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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

Tassel Bush

The gardening coach: September

In the lingering heat of early autumn it’s thankfully hard to imagine the gloomy days of winter and it seems that the colour and warmth in our gardens will last forever. Sadly it won’t, and a bit of advance planning and planting now will make those winter months easier to bear, writes Judy Shardlow

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The movement and sound of running water can elevate a garden

The Gardening Coach: August

Judy Shardlow looks at how a water feature can transform a garden

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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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Property market

Forsythe and his family lived at The Paddocks in the late '60s

Anything for a pair? Brucie’s luxury ex-home for sale

Bruce Forsyth’s former Totteridge Common home is on the market.

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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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