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!

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!

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.

Sunburst Seating: Orange Dining Chairs

After years in the wilderness (after a few ubiquitous years in the 1970s), orange furniture is back. It’s a colour that never fails to lift the spirits – especially if it isn’t coupled with dark brown, as it so often was in its former heyday. The dining room is the perfect place to add a bit of bright colour into the home…so we’ve taken the time to locate our five favourite dining chairs, all available now and, best of all, on sale!

Veronica Dining Chair by Orren Ellis

Veronica Dining Chair – £99 (Sale Price), Ollen Ellis

A truly striking piece, this bright orange dining chair by Ollen Ellis is just as durable as it is attention-grabbing. The plastic structure of the chair – which has a shaped orange seat and contrasting black legs – makes it wipe-clean and thoroughly practical. At £99 per chair it’s an affordable addition to your dining room decor! (Some assembly is required).

Jazz Stacking Dining Chair

Jazz Stacking Dining Chair – £28.99 (was £34.99), Julian Bowen

Vibrant and stylish, Julian Bowen’s Jazz stacking dining chair does exactly as it claims – it sits comfortably on top of its counterparts in order to save valuable space in your home. This metal and faux leather chair is currently available at a bargain price in this bright orange as well as in black and white and stand-out shades of red and green.

Bond Orange Regular Leather Dining Chair with Stainless Steel Legs (Pair)

Bond Orange Regular Leather Dining Chair with Stainless Steel Legs (Pair) – £392 (Pair)

Showing all the classic but contemporary elegance we’ve come to expect from furniture manufactured in Denmark, these stainless steel and orange leather dining chairs by Dan Form have strong tubular frames and seats with a distinctive and stylish basketweave effect. They’re also available in more neutral shades of black and cream – something to suit every colour scheme!

Habufa Santorini Fabric Dining Chair

Santorini Fabric Dining Chair – £179 (was £239), Habufa

Here at PopShop we appreciate quality craftsmanship when we see it and so we’re big fans of this Santorini orange fabric dining chair from Habufa which has a frame of oak and oak veneer and legs with an attractive oil finish. The comfortable high-backed seat has been upholstered in orange and is part of a range that includes a chunky wooden table and brown leather chairs.

Vitra HAL Armchair, Orange / Light Oak

Hal Armchair, Orange / Light Oak – £365 (15% off), Vitra

Admittedly, the title of this one includes the word ‘armchair’ but Jasper Morisson’s HAL armchair is described by Vitra as ‘a versatile seating option’ and we feel it’ll be as equally at home in the kitchen as in the living room. The shell of the chair is shaped to offer maximum stability and comfort and is available in white, ice grey, brick red, chocolate brown and black (with light or dark oak legs).

Top Five Stylish Retro Sale Teapots

There’s always time for tea – and we can always clear space in our schedules for a top bargain! Here we’ve found the some real dazzlers to bright up your kitchen and dining table; five beautiful retro teapots, all at great prices.

Portmeirion Crazy Daisy TeapotCrazy Daisy Teapot – £44.99 (was £35), Portmeirion

Fans of ’60s series The Prisoner will be familiar with Portmeirion, the delightful tourist village that provided its backdrop. The colours and styles of that Italian-style setting are reflected in Portmeirion’s (the company – based in Stoke-on-Trent!) gorgeous Crazy Daisy teapot, part of a range that has become something of a modern classic. Fashioned from the highest-quality porcelain, it will hold eight cups of tea.
Biba Starburst Teapot

Starburst Art Deco-style Teapot – £24 (was £30), Biba

From the Swinging Sixties to the 1930s now, with the Biba’s metallic gold and white Starburst teapot which will add glamour to your breakfast while commanding its space like a grand liner of that era! Made from beautiful quality porcelain, it’s part of the Biba Deco collection which includes cereal bowls, cups, saucers and plates of all sizes.

