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Biophilia is a key trend but which houseplants should you buy?

Biophilia is a key trend but which houseplants should you buy?

Sales of houseplants will continue to grow in 2020, according to fashion forecasters. It is all part of a trend labelled “biophilia”, which plays to the theory that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. In this case it pays to follow the crowd and to invest […]

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Claire and Andy Pedley’s handmade home hides a hive of industry out back

Claire and Andy Pedley’s handmade home hides a hive of industry out back

Andy Pedley is a remarkable example of “a man who can”. He is able to design and make almost anything he puts his mind to and his home is testament to his ingenuity and skill. The rooms are full of his woodwork and metalwork, though his latest material of choice is concrete. He has fallen […]

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Practically perfect cottage in Huttons Ambo

Practically perfect cottage in Huttons Ambo

The Inside Story on Holly Cottage, Hutons Ambo, near Malton. Price: £395,000 Contact: Blenkin and Co. tel: 01904 671672, www.blenkinandco.com Holly Cottage was practically perfect in every way when Edward and Ella Mallard went to view it. The location in the pretty village of Low Hutton in Huttons Ambo, near Malton, was compelling and the […]

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How an £8,000 makeover turned a dated cottage in Sheffield into des res

How an £8,000 makeover turned a dated cottage in Sheffield into des res

Beth Hollins stuck to a strict budget of just £8,000 to renovate her dated cottage in Sheffield – with a little help from her family. Heather Dixon reports. Pictures by Dave Burton. Nurse Beth Hollins felt as though she was stepping back in time when she first viewed her terrace cottage in Sheffield. The previous […]

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Here’s what the best dressed homes will be wearing in 2020

While we now have a stable government, we continue to live in unsettling and uncertain times. The economic impact of Brexit is still unknown while on the world stage, fires rage in Australia as ice sheets melt at a record rate and the US-Iran situation continues to cause concern. When the going gets tough, the […]

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Old and new beauty in this house in Burton Leonard

Old and new beauty in this house in Burton Leonard

The Inside Story on …Oldfield House, Burton Leonard, Price: £975,000, www.croftresidential.co.uk It’s clear that someone with a brilliant eye for design and rigorous attention to detail is responsible for creating Oldfield House. It is exquisite, both outside and in, and bears all the hallmarks of a period property, though it was, in fact, constructed in […]

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Sally Green uses pops of bold colours to give her home a pick-me-up

Sally Green uses pops of bold colours to give her home a pick-me-up

A full structural revamp transformed this detached home near Leeds. Heather Dixon reports. Pictures by Colin Poole. It was business as usual for Sally Green while her house was being dismantled around her. “We were sleeping on mattresses on the floor and getting dressed for meetings in the middle of a building site during the […]

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Tips on how to refresh your home sustainably

Tips on how to refresh your home sustainably

Sustainably is becoming a vital ingredient when planning a new look for the home. We asked Beth and Jon Miller of Leeds-based Fresh Start Living to give us some tips on how to be more eco-friendly. Beth and Jon specialise in redesign, interior design and renovation projects. They say: *Interiors has become a lot more […]

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Creative thinking made this home picture-perfect and practical

Creative thinking made this home picture-perfect and practical

Creative thinking helped Sam and Emily Waddington to complete a half-finished house and put their own stamp on the interior. Heather Dixon reports. Pictures by Dave Burton. When Emily and Sam Waddington started decorating and furnishing their four-bedroom terraced home near Harrogate, it was Sam who could be found waiting for the doors to open […]

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This home was transformed on a budget thanks to two treasure hunters

This home was transformed on a budget thanks to two treasure hunters

Nothing is quite what it seems in Sue Holliday’s cosy two-bedroom cottage near York. Look a little closer and her home takes on a theatrical quality thanks to her ability to upcycle and reinvent. The shelf in the sitting room is half a chair; a set of coat hooks on the wall is actually the […]

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