A bit of French
The French Bedroom Company
Georgia Cons’ unashamedly boudoir-style furniture company goes from strength to strength.
The latest collection includes the vibrantly coloured Table de Rouen (£495), the more muted La Rochelle chest (pictured, £1,195) the sleek silver Madame Butterfly cabinet (£795) and the simple linen-upholstered Provençal slipper chair (£445).
For more information, call The French Bedroom Company on 0845 644 8022, or visit www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk.
Shop of the week
Few and Far
Priscilla Carluccio’s shop, Few and Far, is a wonderful addition to the London shopping scene and a must-visit for anyone interested in home design.
Carluccio, who used to be the buying brains behind The Conran Shop before she and her mushroom-stuffing husband, Antonio, founded the Carluccios chain, has filled her two-storey shop with a seasonally changing collection of objects, furniture, clothing, toys, jewellery and curiosities.
Everything in this lovely store reflects her passion for beauty and quirkiness and her skill at putting together things old and new.
Among the many covetable items on display are pretty glazed blue pottery from Puglia, blue galvanised metal flower buckets (£35), French glass wine carafes (£15) and goblets and simple painted fishing nets.
Few and Far is at 242 Brompton Road, SW3 (020 7225 7070; www.fewandfar.net).
In a spin
Technology that helps in the home just keeps getting better. The new Lavamat L84950 washing machine from AEG-Electrolux can wash up to 8kgs, it has a quick intensive wash, a super-quick 20-minute programme, two sports programmes, a wool programme with a cool-down after washing to prevent shrinkage, a hygiene wash that kills bed mites and a gentle programme for delicates.
You can save your favourite combinations using its memory programme and it is extra-quiet. It also has an A+AA rating and costs £699.
For details of stockists, call 0870 535 0350, or visit www.aeg-electrolux.co.uk.
Time for dessert
Delicious home-made ice cream does not have to be just for the hottest days of the year, especially when you have a machine that does all the work for you, such as the new Cuisinart Ice Cream Deluxe, which produces fresh ice creams, frozen yoghurts and sorbets in only 30 minutes.
Just put the two-litre detachable bowl into the freezer overnight and whiz up your ingredients in it and, hey presto, in half an hour you have a dessert that is ready to serve.
The machine costs £69 and is available by mail order on 0870 240 6902, or visit www.cuisinart.co.uk for information on stockists.
Slick in silk
The Cosy Company
Sleeping under silk is now an easily available and affordable luxury. It is also chemical- and allergen-free.
The Cosy Company was set up by two ex-bankers, Nick Clarke and Dan van Renen, who saw a gap in the market for silk-filled duvets and pillows and wanted to sell bedding using 100 per cent mulberry silk.
The company also sells 300-thread-count Egyptian sheets, cases and covers to complete the journey to sleep heaven. Expect to pay from £30 for a pillowcase and from £115 for a single silk-filled duvet.
For more information, call 0870 803 0190, or visit www.thecosycompany.com.
This DIY store is branching into blinds this summer with the launch of a new range that includes plain roll-up bamboo versions from £9.98, pleated cordless blinds from £12.98, wooden venetians from £14.98 and moisture-resistant, bright floral-print blinds, plus a black-out option, from £9.98.
Other good new buys include the Monsoon range of wallpapers and accessories and a wide choice of easy-hang sheer voiles from £7.98.
For information about your nearest store, visit www.diy.com.