Interiors

Mon, 19:15
Despite looking very contemporary, the art of ikebana has been practiced for centuries

Try ikebana at the London branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana’s seventh annual exhibition in Hampstead next weekend

Friday, May 20, 2016
Polly Leonard founder of Selvedge Magazine in her Highgate kitchen, complete with vintage French linen towels

Polly Leonard is the founder and editor of Selvedge magazine and opened the sister textiles shop on Archway Road seven years ago. She lives in Highgate with her husband, two teenage children, dog and two cats.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Dulux created their ‘Space’ bedroom with Rich Black emulsion, using splatters of a range of shades, including Purple Pout, Striking Cyan and Lost Lake, and White Cotton for the stars, all from the Dulux Endurance+ range, from £20.99 for 2.5L. For the stars, 250ml samples can be purchased in stores, from £6. PA Photo/Handout

No pressure parents, but your children secretly have big dreams when it comes to their bedrooms. If they could wave a magic wand, they’d be kitted out with tree houses, Narnia-style wardrobes, a slide, swing and a stage – and that’s just for starters.

Monday, May 16, 2016
B&Q’s Tropical Floral Wallpaper, £12 a roll, would ramp up the temperature and be bang on trend as interiors go hot and steamy this summer. PA Photo/Handout

Some floral fans might be guilty of letting petal prints spread through their home like weeds, but there is another, more subtle way, to approach green-fingered decor.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
There are no rules when it comes to buying studio pottery beyond choosing what you love

With The Great Pottery Throwdown captivating viewers across the nation, pottery courses at capacity, and hipsters snapping up vintage studio pieces to display their succulents in and post on Instagram, studio pottery and ceramics are definitely having a moment.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Outside dining range from Debenhams

Make the most of the great out doors and take your meals out on to your garden, patio or balcony.

Monday, May 9, 2016
Choose a contractor wisely. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Choose badly and your selection of contractor could cost you thousands, so make sure to follow these tips.

Sunday, May 8, 2016
House Therapy circle

Can you really ‘cure’ agoraphobia, erectile disfunction or stifling marriages by switching or ditching your soft furnishings and giving your home a thorough deep clean?

Friday, May 6, 2016

Take one Camden mews house, add a celebrity stylist, a creative director and a collector’s instincts then throw a baby into the mix and you get a fabulously unique home, bursting at the seams and ready to welcome its next inhabitants.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
A bedroom with underfloor heating, available from The Underfloor Heating Store. PA Photo/Handout

1. An electric underfloor heating system (also known as a dry system) radiates heat through a series of wires in the floor. It’s either a mat, which is best for large spaces because it can be rolled out to cover an entire floor, or a cable/loose-fit system (individual wires). This is a flexible solution for smaller and awkwardly shaped rooms, such as bathrooms, where there’s no need to heat the floor under the basin and bath. Heating mats should be laid on a finished subfloor, such as plywood, and encased in a flexible levelling compound or flexible tile adhesive, while cable/loose-fit systems should be encased in the finishing screed of a concrete floor.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Narin Gylman at home in Highgate, N6

Narin Gylman is a singer, songwriter and musician based in Highgate. She has worked as a vocal coach for popstars including Boy George, Mel C and Leona Lewis, as well as countless West End stars, written a book, recorded three albums and performed at venues across the world.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Painting a garden fence. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Colours for garden wood have come a long way since you could get brown or green and little else. Now you can choose from a myriad of different hues, so your outside space can be just as colourful as the inside.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Biscayne Lemon, Wool, £73 per sq m, available from Crucial-trading.com. PA Photo/Handout

Choosing new flooring can be daunting, especially when you consider the groundwork that goes into crafting the perfect floor plan. Along with being practical, your flooring choice needs to suit your space and style – and there’s a wide array of contemporary design options, whether you opt for tiles, mosaics, stone, wood or carpet. All you have to do is step up and choose the right one for you...

Friday, April 15, 2016
This is what will happen if you don't follow our list of renovation don'ts, PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

If you’re thinking of carrying out a renovation on your home, here are five important things to avoid.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Transform a wall into a blackboard with Colours Black Matt Chalkboard Paint, £11.73 for 1L, B&Q, ideal for scribbling down lists and reminders. PA Photo/Handout

Amanda Lamb is at home, surrounded by a mop, dusters and boxes, as she enthusiastically prepares to tackle the job most of us dread – the big spring clean.

Friday, April 8, 2016
DIY projects that should only take a weekend. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

When it comes to DIY, it can be depressing to return to the working week with a half-finished job, be it a partially painted room or semi-varnished floorboards. So plan ahead and tackle on of these projects that should take only a weekend.

Monday, April 4, 2016
Fill a period fireplace with lights or decorations to make a sweet feature. Pelt and Blackened Bedroom, Farrow & Ball

Getting sent to your room will no longer be a punishment thanks to these handy hints for decorating children’s rooms

Sunday, April 3, 2016
The Kae collection, Popping Yellow chair, also available in other colours, £485, available from The French Bedroom Company, PA Photo/Handout

Spring into action with these smart buys for your home

Friday, April 1, 2016
Rug and textile expert Aaron Nejad

As the London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair returns to Marylebone for its sixth year, we get a tour of Aaron Nejad’s textile-filled St John’s Wood home and find out what to look for as a rug-buying novice.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The property includes many elegant period features

Inside the palatial north London apartment that could yours for just over £17 million

Friday, March 25, 2016
Tips for DIY ahead of the looming run of bank holiday weekends. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

There’s a glut of bank holidays on the horizon so now is the perfect time to get stuck into some DIY. Here’s how to avoid disaster.

