Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Scintillating Savings Secrets; Our Interiors Expert Alison Cork Shares Her Own Aladdin's Cave of Bargain Homeware, Painstakingly Compiled from the Best Providers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Scintillating Savings Secrets; Our Interiors Expert Alison Cork Shares Her Own Aladdin's Cave of Bargain Homeware, Painstakingly Compiled from the Best Providers

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Byline: ALISON CORK

BRINGING THE HOUSE DOWN

Until 10 February, interiors specialist House Couturier is offering Standard Lite readers a further 10 per cent off all its display curtains. Already at discounted prices, display curtains, including fabrics from Lelievre, Andrew Martin and Jab, are reduced by 50-70 per cent.

Even better, the Andrew Martin chair, left, with Kravet Box plisse fabric, is on sale at [pounds sterling]900 (was [pounds sterling]1,490). You can claim your 10 per cent extra discount simply by mentioning this column when placing your order.

. House Couturier, 285 New King's Road, SW6. Call 020 7371 9255 or visit housecouturier.com

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Kitchen bargains for your DIY days

With more than 35,000 products available online, diyessentials.com offers a full range of DIY goods and prides itself on its bargains.

With prices so low there's no need for a January sale! Its kitchen-accessory bargains include the Gieffe Polished Chrome Railing Set ([pounds sterling]44.79) or the space-saving waste bin, perfect for separating kitchen rubbish ([pounds sterling]64.30).

And Standard Lite readers buying any diyessentials.com items can claim a free E-Cloth.

Made from millions of tiny fibres, it has such a natural cleaning effect that you need add only water - no kitchen chemicals are necessary - to clean stainless steel, glass, chrome or marble for a perfect finish. Normally [pounds sterling]9, the E-Cloth is free with all purchases while stocks last.

. Order online at diyessentials.com or by phone 0800 389 9732.

Vintage value

For wine novices who don't know their Bordeaux from their Beaujolais, vintagewinegifts.co.uk is a great solution with a built-in price guarantee.

With a choice of more than 850 bottles of vintage wine, port, whisky and cognac from top-quality sources around the globe, owner Giles Widoger, above, guarantees you won't be able to buy the same bottle cheaper.

. vintagewinegifts.co.uk (020 8746 7771)

BRIGHT IDEAS FOR LIGHTING

For just about every type of lighting on the market, but 30 per cent cheaper than the high street, check out ebulbshop.com. A clear and easy-to-use website with masses of stock, you'll find bulbs ranging from daylight to energy-saving, halogen, dichroic and fluorescent. Typical prices include 20-watt halogens at [pounds sterling]2.29, normally [pounds sterling]5.99 in the DIY superstores. All prices include VAT, postage and handling.

. ebulbshop.com

Wax on, wax off.

Floor fixed Liberon has come up with a range of products to solve the problem of damaged laminate flooring - using a wax base, the Laminate Repair Sticks ([pounds sterling]3.83 for a pack of three) can hide chips, dents or scratches by filling in the affected area. And its Laminate Floor Sealer ([pounds sterling]9. …

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