Spring ranges and changes from Heart to Home

Spring ranges and changes from Heart to Home

We’ve been busily adding to the Heart to Home website over recent weeks, revamping bits here and there, adding to existing ranges and putting some entirely new ranges online. We’re really excited about it all, and we’d love to give you a quick tour! Here’s what’s new:

Something for the Girls

This pretty range is full of fun items for girls of all ages! We’ve chosen a gingerbread and cupcake theme for this range and, in response to customer request, have included matching items for adults, teenagers and small children. Take a look at the range here and tell us what you like best for the ladies in your life. Or perhaps there’s something which catches your eye as a “gift to self”? Well, why not! Click here for Something for the Girls.

Something for the Boys

And for the boys, we have this new range, full of bold sailing boats and pirate prints. It’s great fun and proving to be very popular already with little – and not so little! – boys who don’t mind admitting that they like to spend time baking and creating in the kitchen. Most kitchen items, like aprons and oven gloves, do tend to be rather feminine, so we jumped at the chance to stock this range of kitchenwear with attitude! Click here for Something for the Boys.

Spring website revamp

We wanted the Heart to Home website to reflect the onset of Spring, so we’ve added some new banners and changed the font colour to something a little more vibrant. Take a look; do you like it? Our favourite new banner is the one announcing our “chickens” range (Spring chickens… do you see what we did there?) Margaret keeps lots of chickens, so this range is one close to her heart. Perhaps we’ll blog soon about the chickens, cats and dogs in our lives!

Heart to Home brings you lovely things for the kitchen and dining room. Our website is here.

Heart to Home on the road

Heart to Home on the road

Spring is always a busy time for trade shows and consumer fairs, and we’ve been on the road in recent weeks attending events up and down the country. Here’s a round up of where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing.

Sandra at the Spring Fair

Sandra at the Spring Fair

Top Drawer, London
We went along to Top Drawer, a very enjoyable trade show dedicated to design and interiors. We met up with a few existing suppliers – including the lovely folk at Sophie Allport Ltd (the people behind our popular bee and chicken ranges) – and met some potential new suppliers, too. We were particularly interested finding products for our ‘Bold & Beautiful’ range. Interestingly, there seemed to be a lot of big, blowsy floral prints and designs on show, with retro florals a big trend. Rose designs were a bit theme, too. Shows like these are great barometers of styles and trends.

Spring & Autumn Fair International
We went off to the NEC for the Spring Fair, a huge trade show with hundreds of suppliers. The aim here was to work on developing our Spring ranges and choose a few new suppliers to work with. There was a great deal of choice with so much lovely stuff on show! Once again, it was all about flowers, but seemed less retro designs than at Top Drawer. Colours were fresh and bold, with bright oranges and greens dominating. Animal prints and designs were hugely popular, too, with dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep and chickens on show. We met with a number of existing and potential future suppliers, including Ragged Rose, Emma Bridgewater, Susie Watson Designs, SOPAFRA – Clementine Creations, Prices Candles, McCaw Allan/Samuel Lamont & Sons and Walton & Co. Click through to take a look at the lovely stuff they have to offer (and let us know if there’s anything in particular you prefer). We were very impressed and will be placing orders soon – stay tuned to see what we decide to go for.

ETC Gardens and Homes Interiors
We’re getting ready for the etc Gardens, Homes & Lifestyle Show, held in March. It’s a consumer show in Brighton, and we’ll have a stand there. It’s the show’s second year but our first one taking part. We’ll let you know how we get on! If you’re going to be there, do come and say hi.

BBC Good Food
In April, we’ll be exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Show which is in Bluewater (Kent) for the first time. We’re really looking forward to it: we always seem to go down well at the Good Food Shows, so this is a big one for us!

That will be the last of the consumer shows until Autumn and will herald a big influx of new products as we make the final decisions about revamping and expanding our ranges.

If you’re planning on coming along to any of the shows listed on our “Out and About” page, please come and find us and say hello. We love meeting customers and blog readers!

Heart to Home brings you lovely things for the kitchen and dining room. Our website is here.

Meet the team at the heart of Heart to Home

When we decided to write this blog, we knew we wanted our own voices to come through every post. In Ripon, Sandra is a well-known face in the Heart to Home shop and, while Margaret isn’t there as often, she is there in spirit!

We want our blog readers and online customers to get to know us just as well as our shop customers do. After all, we are the heart of the company: you will always deal with one of us personally and we go the extra mile to make shopping with Heart to Home a lovely experience (our pink gift-wrapping has its own fan base!)

So, who are the women behind Heart to Home?

Margaret Baxter

I live deep in the Berkshire countryside with a collection of chickens and cats and a very understanding husband. For years I worked in HR and also do my bit as a school governor, but a couple of years ago I took the plunge and ditched the corporate world in order to take on a new project: indulging my passion for doing up houses. In this case, it was our own house, which we bought as a derelict cottage and have since rebuilt, extended and decorated.

And, you’ve guessed it, one thing has led to another. Filling my own house with beautiful things has made me want to do it for others. I’m Yorkshire born and bred and have known Sandra from school days. Knowing her talent for interior design, I shamelessly picked her brains for ideas for soft furnishings for my own home. Sandra has a great eye for detail and insists on things being well-made, and I have always been able to rely on her judgment. Like Sandra, I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to the quality of the everyday items I want to use in my kitchen and dining room. We found that we worked so well together that setting up Heart to Home was a simple decision to make.

Sandra Smith

My husband tells me that I’m in my prime and I’m happy to go along with that! But I will confess to having two grown boys and even two small grandchildren. How did that happen?

I worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for many years before turning my passion for curtains and soft furnishing into a business, which I have run successfully for the past 13 years. My business involved making and fitting curtains all over England and France and I have loved doing it. But last year I decided that I needed something that wasn’t as physically demanding (curtains can be extremely heavy!) though I still wanted to work with interiors and fabrics. Margaret and I have been good friends since childhood and have long known that we would make a good team. Finally, in early 2011 we took the plunge and Heart to Home was born. Our first year has been great fun, sourcing all the new products and doing the shows, opening the shop and developing the web site, and we can’t wait to get started with all the plans we have for 2012.

The rest of the team

Then there is Tilly, (Sandra’s dog) and Pickles (Margaret’s cat). Neither of them work in the shop (they say their hourly rate is far too high) and they don’t blog, either, but they have been a huge part of our own homes over the years. We know a lot of you have dogs and cats at home, and we’re sure they are just as important a part of your home’s atmosphere and look.

You can contact us both online, where you’ll find us talking about interior design and decor, trends and themes in homeware, and the lovely things we’ve discovered on our travels. Do let us know if you’d like us to blog about anything in particular. And, of course, do pop into the shop if you’re ever in Ripon. We really love meeting our customers!

Heart to Home brings you lovely things for the kitchen and dining room. Our website is here.