Barker And Stonehouse

27 Jun 19
Pandora Maxton Lifestyling

Getting shady I love being outdoors and I really believe in the benefits of fresh air. In anticipation for some sun, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some ideas on creating shady sanctuaries. These havens are perfect for alfresco dining or relaxed seating areas away from the hot sun.. This is all assuming […]

19 Jun 19
Loved by Esther

It’s been a while since we renovated our bedroom, but it’s taken a long time to make it feel cosy and comfortable. I wanted it to be very neutral with just a splash of colour and a few plants thrown in for good measure. I love having a space to relax in, and I sleep […]

10 Jun 19
The Sun
A WARDROBE is likely to be the biggest item of furniture in your bedroom, your bed aside, so it makes sense to get the best wardrobe you can. But this means different things to different people – some may want a simple, spacious design that has oodles of room for hanging clothes, while others may want one with built-in drawers or shelves for shoes, accessories or smaller folded items of clothing. To determine what you need, look at your existing wardrobe and what you would change about it – does it have drawers that you barely used? Is it too small? Once you’ve identified what you need more of and what you can do without, it’s time to think about size. The first thing you need to do is be honest about how much stuff you have. Yes, we’d all love a capsule wardrobe in an ideal world, but if you’re a serial shopper and have lots of clothes and accessories, buy a wardrobe that will comfortably fit everything you own. Or you could look at buying a new wardrobe as an opportunity to declutter your clothing collection and go for a smaller one than you currently have. Again, be honest – are you really going to get rid of what you haven’t worn for years and take it to the charity shop? There’s nothing worse than a small wardrobe stuffed full of too many clothes… Now that you’ve made that decision, there’s the question of space. If you have a small bedroom, think upwards and look for designs that are taller than the norm to give extra storage space without taking up and more floor space. Sliding doors are a brilliant option too as they won’t encroach on a room and mean you can position other items of furniture, such as your bed, closer to the wardrobe if need be. If you plan to pick a wardrobe with doors that open outwards, make sure they won’t bang into anything else if the room. Finally, you need to measure the space when you plan to put the wardrobe, including the depth of the space when the wardrobe doors are open. Take into account sloping ceilings too. Here’s our round-up of the best wardrobes, for all budgets, tastes and room sizes. 1. Slide Away Pax Double Wardrobe Pax Double Wardrobe in White/Mirror Glass, £442 from Ikea – buy here This design is best for those who lack space in their bedroom and need to keep things as compact and sleek as possible. The mirrored sliding doors mean there’s no need to buy a separate full-length mirror, and inside there are two different-sized hanging compartments for longer and shorter items of clothing, as well as three built-in drawers for belts, scarves and whatnot. 2. Lick Of Paint Hastings Double Wardrobe Hastings Double Wardrobe in Grey, £399 from Marks & Spencer – buy here This design is a good bet if you’re looking for a versatile wardrobe that will fit in with almost any style of decor. Not too modern or traditional, it’s the ideal all-rounder looks wise and has plenty of additional storage in the form of three drawers – two small and one large. As well as double sizes, this range also features triple or single wardrobes in Ivory, Grey, Dark Grey and Natural Wood. 3. Earn Your Stripes Charlie Reclaimed Wood 2 Door Charlie Reclaimed Wood 2 Door Wardrobe, £825 from Barker & Stonehouse – buy here We picked out this wardrobe mostly because it looks so quirky and unusual. It’s made from reclaimed wood, so no two are the same, but it’s not just all about style. There’s acres of space to hang clothes and two deep drawers below that can take even the bulkiest of items if need be. If it’s an industrial vibe you’re after, you’ve hit the jackpot here. 4. Curvy Fawn Wardrobe Fawn Wardrobe, £1,399 from Heal’s – buy here Retro, Scandi yet modern all at the same time, this gorgeous, gently curved wardrobe ticks an awful lot of boxes. Inside, two-thirds is given over to hanging space and the remaining third is made up of shelves – four to be precise – for folded and smaller items. Finally, there are two roomy drawers at the bottom. A good choice if you need different storage options. 5. White Out Perouse White 3 Door Wardrobe Perouse White 3 Door Wardrobe 180cm Width, £1,020 from Habitat – buy here Got plenty of space in your bedroom? Lucky you – this wardrobe is perfect if you need loads of storage space in a variety of guises. The triple design has two areas of hanging space, one full-length, the other shorter, three very roomy shelves and three drawers. To be honest, it’s so spacious, it may mean you could do away with a separate chest of drawers so could work in a smaller bedroom after all. 6. Open Up Antwerp Wardrobe in Black Steel Antwerp Wardrobe in Black Steel, Brass & Acacia, £449 from Swoon – buy here Who says wardrobes have to have doors? If your bedroom is particularly small and you’re a neat and tidy person, an open wardrobe could be the best choice for you. It doesn’t feel like a great lump of furniture so will stop your space feeling closed in and cramped yet provides all the storage of a regular double wardrobe. The mix of hanging space and shelves gives you options for how to store your stuff. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] We’ve designed Sun Selects to help you find everything you need when you’re shopping around the web. Click the link to find more of our top picks. If you want to find more of our home recommendations, check out our dedicated Sun Selects’ home section. Enjoyed our roundup of the best wardrobes? We’ve rounded up the best chests of drawers available, too. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.  
