About Maritza

Home & Kids, is a family lifestyle shop in South East London, selling beautiful gifts, toys and home accessories. We also have a small selection of vintage items which frequently change as customers seem to love them! If you are interested in us writing an article or mentioning a subject or product on our blog, please contact us info@homeandkids[dot]co[dot]uk . We will consider anything which we feel our customers would like to read about and if it is in keeping with what we do.

Span-ish Supper Club

Come and join Span-ish for a lovely, warm and welcoming evening of lovingly cooked Spanish food with a few twists. The menu for the night will be as follows:

Date : Saturday 9 June

Time : 8pm

Price : £35 per person

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Span-ish is the brainchild of Lilly Birch, who grew up in Valencia, Spain after her family made the move from the UK when Lilly was a young girl. The Span-ish Supper Club was borne from a love of the rich, full flavours of the Spanish cuisine she grew up with and the idea to share the authentic flavours of Valencia.

So Lilly’s vision for her night at Home Cafe will be that of everyone coming together with their shared loved of authentic Spanish food. Everyone will sit together, maybe even share some tapas before the main and even better you may even make new acquaintances. I can vouch that I attended a supper club like this in Central London and it was one of the most enjoyable meals out I’ve had. Not just because of the food but because of the company. We met people from different parts of London who we would never have met otherwise. All with their stories to tell.  So this is different to a normal restaurant experience – think of it as someone cooking for you in their home but with dinner guests you are yet to meet.

Hope to see you there

Maritza x

Booqa Supper Club

Booqa Supper Club

Date : Saturday 23 June

Time : 7.00pm

Price 35.00 per head

We have a delicious supper club coming up at our cafe in collaboration with Booqa 

“We get our seafood from Billingsgate Market on the day so it’s fresh and at its best. We boil our seafood in a our unique mix of herbs and spices with sweetcorn, potatoes, sausages and chorizo. It is then tossed in our special buttery sauce and served in food bags, the best way to experience our signature sauce. If you have space left, we’ll serve you a slice of Jenni’s apple pie with homemade custard. ”

“This is our take on a seafood boil, super popular in the United States but we haven’t seen many around London – so we created our own so you can experience it locally! There is no need to dress up for this supper club. We will provide bibs and crab forks – no other cutlery is necessary here, just your hands!”

Click HERE to book.

We hope to see you there!

Maritza x

Are we going house plant crazy?

I’m the first person to hold up my hands and admit I have been heavily influenced in my own home by the recent revival of the humble house plant. I love them in as many rooms as possible as I feel they add a natural feel to any decor and provide a sanctuary away from craziness of everyday life whatever your interior tastes are. They look just as amazing in neutral or monochrome interiors as they do in more traditional styles.

If I’m perfectly honest they remind me of my own South American background where rich foliage are evident in all situations from the houses to the streets, in shops or adding a bit of interest to boring old banks and offices to the mini jungle style parks…

 

 

Which brings me to the recent interior craze of hanging plants, more specifically string plant holders. There are so many varieties available these days and the more creative of you out there are even crocheting or knotting or more specifically macrame (ing) your own!  If this is your kind of thing I found some tutorials HERE  But for those of you like me who are not very creative with your hands you can buy them online HERE

To give you some inspiration of how effective they can look in your home take a look at these pictures taken from PINTEREST

If you love these as much as I do you can find some more inspiration on Pinterest or take a look on our website

Bye for now

Maritza x

Flower Mad

If you follow me on instagram you will see that I have gone slightly flower mad! Flowers obviously make great photo subjects, the colours, shapes, textures and varying displays which change with the seasons. Call me silly but I never appreciated their true beauty until I attended Emily Quinton’s photography course Her style of photography is very much focused around flowers. The petals, the leaves, when their freshly cut, fully opened or dying. All stages can make beautiful pictures. It just took a little bit of thinking out of the box and seeing things through fresh eyes. – totally inspiring!

After the course, I was excited to use the skills I had learnt and to try and incorporate flowers with food shots which I am doing for our Bar and Restaurant (see previous post) This is very much work in progress but I’m enjoying the challenge!

There are so many incredibly talented food stylists and photographers and I couldn’t believe how difficult it is to create similar shots. I mean it’s food and flowers. They don’t move, they’re the perfect models. How hard can it be? But as I’ve found out, there’s so much to think about. The background, props, lighting and even the story. They can all create a different mood or make you feel a certain way.

Hopefully I’ll be able to show you some more shots as I get more confident in knowing what works and what doesn’t. In the meantime check out my pinterest board for more inspiration.

Image taken from pinterest

Bye for now

Maritza

A Rewarding Advent Calendar

Some of you may have heard of Belle & Boo. We’re huge fans at the shop as we love selling their gorgeous products but did you know this Christmas, Belle and Boo have partnered up with The Kids Company to make a difference to the lives of many children who might not have the best start. If you’d like to take part,  you could not only make yourself and child a unique advent calendar but 100% of sales go to the Kids Company. Kids Company is an award winning charity which provides practical, emotional and educational support to 36,000 inner city children in the UK. Christmas is particularly tough this time of year, many of whom won’t receive a proper meal, let alone a Christmas present, without your help.

This calendar is available in a downloadable PDF format and costs £5. You will get PDF kit to make 25 individually numbered and beautifully designed packets for you to fill full of treats, ready to open on the days leading up to Christmas Day. A fantastic craft project to get you in the festive mood. All you will need is some good quality paper to print out on, scissors, glue or tape and 25 mini pegs, available in most good craft shops.

Bye for now

Maritza