Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Buckets of Charm; Design News

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Buckets of Charm; Design News

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Go for the lacy look

New House Textiles

Delicate lace is one of the big looks that has moved from the catwalk into our homes and it is especially well-suited to dressing windows.

New House Textiles has just launched Fondant, a vertical blind with a lacy translucent weave, which will provide privacy and light in equal quantities.

The blinds are made to measure and you can expect to pay [pounds sterling]150 for a four-foot square blind.

For a brochure, or for stockist details, call 01989 740684. Otherwise, you can visit

Pail and interesting

The Hermitage Antiques Collection

The Pimlico Road-based dealer Bernard Vieux-Pernon, famous for selling Russian and Biedermeier artwork, is selling his collection and moving on.

Christies will host the sale at which at least 70 per cent of the lots will be offered without reserve, so you should be able to snap up some bargains, including this pair of iron and brass buckets (lot 255; est [pounds sterling]400-[pounds sterling]700).

There will be some real curiosities on offer, too, including a large collection of resin mushrooms (lots 193 and 195; est [pounds sterling]800-[pounds sterling]1,200).

Sale details: 4 April, 10.30am, Christie's South Kensington, SW7 (020 7930 6074).

Ribbons mean romance

Cox & Cox

This homeware mail-order company specialises in the delicate, faded and faintly romantic. Like everyone else, its buyers have to travel further and further afield to find original products.

Among new finds are rolls of linen ribbon in pink, sage green, cream and chocolate ([pounds sterling]20 for a 10m spool), heart-shaped printing blocks hand-carved in cedar, which come with handmade papers (four blocks plus 40 sheets of paper, [pounds sterling]12) and bags of silver-backed glass flowers to scatter as decoration on tables ([pounds sterling]25 for a bag of 200).

Call the orderline on 0870 442 4787.

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