10 Jun 19
The Sun
THE BEST storage beds don’t look like they’re hiding oodles of space beneath the mattress. They just look like a stylish bed that you want to sink in to after a long day. But considering that a bed is probably one of the largest items of furniture you’ll have in your home – especially if you go for a king or super-king one – it makes sense to put all that space to good use. It’ll free up space in your bedroom and other rooms as you’ll need less storage and, therefore, fewer pieces of furniture for all your bits and bobs. When shopping for a storage bed, you’ll find that most of them are called ‘divan’ beds. This simply means the bed is made up of two parts: a specially designed divan base and a matching mattress. The divan base is constructed from a wooden frame covered in fabric and is usually on castors so it can be moved about easily. Almost all divan beds feature built-in storage. This can take the form of drawers that pull out of the sides or the bottom of the bed, while some lift up (known as ottoman beds) to reveal storage space beneath the mattress. Ottoman beds generally have more storage space than those with drawers, as there is no need for the bulky frames that drawers have to be housed in. So go for this type if it’s maximum room you’re after. The other option you have are daybeds with storage. These look like a bench seat with drawers in the base when not in use, making them perfect for a spare room, but pull out and transform into a double bed for when you have guests staying. You probably wouldn’t want a daybed as your permanent, everyday bed, though they can be handy for kids’ rooms if you’re short on space. Otherwise, we’d say this type of storage bed is best left for occasional use in a spare bedroom. Decided on what style of storage bed you want? Right then, let’s shop… 1. Fan It Out Temper Horton Ottoman Bedstead Temper Horton Ottoman Bedstead, from £1,119 for a king from Barker & Stonehouse – buy here If you want maximum storage from a divan bed for bulky items such as spare bedding and throws, it’s a lift-up ottoman design you need. This upholstered one is even designed to sit flush to a wall, saving you even more space. Available in king or super king sizes and two colours. 2. Exotic Vibes Bali Storage Bed Bali Storage Bed, £999.99 from Wayfair – buy here This colonial-look bed frame is unlike any we’ve seen before. Made from sturdy pine with more drawers than you could shake a stick at, you’ll never run out of room for all your essentials and extras. It has a superb mix of large, deep drawers and smaller shallower ones, as well as shelves. The lift-up tray by the pillow is a brilliant touch too. Available in white and comes with the mattress included in the price. 3. Button Down Skye Double Bed with Storage Drawers Skye Double Bed with Storage Drawers, £649 from – buy here Want extra storage but don’t want to compromise on comfort? Go for a slatted bed frame, rather than a fixed divan base with drawers, to get the best of both worlds. This design has a classic button-back headboard and is available in two sizes, double and king, two colours and has two generous-sized drawers. 4. Leather Bound The Side Lift Ottoman Storage Bed The Side Lift Ottoman Storage Bed, £169.75 from Amazon – buy here Arguably easier to access all your bits and bobs, this bed opens up from the side, rather than the end. This gorgeous faux-leather ottoman option is a good bet if you don’t want to climb inside either end of the bed to fetch the items at the back. It also comes in black but does not include the mattress. 5. Touchy-feely Berlin Crushed Velvet Ottoman Bed Berlin Crushed Velvet Ottoman Bed, £200 from Dunelm – buy here How’s this for a touch of luxury – a crushed-velvet ottoman bed. This opulent bed frame has strong gas struts to lift up the mattress with ease and a slatted base that moves with you for added comfort. It’s also available in crushed silver velvet; the mattress is sold separately. 6. Two In One Hemnes Day-Bed Frame in White Hemnes Day-Bed Frame in White, £189 from Ikea – buy here If it’s affordable and practical you’re after, few do it better than Ikea. This daybed with built-in storage has been part of their collection for years, and it’s easy to see why. Perfect for your spare room, this smart design can be extended from a single to a double and has three drawers to boot. And when you’re not using it as a bed, it doubles up as bench seating – all for less than £250. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] Sun Selects is here to help you out when shopping around the web. Enjoyed our roundup of the best storage beds? If you are looking for more home items, check out our dedicated home section.  Looking for a mattress as well a new bed? We’ve rounded up the best memory foam mattresses available. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.  
