In our house we live by the William Morris mantra – ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ That is, we often recklessly throw away things that other people would probably keep, thinking they ‘might come in handy one day’. We have an assortment of pretty trinkets cluttering up our rather small house instead of useful things like pot lids or mops.

The UK is now building the smallest houses in Europe, with an average new build one bedroom house now being roughly the size of a tube train carriage. I kid you not. This being the case, it can often be difficult to know how to furnish your home effectively, with both useful and beautiful things, to make it look less like a tube carriage with beds and more like a double page spread in a Laura Ashley catalogue.

Luckily the latest competition here at Slummy Single Mummy is here to help. I’m giving you the chance to win £150 to spend at Amara.co.uk, a website full of stylish designer homeware, accessories and gifts. From cutlery to incense sticks to garden lighting, Amara has everything you could need for a beautiful and useful home.

Here are some of my favourite things from the site, in case you win and decide to send me a belated birthday gift:

Orla Keily Abascus Tomato Bed Linen.

Orla Keily Abascus Tomato Bed Linen.

Melody rose drangonfly teapot

Melody rose drangonfly teapot

Rob Ryan faux leather coin purse

Rob Ryan faux leather coin purse

There are a few different ways to enter, and every method you use counts as an extra entry:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what essential/beautiful thing you couldn’t live without at home. Kettle? Diamante encrusted cat ornament?

2. Tweet the following – I’d love to win £150 worth of designer homeware from @AmaraLiving and @mummyblogger http://ht.ly/krzA1  #competition

3. Like Amara on Facebook

4. Follow Amara on Twitter

Just leave a comment to let me know which you do. The competition will close on 15th May 2013 and you can read the full T&Cs here.

Good luck!

As seen on ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

Follow:

I don’t need to say any more than that do I?

Personally, I’m a massive cocktail fan. Mostly I don’t actually like the taste of alcohol, so any alcoholic drink that I can actually enjoy for the flavour is great for a start. I also love the glamour of it. Sipping a cocktail from a Martini glass makes me feel like a Bond girl, even if I am at home in my pyjamas.

(Not that I would drink cocktails at home in my pyjamas. Gosh no. Who would do that? *ahem*)

Recently I was given the not really very arduous task of testing out the new pre-mixed range of cocktails from Tails Cocktails. The idea behind them is that you can get all the fabulous flavour of a freshly mixed cocktail, but you don’t need to worry about tossing it all up in the air Tom Cruise style and dropping it on your head. (I am quite clumsy). They come in miniatures, or large bottles for taking to dinner parties as a fancy alternative to a bottle of wine. View Post

Follow:

It feels like a bit of an oxymoron doesn’t it? A rock and roll cushion.

I like it though. It makes me feel like the evenings I spend on the sofa, doing a spot of knitting with my feet and up watching reruns of Jonathan Creek really might be cool after all.*

Even if I’m not though, this cushion most definitely is rock and roll. Come on, look at it!

Rock and roll cushion View Post

Follow:

Well goodness me, I was so busy pottering around in Ethiopia and what not, that I totally forgot until today that I was in the middle of running a competition to win a load of Yeo Valley goodies! Good timing though, as I had cleverly set the closing date for yesterday, the day I got back. I surprise myself sometimes with my genius.*

Anyway, drum roll please, I’ve picked a winner!

*bangs hands against side of desk in lieu of drum kit*

(I did actually do that. You have to do something to brighten the day when you work at home on your own.)

The winner is… View Post

Follow:

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

I’ve always been a massive fan of YeoValley, and not just because the let me drive a tractor. I just think there are some companies that are Nice and Proper, you know what I mean? They make you feel good about buying and eating their products, and I never even minded getting stuck behind their lorries on my old Bridgwater to Bath commute.

Yeo Valley is launching a new Limited Edition yogurt, with a delicious and zingy 0% Fat Lemon and Poppy Seed flavour and thanks to me (tada!), you could win some. In fact, you could win more than just yogurt… View Post

Follow: