Five of the Best: Soap Gift Sets

They might seem like a somewhat traditional choice of present – and reminiscent of trundling around shops trying to find something for grandma – but soap gift sets have certainly changed a lot since the days when lavender and lily of the valley were as exciting as it got! Bearing that in mind, we’ve come up with our five favourite currently available gift sets, each of them available from an online retailer near you!Heathcote & Ivory Vintage Pattern & Petals Soap Flowers

Vintage Pattern & Petals Soap Flowers – £10, Heathcote & Ivory

A world away from the rather pedestrian slabs of fragrance we’re used to scrubbing with in our everyday lives, these soap flowers from Heathcote & Ivory have been artistically crafted to look like rose blooms in pastel shades of pink, orange, yellow and blue and they split apart to shower (no pun intended) your bath with fragrant petals. Heyland & Whittle Small Soap Gift Set

Small Soap Gift Set – £20, Heyland & Whittle

If you have a friend with allergies, then Heyland & Whittle’s soap gift set could be just the ticket. All eleven of its mini guests soaps – featuring an array of combinations including gold, frankincense and myrrh – are sulphate and paraben-free, made from coconut, olive and sweet almond oils and infused with indulgent essential oils. A gift box makes them the perfect present.

Gentlemen's Hardware Gentlemens Hardware Brick Soap Set

Brick Soap Set – £8.99 (was £12.99), Gentlemen’s Hardware

There’s no reason why the chaps should miss out and there’s no need to resort to that ’70s stand-by of Brut soap-on-a-rope, when you can buy the man in your life this heavy-duty set of brick soaps by Gentlemen’s Hardware. The three chunky soaps are scented with sandalwood and presented in a gift box – and are currently available with four quid off!

Bomb Cosmetics - Soap Perfect Gift Pack

Soap Perfect Gift Pack – £12.99, Bomb Cosmetics

At the brighter and funkier end of the spectrum, we have this fun soap set by Bomb Cosmetics, which will help your giftee unwind and relax after a long and stressful day, with five intriguing-sounding fragrances: Crazy Cupid, Berry the Hatchet, Summer Cherry, Free Spirit and Adventures in Eden.

Roger & Gallet Lavande 3 Soap Gift Set

Lavande 3 Soap Gift Set – £15, Roger & Gallet

Roger & Gallet Lavande 3 Soap Gift Set.

OK, so we couldn’t miss out on the lavender-scented option… The Roger & Gallet Lavande gift set is a special take on a traditional favourite though, combining mandarin and geranium with lavender, mingled with a vanilla benzoin and cedar dry down. Evocative of Provencal France, the soaps are created using a unique manufacturing process that ensures a long-lasting scent.

Five Fabulous Christmas Stockings

Whatever you fill yours with – tangerines or coal (in which case, welcome to the Internet!) or designer trinkets or…anything but a foot really – it’s important that your Christmas stocking looks the part. Whether your home is minimalist or elaborate, there’s a Christmas stocking out there for you that’ll enhance and not overpower your home this festive season – and we’ve chosen your five favourites to make selection easy.

Personalised Initial Felt Christmas Stocking by Ace

Personalised Initial Felt Christmas Stocking – £6.99 (was £12.99), Ace

Multi-dweller homes will appreciate the practicality of an initialled stocking that will limit the scope of those terribly embarrassing gift-giftee mismatches. Ace are providing just that with this personalised Christmas stocking which is marked with a large initial in green. At 41cm high there’s plenty of room for gifts…and it’ll look the part too, with a festive green, white and red colourway, as well as festive pompoms around the band and on the toe. Even better, it’s a steal at just a shade over half its original price! Linea Off White Faux Fur Stocking

Off White Faux Fur Stocking – £22.50 (was £30), Linea

Got one of those homes that manages to *do* all of the festive celebrations without resorting to cluttered multicolour garishness? If so, we’ll put aside our resentment for a moment in order to suggest this Linea’s stylish Christmas stocking to you. Made from sumptuously soft faux fur in a cream colour that’ll fit in with any setting (though a grey version is also available), it’s a chic, pompom-embellished piece and a bit of a bargain with over seven quid off.

