Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; Alison Cork Gets Set for Christmas, Finds Fun Fair-Trade Homeware and a Wine Rack Made of Rubber

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; Alison Cork Gets Set for Christmas, Finds Fun Fair-Trade Homeware and a Wine Rack Made of Rubber

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Byline: ALISON CORK

Fun for children

Here is a beautiful website selling classy decorative touches for children's rooms. Childhood Interiors has some really cool wall hangings, such as giant snowflakes.

These funky patterns, at 30cm high, cost [pounds sterling]45 for a pack of three in black or white, or [pounds sterling]60 for a mirrored finish.

They would probably be one of those Christmas decorations that do not date, so worth the money. For more information, call 0870 609 2691, or visit www.childhoodinteriors.co.uk.

Jail work rocks

Fine Cell Work is a charity selling embroidered cushions and accessories by inmates of prisons around the country. On 16 and 17 November it is holding an exhibition and sale at Chelsea Town Hall, SW3, of Ottoman-style embroideries that rival anything produced by the Royal School of Needlework. Prices start at about [pounds sterling]80 for cushions.

For more information or a Fine Cell Work catalogue, call 020 7931 9998, or visit www.finecellwork.co.uk.

Christmas life saver

What are you going to do if the oven breaks down just as you are preparing the godzilla turkey? Who are you going to call when the dishwasher goes on strike?

Enter PAS, who can repair and provide spares for almost any model of white goods (with the exception of gas hobs), normally within 24 hours.

For an efficient and knowledgeable service, call PAS on 0870 232 2211, or visit www.thecompleteservice.com.

It's a fair wind ...

Calling all fair trade supporters and shoppers looking for something different, Fairwind is the answer. It has some great merchandise and I particularly like the gold batik bowls (from [pounds sterling]12) and the elephant bookends ([pounds sterling]29). And there is not a bar of fair trade chocolate in sight.

To see the whole range, visit www.fairwindonline.com.

Rubber revolution

New from Mode Associates, a wine rack and magnetic fridge clock made from rubber. …

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