Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; Consumer Guide: This Week Alison Cork Finds Ultraviolet Shutters, a Place to Match Up Your Odd Chairs and the Ultimate Lifestyle Accessory - a Vacuum Cleaner with a Mind of Its Own

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; Consumer Guide: This Week Alison Cork Finds Ultraviolet Shutters, a Place to Match Up Your Odd Chairs and the Ultimate Lifestyle Accessory - a Vacuum Cleaner with a Mind of Its Own

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Byline: ALISON CORK

Matchmaker

Matching up odd chairs can be difficult, especially if they are period pieces. But that is precisely the speciality of Allan James at The Chair Set Antiques. Established for more than 10 years, James has built up a stock of chairs dating from the early 1700s to the present day.

He also sells antique chairs on behalf of clients and offers a search service. Based in Sussex, James can deliver chairs nationally and overseas.

Call 01428 707301.

Open and shut

New from Leeway Marketing is an alternative to conventional shutters. Made of an ultraviolet form of stabilised plastic, the decorative shutters do not rot or discolour (eliminating the need for painting or maintenance), are lightweight, easy to install and can be designed to fit any window. Available in open louvre, cottage board and colonial style in 12 colours, they cost from [pounds sterling]51 a pair. Call 0121 666 6369.

Bargain of the week

I have found a search engine that sources DIY materials at trade prices. For hundreds of companies split into categories that you can list by distance from your postcode, visit www.kellysearch.com. With 150,000 companies in its database and 110,000 product categories, it is a gold mine of DIY bargains.

Remote control cleaning

At last, the ultimate lifestyle accessory: a robotic vacuum cleaner. About to be launched by Electrolux, the fully automated Trilobite will launch itself round the room, can reach under beds and low furniture, uses bat-like acoustic technology to detect obstacles in its path, and will automatically return to its charging station to boost itself.

And if it runs out of power halfway through the job, it even has the intelligence to recharge and resume cleaning where it left off. Available from 16 May in department stores and selected electrical retailers nationwide, it will retail at about [pounds sterling]999.

For stockists, call 0870 605 5055.

Source of knowledge

For anyone interested in sourcing modern furniture, lighting and home accessories, Design UK is a useful little book that includes a detailed description of shops throughout the UK. …

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