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Simple home: calm spaces for comfortable living; ticket offer for the Spirit of Christmas show at Olympia; editor's choice: clocks, and more
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Simple home: calm spaces for comfortable living by Mark & Sally Bailey

Book of the week

Simple home: calm spaces for comfortable living
By Mark & Sally Bailey, £19.99
Mark and Sally Bailey have scored again with another beautiful book on the virtues of a pared-down home. They show that the minimal home can be just as welcoming, it only needs to have favourite, carefully chosen objects, furniture and lighting. Lots of interior shots photographed by Debi Treloar will inspire wannabe declutterers. Available to readers for £17.99 including p&p (rrp £19.99) by calling Macmillan Direct on 01256 302 699 and quoting the reference GLR 2HJ.


Cracking ideas for gifts

Spirit of Christmas
Ideas for presents at this year’s fair (4 to 8 November, Kensington Olympia), include a revolutionary nutcracker from Drosselmeyer (£20). The organisers have 10 pairs of tickets to give away.


(until 2 November 2009; usual promotion rules apply)

Also, for every reader there are tickets at the special price of £14, if prebooked. To claim, call 0871 230 1089, or visit, and quote code SP70.

Cushions, blankets and throws

Weave in a bit of Wales

Melin Tregwynt
This long-time favourite, family-owned Welsh weaving company has filled its new winter collection with colour and pattern, from palettes of white and naturals to the more vibrant reds and purples and denim blues and aubergine. You can even buy a knitted lampshade. Cushions start from £35, throws from £85 and blankets from £32 for pram size. Call 01348 891644, or visit

Painted clock

Editor’s choice

Time for a change
A special treat from Notonthehighstreet is this clock (left), which comes in a range of bespoke colours, including shades of Designers Guild and Farrow & Ball. The clocks come in two sizes, priced £30 or £40, with either silver or gold Roman numerals. For our selection of the best clocks see Editor’s choice... clocks.

Shoes design wallpaper

Flock to shock

Graham and Green
Who better than Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame to design the opening range of flock wallpapers for paper specialists Graham and Brown? There is something here for everyone, from the grey and black Skull paper to the frivolously feminine Shoes design (right). "I want to give traditional flock a distinct modern twist - and I have created a range that encapsulates humour, style and versatility," says Hulanicki. Rolls cost £60 each and come in five designs and in a choice of colourways. For more information, visit


Hang on to hot pink

Johnny Egg’s flocked finishes turn ordinary accessories into something special, whether it is a hot pink chandelier (£750), a Daphne hot-pink table lamp and shade (£250), a flocked indigo blue telephone (£85), or a mirror (£800). These are only a few of the products in the new catalogue, which celebrates the store’s 200th anniversary. Call 08700 240780, or visit

Dotty shopping trolley

Such a dotty trolley

Save fuel and shop on foot, with this high-functioning shopping trolley from Typhoon, which costs £40. It comes with insulated compartments to store frozen foods, can carry up to 20kgs and has a lightweight frame that folds flat. There is also a completely foldaway version. Choose between dots, animal prints, stripes or bold glossy colour. You can also buy pocket pouch sets (three bags a set) and reusable pouch bags. Other tempting new products include colourful kitchen scales. For details of your nearest stockists, visit

Zebra print bumper insert

Baby love

Baby K is the new baby homeware collection designed for Mothercare by singer-superstar Myleene Klass. Think bright and colourful cot bumpers, musical mobiles (£45) and a zebra print bumper insert (£30) for the high chair. For more information, visit

Ravinna armchair

Sit in style

The Ravinna armchair (right) in milo leather tan costs £799 and is part of the new winter collection at M&S Home, which also includes opulent damask cushions and bold damask design wallpapers. For more information, visit

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