10 Unusual Gifts for dog lovers

10 Unusual Gifts for dog lovers:

Bone Shaped Slate Food Mat

Bone shaped mat
Bone shaped mat

This beautiful natural, riven slate serving mat is laser etched with a pet motif and you can add the name of your pet. Perfect for placing your pets food and drink bowls onto. Each mat has non-scratch and non-slip neoprene foam base. Food safe oil finish. Size 48x 31cm.   This can also be personalised.




Various dog breed personalised prints

dog shaped word print
dog shaped word print

Personalise your print with your own words and colours arranged in the shape of the dog breed you choose. Differing sizes available all for the same price.





Dog Bowl Water Bottle

dog bowl water bottle
dog bowl water bottle

Running, fetching, and showering your human with love can be thirsty work. Designed just for dogs, this water bottle keeps your canine companion well hydrated on the go. With just a squeeze of the bottle, the attached dish fills with water at an inviting height for dogs to drink. This patented design is leak-proof and excess water drains back into the bottle to minimize waste. The adjustable velcro strap lets you attach the bottle to a backpack, belt, or wrist. Fits any standard car cup holder for easy one-handed access when driving. Food safe and BPA free.




Ifetch Interactive Ball Launcher Dog Toy

i fetch dog toy
i fetch dog toy

Keep your active puppy engaged and entertained with the iFetch Ball Launcher Dog Toy. The iFetch automatically launches the included balls for your dog to fetch, and will launch them again when your dog returns the ball to the toy.




Personalised Slate Dog Lead Holder

This slate lead hanger is made from natural, smooth, charcoal grey slate. Your dog’s name and a choice of dog breed motif will be laser etched onto the slate next to the word ‘LEADS’. Add one or two dog names to this hanger and they will adjust the hooks to match the amount of names. Maximum 2 names/hooks.





Dog Toy Storage Chest

Storage chest
Storage chest

This stylish dog toy storage crate is made especially for you in a vintage style. Delivery 5-7 days.




Pet Friend Charm Necklace

pet friend charm necklace
pet friend charm necklace

They say there can be a family resemblance between pets and their owners—so why not accessorize together? These charm sets are a clever way to show the devotion, inspiration, and love you share with your pet. Put one of the enamelled brass charms on your pet’s collar and wear the other yourself (chain included) to celebrate the special bond you feel every day. Sweeter still, each pair of charms is designed as two “broken” halves of a circle, so the Messages—”Best Friends” or “You Rescued Me”—are complete only when you and your furry soulmate are together. The human half of each set can also be used for two inseparable pet friends.




The Dog IQ Test

dog IQ test
dog IQ test

Is your dog an undiscovered genius?  This guide enables you to judge how smart your dog is via three super fun quizzes that will measure the skills of your dog in terms of social behaviour, motor skills, memory and communication.  This book also guides you through how to analyse your dog’s score and gives you fun tips for improving it in the future.  Now you can see if your dog really is a canine Einstein.




The Dog Selfie Kit

dog selfie kit
dog selfie kit

This makes a great gift for anybody who has a dog and a camera. All of the other bits are provided in this kit. It comes with 11 props and a wipe-off marker board to write dog related quips such as ‘I’m pawfect’, ‘Working like a Dawg’, ‘No Dog-nity’, ‘I’m the Dog Father’ and our personal favourite ‘I look ruff’.  It’s the pawfect gift!  You can throw a pair of comedy sunglasses over their eyes, give them a pretend tie, stick an orange hat on their hairy head and they won’t bat an eyelid. That’s what makes them such great selfie models, that and the fact that they’re hilariously adorable and funny at the same time.




Send a gift to a dog in Battersea Dogs and Cat Home

battersea dog gift
battersea dog gift

Choose a gift from the Battersea Dog and Cat Home website to send to a dog in care and help out this wonderful charity.  There are a few gifts to choose from, such as this lovely soft fleece blanket that enable the dogs to snuggle up cosily in their kennels.





14 Healthy Family Meal ideas for Busy Mums

14 Healthy Family Meal ideas for Busy Mums

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be an octopus?  All those extra hands would certainly make doing the laundry, washing the pots, ironing the clothes, helping with homework, brushing the floors, preparing breakfast, lunches and dinners, emptying the bins, actually managing to keep ourselves clean and showered and maybe even brush our own hair once in a while a whole lot easier.  I mean, an octopus has it so easy they can even afford to eat the odd limb in a state of boredom or stress and there’s us human mums, with a mere two hands, running around trying to complete on average 26 different tasks of a morning before our day has even started.  Well, I’m here to help… no I don’t have some magic potion that will allow us all to sprout 6 more arms but I can help with the planning and preparing of mealtimes.  Here you will find a list of healthy family meal ideas for us busy mums and ideas on how to make mealtimes less stressful:

