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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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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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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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dahlia flower cluster

The Gardening Coach

Judy Shardlow’s guide to gardening in May

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Property market

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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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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