NICOLA WILKES A question of design www.walesathome.co.uk [Western Mail (Wales)]
(Western Mail (Wales) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Q. I'm having a marquee wedding this summer and want to decorate the garden and exterior with vintage wooden signs. Which retailer would you recommend for a good selection? A. There are plenty of different online suppliers from the likes of Cox & Cox www.coxandcox.co.uk and Not On The High Street www.notonthehighstreet.com so of course, have a browse online. But I quite like this collection from Jonny's Sister as I think their pounds 7 price tag is reasonable. These distressed wooden signs are great to direct guests to a function - choose from "wedding", "this way" or "party". Each sign comes with a wire hanger which can hook over a gatepost, branch or chair; and are double sided so can be reversed to point in the opposite direction. They measure 18.5 x 4.5cm. Order online at www.jonnyssister.co.uk or call 01935 873186.
Q. I'm organising a christening party for my children who are five and seven. As they're a bit older I'm keen to make it fun for them and want to add a stylish touch to the decorations. Any suggestions? A. Hanging some simple bunting that is readily available online would be a great way to instantly pep up any interior space ready for a christening party - whether you're holding it in a village hall or your own home. I also adore these cute alphabet cups from online retailer, The Letteroom. With a choice of fun, unique designs with all letters of the alphabet on them, these fantastic original paper cups will certainly add a splash of colour to your table as well as style. They come in a presentation box of 30 mixed cups, including all letters so the kids can also have fun spelling out names and words. They cost pounds 9.99 for a set and can be ordered from The Letteroom, www.theletteroom.com Q. Where can I buy an authentic industrial pendant shade? A. Have you heard of Trainspotters? I've come across this ber-cool company having researched exactly this type of lighting for a magazine feature recently and I think you will love what they've got to offer if you like the industrial look. And, your request is timely as after months in development, they are delighted to unveil their remake of the Dunlop factory pendant light. Based on the originals that they salvaged from Fort Dunlop in Birmingham three years ago, these lights are what they term "a 20th century industrial design classic". Manufactured to the highest standard in heavy spun steel, vitreous enamel and cast-aluminium, the pendants are made in Birmingham and available in white, grey and black. Each light is supplied ready to hang with new fixed bulbholder, 2m polished steel chain, a nickel ceiling hook plate and 2m braided flex in a choice of colours. Decorative 60w bulbs can be supplied separately at pounds 10.50 plus VAT each. They are priced at pounds 180 from Trainspotters Ltd, www.trainspotters.co.uk, 01453 756677.
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