Firstly, organisation is the key. Invest in a meal planner that the whole family can see, like this lovely slate notice hanging board menu from Bespoke and Beautiful: https://www.bespokebeautiful.co.uk/slate-hanging-notice-board-menu-with-the-days-of-the-week-down-the-side.html

Menu meal planner
Menu meal planner

Planning your weekly meals at the start of the week, saves money and waste as you only buy food that you actually need.  It also saves time, as you can prepare and won’t have to face that frantic, ‘hang on, I’m out of olive oil so I need to pop to the shop’ scenario or face scrabbling about in the freezer only to end up serving 20 different varieties of potato with a couple of fish fingers.  Also, having the weekly menu on display should hopefully ward off cries of, ‘What’s for dinner, I’m starving,’ or your partner making himself a late night bacon butty with the pack of bacon you bought especially for your hunter’s chicken (although I can’t guarantee that a displayed menu will actually stop this from happening but at least you will also have something quite hard to hit them over the head with if they do!)

Secondly, having the right equipment to make the job easier is a wise investment.  Slow cookers can be bought relatively cheaply.  This guide from The Independent outlines the things to consider such as size and ease of use, as well as reviewing the best slow cookers on the market:



Using a slow cooker is so easy, just layer your food in the pot in the morning, set the timer and forget all about it until its feeding time at the zoo.  It’s also a very healthy way of cooking fresh food and simmering over a low heat for several hours results in a delicious meal.Thirdly, using bins or storage tubs that fit inside your fridge or freezer to store each day’s ingredients in makes it even easier to grab everything you need in one go and save time.
And lastly, ordering your food online and having it delivered straight to your door, a service most supermarkets offer, saves you time and money and stops you from being distracted by everything else on sale.  I can’t tell you the amount of times I popped to my local supermarket for an onion and came out with a pair of shoes, a new vase, 3 magazines, a host of hair accessories for my daughter, an Xbox game and my own body weight in sweets…none of which I actually needed.


So now you are organised, here is a list of 14 healthy family meal ideas you can add to your meal planner:



Turkey Bolognaise Pasta Bake





Cauli-cheese Macaroni





Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice

Sweet-n-sour chicken
Sweet-n-sour chicken





Pizza Casserole


pizza casserole

pizza casserole


Slow Cooker Lemonade Chicken

lemonade chicken
lemonade chicken





Slow cooker Italian Lasagne

slow cooker lasagne
slow cooker lasagne






Crunchy Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

quinoa chicken nuggets
quinoa chicken nuggets





Stir Fried Steak Tacos






Mini Bow Ties with Bacon & Peas







Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

Barbecue turkey meatballs
Barbecue turkey meatballs








Classic Beef Burger

classic beefburger
classic beefburger






Slow Cooker Beef Stew


beef stew
beef stew






Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole

Slow cooked sausage casserole
Slow cooked sausage casserole





Creamy Chicken Pasta





Fruity Buttermilk Pancakes

Fruity Buttermilk Pancakes
Fruity Buttermilk Pancakes





Easy Apple Crisp



Milk Ice Lollies with Blackberries

milk ice lollies with blackberries
milk ice lollies with blackberries





Watermelon Split

watermelon split
watermelon split




Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

peanut butter & choc chip mini muffin
peanut butter & choc chip mini muffin





No Freeze instant Berry Ice Cream

no freeze berry ice cream
no freeze berry ice cream







Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

frozen bananas
frozen bananas







Cheesecake stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries








Chocolate Dipped Fruit Cones

Chocolate Dipped Fruit Cones
Chocolate Dipped Fruit Cones








Frozen Banana Yoghurt Bites

frozen banana yoghurt bites
frozen banana yoghurt bites







Yoghurt Filled Raspberries

yoghurt filled raspberries
yoghurt filled raspberries








Apple Wedge Dessert

apple wedge dessert
apple wedge dessert







Soft and Chewy Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Soft Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Healthy Soft Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies






Chocolate Dipped Oranges

chocolate oranges
chocolate oranges









You’re a star sarnies








Fruity Sundae

fruit sundae
fruit sundae







Cheese and Fruit sticks

cheese and fruit sticks
cheese and fruit sticks







Cheese and apple slaw sandwiches

cheese and apple slaw sandwichescheese and apple slaw sandwiches
cheese and apple slaw sandwiches





