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Talib Choudhry’s pick of ways to refresh your home for the new year
Fresh looks for the new year
Material gains Look closely and you will spot textile designer Eleanor Pritchard’s cushions and throws in many of the stylish homes featured in these pages. Her skilful melding of colour and pattern ensures that they add interest to a room without shouting for attention. Pritchard has also launched a range of reversible woollen upholstery fabrics in graphic patterns. £120 per metre, eleanorpritchard.com.
Grand designer There seems to be no stopping the British designer Tom Dixon. His London studio has been prolific in recent months, its output encompassing everything from hotel interiors to cement foor tiles for Bisazza (£175.20 per square metre, bisazza. com) and this watch in on-trend rose gold (£200, from amara.com); tomdixon.net.
Soft spot Chances are that you will feel more inclined to have a cosy lie-in than spring out of bed and hit the gym on these bleak January mornings. Leave the resolutions until spring, I say, and make lounging in bed that little bit more luxurious with a beautiful velvet bedspread by the Swedish brand Linum. The treadmill can wait. £320, linumdesign.com.
Harbour thoughts If you need to get your life in order in the coming weeks – perhaps that tax-return deadline is looming ominously – treat yourself to some new stationery as an incentive to get on with it. The foil-blocked Reflex pocketbook by Tom Pigeon is A6, making it perfect for your pocket, bag or desk. The design is inspired by the reflections in the harbour in the Scottish village of Cellardyke, where company founders Pete and Kirsty Thomas live, and the notebooks are made and handfinished in a family-run workshop in the UK. £5 each, tompigeon.com.