No place like home

PUBLISHED: 16:57 13 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:23 20 February 2013



Strap Our homes and interiors column, written by lifestyle guru and TV presenter Alison Cork

No place like home

Strap Our homes and interiors column, written by lifestyle guru and TV presenter Alison Cork

Shop of the Month
The County Sleep Shop

Celebrating 50 years in business, The County Sleep Shop is the longest established bed and nursery in the county. Stockists for Mama and Papas and Kingswood to name but a few, there's always a bargain to be found. Drop by and see for yourself: 60 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UX, or call 01743 351 611. *Free delivery to anywhere within the county.

Discount of the Month (boxed with pic)
Barcelona bargains

Architect Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair is recognised as a contemporary classic, and it generally carries a very recognisable price tag. So, Fantastic Furniture is welcome proof that it pays to venture off the beaten track in search of a quality bargain. This online company turns out extremely high-quality reproductions of iconic pieces, and also promises it won't be beaten on price.

Its own Barcelona chair combines 12mm polished steel with fine Italian leather, hand-stitched from individual pieces of a single hide, to create a consistent finish and condition. There are other treats on the website too, where the creations of Eames, Le Corbusier and others are shown the same close attention - in van der Rohe's words, 'God is in the details.'

Usually priced at £795, it is on offer to readers in black, white or brown for £395 while stocks last (with the Barcelona footstool (worth £200) thrown in for free). UK mainland delivery is also subsidised at £45. Visit or call 0870 0671 970 mentioning this offer.
Image: Barcelona chair
Bargain of the Month (boxed with pic)
Change your utility supplier

Okay, so ironing board covers, peg bags, tea towels aren't the most exciting objects in your home, but they can be stylish too - honest! Kitchenware stalwart Addis has launched a great new range of products designed to give your neglected utility room a little more love.
All eight items in The Organics range are made from 100 per cent organic cotton, and feature a pretty, retro inspired print.
And as the collection starts at just £2.50, everyone can afford to be a domestic goddess!
For stockist information call 0800 515 300 or check out

Image: Addis Organics Range

For more bargains, visit

Did you know...

In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger). And the last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.

The Diary

Everyone is either holidaying or frantically trying to control the children from running riot in the month of August. Come rain or shine though, it should be a time for relaxing - indoors and out. Here are a few little bargains I've picked up this summer.

• With the Olympics taking place between 8 and 24 August, why not take part by getting your hands on B&Q's Bamboo candle torches? At only £3 each, you can create a scene in your garden to rival that of the Olympic Torch arriving in Beijing at the opening ceremony. Go to and see for yourself

• A little bit of colour goes a long way when giving your home a new lease of life. From £9.95, has a range of cushions that add both style and character to your living room. For more bargains for the home, visit

• It is almost embarrassing how much time I spend in my local TK Maxx at the moment. But with discounts of as much as 60 per cent compared to retail price and new stock in stores on a daily basis, it suddenly isn't that embarrassing! For your nearest store, go to

Freebie of the Month (boxed with pic)

BBQs, a dinner party, Sunday roasts - whatever the occasion, it is always nice to serve a meal with matching cutlery. Well, Viners' Harley 58 piece cutlery canteen is the perfect addition to anyone's home. Decorative without being overly ornate, it's made from high quality stainless steel and has a 50 year guarantee.

And Viners is offering five lucky readers the chance of winning their Harley range 58-piece cutlery set (worth £195). For your chance to win, text 'CUTLERY' to 87233 followed by your name (texts cost 50p plus standard network rate). For more information on Viners products please visit

Image: Viners

Your turn to recommend

• Kitchens and Interiors Ltd, SY1 1EB, professional installation of kitchens and interiors. Call 01743 359 518

• Eden Floor Store, SY1 1UX, wooden floor professionals. Call 01743 340 077

• Shropshire Blinds and Awnings, SY1 1XF, specialists in outside awnings and sunblinds.
Call 01743 850 111 or visit

• Treetech Services, SY1 2EU, professional tree surgeon. Call 01743 341 180

Need a reliable tradesperson?

Simply text PLUMBER, BUILDER, ELECTRICIAN, HANDYMAN, TILER, DECORATOR, LOCKSMITH or ROOFER followed by your postcode to 87233 to receive the names and telephone numbers of 3 recommended companies which cover your area. Texts cost £0.50, visit for terms and conditions.

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