Muffin Animal Pizzas

muffin animal pizzas
muffin animal pizzas





Cheesy Pretzel Dippers

cheesy pretzel dippers
cheesy pretzel dippers







Cheese Crackers

cheese crackers
cheese crackers






Crispy veggie and cream cheese wrap

Healthy Wraps
Healthy Wraps






Sandwich kabobs

sandwich kabobs
sandwich kabobs







Tuna Pasta Salad

sandwich kabobs
sandwich kabobs






Ham Sushi

ham sushi
ham sushi






Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

peanut butter and choc chip flapjacks
peanut butter and choc chip flapjacks





Crumbly Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws
Cheese Straws






Sausage Rolls

sausage rolls
sausage rolls









12 Unusual Outside Lighting Ideas for your home

12 Unusual Outside Lighting Ideas for your home:

Outside lighting for your home is not only practical but is vital in creating a warm and inviting ambience to your home.  Here are some unusual ways to light up the outdoors of your home:

  1. Illuminated House Signs

These house signs have integrated LEDs, which allow the sign to become ‘edge-lit’ when darkness falls.  Not only do they create a contemporary feel to your home, but they are highly practical, helping your home to be found when the dark nights and early mornings fall upon us.




  1. Tile Lights
tile lights
tile lights

Tile lights are such an impressive way to give a modern, distinguished look to a contemporary home. If positioned correctly they are also a magnificent way to highlight a well-cared for garden or to light the pathway up to your front door.  They are also an excellent safety feature, perfect for lighting steps where it is easy to trip after dark.



  1. LED Planters
LED Planter
LED Planter

These large plant containers are perfect for lining a path or driveway, or marking the entrance to a porch. They create extra visual interest in a modern night-time garden and show off plants and shrubs whilst costing very little to run.




  1. Rope Lighting
Rope Lighting
Rope Lighting

Rope lighting, also known as tube lighting, was made for illuminating walkways, adding ambient glow to decks and highlighting focal points in the yard.  It is versatile and simple to install.




  1. Lights that double up as speakers
Table speaker
Table speaker

Smooz Battery Operated Colour Changing LED Outdoor Table Light with Speaker

This white plastic cube table lamp with colour changing LED and built-in speaker is a practical gadget as well as adding outside lighting to your home.  Its Bluetooth enabled 5W speaker allows you to play music from your smart phone or tablet and the colour changing feature is dimmable through the remote control within 4 metre range.




  1. Festoon Lighting
Festoon Lights Under Parasol
Festoon Lights Under Parasol

If you are a fan of garden parties or want to create a fun, carnival feel then festoon lighting is a unique and quirky way to light up your garden, trees or patio area




  1. Fairy Lights
Country living fairy lights
Country living fairy lights

Ok so there is nothing really unique in fairy lights themselves but there are lots of unique ways to use them.  This article from Country Living, highlights 13 magical ways to use fairy lights in your garden.  Ideas range from creating beautifully lit up hammock areas to creating outdoor chandeliers.




  1. Glow in the Dark Stepping Stones
glow in the dark stepping stones
glow in the dark stepping stones

No matter what stepping stones you may already have or what kind you buy, all you need to do is invest in some glow in the dark paint and you can create your own unique lit up walkway.  Paint and other glow in the dark ideas are available on this website.




  1. Outdoor Candle Tea light Holders
tea light holders
tea light holders

Create a beautiful candlelit glow in your garden with these pretty and weatherproof tea light holders.  They can be hung from the branches of trees or placed around your patio/decking area to create an ambient glow when the sun goes down.




  1. Outdoor Chandeliers
Outdoor chandeliers
Outdoor chandeliers

For those who prefer something far grander, these tea light chandeliers are adorable.  They have long chains and hooks so can be hung from trees, marquees, pergolas to create an unusual and glamorous edge to your outdoor space.




  1. Lit up furniture
lit up table
lit up table

You can buy outdoor furniture that doubles up as outdoor lighting and ensures you can always find your seat or the garden table no matter how dark it gets.  This particular elegant outdoor table features a dimmer switch so you can adjust the table to suit the mood or time of the day. The high quality white plastic table features a glass top to protect it, so it is perfect for your summer cocktail and nibbles.




  1. Outdoor Floor Lamp
outdoor floor lamp
outdoor floor lamp

Bring the inside out and really make your garden feel like an extension of your house by including an actual floor lamp to add a cosy homely feel to your outdoors.  Ideal if you have an outdoor sofa and want to create an al fresco living space.








How to attach a House Name Sign to your caravan

How to attach a House Name Sign to your caravan:

You can of course drill into the outer skin of your caravan and attach a name sign in the same way you would attach one to your house, ensuring you use the correct fixings.  However, if you were to ever sell your caravan or decide to move or replace your sign, the skin will be left with permanent holes where your old sign used to be.  Here are some alternative ideas:

  1. High impact double sided foam tape saves you making holes in the outer skin of your caravan, requires no nails and is very strong. A roll is very reasonably priced, at £7.50 on Amazon.



