Share a shot of your home to win £1,000

Anglian Homes is giving you the chance to bag yourself £1,000 in an online interior styling competition, which in my book is the perfect excuse to faff around at home taking pictures.  

To enter, all you have to do is take a photo of somewhere in your home that you have styled yourself and post it to their website, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed using the hashtag #STLEDBYME  

It could be a piece of up-cycled furniture that you particularly proud of, a whole new kitchen update that you have undertaken or just a cute vignette from your home that demonstrates your unique styling prowess.

Here's my first entry (and you can expect a lot more since there's no limit to entries right up until 18th June). This is a vintage display cabinet that is now home to my favourite shoe collection. I had some mirrored glass fixed onto the back to give it some extra glamour and used a couple of my tried and tested styling props to make it insta-worthy.

If you need a helping hand, try these top tips for styling up a sideboard or cabinet:

1) Use a colour pop to attract attention (this yellow bag is a winner)

2) Prop pictures or mirrors up against the wall rather than having a big space between the furniture and a wall hanging.

3) Get the right mix of old and new so it doesn't look too dated, twee or catalogue perfect.

4) If in doubt, add a plant.

5) Employ the old book stacking trick to get varying heights going on. 

Don't forget to addd your location to your post because there is also a regional prize of £500 up for grabs which would come in really handy for the ultimate weapon in your styling armour ...

Leopard print sandals  Gianvito Rossi from Net-A-Porter

Leopard print sandals Gianvito Rossi from Net-A-Porter

Click here for more details of the competition.

Happy styling!

Claire

 

Tickled pink with Interior blog awards nomination

VOTE MY HOUSE CANDY HERE

The Candy Files - What's hot, what's not and what's what at my place.

This week...

House Candy = Pink & perky

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Voting is now open for this year's Interior Blog Awards, hosted by gorgeous interiors brand Amara and it is with rosy cheeks and puckered lips that I thank you from the bottom of my heart for my nomination. 

I am totally bowled over to be in the Best Design Inspiration category and up against some ridiculously cool brands and actual journos-turned-superbloggers... I know right.

Voting is open throughout August when I will be ramping up my output here on the blog and bringing you more design inspiration than you can fill a vintage cadillac with. 

Starting today with a tickled pink inspired Candy Files, dedicated entirely to the colour of my latest crush.

I am officially obsessed with PINK.  

This thing with pink started back in Easter when I bought a pink trouser suit and realised after years of failing at any Kings Road style camel colours, THIS was a nude that actually suited me. Mine was from Next and is now sold out but Top Shop's new range proves the trend is good for Autumn/Winter too.

Pink trouser suit £100  www.topshop.com

Pink trouser suit £100 www.topshop.com

It got me me thinking, if pink works with fair skin and freckles, then maybe it works in other places it shouldn't too. Like doors for example. 

Tick.

Or beds that aren't for grannies or baby girls.

Tick.

Even boys can love pink!  www.loaf.com' s luscious lazy linen is similar to this.

Even boys can love pink! www.loaf.com's luscious lazy linen is similar to this.

Also on Floors.

Tick.

This blush pink thick pile sheepskin is a vintage find but  www.wayfair.com  has a large selection of pretty pink rugs.

This blush pink thick pile sheepskin is a vintage find but www.wayfair.com has a large selection of pretty pink rugs.

From palest blush to shocking fuscia, this month's Elle Decoration has hailed pink the hue of the moment and I'll happily drink to that.

Fine and Candy = Pink drinks

Always appropriate in summer, at weddings or on random Tuesday's when you get an actual IBA nomination. Pink champagne is the essence of this shade; all girly and giggly and glow inducing. 

So fond of pink bubbles am I, that I've taken to drinking them in dainty little vintage beakers, featuring... well whatdyaknow... more pink bubbles. Hic.

Pink spotty tumblers - find similar on ebay.

Pink spotty tumblers - find similar on ebay.

On the subject of pink bubbles, I'm wondering if they are also to blame for this retro blown glass lamp shade which I fell for at the skip shop yesterday. 

Flamingo lamp perhaps?

Flamingo lamp perhaps?

Does this trouble you? Follow me on Instagram to watch its reincarnation into sassy plant holder.... or something.

Candy Pandy = Pinky Promise

Like when you SAY you're gonna vote for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards and then you never quite get round to it and all the other amazing bloggers get shortlisted and go to The Ham Yard for the glitzy award ceremony and I get to stay on my sofa with a cheap bottle of pink fizz to drown my sorrows.

Look, I scrub up REALLY well and nobody EVER in the history of my home town has been to a blog awards, never mind one about creating cool houses and, and well I'm 41 FFS. If it doesn't happen now, when will it happen? 

Seriously, my dad is getting impatient. He wants all the money he invested in my university education back and is threatening to find me a real job.

My kids are also breathing down my neck: "Believe in your dreams," I said, "You can be anything you want to be," I said. "Go on then," they said.

