Interiors

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Blitz your way to bliss

Be honest, are you really itching to flick the dusters, beat a trail with a broom, and generally blitz your home?

Supermarket sweep

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If you go down to the supermarket today you're sure of a big surprise - a trolley full of designer-style homewares at purse-friendly prices.

Bring the wildlife indoors

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Inspired by spring blossoms, designers have opened the back door to find garden life is a rich source when it comes to brightening the home.

Home is where the art is

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It could be argued that we're all artists, snapping away with our mobiles and generally enjoying a more visual world, but all too often our 'work' ends up unseen.

Blue-min gorgeous

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At this time of year, even a glimpse of bright, blue sky, with its promise of spring, lifts the spirits.

Cooking up a stylish statement

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Kitchens are for eating, drinking and socialising, but the heart of the home also speaks volumes about our taste - as a glimpse into the kitchens of Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson recently revealed.

The great grey takeover

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First came the book, and now cinemas across the land are bracing themselves for Mr Grey's big entrance.

Room for romance

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Romance is a funny old thing; it can sneak up on you, hit you like a thunderbolt, or just be tantalisingly out of reach, but there's one place where it's all too easy to feel the love - at home.

Store and adore

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Affairs might shatter relationships but household clutter, it seems, comes a pretty close second, not to mention the havoc it wreaks on decor, too.

Fall in love with your home again

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Homes - just like relationships - suffer over time from familiarity, and once that early passion for decor and DIY has faded, rooms can end up sad, pale shadows of their formerly glowing, super-smart selves.

Study in style

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Holidays leave many of us yearning not to return to the office, and increasingly, we're taking the option not to.

Master the bedroom

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With spring on the horizon (almost!), and designers launching their latest bed linen collections, there couldn't be a better time to give your bedroom a little bit of love and attention.

Join the blush rush

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Fling away the paint charts, ditch dithering over bafflingly-named colours and embrace the future - it's red wine and copper-coloured.

Fast-track to festive

Aged Zinc Florists Vase; Twenty four small red bauble set, Cox & Cox, See PA Feature INTERIORS Festive Finishers, PA Photo/Handout

If your home's still a festive-free zone, or despite your best efforts, still hasn't got top-of-the-tree style, there's no need to panic.

Scents and sensibility

True Grace Manor Vanilla Scented Bowl Candle, Johnlewis.com, among selection, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout

Against a background of glitzy decorations, beautifully wrapped presents and festive fare, Christmas is as much a sensory experience as it is a sumptuous feast, and enhancing your space with the right fragrance is like the fairy on top of the tree.

All that glisters is not gold

mantelpiece decorations from Laura Ashley, PA Photo/Handout

Glittery golds, sparkling silvers and classy coppers are bang on trend for December. With Christmas just around the corner, they're the stylish colours of the festive season, stepping away from gaudy reds and greens. Magical metallics can dance around the room when offset by twinkling fairy lights, but it's also a look that lasts well into the New Year.

Feast for the eyes

a gold table setting, Wilko, See PA Feature INTERIORS Festive Tables, PA Photo/Handout

There aren't many who'd disagree; the festive feast is the highlight of Christmas Day.

Deck the halls

Linea Meribel tree; Enchanted forest crackers; white apple wreath; enchanted forest decorations, House  Fraser,  PA Photo/Handout

Once upon a time, the only stress involved in decorating the Christmas tree was unearthing the bauble collection, untangling the tinsel - and trying to stop the children ruining the effect with their cotton wool and toilet roll creations!

Room at the inn

24 Hour Room concept with foldaway bed, by bespoke fitted furniture specialist, Neville Johnson,  PA Photo/Handout

There's nothing like an occasion to spur us into action and make us look afresh at decor. And with Christmas only weeks away, there's no more pressing task than the spare room.

Light bulb moment

Blue Glass Chandelier, George Home at ASDA,  PA Photo/Handout

How you light a room is - perhaps surprisingly - one of the most important factors of a decor scheme.