Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; HOMES & PROPERTY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; HOMES & PROPERTY

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Byline: ALISON CORK

This week, Alison Cork finds the ultimate in easily stored furniture, dashing handles at a snip, and help to restore your period home Ideal designs The Daily Mail Ideal Home Show has some clever products to watch out for: a new range of instant-fit hanging baskets that clip onto concrete fence posts and wooden trellises; some spacesaving furniture from Tom Bishop; and an ingenious home-office solution from Richard Woodgate - a revolving desktop that, with a single motion, conceals work papers and a laptop, and becomes a dining table for five.

Daily Mail Ideal Home Show, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, SW5 (0870 606 6080; www.idealhomeshow.co.uk). The show runs from 3 to 28 March and is open from 10am to 8pm each day.

Handle on the problem If you are looking for something different in the handle department yet do not wish to spend a fortune, visit www.doorhandlesuk.com. Here you will find state-of-the-art door furniture in contemporary and traditional designs. Prices are very competitive, with handles starting from about [pounds sterling]14. For more information, call 01254 692908.

Past perfect If you are embarking on the restoration of a Victorian or Georgian property and are worried about handling the period detail, you need Paul Smith.

He offers a restoration service, from advice on which cornicing and ceiling roses would have been used, to wallpaper, furniture and fireplace surrounds.

Smith will source, install and arrange for traditional bespoke units to be made if he cannot find what you want elsewhere.

His charges depend on the project. Call 020 8989 6366.

Ibstock bricks Councils are becoming more specific about matching extensions to the materials used for the original build, so for help in finding a match, here are a couple of leads.

Match It will inspect your site and locate the matching bricks. It covers the whole of London and the Home Counties. Call 020 8804 2722).

Ibstock is aimed at self-builders, and has a brick calculator and a mortar colour-selection tool. …

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