Start to tap into that festive feeling with a spot of early Christmas shopping at Fortnum & Mason. The Victorian-style etched bauble, pictured, is £40. Time-poor customers can enjoy a free gift-wrapping service when they spend £100 or more on an item — or it’s £5 if you’ve spent less (www.fortnumandmason.com).
Fancy cosying up with artist Grayson Perry? His fleecy Comfort Blanket, £500, pictured, is one of several merchandising collaborations coinciding with the new show, Grayson Perry: Who Are You? at the National Portrait Gallery until March 15. His self-portrait Map of Days has also been adapted into a range of graphic mugs and plates, £30 each (www.npg.org.uk).
TIME FOR TOAST
You’ll find Toast’s luscious lambswool throws, £239, glossy and matt glazed stoneware teapots and jugs in delicious colours, pictured, from £19.50, and wool Jacquard blankets, £135, at the company’s new shop in King’s Road, SW3 (www.toast.co.uk).
Stationery queen Caroline Gardner is opening a shop in Marylebone High Street, W1, where she will launch her first range of glass, ceramics and home accessories including this set of two “Here comes the sun” egg cups, £12 (www.carolinegardner.com).
SITTING ON A KNOLL
Buy the design classic you have always craved at Knoll’s annual one-day sale on November 22. Discounts include the Saarinen marble dining table for £2,999, reduced from £4,908; Barcelona chairs for £1,999, reduced from £4,908, and Platner side tables for £299 — pictured with a Platner chair — down from £696. From 10am at 92 Goswell Road, EC1 (www.knoll-int.com).
NEW HOLLY HUNT STORE
American designer Holly Hunt opens her first London store this month, showcasing her trademark luxury look. Everything in the range is handmade and bespoke, so the customer specifies the finish, including this walnut-framed Hadrien sofa, available in a choice of fabrics or in leather, priced at £9,765 (www.hollyhunt.com).
KRASSA YOUR CASA
These stunning black-and-white encaustic cement tiles are available in four patterns from designer Afroditi Krassa, known for her work with Sketch, Itsu, Heston Blumenthal and Curzon Cinemas. Mix and match at £105 per square metre, plus VAT (www.afroditi.com).