Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column

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This week, Alison Cork finds funky children's accessories, groovy beds for sleep overs and an innovative solution for parents travelling with young children Save your energy The perfect gift for a green-minded friend, the Doing My Bit Box from EDF Energy is full of practical advice and discounted offers to help reduce energy consumption in the home.

Priced at [pounds sterling]19.99, this Pandora's box includes an offer of home insulation worth up to [pounds sterling]700, three low-energy lightbulbs worth [pounds sterling]18, [pounds sterling]100 off solar water heating and the gift of a Woodland Trust Tree. Call 0800 904 7455.

The heat is on The metal look is in and Radiating Style has just brought out a new collection of radiators finished in stainless steel, bronze, brass and copper. Beautifully tactile, the Avant Garde collection includes beauties such as the undulating Welle S with copper-etched finish, the sleek Massimo in stainless steel and the more traditional E Classic in bronze.

Prices start from just [pounds sterling]89. For more information, call 08700 723 428 or visit

Ready, steady, bed It is always tricky trying to find comfortable extra bed space for visitors; World's Apart Ready Beds may be the answer.

Available in both single and double sizes, the Ready Bed consists of an air mattress, pillow and duvet in one, with a battery operated pump included. At the flick of a switch, the bed is inflated and ready to go.

There are plenty of designs that will appeal to children, such as Disney Princess and Spiderman.

Prices start at [pounds sterling]44.99 for a single and [pounds sterling]64.99 For more information, call 0800 389 8591 or visit

Animal magic Bring some order back into the home with HeadsUp's new range of home accessories, which are bound to be a hit with children.

The Ewenis Wooley the Sheep coat hook will baa in gratitude when you hang up your coat and Hannah Holstein the Cow will moo. Add in a piggy toothbrush holder and quacking-duck loo-roll dispenser, and tidying up starts to look more like fun.

Prices start at [pounds sterling]6.

For stockist information, visit

Sweet dreams sleeping in unfamiliar beds.

John Lewis has come up trumps with a range of lightweight, portable travel equipment for babies. There is a range of travel cots, which fold up into compact bags and come with novel features, such as vibrating mattresses, built-in nightlights and music, from just [pounds sterling]75. With innovations like these, travelling en famille seems almost bearable. Visit

Anyone with children will know the trials of travelling with young ones, especially the broken nights brought on by

Smooth operator It is tempting to replace glass when it gets scratched, but a far more cost-effective option is to call in a company like Reface. …

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