How much choice do you give your children?

William Morris said ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’. I chant this every time I enter Poundland. But still the beautiful, useful crap keeps piling up and every time I move from the sink to the fridge I have to wade through 4 inches of plastic food.We have a plan to entice our daughter into playing in her bedroom. Apparently the answer is simple: A rug.

People joke about women buying candles and cushions but no one ever mentions men and their obsession with rugs and offensively patterned duvet covers.