The Frame: New Samsung television that looks like wall art

Televisions have come a long way in the last decade. We have progressed from gigantic plastic sets that dwarfed the living room to wafer-thin sleek metallic models. However, our desire for those fantastic large screens remains as strong as ever, and thus the dilemma...

How to build a wooden crate

This wooden crate is made out of 12mm sheet plywood. It is dead-easy to build and the size can easily be varied to fit any space. I made three of these to fit inside a bench unit I built. Here’s the list of tools and materials:   Tools Circular Saw Clamp...

A Touch of Brass

The first brass bed washed up on England’s shores about 200 years ago. People were amazed. Is this what the French are sleeping on! Seriously! What the hell! Lords and ladies raced to their boats, invaded France, and soon golden beds were gleaming from every...

Amazon Echo Dot: Creating a Smart Home for less than £150

Remember imagining your dream house as a child? I am guessing that – at a minimum – it included a secret bookcase door, a slide to get downstairs, and voice-activated lights. Well people, I have discovered that with minimal fuss and little cost, part of...

A Flattering Faux – Artificial Potted Plants

Our dining room is a windowless dark place, a netherworld of shadows. What little natural light there is has to fight its way through from the kitchen. This is a space ill-suited for organic life. Yet what is this flourishing on the sideboard? A healthy fern with lush...

The Pendleton Blanket

Source: Pendleton USA This week we look at a seriously cool heritage product from the USA, The Pendleton Blanket. My sister-in-law hails from Portland, Oregon. As a wedding gift she and her husband gave us an absolutely massive woollen blanket. Now I have to confess...

Fiskars Orange Handled Kitchen Scissors

Period Piece #4: Fiskars Kitchen Scissors Back in 1649 a Dutch bloke called Peter Thorwöste turned up in a tiny hamlet in Southern Finland and set up an ironworks. The hamlet was called Fiskars Bruk and lent its name to the company Peter founded. Fiskars duly set...

Royal Doulton Bunnykins

Period Pieces #2: Royal Doulton Bunnykins Nurseryware Our toddler receives all his meals on colourful plastic plates from Ikea. They cost something ridiculous like 6 for 90p. We have a basket full of them. They are cheap, stackable, dishwasher-proof, and can be thrown...

Deep Greens and Blues are the Colours I Choose

Our dining room is dark. It has no windows to the outside and the only natural light comes via the kitchen. The gloominess is compounded by the back of our house being east-facing and receiving little direct sunlight. I’ve wondered how best to tackle this shadowy room...

Period Piece: Duralex Tumblers

When I recall school-dinners three things come to mind. First, searching through the pile of plastic trays to try and find one free of baked-on food remnants. Second, the dinner ladies’ signature cheese-flan, and third, the little glass tumblers for our juice. I...