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London - This job means I am a sponge for news of (often) brilliant products. Some are brilliant not just for their beauty, but also because they are so clever. I have some favourites: while not all are super-cheap, none is throwaway; some will even help the things you already have last longer…

 

HELP YOUR SHELF

A small-space saviour: the Book Pin Hanger by Agustav (on etsy.com) ingeniously provides space for bedside books, phone and a glass without the need for a full-length shelf or table.

 

SEAT OF POWER

Trust me here: the Early Learning Centre's children's painted wooden stool doubles as a design classic in an adult context (a side-table in a mid-century sitting-room, say, or for stylishly reaching cupboards if you're my height). elc.co.uk

 

ARMS WAY

There's no room to put down a wine glass or mug by my sofa, but over-arm tables are so vile - bar the Couch Arm Wrap from blisscraftand brazen.com, that is. Pricey… or inspiration for the carpenter in your life?

 

TEE TIME

Turn cherished old T-shirts, holes and all, into stunning lampshades. See them to believe how lovely they look at belleandvidere.co.uk.

 

CLOCK ON

iPhones have all but killed the beautiful old-school, wood-cased radio-alarm clock. But designer Jonas Damon has revived them - as iPhone docks that do the same job. Gorgeous and useful. e-side.co.uk

 

BULLY'S STAR PRIZE

I've covered bike storage before - but the Trophy wall-hanger is extraordinarily simple and beautiful. It looks like a bull or a moose head, but made from colourful wire; you hook your frame over its horns. outlineworksltd.com - The Independent on Sunday

 

* See Kate's blog, yourhomeislovely.com

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