04 Jun 19
The Sun
LOOKING for a smart, grown-up sofa but worried it’s going to be too pricey? Then you’ll love our pick of the best cheap Chesterfields. Invest in one of these sofas and you’ll instantly furnish your living room with a design classic. Not sure what a Chesterfield actually looks like? Its hallmark features make it easy to spot from a mile off: rolled arms, a buttoned and tufted back support and a low seat base. The arms are usually the same height as the back, and brass-tack detailing in the arms and frame is common. Worried it might not sit right with your modern interior? Up-to-date variations of the Chesterfield tend to have taller, curved backs and are upholstered in a wider range of materials, including leather, velvet and cotton, as well as a selection of eye-popping colours. The traditional look of this style of sofa quite often means they are fitted with scrolled, carved wooden feet, sometimes on castors. But if you’d rather steer clear of this traditional look, there are plenty of Chesterfields out there with feet that suit more modern schemes. Since this style of sofa is such an iconic design, they tend to be at the expensive end of the sofa scale. But we’ve managed to find a selection of beautiful examples that won’t break the bank, all of which can be yours for less than £1,000. You’re welcome. 1. Blue Mood Oh yes, yes, YES, Barker & Stonehouse! This shapely design has us making love heart eyes, with its soft blue shade, hardwood frame, sprung seats for comfort and cosy foam-filled cushions. The turned wooden feet are unfussy enough to slot into any type of scheme. There are eight fabric colours to choose from. Maddox Medium Sofa, £999, Barker & Stonehouse – buy here 2. Pale & Interesting If you’re short on space but long for a Chesterfield sofa, it’s possible to get them in compact sizes, like this one. The super-squishy cushions are extra deep for added comfort and the wooden frame comes with a 15-year guarantee. Choose from two feet finishes and 24 fabric colours to keep the price under £1,000, or there are loads of other fabric colours if you’re willing to spend a bit more. Cromwell Chesterfield Small 2 Seater Sofa, £999, John Lewis – buy here 3. Tickled Pink Chesterfield sofas have moved away from the curvy, scrolled designs of old and have been given a modern makeover. This oh-so-chic boxy velvet design still has the iconic tufted, buttoned back support, but has been freshened up with slim metal legs and a gorgeous dusky pink finish. It’s made for a retro or vintage-style living room. Julianne 3 Seater Sofa, Blush Pink Cotton Velvet, £999,– buy here 4. Cuddle Up You can keep this spacious loveseat all to yourself, or there’s plenty of room for two to snuggle up on. It’s fitted with castors on elegant turned wooden legs, so it’s easy to move around should you want to, and has a gently sloping back for an elegant feel. It’s available in more fabrics than we care to mention, which is only limited to your budget, but there are plenty to choose from that’ll keep the price well under £1,000. Humphrey Loveseat, £965, – buy here 5. Green With Envy A Chesterfield sofa makes such an impact, it can take a bold colour without looking OTT. So consider a striking shade, like this gorgeous moss-green colour in tactile velvet. It’s roomy too, with space for three people, and there are 17 fabrics to choose from that will keep this sofa under the magic one-grand mark. Charlotte 3-Seater Sofa, £949, Harveys – buy here 6. Wear It Well Okay, we admit, we’ve cheated a bit because this Chesterfield is more than £1,000. But it’s leather and has three seats and it was £1,319.99 – that’s a nine per cent saving, so we think you’ll forgive us. It’s finished in a classic oxblood-coloured leather that will only get better with age as it wears and will stand the test of time better than a fabric design. So when you think of it like that, it’s an absolute bargain. Also available in cream. Jordan Leather 3 Seater Chesterfield Sofa, £1,199.99, Wayfair – buy here [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] Are you looking for other living room bargains? Check out our pick of the best bean bags. Fancy curling up on your new sofa with a good book? Take a look at our round-up of the best coffee table reads. If you are looking for more home recommendations, check out our dedicated home section. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.  
