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John Lewis is 150; John Lewis has been making our houses look homely for a century and a half...

The flagship store in London's Oxford Street opened in 1864, selling silk, wool and haberdashery, and was run by, yep, John Lewis. His son, John Spedan Lewis, joined the family business and created the idea of the 'partnership' - the company is owned by its employees ('partners') who receive a share of profits and get a say in how the business is run. Often dubbed one of the best companies to work for in the country, there's even a range of holiday homes available to staff. Nice, eh?

John Lewis may have received a Royal Warrant from the Queen in 2008 as a supplier of household goods, but the store has tried to move with the times price-wise. Recently launched ranges include HOUSE, designer-look contemporary homewares in mix-and-match colours and materials on a budget. There's also The Basics, everyday products with price tags to rival even stores such as Ikea. The cheapest item? A facecloth for just 45p.

Wallpaper, PS28 per roll Typical of the Arts & Crafts style popular when John Lewis was founded, the store's revived its vintage Cummersdale print for the 150th anniversary. Still on-trend, the pattern in grey or citrine yellow now graces everything from wallpaper to fridges.

Smeg fridge freezer, PS799

WHERE TO BUY: Johnlewis.com Bestsellers at John Lewis tend to reflect the times. Popular products in the past year include photo frames, small sofas, artificial flowers, retro phones, juicers and, bizarrely, Camembert bakers. Also popular, thanks to The Great British Bake Off, is baking equipment. Colourful KitchenAid mixers shot up by 66%, while measuring cups and spoons rose 128%.

Camembert baker, PS18.50 Trim telephone, PS34.95

Philips HR1863-01 Viva Collection juicer, PS59.99 John Lewis Caruso small sofa, PS59 KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, PS386.10 Wooden multi aperture photo frame, black, PS35 Kitchen Crafts Colourworks five-piece measuring spoon set, multi, PS3.45 Artificial Carola rose in pink, PS5.50 The Basics duck egg towels, from 45p

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 19, 2014
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