I'll drink to that
As the alfresco entertaining season gets going, Cath Kidston has new products to brighten up even the dullest garden, including coloured glass hanging lanterns (£7), ribbed glass tealight holders (£2.50), rose-painted hurricane lamps (£16), tumblers (£3) and wine glasses (right; £24 for a set of six).
There are also strawberry design tumblers (£18 for a set of four) and matching melamine picnicware and napkins. Call 0845 026 2440, or visit www.cathkidston.com.
Lounge around in exotic style
Outdoor furniture company Indian Ocean has opened its third London store. It sells a huge range, from simple folding teak tables to the latest curvey-designed chairs and loungers made of a woven synthetic material.
Each piece feels and looks like rattan but is extremely durable, can be left outdoors and is light enough to move around easily. Cushions in weatherproof fabrics come in different patterns.
New pieces include Hampton Wave loungers (left, £395); Cuba loungers (£950); Carlisle carvers (£495); and the Seaview chaise longue & ottoman (£1,950 complete). Indian Ocean, 90-100 Sydney Street, SW3 (020 7352 9902 or visit www.indian-ocean.co.uk).
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Win tickets to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition
The Royal Academy has 10 pairs of tickets to give away to this year’s Summer Exhibition, which opens on Monday 8 June.
The co-ordinators - Royal Academicians Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper and Will Alsop - have selected works for the exhibition around the theme of Making Space. Highlights include works by Gillian Ayres, David Mach and Danny Rolph (right).
before 23:59 on 17 June 2009.
Show of the week
Former fashion designer Kate Jenkins transforms yarns into works of art using crochet to create plates of fish and chips, bottles of champagne, even a full English breakfast.
Jenkins began making them to promote her knitwear label, Cardigan, but found people wanted to buy them. On show and for sale, with prices from £660-£3,500, from 8-27 June 2009, at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Charlotte Street, W1 (020 7436 4899).
Dolly of a trolley
The Luxembourg outdoor trolley is part of a range of furniture designed by Frédéric Sofia. The apple-green trolley is made of lightweight aluminium, with a fade-resistant polyester finish. It has a removable tray top and a slotted section for bottles.
It costs £375 from The Conran Shop and is available to buy online. Visit www.conranshop.co.uk.