John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Gold Sequinned Christmas Stocking

Tales of the Maharaja Gold Sequinned Christmas Stocking – £18, John Lewis

Part of Tales of the Maharaja, an opulent range of Christmas decorations by John Lewis and inspired by the myths and tales of classical Indian dance, this spangly gold sequinned stocking will add glamour to your festive home. It’s covered in an abundance of gold sequins and edged with a wide velvet band with an attached loop for easy fireplace hanging. A version is also available in an equally glamorous (but more frosty!) silver finish.

White Knitted Christmas Stocking with Tree Pattern by M&S

White Knitted Christmas Stocking with Tree Pattern – £19.50, M&S

Surely well up to the job of warming your feet once the festive season has passed, this lovely chunky knitted handmade stocking by M&S has been crafted by artisan women of Nepal – not only do they knit the stockings but they card and make the yarn (with some assistance from local sheep) themselves, and are paid fairly for their work. This version carries a green Christmas tree pattern, though a red, snowflake-covered version is also available.

Fizz DC Comics Batman Christmas Stocking
Fizz Batman Christmas Stocking – £12, DC Comics

Ultimately though, it’s important to remember one person in particular at Christmas…what do you mean, Father Christmas?! No! The Baby Jesus? NO! For some of us, at least, it’s a Batman-focussed affair of course. Mark it with this DC Comics Batman Christmas Stocking which is made from a soft-touch black fleece and edged in a wide grey band. The all-important Batman logo graces the side of this marvellous piece of festive frivolity.

15 Owl-themed Things For Your Home

Owls are really on a par with foxes when it comes to popularity in homeware – and we believe that if *you* could rotate your neck 360 degrees, *you’d* be worthy of finding your face on a mug or two! With that in mind, we’ve sought out our fifteen favourite owl-based home items…all currently available to add to your collection.

Orla Kiely Owl Towels in Papaya Orange

Owl Towels in Papaya Orange – £4-28, Orla Kiely

We begin with another gorgeous design from Orla Kiely, which manages to be striking yet look distinctly owl-like at the same time. These owl-themed towels from Orla Kiely feature a repetitive graphic pattern and are made from 100% woven cotton. Available as face cloths, hand towels, bath towels and bath sheets, in prices ranging from £4 to £28 respectively, they’re also available in light grey and marine blue shades – but we favour this bright papaya orange colour.

Owl Salt & Pepper Shaker by The DRH Collection

Owl Salt & Pepper Shaker – £9.69, the DRH Collection

Wonderfully curvy, these gold and platinum owl-shaped salt and pepper shakers dispense – as you would expect – their condiments through holes at the top of their skulls that have been positioned there in a completely humane trepanation process. The metallic finishes on this porcelain pair are created via electroplating, finished off with a high-quality glaze for a superb shine. They’re gift boxed so would make a perfect present for someone special.

Fallen Fruits Owl Door Knocker

Owl Door Knocker – £11.99, Fallen Fruits

Leave visitors to your home in no doubt as to your avian loyalties from the very first minute they encounter you and mount this owl door knocker from Fallen Fruits at the front of your house. It’s made from cast iron that’s been given a distressed rustic weathered effect finish so it looks naturally aged and will do a really good job at delivering the thundering sort of bang some of us need to get to the door in time.

Hector 37.5cm Table Lamp by The Lighting & Interiors Group
Hector Table Lamp – £24.87 (was £33), The Lighting & Interiors Group

This one’s a beauty – ever so cute, this owl-shaped ceramic table lamp base has a minimalist shape and is made from ceramic finished in a shiny, cream-coloured glaze. The energy efficient piece has a simple matching light shade and is suitable for halogen or LED bulbs of 40 watts (not included). Currently available at almost a tenner off it’s original price, this 37.5cm-high lamp is a bit of a bargain.

AM.PM. Malou Owl Hook

Malou Owl Hook – £12, AM.PM.

Useful wall fixtures and fittings can be somewhat pedestrian affairs, but the Malou owl-shaped hook by AM.PM. is here to put things straight. Made from cast aluminium coated in matt epoxy paint, it features a raised owl design and is also available in grey as well as in this rather nice duck egg blue. It’s part of a range of similarly-sized (16cm high by 6cm wide) hooks made in the shape of classically-sculpted animals, including a rabbit, a fox and a stag.