29 May 19
The Sun
IF YOU’RE looking to switch up meal times, you might need our round-up of the best dining tables. After all, meal times are a good time to get together around a table fit for purpose. Whether you’re big on entertaining or simply like to gather the family or your housemates in one place for dinner to chat about your day as you eat, a dining table is an essential part of any home. While it’s true that formal, separate dining spaces have long gone as we’ve embraced open-plan living, that doesn’t mean we should do away with a dining table – with so many sizes, shapes and styles to choose from, it’s easy to incorporate one into your home. Why not slot a compact design into that unused corner of your kitchen, or tidy up a dumping ground at one end of your living room and use it for something more functional? Round tables with folding sides are ideal for small spaces, but if there’s more than four of you, you’ll probably want a larger option. Or, if you have little ones, a table with a rounded or curved top is a safer option. Regular entertainers should consider an extending table that can be pulled out when needed. And then there’s the question of seating – do you want a dining table that comes with a bench or matching chairs? Material is another factor to keep in mind. Glass looks elegant and can give the impression of a larger, lighter space, but be aware it also shows scratches more than a wooden or composite table. If you’re looking to add glamour to your space, then you can’t go wrong with a marble design, or one with metallic legs. All you have to do is decide how much space you have to play with, work out what you want to use your new dining table for, and what style will fit in with your decor, and you’re away. We’ve found a few of our favourites to help you get started. 1. Best Industrial-Style Dining Table Lomond Dining Table Set, £499 from – buy here Modern, industrial style your thing? Then you’ll love this unfussy yet functional wood-and-metal table with relaxed bench seating. Its welded cast-iron frame means it’s sturdy enough for hosting a big crowd, while the beautiful grain of the solid mango wood tabletop and bench seats adds plenty of interest. Plus, the benches slot neatly under the table for a streamlined look when not in use – exceptional value for less than £500. 2. Best Statement Dining Table West Elm Silhouette Pedestal 4 Seater Dining Table, £899 from John Lewis – buy here If you want your new dining table to take centre stage, go glam! This strikingly beautiful design marries on-trend marble with eye-catching metallics that will add a touch of opulence to your room. It’ll comfortably seat four and is a good bet if you want to make a statement but don’t have oodles of space – size isn’t everything. Pair it with leather or velvet dining chairs for a look that’s all-out luxury. 3. Best Extendable Dining Table Etta 6-8 Seater Black Stained Oak Extending Dining Table, £750 from Habitat – buy here The option of having more space around a dining table is invaluable, especially if you have a large family or entertain a lot, so invest in an extending design to make sure everyone has plenty of elbow room. Made from black stained oak with gently tapering legs and curved tabletop edges, this smart, Scandi-style table can seat six or eight people. Complete the look with a mix of bench seating and upholstered chairs for a relaxed feel. 4. Best Dining Table For Small Spaces Norden Gateleg table in White, £180 from Ikea – buy here Flat-dwellers rejoice! You shall have a dining table, even though trying to fit furniture into your home is like trying to complete a Tetris puzzle. This nifty drop-leaf table can be collapsed on both sides when you’re not using it, leaving just a small, console-style design with handy drawers (a great spot for storing cutlery, tea towels and the like). It can seat four people at its biggest – or six if you don’t mind getting friendly with your neighbour. 5. Best Cafe-Style Kitchen Table Dante Chess Board Table & 4 Chairs, £825 from Barker & Stonehouse – buy here Inject a dash of rustic French chic into your dining space with this cute wooden table and cafe-style chairs. The distinctive table has a stunning chequerboard design that’s made from reclaimed elm with a distressed painted finish; the rustic metal chairs come with simple jute seat pads. Simply serve up a coq au vin, pour yourself a glass Beaujolais and you could almost be in France. 6. Best Round Dining Table Garden Trading Hambledon Round Table, £700 from Amara – buy here Need a good all-rounder that can withstand family life but is also elegant enough for entertaining? You can’t go wrong with a timeless, solid-wood dining table. The beauty of this design is that it works equally well in a modern or traditional setting, while its raw-oak construction means it will benefit for a little wear a tear and will only get better with age. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] Take a look at Sun Selects for more of our recommendations. Enjoyed our roundup of the best dining tables? Then be sure to check out Sun Selects’ dedicated home section. Thinking about switching up your kitchen? Why not take a look at our round up of the best coffee grinders? This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.  
