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Antiques & the art scene

Hunting for antiques to proudly display in your home? Homes & Antiques writer Caroline Wheater r...

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A gardener’s best friends

Gardening and nature were once at odds. But an increasing number of green-fingered growers are disco...

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When walls tell stories

Not all wallpapers are made equal, as a dive into the history of hand-painted, silk wallpaper makers...

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A brief history of pattern

Since the dawn of time, humans have sought to decorate their spaces with mark-making: inscriptions a...

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Classically eccentric

At a time when we are treated to a visual cacophony of interior styles and influences, providing a v...

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The humble pencil

While the pencil holds every child’s hand as they journey into the world of joined up writing, a loo...

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Heritage heroes

Have you ever come across an initiative and thought, what a brilliant idea, how can I get involved? ...

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When in Knutsford

While we have stores up and down the country, we know that, quite often, you’ll be making a longer t...

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Talking to Henry

Those of you who’ve been with us a while might remember that in our second volume of Stories, way ba...

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Hidden elements of design: AGA

Continuing our series looking at the design expertise and craftsmanship that elevates some of our fa...

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The hidden elements of design: Dualit

Engineering, innovation and design restraint are all things we strive to put into each of our own pr...

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Oh Easter tree

Much like its December counterpart, the Christmas tree, it seems it’s the Germans we have to thank f...

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The power of sound

What constitutes the perfect home sound system? We asked Greg McAllister, sound experience manager a...

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In praise of the tub

I grew up in a bath only household. As a thirteen-year-old, this, along with my parents lack of tele...

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Recharge and renewal

It’s with some relief that we can dive straight into 2021, focusing on the positives and how we can ...

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Christmas in the country

After a decade in London, it’s Christmas in the country for journalist Jo Rodgers and her family thi...

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A stocking filled with fun

We remember once reading that, when the royal family gather together at Sandringham for Christmas, t...

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The art of elevated gifting

A set of mugs, a hot water bottle, a voucher to their favourite store – all are lovely gifts on thei...

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Flower pressing creations

In our last journal post – ‘Autumnal flower pressing’ – Izzi Hudson, founder of florist, Flower and ...

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Autumnal flower pressing

Izzi Hudson, founder of florist, Flower and Press, gives us a step-by-step guide on flower pressing ...

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A late autumn walk

Whether you go solo, with those you live with or with one socially-distanced friend, a walk this tim...

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Biophilia and connecting to nature

Most of us feel good in nature. Ask people to imagine a place where they feel happy and relaxed, man...

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Window wildlife

Wherever you live, so long as you have a window, you can have wildlife, whether it’s a murmuration o...

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The Enchanted Forest

Snelsmore, Savernake and Uffmore. Dibbinsdale, Wychwood and Hangingstone. The names alone seem to ca...

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You'll find me in the orchard

An apple orchard can be a place of wonder; the gnarly old trees transforming with fragrant blossom i...

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Remembering Sir Terence Conran

In tribute to one of Britain’s most influential and ground-breaking designers, former Livingetc edit...

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How to grow baby leaf spinach

There’s much lore regarding spinach. The legendary pipe-smoking sailor, Popeye, got his strength fro...

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Going Green

In 2019 visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show saw, alongside polished displays of sculptural grasses a...

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For the love of the humble bee

Over the summer, while our roads and streets fell silent, it wasn’t only the birds whose presence be...

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Six not-too-fancy festive canapes

When Christmas calls, it’s all too easy to get carried away with Christmas lunch, focusing most of y...

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We believe in a different perspective Part V

A phrase that means a lot to us. A phrase that we think best sums up our ethos and our way of thinki...

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Teak – a silver fox

Teak. The timber that’s favoured by lots of brands who make outdoor wooden furniture. Us included. B...

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Kitchens gardens: designing an actual outdoor kitchen, really?

Say kitchen garden and you’d probably imagine neat rows of vegetables grown from seed, or perhaps a ...

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When in... Canterbury

Throughout June we opened two new stores in the historic locations of Chester and Farnham, and now, ...

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When in... Farnham

In case you haven't heard, our newest store opened its doors just a few days ago in the market town ...

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When in... Chester

In June 2016, we opened our 15th UK store in one of Britain's best preserved wall cities, Chester. L...

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Talking to Hannah Redman

It’s a lovely coincidence that when you need to speak to an expert on a certain topic, it turns out ...

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Style notes: flower-arranging

Notepad scribbles from our stylists, pointers picked up on photoshoots, home-grown ideas from our re...

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When in...Bournemouth

Our home in Dorset sits amongst the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth’s high street. It’s a town that...

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Using colour in the kitchen: a tale about contrast

Even though we’ve definitely started using stronger shades on cabinetry, colour in the kitchen still...