Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; Consumer Guide: Alison Cork Finds a Hi-Tech Period-Style Window, Door Handles Galore, and Gets out the Lawnmower

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Really Useful Column; Consumer Guide: Alison Cork Finds a Hi-Tech Period-Style Window, Door Handles Galore, and Gets out the Lawnmower

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Byline: ALISON CORK

Easy does it

If you struggle with interior decorating decisions, John Strand can help. It offers a design and manufacture service to the property industry, producing furniture to the customer's specifications, and specialises in themed show flats. But it also works with individuals, and will handle an entire job, from colour co-ordination to making the furniture, curtains and blinds. Even better, it charges no more for this bespoke service than you would pay for standard high street furniture. So, for a cost-effective, stylish and hassle-free interior, call 020 8749 9199; www.johnstrand.com

Window on the world

For period-style windows (below) - with state-of-the-art technology built-in - try The Original Box Sash Window Company. Using only environmentally friendly hardwood with no chemical or timber preservatives, these amazingly convincing traditional-style windows are not only double glazed but also fitted with self-cleaning glass. Prices start from u1,500 a window (01753 858196; www.boxsash.com).

With knobs on

If you are looking for handles or knobs (left), get a copy of Direct4Trade's latest catalogue. It features more than a hundred designs, ranging from Victorian brass to contemporary aluminium, plus fixings such as door hinges, dresser catches and worktop joints. Selling mainly to the trade, it also sells direct to the public at prices up to 20 per cent cheaper than the high street.

Orders of more than u45 are delivered free (08000 348348; www.direct4trade.co.uk).

Where there's smoke

For style-conscious homeowners, Fire Angel has just launched a sleek, silver, plug-in smoke alarm to blend in with today's contemporary interiors.

It fits discreetly into the light fitting between the bulb and the socket and is made from high-grade coated plastic.

Stocked exclusively by B&Q, the silver Fire Angel costs u24. …

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