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Interiors

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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sleek and stylish solutions are on offer

Style & function – Moneyhill Interiors, Rickmansworth on clever storage solutions

Making the most of space through clever storage is key to modern room design. Celia Warbrick of Moneyhill Interiors, Rickmansworth, gives a guide to the latest solutions

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Gardens

The Rhododenron Walk leading to Ashridge House

Restoring rhododendron heaven

A plan to restore the 19th-century Rhododendron Walk at Berkhamsted’s Ashridge House will recreate one of the greatest plantings of the species in the UK. Philippa Pearson reports

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dahlia flower cluster

The Gardening Coach

Judy Shardlow’s guide to gardening in May

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Lovely plant and colour combinations from tulips and spring flowers

A garden writer’s garden

Garden journalist and editor Zia Allaway turned a dark conifer-dominated space at her Harpenden home into an inspiring contemporary garden. By Philippa Pearson

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Property market

Formal garden on the west side of the house.

Home of the month: A Hitchin home apart

A couple with a keen interest in design have turned two former Hitchin cottages overlooking parkland into a luxurious family home. Pat Bramley visits

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The Barn, Brookmans Park, Savills

4 of the Best: Properties with a gym

Homes where you can excercise at leisure

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Walnut Burrrow

Property: 4 of the best

Properties perfect for entertaining

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Walnut Burrow

Property: Chess Valley African ‘burrow’

Around 5,000 tonnes of soil were excavated to build a £2.5m subterranean eco-home in the Chess Valley inspired by a traditional African design

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Homestead, Bishops

Property: 4 of the Best

Homes with fabulous gardens

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Prices in St Albans have boomed in recent years

Commuter towns hit top 10 priciest

St Albans and Harpenden are among 20 commuting areas outside the M25 with the highest value homes in the South East.

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