Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Homeware Crazy; London Stores Showcase Their Latest Ideas with Experts to Help You Get the New Look, Says Barbara Chandler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Homeware Crazy; London Stores Showcase Their Latest Ideas with Experts to Help You Get the New Look, Says Barbara Chandler

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

Money-wise makeover tips REFRESH YOUR HOME JOHN LEWIS April 15-17, Oxford Street, W1 (020 7629 7711; johnlewis.com) FREE freshen-up-your-home masterclasses are taking place at John Lewis. Ideas from the store's stylists include adding texture with basketware, bamboo, copper and wood accessories, and creating a feature wall.

Katie Papakonstantinou, head of product services, says swap your winter curtains for lightweight voiles "for a quick fix without too much time or investment".

Just pitch up at the store to join a home adviser taking small groups in the design studio. And you can learn how to hang wallpaper properly with demonstrations from creative brand Scion on April 13 and 14. Its Pepino wallpaper from the playful Noukku range, shown right in the pink grapefruit/sunshine/ink colourway, costs PS39 per roll.

Feel right at home in the zone OUR HOUSE SELFRIDGES Until June 9, Oxford Street, W1 (0800 123 400; selfridges.com; thenewcraftsmen.com) THE NEW CRAFTSMEN of Mayfair have curated an installation in Selfridges' Ultralounge, turning it into "a home for all" where you can take a stress-free break. The Rest zone has haystacks, cocoons and nests; the Gather zone is a community kitchen; Play hosts group workshops, priced PS15, where you can stitch and dye with London's Lola Lely, or shape and mark clay with ceramicist Matthew Raw. Then, at Cleanse, emerge refreshed with new thoughts on what home means to you, having enjoyed the playful sculptures of artist Camilla Bliss, left.

Grand brands come bang up to date ART PARTNERS HARRODS April 7 to May 10, Knightsbridge, SW1 (020 3626 7020; harrods.com) FROM Pop Art on a plate to a remix for Wedgwood urns, this month Harrods' windows in Brompton Road are displaying finely fashioned homewares. …

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