A couple of years ago, fancy 3D cushions cost a fortune. Now, suddenly you can pick ’em up for less than the price of a bottle of wine (okay, a restaurant bottle). They’re the quickest, cheapest way to chic-up a chair or sofa that I know of. I’ve got my name down for the currently sold-out purple loop felt cushion at Matalan (£10), but TJ Hughes, Debenhams and Next also have some gorgeous…

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I know no-one uses landlines anymore (when mine rings, I know it’s going to be either my mum or a double glazing salesman) but having seen the old skool Moshi Moshi handsets for iPhones by Native Union (the purple one below is £29.98 at www.amazon.co.uk) at the Ideal Home show the other week, I’m convinced they’re set for a comeback. So, if you’re going to go down the retro route, I recommend…

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Has anyone noticed how ridiculously expensive even basic cutlery is? And unless you go designer (Robert Welch has some very classy designs), it’s all pretty bog standard shapes and patterns, too. So, why not shake things up a bit with this lovely Mix and Match cutlery set, £24.99 for 16 pieces, from www.strawberryfool.co.uk. Each knife, fork and spoon has a different patterned handle – team them with a gingham check tablecloth and…

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Wandering around Brick Lane market in London on Saturday, I came across these gorgeous lampshades handmade by the lovely and very modest Sasha and Elisabeth. I bought one of their blue/green silhouette designs for my friend Amy’s birthday and it went down a treat, so I thought I’d share them with you. The shades cost £28-£42 each from the girls’ stall in Brick Lane or online at www.sashaandelisabeth.co.uk and work with both pendant and lamp fittings. They…

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I stumbled upon a brilliant place for present shopping today – www.flamingogifts.co.uk. As well as selling lots of great stuff cheaper than other sites I’ve visited, they’ve got some brilliant gifts I’ve not seen anywhere else. Check out their pretty Fruit Tree Bird Make-Up Bag, £10.79; quirky Moomin mirror, £6.39;  and fun Babushka earbuds, £8.99. I’ve put my order in already!

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