Christmas made easy with Heart to Home

Christmas made easy with Heart to Home

With only 40 days (or “sleeps” as our children would say!) until Christmas, it’s time to get thinking about gifts, decorations and table dressings.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year if, like us, you love making your home as gorgeous and welcoming as possible. In December, the home really comes into its own, providing not just a backdrop but an integral part of family gatherings, parties, meals and celebrations.

Here at Heart to Home we specialise in bringing you the loveliest items for the home, from dining room linens to kitchen crockery and everything in between. Since we opened our shop in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, we’ve been able to source even more wonderful items from British designers many of whom hand-craft, embroider and hand-paint the things you’ll find in our shop.

The shop will soon be decorated for Christmas, with a colourful window display in the bow window of our Georgian building, and the famous Heart to Home dining table dressed for Christmas Day. Away from the shop, the Heart to Home website is packed with Christmas gifts, matching sets and desirable items which are crying out to be given to friends and family. And, don’t forget, all items bought from our shop or website come wrapped in pretty pink tissue paper and for just £2, we’ll hand-wrap your item in a gold gift box with a cream and gold heart-embossed ribbon – perfect for gifts! The shop will be open 7 days a week throughout December so, if you’re in Wetherby, do pop in at 1b Church Street!

We thought you might find it useful if we listed what we think will be the most popular, sought-after items this Christmas, so you can jump the queue and make sure you give gifts which really delight your loved-ones!

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Sophie Allport mugs
British designer Sophie Allport’s range of lovely mugs make wonderful gifts. We’ve got loads in stock, and new for Winter 2012 are her range of dog-themed cups and mugs. Our pick of the bunch for Christmas gifts are “Walkies!” and “Sit!”, perfect for dog-lovers or anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.


Hand-picked kitchen sets
More and more customers are asking us to help them put together bespoke sets of items and we think this is a great idea for a gift. How about using an animal as your theme? We’d suggest our chickens apron, a chickens jug and mug and finally a chickens teatowel. Or you could have similar items in our popular Busy Bees range. What a lovely gift!

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Tea cosies
Yes, tea cosies are very popular at this time of year and we think our owl tea cosy or cat tea cosy would make the most wonderful gift (to suit any budget).

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Animal kitchen items
We stock a great deal of crockery, aprons and tea towels with animal prints and themes, and that’s simply because they are so very popular! They fly off the shelves at the Wetherby shop, are very popular online on the Heart to Home website and are always a hit when we exhibit at shows. We think our range of items with Busy Bees, chickens and dogs would make wonderful Christmas presents for animal lovers. Mr Pickles, the Heart to Home cat certainly approves. What do you think?

As for us? Well, we’ve already got the oven gloves, aprons and tea towels, so all we want for Christmas is for someone else to do the cooking for us! We can hope… 🙂

Do head over to Heart to Home the website (or, if you’re in Wetherby, pop into the shop). We’ll be happy to help you hand-select the loveliest Christmas gifts (and maybe a little something for yourself…)

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

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All the latest from interiors shop and website Heart to Home

There’s plenty going on behind the scenes here at Heart to Home: preparing our stand for the BBC Good Food Show, moving the Heart to Home shop full of kitchen and crockery items from Ripon to the heart of Wetherby, and putting together our very first catalogue of lovely things for the home, which is chock-full of the most beautiful interiors and homeware supplies. Don’t worry, Mr Pickles the Heart to Home cat doesn’t need to move a whisker (he lives at home with Margaret).

We thought it was the perfect time to sit down with a hot cuppa (in one of our new Susie Watson mugs, of course) and bring you a round-up of some of the most sought-after homemade house items we stock both online and on the high street.

Our doorstops are always a real hit, both at shows like Burghley Horse Trials, spring fairs and food and home shows like the BBC Good Food Show. We stock this lovely goose doorstop, who is very appealing, and this lovely hedgehog doorstop who continues to confound Margaret with his popularity.

We also stock a lot of handmade items such as crockery, mugs and jugs, in particular our ranges from Susie Watson Designs. These fly off the shelves whenever we take them to shows and are just as popular in our Heart to Home shop.

Our animal prints, patterns and designs (on linens, crockery and fine china) are always popular and we are constantly adding quality items to our Animal Farm range. Take a look: amongst the cups, mugs, jugs, crockery, napkins and linens you’ll find black labradors, terriers, owls, bees, butterflies, chickens, sheep, bumblebees, horses and cats. Something for every animal-lover out there (and we know you’re all big fans of Mr Pickles… !)

The final category we’d like to highlight is our aprons. We stock a staggering number of aprons (we know exactly how staggering, since we’ve recently had to think about moving them all to Wetherby!) in every conceivable style, look and theme. There are frilly kids aprons, cooking aprons for kids, aprons for little boys (and big boys too!), bold patterned aprons, floral aprons, frilly aprons for women, and no-nonsense serious aprons for baking, barbequeing and cooking up a storm.