Owl Stool by Wrigglebox

Owl Stool – £61.99 (was £71.99), Wrigglebox

If you’re looking for a super-sturdy, ethically-sourced side table or stool, look no further than this hand carved wooden owl, which has been made from solid wood by skilled artisans. The handmade nature of this items means each piece – which has been carved from a single piece of the highest-quality monkey pod wood – is unique. You’ll currently find this fair trade item available with £10 off its original price tag.

Dickins & Jones Owl Jewellery Box

Owl Jewellery Box – £15 (was £32), Dickins & Jones

Made from wood but with a shiny duck egg blue and cream finish, this Dickins & Jones owl jewellery box takes the shape of a cube and its lid lifts off to reveal a rustic woven interior as well as plenty of room for all your favourite trinkets. It’s selling fast and currently on sale for less than half its original price, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on this lovely but practical piece.

Pair of Owl Bookends by Castleton Home

Pair of Owl Bookends – £58.91 (was £81.99), Castleton Home

Another great bargain, with over twenty quid off currently, this owl bookends set will help you organise your books in style. The owls, which have been made from a glass orb with antique-finished heads and feet, sit atop sturdy black polyresin cubes. In all, these pieces are each 22cm high (whereas the cubes are 8cm by 8cm at the base) and will do a great job of displaying your novels in your bedroom or living room. Grandma Wild's Ceramic Barn Owl Cookie Jar Barrel with Mini Choc Chip BiscuitsGrandma Wild’s Ceramic Barn Owl Cookie Jar Barrel with Mini Choc Chip Biscuits – £19.99,

Barney the brown owl has been immortalised in this fantastic cookie jar (or biscuit barrel, if you’re a traditionalist) and will make a fantastic addition to your kitchen. He’s made from white ceramic painted in shades of brown, grey, yellow and black but, even better, his head lifts to reveal 300g of diminutive yet delicious chocolate chip biscuits – so he’ll make a perfect gift for an owl or biscuit-loving friend!

Owl Vase by KARE Design
Owl Vase – £26.04, KARE Design

Back to minimalism now with the rather arty and neutral white finish of this owl vase from Kare design. This elegant piece has been made from dolomite with a brilliant white and high-gloss finish. At 34cm high and 17.7cm wide (14.5cm deep), this will make a great addition to your mantelpiece and is a tasteful way to display bouquets of even simple flowers or branches from the garden.

Nordal Pair of Ceramic Aubergine Owl T-Light Holders

Pair of Ceramic Aubergine Owl T-Light Holders – £49, Nordal

Add a bit of cheer to your home, your garden, or maybe both – since these ceramic tea-light holders from Nordal come as a set of two! Measuring 18cm in diameter and 21cm high, the holders let light out through the gaps in the feathers that form the lattice-like front, whereas tealights are easily inserted via the back. This handsome pair is available in grey or light blue as well as in the aubergine (sort of purpley!) colour pictured here.

Oural blue ceramic owl figurine by Maisons du Monde

Oural blue ceramic owl figurine – £5.99, Maisons du Monde

We love the minimalist shape of this rather petite (8cm high and deep by 6cm wide) Oural owl figurine from Maisons du Monde. This charming ceramic piece is finished here in a duck egg blue glaze, though a version is also available in cream.

Solar PIR Owl Garden Light

Solar Owl Garden Light – £24.99 (was £33.49), Pir

Add a bit of light (and fun) to your outside space with Pir’s solar garden light. Harnessing energy from the sun during the day, its generously-sized eyes will light up as you walk past it at night (for 30 seconds each time it’s activated) so maybe this isn’t one for the faint-hearted!

12-Piece Owl Breakfast Set

12-Piece Owl Breakfast Set – £11.69 (was £39.99),

A veritable steal at over twenty pounds off its original price tag, this 12-piece breakfast set is made from bone china and it features two different owl designs, in green and dark blue on a white background. You’ll find four side plates, cereal bowls and egg cups in this dishwasher-safe set. If you want to take the theme further, matching mugs as well as storage canisters are available in the same designs.

