Design notebook: art deco cutlery

The paint and wallpaper company Little Greene is well known for its extensive, historically accurate colour palette made in association with English Heritage. But it also has some strong ideas on modern style. Colour Highlights is a collection of suggested colour combinations meant to inspire the home decorator where Little Greene’s historical shades are jazzed up with bold and bright accents. The Marigold stripe leading up the Grey Teal staircase shown here is a great example of how to put the idea to work. £35 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion (

Biba Home at House of Fraser continues to build on the glitzy high glamour it developed when it launched last season. Expect a mash-up of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, with feather, starburst and fan motifs and high-shine metallics mixed with black and mirrored surfaces. Starburst 24-piece cutlery set, £140 (

Shine a light

Among the gems in Marks & Spencer’s autumn collection is the Tyle range of beaten-metal lights in warm copper, brass and burnished steel finishes. The small version (top) costs £69, the large, £99. (

That’s Neat

There is a real sense of reinvigoration at the Conran Shop that can be seen its revamped website and in some well-considered collaborations with noteworthy designers. One of these is the British designer Magnus Long, whose Neat dining chair (£425) and marble-topped Stix dining table (£2,700) are part of a series of elegant pieces he has created exclusively for the Conran Shop (

Trend: Painterly textiles

The industry’s love affair with all things ‘artisan’ is cropping up in the painterly finishes or images with a painterly feel on textiles and home furnishings. The Red Lake cushion (on linen, 45?x?30cm, £60) is by Chocolate Creative ( And they’re not the only ones who have been brushing up on the look: see 10 of the best: painterly cushions here

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Design notebook: customisable storage from Ikea

This exuberant floral wallpaper, on which blooms of different sizes mix with berries and climbing fShopping: a bounty of bread bins by David Nicholls oliage, is the star of Sandberg’s new Brunnsnäs collection. There are 11 patterns, all inspired by the 19th-century mansions that line the shores of Lake Åsunden, near the Swedish company’s headquarters in Ulricehamn, east of Gothenburg. It costs £84 per 10m roll (0800-731 9622;

The frame of Ikea’s new PS wardrobe is a blank canvas waiting for you to decorate in your own style, using coloured plastic tiles that click into place. It fits in with the current trend for ‘customisable’ design, allowing people to put their own creative stamp on their interior spaces. The wardrobe (from £100) is supplied with 160 plastic pieces in black, red, yellow, orange and green (

Past glories

The Young Masters Art Prize was set up in 2009 ‘to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past’. This year sees the launch of a separate award for ceramicists, for which 15 artists have been shortlisted. The collector Maylis Grand is providing the £1,500 prize, the winner of which will be announced on October 30. Shown here is Goldilocks by Claire Partington, which is based on the 17th-century Diego Velázquez paintings of Mariana of Austria. Two exhibitions of the shortlisted artists are on show at two locations in London until the end of the month. Visit for more details.

The best bread bins

This powder blue one with a wooden lid is by Nigella Lawson, £73, Unique & Unity

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Design notebook: colour, pattern, fashion and fun

Pull up a pew: Baines & Fricker

The Pew bench is a new design by Baines & Fricker, the Brighton-based husband-and-wife team whose crafty crossover style includes simple but handsome pieces from woods such as sycamore, elm, oak and beech. Inspired by the traditional church seating, Pew is made from Douglas fir stained a vibrant yellow, with the grain of the wood remaining visible. It costs £750 on its own, or £1,600 with three tapestrykneelers (handmade by Eliza Fricker’s aunt) to be used as seat pads or back rests (

What started out in 2000 as an eccentrically decorated restaurant in Shoreditch, east London, Les Trois Garçons has evolved into a brand that includes a bar, a ‘lifestyle’ store selling antiques and modern design, and a grand holiday rental (Château de la Goujeonnerie in France). It has also started producing its own homeware line, which includes this New Zealand wool rug (170?x?240cm), £4,560 from Harrods (

Plates of chicken: Anthropologie

Holly Frean is a London-based artist whose playful paintings of chickens have been applied to a series of plates that are available from Anthropologie. They are 21.5cm in diameter and cost £14 each (

The fun house: Ben de Lisi at Debenhams

There is a fun and light-hearted feel to the homeware collection that the fashion designer Ben de Lisi has created for his Designers at Debenhams range. Pardon the terrible cliche, but it really is perfect for kids of all ages. Among my favourites are the doggy-shaped oven mitt (£8), ‘All you need is tea’ ceramic storage jar (£14) and this pencil-shaped lamp (£45). (

Five of the best: leaning shelving units

Tilt, £129, Dwell (; Jai, £170, Habitat (; Step Ladder, £129, Marks & Spencer (; Lean, £99, House by John Lewis ( Brunel, £195, Rob Scarlett for Heal’s (

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