Come dine outdoors with me

It's the time of year when we Brits prepare to demonstrate our bravery, as we brace ourselves - no matter what the weather throws at us - to dine all fresco.

The great outdoors


Entertaining outdoors is part of the pleasure of lazy summer days and balmy evenings, and no matter what size your space - a grand terrace or a tiny balcony - it's vital to make the most of the area.

Pimp your palace


A birthday's always a good excuse to celebrate, and decor's awash with red, white and blue, crests and coronets to mark the Queen's 90th.

Absolutely floorless


Choosing new flooring can be daunting, especially when you consider the groundwork that goes into crafting the perfect floor plan.

Six simple spring solutions


Just as we shake up our wardrobe at this time of year, following the same approach indoors can brighten our homes for spring. It's not difficult to shake off winter chills, and add instant cheer to rooms so they're smart for spring: simply follow our six-step plan...

Easter decor delights


Easter - a time for fun and frolics with family and friends - and why not decorate for the occasion?

And so to bed


When it comes to creating the perfect environment for a good night's sleep, your style is as important as the bed you choose.

Best seat in the house


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.

Grey's anatomy


Once upon a time, magnolia ruled in homes. The warm peachy shade was for years apparently the only choice for walls - until out of the shadows came grey.

Destination style


Decor never stands still. It takes new directions each year, which may be major turns, or simply a variation on a theme, but will have an impact on our homes nonetheless.

Home is where the hearts are


Want to celebrate Valentine's Day, but don't fancy sharing a restaurant with a roomful of other couples, or paying more than usual for that 'special' themed menu?



Winter's baffling dips and dives - ranging from mild to Arctic - and more predicted cold spells ahead, mean it's important to have effective, versatile heating at home.

Painting the way


Are you yearning to feel sun-bronzed in these chilly times, considering flirting with a little pink, or maybe dreaming of serene blue skies?

See the light


Lighting can transform rooms, creating different atmospheres and even, by visual trickery, changing the dimensions of a space.

Eat your heart out


There's no doubt kitchens are the centre of our homes, but although they're the area we choose to spend the most time, either eating or socialising, it seems all too few of us have our 'dream' space.

Six style 'keepers' for 2016


Decoristas get as much pleasure from beautifully designed interiors as fashionistas get from clothes, but even the most devoted don't want (and can't afford) to be such dedicated followers of trends that it means redecorating every season.

Dressed to impress


You've shopped 'til you dropped, wrapped gifts, decked the tree and got enough food for a siege - but before you can sit down and eat, drink and be merry, there's just one more task...

It's a wrap


It's beginning to look a lot like... Or is it?