Owl Kitchen Roll Holder

Owl Kitchen Roll Holder – £1.99 (was £19.99)

We end with the biggest bargain of all – the rather enigmatic (or shadowy) owl kitchen roll holder. This novelty paper dispenser is 30cm high and 15cm in diameter and is made from MDF painted in black and white. A distinctive piece for your kitchen workshop, this fine fellow (or lass) is the tiniest fraction of its original price, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on him (or her)!

Five of the Best: Butter Dishes

They might be more of a traditional kitchen item than a worktop essential – but that doesn’t mean that a butter dish can’t enhance your cooking area or dining space! If you’re going to take the plunge then you might as well go for something a bit more interesting than an orthodox white ceramic number, so to help you we’ve picked out our five favourite butter dishes, ready to brighten up your kitchen and house (some of) your dairy at the same time.

Melamine Ship Shape Butter Dishes by Alessi

Melamine Ship Shape Butter Dishes – £40, Alessi

Easily recognisable as an Alessi objet, thanks to its bright colour as well as the sense of fun it conveys, Ship Shape is a butter dish designed by Stefano Giovannoni. Made from sturdy melamine, it has a translucent yellow base and a solid yellow top: and a white palette knife (with stainless steel blade), for spreading your butter, sticks out of the ship’s ‘funnels’ at the top! This witty piece is also available in an attractive green colour.Le Creuset Butter Dish Cassis

Butter Dish in Cassis – £21.60 (was £27), Le Creuset

If you’re a fan of the French cookware specialists – and who isn’t? – then you’ll recognise this shade not as purple but as cassis! The Le Creuset butter dish may not be dishwasher or microwave-safe, but it’s still hugely popular and made from quality stoneware and will match perfectly with everything else in the range – from your pans to your roasting dish! It’s also available in all of the other well-known colours in the range (ours is in volcanic!).

Anthropologie Painted Amaryllis Butter Dish

Painted Amaryllis Butter Dish – £18, Anthropologie

We’re so happy to see the homeware brand Anthropologie land its eclectic but always interesting wares at John Lewis and this painted Amaryllis butter dish is no exception. Painted in a bold floral design – in shades of red, green, yellow, black, blue and pink – it’s made from a dishwasher and microwave-safe stoneware (take that, Le Creuset!) and is part of an exquisite range that includes a matching rolling pin and cheese board.

Stir It Up Butter Dish

Stir It Up Butter Dish – £12.99, Robert Dyas

Never mistake your butter for anything else ever again! This Stir it Up butter dish from Robert Dyas is made from a cream-coloured ceramic and is clearly labelled on the side in a distinctive black font. A classic wooden lid – in the same pleasing oblong shape as the base – sits on top, making this a smart addition to the company’s range which includes containers for sugar and tea as well as teapots and aprons.

Glass Butter Dish from Dunelm

Glass Butter Dish – £11, Dunelm

Sometimes simple is best – and this clear glass butter dish is extremely practical thanks to its transparency, which means you can see how much spread you’ve got left, as well as the state it’s in! This heavy piece of kitchenware also has an inner section large enough to contain a whole block of butter, eliminating mess. At just a shade over a tenner, it’s a real bargain, too!

Brightly-coloured Hard Shell Cabin Suitcases

Though the holiday season is long gone, travel (especially if you’re lucky) happens all year round – but, when it’s slightly off-season, there’s always scope for a bargain or two. Today we’re looking at brightly-coloured hard cabin suitcases. Buy one of these (they’re all on sale, of course!) and you’ll thank us when you can pick your vibrant luggage out from all the pedestrian black and navy blue baggages that pass you by!

Hot Tuna Rainbow Suitcase in Orange

Rainbow Suitcase in Orange – £37.99 (was £74.99), Hot Tuna

We begin with the bright orange version of the Hot Tuna rainbow suitcase, which has a hard outer case and fastens around the edge with a large black main zip fastening compartment. Four caster wheels make for easy transportation, and the extendable telescopic handle – along with carry handles at the sides and top – mean it’s easy to pick up if you so wish. A TSA combination lock means you don’t need to worry about security.