Love Birds 0.75L Porcelain Teapot

Love Birds 0.75L Porcelain Teapot – £21.99 (was £28.98), ECP Design

We love the ’70s Scandinavian feel of this love birds teapot from ECP Design. A petite piece, which will hold three quarters of a litre (a petite but perfect two cups!), it is patterned with pairs of birds in colours of blue, grey, orange and pink. It’s made from high quality fine porcelain and has a removable tea strainer as well as a metal lid and large spout and handle to assist you with perfect pouring.

Sabichi Concierge Collection Stainless Steel Teapot

Concierge Collection Stainless Steel Teapot – £21.99 (was £30.99), Sabichi

This one looks familiar but on closer examination this stainless steel teapot from Sabichi has a classic shape but a modern twist. It has an oversized handle and generous spout and will of course conduct heat perfectly while your brew steeps! With almost a tenner off in the Ace sale, there’s never been a better time to buy this quality piece of kitchenware.
House of Hackney Hyacinth Teapot, William Morris Collection

Hyacinth Teapot, William Morris Collection – £53.30 (was £75), House of Hackney

Finally, we skip back to the late nineteenth century for some art nouveau with this gorgeous bone china House of Hackney Hyacinth teapot, inspired by the work of textile designer (not to mention poet, novelist and political activist!) William Morris. With a beautiful and bold colour palette of brown, gold, red and blue, this beautiful vessel will add luxury to every teatime! ]

Huge Reductions on Joseph Joseph Classics at BrandAlley

Since 2003, Joseph Joseph – led by twin brothers Antony and Richard Joseph – have been creating functional, problem-solving and rather beautiful household products. Generally found in the brightest aisles of quality cookshops everywhere, you’ll have seen their elegant kitchenware – but not at these prices. Free-to-join membership site BrandAlley have launched a sale of classic and contemporary Joseph Joseph designs, ranging from worktop savers to bowls and chopping boards. Here we pick out six of the best bargains: but the sale is only ten days long and stock subject to availability, so be quick if you want to pick up one of these beauties!

Multicoloured nine-piece nested bowl setJoseph Joseph Nested Bowls and Measuring Cups

Multicolour Nested Bowl Set – £32.00 (normally £46)

Cooking is by nature messy and has no respect at all for the orderliness of your kitchen – but you can reclaim your space with this gorgeous rainbow-coloured nine-piece nested bowl set. The set, which comprises five measuring cups (from 1ml to 250ml sizes), a small non-slip mixing bowl, a stainless steel mesh sieve, and a colander – all stacked neatly within a large non-slip mixing bowl – stacks neatly and ensures you’ll have no problem locating your cookware essentials in future. It’ll occupy a tiny section of a kitchen cupboard – but is so pretty you might want to keep it on permanent display!

Blue Compact Chop2Pot Folding Chopping Board

Blue Compact Chop2Pot Folding Chopping Board – £9.50 (was £16)

Beloved of smart chefs everywhere, the Chop2Pot chopping board is an ingenious piece of kit that will make those pesky board-to-pan food spillages a thing of the past. Once you’ve sliced and diced your ingredients, you simply squeeze the handle. The board then folds at either side to form a ‘chute’ that makes transferring ingredients to the pan – or indeed to the bin – super-easy and hygienic. A compact board at 38cm by 21cm, this is a space-friendly addition to your kitchen. Buy it and your hob will thank you!

BAMBOO LARGE CHOP2POT FOLDING CHOPPING BOARDJoseph Joseph Large Bamboo Foldable Chopping Board

Large Bamboo Foldable Chopping Board – £13.00 (normally £20)

If you’re a fan of more natural materials, but still appreciate a modern design when you see one, then you’ll appreciate Joseph Joseph’s bamboo cutting board. Like the light blue Chop2Pot above, it folds conveniently into a shape to assist food transfer – only its bamboo finish provides a denser and less porous finish, meaning it’ll be less afflicted by damage from knives or water. Its non-stick feet and silicone hinge make it every bit as useful as its plastic counterpart.

