The acid test

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Heal's yellow phone, £65

Call me yellow

Heal’s is having a bold and colourful citrus green-and-yellow spring launch of new products, which include an old-fashioned phone (right, £65), a yellow acrylic lounger by Kartell (£911), a Cube room divider screen (from £950 plus fabric) and a lemon-yellow Panton chair (£173).

There is even a yellow blender from Kitchenaid (£120) and plenty of acid-sharp, green kitchenware.

For more information, call 0870 024 0780, or visit

New World cooker

Win a cooker worth £900

New World
New World and Homes & Property have teamed up to give away one of its latest stainless-steel electric 90EDO range cookers (left), worth £900, to one lucky reader.

It has five ceramic hi-hobs, LED clock and minute minder, a large oven with an electric grill and a smaller one with handy storage compartment.


This offer closes at 23.59 on 17 March 2009. For more information, call 0871 222 2635, or visit

Spring greens

The Manhattan range from Designers Guild
Designers Guild
Designers Guild has introduced yet more colours to its essentials range of plain and semi-plain textures in cottons, linens, velvets, chenilles, silks and taffetas to set against its mix-and-match wallpapers.

The Manhattan range (right) has big bold patterns, while for the eternal romantic country house lover, there is Whitewell, a gorgeously muted palette with hints of English florals and vintage.

Expect to pay from £30 a metre for fabrics and £42 a 10-metre roll for papers. For details of your nearest stockist, call 020 7351 5775, or visit

Charity Shopping: The Thrift Lifestyle, by Lettice Wilkinson (£9.99)

Book of the week

Charity Shopping: The Thrift Lifestyle
By Lettice Wilkinson (Marion Boyars, £9.99)

Film producer and fashion designer Lettice Wilkinson spotted the trend for being thrifty early, and with a passion for shabby chic has produced her well-timed book.

Almost every high street in the country has at least one charity shop and Lettice Wilkinson knows the best ones, from furniture to designer vintage, white goods and even hospice tea shops.

Most are in the UK but she strays as far away as Australia and the US. The charity shop, she says, “is an ideal economic model”. Visit

Farrow & Ball's striped wallpaper

On the ball

Farrow & Ball
This company never rests on its laurels. Its latest product is a handsome striped wallpaper called Block Print Stripe, at £57 a 10-metre roll. It is made using an 18th century method of printing colour on top of colour, stripe on top
of stripe.

There is also Closet Stripe, a narrower, candy-stripe for £45 a roll. Both come in many colours. For more information, call 01202 876141, or visit

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