Paul Frank Lime Cabin Case

Lime Cabin Case – £59.95 (was £64.95), Paul Frank

As if holidays weren’t cause for celebration, who wouldn’t be cheered up by this fantastic lime green Paul Frank case? Despite being sturdy, it’s lightweight and cabin-friendly – perfect for smaller trips. It has four swivelling wheels and a retractable tow handle (as well as a top carry handle) whereas the interior houses a zipped section and a retaining strap for your clothes. A combination lock is included with this case.

Linea Shell 4 Wheel Red Hard Cabin Suitcase

Shell 4 Wheel Red Hard Cabin Suitcase – £50 (was £89), Linea

Linea’s cabin suitcase is bright without being over-the-top, with a bright red exterior finished off with black edging and protective corners. A spacious design, it has an expander system that means it opens out further to provide 25% more extra capacity should you require it. Its push-button trolley handle, couple with four smooth wheels, means it’s easy to carry around.

Antler Juno B1 4-Wheel 56cm Cabin Suitcase, Turquoise

Juno B1 4-Wheel 56cm Cabin Suitcase, Turquoise – £108 (20% off), Antler

If you’re looking for an elegant suitcase in a distinctive hue, Antler’s Juno suitcase will fix the bill. It’s built to be super-strong and light, thanks to its polypropylene shell, and has four multi-directional wheels. A combination lock on the case’s side provides security, whereas its fully-lined interior is easy to organise thanks to its zipped full-length mesh pocket and elasticated packing straps.

Myleene Klass Flower Print Cabin Case

Myleene Klass Flower Print Cabin Case – £49.99 (was £59.99),

Part of the Myleene Klass travel collection, this flower print case is covered in a pattern featuring blooms in pink, orange and white. Its strong shell is made from a polycarbonate mix that’s lightweight as well as strong and it has a 30-litre capacity so there’s plenty of room for all you will need to carry. Four wheels and handles at the top and sides ensure it’s easy to carry, and a combination lock keeps it safe.

Five of the Best: Bargain Benches

Especially when you’re seating an indeterminate amount of people – a bench can really come in handy! A versatile piece of furniture, it can be used as additional seating, extra settings at the table, or even to provide storage. Here are our five favourites – all of them currently on sale:

John Lewis Drift 3-Seater Dining Bench in Cream

Drift 3-Seater Dining Bench in Cream – £199 (was £299), John Lewis

We start with the elegant but sturdy Drift bench by Modern Country which is made from a mix of alabasia wood and Mindi ash solids and veneers. The base of the bench is formed from four shaped and slightly tapered legs painted in a muted cream colour that will match virtually any surrounding – whether it’s alongside your dining table or in a hallway – and supports a natural wooden top with a panelled finish. This fine piece is currently available at £100 off its original price, so there’s never been a better time to add it to your home.


Slagelse Upholstered Bench by Fjørde & Co

Slagelse Upholstered Bench – £98.99 (was £149), Fjørde & Co

For luxury and comfort at a bargain price, look no further than this gorgeous piece from Fjørde & Co – the Slagelse upholstered bench. Four slanted, mildly-tapered solid wood legs support a plywood frame that’s covered in a silver-coloured chenille fabric upholstered with buttons in a traditional style. It’s a versatile bench, perfect for occasional seating, that manages to be timeless and contemporary at the same time. As it’s currently on sale with over £50 off, we recommend that you snap it up now!

Dickins & Jones Axis Bench

Axis Bench – £179 (was £330), Dickins & Jones

Made from solid timber with a rough and unpolished, subtly distressed finish, Dickins & Jones’s Axis bench simply screams quality. The rustic design comprises chunky legs finished in cream and set at slight angles to the natural surface, which is marked at each edge with a decorative narrow line. It’s part of a wider collection of furniture that includes a dining table and four chairs, lamp table, coffee table, shelf unit, lamp table and storage – all of them currently on sale – so if you like the look of this one, you’re really spoilt for choice!