  1. No Nails could also work depending on the weight or your name sign. This can be bought from most DIY stores, including Homebase and B&Q.


  1. If you have a window ledge, you could buy a standing picture frame to display your name sign through your window. These can be bought reasonably cheap, like the one below at £3.48 from UK Picture Framing Supplies.



  1. A stake that you can attach your sign to and hammer into your lawn is a unique way to display your name sign.


If you decide to go for option 1 or 2, then you may want to consider a house name sign made from a lightweight material, such as acrylic or aluminium.  These acrylic house signs are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours:


Or these aluminium signs offer a more traditional look.  They are both durable and beautiful and are handmade to the highest quality. Being lighter than brass house signs, they are easy to fix on your caravan.



However, if you are going to use option 3 or 4 then you can choose from a wide range of materials depending on the sturdiness of your stand or stake:


Slate can come in a variety of styles: rustic; natural or ridged to name a few.  Slate is an ideal material as it not only looks classy but is a natural and extremely durable material that will look good for years to come.



Eco-Friendly materials:

These name signs are made from 99% recycled vitreous china and TV screens.  They are fully frost and weather proof and are available in two contemporary styles:



Natural Stone:

Has a polished yet natural look about it and is extremely durable.  These Portland Stone signs are handmade from a beautiful, cream colour stone:




If you want more of a rustic look to your name sign, then natural wood is a good option.  You can choose from Oak, Iroko wood and rustic edged wood and your sign will be handcrafted to the highest quality:


Wales at war with China

This week we have been enjoying the company of one of our suppliers from China. Tom and Mr Doh have come from Zhangjiagang area of China to visit us and also take in a few sights. Part of their visit included a short display by historical welsh warriors, Clayton and Nick, who work at HNP.













10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly

10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly:

Choose Category A, B or C rated windows and doors that comply with the Energy Saving Trust, to help save money on heating and fuel bills, improve building energy efficiency, help prevent energy and heat loss and reduce carbon footprint. Or choose wood-framed windows rather than UPVC or metal. They are easier to repair, more insulating, last a lifetime and are less polluting than the cheaper UPVC (unplasticised poly vinyl chloride), from which many domestic window frames are made, which emits toxic compounds.

Buy an eco-friendly nameplate, like this one from http://www.housenameplate.co.uk/eco-friendly-house-signs.html. These nameplates are made from 99% recycled vitreous china and TV screens and fully frost and weather proof.

10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly: Eco friendly house sign

Eco friendly house sign


Choose recycled or upcycled items to use as plant pots, garden decorations or even garden furniture. The following sites have some great ideas if you are looking for inspiration about how to make garden furniture from used pallets, a child’s swing from a used tyre or plant pots from old wellies:





10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly: tyre swings
10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly: tyre swings

tyre swings
Invest in solar panels and insulate your loft and cavity walls– using natural or recycled materials where possible. The cost of this will soon be recuperated in reduced energy bills.

Swap your showerhead for a low-flow version. Standard showerheads use 4-6 gallons per minute but water-efficient low flow showerheads use only 1.5 -2 gallons per minute.  In one year, a family of four can save up to 18,200 gallons of water.  Or you can simply attach a shower flow regulator, like the one below from Amazon, for less than £6, to any existing shower hose. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flow-Regulator-Shower-Hose-Option/ and use a water resistant shower curtain made of cloth rather than vinyl, or install a glass door, as plastic curtains are not recyclable and end up in landfills.

10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly: shower flow regulator
10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly: shower flow regulator

On average, having a bath uses three times more water than having a shower, so where possible choose a shower instead of a bath but if you do have a bath then be more efficient by scooping up the water to use in your garden once you are finished.

Swap your toilet for a modern high-efficiency version, which use less than 2 gallons per flush or even better use a dual flush system with a button for large flushes, using approximately 1.6 gallons and a button for small flushes, using only 0.9 gallons.

Buy an eco-kettle. Most kettles use a ridiculous amount of electricity and most people boil enough water to make six cups of tea when they only need one. Eco-kettles are more energy-efficient and will save you money on your energy bills.

10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly: eco kettle
10 Ways to make your home Eco-friendly: eco kettle

Make sure your electrical appliances are energy efficient – you can research this using energystar.gov Try to limit your use of dishwashers and dryers by using a clothes maid and hand washing dishes.




Choose paint low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful chemicals found in many paints and stains.


