H&P Shop: Next trend
These bar stools come in lots of colours, are height adjustable and good value at £55 each.
Also worth checking out are vibrant spotty porcelain mugs (£8 for a set of four), slogan stoneware storage canisters (£28 for a set of three), and cotton tea towels in bright colours and stripes (£10 for seven).
See the complete range at www.homesandproperty.co.uk/shopnext.
This Russell Hobbs 12732 "You Are What You Eat" smoothie maker is on offer at half price through Amazon. Put your half-price summer fruits in the blender and whizz them up into smoothies or fresh purées to go on ice cream, using a blender and smoothie-maker from Amazon, where discounted goods are par for the course.
The Russell Hobbs maker was £39.99 but since it has been discontinued, it is now available for only £19.99. Visit www.amazon.co.uk.
The Danish design duo Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbaek had a clever rethink of 25 everyday kitchen objects bringing them bang up to date, including this steel-and-glass citrus squeezer, which filters as it extracts, for £47.
Other good ideas for people going away include the self-watering plant pot. It works by threading a wick though the hole in the base of the ceramic pot, then placing the pot in the glass container.
It comes in either chalk or grey, and costs £35. For more information, call ICTC on 01603 488019, or visit www.ictc.co.uk.
Book of the week
Comfortable Country by Enrica Stabile; photography by Christopher Drake
The book that showed us how to get the relaxed, rustic look has just come out in paperback. You don’t need to live in the country to get it right, you just need to invest in fabulous finds from car boot sales and junk shops.
Fitted kitchens are out, rickety furniture is in. Think blue enamel containers and flowery pottery, don’t worry if they are chipped, that is all part of the look.
Speical offer: Comfortable Country is available for £10.99 including p&p (rrp £12.99) by calling Macmillan Direct on 01256 302699 and quoting the reference GLR 2GS.
Picnic and play: perfect
Enjoy champagne picnics on the National Theatre’s secret terrace. The Deck, with dramatic panoramic views of London’s skyline and the River Thames, has long been the National Theatre’s best-kept secret.
Now, this exclusive terrace is opening to the public for the first time. For £40 you can take part in one of the limited-series of rooftop picnics and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying one of this season’s must-see plays, JB Priestley’s Time and the Conways.
To book tickets for the picnic lunch and matinee performance on 15 or 16 August 2009, call the National Theatre box office on 020 7452 3000, quoting ‘The Deck Picnic and Play package’.
Ceramics are chic
The Vuelta Lichi range of tableware, made by Jars Ceramistes, a pottery company based in southern France, consists of pearlescent glazed tableware in shades of grey and creams.
Now it has three vibrant new shades, which look all the better for being mixed and mismached. They are called Zeste (yellow), Litchi (pink) and Menthe (blue).
Dinner plates are priced at £16, rectangular trays, £29, beakers (shown on tray), £5.95, and small boat-shaped dishes are £17.
UK stockist is Jack Moore on 01905 359684, or for more information about its productions, visit www.jarsceramistes.com.
Find the fabric of life
Get up to 65 per cent off bed linen, ready-made curtains, cushion covers, clothes and fabric. Paisley tablecloths are down from £215 to £75.25; hem-stitch napkins down from £15 to £5.25.
Shop online or go to either the shop at 17 Langton Street, SW10 (020 7352 5616) or, if you are holidaying in the area, visit the warehouse shop, at Unit 1 Eastlands Industrial Estate, Leiston, Suffolk (01728 635 020).
Sale runs until the end of August. For more information, call 0844 499 1609, or visit www.volgalinen.co.uk.
Homes & Property readers can get an extra 10 per cent off the already-reduced merchandise at the Linen Press and Big Back Bedroom websites. Bargains include Chatterley: a pure natural-coloured linen with a subtle blue stripe, originally £44 a pillowcase now down to £37, king-size duvet covers originally £235, down to £180.
Also on sale is its pure linen range from Portugal called Flex. A king-size duvet cover, for example, was £254 and is now £203. To get the extra discount, enter code ES89 at the checkout. Offer ends 26 August. Linen Press www.thelinenpress.co.uk.