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The best festive tableware: Elegant additions to make Christmas Day all the more special

Clockwise from top left: Bouquet napkin rings (set of 4), £17.99, zara.com

Cushions to ease the fall into autumn

Cushions to ease the fall into autumn

Five ways to make the change of seasons more comfortable
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Stylish items that will reflect well on your taste

The best kitchenware: Bring the bright summer vibe into your home as autumn approaches

Clockwise from top left: Coastal-blue stoneware teapot, £34, lecreuset.com

The best cake stands: Because your baking deserves to be put on show

Clockwise from top: Pink Maison Chique stand, £11.99, dunelm-mill.com

The London Design Festival: Five of the UK's freshest new talents reveal how they are rethinking everything from lamps to wallpaper

The London Design Festival returns to the capital bolder than ever this week. Here, Holly Williams talks to young designers about their favourite pieces and what influences them

The best purple home accessories: Add a warm, relaxed, romantic accent to any room

Clockwise from top left: Coomba cushion, £122, Missoni, amara.com

Art house: How one couple found the perfect space for their aesthetic ambitions in a rambling, 400-year-old Norfolk farmhouse

Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city in search of the simple life has become the near-ubiquitous dream of our times. But how does it actually work in practice?

Grey matter: Inside Maria Hatzistefanis' Notting Hill home

Cosmetics queen Maria Hatzistefanis has found the perfect way to relax her mind after a day at work

Interiors porn: 18 best unusual Christmas gifts for the home

From blingy skulls to brain-themed bookends, we round up some of the most interesting homeware to give this Christmas

Open door, not open plan

A growing family needs space, but privacy can save your sanity. One architect couple on a tight budget achieved both

The 10 Best children's beds

Make bedtime less of a battle with our pick of the best beds your little ones will be desperate to settle down in for lights out

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?