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This week: great gift ideas and flower arrangements for Mother's Day, as well as pop-up shops from Liberty and Nina Hertig
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Celia Birtwell
Don't miss the three-day fabric sale at Celia Birtwell from 18 March

Material gains

Celia Birtwell
Celia Birtwell’s interiors shop, tucked around the back of Notting Hill, is holding a three-day fabric sale with discounts on end of rolls, discontinued designs and remnants. There are cottons from £5 a metre, linens, cotton gauze and voiles from £10, silks and organzas from £15.

* The sale runs 18-20 March, 10am to 7pm at the shop at 71 Westbourne Park Rd, W2. Call 020 7221 0877, or visit

M&S flowers
M&S offers a great selection of flowers for Mother's Day delivery

Mum's the word

M&S offers one of the best ranges of flowers for Mother’s Day delivery, some of which come with chocolates, others ready arranged in vases or bowls. Expect to pay from £25 up to £59.

The last order date is Thursday 11 March at 5pm, which will be delivered from Friday 12 to Sunday 14th March. For delivery on Sunday itself there is a premium of £3.
* Call 0845 603 1603, or visit

Cushions, £25
Cushions (£25), available from Liberty

Liberté et...

This pop-up shop, which opens on Monday, is a collaboration between French designer Marie France Cohen and our very own Liberty of London.

Cohen, who runs Paris fashion and lifestyle store Merci, has designed a series of homeware accessories, soft furnishings and childrens’ fashion using Liberty fabrics and a dash of her own style. These include cushions (right, £25), a vanity case (£45), and a roll of 25 napkins (£13).
* Until 1 April 2010 at Liberty (020 7734 1234;

Edward Bawden
The Edward Bawden selling exhibition opens on 10 March

All Bawden

Edward Bawden
A selling exhibition of Edward Bawden’s drawings, books, lino cuts, watercolours and associated Bawdenalia opens on 10 March at Ben Pentreath, a shop always filled with affordable treasures. The exhibition is open until 20 March.
* Ben Pentreath, 17 Rugby Street, WC1 (020 7430 2526).

Ceramic yellow vase, £85
Michael Geertsen's yellow ceramic vase (£85) at the V&A shop

Museum pieces

Flowery secateurs (£15), home kits (scissors, tape and utility knife, £15 a set) and fork-and-trowel sets (£20) embellished with floral designs by William Morris make lovely presents for your green-fingered, design-conscious mum.

Otherwise Michael Geertsen’s witty, bright yellow ceramic vase (pictured, £85) is perfect to put the flowers in. For guaranteed delivery by Mother’s Day (14 March) you need to order by Monday.
* Visit the V&A shop online at, or call 020 7942 2696.

Big Tomato Company mugs
These witty mugs will make great Mother's Day presents (£8.99 each)

Wake up and smell the coffee

Big Tomato Company
If you want to make your mother feel special on Mother’s Day, wake her up with a cup of tea or coffee in one of these mugs from the Big Tomato Company, which has cornered the market in witty and aptly named kitchen ceramics.

There is Slummy Mummy, Yummy Mummy, Super Mum, Mother Superior, Mummy Darling Sausage, Mother Hen, or the brilliantly simple Perfect.
* They cost £8.99 each from, or call 01782 337238.

Nina Hertig

Pop in to pop up

Nina Hertig
A pop-up shop of original pieces of 20th century Danish furniture and lighting, with prices ranging from £100 to £1,500, runs in Knightsbridge from Saturday until 27 March.

Organised by furniture dealer Nina Hertig, it will be run like a market, with new shipments coming in every day and food and music at the weekends.
* The Garage, North Terrace, SW3, Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday noon to 5pm. Call 07957 207073.

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