Marshmallows have just got cooler! These gorgeous, sweet treats have just got a bit of attitude. We spoke to the owner of The Mallow Maid, Sarah, about her innovative flavours, her inspiration and having her Marshmallows showing what they are made of in Vogue and Glamour magazines! Read more
Over the months we have looked at various ways people live there lives. Food Writers, professional bloggers, designers and makers. One of the (many) roles we are missing is Stay-At-Home Mums. They are heroes. It is a seven days a week, 24 hours a day role. It is not something that is always possible, either because of financial restraints or because it doesn’t suit the person. (Just to be clear, we think working mums and people without children are amazing too. But today we are concentrating with Stay-at-Home-Mums). It is a wonderful way to spend your days, but can also be hard.
We have added a new stockist to our range and we would love to introduce them! Rebecca produces a lovely range of luxury soaps, all made cold compress and stunningly fragranced. Home of Juniper are very excited to be adding Bliss Botanicals fragrance heart melts, Happiness soap, Love soap and Joy soaps to our range. These beautiful soaps and fragrance hearts are lovely to use and make gorgeous gifts. Each item is carefully handmade using a mix of ingredients. These carefully chosen ingredients includes olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and pure rose geranium lavender and clary sage essential oils. We spoke to Rebecca about her gorgeous soaps and what led her to start Bliss Botanicals.
Technology is increasing the variety of jobs available for people. Something that we see as very positive, even if it does sometimes mean explaining what a Social Media Expert or a Professional Blogger is to our parents. Speaking to bloggers you find out that this is a job that is harder than it sounds. However, it is a job that often comes from love. A love of writing, a love of creativity, a love of sharing (and sometimes accidentally over-sharing). It is a job that usually starts as a hobby and turns into a job. It has a lot of positive points- it is creative, you get to manage your own time … But it can also be very hard to make money blogging. We have spoken to the lovely Laura Dawson about what it is like to blog professionally.
This year the BBCT Bees’ Needs Week takes place from 17th -23rd July, so get together to support the UK’s bees! Bees Needs Week links BBCT partners such as Kew Gardens, The Wildlife Trust, this is a national pollinator awareness week from DEFRA, and the key message is Bees’ Needs: Food and a Home.
We, at Home of Juniper, have celebrated Bees Needs Week by going on a bee hunt. We found out there is a lot more going on in the garden than we thought. (Though we did have to get a little bit of help from BBCT to work out what our bees were).
Even in the most frenetic world, there needs to be one place which induces calm and relaxation.
That place is your home.
When you close your front door on the madness outside, you should feel an innate sense of calm flooding your body, and an impression of having just stepped into your very own sanctuary.
Fortunately, there are ways to achieve a more zen-like atmosphere to your home without having a complete overhaul, or even re-decorating (because we all know how much added stress that can bring!) Read more
Everyone loves getting flowers through the post and we at Home of Juniper are excited by a new company who has added a twist. Instead of cut flowers a carefully picked box of potted plants and flowers arrives at your door each month. Flowers and plants bring beauty and positivity wherever they are. They are, also, acknowledge to have health benefits, taking bad toxins out of the air, and increasing mental health. The lovely thing about The BloomBox Club is that, as well as having beautiful, expertly picked plants arrive at your door at a regular basis (there are different subscriptions); you also become part of a community, with garden and plant knowledge shared with their followers. Which makes this great for expert plant growers, or people new to plant care. We asked, Sarah Lawton, one of the brands directors, to tell us a little more about this wonderful company. Read more
I have always loved wood. I think I may have mentioned this before. A few times. Which is partly why I was so excited when Wood’n It Be Nice agreed to join with us. This wonderful company has a beautiful story behind it. Not only is it run by a family in Wales, they also work with families across Europe. There beautiful wood products are made from sustainable sourced wood. Currently Home of Juniper stock their Beech (shown in the image above, this lovely light wood looks beautiful in a kitchen) and Cherry wood products but we have our eye on a few other pieces we will plan on introducing in autumn. Another lovely thing about these kitchen and dining products is that they are affordable, prices start at 95p. This means you don’t feel guilty buying them for yourself. They also make gorgeous gifts for someone who loves to cook or bake, either single products or gift sets. Remember if you ever want us to mix and match products into a gift set to just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) Read more
Ceramics are something that often crosses the divide between useful and beautiful. This is definitely true of Lynn’s elegant pieces. All are hand thrown and hand painted in her home studio. These piece’s are all microwave and dishwasher safe. They also look lovely on display, as shown by some of the images we have been sent by happy purchasers. The fact they are handmade means that each piece is unique and special. We spoke to Lynn about how she makes these gorgeous jugs, mugs, and bowls; and where she gets her inspiration from. Here is what she had to say:
Concrete is back. Invented in the nineteenth century, it reached new design heights in the 60s. High polished concrete was used as flooring, buildings were built with concrete used not only as a useful material, but also a design …. I have to be honest, I have never been a fan of this trend. I have alway preferred brick or stone covered houses, and wood flooring. I grew up disliking these towering concrete blocks. But concrete is once again becoming synonymous with contemporary design, architecture and interiors, and this time I like a lot of what I see. Read more