Book of the week
Essentially French: Homes with Classic French Style by Josephine Ryan (£19.99) shows how to get the look with painted armoires, rusty ironwork, and foxed glass mirrors.
H&P readers can buy it for £17.99 (inc p&p). by calling 01256 302 699 and quoting the reference code GLR 2HE.
Until the end of the month, Wallace Sacks is offering 25 per cent off all orders above £40, including its large range of duvet and pillows in microfibre, silk-mix, duck down and Siberian goose down (left).
and enter code: MDWS109 at the checkout.
There is nothing nicer than climbing into a toasty bed at the end of a long, cold day and Dreamland’s electric fleece underblankets do the job a treat in just a few minutes and come with great safety features.
They cost from £34.95 for a single, and delivery is free. Visit www.johnlewis.com or call 08456 049 049.
A yarn from the West
Blacker Designs breeds sheep in the West Country, making throws, blankets and clothes using the wool.
This little company has created amazingly large range of limited-edtion pieces, all coloured using natural dyes, and sold at prices that range from about £75 to £100 for a blanket.
The colour palettes are neutral (think pale cream, grey, navy, brown and more grey). Visit www.blackerdesigns.co.uk, or call 01566 777635.
The new A Modo Mio ("My Way") compact espresso maker from Lavazza looks as smart as the coffee it makes tastes authentic. You pop a pod of ground coffee into a slot to make the perfect measure, whipping up a froth with the built-in steam arm. It comes in black, red or white and costs £119, plus £3.60 for packs of 16 coffee capsules. You can buy one online at www.lavazzamodomio.co.uk.
The new cosy collection
The latest Jaeger Home collection includes cosy dog tooth-weave woollen throws and mohair blankets, both £80, in light blue/ivory. Cushions come in palettes of silver, pewter and rose gold with floral embroidery and striped designs, from £45 and bed linens come with subtle floral details at £20 for a pillowcase.
Visit www.jaeger.co.uk, or call 0845 051 0063.
Hang in there
BTC has updated its classic pendant and table lamps in a new collection. The Stanley pendant (above) comes in a range of metal finishes at £195 (01993 882251 ; www.lighting matters.co.uk).
Fireplace company Chesneys has brought out a range of revolutionary wood-buring stoves, in association with The National Trust. The stoves use a double combustion method to burn any polluting by-products emitted, while robotic welding methods ensure tight seals for maximum efficiency and minium heat loss. Choose from a range of designs, from traditional to modern, such as the Fitzroy Hampsteam, which look good in the coolest of contemporary settings. Stoves from £1,045 (exc VAT, delivery and installation).
Visit www.chesneys.co.uk, or call 0207 501 4279 for more details.