I’m always reading how giving a piece of old furniture a lick of paint and adding new handles can transform it, but finding that perfect item of ‘old furniture’ can be harder than you’d think. Plus, all that sanding, undercoating and painting can take ages. So, my top tip is to simply replace the handles on a new piece of furniture – I’ve just added one of these cute bird knobs, £4.95 from…

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The last time I ate jelly was back in the very early 1980s, when my mum made me orange-flavoured jelly in a rabbit mould and surrounded it with wobbly green jelly ‘grass’. I don’t know why it went out of fashion – it’s cheap, tasty, low in calories and takes just minutes to make. So, I was pleased to hear that it’s making a comeback, thanks to the retro baking revival (more on that in future posts).…

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I’m a big believer in the ‘hide everything away and the place will automatically look tidy’ philosophy. So, anyone who visits my home will see neat-looking chests of drawers and not the piles of rubbish that lie inside. But now my drawers are so full I have to ram them shut, and I’ve realised it’s time to take action. So, I’m going to invest in some pretty tins, like these doily patterned tins from www.berryred.co.uk, (£9.95 for four) and retro fruit…

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This year, I’m determined to be organised… so, I’ve invested in a Filofax. Once the domain of 80’s city types in suits, the brand is having a revival, thanks to new, pretty prints and smaller sizes (some of the old ones were like carting a brick around). I’ve gone for a little green ‘Songbird’ pocket version (above, £27 from John Lewis, www.johnlewis.com), At just 12cm x 8cm, it’s big enough to find easily…

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Stuck for a last-minute Easter present? I’ve fallen in love with these floppy-eared fellas from posh teddy bear company Steiff (http://www.steiff.com/). They come in this year’s pastel shades – pink, blue, lilac and green – with contrasting coloured scarves and carry the trademark Steiff button. At £36, they’re not cheap, but then as nearly everything Steiff make seems to become a collector’s item, it could be an investment. Well, that’s what I’m telling…

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