Wash and Drain Plus: Three-piece Dishwashing and Draining SetJoseph Joseph White and Green Drain and Wash Set

Wash and Drain Plus: Three-piece Dishwashing and Draining Set – £35 (normally £20)

No need for kitchen sink dramas with the Wash and Drain Plus set! In a crisp and clean colour palette of white and apple green, the dishwashing and draining set creates order as you wash (the bowl has its own plug meaning you can gradually strain water from it without tipping, avoiding those dreaded food blockages) and dry (the removable dishrack will sit happily on either your draining board or in the bowl itself). The matching cutlery pot fits neatly on the dish rack and the whole stackable system has two sturdy handles for easy transportation.

Orange M-Cuisine Microwave Popcorn Maker
Orange M-Cuisine Microwave Popcorn Maker – £12 (normally £20)

If you love to snack but are counting the calories, then you need to know about the M-Cuisine microwave popcorn maker! This bright orange silicone gem enables you to make your own popcorn without using oil or butter. Its curvy design isn’t just aesthetically pleasing – it ensures that any added flavouring will be distributed evenly throughout your popcorn, and (literally) serves as a sharing bowl. The clear lid has small holes that enable you to sieve away any unpopped kernels that might be left behind.

Silver Regular Index Colour Coded Chopping Board Set

Silver Regular Index Colour Coded Chopping Board Set – £30 (normally £50)

You’ll recognise this one! Now something of a design classic, the Index colour-coded chopping board set was introduced in 2008. With brightly-coloured chopping boards clearly marked to indicate different food types – fish, meat, vegetables and cooked food – it’s an ingenious and elegant way to reduce cross-contamination along your kitchen work surfaces. The individual boards are as well-designed as you’d expect from Joseph Joseph, with sloped edges (to prevent dripping) and non-slip feet.

Reduced Dinner Sets: Five of the Best

Linea Hampton Platinum Rim 16pc Porcelain Dinner Set

Hampton Porcelain Dinner Set – £30 (was £168), Linea

We’re big fans of Linea’s range of kitchenware and this 16-piece Hampton white porcelain dinnerware set with platinum rim around its edges has all the subtle elegance we’ve come to expect from the brand. Although it’s really meant to be enjoyed on special occasions, at this astonishing price you can use it for everyday dining as well!

Gatsby White and Gold Dinner Set – £39.99 (Was £44.99), Sabichi

You can add a bit of gold to your home without going super-bling, and the Gatsby gold and white dinner set presents you with the perfect opportunity to do that. The classic satin white porcelain bowls and dinner and side plates are finished with a striking yet elegant pattern featuring gold metallic spray dots.

Leaves 16 Piece Dinnerware Set by Premier Housewares

Leaves Dinnerware Set- £27.99 (was £55.99), Premier Housewares

Understated elegance can be brought to the table with this 16-piece Leaves dinner set from Premier Housewares which features a nature-inspired trim in a muted colour palette of orange, black, grey and brown. The set includes four mugs alongside the bowls and dinner and side plates.

Two-Tone 16-piece Dinner Set in Red and White
Two-Tone 16-piece Dinner Set in Red and White – £24.99 (was £29.99)

Very’s two-tone red 16-piece dinner set is a sturdy and classic design which mixes a sumptuous red finish with white interior flourishes. This fine and durable stoneware set is also available in shades of teal, mandarin and indigo blue, but we’ve taken a fancy to this red set, not least because it’s the only one in the sale!

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Christmas China Set, 12 Pieces

Sophie Conran Christmas China Set – £75 (was £150), Portmeirion

We know…it’s a bit early (or a tad late!) but…if you take advantage of the epic (50%!) reduction on this festive 12-piece china dinner set from Sophie Conran for Portmeirion you’ll be so glad when next Christmas comes around! Each beautiful piece is adorned with traditional red and green decorations and holly motifs.