28 May 19
The Sun
MAKE working from the dining table or breakfast bar a thing of the past by investing in one of the best desks on the market. After all, a kitchen isn’t always the most conducive place to work, and neither is sitting hunched over on the sofa. Before you buy, you’ll want to take into account how much you’ll actually be using your new office space. If you work from home, it’s a good idea to invest in a desk that offers you not only room to spread out, but also some storage for files and books. However, if you’re looking to use it more for admin and the occasional spot of online shopping, then you may not need any storage or as much desk space. Then there’s the look of your desk – do you want something sleek with clean lines, or do you prefer a more traditional-looking piece? There are so many variations these days, from Scandi-style additions with tapered legs to more officey-looking, sturdy desks with drawers on either side – there really is something for everyone. Live in an open-plan layout, and unsure of the best place for a desk? A design on castors can be wheeled out of the way at the end of the day. It’s also worth considering whether you’re likely to be using a computer or laptop, as that will dictate the size of the desk you buy. And, if you’re short on space and don’t believe you have room for a desk, then think again. Small, standing desks, wall-mounted workspaces and compact options make it possible no matter how large (or small) your room. Still unsure? Check out our pick of the best desks around and give yourself the desk space you deserve. Sleek & Sturdy Bilbao High Gloss Desk, £269, Very – buy here Looking for a modern desk with plenty of storage? This sleek-looking beauty is a top contender. Part of the Bilbao range by Ideal Home, it features handleless doors in a super-shiny gloss finish and comes in both white (shown) or grey. It won’t let you down on the storage front either – two cupboards (each with removable shelves) and a pair of drawers make the perfect spot for folders, files and stationery. And, if you don’t like the thought of flatpack furniture you’ll be pleased to hear it comes ready assembled. Black Beauty Cannelle Desk, £425 from Barker & Stonehouse – buy here Oozing sophistication and high-class looks, you’d be hard pressed to decide whether the Cannelle is more desk or dressing table. Either way, we love it. The black ash veneer top works perfectly with its contrasting brushed gold, tapered legs and handles, for an elegant look that had us at hello. Two sliding drawers offer (minimal) storage, and with a width of 115cm you can be assured it won’t take up too much room. Off the Wall Esme Wall Desk, £149 from – buy here No room to swing a cat in your home? Don’t worry, we’ve got the ideal office solution in the form of this Esme wall desk from Made. Yes, you heard right, it’s a desk that’s designed to be mounted on the wall so as not to take up any floor space, and measures just 60cm in width. Fed up of office mess littering your space? Well, the Esme even folds up when not in use, so you can hide your work spot away when you’re done. Made from plywood sheets with an ash veneer, this desk’s beautiful rounded curves offer a slightly retro feel, and there are matching furniture pieces available, too, should you want. Stand Tall Knotten Standing Desk, £120 from Ikea – buy here Not the sitting down type? Then don’t, stand instead. This uber-modern standing design from Ikea in white birch is 105cm high and can be placed anywhere, even in the middle of the room, as the back is finished. Not convinced? You may like the storage it offers, as for such a compact design it has a spot for everything. You’ll note the drawers and shelves, but look a little closer and you’ll spot hooks (ideal for keys or headphones) and a handy cable management system, too. Nifty. Price Buster Lawson Desk, £50 from Argos – buy here Bargain alert: at just £50, you can’t go wrong with this neat grey-coloured wood desk from Argos Home. Featuring plenty of worktop and storage space, one of the shelves is adjustable so you can set it up to suit you, while the cupboard and open shelves create a good mix of storage options. It measures 99.6cm in width and comes ready to assemble. Perfectly Pretty Meghan Unstained Mango Wood Desk, £375 from Oliver Bonas – buy here We all know a desk needs to be functional, but if you’re looking for something slightly more feminine in style then you can’t do much better than this handcrafted design. Combining an unstained wood finish with pops of colour and metallic accents, the Meghan is finished with gold-toned handles inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Made from mango wood, this stylish number features four drawers and a narrow shelf with a cable hole for leads. Just beautiful. Traditional Touch Abacus Corner Desk, £229 from John Lewis – buy here Tight on space? Consider a corner design for a snug fit. Made from oak veneer, the Abacus is a sturdy, solid desk that features four fixed shelves and a nice-sized top from which to work. Plus, it also gives you the option of buying a compatible keyboard tray that can slot neatly underneath should you want. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] We’ve designed Sun Selects to help you find everything you need when you’re shopping around the web. Click the link to find more of our top picks. If you want to find more of our home recommendations, check out our dedicated Sun Selects home section. Enjoyed our selection of the best desks? Then be sure to check out our roundup of the best air beds. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.  