This is far from an exhaustive list of everything we stock for the home, kitchen and dining room here at Heart to Home, but we hope it gives you an insight into the most popular products we stock. Although Margaret says she’ll never understand the appeal of that hedgehog doorstop! We have to disagree….

Do head over to the website (or the shop) and keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news.

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

Website (and shop) changes for Heart to Home

Website (and shop) changes for Heart to Home

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Exciting times here at Heart to Home as we pour our collective creative efforts into both our website and our shop. We’ve got a great team behind us and, between us all, we’ve given the website something of a facelift. Have you had a look?

The idea is to make the website more visually appealing but also easier to navigate. Here’s what you’ll find next time you visit the Heart to Home website:

– new banners on the homepage, announcing our fantastic deals and bundles!
– new packages, which are products we’ve selected to complement each other – and then we’ve slashed the prices! Just take a look: not only are you getting a wonderful bundle of products with just one click, but you’re also getting up to £10 off! And, with our free delivery as standard, that makes a cracking deal. The bundles would make a great gift for someone setting up home, redecorating their kitchen or moving house.
– new ranges. We’ve had a reshuffle and developed some new ranges, including “Summer Garden”, which is full of lovely bold florals and strawberry-themed items. Well, if the weather isn’t going to play ball, we can at least pretend it’s summer!
– featured items. On the homepage, you’ll see selected items featuring on the front page. These will change with trends and seasons, but they will always reflect our favourites and yours, too! It’s a great quick-fire way to scan through Heart to Home’s popular items.

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That’s not all! We’re also developing our first ever catalogue. We just can’t wait to send these out to you. All of us are working really hard to produce something beautiful to look at, interesting to read and great to flick through. We want our catalogue to be something you’d like to pass on to friends and family. It will be full of gorgeous photography and some great stories around our products. Watch this space!

The Heart to Home shop is also undergoing big changes! We are waving a fond farewell to Ripon, where we’ve traded happily for a while now. The simple truth is that we’ve outgrown our lovely little canal-side shop and we need to move on to bigger premises. We’ve found the most charming shop in nearby Wetherby – it’s all bow-windows and Georgian features – and we can’t wait to open our doors in a few months. We’re planning a special opening event and hope to get some coverage in the local press. Keep your eyes peeled!

Do head over to the website (or, if you’re in Ripon, pop into the shop) – we’re still there until further notice.

Keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news.

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

Heart to Home at the Ripley Grand Summer Sale

Heart to Home at the Ripley Grand Summer Sale

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Last week, we had a stand at the Ripley Grand Summer Sale, a popular fair and show held against the stunning backdrop of Ripley Castle in Yorkshire. We had a great time! In fact, you could say it was simply electrifying…

Yes, it’s true, the marquee in which we had our stand was hit by lightening during a monumental storm on the Saturday! No damage was done, thankfully, to us or to any other exhibitor or attendee. But it was quite something!

We were subjected to lots of rain throughout the weekend, and I have to say the organisers did an incredible job of keeping the carparks open and minimising the amount of mud! On the Saturday, we heard an enormous clap of thunder, and then lightening hit the top of the marquee accompanied by a huge bang! I can’t say that’s ever happened to us before and I think we’d quite like to keep it that way…

Despite the rain and mud, the good people of Ripley put their wellies on and carried on shopping. We had a great show, with aprons and oven gloves selling particularly well. Our one little hedgehog doorstop sold almost immediately (but don’t panic, we’ve restocked him so you can have one, too!) and the lovely goose doorstop was very popular as well.

Our new stand went down very well, with people commenting that it looked resh, professional and organised. Thank you! Certainly the new and more open feel to the design seemed to encourage people in for a browse. We caught up with our friend, artist Nel Whatmore, and were pleased to see one of our favourite (and most popular) suppliers, Sophie Allport, exhibiting! Great to see you both.

Next on the agenda is the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate. This is an enormous show and one which is close to our hearts: Margaret grew up in Harrogate and vividly remembers attending the show as a young girl. We hope to see you there!

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!

And don’t forget you can join us on Twitter and Facebook – and take a look at our website (which has a few new features!)

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

Did somebody say aprons? Heart to Home has something for everyone!

Did somebody say aprons? Heart to Home has something for everyone!

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I think it was when we were putting together our exhibitor stand for the Good Food Show (Live) this year that I realised just how many aprons we stock! (We even had to give them their own “stand within a stand”!) It wasn’t a conscious decision to stock so many different aprons but actually we’re rather proud of our selection. After all, Heart to Home is the place to find lovely things for the home, and the kitchen is the heart of any home.