For other ideas and inspiration, check out these 5 websites:

  1. https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/recycled-furniture/
  2. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/22-clever-ways-to-repurpose-furniture-pictures
  3. https://www.recyclart.org/home-decor/recycled-furniture/
  4. http://www.homedit.com/14-inspiring-diy-projects-featuring-reclaimed-wood-furniture/
  5. http://www.diyrecycled.com/


Digital Marketing Assistant

Digital Marketing Assistant –  Wrexham LL14 6HA

We are currently recruiting for a new member of the Digital Marketing team.

Job purpose:

Updating and promoting the company’s various websites and social media to ensure the growth of the ecommerce channel.

Principal accountabilities:

  • To help successfully deliver the digital marketing plan.
  • To ensure the company’s websites are kept up-to-date.
  • To help promote the websites online.

Digital marketing – Key skills and experience

  • Managing and updating website content and products on a magento platform
  • A basic understanding of the latest Search Engine Optimisation techniques.
  • Awareness of Google Adwords and Bing PPC campaign building and management.
  • Experience of Google Analytics and Webmaster reporting and analysis.
  • Social media management, including blog writing.
  • Excellent communication and writing skill
  • Willingness to learn product photography including studio lighting
  • Basic Photoshop skills.

Key competencies

  • Highly internet literate.
  • Desire to achieve success and produce results.
  • Comprehensive understanding of ecommerce.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Personable and reliable.

Please state your salary expectations in you application.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Digital Marketing: 1 year

Please email your C.V. and salary expectations to:
Nick Kennard, Head of Digital Sales & Marketing by email to nick@hnpuk.com

Scam warning! – finding a fake letter boxes on your house may be fraudsters stealing bank details

If you’ve come home unexpectedly to find a letterbox on your wall that you didn’t put there, the please be aware. Fraudsters are glusing fake letter boxes to houses to steal bank details.

Several residents in Chorlton have reported that new letterboxes have been mysteriously appearing against their doorways and porches, in some cases the number of the resident’s house has been roughly painted on to the letterbox with the residents having no idea how they got there.
Scam letterbox glued to wall

Scam letterbox glued to wall
Police are now investigating the situation as to whether the boxes are being deliberately placed to get a hold of resident’s banks statements and personal information, allowing access to the resident’s bank accounts and steal all the money within and more.
Concerned residents have been issuing warnings on social media sites such as Facebook to other members of the public to make sure they don’t fall into the same trap. One resident in particular opened up the letterbox to find a bank statement from TSB bank confirming an agreement of a £1000 overdraft even though she has never been with the bank in her life.

Another resident who immediately reported it to the police posted on a social media site: ‘Look out for post boxes like this suddenly appearing on your porch, probably with your house number on as well, also with a mess on the wall (Picture included) indicating where it was glued on and ripped off. The postman was fooled by the fake letterboxes where he put the letters in it including two from TSB bank with confirmation of £600 being taken out and an £1000 overdraft agreement’.
GMP have finally spoken and said ‘We are currently investigating incidents that have been reported to us of post boxes potentially being used to intercept bank notes and mail. We encourage people to stay vigilant and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity around your neighbourhood and if so to report to the police on 101 where you believe that any further incidents believing letters may have been intercepted or tampered with.

Five Famous Homes from Around the World

Five Famous Homes from Around the World


What makes famous houses and estates worthy of their prestige? It’s simple: they’ve mastered the art of curb appeal by capturing our attention at first glance. Painstakingly designed, maintained, and restored, home enthusiasts can find inspiration for their own improvement projects in these much-loved marvels.


Anne Hathaway Cottage – Stratford-Upon-Avon

It’s easy to see why this 600-year-old cottage, located in the hamlet of Shottery, attracts thousands foreign and domestic visitors each year. The childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife has influenced so many people that replicas have been built in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Strolling through the beautifully-maintained herbaceous borders and taking in the scent of flowers and greens creates inspiration for visitors interested in improving their gardens or finally putting in a rustic-chic fence and stone walkway.


Ayers House – Adelaide, South Australia

This colonial Victorian home was crafted for Sir Henry Ayers, Premier of South Australia, who lived in the 40-room mansion from 1855-1897. Today it’s accessible to the public, and serves as a museum and a wedding venue. Ayers House stands out as a striking monument among the modern landscape of Adelaide, and it serves as a treasured piece of history for South Australians. As visitors walk the grey stone path up to the historic site, they are greeted by a lush and perfectly-manicured lawn. At sunset, lampposts and spotlights illuminate the mansion’s gorgeous bluestone bricks. This lavish estate provides endless ideas to onlookers who hope to recreate a sense of Victorian charm in their own homes.