21 May 19
Pandora Maxton Lifestyling

I am never happier than when outside. Maybe it comes from my upbringing and being around horses all the time that meant I spent a considerable amount of time outdoors. I am fortunate enough to live in a place with lots of space, fields, barns, stables, garden and a good sized patio. If I’m honest […]

13 May 19
The Sun
BED not as comfortable as it used to be? Our round-up of the best bed frames is here to help you make a change. An uncomfortable bed may not be down to your mattress but your bed frame, so if yours has started creaking, has an uneven or sagging base or broken slats, it’s time to invest in a new one. As is true of most things in life, it pays to buy the best bed frame you can afford, and go for the biggest size your bedroom can accommodate; generally speaking, a bigger bed equals a better night’s sleep. But don’t crowd your space – there’s no point putting a king-size four-poster bed in a box room with low ceilings. Make sure there’s plenty of space to walk around the bed and open cupboards, drawers and doors without them banging in to it. Once you’ve established what size is best, the next thing to look at is whether you want one that sits low to the ground or higher up with clearance underneath. Low designs are a sleek, unfussy option that often include storage drawers, while high ones with legs are better for smaller rooms as they are less bulky and give the illusion of more space. Now the fun bit – finding your style. Modern, traditional, wooden, metal, leather, upholstered or colourful: the choice is practically endless. But to help you get started, we’ve found six different styles to set you on the right track to a good night’s sleep. Upholstered bed frame Harvey Upholstered bed, from £799 (double), Swoon Editions – buy here A chic upholstered bed is a versatile beast as it can easily be styled to fit in with a contemporary or classic bedroom scheme. The pine and engineered board frame, and sprung beech slats, ensure flexible yet sturdy construction – and it comes in a choice of 25 colours and three sizes. And if the thought if putting it together makes you shudder, don’t worry – construction is all part of the service. Wooden frame Hastings Light Natural bed stead, £349 (double), Marks & Spencer – buy here If you’re a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice out there, you can’t really go wrong with a smart wooden bed frame. Like a plain upholstered bed, a wooden frame works in modern and traditional schemes and will never go out of style. This one is made from solid pine, so you know it’ll last for years, comes in three sizes and is part of a furniture range, so you can pair it with matching wardrobes, drawers and bedside tables. Hotel Chic Martel Four Poster bed by Bay Isle Home, from £863.99 (king), Wayfair – buy here Now here’s a thought, should you want to push the boat out or relive that expensive hotel stay – a four-poster bed. It’ll make you feel like royalty and loathe getting up in the mornings. Made in Indonesia, this gorgeous dark-wood design has a colonial feel thanks to its carved detailing on the headboard and can be combined with a matching chest of drawers, bedside tables and open wardrobe. It’s available in black and brown and comes in king and super king. Sleigh-style frame Orkney bed, from £749 (double), Made – buy here Get the perfect balance of luxury and comfort with a gently curved sleigh-style bed frame. The Orkney comes in a variety of finishes, but if you long for a touch of opulence an upholstered button-back design fits the bill – especially if positioned in the centre of a room against a wall to really let the statement headboard sing. Find it in three sizes and colours, and splash out on a matching ottoman if you need extra storage space. Leather bed frame Willard Leather bed frame, from £2,819 for a king, Barker & Stonehouse – buy here Saving the most decadent till last: if you didn’t think you needed a leather bed in your life, you might now. It comes in two sizes, is made from solid hardwood and covered in one of two distressed-leather finishes for a cosy, lived-in look. Okay, it’s not cheap, but considering we spend around a third of our lives in bed, you owe it to yourself to get the best night’s sleep possible. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] In the market for more furniture? We’ve rounded up the best sofa beds, to help get you started. And you can find more of our recommendations on home products on our dedicated home section. Alternatively, if you fancy browsing something totally different, why not check out all of our round-ups via the main Sun Selects page. This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.  