"Oh, alright."

You are the only people who can change this situation people. The power is in your fingertips. All you have to do is click on this link:

VOTE FOR MY HOUSE CANDY

And help me be that blogger from Brighouse who blagged her way to The Ham Yard with all the cool brands and the top bloggers. I mean, wow, if you really want to see someone blush. 

Do you?

Claire x

PS If you share this post you will also get put into the draw to win a weekend at my fave seaside hideaway as per my previous post .. because - and let's just be clear on this - I am NOT above bribery. Not yet.

Win a weekend at The Sands, Scarborough!

Well hello again!

Seeking the shade at Selfie School Kos with my favourite teacher (who was flown out especially).

Seeking the shade at Selfie School Kos with my favourite teacher (who was flown out especially).

I feel like I have neglected you over the past two weeks, wth two back to back vacays and an indulgent fortnight of sun, sea, sand, selfies, surfing and ...er what's that other S word that crops up a lot where my holidays are concerned? Oh yes, Scarborough!  

My boys kicking off the summer holidays in style at North Bay, Scarborough

My boys kicking off the summer holidays in style at North Bay, Scarborough

Now, I reckon I owe you one for sticking with me through LOTS of lame instagramming and not enough actual blogging sooooooo - drum roll please... I have decided to treat at least one of you to a weekend away at my (not so secret) seaside hideaway.

The Sands  is where I escape to when I need to get away from it all. Tanya Burr has SoHo Farmhouse, Zoella has Miami. My House Candy has Scarborough. That's just how it is, but you know what? I wouldn't swap them. Not even for their 32 million followers and a lifetime's supply of own brand nail polish... I doubt.

Because THIS is the view you wake up to if you stay in a seafront apartment at The Sands.

The actual view from my actual balcony at The Sands, Scarborough

The actual view from my actual balcony at The Sands, Scarborough

And whether it's cracking t'flags with scorchio North Yorkshire sunshine like this...

My special place (and theirs too)

My special place (and theirs too)

North Bay promenade outside The Sands

North Bay promenade outside The Sands

Or bright and bracing with waves that can knock you into next week like this...

...the beautiful view of multi coloured beach huts, a crumbling castle ruin, Victorian holiday villas and a sea that makes me want to head over the water to Scandinavia aboard a longboat with a bearded, horny headed Viking ... have I gone too far?

You get the drift. It's a view (and a micro climate) that allows you to leave your troubles behind. And I want you to have a piece of the action.

All you have to do is like My House Candy Facebook page or share this post on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #housecandy. The competition will run until the end of August when I will pick a winner at random. The prize is a 2 night stay at my 2 bed, sea front holiday apartment* worth over £500.

The apartment is self catering with one double en-suite and one twin bedroom. Included in the prize is a luxury welcome hamper full of delicious local Yorkshire farm produce, towels, complimentary toileteries and even your own white waffle bathrobes. So if you want to stay in bed eating bacon butties and ogling some fit surf dudes for the entire weekend, well it's my pleasure ;)

Learn to surf at Dexter's Surf School at The Sands

Learn to surf at Dexter's Surf School at The Sands

Our swish seaside home from home

Our swish seaside home from home

For those of you who are slightly more adventurous or want to bring the kids, The Sands is just a stone's throw away from the brand new 14 million pound Alpamere water park boasting the biggest water slides in the UK and a tropical, heated infinity pool looking out to sea.

A map of the brnad spanking new 14 million pound Alpamere water park in North Bay, Scarborough

A map of the brnad spanking new 14 million pound Alpamere water park in North Bay, Scarborough

Peasholm Park with its crazy Chinese theme, complete with island pergoda and dragon boats is right on your doorstep. Depending on what time you go you could be treated to a war time military sea re-enactment, a mad old geezer in the middle of the lake singing songs and playing star wars theme tunes his organ or a quiet game of pitch and putt and a proper 99er (juice and sprinkles required).

Peasolm Park, Scarborough

Peasolm Park, Scarborough

If you're into cricket (or want to bring Grandad) Scarborough cricket ground is also a five minute's walk from the apartment and has got to be one of the prettiest grounds the sport has to offer.

Good old fashioned stripey deckchair fun

Good old fashioned stripey deckchair fun

There's also a mini railway to take you to the Sealife centre, an open air theatre that this week will play host to Noel Gallagher and of course the obligatory donkey rides on the beach.

Noel Gallagher's high flying birds (not Seagulls) are playing Scarborough open air theatre this week

Noel Gallagher's high flying birds (not Seagulls) are playing Scarborough open air theatre this week

Sorry but dId I just use the words Noel Gallagher and donkey rides in the same sentence? I mean, THAT's Scarborough for you and my advice is just roll with it.

So go on, get liking and sharing and hashtagging #housecandy and hopefully I will see you for a slap up fish supper in Scarbs. 

Good luck!

Claire x

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