Next time you need an apron – either for yourself or as a gift – take a look at our selection. When was the last time you considered buying yourself an apron? We say: go for it! It’s good fun to put on a cute, patterned apron and whip up a batch of your family’s favourite baked goods. Here are some of our favourite aprons:

Cupcakes and gingerbread range (aprons available for kids, teenagers, men and women)
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Floral frilly aprons (for a bit of glamour in the kitchen!)
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The fleecy range, featuring the ever-popular sheep design (with aprons for all ages)
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Chihuahua stripes (we’ve no idea why it’s called Chihuahua, either, but we still love the apron!)
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The Good Life design (channel your inner Barbara… or Tom!)
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Heart apron in duck egg blue (well, we have to love hearts here at Heart to Home, don’t we!)
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Which of our massive range of aprons is your favourite? Don’t forget, there’s free postage on all our aprons (in fact, on all our items) when you order online. And everything you buy from us – online or in our shop – comes beautifully wrapped in pink tissue paper and ribbon. We don’t care if you’re buying it for yourself! You still deserve to receive a lovely package to unwrap!

Do head over to the website (or pop into the shop) to see our full selection of aprons for yourself. And you can always touch with us on Twitter and Facebook – we’d love to see you there!

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

Free postage on all Heart to Home web items!

Free postage on all Heart to Home web items!

We’ve been canvassing opinion on Twitter and Facebook and have decided to offer all our lovely supporters a treat: totally free P&P on anything ordered from our web shop! Do tell your friends. Now’s the time to click through to our website and have a look around. We’ve been hard at work putting lots of new items online in recent weeks and there are loads more to come (more than 70 new items at last count!)

You can search by popular items using the drop-down on the home page: choose from aga covers (great as gifts or for your own home), aprons (we have possibly the largest collection of aprons you’ll find!), egg cosies (quirky and cute), napkins (a household staple), oven gloves (top quality and lots to choose from), peg bags (great way to make a chore less boring!), table cloths (a lovely gift or great for brightening up the home), tea cosies (an essential element of a perfect cuppa!) and tea towels (another staple, doesn’t mean they have to be boring!)

We often get asked about our most popular items. These do change depending on the season and on stock, but there are some items which never fail to please. Some current favourites are:

Chickens! Anything with a chicken motif goes down well (we can understand why; after all, we love chickens too!) Have a look at our chicken mugs, jugs and linens here.

And sheep.

Sophie Allport strawberries and cream range. Perhaps it’s the lure of lazy Summer days, or perhaps you just love the sweet design. This crockery range is a winner.

Everybody’s favourite owl. Yes, he’s as popular as ever!

Stay tuned for a whole host of new items coming soon, including bold, vivid prints from Ragged Rose and gorgeous handmade crockery from Susie Watson. Everything you order from the Heart to Home website comes hand-wrapped (by Sandra) in our signature pink and gold tissue paper and ribbon, whether or not it’s a gift for someone else (we know how much we love receiving beautiful stuff in the post and we don’t see why you should miss out!) In the meantime, do explore our website (and tell your friends) – with free P&P on everything, there’s never been a better time!

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

Good Food Show Spring

Good Food Show Spring

Last week, Heart to Home were at the Good Food Show (Spring) at Bluewater in Kent and what a show it was! This is one of our favourite events of the year, really important to us and central to our “on the road” activity. Did we see you there? We met so many lovely customers, fellow exhibitors and celebrity chefs. It was great fun (if a little exhausting!)

We’d redesigned the Heart to Home stand especially for the Good Food Show event, making it bigger, clearer and even giving our aprons their own little stand within a stand feature focus! We have so many aprons, with a massive range of designs and prints. There’s definitely something for everyone, and we wanted to give each apron its chance to shine! Here’s Sandra working hard to set the stand up (I did help, but had to take regular breaks in order to get photos for this blog, of course…!)

On day one, we spotted celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo signing books (and sporting a tan which we don’t think he got in Kent in April!) and the lovely Jo Wheatley, the Great British Bake Off champion (and my favourite!).

Over the weekend, the wonderful Thomasina Miers visited our stand and said she really liked our tea cosies! We made friends with exhibitors Boozeberries and Sugarcups, whose yummy cupcakes got us through break-down after the show!

We unveiled lots of new lines at the show, including plenty of items which weren’t even on our website at the time. The Good Food Show customers got plenty of exclusives! Some of the items which were particularly popular were:

Ragged rose linens and furnishings in bold, bright florals

Susie Watson crockery, tablecloths and aprons in delicate pastel colours with a sweet little heart detail

Sterck’s Chihuahua range, a wonderful hot pink and orange striped linen

Tottering By, a range featuring an older couple who are full of character!

Our expanded Sophie Allport crockery, including dogs, horses, chickens and butterflies in lovely quality fine bone china.

These will all be on our website soon!

Our next stop is Badminton Horse Trials where we’ll be exhibiting once again and enjoying the fabulous atmosphere there. 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.