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Imperfect interiors are the subject of our book of the week; news of a hot furniture sale at Skandium; plus shop of the week and more
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Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators by Francesca Gavin

Imperfect interiors

Book of the week
Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators by Francesca Gavin (Laurence King, £19.95). If you’re fed up of books that show nothing but perfect homes, this one will cheer you up.

All the people it features live in quirky places which never strive for perfection. Ryan McGuinness, a Manhattan-based artist, covers walls with tree murals (right). He, and many other artists, designers, curators and oddballs show and tell their stories in this interesting book.

Kitchen by Neil Lerner

Half-price appliances

Neil Lerner
This warehouse sale is offering discounts of up to 50 per cent off various kitchen appliances. Reductions include a Miele oven H5460 down from £1,587 to £793; a Gaggenau oven BO250110 down from £2,459 to £1,229; and a Gaggenau EM201-110 microwave down from £619 to £310 (while stocks last).
Neil Lerner, 489 Finchley Road, NW3. Free street parking from 9am-4pm (020 7433 0705,

Knitted linen dishcloths in many colours

Dishy material

The Swedish company that employs the visually impaired to make all kinds of beautiful brushes has just brought out a range of knitted linen dishcloths in eleven colours. Similar to the company’s range of cotton cloths, these are more durable. They can also be used as face or body flannels and retail at about £5.75 each.

London stockists include Summerhill and Bishop, 100 Portland Road, W11; Sally Bourne Interiors, 10 Middle Crouch End, N8 and Luma, 98 Church Road, Barnes, SW13. For more information about the company see

Strawberry slicer

Strawberry by the slice

Put perfect slices of strawberry on summer puddings using Lakeland’s strawberry slicer (£3.99), serve professional-looking ice creams with the Cuisipro ice cream scoop and stack (£9.98), give children healthy iced lollies using colourful Twistix Lolly Moulds (£6.97 for a set of four) or start your day with a smoothie that you make using a compact machine which comes fitted with a travel mug (£24.56). A few of the clever ideas for a hot summer from Lakeland. Call 015394 88100 or see

Cheltenham Old Raspberry carpet on stairs

Runner and rug bargain

Roger Oates
In a carpet sale of seconds, samples and discontinued lines, Cheltenham Old Raspberry (right) and other all-wool runners are down from £95 a metre to £49; rugs are reduced by 50-60 per cent and fabrics are down from £45 to £7.50 with moleskin colours from £41.95 to £10. The Roger Oates carpet shop is at 1 Munro Terrace, SW10 (0845 612 0072,

The Womb chair by Knoll, in red

Hot furniture sale

Starts 18 June; up to 20 per cent off furniture orders; 30 to 70 per cent off display furniture and many accessories. The Womb chair by Knoll, in red (left), is down from £2,553 to £2,042 while the Superstructure chair by David Design is a display model reduced from £3,320 to £1,660.
Skandium, 86 Marylebone High Street, W1; 247 Brompton Road, SW3; and at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1,

Shop of the week

Jensen & Ballantine
This is a new shop in a prime location in Notting Hill Gate, opened by Alison Jensen and her husband. It sells an eclectic mix of French furniture and decorative accessories, plus the odd frock, mostly vintage, at surprisingly low prices. Walls are hung with Alison’s own paintings, too. Find the shop at 1 Ladbroke Road, W11 (020 7229 3738) or see

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