It’s hard to say what I love more about these lamps – the fact they’re so simple, stylish and fun, or the fact they’re called ‘Kylie’. I’ve just bought two in red for my bedroom and they make the perfect bedside lamp – just bright enough to read by without blinding you, and with a surprisingly small footprint so that you can still fit your glass of water/alarm clock/bedtime bits and bobs…

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I’ve been away on holiday (Istanbul) for the last week but I got back in time for my road’s Big Lunch street party. The bunting was up, the stalls were set up, the band started playing… and then the heavens opened. Still, we managed to have a couple of hours of fun before the whole street resembled a swimming pool. And the cake baking competition still went ahead. To give myself the…

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Coffee is old news – tea has been quietly making a comeback for a while now, which gives me the perfect excuse to splash out on one of these fun teapots from John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com). At £15 each, they’d make a brilliant brithday or cheering-up present for a special friend – especially if you make it a ‘tea for two’ gift by wrapping one up with a pair of brightly-coloured mugs and a big…

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Funnily enough, since writing that squirrel post a couple of weeks ago, the bushy-tailed little fellas haven’t been in my garden much (although this could just be because I stopped putting food on the doomed bird table!). However, I have seen a fox, cheekily sunbathing on my shed roof. So, I’m going to embrace him too – not literally, as he’s probably got fleas – and champion foxy chic for the home.…

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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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