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Sunday 28 December 2014

50 best homewares

Rukmale Terracotta Shallow Bowl

The thing you notice about Jamie's programmes is that he always has great serving bowls and platters. Try something from this range to start your collection.

Where 0845 279 7227; www.jamieoliver.com 

How much £28
Rukmale Terracotta Shallow Bowl
The thing you notice about Jamie's programmes is that he always has great serving bowls and platters. Try something from this range to start your collection.
Where 0845 279 7227; www.jamieoliver.com
How much £28
Nogent Trois Etoiles Paring Knife
A knife need not be heavy to be effective. These knives are light and have microscopic serrations so they can cut an overripe tomato without squishing it.
Where 020-8693 5150; www.roullierwhite.com
How much £15
Crochet Rug
Making your own has never been so chic but if you don't know how to sew, knit or crochet, M&S has done it for you with this pretty vintage-looking bedside rug that fits the mood of the times perfectly.
Where www.marksandspencer.com
How much £25
Una Set
Not just a coffee table, this four-piece set also includes two stools, a magazine rack and an optional ice bucket and it all slots back together to create one table. It's made from fibreglass and comes in a variety of colours including black, red and white and is also suitable for outdoor use.
Where 020-7729 3800; www.hiddenartshop.com
How much £1,997.50
Anatomica Cake Plate
Sometimes you need to have something a little bit out of the norm and these plates are certainly that. There's the full range - side, dinner, dessert with different parts of the body highlighted. It's either witty or terrible depending on your point of view.
Where 020-7739 9427; www.lifestylebazaar.com
How much from £41.50
Griffin Cabinet Mount
Turns out that we are using our smartphones and iPads more and more as interactive recipe books. This mount can be screwed into a cupboard to mount the iPad while you cook and folds away out of sight afterwards.
Where www.amazon.co.uk
How much £49.99
Helium Touch Lamp
A bedside lamp has to be heavy enough that you won't knock it over in your sleep and give enough concentrated light to read by but you don't want the officey look of a task lamp. This has a small enough base to fit into a small bedside table but also gives directed light in a modern design.
Where 08456 049049; www.johnlewis.com
How much £25
Crystal Ghost Mirror
Most of us eat in the kitchen rather than a formal dining room, but you can still dress it up and if you're using candlelight to hide the washing-up then a mirror is great for bouncing that gentle light around the room.
Where 020-7692 4001; www.madeindesign.co.uk
How much £341
Time for Tea Towel
These are large and made from linen cotton so they are really absorbent and lovely to use. Designs include tea spoons, tea cups or family favourite biscuits for a wave of nostalgia.
Where 01989 740380; www.newhousetextiles.co.uk
How much £9.50
Baroque Bookshelves
Kill two birds with one stone and decorate the walls by framing your books. There are two different sizes of these metallic shelves so you can arrange artfully or add to the collection if you expand your library.
Where 0845 130 6622; www.grahamandgreen.co.uk
How much Single £45, double £78
Tu Angled Desk Lamp
Every study needs a good task light and while some of them are ear-bleedingly expensive, they all give light to the job in hand. This one from the Sainsbury's Tu range is actually rather stylish and very affordable.
Where 0800 636 262; www.sainsburys.co.uk
How much £20
Nest Shoe Rack
A good shoe rack means you aren't scrabbling about trying to find the other half of a squashed pair at the bottom of the wardrobe. This will hold six pairs and you can keep adding.
Where 0844 414 2885; www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk
How much £75
Venice Shower Curtain
Shower curtains don't last for ever so you get to change the mood of your bathroom a couple of times a year. Try ringing the changes with this rather lovely Venice curtain.
Where 020-8350 5450; www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk
How much £35
PS Bjuda
Yes with a name like that it can only be Ikea but they have some great designers and if you avoid the obvious bits of furniture no one need know.Anyway, a good carafe is essential on the well- dressed table.
Where www.ikea.com
How much £5.99
Felt. Rug
