PERIOD-STYLE furniture, including double and triple, glazed linen presses (from pounds 850-pounds 1150, natural, waxed or painted) is now available from Grand Illusions (enquiries 0181-744 1046).

Those nostalgic for their grandmother's linen cupboard, however, would do well to visit Tobias and the Angel (0181-878 8902), which stocks antique presses, and even the authentic linen with which to fill them.

For reviving this, as well as modern fabrics, Lino nel Vento and Aqua de Limone Linen Sprays (pictured) from Jo Malone (0171-720 0202) contain a different types of lavender on a thyme and tarragon base, or citrus notes on a spice base.

For those who don't have time to make their own, Culpeper (01223 894054 - mail order and branch enquiries) now manufacture pretty lavender bags which, as well as recalling the scent of French country summers, will also keep fabrics safe from moths.

Choosing linen is more complicated now than in the days when sheets were washed by hand, dried in the garden and steam-ironed. Easier-to-care- for options include the plain-dye percale range from Marks & Spencer. This fully machine-washable selection with a non-iron finish is available at pounds 30 for a double. Call 0345 902 902 to order.

Traditionalists may prefer the Reims range, a woven jacquard design in fine cotton sateen from linen specialist The White House (0171-629 3521), Guinevere, from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection by Dorma (double quilt cover pounds 70, pillow-cases pounds 17, call 0161-251 4400 for stockists) or Rose Trail duvet covers (pictured, pounds 50 for a double, pillow-cases pounds 12 each) by Cath Kidston (0171-221 4000).

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