Wait! 5 ways to decorate with fairy lights all year round

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As soon as the decorations come down on Twelfth Night it always seems to me that a previously homely house looks suddenly bare. It’s just too depressing! So whilst I don’t suggest we become strange Christmas people who never take down their tree and eat turkey 365 days of the year, I am going to… 

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House Tour: a Welsh barn that toes the line between simple and sparse

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I am a great lover of simple homes – what better way to get the most from much-loved home accessories than against an uncluttered backdrop – but how minimal can a home be and still feel homely? This new-build barn in West Wales is an interesting case to consider as the fabric of the building… 

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Should there be rules on the colour you can paint your house?

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A little while back, this Devon cottage caused a bit of a kerfuffle round these parts… {Mark Passmore via The Times} Its owners have been ordered to tone down the shade they’ve chosen to paint their listed cottage on the basis that it was – well – ‘too pink’ to comply with planning regulations. It… 

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Upcycling: the good, the bad and The Apprentice

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So, did you see it? I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Or where to look – at the TV screen or my Twitter timeline, which was buzzing with talk of nothing else! One of the things that got me growling at the telly was the indiscriminate use of terms like ‘shabby chic’,… 

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“Decorating trends we all want to see the back of” : discuss

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According to the Interiors Fashion Police (yes, that link is to Elle Decoration) the decorating trends we’d all like to see dead and buried during 2012 are as follows… {via Better Homes & Gardens} BOOKS AS PROPS “I adore books and cannot imagine life, or my home, without them,” says Ronda Carman, of All the… 

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