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Put the kettle on and get out the best crockery – it’s time for a tea party. IndyBest finds serveware that will impress your guests

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Get the New Year off to a great start and keep on track all year with a functional and fabulous calendar
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Get your chef on in comfort and safety with our pick of oven mitts
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Please design aficionados and Pinterest addicts alike with our rundown of the best homeware presents
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10 best table lamps
From concrete and upcycled glassware bases to illuminated inflatable beach balls, choose an eye-catching light this autumn
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Celebrate wool with stylish textured pieces that will cosy-up your home
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No more tripping over cables as you work your way around the house with these easy-to-manoeuvre machines
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From cameras and lightbulbs to sensors, we took a look at the best of the new and easy to use smart home products that can get your house connected and keep you safe.
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Grilling doesn’t have to mean bog-standard burgers and sausages. We find the cooking kits to liven up your al fresco offerings
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From hanging a picture to getting through tough masonry, we find the tool for the job
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With the sun (almost) out, you’ll be comfortable in the garden with this selection of outdoor furniture
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Whether you’re after a rustic-looking wood burner, an efficient electric heater or a firepit that doubles-up as a barbecue, we find the contraptions to keep your outdoor space cosy
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Grind it, shake it, or opt for electronic seasoning. However you want to serve your salt and pepper, we select a range of the best kitchen helpers to spice up your dining table
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Even if space is tight, you can still create a horticultural haven at home with these cleverly designed planting solutions and tools
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Tempt children away from their screens and out into the garden with one of these playthings
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Don't let ragged bushes and over-grown plants get the better of your garden. Keep things in check with these bits of kit
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It’s National Gardening Week, so get your lawn in order with one of these mowers, with expert picks from Tamsin Westhrope, editor-at-large of The English Garden magazine
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Burning a delicately fragranced candle is easily the most luxurious way to fill your home with scent. Adding instant romantic light, warmth and fragrance, it can help set a mood and help you to unwind.

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