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Pendant Lamp (£63) from The French House

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The French House
Yet another enticing catalogue from husband-and-wife team Mark and Elke Housden, who travel across France and the rest of Europe sourcing unusual products.

It is filled with desirable things made by artisans and small companies, including painted pendant lamp shades in a range of vibrant colours (right; from £63), coloured glass vases (from £23) and a variety of pretty, distressed ceramics.

The couple also write a fact-packed blog offering travel tips and more.
For further information, call 0870 901 4547, or visit www.thefrenchhouse.net.

Patterned lampshades by Cressida Bell

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Cressida Bell
The grand-daughter of Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell has, until recently, sold her designs and textiles only through a twice-yearly event in the East End.

But now everyone can buy her patterned lampshades (left), jazzy linen cushions and other accessories online.

In true Charleston style her pieces are boldly patterned and brightly coloured, featuring leaves, flowers, birds and stars. For more information, visit www.cressidabell.com.

Sweetpea & Willow

Sleeping beauty

Sweetpea & Willow
The company that brought us the French boudoir look at a price we can afford has just opened a new showroom in Isleworth.

It has a huge selection of carved- and painted-wood headboards, mirror frames, chairs and sideboards, plus a range of ravishing soft furnishings to match. At the moment, the showroom is open by appointment only between Monday and Friday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 0845 257 2627, or visit www.sweetpeaandwillow.com.

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