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Bisca’s guide to bespoke staircases Choosing LED lighting – 6 top tips from John Cullen Lighting All about straw marquetry, with Simon Orrell Broadleaf’s guide to wood flooring A guide to garden antiques & ornaments Buying door furniture – things you need to know. A designer’s guide to fabrics, by KOTHEA Mumford & Wood’s guide to doors and windows April Russell’s top tips for displaying art Tips for choosing a sofa: Q&A with Wesley-Barrell Q&A with Barbara Sallick of Waterworks Q&A with Phoebe Clive from Tinsmiths Choosing the perfect desk

Autumn garden tips

Autumn’s here and the leaves are falling. What can you do to keep your garden in tip-top condition for next year? Garden Designer and Landscaper James Firth, …

How to choose the perfect desk lamp

Lighting and home furnishings company Jim Lawrence gives us guidance on choosing the perfect desk lamp… When you think the average person spends 5 hours a day …

Choosing the right bed

Brent Cooper, bed expert at Marshall & Stewart – purveyors of luxury, handcrafted British beds – gives us his tips on choosing the right bed… There is …

Shutters

History Windows have been covered with shutters for centuries. (Image: The Hoarde) Small medieval windows were secured with simple internal wooden shutters. By the end of the 17th …

Outdoor Surfaces

Your choice of outdoor flooring, for a front or rear garden, roof deck or drive, will depend on the style of your property, budget and practicality. Consider …

Designing a Kitchen

Decide how a kitchen is to be used and plan accordingly: as a laundry room, to watch TV, or as an area for children to do homework? …

Bathrooms Part 2

Walls & Floors The glazed surface of ceramic tiles adds sheen to a bathroom or shower wall and is easy to clean. (Image: Habibi) Tongue-and-groove panelling is an …

Beds & Mattresses

We spend about 30,000 hours in a bed in its 10 year lifespan, so make every effort to buy a bed which is ideal for you. Buying …

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Bathrooms Part 1

Did you know? The Romans built great bath houses, thermae, that spread around the Mediterranean and across Europe, which were the inspiration for the hamam, or Turkish …

Christmas Tree Decorating

HINTS AND TIPS ON HOW TO DRESS A CHRISTMAS TREE by Clifton Nurseries 1. Lights on first, otherwise your delicate and possibly breakable decorations will get knocked …

Commissioning furniture

Free-standing Furniture 1. When visiting a designer, ask to view photographs of previous commissions and to see a range of materials and timbers the designer uses. (Image …