I’ve got a bit of an Amazon addiction at the best of times. Now the site has come up trumps again, with what has to be the perfect present for anyone born in the Seventies or Eighties… Penguin are publishing a boxed set of 100 postcards, each printed with the cover of one of their iconic Ladybird books. Think titles such as ‘The Party’, ‘Peter & Jane’, ‘The Zoo’ and my favourite,…

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Looking for an unusual present? New graphic and textile designer Virginia Armstrong’s Roddy&Ginger range of retro, Scandi and folk-inspired homewares are a little bit different to the usual stuff you’ll find on the high street. I love the quirky cushions, £26; tea towels, £10; canvas tote bags, £10; aprons, £20; and screen prints, from £25. And, if I had an open fireplace like the one below, I’d definitely make a feature of…

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No longer just the place for paint and tools, B&Q has got some seriously great home finds this Autumn. Taking a trip there the other day (I’m having my bathroom done so seem to be living in DIY shops at the moment!), I spotted these brilliant flexitub storage baskets. You can use them as washing baskets; for carrying stuff in the garden; for storing bathroom bits, bags, belts, shoes, magazines, toys, craft…

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How cute are these little Scandi stickers? Available in squirrel, owl or elephant designs, and in a range of colours, each one is 13cm x 13cm – the perfect size for sprucing up boring square white tiles. They also work well on walls and cupboards. The best bit? If you ever get bored of them, the manufacturers claim you can remove them easily, without making a mark or stripping paint off your…

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One of my favourite ways to get inspiration for decorating a room is to visit www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk and look for their newest designs. They’ve got a really easy-to-use search facility that lets you hunt for specific colours or words (eg: trees, Scandi) or types of patterns (eg: floral, geometric). You can order samples too – the first two are free, and then they’re 60p each after that, including P&P. Rolls themselves cost £5…

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