House of Fraser
Enjoy eating and drinking outdoors with colourful acrylic flutes, wine glasses, pitchers, plates and tumblers in olive, violet and raspberry, from only £3 for a flute.
Liven up the patio on summer stripe, spot and paradise leaf cushions, all £20 each. Large striped candles are £20 and mini flower pot candles in bright colours cost £8 for a set of four.
Just some of the new products from House of Fraser to brighten our gardens.
For stockists see www.houseoffraser.co.uk or call 0845 602 1073
Linen — perfect and pure
Former marketing girl Laura Pitt has recently set up Lindolino, a mail-order linen company with a small but perfect range of pure linen bedlinen.
The idea is simple: pillowcases, duvet covers, flat and fitted sheets, made in Italy, are available in all the standard sizes and come in a choice of white/cream, in two simple designs and in either fine or extra fine. The prices are highly competitive, with pillowcases £25-£40, and duvet covers at up to £220.
For more information contact Laura through www.lindolino.com or on 0784 3038313.
That’s a good idea with a twist
If space in the kitchen is tight, the new Nolte open shelf wall unit spin rack is the perfect solution. It is a wall hung unit that spins.
On one side is a shelf for storing crockery and anything else, on the other is a back panel with an optional blackboard or magnetic panel for shopping lists and other household reminders. It comes in a variety of laminate finishes and costs from around £1,430.
See www.markdavid.co.uk or call 01279 868500 for more information.
Shop of the Week
The owners of this shop off Carnaby Street are having a green shoots moment. Their design-led homestore has proved so successful that a new branch is opening in Shoreditch.
Former marketing man Chris Curtis and his partner, interior designer Laurent Nurisso, say: “Our aim is to bring together the latest in design trends, colours, materials, objects, furniture, gifts and accessories.”
So you will find everything from designer Snowden Flood’s cool Urban Landscape plates at £25.50 and a Modernist take on birdtables from Stina Sandwell (£39.95) in a range of colours: stick them in the ground or buy an optional metal base for use on the patio.
Visit www.lifestylebazaar.com or take a trip to Lifestyle Bazaar at 11a Kingsland Road, E2 (020 7739 9427).
Traditional good looks with 21st century flare
This designer recently said in a BBC interview that chairs did not have to be comfortable but his collaboration with George Smith, the top-of-the-range upholstered furniture makers, suggests otherwise. They have launched a new collection of chairs and sofas in five designs, made using traditional methods.
The Wingback range, inspired by the classic 18th century gentleman’s chair with its high back and curved sides, consists of a two and a three-seater sofa (above), a chair and a footstool.
The range comes in fabulous vibrant shades, in mohair velvet, wool boucle or tweed linen (from £1,200 for the footstool up to £6,200 for the three-seater).
The Club chair and sofa are an updated version of a typical 1950s settee, while the Plump range looks as it sounds.
See www.tomdixonbygeorgesmith.com or call 020 7384 0416.
Cheer up old chairs
Recycling is fashionable so give your battered old chairs and sofas a new lease of life from Urban Upholstery, set up by design consultant Patrizia Sottile and established upholsterer, Andrea Simonutti.
This small North-London based team uses proper traditional and modern techniques, including canvas webbing, horsehair, spiral springs, vegetal fibres and calico, to bring your sunken sofas and chairs springing back to life. Each piece is bespoke. The pair will visit you at home and you can expect to pay anything from £500 to £3,500 for a unique piece taking around two weeks.
For more information, visit Urban Upholstery, 21 De Beauvoir Road, N1; 0207 275 9436/07984 229 196 or see www.urbanupholstery.com.
This is a fabulous fabric sale
Clarissa Hulse is having a spring clean of samples and fabrics at bargain prices. In conjunction with the studio sale, it will run, for one week only (7-15 May), a special clearance sale at www.clarissahulse.com, where many more studio sale bargains will be available.
There are huge reductions on previous collections: cushions, throws and lamp shades from the 2008 spring/summer collection are now at 50 per cent off; 15 per cent off all fabric or wallpaper orders. Homes and Property readers are entitled to a further 10 per cent discount and a surprise gift on presentation of this page at the sale.
Starts Thursday, 7 May at 8am. 132 Cavell Street, E1 (020 7375 1456; www.clarissahulse.com).