12 May 19
Genealogies of Valcartier, Quebec

by Jacques Gagne, 2014 Quebec City Region Ade / Adams / Ailwin / Alcharm / Allen / Alleyn / Alscamps / Ambrose / Ampleman / Amplemen / Anderson / Appelby / Arcanel / Arial / Armstrong (Amstrong) / Askins / Atcheson / Atchison / Audy / Auld / Bacon / Bailey / Bails (Bales) / […]

10 May 19
The Sun
SO, YOU’VE decided you want an L-shaped sofa but don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping for one. We don’t blame you – there’s a lot of choice out there. What we can tell you is that whether you’re looking for a large family-sized addition, something to tuck discreetly into a corner or a big beautiful statement piece to add shape to your room, you won’t be disappointed. Having that extra chaise to recline on or more seats for visitors makes all the difference. And they’re a great option if you’re looking to ‘zone’ a living room area in an open-plan space. Make sure you measure up well to ensure it will fit your space, and consider whether you want arms or a chaise for the other part of the ‘L’. Do you want something narrow or wide enough to fit two when you’ve got your feet up? And then there’s the material and colour of course. To help you narrow it down, we’ve selected 6 of the best L-shaped sofas that won’t blow the budget and give you more bang for your buck. Best L-Shaped Sofa: The Right Balance Big on comfort, high on style, this sofa is a real family snuggler. If you’re tight on space, there’s a smaller version available and it comes in a range of colours and fabrics, including some beautiful inky blues and pretty blush pinks, as well as your more standard neutrals. Strong, clean lines make it a good contender. Nantucket corner sofa, from £1,259.40 from Marks & Spencer – buy here Perfectly Plush Corner Sofa We couldn’t resist this sophisticated cotton velvet design, with its clean, square lines, dark hardwood feet and pulled cushion detail. The chaise end is perfect for popping your feet up on (if you can bear to cover it up) and if you’re worried that velvet isn’t a smart family-friendly choice, don’t be – it’s a lot hardier than you think.  It does come in fabric and leather too, should you wish. Scott four-seater corner sofa, £1,799 from – buy here Best Rustic Corner Sofa Imagine yourself in a modern industrial-style living room, plenty of bare brick, wood and metal furniture, and the most comfy, squidgy tan leather sofa to curl up on. Sold? Then this is the design that you should be looking at. The Houston gives a beautifully rustic look, and comes in 27 different coloured leathers. Curved arms, chunky walnut feet and deep-seat cushioning puts this handsome beast in our top picks. Houston Left-Hand Facing leather corner sofa, £1,799 from Barker & Stonehouse – buy here Best L-Shaped Sofa: Comfort Factor Ikea’s latest addition comes in various sizes, but this four-seater is nice and roomy, and at a good price. One of our favourite design details is the high back and neck support, driving it high into the comfort zone and backed up with pocket springs to support you in all the right places. Available in three colourways, we think this red-brown colour makes a change from the norm and would add a pop of colour to neutral interiors. Did we mention the covers are removable and machine washable? Lidhult four-seater corner sofa, £1,230 from Ikea – buy here Neat Choice You might need to take a second look when you see this sofa’s price, as it’s pretty good and certainly not going to pull on any purse strings. What you will get, however, is a very modern-looking and compact design that’s based on the popular Tub chair, with an open chaise and button detailing to the sofa back. We particularly like the Scandi-style wooden legs and this Plum colour (one of four fabric choices). A definite contender for smaller pads. Claudia Fabric three-seater Left-hand Chaise sofa, £499 from Very – buy here Best Timeless L-Shaped Sofa The Bluebell is one of’s most popular designs and it’s easy to see why. This sofa has a soft, curvy shape – no harsh lines here – and turned wooden legs for an elegant feel, while beautifully deep cushions make it a supremely comfortable option. It also comes in a few different sizes, and a whole host of fabrics, so whether you’re after a bright statement piece or something more neutral, you’ll find it here. Worried about its size? Don’t be – the Bluebell can be delivered to you in pieces and assembled on arrival. Bluebell corner sofa, from £2,298 from – buy here [article-rail-topic title=”MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HOME” term_id=”14223″ posts_number=”12″ /] Still keeping your options open? We’ve picked out the best cheap sofa sets for you to consider. For more amazing recommendations on home products, head to our dedicated home section. If you fancy browsing something totally different, check out all our best buys on the main Sun Selects page. 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