Fallingwater – Pennsylvania, United States

Frank Lloyd Wright designed this architectural wonder as a weekend retreat for Pittsburgh businessman Edgar J. Kaufmann in 1935. Now a National Historic Landmark, Fallingwater, named for the waterfall into which it’s built, has attracted the attention of the public for nearly a century.  Since Wright designed Fallingwater to mesh with its surroundings, nature enthusiasts quickly see the appeal of this sleepy Laurel Highlands haven. In fact, Fallingwater is incorporated so fluidly with the landscape that it provides completely different inspiration depending on the time of year in which it’s viewed.


La Maison de la Reine (The Queen’s House) – Versailles, France

Built as a refuge from court life for Marie Antoinette as a part of her larger “Hameau”, La Maison de la Reine is situated on the edge of a small pond in the Park of Versailles. This two-storey thatch-roofed house borrows from several rural European styles. As a result, it looks charmingly cobbled together. Upon walking up to La Maison, guests immerse themselves in the illusion of a quiet, bygone era that emboldens them to create a fantasy retreat of their own.


House NA – Tokyo, Japan

While these other homes might hold historical significance, House NA is intriguing for a different reason: it offers its tenants very little privacy. Designed by eccentric architect Sou Fujimoto in 2010, House NA isn’t for everyone, but it certainly makes a statement among the drab urban sprawl of Tokyo’s Kōenji District. Fujimoto created this 592 square-metre home with a young couple in mind. Because the walls are made of glass, the three-storey structure gives the illusion of being a single room. Though most of us enjoy more privacy than House NA grants, it’s still alluring in its stark simplicity. Unforgiving to clutter, it nonetheless speaks to those who are looking to downsize. After all, minimalism is in.


What’s your style?

Whether your taste is grand or quaint, ornate or simplistic, it’s easy to see why these homes have had such a lasting impact. From Australia to America, they have rightfully earned their high praise, and will continue to influence homeowners for years to come.

This article has been provided with thanks to Linda Firth, author of the LoveMyVouchers.co.uk Lifestyle blog, where you will find money saving advice and tips on home and garden products, and much more.



Further Reading:

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage:



Australian replica: http://www.bestlodging.com/sites1/10499/

Canadian replica: http://www.birdsofafeather.ca/attractions/anne-hathaways-cottage

American replicas: http://www.anne-hathaways-cottage.com/


Ayers House:





La Maison de la Reine:


House NA:






50 Gifts for Game of Thrones fans:

50 Gifts for Game of Thrones fans:
1. Slate hanging sign – ‘That’s what I do: I drink and I know things’ – Tirion Lannister

That's what I do, I drink and I know things











2. ‘I drink and I know things’ Game of Thrones man’s t-shirt, available in a variety of sizes. £16.99

I drink and I know things t-shirt








3. ‘That’s what I do: I drink and I know things’ high quality ceramic mug

Game of Thrones gifts - mug








4. Ladies ‘I drink and I know things’ Game of Thrones handmade Vest


Game of Thrones I drink and I know things ladies vest







5. Baby vest: ‘That’s what I do: I drink and I know things’ Handmade item for a budding Game of Thrones fan.

Game of Thrones gifts baby vest








6. ‘I drink and I know things’ handmade etched wine glasses

Set of 2, 20 ounce large wine glass, 9 inches tall, can be personalised.

I drink and I know things etched wine glasses







7. ‘I drink and I know things’ Lannister handmade cooking apron.

A cream apron made from 100% soft cotton with a double pocket, black text and a gold lion head. A fun apron for both men and women.

Game of Thrones cooking apron








8. Vinyl Figure: Daenerys Targaryen
The soft heroine with the dragon on her shoulder shakes her head softly when you take her for a ride in your car.

Daenerys Targaryen








9. 6” pop figure: Iron Throne
Forged by the breath of the greatest dragon. Who will you have sit on the iron throne?


Game of throne Iron Throne








10. Vinyl Figure: “It’s not easy being drunk all the time. If it were easy, everyone would do it.”
Tyrion Lannister in Full Battle Armor!

Tyrone Lannister









11. Vinyl Figure: Jon Snow Castle Black (Limited mud splatter edition)

Jon Snow








12. Kahl Drogo 3.75” vinyl figure




13. Game of Thrones Monopoly.

The race for control of Westeros is on with this brand new special Monopoly Game of Thrones game. With artwork from the hit TV series and beautifully crafted playing pieces and villages and keeps, it’s a game for any connoisseur of the seven kingdoms.

Game of Thrones Monopoly









14. Game of Thrones Cluedo

There’s a mystery to solve in Westeros and beyond, in Game of Thrones Cluedo! Will you identify the assassin in Meereen or uncover the treacherous pot in the Red Keep? With 12 characters and beautifully detailed castle shaped holders, and special weapons, this is Cluedo like you’ve never played before.

