countryside near Chedworth

Some friends of mine have been undertaking the renovation of a lovely barn in the Cotswolds, which is now a holiday let. Heart to Home supplied some of their fabrics. It is self-catering accommodation on a private estate in the heart of the Cotswolds – an area of beautiful countryside close to the villages of Chedworth and Calmsden.

Ashwell Barn is available for nights, weekends and week-long lets and the website has an Availability Calendar to help you plan your stay online.

Take a look at the photographs below and you’ll agree that it’s a lovely place to spend some time in the peaceful English countryside.

Tel. 01285 720137

Website ashwellbarn.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/ashwellbarn

First Look – New Hob Covers Exclusive to Heart to Home

Hares Aga Cover - brand new and exclusive to Heart to Home

We’re very proud to announce that we have been hard at work throughout 2015 on our very own range of high quality kitchen and dining room linens. And here’s your first sneak preview. The images below are the very first public look at our first three Aga/hob covers in hares, pheasants and chickens designs.

After years of selling other people’s kitchen linens, we’ve learned a thing or two about what keeps our customers happy and unhappy and we’ve set out to make our new products the best of the best. To begin with, we looked for timeless designs with an unmistakeable flavour of the Great British countryside. And we used tough, hard-wearing fabric that won’t shrink, pucker or fade in the wash. And we don’t skimp on the quality of the stitching, so your linens won’t start unravelling after a few weeks of kitchen duty. And the result, in this case, is a hob cover that will give you many years of service, both to protect your Aga lids from scratches as well as doubling as a pot mitt.

The exact date these Aga covers will go on sale is still a closely-guarded secret, so keep a close eye on the Heart to Home website or just drop us a line and we’ll let you know when they’re ready to make a an appearance in your kitchen. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your first impressions, so do share your views or get in touch.

Something for Nothing

Heart to Home Free Gifts

You can’t get something for nothing in this world can you? Really? Really…?

Maybe you can.

Sometimes a growing business like ours has to give away a little something to earn the trust of new customers. As much as we might bend over backwards to source quality products, deliver them on time and offer prompt and friendly customer service, we recognise that there’s always an element of risk when it comes to making a purchase from a company you’ve never tried before. So it’s up to us to make that a risk worth taking.

We recognise the need to overcome the consumer’s healthy scepticism. So why should people buy from Heart to Home rather than from a company they already know and trust? This summer our answer to that question has been to offer a range of free gifts. Of course, “free” is not without some strings attached – we haven’t just been sending out free tea towels to anyone who asks for one. But we have invested in extra stock for some of our best-selling kitchen linens and china  to give customers – both new and returning – an extra reason to buy something from Heart to Home.

We promoted our free gifts with some really eye-catching banner artwork and we’ve collected some examples of it on this page for posterity. You’ve missed all of these promotions (sorry!), but there will be more coming soon, so keep an eye on the Heart to Home website for much more of the same in the coming weeks.


Change a Life This Summer with a Charity Baking Party


At the end of June, Marie Curie supporters hosted “Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Parties” all around the UK to raise money to provide free care to people living with a terminal illness in their own homes and in the Marie Curie Hospice.

Cake sales have always been the backbone of the British charity fundraising scene – there was a Bake For Heroes event in the Spring and a Bake for Bliss in the Winter amongst many others.

Wherever you’re from, there is doubtless no shortage of schools, hospitals, Scout groups, churches and local community action groups that could do with a cash injection and your cakes could help them raise vital funds to help them do what they do. Here are some other upcoming baking-based events from charities large and small. many of which provide invaluable supporting materials, including customisable flyers, posters, press releases, bunting, invitations, hand-outs and, most importantly, donation forms.

NDCS Big Cake Bakebig-cake-bake-signup
The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

The Children’s Society: Bake and Brew
Your Bake and Brew event can be anything from a coffee morning in your community to a cocktail and cupcake party with friends. You can even get your kids involved by holding an icing party.
Resources available to download include recipes supplied by Nigella Lawson, Levi Roots, Annabel Karmel and  Derek Quelch of the Goring Hotel, Claridges and the Savoy.

Breast Cancer Care Strawberry Tea
Gather your friends this summer for a Strawberry Tea and help support women facing breast cancer. The charity’s website features a range of downloadable resources for fundraisers that is second to none.

tea-rifficAsthma UK Tea-riffic Party
Whether it’s a cup of tea and cake, champagne and strawberries with the girls, cake-off at work, a BBQ with your friends or a Bake it Bigger event at your school, the theme, venue and who you invite are all up to you.