A good rug will update the look of the whole room and cover up those draughty floorboards too. Technically, these are not rugs but shyrdaks and are made by nomads in Kyrgyzstan.
Where 020-8772 0358; www.feltrugs.co.uk
How much from £250
40 Shelf
This ash or oak shelf will hold a number of box files in the centre and perhaps a clock, calendar or pen pot on the ends. Arrange as many as you want and they will be decorative as well as practical.
Where 01539 741177; www.childsandco.co.uk
How much £120
Knitwear and T-shirt Storage
This site has lots of lovely storage ideas for all your clothes and their zips all have a lovely ribbon attached, which makes it all feel rather luxurious.
Where 020-727 5609; www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk
How much £10
Egyptian Cotton Towels
Just as Egyptian cotton is perfect for lovely luxurious sheets so it is for towels. These are 700gms heavier than most standard towels with a deep pile.
Where www.whitecompany.com
How much from £12
Tall Mercury Glass Candlestick
Candlelight glamorises even the humblest of kitchen suppers and this mercury candlestick is the perfect holder.
Where 020-7430 2526; www.benpentreath.com
How much £17.50
Zyliss Suzi 2 Garlic Press
Life is definitely too short to peel a garlic clove. This handy gadget means you don't have to. Shove the clove in, press and the garlic's in the pan and the skin's in the press.
Where www.amazon.co.uk
How much £13
Italian Glass Chandelier
If you've got any height in the sitting room at all then a chandelier is the light to have - even if you just use table lamps, this will add a focal point to the room.
Where 0845 130 6622; www.grahamandgreen.co.uk
How much from £299
Spontan Noticeboard
A good noticeboard is vital in a home office and you'll have to decide if you want a whiteboard, blackboard or pinboard. Large magnetic whiteboards can be ruinously expensive but if you buy this one from Ikea, you can put four up next to each other.
Where www.ikea.com
How much £8.99
Antique Silver Embossed Chest
The bedside table is a very personal decision as everyone has different priorities but this one is an unusual design, has several drawers and is large enough for a lamp and a photo frame.
Where 0560 311 3405; www.roseandgrey.co.uk
How much £165
Slimline Revolve Bathroom Cabinet
Several trays are fixed to the back of this tall thin mirror so you spin it round to take what you need and turn back to the mirror side to apply said products.
Where 08700 240 780; www.heals.co.uk
How much £330
Bistro Citrus Juicer
It's January and we're all pretending we're going to be healthy for ever so out comes the juicer. Danish company Bodum has entered the fray with its stylish citrus juicer, which is easier to clean than many and comes in a range of fabulously zingy colours.
Where www.bodum.co.uk
How much £50
T12 Soundbar
This neat little bar sits under the front of the TV and brings cinema-quality sound to your films without taking up loads of space. You can also mount your iPod or iPhone in it for music.
Where 08456 521 219; www.orbitsound.com
How much £299
Phillips Fidelio Docking System DS3000
It's always good to have a little musicwhile you work, or even a dock to rest the phone on if you're not using it for the iPod. This will also charge it at the same time.
Where www.shop.philips.com
How much £49.99
Lychee Cheval
This free-standing mirror can be moved to where the light is best while its clear curvy silhouette means it will disappear into the decor when you don't need it.
Where www.mydeco.com
How much £289
Chrome and Glass Tier Shelving
Goodstorage is key in a bathroom. This unit is sleek and modern and minimalist enough not to dominate the space but will store lots of towels and bottles.
Where 0844 844 8333; www.next.co.uk
How much £55
Pantone Chair
These colour charts are everywhere now and these folding chairs are a great addition to the range, ideal for brightening up the kitchen or dining room. Easy to store when not in use.
Where 0845 270 2677; www.bloomsburystore.com
How much £45
Omelette Pan
This gorgeous enamel pan is suitable for all heat sources, including induction. Choose either sunny yellow or ice blue with cream inside.
Where 01952 432237; www.objectsofuse.com
How much £20
Kartell Usame Coffee Table
Rather more affordable than the Una Set but still practical as it has a built-in magazine rack - or fill it with ice and you can put the beer and wine in come to that.
Where 01142 433000; www.nest.co.uk
How much £149
Futura Perpetual Wall Calendar
