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To-die-for new additions at the Bluebird Shop from Abigail Ahern; La Cafetiere's brightly coloured teapots and coffee plungers; and luxury, cosy throws

The bird with bright plumage

Abigail Ahern at Bluebird
Belle Robinson, who runs eclectic fashion and lifestyle Chelsea store The Shop at Bluebird is always on the look out for quirky new additions to make her shop more exciting. So Abigail Ahern, who specialises in jazzing up furniture with glossy paints as well as designing her own home accessories, fits right in. Her luxury Madrugada cushions (£195), and ceramic bowls (£82.50) and gold ladles (£117), are to die for, naturally.

Abigail Ahern at The Shop at Bluebird, 350 King's Road, SW3 (020 7351 3873;

Cobalt blue La Cafetiere

Brew blue

La Cafetiere
Wake up to the bright colours of La Cafetiere's new teapots and cafetiere coffee plungers this season, which include aqua, apple green, bright red and cobalt blue, prices from £20. Or stick with the classic chrome plunger for the best in simple style.

See or call 01352 717555.

Peacock Blue's mohair and lambswool throws

Comfort blankets

Peacock Blue
Cosy up with Peacock Blue's mohair and lambswool throws, blankets and cushions. Choose from the new range of restrained patterns that include dog's-tooth, ticking, Windsor and reverse spot, or just plain, from £59 for a throw. Order on 08450 17 5566, or visit

Soft-grey feather throw

Feathered friend

Fashion time
Grey is the colour of the season, according to Julien Macdonald's latest home collection for Debenhams.

His soft-grey feather throws (but don't worry, there is not a real feather in sight) is backed with even softer polyester fabric, and costs £80 and measures 200cm x 150cm.

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John Lewis: competitively priced value range of homeware

Cheap and cheerful

John Lewis value added
The department store that prides itself on never being "knowingly undersold" is going head-to-head with the other superstores by bringing out its own competitively priced value range of homeware.

A set of three saucepans with glass lids is £12; kitchen gadgets start at £1.50; and a Zack folding chair is £6.25.

You will find value in the bed and bathroom too, with double duvets for £10 and pillows at £4 per pair.


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