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Slate Furniture Works dining room table

From junk to jewels

We may be living in an era of designer labels and flourishing boutiques and upmarket stores, but the reinvention of old objects has never been so popular. From fabric and furniture to wood and wheels, there’s the potential for new life in many things. So before you’re tempted to throw out that ‘old junk’, take a look at how creative people in Hertfordshire are making reinvention chic. By Sandra Smith

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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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Gardens

snowdrop

Searching for snowdrops

In the dark, cold winter days of February, the welcome appearance of snowdops means spring is not far away. Philippa Pearson looks at their history and finds the best places in the county to see them

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Join an orchid group to find out more about these lovely plants

Helping hand for green fingers

The start of a new gardening year is the perfect time to join a horticultural club and nurture your green-fingered skills (or lack of). Philippa Pearson selects some of the best in Herts

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Wisteria should be pruned back now for abundant flowers in the summer

The Gardening Coach: January

Judy Shardlow says now is the time to be thinking about glorious wisteria

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Property market

Digswell, Ashtons

Property: 4 of the best

Comtemporary homes in the county

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Dining room in the original 1600's part of house

Property: Where kings hunted

The Old Palace in Royston was once a royal hunting lodge of James I, where he escaped the pressures of court to indulge his passion. Pat Bramley talks to the man who has restored it from a wreck to a property fit for a king

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The overhaul has been positive news for most buyers and sellers

Home truths: Stamping out uncertainty

Nicholas Walker, associate partner at Strutt and Parker in St Albans, takes the property market temperature after the Chancellor’s stamp duty reforms

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Bankside Down, Rickmansworth

Property: 4 of the Best

Homes near great schools

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Chris and Christina Rees

Property: Calm in a storm

Christina Rees is a remarkable woman. A leading advocate for equal rights in the Church of England, having campaigned successfully for the right of women to become vicars and now bishops, she grew up on a boat sailing the oceans and has been a regular inspirational voice on BBC Radio. Pat Bramley explores her life and her special home in Barley

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The house has elements of country manor and gothic mansion

Property: A dragon in the countryside

Dreams of a gothic castle intertwined with a country house were the catalyst for an extraordinary rural home near the village of Much Hadham

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