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Celia Birtwell: Telling her own story

After forty years of being represented by men; favourably by good friend David Hockney in Mrs and Mrs Clark and Percy (above), and later, less flatteringly in ex-husband, Ossie Clark's diaries, designer Celia Birtwell is publishing her own story. She chose style writer, Dominic Lutyens to help write about her life and work.  In a refreshing contrast to the current trend in autobiographies she has a ...

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Pattern: Stripes

Is there anything that can't be improved by the addition of a stripe? This hammock is £55 from Deckchair Stripes, a company with an exceptional dedication to the stripe. Everything they produce from aprons to beach tents is striped in a fantastic range of colourways. The limited edition Kenwood Mixer, £469.99 from Amazon - why can't all kitchen apppliances be this bright and beautiful? For wall to wall stri ...

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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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