17 BARE NECESSITIES

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Renters and new home­own­ers should have Made.com on their radar. The on­line re­tailer, known for mak­ing de­signer fur­ni­ture more af­ford­able by cut­ting out the mid­dle­man, has re­leased its new ‘Es­sen­tials’ col­lec­tion – with even more new de­signs set to launch in Septem­ber. The pared-down pieces come in a neu­tral pal­ette with the oc­ca­sional pop of colour, mak­ing them a great base for your per­sonal style. Cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from wine glasses and place­mats to rugs, shelv­ing, beds and more, the range is a com­plete starter set for any­one in a fur­nish­ing fix. ‘Al­ida’ home of­fice set, £29; ‘Kleur’ shelves, £139; ‘Elkan’ rug, £89 (made.com).

Why do I love it?

As a self-con­fessed home­ware ob­ses­sive and high street na­tive, shop­ping in H&M’S home­ware depart­ment is some­thing of a spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence for me. Hav­ing just moved into a new flat, I’ve been spend­ing a lit­tle too much time in its Ox­ford Street branch – ev­ery­thing in there looks like it’s jumped straight off of a Pin­ter­est board.

What is it best for?

Bed­li­nen, cur­tains and rugs – H&M has a swoon-wor­thy li­brary of tex­tiles to suit all colour pal­ettes, from dusky greys and pas­tel pinks through to mus­tard yel­lows and botan­i­cal greens. My top picks: The slub-weave cush­ion cover (£6.99), with its eye-catch­ing fish de­sign, large smokey­grey glass vase (£19.99), wooden box (£17.99), and pale green and brass tealight holder (£2.99; hm.com).

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