Splish-splash bath towel (pounds 17),
and bath mat (pounds 13)
When towel designers get carried away, they often end up producing something looking like a faulty television trying to show a holiday ad. Here is some happy, messy artwork to dry you off.
Call BHS on 0171-262 3288
Psycho shower curtain, pounds 29.99
What a charming idea: one of the most horrific cinema silhouettes hanging in your own bathroom. Give your shower that reassuring touch by creating the impression that a man dressed as an old woman is holding a six-inch blade over you. To complete the ensemble, employ a violinist (preferably a beginner) to sit on the toilet and screech, stick a "rooms available" sign outside the door and buy lots of tomato sauce.
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01249 449 000
Checkout Cargo, 23 Market Place, Cirencester, Gloucester
What is it? Shop selling glamorous furniture, home furnishings, artefacts and jewellery from North India, Pakistan and Morocco, 90 per cent of which is hand-picked by the owners. It also has a mail-order service for bedspreads, duvets, tablecloths and napkins in handblock-print fabrics (tel: 01285 652175).
The shop's stock? Handsome one-off furniture: tables in dark (reclaimed) wood (from pounds 75), and iron cupboards (from pounds 45) in colours like banana- frond green. Also Afghani kelims (pounds 45), decorative Moroccan vases with Islamic patterns (from pounds 21) and framed Nepalese Tantric watercolours (pounds 25). Other items include copper lamps (from pounds 29), silk cushions in a vast selection of colours (pounds 12.25 each) and pottery door knobs in dusty turquoise and pink (pounds 5.50 each). Kitsch-lovers are catered for with showy Hollywood- actress style earrings (pounds 4.50) and neon-bright postcards of Indian deities (20p each).
Who shops there? Everyone, apparently, from Gloucestershire's squirearchy to local yurt-dwelling hippies.
Best buy? Checked duvet covers (single: pounds 20; king: pounds 35) and pillowcases (pounds 6.50 each) printed with beautiful vegetable dyes.
Worst buys? Avoid the rough-textured Indonesian waistcoats you could only conceivably imagine on a Camden Lock mime artist.Reuse content