Happy New Year from Heart to Home

Happy new year!

2012 has been quite a year for our little business. Thank you for all your support. Here’s to 2013. ❤

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Heart to Home shop Wetherby

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

Finding our own sense of style

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How would you define your sense of style? Heart to Home has been in the business of supplying lovely furnishings for nearly two years now and, in that time, we think we’ve found a definite style of our own. We now head off to trade shows and fairs with a clear vision of the types of stock we want to source for our shop and our lovely customers. But it wasn’t always so easy!

When we first started out, the two of us would stock a bit of this, a bit of that. We had our specialist areas, of course (we’ve always been known for table linens, aprons, napkins and tea cosies!) but we never felt completely settled on a style. Put it this way: we couldn’t have described the Heart to Home style in one sentence, had you asked us to.

Now, two years on, it’s a different story. We know what works, and what doesn’t. We are confident in our ability to source and stock the items our customers will love, and we’re proven right when items fly off the shelves as fast as we get them in. It’s a lovely feeling!

It’s also a lovely feeling to open the door of the shop and turn on the lights and see a really cohesive, “put-together” collection of items for sale. There’s not one corner of the shop (or page on the website) which we look at and think “hm, but does it really fit?” Everything we stock is most definitely Heart to Home, and our customers know what they’ll find when they visit our shop or our website. We bring you beautiful, traditional, stylish items with a country-living feel and it’s interesting (and gratifying) to see shop visitors gravitate towards our most popular items time and time again.

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It’s lovely to note that the things we like are the things you like, too! It makes it such a pleasure to help you find that perfect gift, or that lovely item for your own home. Voyages, Sophie Allport, Susie Watson… they are all wonderfully designed, beautifully made items and we’re glad you appreciate the quality as much as we do.

So, how about you? How did you develop your sense of style, and how do you shop for items and dress your home so your decor is perfectly “you”?

Do head over to the website 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.

Our Wetherby shop in photos

Heart to Home, 1b Church Street, Wetherby

Heart to Home shop Wetherby

Heart to Home shop Wetherby

Heart to Home dining table

Heart to Home dining table

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Do head over to Heart to Home the website and keep in touch with us on Heart to Home’s Twitter and Heart to Home’s Facebook page for all the latest news, events and competitions.

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

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…)

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 opening event in Wetherby

Heart to Home interiors store opens in Wetherby with special event

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What are you up to on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October?

That’s when our shop opens in Wetherby, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be unveiling our fabulous ranges of (mostly) British designed kitchen and dining items, which include Susie Watson Designs, Sophie Allport, Ulster Weavers and Ragged Rose. Many are hand-made and hand-painted and all are gorgeous!

The shop will be moving to Wetherby from Ripon, where we were located close to the canal. Business has grown and we chose Wetherby as the ideal location for the new shop.

We think our style and the types of items we sell suit Wetherby shoppers and visitors perfectly. As you know, if you read the blog regularly, we spend a lot of time at shows and fairs, meeting designers and suppliers, choosing really gorgeous crockery and linens for the kitchen and dining room. We select things which we feel go together to make a really beautiful interior.

We can’t wait to open the doors of the new shop so the people of Wetherby can come and browse!

The new shop, at 1b Church Street Wetherby, will be opening with a special open-day event on the 26th and 27th October. We welcome anyone who lives in Wetherby or who is visiting at the time. It will be a good opportunity to have a look around the shop and browse our ranges, whilst enjoying a glass of wine and some nibbles! From our point of view, it will be a lovely chance to meet local shoppers. We strongly believe in creating links with the community and getting to know the people who come into our shop. That’s what we did in Ripon and it’s what we’d love to do in Wetherby.

Join us at the opening of Heart to Home at 1b Church Street, Wetherby on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October 2012.

Do head over to the website 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.

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.

Exciting changes at Heart to Home!

Exciting changes at Heart to Home!

Apologies that it’s all been a bit quiet on the blogging front. We have been hard at work here at Heart to Home HQ working on a number of things – and we can’t wait to share them with you!

