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A new discount homeware store opens in London, don't miss the Pavilion of Art & Design exhibition, and a must-have new book for home repairs
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Butlers has cheap, cheerful and colourful homeware

Cheap and cheerful

This German homeware company is branching into the UK with three new shops in Islington, Kensington High Street and the Brunswick Centre. Products are cheap, cheerful and extremely colourful.

Some are basic, such as plastic plates, cutlery and kitchenware, others a little more frivolous such as trellis with fake flowers.

For more information and for details of your nearest shop, visit

The pavilion of art & design
Up to 45 dealers will be exhibiting in and around Berkeley Square

Designers on show

Pavilion of Art & Design
Up to 45 dealers will be exhibiting an interesting mix of painting and design in and around Berkeley Square from today until Sunday. Now in its third year, this event includes a fund-raiser with all the proceeds going to the NSPCC.

Participating designers include Oriel Harwood, David Collins and David Linley whose green leather chair will be for sale at £1,550.

For more information, visit or call 01533 08520. Admission is £15 but H&P readers taking a copy of this page can bring a guest for free.

Mend it!
Get Mend it! for the special price of £12.99

Book of the week

Mend it! by Kyle Cathie, £16.99
Green politician and founder of the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s, Sian Berry has written a new book that contains up to 400 repair projects, from mending clothes to fixing a dripping tap.

Instructions are easy, diagrams clear, and readers can buy a copy from Kyle Cathie for £12.99 (inc p&p, UK mainland only) by calling 01903 828503 and quoting KC MI/ES. Or email

Ferm Living
Family Tree wallpaper (£49.95) a roll

Into the family tree forest

Clean Scandinavian design combines with crisp petrol blue in this new wallpaper called Family Tree.

At £49.95 a roll it would make an effective feature wall, otherwise the company makes cushions and organic cotton tea towels (£9.45) with similar graphics in wonderful and unusual colour combinations. For information, visit

PIck up discount homeware at Homesense

Light the way

This huge homestore belongs to the same group that owns TX Maxx, and has a similar philosophy. That is, it aims to sell both designer and unbranded homewares at up to 60 per cent less than the usual retail prices.

Current discounts include Nigella Living and Le Creuset kitchenware, Cath Kidston bed linen and Osborne & Little fabric cushions. The first London branch has just opened at Staples Corner in the retail park on Geron Way, NW2. For more information, visit

Acqua di Parma
Acqua di Parma scents, £46 for 180ml

Wonderful whiff of Italy

Acqua di Parma
Delicious and aromatic, the Acqua di Parma scents are now available
as room sprays in Colonia, Spice or Amber.

Packaged in Art Deco-style satin-finished glass bottles, the sprays cost £46 for 180ml. They would make a lovely present for a friend, or even for yourself. For details of your nearest stockists call 01932 233861.

Studio Ilse
Large settle (£1,895) from Studio Ilse

Settle down in comfort

Studio Ilse
Seating for Eating is the latest collection of furniture designed by StudioIlse, the design consultancy run by Ilse Crawford, for De La Espada.

Pieces ranging from low stools to large settles (right, £1,895), are made from solid chestnut, oak or walnut and inspired by traditional vernacular English furniture styles.

For London details of your nearest stockist, visit

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