Picture the scene. You’ve got your mate(s) round for lunch, they ask for the salt, and you whip out this little beauty. Your guests will go crazy! Well, okay, I’m getting carried away. But at the very least, they’ll compliment you on your condiments. With a friendly-looking egg-shaped salt shaker, pepper pot, two mini bottles for oil and vinegar, a toothpick holder and a little tub for mustard/ketchup/chutney all grouped together neatly…

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Finding myself with a bit of time on my hands on a rainy day, and inspired by a visit to a friend’s insanely tidy house, I finally got round to tackling my kitchen cupboards – binning anything out-of-date ( there was some paprika in there that officially died in 2002 – but in my defence, it had a pretty tin!) and decanting open packets into airtight tubs and jars. The job was…

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I’ve been coveting a butterflies artwork from www.notonthehighstreet.com for a while now, but while they’re beautiful, at £45 upwards, they’re not cheap either. So, this weekend, I decided to have a go at making one myself. It only took half an hour and the result is above – not bad eh?! To make one yourself, follow these steps: 1)      Pop a Ribba box frame, £7.19, in your trolley the next time you…

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I blame my dad and his love of bargain-hunting, but I’ve always loved it when something looks far more expensive than it really is. So I was really excited to find these Sabrina cotton floor pouffes from B&Q (www.diy.com), which are just £19 each. Available in several colours including red, sky blue, lime green and this season’s purple, with useful handles and sturdy stitching, they look gorgeous piled up casually in a…

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It’s always amazed me how few cool, tasteful placemats there are out there. The usual options are cheesy faux leather stitched numbers, heavy glass ones or woven mats that little bits of food get stuck in (don’t even bother using a cocktail stick to get them out – it doesn’t work). So, I was pleased to see these bargainous little beauties in Dunelm Mill’s new collection (www.dunelm-mill.com). At just £4.99 for a…

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