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Discount shopping evening at cosy-is-cool Toast; Christmas shopping events at The Truman Brewery; retro style and the Baltic home
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Girl on sofa with clothing and homeware from Toast
Reader shopping evening with discount

The company with the cosy-is-cool image is holding a special shopping evening next week in its West London store for fifty H&P readers.

It is offering a 15 per cent discount, a free gift with every purchase, free Christmas gift wrapping using Toast paper, a glass of wine or Black Velvet and flapjacks from Pam’s Recipe Book, on Wednesday 2 December, 6pm- 8pm.

Toast, 191 Westbourne Grove, W11. For an invitation, please email For more information call 0844 557 5200 or see

Orla Kiely fabric-covered chair
Pop up and get organised

The former brewery complex in east London is holding a series of Christmas shopping events from tomorrow until 20 December, including markets, exhibitions, designer sales and a pop-up emporium.

The Tea Rooms in Brick Lane sells a quirky mix of collectibles while Orla Kiely has pretty, foliage-strewn fabrics (pictured), mugs and bags. To get the lowdown, go to and subscribe to the newsletter.

Mydrap napkin rolls
A good idea on a roll

Expecting crowds this Christmas? If the thought of laundering all those linen napkins is turning you off, Mydrap is the answer.

They look and feel like the real thing and come in very smart white and cream and contempory colours but they are on a tear-off roll of 25 (cotton or cotton/linen mix napkins) in four sizes and 19 colours from £10.50 a roll - and can be washed up to four times.

Tealights from Graham and Green
With every order of two rolls or more, Homes & Property readers will also receive a free copy of How to Shop: Sales and Bargains Guide for the Serious Shopper (the usual price is £14.95). Mydrap napkins are available from Divertimenti stores and online at

Editor's choice

This company's Floral Cut tealight holders and hurricanes have a delicate, white, lace-like layer of clear glass and cost £26.75 for the large hurricane and £2.70 for the small tealight.

Pantop pendant light
To buy these and similar items from Graham and Green, visit the H&P shop

Retro style

It may have been designed decades ago but this Verner Panton Pantop pendant light in bright pink looks bang-up-to-date and will make a major statement in any room in the house.

It costs £220 from Aram Store. See

Green Max lamp
Light up for less

Fans of retro, industrial and reconditioned furniture and lighting should visit Max Inc, a new shop in west London.

Its owner, Sharaz Karim, will be offering festive drinks and discounts of 10 per cent on Thursday 3 December, between 5pm and 9pm, on a big arrival of fresh stock, including the new green Max lamp (£1,300 plus VAT).

Max inc, 106 Askew Road, W12 (07973 121879). Admission free on the night but please email if you would like to attend.

Eliska homeware
Celebrate and save on homeware

Portman Village - around New Quebec Street and Seymour Place, W1 - has its annual Christmas street party on Thursday 3 December between 4pm and 9pm.

Interior designer and shop owner Eliská Sapera will offer top decorating tips, plus 10 per cent off everything, cocktails, canapés and a goody bag with every purchase from 6.30-7.30pm.

Eliská is at 16A New Quebec Street, W1. For admission, please call the shop before 3 December on 020 7723 5521.

Baltic Home
© Solvi dos Santos/Laura Gutman-Hanhivaara
A former stable in Estonia transformed into a sweet winter sitting room
Book of the week

By Solvi dos Santos and Laura Gutman-Hanhivaara (Thames and Hudson, £19.95)
The best thing about this book of cool and colourful Baltic vistas from St Petersburg to Gdansk is that you can enjoy all the sculptural frozen landscapes from the warmth of your home, as well as get some inspiration on how to get the look.

From pure period Gustavian in Dalecarlia, Sweden - think washed floorboards - to contemporary modern in Lubeck, there's plenty to choose from.

Stainless-steel lidded saucepan
A steal in steel

The supermarket has redesigned its website to make buying homeware easier.

Its Different by Design copperbottomed, stainless-steel lidded saucepans are excellent value at £17.99, as is its stainless-steel and glass blender at £19.99.

Visit or call 0800 636 262.

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