Luxe Collection London Ready Assembled Oak Hallway Storage Bench

London Oak Hallway Storage Bench – £199 (was £229), Luxe Collection

If space is at a premium, it might be necessary to make your furniture multitask – just like  Luxe Collection’s oak storage bench, which is designed for the hallway and houses three seagrass storage baskets within its sturdy frame. Its frame is made from a combination of solid oak and oak veneers and features dovetail joints. The surfaces of this stylish piece has been lightly oiled in order to show off as well as protect the natural grain of the wood. Buy it now and you’ll get thirty quid off the original price tag.

M&S Brampton Bench

Brampton Bench – £157.50 (was £225), M&S

We’ve long admired M&S’s Brampton range which includes a sideboard, dining set and a wide range of tables of various types, in addition to this bench. Each piece is fashioned in the same classic Shaker-style, with a warm grey painted finish and whitened oak details (in this case, the table’s surface). At £157.50 it’s been reduced dramatically – as have many of the other pieces in the range – so if you want to add some superb rustic furniture to your home, there’s a great deal to be had!

The Best Bargains in Copper Kitchenware

Copper homeware has become massively popular over the past couple of years – not just because it looks great but because of its properties. It’s especially useful in kitchenware (especially pans) because of its incredible conductivity – it warms up and retains heat so much better than other metals. With that in mind, we present our current favourite bargain copper kitchenware – all of it currently reduced in the sales.

KitchenAid 3-ply Copper 7.5-litre Stockpot with Lid

3-ply 7.5-litre Copper Stockpot with Lid – £154.99 (was £179.99), KitchenAid

From a company well known for producing extremely reliable (and rather expensive!) mixers, this KitchenAid three-ply copper stockpot has a roomy 7.5L capacity and is designed for years of use. Its unique three-layer construction employs an aluminium central layer, an 18/0 stainless steel interior and a pure polished copper exterior. With etched measurements marked on its inside, stainless steel handles and a glass lid, it’s every bit as practical as it is stunning. Catch it now and get £25 off your purchase.

John Lewis Copper 16cm Milk Pan

Copper Milk Pan – £30 (was £60), John Lewis

John Lewis’s copper milk pan also offers the three-ply construction, so can promise even heat distribution throughout the pan and your ingredients. This is of course an important factor when you’re making custard or warming up milk! It has a stainless steel handle attached with strong rivets, as well as internal measurement markings, and is currently on sale for half its original price – so now’s the perfect time to get your hands on some real quality cookware.

Copper Pasta Maker 180mm by Villa d'Este Home

Pasta Maker – £50.61 (was £60.99), Villa d’Este Home

We’ve seen a lot of copper kitchenware on our travels, but this one was probably the most unexpected – the body of Villa d’Este’s pasta maker is made from nickel-plated steel, but the sides are coated in a copper finish and the result is rather striking! It scores on practicality too, having a table clamp, a removable steel handle with a plastic grip and two pasta cutters. It can produce pasta in nine thickness levels – and is a great buy with over a tenner off!

Linea Cucina Copper Roaster

Cucina Copper Roaster – £55 (was £110), Linea

There comes a time when the battered old tin occupying your oven isn’t fit to house another roast…and it’s a relief to replace it with something new like the exquisitely shiny Cucina copper roaster by Linea. This non-stick roaster uses tri-ply technology which ensures perfect conductivity with none of the hotspots that can ruin your culinary creations. With a 25-year guarantee and at half its original price, this quality piece of kitchenware is a real steal!

Swan Townhouse 5-piece Knife Block Set in Copper

Townhouse 5-piece Knife Block Set in Copper – £29.99 (was £44.99), Swan

Swan have really excelled themselves with their ranges of matching kitchen items over the past few years, and their Townhouse Five-piece Knife Block Set in Copper is another great addition to their repertoire. It includes chef, bread, slicer, utility and paring knives, each of which is made from high-grade 18/10 satin polished stainless steel. They all sit in a handsome copper-finished stainless steel block…and can be yours for a penny under thirty quid!

Five Gorgeous Bargain Cotbeds

Babies are small for such a small amount of time that it makes sense to get the best bargain when you’re furnishing a nursery. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look round our favourite online retailers for the best bargains in beautiful cotbeds.