Gorgeous drinking glasses: the best bargains

We might be clear of January now, but there are still plenty of bargains to be had in the sales. Today, we look at the best of the glassware – whether what you’re looking for is elegant and functional, or something to add a bit of pizazz to your table settings. Here are our five best bargain finds:

Set of 2 Cocktail Glasses with Walnut Wood Coaster – £27 (were £45), LSA

Part of a wide range of glassware that includes champagne coupes and – most importantly – olive stands, LSA’s cocktail glasses come in sets of two and are inspired by cocktail lounges. Individually mouthblown, these glasses have a heavy base and each comes with its own solid walnut coaster with rounded corners. The premium packaging means these will make a great gift – and are a steal at this price so act fast!

kate spade new york Pearl Place Highball, Set of 2

Pearl Place Highball, Set of 2 – £21 (were £50), Kate Spade New York

We love the cheery gold polka dot finish of Kate Spade New York’s pearl place glassware. These highball glasses are packaged as a set of two in the brand’s beautiful signature green box, adorned with its gold lettering. Matching tumblers are also available, and they’re in the sale too, at the same price, so there’s no excuse for not revamping your glassware and livening up cocktail hour at a stroke!

1L Das Beer Boot by Bar Originale

1L Das Beer Boot – £14.99 (was £16.99), Bar Originale

Fun and functional, this sturdy boot-shaped Das Beer Boot glass already looks pretty impressive when it’s empty. When full, however, it is transformed into what resembles a large tan-coloured (depending on your tipple) boot, complete with sheepskin (or rather, foam) trim! The capacious glass holds a full litre of liquid, making it perfect for drinks parties – but maybe don’t try to knock back a ‘pair’ all at once!

Aida Glass Range

Aida Glass Range – £11 (were £20), B&Q

If you’re anything like us, your glassware collection has more than the occasional casualty, and replacements are often required. B&Q’s Aida glass range can come to the rescue – for just a shade over a tenner it’ll furnish your kitchen cupboards with thirty – yes, thirty! – quality pieces. That’s ten white wine glasses, ten red wine glasses and 10 water tumblers – working out at less than 37p per glass!

Pastel LSA Wine Glasses

Polka Set of 4 Pastel Wine Glasses – £15 (was £30), Achica

LSA have been producing quality, striking glassware for years now and these pastel wine glasses are no exception, with their hand-applied pearl lustre in shades of pink, baby blue, mint green and pale yellow. The set of four glasses is presented in limited-edition gift boxes, with a gold foil band, swing tag and hand-tied ribbon, so they’ll also make the perfect wedding or housewarming gift – if you can bear to part with them!

Bowled Over: Soup Bowls on Sale

If you’re anything like us, you probably lost a good deal of your best crockery and glassware over the festive period – festive collateral damage, caused by excessive joie de vivre. Now’s a great time to replace it, while the sales are on the go. Here we pick out our favourite of the soup (or if you wish, cereal) bowls from the current sales.


Pantone Soup Plates in Lilac, Pink and Green – £7 each (were £19 each), House of Fraser

Beloved by graphic designers and anyone with a sense of style, Part of a range that first came to our attention when Italian designer Luca Trazzi loves colours and has already translated this passion for colour into iconic designs made for various world-famous companies. The Luca Trazzi’s Pantone soup bowls are part of a range of bright and colourful crockery that will bring any table setting alive with vivid colour. The bowls are also available in bright red, dark blue and orange, but our favourites are the three above, which have somehow made it into the sale. Snap them up while you can!

Heinz Soup Bowl and Bread Holder
Heinz Red Tomato Soup Bowl, Spoon and Bread Holder – £8.49 (was £11.99), Argos

Some would have you believe that function is more important than beauty, but why compromise when you can have both? The perfect serving vessel for our favourite childhood comfort food, this red Heinz tomato soup bowl with bread holder and spoon bowl, has a compartment on the side so you can sup your soup and dunk bread or crackers in it simultaneously. Or maybe even house some croutons – go mad! The bowl has a handle and a matching spoon, so you can drink your soup or imbibe it instalments.

