Room for fun

a cosy lt, featured in Creative Family Home: Imaginative and Original Spaces For Modern Living by Ashlyn Gibson, published by Ryland Peters & Small

If your home is feeling like a battleground after the school holidays, as you and your children fight for territory, it could be time for a new strategy.

Lights of fancy

a Royal Collection Crystal Chandelier, £1,625, Blue Almonds(; 020 7584 8038)

They may conjure images of royalty and riches, but there's no reason why chandeliers can't illuminate more down-to-earth homes too.

Spring fresh homes

Elements stair set

We're finally leaving winter behind, yet our homes can look as though they're still suffering from its effects. Thankfully, a few changes, small but significant, can spruce things up.

Blissful wedded gifts

Set  2 Just Married pillow cases, £70,

Most couples building a wedding list still say "we do" love beautiful tableware and cutlery - after all, these gifts will be useful for a lifetime.

Living by design

artwork and a dramatic sculptural shelf resin

:: Kelly Hoppen, interior designer and currently one of the dragons on BBC Two's Dragons' Den, whose new book is Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass: How To Achieve The Home Of Your Dreams, says the importance of home cannot be underestimated.

Teal appeal

Roller blind in Sunara Hotan from The Fabric Box

If you're still clinging to neutrals and nervous about dipping your toe into a technicolour world, help is at hand.

Just add water

egg-shaped Aveo bath, £4,805, West One Bathrooms

If there's one room in the house where you should make a splash it's the bathroom, as leisure is just as important as lathering.

Feather your love nest

Gisela Graham antique wooden pink love blocks, £15, The Contemporary Home

For many, February 14 shines like a beacon of loveliness in the depths of a cold, dark winter. It's the one day of the year when we don't need an excuse to wear our hearts on our sleeves.

Nice and tidy


It's not unusual at this time of year to feel as though your possessions are winning the space war and you're being squeezed out.

A hint of the Orient


We may be a little way into 2014, but January 31 marks the starts of the Chinese New Year, and is the perfect chance to take inspiration for a mini home style makeover.

Celebs' home truths


Marco Pierre White, 52, celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality

Don't spare the style


Tired, a little personally neglected and overwhelmed? No, that's not us all, as we struggle with the last minute preparations for Christmas - it's a description of the average spare room.

Something in the air


It's the woody invigorating scent of pine needles that always captures the spirit of Christmas for me, conjuring a memory of the ritual of lugging the spiky tree home, closely followed by the smell of mulled wine, fragranced by cinnamon and reminiscent of cheery wintry gatherings.

Berry beautiful rooms


We're all in need of a bit of cheer as cold winds bite, and rooms that glow with rich, deep reds and plum berry shades, with a few luxe touches, will make all the difference to our mood.

A feast for the eyes


Slaving over a hot stove is all very well, and the feast that follows is the delicious high point of Christmas Day. But spare a thought for the table.

Coming home for Christmas


Linea Kempton Sofa Range, from £699, House of Fraser (www. houseoffraser. co. uk) Waterford Crystal Diamond Vodka Set In Chill Bowl, £300, House of Fraser (www. houseoffraser. co. uk) Christmas Home Collection, £140, Jo Malone (www. jomalone.

Oh, Christmas Tree!


Decorating the tree is an enjoyable ritual, but that doesn't mean this seasonal focal point has to look the same every year.

Shining stars


If you're craving a lick of luxury for your home, look no further than metallics - glittering gold, shimmering silver and burnished bronze.

Gothic glamour


If Halloween has brought out your dark side, it might be time to experiment with Gothic interiors. But that doesn't just mean sticking to boring old black. The latest twist on Gothic includes grey, silver and red.