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Interiors

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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Gardens

Wide borders filled with naturalistic planting at The Barn garden

A tapestry of colour at Serge Hill

Renowned landscape designers Tom and Kate Stuart-Smith are opening their stunning gardens at Serge Hill near Abbot’s Langley for charity. Philippa Pearson is given the tour

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Water plants in the cooler temperatures of the evening

The Gardening Coach: July

Judy Shardlow gives her top tips for looking after the garden during the hot weather

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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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Property market

Working in the right order will save time and money

Property: Making the renovation dream a reality

Revamping a property can add value but it can also be a minefield or a money pit. Matthew Craker of Fine and Country Brookmans Park advises on what to consider before taking on a renovation project

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David Brown with three of his beloved horses

Home of the month: At home with horses

Pat Bramley visits showjumping trainer David Brown at the Gosmore home he transformed into a centre for world-beating horses

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Landlords should carefully assess the local market

Property: Taking the long view with lettings

Bernadette Oliver, head of Savills Harpenden lettings, says landlords who try to maximise their rental income could be damaging their long-term returns

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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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