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This week: Laura Ashley's furniture has a colourful new twist, a divorce gift-list from Debenhams and homewares at bargain prices
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So your D.I.V.O.R.C.E becomes final today...

If you are about to, or have recently split from your partner, and your household inventory has halved, sign yourself up to the new dedicated divorce list at Debenhams and let your friends treat you to some cosy consolation from the home designers such as John Rocha, whose organic red towels start from £2, or a whole new set of bedlinen, or a cushion, from Jasper Conran or Ben de Lisi (right).

It’s rather oddly placed, but look under the weddings list section at

Eames RAR plastic armchair, £299

Sweet treats

The Lollipop Shoppe
Get up to 60 per cent off homewares, such as George Nelson’s Ball Clock, down from £178 to £89, and Rene Hougaard’s walnut mono coffee table, down from £722 to £289, at the Brighton-based Lollipop Shoppe.

Other bargains include the Eames RAR plastic armchair (below) down from £365 to £299, and 20 per cent off new orders. Until the end of the month. The other good news is that Lollipop Shoppe plans to open a branch in Spitalfields this spring. See

Porcelain vase with butterflies, £65

Homegrown pleasures just one click away

From Britain with love
Londoner Nicky Sherwood left her marketing job at Duchy Originals to set up this new online design directory promoting and selling all things British, from home accessories, food and drink to basketware.

Look out for Polly George’s porcelain vases with butterflies (right, from £65) and Snowden Flood’s plates for London lovers (£24.95 each or £125 for a set of six). Just as an indicator of the amount of creative talent in the UK, this is a fabulous new addition. See

Laura Ashley fabrics

Old favourite, new look

Laura Ashley
The company known for its quiet country pastels is breaking out into vibrant colours and big cut-velvet damask florals, both on the walls and on furniture.
The Denbigh upholstered chair comes in a choice of fabrics including Elenore, in cerise pink or olive green, and costs from £700-£900, depending on the combination of fabrics you choose.

There are striped curtains and cushions to mix it all up with and, if you are not sure what to do, consult the Laura Ashley Design Service - a consultant will come to your home and advise you at the cost of £100 for two rooms. See

Enamel pendant shades

Showcase for British light

Original BTC
This month sees the opening of Original BTC’s first London showroom in Chelsea. This is the lighting company that takes pride in having all its lighting components made in Britain, offering quality goods at reasonable prices.

Customers will be able to see the entire range of more than 200 lights under one roof and should expect to pay from £95 for a bone china table light and from £125 for an enamel pendant shade (right), including fittings and cotton braided flex. Visit

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