Adele Compact Convertible Cot by Galipette

Adele Compact Convertible Cot – £369.99 (was £610), Galipette

If you’re looking for a cot that’s going to grow with your baby, and provide ample storage at the same time, the Adele compact cot bed could be the answer. This convertible bed has a sizeable storage section with three shelves at the end, on top of which sits a changing board. With a guard rail for a toddler, this cot – which has been reduced by £240 – is a great buy.

Tutti Bambini Lucas Sleigh Cot Bed-Espresso + Under Bed Drawer

Lucas Sleigh Cot Bed in Espresso – £296.10 (was £329), Tutti Bambini

Tutti Bambini’s Lucas sleigh cotbed has a beautiful curved shape and is every bit as functional as it is stylish. In addition to teething rails, it has an adjustable mattress that can adopt three height positions – this means it’ll adapt as your baby grows, ultimately converting into a junior bed. Beneath the sleeping area, you’ll find a drawer to store your baby’s stuff in.

Mothercare Charleston Cot Bed in Natural

Charleston Cot Bed in Natural – £181.99 (was £259.99), Mothercare

A cot bed is quite an investment, so the longer it will serve you the better – which is why Mothercare’s cot bed is a great by. It’s designed to take your baby on the journey from cot to bed. It converts easily to a toddler bed – suitable for when they reach 18 months old – and will last them until they are four years old. It also has three mattress positions, which makes it easier to pick them up and lie them down without injuring yourself.

Babybay Trend Bedside Cot with Siderail & Foam/Bamboo Mattress in Grey

Trend Bedside Cot with Siderail and Mattress – £150 (was £197.96), Babybay

It’s so hard to get a good night’s sleep in the first few months of your baby’s life but the BabyBay Trend bedside cot is here to help. Fixing securely to your bed, it creates an entirely separate sleeping compartment for your little one yet is only inches away from you. It’s height-adjustable, and you can set it at the same height as you – night feeds will be easier, and you’ll strengthen that all-important bond.

Silver Cross Canterbury Cot Bed

Canterbury Cot Bed – £625 (was £695), Silver Cross

As you’d expect from a company of their pedigree, Silver Cross’s Canterbury cot bed is a real quality item, with a sturdy frame made from solid wood. With solid ends and slatted sides, it has a generously-sized underbed drawer wth two compartments. The bed itself converts easily to a day bed and a toddler bed, and has an adjustable base that can be fixed into three positions.

Five Beautiful Bargain Bookcases

Bookshelves needn’t actually be used purely to store reading matter – they’re a great place to store your favourite ornaments and can be works of art in their own right. If you’re looking for a real statement piece – one you can also store your novels on! – then you could do worse than cast your eyes over our five favourite currently-available bookshelves. All of them are currently on special offer; so get in now if you want to get your hands on a great piece of quality furniture at the best possible price!

Jual Curve Oak Bookshelf

Curve Oak Bookshelf – £353 (was £415), Jual

Jual’s Curve bookshelf will add a designer edge to your living room in addition to increasing your storage space. The unit is constructed from real wood veneers paired with several high quality chrome tubes and consists of a sturdy back panel, in front of which are S-shaped shelves. Where there’s a gap you’ll find the upper shelf is supported two parallel chrome tubes. The whole unit rests on four cylindrical chrome ‘feet’, is over 1.6 metres high and is also available in a walnut veneered finish.

Ivo 125cm Black Maze Bookcase

Ivo Black Maze Bookcase – £143.99, Hokku Designs

Don’t try – you’ll never solve this maze…the Ivo bookshelf is more of an abstract statement really! Ths innovative design is made from 18mm melamine-faced chipboard finished in black and the corner shapes of the piece leave you ample space to store taller objects. Books can be housed in the narrower sections but with six shelving tiers you can store what you like! Currently on sale, this 125cm-high bookcase is selling out rapidly so act quickly if you think it would work in your home.

