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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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sleek and stylish solutions are on offer

Create your own floral arrangements

If you frequently find your vases full of limp looking flowers with no creative flair then you may consider learning a few green-fingered tips to have your floral displays looking 'show home' ready in no time.

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Wild flowers in an arable field near Clothall

Hertfordshire’s plant hunters

There is an abundance of native plants in the county and it’s the job of the Herts Flora Group to identify and record them. Philippa Pearson talks to the group’s founder, Trevor James, about the ongoing challenge. Photos by Brian Sawford

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Hellebores - a perfect antidote to cold February days

The Gardening Coach – February

Judy Shardlow’s top gardening tips for February

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Hellebores come in a profusion of shapes, colours and sizes

Bursts of winter colour

Winter needn’t be without flowers. Philippa Pearson delights in the charms of delicate snowdrops in Benington and Walkern and sumptuous hellebores at Levens Green

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Property market

The stunningly opulent Tudor Room

Home of the Month – Living on a grand scale in Enfield

With links to two queens of England and five famous art dealing brothers, the stunningly grand Little Park in Enfield is an extraordinary home

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Mike and Anne Kimpton with pet west Highland terriers Sadie and Riley at the entrance to Chappel Barn

Home of the month – A door into English history

Built from the ruins of the Armada, a one-time-church for religious rebels, cowshed and finally a family home, Chapel Barn in Welwyn has English history steeped in its timbers. Pat Bramley explores its past and present

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Hill Farm

Home Truths: home for the horses

Savills equestrian expert Katie Baldwin gives tips on what purchasers and sellers should consider when looking to buy and sell property with facilities for horses

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– 17 Alma Road, St Albans

Buying and selling property at auction

Selling a property at auction definitely has its benefits, as long as it is the right sort of property, says Chris Coleman-Smith, auctioneer at real estate adviser Savills

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Plenty of entertaining space in the 36ft drawing room

Home of the month – a slice of Tudor life

It was love at first sight for racing driver David Pinkney when he saw his future Harpenden home. He tells Pat Bramley how he restored a fairytale mansion

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