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The interior design trends for 2013 – the Maison & Objet report

For anyone looking for the next big thing in the home fashion sphere, the exhibitors at the Parisian Maison & Objet, can give you a glimpse of what’s hot or not right now. The fair is the first and biggest design trade show of the year, which means that this is the place to spot new patterns, colours and styles. For the spring collection, however, there weren’t any shocking revelations. Pantone’s 2013 Emerald Green was nowhere to be seen, instead, pastels dominated.

Conserve heat: insulate your home

There are many ways to make your home more energy-efficient and reduce your heating bill. Insulated homes are comfortable homes. In an adequately insulated home, the temperature is constant throughout each room and walls, ceilings and flooring remain warm in the winter and cooler in the summer months.

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Are we heading for a new housing bubble?

With ultra-cheap financing for mortgages but severely constricted supply, property prices could be on the rise again. Russell Lynch reports

A woman walks with her dog during a blizzard in Stockholm

Part-time pooches for time-poor dog lovers

There are few things nicer than walking a dog and I'll happily borrow a friend's canine for a stomp around the park. Sadly like many nine-to-five officer workers, renters and cramped townies it wouldn't be fair of me to own a dog. This is a shame. I grew up with dogs (a mutt called Ziggy, then a Jack Russell called Mini) but haven't had the joy of walking my own since leaving home 10 years ago.

Landlords add to buy-to-let portfolios thanks to Bank of England's lending scheme

Landlords are looking to take advantage of slightly looser bank lending to add to their property portfolios according to a raft of research from the rental market.

Only 34 per cent of first-time buyers in the UK were able to buy their home without any extra help last year

Lenders get innovative to give first-time buyers a boost

A new line of products have been launched for house hunters who have only a limited deposit. Chiara Cavaglieri sees how they compare

The average 5-year fixed mortgage has gone down from 5.41% to 4.55% since 2010

House prices rise at highest rate seen in seven months

Two-thirds of homeowners are predicting that house prices will increase in the first half of this year, as official figures show that prices have risen at the highest rate seen in seven months.

Don’t forget to include your garden when sprucing up your house to sell

Want to sell your property in a stagnant market? Do the spade work

Before the first viewer crosses the threshold ensure all the groundwork is in place

Montenegro is predicted to have the world's fastest growing tourism industry in the next 10 years

Whether for holidays or investment: Home in on abroad

British prices are in the doldrums, but sterling is on the rise, so now is the time to seek overseas options

Chemical burn cat gets new fur coat

A cat which suffered chemical burns to 60 per cent of its body causing its black-and-white fur to fall out is recovering and its coat is growing back.

Cats killed in Cannock cattery fire

Two cats are confirmed dead and at least 18 unaccounted for after a blaze ripped through a cattery, firefighters said today.

Can Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium become Britain's first cat café?

A bid to crowd-fund an eaterie where people can enjoy tea and cuddles with cats is gathering momentum

Little change on the home front in 2013 as things stay tight

Experts predict property prices will stay virtually flat next year. Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight report

Protect your home from flooding

During the winter months, heavy rain is frequently forecast. Not only is it unpleasant, it can seriously harm your property. Following this guide will help you to ward off the damage.

Should you improve your home or move?

A growing family places extra demands on space and while your two or three bed property may no longer satisfy your needs, selling and trading up isn’t the only option.

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