As regular readers will know, I’m partial to a bit of mid-century design, and I’m particularly fond of a bargain… but even I needed a little sit down when I saw the whopping price difference between these two equally gorgeous armchairs. The one on the left (the ‘Ritchie’) is from the very lovely Made.com and costs £349. The one on the right (the ‘Ricardo’) is from my new favourite secret shopping destination for…

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What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Asda’? Groceries, supermarket checkouts, or people patting their bottoms suggestively to make the change in their pocket jingle? Well, now you’d better add ‘gorgeous, bargainous homewares’ to that list, as their new Autumn/Winter collection is, quite frankly, AMAZING. There are five key looks this season. Winter Mist is shabby chic with a cosy twist (think soft heather and silver, chunky knits and…

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Magpie are one of my favourite brands (check out their brilliant alphabet mugs in my 5th January entry) and now they’ve created another gorgeous range of home goodies. Called ‘Birdy’, it features four Mid Century Modern-style birds, based on retro school I-Spy book illustrations. The range includes  mugs (£8), plates (£18 for four), cushions (£20), tea towels (£12 a pair), lovely makeup bag duos (£20) and a too-sweet-for- words Espresso set (£20…

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I had an email from a reader recently, asking whether I thought she should get a desk from Ikea. Now, I LOVE Ikea stuff , and would normally have said yes, but one of my favourite pieces of furniture in my house is my Loft desk, £199, from John Lewis. For just a few pounds more than an Ikea version, you get something made of solid oak and oak veneer, that looks…

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Christmas is over (sob!) and it’s minging outside, so to cheer yourself up, why not treat yourself to a nice hot mug of tea? And what better to serve it in than one of these gorgeous china mugs from Magpie at www.cubicuk.com? There’s one for every letter of the alphabet, each illustrated with quirky pictures in the mid-century modern style. They cost £7.50 each and come in a lovely gift box (bottom).…

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