Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Early Birds

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Early Birds

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Byline: Katie Law

From bird house to Bauhaus

The French House Just because it's not French doesn't mean it can't be sold byThe French House, especially now that it has launched a sister website calledMade in Europe.

Products in the launch collection include wooden toys from Germany and Swedishwooden bird houses for the garden, beautifully painted and with bitumen roofs.For city dwellers there is even a Bauhaus bird house (right, [pounds sterling]34.95)white, angular and with a porthole window. Country lovers will go for the BarnHouse (below, [pounds sterling]44.75). Click the link at the bottom of the hompage

Flock to Chelsea

VV RouleauxYOU will have to fly not to miss it but this great Chelsea shop is holding anot-to-bemissed event all day today and into this evening. Shoppers will beoffered festive drinks and a 10 per cent discount off all VV Rouleaux'sthousands of rolls of ribbon and countless trims and embellishmentseverything you could need to wrap presents, dress up a Christmas stocking oryour home.

he event starts at 10.30am today but continues until 8.30pm at VV Rouleaux, 54Sloane Square, SW1 (020 7627 4455;

VV Rouleaux's sequin-covered birds ([pounds sterling]9.95)

Head for Notting Hill for a handful

Gail Arnold

A driving force behind former Notting Hill shop Hand, Gail Arnold has organiseda one-off sale set to be the place to find those special Christmas gifts, fromSasha Gibb's vintage wool cushions and blankets to pestles and mortars fromOrchard Objects. Also available are vintage Romanian and Hungarian woventextiles from Beyond France; Trouver Antiques' glassware, mirrors andfurniture; Kirsten Heckterman's cushions; and Karen Downing's hand-thrownporcelain (left).

The special sale takes place from tomorrow (6pm to 9pm), and on Friday,Saturday and Sunday (10am to 6pm) at the 20th Century Theatre, 291 WestbourneGrove, W11. Cash or cheques only. For more information, call 020 7731 6355.

Was that you, or the dog?

Mungo and Maud A beautifully packaged scent for dogs? No surprises that thisultimate gift for posh pooches comes from SW1 pet shop Mungo and Maud. …

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