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Give your home the contemporary country look with Sorbet; join the cupcake craze; and get 20 per cent off at Alessi
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Ceramics by Sorbet

Contemporary country home

Debbie Gent has just set up shop online to sell the contemporary country look with white-heart glazed ceramic bowls, plates and mugs (right); coloured glass tumblers and wirework baskets (from £9). Wallpapers are there, too, in traditional pale, chalky shades from Connell De La Mare (£35 per roll).

Gent, based at Petworth, in the South Downs, also does B&B from £35 per person a night. Visit

The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

Cupcakes are king

Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
The cupcake craze was started by baker Tarek Malouf, who opened the first Hummingbird Bakery on the Portobello Road five years ago. Since then, another has opened and more are planned.

Now you can make the bakery’s über-popular vanilla (left) and red velvet cupcakes, and other favourites, at home, using recipes from the top-selling cookery book on Amazon.

Special offer: buy the book for £14.99 with free p&p (rrp £16.99) by calling Macmillan Direct on 01256 302 699 and quoting the reference code GLR1KP. Make the most popular flavours at home by visiting our recipes page.

Steel-pressed success

La Rosa pink fruit basket, £28
Alessi steel
Alessi, the Italian design company, is offering 20 per cent off its steel-pressed products until the end of July 2009. These include kettles, trays, cocktail-making kits and baskets, including the La Rosa pink fruit basket (right), down from £35 to £28.

If you buy one or more steel products, you will receive a Steel Card. Visit with the card to receive a free “King Kong Alessi” - a coloured steel bookmarker - and the chance to win a weekend for two to Lake Maggiore in Italy, plus a visit to the Alessi factory at Omegna (terms and conditions apply).

Alessi, 22 Brook Street, W1 (020 7518 9090) and at Westfield, W12 (0208 576 6100).

Silk-covered chair

Go a roving

Rove gallery
Go and see furniture by design practice Based Upon, paintings by Jessica Zoob, silk-covered chairs by Carolyn Quartermaine (left) and Andrew Duff, and Chole Leaper’s indoor garden with meadow grasses, at the Rove gallery, Hoxton, until 25 July 2009.

The space is to be demolished next year for a Zaha Hadid-designed commercial/residential project. Rove, 33-34 Hoxton Square, N1. Visit
Troika photography gallery

Picture the moment

Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter have just launched Troika, an online photography gallery where you can buy an editioned photograph (right) in one of three sizes by a range of talented photographers, from £35.

The prints even arrive with a pair of white gloves to help you keep the artwork clean. For more information, visit or call 020 7833 2330.

Lounger by Gloster

Such a lush lounger

Fusion, Gloster’s new range of vibrant outdoor furniture, can be kept out all year. Chairs are all soft angles and gentle curves, with brush-finish aluminium steel frames that stack, while seats are made with stretchy vinyl sling or painted fibreglass.

There are loungers from £1,299 and glass- or ceramic-topped tables from £1,099. The Azore range has chairs from £179, while Eclipse, made from man-made wicker, includes the lavish Relaxer Unit, for £3,399 (left). A holiday in itself. Call 01454 631950, or visit

Cushions from Etoile Home

NEW: in the Homes & Property shop

20 per cent discount at Etoile Home
Shani Beadle launched her business, Etoile Home, in 2006, having travelled the world as a interiors photographer and fashion stylist.

Combining these experiences with her flair for design, she has created a collection of homeware in richly coloured textiles of bold florals and bright stripes.

Cushions cost from £32.50 (right); napkins from £4; table runners from £27 and tablecoths from £39. Fabric is also available to buy by the metre. Etoile Home is offering Homes & Property readers 20 per cent off its entire range until 29 July 2009. To receive the discount visit

Tray by Ella Doran, £15
20 per cent discount at Ella Doran
Designer Ella Doran sells colourful melamine tableware, hanging fabric panels, wallpapers, mats, cushions, coasters, trays (left; £15) and bespoke blinds, using clever digital imaging techniques, expanding pictures of single flowers and entire meadows, and even of bricks walls.

The shop is offering Homes & Property readers 20 per off its entire range until 29 July 2009. To receive the discount visit

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