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Cake Off (September)
Whether you’re a budding baker of kitchen rookie, show off your culinary talents and join our brand new Duchess of Kent Cake Off fundraising event this autumn.

Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) bakeit!
A year-round campaign to get bakers baking in support of the national charity for MND care, research and campaigning.

Dream Tea
The official “Dream Tea Week” promoted by children’s charity Dreams Come True took place in June, but unsurprisingly they’re keen for bakers to continue raising funds throughout the summer.

Free Cakes for Kids UK
If organising a sale is a bit high-profile for you but you love the karmic concept of a random act of baking-related kindness, find (or start) your local branch of Free cakes for Kids, a charitable organisation that quite simply bakes cakes for families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child.




£68 million worth of electricity is wasted each year by boiling your kettle


If you’re like us, then there’s a fair bet that there’s a cup of tea within arm’s reach right now or soon will be. We’re English and tea is part of our staple diet, not to mention coffee.

But at what a cost? It’s easy to sneer at the article by Susannah Butter in the Evening Standard this week praising some “smart kitchen gadgets”. When has there ever been a respite from the torrent of short-lived new kitchen devices that promise to solve a problem you never knew you had?

And at first glance, this one seems much the same – Miito is a “sleek silver stick” that you dip in a cup of water “and it will heat it to boiling in 60 seconds”. It may have already attracted 500,000 worth of pledges on Kickstarter, but as any English tea drinker will tell you, that’s no way to brew a cuppa. There’s more to making good tea than boiling the water and to be honest, if a tea pot isn’t involved in the process, many of us wouldn’t get out of bed for it.

And yet… it’s hard not to blanche when you look at the statistics. The inventors of Miito, Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase, were apparently inspired by this TED talk by Leyla Acaroglu – self-styled “sustainability provocateur, designer and sociologist” – early last year, in which she reports that “£68 million worth of electricity [is] being wasted each year by boiling more water than is required”…

Of course, Miito isn’t all that radical a concept. For some time, companies like Quooker have been touting their boiling water taps and the Quooker website claims that with their product “it only costs 3 pence a day to have boiling water at hand, exactly when you want it”. Which sounds impressive, but have you actually calculated how much it costs to make tea the old-fashioned way? well, there’s no need, because, according to The Daily Telegraph, someone already has.

Andy Smale, technical director at Expert Energy, a group of independent energy consultants, calculated that “it would take to make six 250ml cups of tea or coffee on six separate occasions with a kettle (typical minimum kettle fill of 500ml) would cost 5.46p per 24 hours”.

In other words, there’s very little in it for one individual household and so, from the point of view of your personal tea drinking, it’s not going to save the planet. But what if we all stopped boiling our kettles? That’s a very different prospect. And it seems highly unlikely that British culture will shift in that direction.

But there is something we can do – a Quooker spokesman quoted in The Telegraph says that one of the big reasons for energy wastage from kettles is re-boiling. You know how it is – you stick the kettle on, leave the room, let the water boil and busy yourself with something else until the power cuts off, only to flick the switch again five minutes later when you come back.

So perhaps we can make a dent in that £68million by thinking twice before letting the kettle go off the boil and switching it back on to boil again. Remember, don’t drift out of the kitchen while the water boils – if you love your tea, stand by your kettle.


12 Years of iTunes: Songs of Heart and Home

The Apple iTunes Store opened on April 28th 2003 and in the twelve years since is has spearheaded a very controversial revolution in the music industry that hasn’t finished yet by a long chalk.

It’s not easy to choose 12 songs from 12 years but we’ve selected a dozen with heart or home in the title. Do you remember them all? Doubtless you would have made some different choices, so feel free to leave a comment below with perhaps some lesser-known or forgotten heart and home song recommendations.

‘Home’ by Simply Red

‘I Believe My Heart’ by Duncan James & Keedie

‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzales

‘Thunder In My Heart Again’ by Meck feat. Leo Sayer

‘Welcome Home’ by Radical Face

‘Melt My Heart to Stone’ by Adele

‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by the Glee cast featuring Jonathan Groff

‘Heart Skips a Beat by Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks

‘Black Heart’ by Stooshe

‘Bonfire Heart’ by James Blunt

‘Beating Heart’ by Ellie Goulding

‘Mechanical Heart’ by Beth Hart

Heart to Home is Now Mobile-Friendly

Heart to Home is Now Mobile-Friendly!

More Than Just a New (Heart to) Homepage

We’ve been working very hard in March to transform the old Heart to Home website so that, well, it looks very similar to the old one, but with one very important difference – we’re now mobile-friendly, or “responsive” as more technical readers may have gathered.