Friday, March 25, 2016
Yellow Easter Tree, £25, The Contemporary Home

Making your own Easter tree is a fun project the whole family can get involved with, and they make a delightful alternative table centrepiece for bank holiday weekend lunches.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Easter Garland, £9, The Contemporary Home

Pastel colours, spring motifs, new season flowers and bunnies galore and chocolate are all excellent ways to add a touch of Easter magic to your home

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Monumental bronze horse from Camden Market

Garden ornaments don’t come much quirkier than the monumental bronze horse, which is up for auction with an estimate of £20,000-£30,000.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Get a full night's sleep, despite the light summer mornings

These sleep masks are made in natural, breathable fabrics like silk, velvet and cashmere to ensure your lie-ins are long and luxurious.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
07.00am, licence to snore. Fancy yourself a bit of a sharp shooter? See yourself as the type to sleep with a loaded gun under the pillow just in case? This might be the perfect alarm clock for you. Set the time and place the gun under your pillow before you nod off. When it buzzes you awake, take aim and fire at the wall or ceiling to see the time projected in red. This is one alarm certain to leave you both shaken and stirred regardless of the number of martinis downed the night before. (Secret Agent Alarm Clock, £15.95, Prezzybox.com)

As the clocks go forward this weekend, we round up innovative, unique, or just plain bonkers alarm clocks to help you with the lost morning hour.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
A skip overflowing with waste. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

When renovating, it’s tempting to rip everything out and start again, but there may be things you can keep, upcycle or get a professional to restore to do your bit for the environment.

Friday, March 18, 2016
Photo of Janneke's colourful accessories standing out against white walls, PA Photo/Handout

With the vast majority of interiors purchases being made online, we bring you three of the best home boutiques on the web.

Friday, March 18, 2016
Lancaster Stables, NW3

Houseplants have a host of benefits, from making homes look good, to making their inhabitants feel better. Isabella Cipirska finds out why some homeowners are taking the trend to extremes.

Friday, March 18, 2016
The swimming pool was a draw for the location scout

Ever fancied seeing your home on the big screen, or perhaps on the pages of a glossy magazine? During an ad break on your favourite TV programme? No? Well perhaps you’d like to earn between £700 and £1,500+ per day from it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
“Usually with conversions, people want to restore them and make them look like the originals. But we kept things as they were; we worked with them rather than restore them,

A pair of architects took this property from an empty shell to a family home for six. Now it’s looking for a new family to make this vibrant house a home.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Replacing old, tired windows with new timber-framed and double glazed versions can breathe new life into a house

Ayrton Bespoke are ready to help north Londoners get warm, dry, secure homes without sacrificing the period style they love

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Shutters were added to the lower ground floor flat to alow daylight to enter whilst protecting privacy and providing soundproofing. Photo: Luca Piffaretti

Adding contemporary texture and pattern to a flat in one of Marylebone’s most prestigious mansion blocks without sacrificing the charm of the original property – and without falling foul of the heavy restrictions of the building managers – wouldn’t usually be a small ask.

Sunday, March 6, 2016
The Bailey velvet maxi sofa, royal blue, £1,599, available from DFS. PA Photo/Handout.

Sofas are one of the hearts of the home – where we slouch, lounge, surf and even snooze – and choosing the right one is all-important.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Painting floorboards is a fairly simple DIY job, provided you follow this steps. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

If you’re hoping to uncover your home’s original floorboards but find they’re not as perfect as you’d imagined it could be best to paint them to disguise imperfections and new replacement boards. Here’s what to remember.

Friday, March 4, 2016
Romantic and wild pastels, £40, Scarlet and Violet, Kensal Rise, NW10

Left it a bit late to get your ma something for Mothering Sunday this weekend? Never fear, here are some local (and gorgeous) options to brighten up her home.

Friday, March 4, 2016
Large expanses of glass let in an abundance of natural light

This NW5 property is looking for an artistic partner to love its sense of space and abundance of natural light

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The bedroom follows the simple and functional modernist style

Working with a tiny budget needn’t put a limit on your creativity, as one architect in training shows. We find out how he refashioned an ‘unfashionable’ post-war flat for under £13k

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Grey doesn't have to be dark, it can bring out light and colour

Elegant and sophisticated, cosy yet light- if ever there was a chameleon colour to suit your home’s every need it’s grey. Find out how to use the shade to bring out your interior’s full potential.

Friday, February 26, 2016
Mathews continues the minimal theme inside her bedroom, although she promises it's not normally this tidy. Photo: Matt Clayton

The designer and animal rights activist shows us around her striking home, which includes pieces from her new furniture line.

Friday, February 26, 2016
Meg Mathews at home in Primrose Hill

Meg Mathews, 49, lives in Primrose Hill with her daughter Anaïs, 16, and their Boston Terrier Oscar, 5. Interior designer, animal rights campaigner and ex-wife of Noel Gallagher, Mathews is the business partner and brand ambassador for artisanal furniture designers the Baker Street Boys. She tells us about her favourite things.

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Be adventurous with sofa upholstery, especially if contrasted with dark walls, and furniture will really bring a space alive. Sofa.com has a lovely Isla armchair, from £550.

From geometric shapes to carnival colours, here’s how to bring the newest trends to your home

Friday, February 19, 2016
The far end of the flat was opened up to create a large, dual aspect, free-flowing social space

Creating an element of surprise was key for the West Hampstead couple creating a cosy contemporary haven in a 19th-century north London block

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The open plan kitchen is bright and modern

A luxurious, gadget-filled property in Marylebone could be yours for £3,500,000

Friday, February 12, 2016
The pleated roof brings a graphic feel to the modern extension

As we’re in the grip of awards season, perhaps the award for home extension that shouldn’t work as well as it does could go to the aptly named Folds House in Crouch End.

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