Game of Thrones Cluedo










15. Game of Thrones Risk

Game of Thrones meets Risk in this game of strategic conquest! War and chaos have descended upon the realms of Men. In Westeros, the death of Robert Baratheon has created a power vacuum with rival Houses competing for control of The Iron Throne. Meanwhile, in Essos, Daenerys Targaryen is building an army to contest the rule of the Ghiscari slavers, before returning to reclaim The Iron Throne. Control vital castles and ports to gain power for your house in this special easy to learn version of the strategy game, Risk.

Game of Thrones Risk










16. A Game of Thrones the Board Game: 2nd Edition

King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle.
In A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, three to six players take on the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, as they vie for control of the Iron Throne through the use of diplomacy and warfare. Based on the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones is an epic board game in which it will take more than military might to win. Will you take power through force, use honeyed words to coerce your way onto the throne, or rally the townsfolk to your side? Through strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, spread your influence over Westeros!


Game of Thrones Risk


17. Game of Thrones Iron Throne Room Construction Set

This construction room from McFarlane Toys allows fans of Game of Thrones to rebuild their favourite scenes. The iron throne room includes the legendary iron throne, faux marble floors, candelabras, a raised platform with steps and a mounted, ornate symbol of the seven-pointed star. It also contains his grace, Joffrey Baratheon and a member of his Kingsguard. The room is highly detailed and in total has 314 pieces. Ages 14+

Game of Thrones construction set









18. Playing Cards
Liven up Poker night with these Game of Thrones Playing Cards.

Game of Thrones playing cards









19. Game of Thrones Family Tree 100 piece puzzle

Game of Throne jigsaw









20. Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros (Hardcover.)

Featuring stunning pop-up recreations of several key locations from the series, including the formidable castle of Winterfell, the lavish capital city King’s Landing, and the Wall’s stark majesty, as well as numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show, such as direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and dragons. All the pops are accompanied by insightful text that relays the rich history of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, forming a dynamic reference guide to the world of Game of Thrones. This book takes readers into the world of the series like never before.

20.Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros (Hardcover.)







21. Game of Thrones Premium Notebook – Targaryen

This high quality Game of Thrones Targaryen Notebook is bound in faux-leather with the Targaryen sigil and motto debossed onto the front. Secured with a grey elastic belly-band complete with enamel Targaryen sigil charm, the cream pages are lined. The inside covers are lined with maps of Westeros and surrounding kingdoms, and there is a grey ribbon page-marker, and an elasticated pen holder. This makes a sleek and stylish gift for Game of Thrones fans and collectors alike. Hardback A5 notebook. Measures 21cm x 14.5cm x 2cm. Approximately 250 lined pages.











22. George R. R. Martin’s a Game of Thrones Leather-Cloth Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series): A Game of Thrones, a Clash of Kings, a Storm of Swords, a Feast for Crows, and a Dance with Dragons

Game of Thrones book set









23. Game of Thrones Colouring Book

Experience George R.R Martin’s epic series like never before with this one-of-a-kind colouring book featuring 45 exclusive illustrations. In a world where weddings are red, fire is green, and debts are paid in gold, countless images leap off the page (or the screen) thanks to the eye-popping intricacy of the vivid settings and details. Now, for the first time, fans of this blockbuster saga can fill in the blanks and marvel as this meticulously imagined universe comes to life, one sword, sigil, and castle at a time. With dozens of stunning original black-and-white illustrations from world-renowned illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold, this unique collector’s item expands the reach of an international phenomenon with flying colours. The perfect gift and the ultimate collectors item for all Game of Thrones fans both young and old. This paperback book has 96 pages and measures: 25.5 x 25.5 x 1cm.

Game of Thrones colouring book










24. Dragon Bookmark Glow in the Dark Bookmark

Dragon bookmark









Household items:
25. Game of Thrones ‘You win or You Die’ set of 4 coasters.

Game of Thrones coasters









26. Targaryen Game of Thrones Baking Mould.
Silicone baking dish, heat and cold resistant, -Size approx. 21 cm.


27. Winter is coming doormat – 60x40cm – Game of Thrones

Winter is coming door mat








28. Fandom Candle ~ Winter Is Coming ~ for those who love Game of Thrones ~ 4oz Soy Candle £6.00

Game of thrones candle







29. Game of Thrones inspired Dinner is Coming wooden chopping cutting cheese board.
Inspired by the popular Game of Thrones books and TV series this chopping board is made from renewable Hevea wood and measures 30cm x 20cm x 1.5cm.

