No Place like Home – Shropshire Life

PUBLISHED: 15:57 07 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:13 20 February 2013

Alison Cork house design expert

Alison Cork house design expert

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

Our new homes and interiors column, written by lifestyle guru and TV presenter Alison Cork
Flooring it
Happy hunting down Shrewsbury High Street
Turn the pages of any glossy magazine (this one included!) and you'll see that wooden floors are very much back in vogue. But they don't have to cost and arm and a leg - go in to Fired Earth and see for yourself. And Fired Earth has several seasonal offers in store, with 50 per cent off selected hand-woven rugs, as well as discounts on its shaker tables.
Antiquing new timber

Dickinson's Period House Shop is on hand to help add character to wooden features in your home. From flooring to doors and ceiling beams, you can receive expert advice on how to treat timber properly. Either call 01743 340 250 or drop by to 65 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UX
Discount of the month (boxed with pic)
Sound asleep with Silksleep.
As the days are getting longer, the weather is picking up (touch wood) - before long it will be bright sunshine day in day out, I promise. Typical of us English though, I have a concern - I hate being too hot in bed. So, on the prowl for bedding that satisfies the cold winter months and the warm(ish) summer months, I've found Silksleep.
Silksleep's bedding is my new favourite thing - renowned for being warm in winter and cool in summer, I'm a happy customer. Its silk duvets are much lighter than feather or down, leaving you cool and contented while you sleep. Its silk sheets and pillowcases are simply sublime. Priced very competitively from £90 for a duvet, Silksleep have the answer to any sleepless nights.
And exclusive to readers, Silksleep is offering a 10 per cent discount on its range of 100 per cent mulberry silk duvets and silk bedding on all orders over £80. With free delivery and returns as standard, just visit and enter "0408TEL" at checkout by June 30, 2008, or give them a call on 0870 803 2358.
Image: Silksleep

Offer of the Month (boxed with pic)
Welly worth it

It's certainly perfect welly weather at the moment, but although wallowing in mud may indeed be glorious, walking it through the house is not.
The answer? A Welly Boot Box. This ingeniously simple invention incorporates a storage area with room for two pairs, a built-in boot jack, and a handy seat to make pulling them on and off as easy as falling off a (muddy) log.
Readers can exclusively claim 20% off the list price of £69 when ordering online. Visit and enter code WELLYBOX20 when prompted. Offer ends June 30, 2008.

Image: Welly Boot Box

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Did you know...

This month, for the first time since 1994, England's football team will not be taking part in a major tournament. Back in 1994, England's house prices took a dramatic turn for the worse, before steadily rising again in June of that year. Let's hope the same can be said of June 2008.

The Diary

Heralded as the start of summertime, we wait with baited breathe to see if June temperatures exceed 20 degrees and we can get the tanning lotion out. Ever the optimist, I've picked out some bargains so you can enjoy the summer regardless of the weather.

• As summer tipples go, you can't go wrong with a G 'n ' T or a refreshing pint of lager. But there's no harm in 'mixing' it up a bit - for only £9.99 have some fun being a cocktail waiter in your own home with '501 must-drink cocktails'. Currently available in WHSmith.

• Attentions turn to Wimbledon on June 23 but you don't have to be there to experience it. Get yourself geared up for the picnic season with Just Blankets' 14 vibrant colours and versatility make for a great buy, especially as it is offering a 20 per cent discount on purchases made before June 30, 2008. Visit and enter code JB20 when prompted.

• It's worth bearing in mind Father's day on the 15th. The Contemporary Home beats what high street stores have to offer hands down; from a Superman mug (£4.99) to a beer bottle holder with opener (£13.99) to a Doghouse sign (£7.49) if you're feeling cheeky. It is also has lots of bargains for the garden - have a look for yourself

Freebie of the Month (boxed with pic)

Leaving the bathroom floor sopping wet after a shower is a bad habit we've all been guilty of. Aqualux, the UK's leading supplier of bath screens and shower enclosures, has come up with a simple solution to quash our habits. This stylish walk-in shower enclosure (worth £1,012) comes with bamboo footboard, providing a separate area to dry off as well as a handy towel rail.
And Aqualux is offering one of these showers to a lucky reader. Just text 'AQUA' followed by your name to 87233 (texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate) or send your contact details to before June 30, 2008. The winner will be picked at random and contacted by phone or email within 28 days of the closing date. If you do not want your contact details to be kept by the company, write NO clearly after your name.

This month, readers have recommended...

• Kitchens and Interiors, Shrewsbury SY1 1EB, specialists in design and installation of bespoke interiors, tel: 01743 359518 or visit
• A & J Plumbing & Heating, Shrewsbury, SY1 2PT, quality firm offering a variety of plumbing services, tel: 01743 366058
• Electra Installations, Shrewsbury, SY3 8RX, professional, qualified electrical company, tel: 01743362850
• Bennett Homes, Shrewsbury Ltd, SY5 7JY, expert building developers and contractors, tel: 01743 718 832.

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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