It's unbelievably hard to find a perpetual calendar that lets you see a month at a time. Here's one that isn't decorated with Superman or Betty Boop or cars.
Where www.amazon.co.uk
How much £24.99
Wooden Hangers
Not only does a row of wooden hangers look better than wire but they are also better for your clothes.
Where www.amazon.co.uk
How much £13 for 20 hangers and £17 for nine trouser hangers
Tam Tam Stool
It can be quite handy to have a stool in the bathroom. This is a design classic and is made of plastic so there's nothing to rust or corrode either.
Where 020-7692 4001; www.madeindesign.co.uk
How much £17.10
Magazine File Box
These white files are stylish enough to look great if your study shares space with another room and, as they are open, you can just chuck stuff in without having to take it off the shelf and open it up.
Where 0845 077 8888; www.homebase.co.uk
How much £5.99
Olivewood Board
Choosing a chopping board is very subjective. Plastic is cheaper and hygienic, wood is nicer to use. This one is beautiful and will double up as a serving platter.
Where 01903 215121; www.goodcookshop.com
How much £30
Cubeoid CD Storage
A more interesting take on the classic shelf arrangement, this will stand on the floor or hang on the shelf - you could have several depending on the size of your collection.
Where 0844 414 2885; www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk
How much £59
Textile Basket
This canvas bag from the newly launched H&M home range is very stylish and different from the run-of-the-mill high street stuff that you tend to find. Perfect as a laundry bag for the bathroom, or for transporting anything you like around the house.
Where www.hm.com
How much £19.99
Forme Office Bookcase
Very reasonably priced and rather mid-century modern in style, two of these would double up as a room divider if the office space shares with another room. The curvy desk is also lovely.
Where 01259 217 166; www.home-office-design.co.uk
How much £164 for the bookcase and from £170 for the desk
Vintage Soap Dispenser
Whether your bathroom is screamingly contemporary or shabby chic, a touch of vintage style will always work and can soften the edges of the former. This range includes perfume bottles and storage jars too.
Where www.bhs.co.uk
How much £12
Seattle Four-Door Dining Storage
You can never be too rich or too thin or have enough storage. So dining room/kitchen, anywhere you want it, this will come in handy.
Where 0844 499 4686; www.habitat.co.uk
How much £480
Quooker Tap
Chuck out the kettle. This tap delivers water at 100C so you can have an instant cup of tea. It has a push-and-turn safety lock and also saves on your energy bills.
Where 020-7923 3355; www.quookershop.co.uk
How much £790
Cinnamon Cushion Cover
H&M's homeware line is as affordable as you would expect. Covers from old grain sacks are screamingly fashionable and at these prices it might be challenging that other Swedish behemoth.
Where www.hm.com
How much £12.99
The Bookinist Chair
If you haven't got room for a whole office then how about using this chair? The arms lift up to store pens and paper and it can store up to 80 books and it has its own built-in lamp.
Where 08456 800 224; www.flujohome.com
How much £1,460
Washed Linen Bed Linen
Not perhaps a first choice of colour for the bedlinen but grey is the new cream and it will look surprisingly fresh and go with lots of other colours.
Where 08456 049 049; www.johnlewis.com
How much from £25
Cubic Towel Storage
A neat way to store the towels, which, if you have a good selection of colours, can be a decorative feature in what is often a very plain room.
Where 0844 844 8333; www.next.co.uk
How much £30
Empire by Foscarini
Good lighting hides a multitude of decorational sins so it can be worth the expense. These look like giant candlesticks, which fits with the dining-room theme.
Where 0870 2424 128; www.designshopuk.com
How much £765
Side-by-Side Wine Cooler Fridge
Fridge freezer with in-built wine cooler that is zoned for different temperatures so it's fine for red, white and champagne.
Where 08456 049049; www.johnlewis.com
How much £2,299
Pelicano Rocking Chair
This chair has a pleasingly chunky curved shape and is almost like a hammock or rocking deck chair. Choose from eight colours and get ready to relax.
Where 020-8450 5600; www.bodieandfou.com
How much £591.99

From luxurious linens to beautiful bookshelves, Kate Watson-Smyth gets the house in order

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