Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

REALLY USEFUL Guide

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

REALLY USEFUL Guide

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Byline: ALISON CORK

Alison Cork installs solar lighting in the shed, finds funky teacups and smells autumn in the air

A doctor in the house

Ann Maurice, TV's House Doctor, has trained a network of House Doctor consultants who could help transform your property to get the best rental or sale price.

The cost of a two-hour consultation starts at [pounds sterling]125 for a three-bedroom home but until 27 October, readers can get a 15 per cent discount, reducing it to [pounds sterling]106.25. To claim, mention this column when making an appointment.

To find your nearest House Doctor, call Ann Maurice Limited on 020 8408 0122, or visit www.housedoctor.co.uk.

Box of surprises

So you would like to redecorate your home, but the thought of sourcing samples and co-ordinating fabrics feels daunting. Interior design company Room offers an off-the-shelf design service that can be delivered to your door. It has 30 interior schemes to choose from, each of which arrives tied up with a bow in a box.

Each box costs [pounds sterling]95, but until 31 October, Room is offering Homes & Property readers boxes for [pounds sterling]80.75, a 15 per cent discount. To claim, call 0844 770 0144 quoting Evening Standard. Visit www.roominteriordesign.co.uk.

Not too hot to handle

If you're one of those people who makes a cup of tea in the morning and then falls asleep again, take a look at the Thermo Cup from Menu. Made with two layers of porcelain and an insulating cavity to prevent burnt fingers and maintain the temperature of your tea, the cups have a swanky retro-style geometric design.

Priced at [pounds sterling]29.99 for a gift-box pack of four, this is the glamorous way to keep your tea warm for longer.

For details of your nearest stockist, visit www.menu.as.

Freebie of the week

Enjoy the scents of autumn with Yankee Candle's new fragrances, including Autumn Leaves and Sugar Cane and Vanilla.

Yankee Candle will feature as part of the Luxury For Less stand at the Ideal Home Show but if you can't make the show the firm is offering 10 Homes & Property readers two large Housewarmer candle jars (worth [pounds sterling]16. …

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