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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

Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

The 12 plants of Christmas

Winter is a quiet time in the garden, but Philippa Pearson suggests a dozen plants to brighten up the 12 days of Christmas and beyond

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Iris will bring colour even in late winter

The Gardening Coach: November

Judy Shardlow recommends a miniature iris for a beauty that will withstand the winter weather

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Boulders supress weeds, keep moisture in the soil and create year-round drama

The Gardening Coach: October

Judy Shardlow looks at elements to create a beautiful yet low maintenance garden

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Property market

Wymondley

Property: 4 of the best - homes with a real fire

Our round-up of Herts homes for sale that give a seasonal welcome

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Antique prints and china in the dining room

The legacy of Bromley Hall

A former farmhouse with its roots in the 16th century became a canvas for the imaginations of a young couple looking to create a country idyll. Fifty years, on Pat Bramley meets the pair and their creation

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South Barn, Langley

Property: 4 of the best

Fabulous barn conversions

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Northaw

Property: 4 of the best

Cottages with character and style

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Stone floor and fireplace combines with wood and chandelier for a grand effect

Country club to country home

A former wedding venue near Brookmans Park has become a grand yet homely space for family life. Pat Bramley visits the beautiful Woodside Hall

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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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