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Parquet furniture

Parquet furniture

Parquetry is an ancient decorative technique, normally found gracing the floors of palaces and stately homes, but today we’re seeing it in a whole new light. It’s being used by furniture designers to decorate everything from sideboards to table lamps. Here’s our pick of the best parquet products.      

Wall hanging rugs

Wall hanging rugs

A beautiful rug is a piece of art. As such, it can make a stunning addition to your wall. Before you grab the nearest dhurrie, however, there are a few rules to follow. To perfect the look, your chosen rug needs to be luxurious (no flimsy floorcoverings), but the pile cannot be too heavy either. Then, of course, there are the practicalities to consider. Framing expert John Jones warns that it is important to provide proper support for your rug…

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Connected living space

Connected living space

We’re about to enter the age of the high-tech home. Soon, your sofa will know more about the state of your health than your doctor, and your fridge will be monitoring your diet. Technology expert Tom Bailey explains how ‘the internet of things’ is set to simplify our lives. It was late 2013 when the email arrived. The subject line – ‘You will love this!’ – immediately aroused my suspicions. As a technology editor, I’ve spent the last decade chasing…

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Concrete furniture design

Concrete furniture design

From poured floors to striking, industrial-style storage and even the kitchen sink, the homeowners of this West London property have been experimental with concrete. Here, architect Luke McLaren of McLaren Excell talks about the interior and how you could mimic its contemporary look. Concrete is hard wearing, economical, creates a beautiful textural finish and absorbs heat extremely well. Once warmed, it effectively becomes one enormous radiator, meaning it’s ideal to use on top of underfloor heating or near a window,…

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Japanese soaking bath

Japanese soaking bath

Love soaking in a luxuriously deep bath but don\’t have the space for a full-size tub in your home? Use Japanese-style wooden models for small bathrooms, they maybe shorter than the average bath but they are no less stylish. Team with space-saving wall-mounted taps in classic, minimalist styles to make even the most compact bathing area look fabulous.

Yellow house design

Yellow house design

Use this vibrant color as an accent hue to add a splash of sunshine in any room. Indian yellow color is a spicy, exotic shade that is best partnered with more neutral colors, such as white or grey. For extra impact, use it as a statement accent in unexpected places to create zingy curtain drapes, bright internal doors and window sills, or as a striking floor covering – a mustard-hued rug creates a luxurious golden glow. Alternatively, for an effect…

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Office backyard – Shed studio

Office backyard – Shed studio

  Working from a garden studio is a time-honored tradition. Here, we find out how to get a modern-day equivalent. In an age of rising travel- and office-rent costs, there are financial incentives to becoming a ‘shed worker’ as well as the draw of optimizing your time while separating work from home. Here’s everything you need to know to get started. How do I build a shed studio? There are surprisingly few hoops to jump through to install one, especially…

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Gardens under glass

Gardens under glass

  The trend for greenhouses is big right now, but you don’t need a large garden to take part. With many smaller versions now on offer, all that’s required is a sunny windowsill or balcony. The extra protection offered by growing under glass means you’ll have more plant options than if you were relying on the British climate alone. Manufactum’s glass-and-pinewood balcony greenhouse  is easy to assemble and comes with three modular shelves. For something on an even smaller scale,…

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Home garden lighting

Home garden lighting

Lighting is as important outside as it is inside your home. Follow these simple tips to illuminate your garden. Layer lighting in the garden as you would in the house. Use spotlights to draw attention to key features such as sculptures, and opt for floodlights to offer a broader wash of light across a path. Consider how your set-up will look from all vantage points, especially from different levels in a house. It’s a good idea to use a dimmer…

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