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Don't Chuck Out the Chintz: Send it to Sweden

Swedish interiors store, Svenskt Tenn must have missed the Ikea campaign telling us to 'Chuck out the Chintz' because they have been busy importing floral fabrics from Britain since the 1930s.  Above left, is Magnolia Black Linen from British company, GP&J Barker. The colourful pattern on the right with illustrations of wine, hops and tobacco plants is called 'Poisons'! Not an impor ...

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Eye Scandi: Scandinavian design

Can it be that absolutely everything that comes out of Scandinavia is aesthestically pleasing and highly functional? Even the people seem better designed. Scandinavian products are enjoying an extended moment and - excitingly - there are now lots of outlets beyond the well established Ikea and Skandium. The glasses above are £39.99 from Skandivis, a fantastic site full of lovely things for those who ...

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Quiet in the cheap seats! – affordable garden furniture

Even in Scotland we've had the garden furniture out for a few weeks now but if your furniture is starting to wilt here's a selection of some of the best around at the moment.  All-weather furniture than can be left out all year usually requires you to sell your garden, house and children to pay for them but below, with the exception of the one from Heals, are some less expensive options.  Ikea is usually go ...

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