• In one of her most A-list moves yet, Gwyneth Paltrow once hired a 'personal book curator'
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    In one of her most A-list moves yet, Gwyneth Paltrow once hired a 'personal book curator'

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  • January Sales UK: Best furniture deals 2019
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    The Independent

    January Sales UK: Best furniture deals 2019

    The Christmas festivities have come and gone, and now our thoughts are turning to the January sales.Whether you’re re-decorating your home, fancy some new furniture or want to snap up some bits that Santa didn’t bring you, we’ve found the best offers so you can spruce up your space without breaking the bank.It's the perfect time to invest in everything from beds to sofas and homeware accessories, but if you’re buying a large piece of furniture, make sure to check the retailer’s return policies before getting too carried away. And do measure your space, if you can.Here, we will be constantly updating the best deals on furniture.You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. AnthropologieThis year, Anthropologie is offering up to 50 per cent off on selected lines.Best deals:Salon Monogram Flute \- was £12, now £5.95Paje Carved Bedside Table \- was £398, now £249.95Brass Starburst Coffee Table \- was £798, now £419.95 Emma Original MattressEmma Original Mattress will be running another big sale with 30 per cent off the Emma Original until 6 January. DebenhamsDebenhams is kicking off this year’s sales with discounts on thousands of items including electricals and cookware.Best deals:Snuggledown Oriental Pillow Pair \- was £60, now £30Tefal Intuition Stainless Steel Set of 5 Cookware Set \- was £110, now £77Galway Living Clarity Pair of Crystal Gin Glasses \- was £39.95, now £14.95 DFSFor its sale, sofa giant DFS is offering up to 50 per cent off selected lines until 6 January. Best deals:Belmont Large Swivel Chair & Stool \- was £1,148, now £795Veneto Three Piece Corner Sofa, Chair and Stool – was £3,557, now £2,595Rutland Two Seater Sofa and Stool – was £824, now £649 HabitatHabitat’s winter sale has already begun and customers can expect to find up to 50 per cent off selected items. The sale, which will run until 28 January includes impressive discounts on everything from upholstery, furniture and lighting, to dinnerware, glassware, rugs, bedding and accessories.Best deals:Perouse White 2 Door Wardrobe \- was £1,200, now £840Orrico Brass Hammered Aluminium Coffee Table \- £250, now £175Zaria Set of Six Whisky Glasses \- was £25, now £15 House of Fraser This year, customers can expect to see savings of up to 50 per cent across homeware at House of Fraser. Best deals:Linea Duck Down Duvet 4.5 Tog \- was £89, now £44Biba Oval Layer Mirror \- £195, now £58Royal Doulton Seasons Decanter & Tumbler Set \- was £150, now £75 La Redoute French multi channel retailer La Redoute is taking part in the sales this year with up to 50 per cent off selected products online. Best deals:Plato Chevron 4-Door Sideboard \- was £269, now £201.75Rabisco Berber-Style Rug \- was £99, now £74.25Clairoy 1-Drawer Dressing Table \- was £189, now £141.75 Laura Ashley Laura Ashley is offering up to 50 per cent off many of its products, including sofas and chairs, until 28 January. Best deals:Lancaster Natural Upholstered Chair \- was £1,050, now £525Amelia Dove Grey Divan Open Coil Mattress King \- was £1,500, now £750Rosalind Soft Ivory Dressing Table Set \- was £1,000, now £400 Marks & Spencer Best known for its delicious festive food, Marks & Spencer also offers a range of stunning home furnishings which will help put the finishing touches to your space. This year, the store is offering up to 50 per cent off selected furniture and cookware. Best deals:Sonoma Standalone Mirror \- was £299, now £239.202-Door Sideboard \- was £699, now £559.20Hudson Armchair \- was £799, now £639.20