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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?

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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

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A black and white issue: square print cardigan £65; jumper, £60; square print trousers £65, all by Laura Ashley

iStyle: Laura Ashley goes back to the future

At 60, Laura Ashley delves into its archives to uncover a little-seen side, writes Alexander Fury

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Designer Hike Wear: Take a hike

Fashion followers have been supplanted into the wilds this season, as a host of designers head outward bound, says Rebecca Gonsalves

A woman's touch: How fashion designer Emma Cook recreates her feminine look at home

What do you do when she wants girly flourishes and dinky trinkets and he wants minimalist lines with bold graphic details? Easy, says fashion designer Emma Cook: you wait till he forgets

iStyle: Pop Art inspiration from the Barbican

The brash, colourful movement signalled a radical departure

Jacket £39; skirt £28; hat £35; boots £45; all by Dorothy Perkins, dorothyperkins.com

iStyle: A very berry affair

Shades of maroon and oxblood provide an instant update for both your wardrobe and make-up bag this season, says Emma Akbareian

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Roger Vivier: In the footsteps of greatness

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The king of cool: Contemporary art has found a home at Raimund Berthold's Thames-side flat

Either the Warhols or the radiators had to go – fashion designer and contemporary-art collector Raimund Berthold never had an easier decision to make, says Holly Williams

Malene Hartmann Rasmussen is one of the 22 artists shortlisted for Award, the £10,000 prize associated with the British Ceramics Biennial. malenehartmannrasmussen.com Photo: sylvaindeleu.com

iStyle: Smashing crockery: The home of British pottery is hosting a gathering of 150 of the world’s most original ceramic artists and designers.

The third British Ceramics Biennial opens in Stoke-on- Trent this week, with a series of exhibitions, installations and events featuring the work of more than 150 artists and designers.

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