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TROLLEY CHIC! While you're buying your groceries, you'll find great buys in supermarket homeware sections.

Byline: ANDREA MCLEAN

Do you remember when supermarkets just sold food? Then they introduced homeware, but let's be frank, it was a little basic and somewhat lacking in the style stakes. Not now though.

Just this week I raced into my local supermarket to stock up on jelly and gin, as my auntie is coming to visit and the whole family are coming to mine for dinner.

That means 11 of us round my table. I don't have 11 matching things but in one swoop I got all the stuff I needed to make trifle - I'm doing the pudding, Mum is cooking dinner - and enough alcohol so that no one will notice whether I've done a good job of it or not.

I also filled my trolley with new place mats, glasses, salt and pepper grinders, candles, and serving bowls.

Like a little girl with a new pink coat, I couldn't wait to see how lovely it was going to look with everything actually matching, so I laid my table as soon as I got home. Two days early.

I buy pretty much everything I need from supermarkets these days and not just because it's easy.

Their stuff is good, the prices are amazing and they have really worked at it, building up their ranges with designers and buyers from top-end department stores, such as Next, M&S and John Lewis.

And to be honest, anywhere that sells food and plates to serve it on is a winner in my book.

Like Lidl, Aldi has regular homeware specials. Buy them when you see them, they won't be around for long. This teacup and teapot set is being promoted as a Mother's Day gift but we could all do with a proper cuppa. Mother's Day teatime gift, PS4.99, Aldi (in stores from March 16) Farmers Market range: green spotted teapot, PS20, green side plate, PS5, flower patterned side plate, PS5, green dinner plate, PS6, bowl with green spots, PS4, patterned cereal bowl, PS5, pink spotted mug, PS5, striped flower mug, PS3, glass butter dish, PS10, heart glass, PS5, all Waitrose There is something pleasing about pastels at breakfast, more so than at any other time of the day. Maybe it's because we are not awake enough to face screaming primary and we need at least our first cuppa before staring anything too clever in the eye. and muted until later when we are ready to turn the volume up to the max.

t eo quite ary colours, fore Keep it soft dy Just because something is practical doesn't mean it can't look pretty. This little beauty could just persuade me that my battered old wooden rolling pin isn't quite making the grade when it comes to pulling pastry.

Vintage ceramic rolling pin, PS8, Wilkinson Abeautiful sketch of two Victorian hares having tea - why not? And if you're still undecided, this tray is part of a collection by Amanda Bradley, a 25-year-old designer who has been supported by the Prince's Trust - 10 per cent of sales from the limited edition range at Asda will go to the Prince's Trust to support disadvantaged people. Tea for two tray, PS4, George Home Your children may have long left home but there is still something

reassuring about the warm glow of a night light. Not to keep nightmares at bay from fearful toddlers but useful in a hallway for those midnight trips to the loo (or the fridge) so there are no bumps in the night of another kind!

LED night lights, PS1.49, Lidl. (Available from Monday) Antique stores were just musty places filled with things from old posh people's houses, I used to think, but I wasn't interested as I liked everything shiny and new.

Now I really enjoy wandering the cobbled streets of a little town near me, which is crammed with cute antique stores filled with wonderful things that have a story with a little piece of history.

If you like the idea of all that, but prefer the convenience of everything you need under one roof, then this range will give you the look and feel of years gone by. Rustic cream fob wall clock, PS18, green photo frame with patterned mount, PS12, glass tealight holders, PS3.50 each, butterfly resin frame, PS8, Make Do And Mend plaque, PS5, glass sweetie jars, PS3 for three, pale pink and green sundae glass candles, PS8, metal cases, from PS10, all by Sainsbury's.

LANTERNS Gold glass tealight lantern PS6, Tesco by Sainsbury's large Moroccanstyle lantern, PS25, Sainsbury's Small square glass lantern, PS10, Wilkinson This week's crush Adventures With You Canvas, PS10, Tesco Iam a sucker for a saying. My phone is filled with images of quotes sent from friends to say "hi" or "hang in there" or anything to make me smile. I saw a brilliant one in a cafe loo recently - it was an A4-sized print filled with just about every saying you could think of to make you seize the day. I reckon every person who left that loo had a renewed spring in their step. So if you know someone who makes you want to do something amazing, then give them this. Who knows where it could lead you? You're familiar with George at Asda clothing, right? Well, now they're doing a homeware line, too. Just like the fashion range, the homeware is often cute, bang on trend and very affordable. I mean, at these prices you could change your bedroom's theme once a month.

Once the basics are covered it really doesn't take much to completely transform a space with a different duvet cover and cushions. You can buy online too, at George.com Butterfly double duvet set, PS12, yellow and grey throw, PS15, black waffle throw, PS20, yellow butterfly cushion, PS5, grey bead cushion, PS7, yellow button cushion, PS7, glass fluted lamp, PS30, silver telephone ornament, PS7, white card vase, PS10, ceramic horse head, PS10, all George Home where to buy: aldi.com, asda.com, george.com, lidl.co.uk, sainsburys.co.uk, tesco.com, waitrose.com, wilko.com

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Millie small sofa in mink, PS299, Lille bedside table, PS129, taupe feature rug, PS55, Marie Therese mink chandelier, PS40, rose crackle ball vase, PS10, decorative clear glass filled candle jar, PS6, glass floral frame, PS8, silver metallic print cushion, PS12, chalk velvet cushion, PS8, blossom velvet cushion, PS8, sequin floral cushion, PS12, beaded cushion, PS12, rose photo cushion, PS8, flower anglaise cushion, PS12, all Tesco Direct
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