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Tile finishes, such as 'wood' and 'brick' are now exceptionally realistic

Interior style: Creating the ‘loft’ look

Patrick Jenner, retail manager of N&C Tiles and Bathrooms, gives tips on achieving a classic ‘loft living’ look

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A bold vintage floral pattern on a classic-style armchair makes a great statement piece

Vintage style tips

John Darling of Darlings of Chelsea, St Albans gives his top tips for achieving a vintage look

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Lifting cabinets off the floor takes the eye to the edge of the room and maximises floor space

Clever bathroom ideas

Clever planning will make a bathroom design work, no matter how difficult the space may seem. Martin McDonagh, owner of Ripples in Harpenden, outlines some simple ideas that will make a big difference

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British-made Ellis Furniture Ikon gloss graphite

Creating bathroom luxury

With a desire for luxury continuing to drive bathroom design, Tony Barber of Ebberns in Hemel Hempstead looks at how technology is changing to meet demand

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Bowmore sofa

Sitting pretty – buying the right sofa

With so many options, choosing the right sofa to match your lifestyle can seem complex. John Darling, of Darlings of Chelsea in St Albans, gives a guide to

making it work for you and your family

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Join an orchid group to find out more about these lovely plants

Helping hand for green fingers

The start of a new gardening year is the perfect time to join a horticultural club and nurture your green-fingered skills (or lack of). Philippa Pearson selects some of the best in Herts

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Wisteria should be pruned back now for abundant flowers in the summer

The Gardening Coach: January

Judy Shardlow says now is the time to be thinking about glorious wisteria

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Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

The 12 plants of Christmas

Winter is a quiet time in the garden, but Philippa Pearson suggests a dozen plants to brighten up the 12 days of Christmas and beyond

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Property market

Chris and Christina Rees

Property: Calm in a storm

Christina Rees is a remarkable woman. A leading advocate for equal rights in the Church of England, having campaigned successfully for the right of women to become vicars and now bishops, she grew up on a boat sailing the oceans and has been a regular inspirational voice on BBC Radio. Pat Bramley explores her life and her special home in Barley

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The house has elements of country manor and gothic mansion

Property: A dragon in the countryside

Dreams of a gothic castle intertwined with a country house were the catalyst for an extraordinary rural home near the village of Much Hadham

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Property: 4 of the best - homes with a real fire

Our round-up of Herts homes for sale that give a seasonal welcome

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Antique prints and china in the dining room

The legacy of Bromley Hall

A former farmhouse with its roots in the 16th century became a canvas for the imaginations of a young couple looking to create a country idyll. Fifty years, on Pat Bramley meets the pair and their creation

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South Barn, Langley

Property: 4 of the best

Fabulous barn conversions

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Property: 4 of the best

Cottages with character and style

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