Style: The Bachelorette Pad

Style: The Bachelorette Pad

By Emily Flynn

Bridget Jones isn't the world's most enviable style icon. But if you can overlook her bunny ears and granny underwear, the hapless, overindulging heroine of Helen Fielding's hit novels does celebrate women's singledom. So with the sequel's film version premiering this month, trendy home-decor shops are selling to the bachelorette. After all, the well-heeled singleton is far more likely to commit to a cerise satin bedspread or a pink laptop than to a man. "The spirit of the moment is to do whatever you want with your home," says Michelle Ogundehin, editor of Elle Decoration. "It's a space you get to curate." tip sheet surveys the rise of bachelorette chic:

1950s retro: In the days of Patty Duke, the kitchen was woman's terrain. Now that's truer than ever: check out the pink Aga stoves (4,980 pounds), pink Dualit toasters (145 pounds) and Philippe Starck polycarbonate plastic chairs (137 pounds; conran.co.uk). Add music with Roberts Radio's portable leatherette radios in lilac and pastel yellow (100 pounds; robertsradio.co.uk). The kitchen's must-have finishing touch: matching sugar, coffee and tea canisters, in baby-blue tin from Urban Outfitters (40 pounds; urbanoutfitters.com).

Traditionally feminine: Knitting is chic again; so are frills and ruffles. From Urban Outfitters to Liberty (liberty.co.uk), antique-looking mirrored dressers are a bedroom's best friend (from 80 to 6,995 pounds). Laura Ashley's ruffled lamp (50 pounds) goes perfectly with Between the Sheets' opulent velvet and satin linens (30-115 pounds; betweenthesheets.co.uk). For knitted homewares, try Kelly Jenkins's wall tapestries (from 1,000 pounds; kelly.jenkins@rca.ac.uk) and Louise Loeck's yarn-covered chairs (made to order; louiseloecke@rca.ac.uk).

Pink everything: The easiest way to create a girly flat is to think pink. Heals has lovely wool and mohair "dovetail" rugs in two-tone pinks (4,450 pounds; heals.co.uk). Or dress up an unused fireplace with Habitat's feather string lights in hot pink (17 pounds; habitat.net). Even electronics have gone pink: FrancisFrancis! is doing plush pink coffee makers (375 pounds; johnlewis.com), and Apple iBook laptops come in bubblegum pink (from pound1,000; colorwarepc.com).

'Alice in Wonderland' whimsical: Multicolored glass-fruit chandeliers (625 pounds) and Mad Hatter-inspired porcelain tea sets (420 pounds, set of four) from Liberty soften formal dining rooms. Set the table with pale pink cherry-blossom plates (119 pounds, set of four; pier.co.uk) and an acrylic orange "Ghost" candelabra (30 pounds; innermost. co.uk). And if Mr. Right ever does show up for dinner, you can grill steaks on Apollo's charcoal barbecue--in bright candy-apple red (149 pounds; flamingbarbeques.co.uk).

Music: Time To Play The whole electronic universe is converging, and it's about time watches joined the party. Now Vienna-based Laks's recently released MP3 Watch ($250; laks.com) can even bring the music along. It comes with a built-in MP3 player, a voice recorder and, yes, it can even tell time. The timepiece holds up to 256 megabytes of data and can play up to 60 songs or five hours of music, as well as store presentations, videos and photos. Users can download data via flash memory by connecting to any computer--Windows or Macintosh--with a USB plug integrated in the strap. This also lets the MP3 player draw power from the computer, taking only 90 minutes to recharge (the watch itself uses a long-lasting lithium battery), and all files can even be password-protected. Unfortunately, all this functionality means you can't swap the black rubberized band, and the watch itself is a bit thicker and clunkier than ideal. That's a small price to pay when it's time to rock.