John Lewis Connie Inside Corner Unit, Oak

Connie Inside Corner Unit, Oak – £99 (was £299), John Lewis

When you live in a place where space is at a premium, every nook and cranny counts…and the Connie corner unit gives you the perfect opportunity to utilise all of the edges! Made from light-coloured oak veneers, it’s a sizeable piece (in terms of height) at 2.14m and is currently available for just a third of its original price at John Lewis – so get your skates on if you’d like to get your hands on a piece of quality furniture for a bargain price.

Luxe Collection - Dakota Ready Assembled Small Bookcase

Dakota Ready-assembled Small Bookcase – £189 (was £209), Luxe Collection

This Dakota bookcase simply oozes quality, thanks to the fact that the rustic piece has been crafted from golden solid mango wood – meaning that each piece has its own unique colour shades and grain variations. A petite unit at just over a metre high, the 75cm-wide bookcase consists of two shelves that sit above a row of three square chunky drawers finished off with squared wooden handles. It’s also available in a light mango wood finish and will arrive ready-assembled – so no need to get that screwdriver out!


Sapporo Bookcase by M&S

Sapporo Bookcase – £279 (with 20% off if you buy two or more pieces of selected furniture), M&S

We love the crisp and simple lines of this Sapporo bookcase from M&S, which has been made from a combination of solid bamboo and bamboo veneer, treated with a durable low-grade lacquer, which means each piece has unique grain characteristics. It’s part of a range that includes a shelving unit, tall desk and six-drawer chest; and if you buy two pieces from this range (or selected other furniture pieces) you’ll get 20% off your order.

Bargain Copper Kitchen Accessories

For a while now, copper has been the colour to go for if you want a bit of cutting edge design in your home – but you don’t have to splash loads of cash to get the look for yourself. We’ve been scouring our favourite online retailers and we’ve found our favourite copper kitchen accessories – all of them super-stylish and, best of all, all currently reduced!

Casa Couture Copper Cocktail Tool Gift Set
Copper Cocktail Tool Gift Set – £12 (was £30), Casa Couture
Let’s overlook food just for a moment and get to the drinks preparation! Mixologists everywhere will love this copper cocktail tool kit. This stylish three-piece includes a cocktail strainer, a teardrop bar spoon and will enable you to stir up, strain and serve your favourite boozy concoctions in style. It comes complete with a gift box, so would be a great present for the lush in your life – especially now it’s in the sale with almost two-thirds of the original price!
Dish Rack by Present Time

Copper Dish Rack – £32.99 (was £36.98), Present Time

So often it’s the details that count…so why shouldn’t your dish rack be as stylish as everything else in your kitchen? This copper-effect dish rack consists of three pieces – a foldable rack, a plastic base and a cutlery container. The rack folds out into an ‘x’ shape that supports your plates and cups, and stands on top of the plastic base which is separate for easy cleaning. The cutlery container slots on the side in order to complete this lovely freestanding piece of kitchen kit!

Viners Titanium Copper Knife Block (6 Piece)

Titanium Copper Knife Block – £49.49 (was £54.99), Viners
This impressive set of knives with a copper coloured finish on a black magnetic block has all the quality you’d expect from Viners, who have been producing quality kitchenware for over a century. The kit includes a chef knife, carving knife, bread knife, utility knife and paring knife, each of which attaches to the 26cm-high magnetic block which stands up so you can display them easily in your kitchen. Currently available with a fiver off, they’ll make a fine addition to your kitchen.

Wilko Pedal Bin Copper Effect 30L
Copper Effect Pedal Bin – £15 (was £25), Wilko

Wilko have a wide range of copper kitchenware at really competitive prices, including electrical appliances, but today we’re focussing on the copper-effect pedal bin. The shiny exterior houses a 30-litre plastic container that has a convenient carry handle for easy removal. It’s real bargain with a tenner off at the moment, so act now if you want to get your hands on this stylish take on a kitchen essential at a great price.

Sylcone Brushed Copper Pendant Light

Brushed Copper Pendant Light – £12 (was £18), Sylcone

Although it can be used in any room in the home, this Sylcone brushed copper effect pendant fits best in the kitchen – especially if it’s arranged in a row of three above a dining area or workspace. Although any Edison screw cap bulb will fit this light, it’s been designed to be used with retro hand-blown Sylcone ToLEDo bulbs – when they’re combined they really do create a statement look.