The home office

Working from home can be wonderful but can at times also be a mixed blessing!  Not having to set off in the car each morning is a joy, however you do have to be careful to separate work and home. Sometimes it can be difficult to leave all the chores waiting to be done until your work day has finished!  Clearing up after the family, walking the dog, feeding the cat,( we seem to have a houseful of ancient and demanding pets!)  if you are not careful can eat into the day particularly if you are doing the school run and often the school day is short!.  Friends and family might find it hard to get to grips with the fact that you are working even though you are at home.

If possible organise a separate dedicated work space/ home office or even your own shed and try to make sure that everyone knows that space is your work!  This time of year  there is the hope of spring with longer daylight hours and even a bit of sunshine, it can be energising to re-organise your working space and adding a bit of colour is often a good place to start. This doesn't necessarily have to mean completely re-decorating  sometimes painting the frame of  pin boards in a bright colour and pinning up new photos and images can give the room a lift. Even a bunch of fresh flowers makes a difference.

Tulips in white ribbed jug

A tidy up and some new accessories, particularly storage or even some desk accessories maybe some new pens or pencils can give so much pleasure particularly if you are a stationery fiend like me! Oh and maybe some new prints or paintings on the wall too.


And for us at Red Hen we just had to have one of these bright red phones!


A Fun Gift for a Child

If you are looking for a special gift for a child how about a stylish breakfast set? A choice of two designs either Alphabet or Numbers,  both are bright and cheerful with a bold design. Packed into a round box it includes a ceramic bowl, plate, mug and an egg cup.  An educational and fun […] Continue reading →

A simple striped rug

  Adding a simple striped rug to your kitchen or hallway can add extra style to the room.  Often introducing another colour or texture makes the whole design pull together. These cotton and jute striped rugs come in six colours and look great in front of an Aga or work well brightening up a dark […] Continue reading →

Garden lovers event

  Anyone with a passion for plants and a love of the countryside will find this annual event at the beautiful Helen's Manor in Much Marcle Herefordshire on the 11th and 12th June 10-4pm a facinating place to visit   The Garden Festival is a lovely event organised by Friends of the Steiner Academy Hereford as part of […] Continue reading →

Jugs and Teapots

     I adore this beautiful old tea pot!  I found it at a car boot sale recently and although badly damaged I decided it would make a lovely decorative vase!  My other favourite at the moment is this corn yellow jug with cream spots which also makes a great vase and is available from our […] Continue reading →

English Roses

Gorgeous sunny weather and the scent of roses how wonderful! This year the roses do look spectacular and one of the most enjoyable things is cutting some to scent the house. I like to put them in just about every room in various ways from tiny little vases with a single bloom or in one of […] Continue reading →

Blossom on the hedgerows

Sunshine is a wonderful thing!  Here in the Gloucestershire  countryside there  is so much blossom, the hedges and  fruit  trees are in full bloom they really do  look so beautiful. Bluebells in the woods at last, the scent is wonderful. To continue  my spring mood, I found this bluebell  scented soap, made in the UK and patriotically […] Continue reading →

Out in the garden

Gardeners Apron Garden String Holder Time to make the most of the lovely sunshine and get out in the garden.  You might like to know that we sell a very smart gardeners apron which is made from a re-cycled  fabric from the leather industry, it is water resistant and light and comfortable to wear.  It […] Continue reading →