Havi 17cm Brown Rustic Soup or Noodle Bowl from Habitat

Havi 17cm Brown Rustic Soup or Noodle Bowl from Habitat – £6 (was £12), Habitat

Finished in a warm brown glaze and with a rustic design that slopes outwards in the style of a noodle bowl (who are we to dictate what you serve in your crockery?), Habitat’s brown Havi soup bowl evokes the style of classic stoneware pieces from the ’60s. The Havi series also includes mugs and is available in a series of finishes – a version in a natural colour emblazoned with a distinctive criss-crossing scratch design is also available in the sale at half price.

Kahla Sky Blue Pronto Blue Bowl

Kahla Sky Blue Pronto Blue Bowl – £77.94 set of six (was £112.50), Wayfair

You can’t beat well-designed crockery in simple lines, and we love the shape and colour of this handmade Kahla Pronto Bowl in sky blue with white interior. Kahla – a company with a pioneering sustainability strategy – also produces breakfast and oval serving plates in the Pronto range, each in a variety of colours which includes bright orange and yellow. The sky blue and a darker blue/green bowl are currently available at a reduced price, so grab a quality bowl for a great price while you can.

Personalised White Lidded Soul Bowl with Spoon

Personalised White Soul Bowl with Lid – £10.99 (was £14.99), Ace

What do you mean, you’re not called Hannah? We jest, of course…this wonderful personalised white soup bowl with lid is perfect for anyone who gets downright covetous around their favourite liquid snack. Personalisation is included in the price and any name up to 11 letters can be applied to its side.

Liven up your kitchen with brightly-coloured cookware

As 2016 – which has been, politely, a bit hit and miss in terms of good news – peters out and gives way to a month where light is at a minimum, we could all do with some brightness in our lives. There are few places that can benefit more from a bit of colour than the heart of the home – the kitchen…and the good news is, the sales are full of brightly-coloured accessories and cookware. Here, we choose our favourites.
Le Creuset Teal Casserole Dish – £120 (was £160)

Fans of both bright colours and quality cookware could do worse than invest in this teal Le Creuset 3.2L casserole dish. Individually cast from iron in a sand mould at a French foundry, this marvellous piece of oven-to-tableware is available in nine other colours including the rich cassis (purple!) and classic volcanic (orange!) hue – and you’ll find all of them in the John Lewis sale.

Bright Yellow Kettle

Bright Yellow Stainless Steel Kettle – £15.99 (was £26.99)

When we said bright, we meant bright – and this bright yellow three-litre stainless steel kettle from Premier Homewares fits the bill! Don’t worry if this sunshiney hue doesn’t fit in with your kitchen decor – this beauty is also available in red, teal blue, orange, lime green and pink. At that price, we’re considering getting one of each!

Sistema Klip It Noodle Bowl

Sistema Klip It Noodle Bowls – £3.75 each (were £5)

From a wide range of cookware in fetching shades of lime green, purple, cerise and sky blue comes the Sistema Klip It noodle bowl. This ingenious microwaveable bowl has a pressure release vent (to avoid spills) and a clip fastening which means you can enjoy your favourite stir-fry or noodle dishes while you travel.

Mixed Blue Maison Ramekins - set of 4

Linea Maison Set of 4 Mixed Blue Ramekins – £12 (were £24)

Colourful yet calm – that pretty much sums up this set of four mixed blue ramekins from Linea, which are currently subject to a hefty 50% reduction at House of Fraser. These tasteful tubs are ovenproof up to 250°C and can also be used in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher.Colori Cucina Ceramic Induction Frying Pan in Orange

Colori Cucina Ceramic Induction Frying Pan in Orange – £16 (was £40)

Orange has made a big comeback in recent times, especially in retro-styled homes. We love the simple and sturdy design of Colori’s Cucina orange ceramic induction frying pan. Manufactured by Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland, this durable pan is built to last.