Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Looking Good for Spring; HOMES & PROPERTY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Looking Good for Spring; HOMES & PROPERTY

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Byline: KATIE CAMPBELL

Shop news Diary dates Venue of the week Fresh fabrics: Bold, colourful, striped rough cottons that evoke the vibrancy of Central America, and fat-striped, heavy Ottoman silks that shimmer with a metal finish are just two of the new fabrics in Malabar's spring collections. Otherwise there are floaty voiles with hand-embroidered leaves and flowers, jutes and linens.

What distinguishes Malabar's fabrics from so many others is the sheer affordability: prices range from [pound]18-[pound]55 a metre. For Malabar stockists, call 020 7501 4200 All in white: The latest catalogue from The White Company is filled with good-value items. Simple towelling bathrobes are [pound]30 (all sizes), superking waffle cotton blankets cost [pound]66 and a button-back chair is a snip at [pound]375 (plus you'll need four metres of the fabric of your choice).

Otherwise there are lovely self-striped cotton bedlinens, pashmina-style bedspreads and fresh, pastel, candy stripe, polka-dot and gingham cotton bedlinen in yellow, lilac, blue, green or pink that'll take you straight back to your childhood. There's also a very "now" range of rosebud quilts and cushion covers. Call 0870 160 1610 for a catalogue or visit www.thewhiteco.com Classy glass and porcelain: Retro is the main theme to LSA International's new porcelain and glassware collections. Casino porcelain is all about circles within circles - very Abigail's Party - while the Spectrum range of tableware, vases and bowls come in the darkest shades of purple, blues and mauves that could be adapted to an East-meets-West look or camped up with some of their more colourful glassware. For stockists, call 01932 789721 (www.lsa-international.com).

M&S makeover: What is going on at Marks and Spencer? After fashion, it's time, it seems, for the home collection to get a major makeover, too.

Artfully brooding black-and-white photographs of scrubbing brushes, pots and pans, beds and vases beside quotes from designers fill the pages of their latest press release. …

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