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Heart to Home is rebranding

Firstly there’s our logo. Our existing logo of intertwined hearts is all well and good, but it’s just not cutting the mustard any more! We no longer feel it quite represents the quality of our products, the passion we put into our shop and website and the Heart to Home HQ brand. So, the old logo is on the way out and in its place is going to be this fantastic new design! Our design team came up with a few to choose from and we whittled them down to three and then – after some heated debates! – settled on a favourite. What do you think? We’d love your feedback.

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Our first catalogue

Then there’s our first catalogue. We’re all so excited about this project. The photos have been taken, the copy has been written and the layout has been designed. We’ve even chosen the paper (who knew there were so many weights and thicknesses?) We truly believe our catalogue is going to be a gorgeous item, not just informative but a joy to hold in your hands and a pleasure to read. There are a few funny “behind the scenes” stories from the photoshoots…. most of them involving the unofficial Heart to Home mascot, Mr Pickles the cat. There are a few photos on Facebook if you’d like to pop over and look! That cat was always a diva but, with all the recent photography and social media activity, he’s getting much worse! He’s set to have an important role in the catalogue… wait and see!

Moving home…

Finally, we are moving! We told you a few months ago that we were moving our little shop from Ripley to Wetherby. Well, the contracts have been signed and the process is nearly finalised! So we’ll soon be moving into the gorgeous bay-fronted Georgian building in the middle of Wetherby, and we can’t wait to bring you lots of photos of the building, the interior, the window designs and our surroundings.

Thank you for following us on Facebook and Twitter, and for checking out the website. Do stay tuned during this exciting time for our business!

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 interiors shop: at the heart of the community

Heart to Home interiors shop: at the heart of the community

If you’ve come here from our website, Twitter or Facebook, you could be forgiven for thinking that Heart to Home was purely an online presence. Whilst we certainly do have a lovely online shop, we also have a “real life” shop – and that’s where it all started. We’re on the move!

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Heart to Home the shop is currently in Ripon, North Yorkshire, but we’re going to be moving to the gorgeous town of Wetherby very shortly. We thought it was high time we wrote about how important our shop is and how much we enjoy interacting with our customers.

In Ripon, we’ve got to know our customers really well, and we hope it will be much the same in Wetherby (just on a larger scale). Heart to Home is such a lovely shop, people often describe it as walking into someone’s home and browsing through all their wonderful bits of home decor. Sandra does a great job on styling the shop and dressing the displays, and the shop’s look perfectly reflects what our customers want to achieve in their own homes. We work hard to make every item appealing, charming and beautiful. As a result, the Heart to Home shop is just like wandering into a treasure trove full of all the kitchen and dining room ideas you’ve ever dreamed up!

It’s really important to us that we form a bond with the local community. After all, isn’t that the point of having a shop in the middle of a town? To be a constant presence, somewhere people can look forward to visiting, a place where people know they can go to see, pick up and feel items which quite simply put a smile on their face? That’s what we like to think!

People do wander in to our shop just for a browse, and we’re perfectly happy with that. We like to see people take their time, pick things up, hold them, try them out for size, imagining the item in their own home. We love it when people come in every week just to see what’s new in stock. Sandra has a real gift for remembering customers and recalling what they bought last time, and she always tries to suggest something they’d like this time. It’s great to see customers buying little bits here and there, obviously building up a theme for their own home and stamping their own style on it.

The new shop in Wetherby is in a gorgeous little street, in a Georgian building with a bow window. It’s so exciting! We just can’t wait to move in and get some pictures for you. And, of course, if you live in Wetherby or ever visit the area, you’ll have to pop in! It will be beautiful: Sandra is very creative and she will turn it into something amazing.

We’re looking forward to welcoming people from this busy town, whether that’s residents, folk coming in for the races, or tourists. It’s always been important to us to have a busy shop and to be in touch with people who support us. Here’s to Wetherby!

If you can’t visit the current shop in Ripon or the new shop in Wetherby, don’t worry. You can connect with us on Facebook and Twitter now – do come and say hello!

Don’t forget, we are offering free postage on everything from our website, which makes us the most competitively-priced place online to buy the items and brands we stock.

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.