Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


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Let there be light Lighten up: Imagine your garden lit at night by sparkling dragonflies flitting through the trees. It's possible now, thanks to the new range of dragonfly or butterfly ([pounds sterling]27.99) fairy lights that are suitable for outdoors as well as indoors.

There are also some exceptionally pretty rose lights ([pounds sterling]16.99) in palest ivory. Each set comes with a transformer which must be plugged into an indoor mains supply and with about 10 metres of cable. Ryness, I'm told, is planning to really lighten up all our lives this summer, so keep your eyes peeled. For your nearest Ryness, call 020 7278 8993 or see

Now you're rocking: If you're looking for sources of lighting products for outdoors, check out Marks & Spencer, which has selected a surprisingly with-it range of storm lanterns, garden torch candles, stake lights, hanging mobile lights and fairy lights for parasols to brighten up our summer evenings at reasonable prices.

There are some attractive pieces of whitewashed rattan furniture too, but the buy of the week must surely be this lightweight rocking deckchair (below), which comes in a rust-resistant frame with a silver-coated finish and has an easy-to-clean fabric sling in white or navy. The chair is an incredible [pounds sterling]35. Call 0845 6031603 to order or see www.marks

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Raft: Eco-sustainable meets good taste, at last, at Raft, a new store in north London that sells furniture made from sustainable and reclaimed hardwoods, and which also aims to support industry in developing countries.

White laundry baskets are [pounds sterling]45, console tables [pounds sterling]345, dining/kitchen tables [pounds sterling]945 and chairs [pounds sterling]98 each. All materials used are approved by environmental groups.

Kids can take advantage of the bouncy castle while parents, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand, look around the showroom - all part of the relaxed policy.

Raft, 265-267 Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 (020 8450 5078).


shopping evening Tonight, 6pm to 8pm: On your way back from the Chelsea Flower Show, visit Clivedon Place, off Sloane Square, and meet the designers behind Anta, VV Rouleaux, Emma Hope and Basia Zarzycka, and get at least 10 per cent off anything you buy, while enjoying canap? …

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