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Adding a slice of designer class.

DESIGNER labels need not be confined to the wardrobe.

And if you've ever yearned for a piece of homeware which is unmistakably the work of a well-known designer, you're in luck.

A host of famous designers are now also creating homeware collections, which means you can dress your rooms as stylishly as you dress yourself.

There's a glittering array of designers to choose from.

Well-established specialists in interiors such as Kelly Hoppen and Tricia Guild are being joined by fashion designers, such as Ben de Lisi and Matthew Williamson, who are bringing catwalk glamour and glitz to our homes.

Some of the leading designers have home ranges available at a high street near you.

Matthew Williamson THE MANCHESTER-born designer has a host of celebrity devotees for his fashion range, including Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Cheryl Cole, and he's rapidly acquiring a new fan base for his homeware.

Colour, nature and international travel have all shaped Williamson's clothing collections and those themes are echoed in his interiors range, too.

He says: "India's exoticism had an enormous impact on my work. I was enthralled by the exquisite craftsmanship, vivid colour palettes and extraordinary beadwork and jewelling."

He describes his home collection as "an abundance of explosive kaleidoscope colours meets interesting shapes and patterns" that brings a taste of exotic escapism to a home.

BAG THE STYLE: Ikat prints, sequin and applique embellishments adorn soft accessories and bedlinen in the Butterfly range. Double duvet covers start at pounds 50, cushions, from pounds 20, are adorned with atmospheric sepia images, and vibrantly coloured bird-shaped candle holders are pounds 8 each. All from Debenhams.

Celia Birtwell A BRITISH style icon, she's a textile designer known for her distinctive bold, romantic, and feminine designs which draw influences from Picasso, Matisse and the classical world.

Described as "the face that launched a thousand prints", she started out creating fabrics for her husband Ossie Clark in the 1960s, and created clothes for The Rolling Stones, Paloma Picasso and Twiggy.

But she's also been designing textiles for interiors for nearly 30 years, and her fabrics grace many leading hotels.

She says: "This year I've focused on three areas: fantasy, featuring creatures and birds as I love nature and delight in making it slightly surreal; mystery - I love using mysterious motifs and dark colours in my work; and I've designed a ticking-style stripe that's quite subtle and makes you think of old-fashioned laundry maids - maybe I was influenced by Downton Abbey a bit with that one!" BAG THE STYLE: Her homeware collection has a vintage, hippy chic feel and includes fabrics such as Candy Flower, from pounds 18 a metre, and cushions, from pounds 35. Available from John Lewis. Birtwell's fabrics are also available from her London shop and online.

Ben de Lisi RENOWNED for dressing celebrities, American Ben de Lisi has turned his talents to interior design.

He says: "It doesn't matter if I'm designing for a curvaceous body or a square room - I keep it pure, elegant and rich, never overstated.

"It's hard-working chic.

But there should always be a twist so it's neither over-the-top, nor too minimal."

BAG THE STYLE: His bold, colourful home collection for Debenhams has proved a huge hit, especially items inspired by his French bulldogs. Trio of dogs cushion, pounds 20, and zingy geometric Flash bedlinen starts from pounds 35 for a single duvet set.

Lisa Stickley A RISING star in the interiors world, she's tipped as the next Cath Kidston.

Her interiors collection has an almost home-made feel, and has attracted fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Kirsten Dunst and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Lisa, just 32, says: "I think with the current economic climate people are searching for a slice of nostalgia.

"It's always comforting to go back to basics and indulge in a little home comfort - but also to have something chic and elegant that makes you smile. It's lovely to see people embracing the traditional values of Britishness."

BAG THE STYLE: Her range has an 'at home with the Aga' feel and her latest Buttercup collection features kitchenware scattered with flowers and wire cake stands. Her Posie collection includes bedlinen and pretty Posie china, including a plate for pounds 9, available from Debenhams. She also has her own shop in the capital and a bath and bedlinen collection at Heal's.

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INDIAN INFLUENCE: Matthew Williamson COLOURFUL: Matthew Williamson's Butterfly collection, all from Debenhams: Lime lacquer picture frame, pounds 15; cut out metal lanterns, pounds 20 each; Ikat bedlinen: double duvet cover, pounds 50; pair of pilowcases, pounds 28; Ikat sequin cushion, pounds 25; Bobble cushion, pounds 25; Foorence tussar cushion, pounds 30; Camel cushion, pounds 20 and Celebration throw, pounds 100. Below: bird candle holders, pounds 8 each ORNATE: Celia Birtwell, right, and, above, fabrics from her Jacobean collection, pounds 60 per metre at celiabirtwell.com . Above right: Curtains in Candy Flower fabric, blue, and tablecloth in Pop check fabric, blue, both pounds 18 a square metre, for John Lewis PURPLE PATCH: Ben de Lisi, right, and his Flash duvet cover, from pounds 35 for a single set, tall green gomada vase, pounds 16, trio of three dogs cushion, pounds 20 and Noah dog money box, pounds 12.50, all from Debenhams. BULLDOGS: Trio of dogs cushion, pounds 20, for Debenhams RETRO: Lisa Stickley's wire fruit bowl, pounds 15; wire toast rack, pounds 8 and wire cake stand, pounds 18, all for Debenhams BLUE HEAVEN: Champs Elysee pillowcases, pounds 28 and double duvet cover, pounds 80, all from Heal''s QUAINT: Lisa Stickley, right, and her storage box, from pounds 20, at Debenhams
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Date:Jan 15, 2011
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