dinner is coming







30. Game of Thrones Lannister drinking glass
Game of thrones glass




31. Game of Thrones Pillow
– Dimensions: 48 x 36 x 10 cm
– Front side: Velboa soft plush (100% polyester)
– Printed on both sides






32. Game of thrones Keyring Pendant

Game of thrones pendant










33. Game of Thrones Replica Catspaw Blade

A blade of Valyrian steel that Catelyn Stark recovered from the assassin sent to finish her son Bran. It was taken to King’s Landing by Lady Stark and shown to Petyr Baelish, who identified it as belonging to Tyrion Lannister. This officially licensed collectible is made from the highest quality materials and has been crafted with special attention to reproduce the authentic details found on the props. This item is not a toy, please keep out of the reach of children. Overall Length: 19.5″ Blade Length: 10″ Blade Material: High carbon damascus steel Handle: Faux “dragon bone” grip with 24k gold plated metal parts. Plaque: Silkscreened wood with Game of Thrones® motif.

Game of Thrones Replica 1/1 Catspaw Blade 49 cm



34. Game of Thrones Dragon Bookends

Daenerys Targaryen is given three petrified dragon eggs as a gift for her wedding to Khal Drogo. Dark Horse has skillfully replicated all three dragon eggs into a deluxe set of triple bookends! Each dragon egg stands 7” tall on its decorative base, and placed together they are just over 13” wide. Use them as bookends, or proudly display them in all of their statuesque glory!
Contains 3 Eggs
Height in inch: 7
Height in cm: 17.8

Dragon egg bookends





35. Longclaw-Inspired Sword of Jon Snow.

Silky smooth, lightweight and solid; this sword feels great in your hand! Inspired by Jon Snow’s Longclaw sword from Game of Thrones. Made from solid hardwoods. Measures 41″ long overall (not quite full-scale). Features the signature triple fuller carved into both sides of the blade and the wolf-head pommel. Finished with a generous coat of our homemade natural beeswax/oil finish for a lovely soft feel!

Game of Thrones sword









36. HODOR Door Wedge Door Stop- Game of Thrones Tribute Door Wedge

This European Beechwood HODOR door stop will resonate with any Game Of Thrones fans out there. 15cm long.

Hodor door wedge









37. Game of Thrones Wood Engraved iPhone Case – iPhone 6 with House Stark, Targaryen, Baratheon, Lannister, Greyjoy or Arryn.

Let the world know where your House loyalty lies, with a wooden engraved Game of Thrones iPhone 6/6s case from Everything Etched. Made from real wood, and featuring a rosewood finish, these laser engraved cases are the perfect accessory for any GoT fan. With your choice of one of the six house sigil designs, you can raise your house banner, whenever you raise your phone

Game of thrones iphone covers





38. Map – Westeros & Essos Game of Thrones Poster.
This Game of Thrones giant poster features a size of 140 x 100 cm and is an eye-catcher on every wall.


39. Antique Map Game of Thrones Poster.
Size: 91.5 x 61 cm

Game of Thrones map poster







40. Game of thrones inspired wall art sign rustic wood.
One of a kind and ready to hang on the wall.




41. Framed Personalised Game Of Thrones Inspired Moon Of My Life My Sun And Stars Print.

Framed digital print, in a watercolour style design. Can be personalised with optional names.

Moon of my life framed print









42. Game of Thrones Inspired Dragon Heels.
All shoes are made to order and the design can be changed/altered to meet your needs.

Game of Thrones dragon heel shoes









43. Handmade Game of Thrones inspired Charm Bracelet from the hit series.
Made with Tibetan Silver Charms on a silver plated 20cm in length with lobster clasp and added beads. Comes giftboxed.

Game of thrones charm bracelet







44. Game Of Thrones Backpack

Game of thrones backpack









45. Game of Thrones ‘Stark Winter Direwolf’ Men’s t-shirt

Game of Thrones ‘Stark Winter Direwolf’ Men’s t-shirt








46. Game of Thrones Varsity Jacket

46.Game of Thrones Varsity Jacket









47. Game of Thrones Wallet

Game of Thrones Wallet








48. Game of Thrones Shoulder Bag

Game of Thrones Shoulder Bag









49. Game of thrones costume, wildling costume, ygritte costume, made to order.

The coat is fully lined and has a hood. It has a belt that ties around the waist. The coat is brown with brown fur that has had a snow effect applied to it. The belt is brown leather with a silver buckle that has also had the snow effect applied.

49.Game of thrones costume, wildling costume, ygritte costume, made to order.






50. Men’s Stainless Steel Leather Bracelet
Game Of Thrones Wolf Bracelet.
Material: Leather
Length 20.5 cm, wide 0.8 cm
Weight: 25 g

50.Men’s Stainless Steel Leather Bracelet