Back to basics
With perfect timing, John Lewis is going back to its roots. Its haberdashery department was once the store’s biggest draw, but dwindled over the years.
Now JL has enlisted VV Rouleaux to bring its fabulous collection of ribbons, feathers and every kind of passementerie you can think of into the department store, making it once more the haberdasher of choice.
VV Rouleaux at John Lewis, Oxford Street, W1 (020 7627 4455, www.vvrouleaux.com).
Making the switch
As the nights continue to draw in, we will all concentrate on getting cosy, and so will B&Q.
Its autumn home collections include black and white wallpapers incorporating mosaic, lace and damask designs (from £10.98 a roll), tactile felt and chenille cushions (from £9.98 each), light-switch plates in red or deep pink (£1.98) and a range of retro lamps from under £40.
For stockists call 0845 850 0175, or visit www.diy.com.
Roll out the stripes
The Linen Works
From 29 September, lovers of Marina Guirey’s French- and Belgian-based linen look will be able to buy her fabric in her new shop and showroom in Kensal Rise.
The stock currently comprises about 30 fabrics on the roll, from her signature single red stripes on cream to more complex looks.
You will also find Austrian enamelware, bedlinens and cushions, with a bespoke service available for tablecloths and cushion covers.
The Linen Works, 131 College Road, NW10 (www.thelinenworks.com).
The latest clever idea from the talented design duo, intended to both look good and save space in the kitchen, is Nest, a set of stacking implements.
Nest comes in a choice of three different sets, in bright colours or plain white, and includes essentials such as mixing bowls and measuring cups plus lemon juicers and colanders with a non-slip base. Nest 3 starts at £15 and Nest 8 (pictured) is £35.
Available from next week at www.josephjoseph.com, or call 020 7261 1800.