This means that when you visit Heart to Home on your mobile ‘phone, you’ll find that it looks very different from the desktop version of the site. For instance, instead of seeing four columns of products on the Home page, you’ll see one long column with all the same products stacked up one on top of the other.

So, there will be no more zooming in and out to read the text and no more fiddly links that are hard to tap on with your finger – the buttons and menus have all been designed to keep the same style as the version you’ll see on your computer, but they’re now much easier to tap.

Heart to Home mobile friendly websites

Heart to Home 2.0

The impetus of this latest upgrade comes from the release of Opencart 2.0, the newest version of the shopping software we use to build and maintain our site. Opencart 2.0 makes use of a technology called Bootstrap, developed by Twitter and shared for free with the world, that allows you to build one website that cleverly reorganises itself to fit the size of almost any screen.

We hope mobile ‘phone users will now find it easier to browse the lovely kitchen and dining room linens, china and pottery available in the Heart to Home collection and as always we’d love to hear what you think.

A Tale of Two Kitchens – Kitchengate: The Story So Far

Described today by the Daily Mail as “the REALLY important political issue of the day” (don’t assume that’s ironic – there’s little evidence of irony the article by Mail Online reporter Ollie Gillman), rarely has the humble kitchen appeared so often in the news headlines and the political sketch columns as it has in the last couple of weeks. So here’s how the story unfurled in Britain’s free-to-view online daily rags.

‘Two kitchens Miliband’: Labour leader posed in SECOND ‘functional kitchenette’ at £2.5m mansion for interview with his wife
Labour’s plan to cast Ed Miliband as an ordinary family man appeared to have spectacularly backfired tonight – after it emerged he posed with his wife in the family’s smaller second kitchen.
Daily Mail, Published on Thursday 12 Mar 2015 at 07:37pm

‘Two kitchens Miliband’: Labour leader says he prefers the SECOND ‘kitchenette’ at £2.5m mansion where he posed for TV

Ed ‘Two Kitchens’ Miliband under fire in bizarre row
Labour leader criticised by Tories after a humble kitchen he posed in with wife in soft-focus interview actually the smaller of two kitchens in his house
Telegraph. Published on Thursday 12 Mar 2015 at 07:47pm

Kitchen sink drama for Miliband as homely photo backfires
Labour leader seen as down to earth with no-frills cooking area on BBC film; until it was revealed as his home’s second kitchenA harmless picture of Ed Miliband and his wife Justine Thornton sipping a cuppa at their north London home, in what appears to be a relatively modest looking kitchen, has ended up providing dream tabloid headlines.It turns out that the couple were filmed by the BBC in a second kitchen at their Dartmouth Park home.Ed Miliband’s kitchen is lovely.
Guardian. Published on Thursday 12 Mar 2015 at 08:03pm

Ed ‘Two Kitchens’ Miliband: Politicians and the photos that inadvertently come to define them
With a seemingly innocuous row about the Labour leader’s kitchens making headlines, we look back at how political photocalls can backfire by crystallising weaknesses in the eyes of the electorate
Telegraph. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 09:54am

Is Ed Miliband’s ‘actual’ kitchen more like one of these?
Labour leader may be seeking to hide a much grander family kitchen like some of these on his road.
Telegraph. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 10:17am

The most important political issue of the moment? Ed Miliband’s kitchens
The puerile nature of political discourse in modern Britain crowds out the issues that matter to ordinary peopleThe problem with an open sewer is you cannot escape the stench. The Daily Mail is, of course, that open sewer, along with a sizeable chunk of Britain’s Tory-dominated oligarch-owned “free press”. Let’s just have a quick recap about the level of political discourse we have reached in Britain. The big political controversy of the moment is not the national scandals of low pay, child pov…
Guardian. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 11:19am

Ed Miliband: I have two kitchens but only use the small one
The Labour leader admits he has two kitchens in his north London mansion but says that he and his wife choose to use the smaller one upstairs
Telegraph. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 12:27pm

Labour’s Ed Miliband says he prefers the SECOND ‘kitchenette’ at £2.5m mansion
The image of the Labour leader as a man of the people with a run-of-the-mill home was not all it appeared. For Mr Miliband actually lives in a house with two kitchens.
Daily Mail. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 03:34pm

Out with policies, in with pedal bins: kitchenology will decide the election
This focus on the politics of lifestyle is absurd. By playing along Miliband has only himself to blamePoliticians: if you can’t stand talking about the kitchen, maybe get out of the kitchen? We’ll never know the precise chain of events that led to Ed Miliband and his wife being pictured in the second kitchen of their north London house as opposed to the first – but frankly, who needs to? They agreed to be pictured in the kitchen. The rest is just geography.@Nigel_Farage pre #BBCSP @ukip pic.twi
Guardian. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 06:24pm

Ed Miliband tries to defuse ‘two kitchens’ row
ED Miliband has tried to defuse controversy over the kitchen arrangements at his £2 million town house in London – by insisting he only “uses the small one”.
Scotsman. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 07:15pm

Martin Rowson on the media furore over Ed Miliband’s kitchens – cartoon
Guardian. Published on Friday 13 Mar 2015 at 10:43pm

Martin Rowson on the media furore over Ed Miliband’s kitchens – cartoon


Ed Miliband’s trial by media: Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t
The revelation that Ed Miliband has two kitchens dominated the political agenda last week. Besides the fuss about the lime green recycling bin, does the row say more about how the Labour leader is treated by the media, Twitter and voters – that, whatever he does, he’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t?
Independent. Published on Sunday 15 Mar 2015 at 12:00am

The Milibands in the kitchen… What is this weird outdated parading of leaders’ wives?
Labour’s pink bus is a masterpiece of gender neutrality compared to this Mad Men-style strategyEven the most progressive kitchen analyst would have to concede that the room where Ed and Justine (formerly Thornton) Miliband unsuspectingly huddled last week is conspicuously less roomy and appealing than the series of well-appointed domestic spaces in which David Cameron and his wife have posed over the years.In fact, to judge by the number of times Cameron has invited inspection since he was firs
Guardian. Published on Sunday 15 Mar 2015 at 12:05am

Ed Miliband must take a tip from Three Kitchens Boris writes Rachel Johnson
Ed may never live down this episode of inadvertent Marie Antoinette-ing in the Labour family. It’s not because he’s got two kitchens – It is because he did not stand by who he really was.
Daily Mail. Published on Sunday 15 Mar 2015 at 01:02pm

Two Kitchens – The Movie: Miliband invites the cameras into his house AGAIN as it emerges the live-in nanny uses the big kitchen while Ed makes tea upstairs
Days after it emerged his £2million house has a large family kitchen and a smaller ‘functional kitchennete’ upstairs, ITV is expecting to film him relaxing in at least one of them this week.
Daily Mail. Published on Sunday 15 Mar 2015 at 01:59pm

Ed Miliband invites the cameras into his house AGAIN
Days after it emerged his £2million house has a large family kitchen and a smaller ‘functional kitchennete’ upstairs, ITV is expecting to film him relaxing in at least one of them this week.
Daily Mail. Published on Sunday 15 Mar 2015 at 05:06pm

Rolling pins at dawn: David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash over kitchens at PMQs
David Cameron and Ed Miliband may be in the battle of their political lives but that doesn’t mean they haven’t got time to have a domestic about kitchens.
Independent. Published on Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 at 01:04pm

Andy McSmith’s Diary: David Cameron’s kitchen stink could backfire on him
David Cameron must think the “two kitchens” story is doing Ed Miliband serious damage, because he managed to work no fewer than five jokes about it into Prime Minister’s Questions.
Independent. Published on Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 at 06:08pm

Ed Miliband complained about chancellor’s ‘two kitchens’ jibe, say Tories
In budget speech aftermath, the Labour leader is understood to have told George Osborne it was unfair to make jokes at his expenseEd Miliband complained in person to George Osborne after the chancellor used his budget speech to mock the Labour leader over the two kitchens at his north London home, according to Tory sources.In the aftermath of the budget, the Labour leader is understood to have told the chancellor that he had acted unfairly after making jokes at his expense.Ed Miliband’s kitchen
Guardian. Published on Friday 20 Mar 2015 at 06:12pm

David Cameron and Ed Miliband need to forget spin and give public the truth
Carole Malone says the party leaders are too busy scoring political points against each other rather than explaining why we should vote for them on May 7
Mirror. Published on Saturday 21 Mar 2015 at 04.55pm

Forget the general election, vote here on the most important political issue of the campaign: Who’s got the best kitchen?
Ed Miliband was the first to welcome cameras into his kitchen, and since then Nicola Sturgeon and the PM have both invited television cameras to snoop around the pantries of power.
Daily Mail. Published on Tuesday 24 Mar 2015 at 01:17am

Forget the general election, vote here on the REALLY important political issue of the day: Who’s got the best kitchen?

David Cameron, Ed Miliband, and Nicola Sturgeon: Who’s got the best kitchen?
Ed Miliband was the first to welcome cameras into his kitchen, and since then Nicola Sturgeon and the PM have both invited television cameras to snoop around the pantries of power.
Daily Mail. Published on Tuesday 24 Mar 2015 at 08:49am