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1. Top drawer: Try Fears and Kahn for glam vintage furniture such as this Etienne chest of drawers, £850, fearsandkahn.co.uk.

World (wide web) of interiors

From flash sales to high-end boutiques, Britain's online design shops are booming. Trish Lorenz favourites her top bookmarks in time for Christmas

Brad Pitt and two of his designs

Design: Is Brad's furniture the Pitts?

So Brad Pitt is designing furniture now? Perhaps I should chuck in the writing and star in a Hollywood movie. After all, I am about as qualified to do that as the Fight Club actor is to work out the engineering calculations required to make a bed.

Glass act: Nice old mismatched glass jars make for unusual receptacles

The Insider: Displaying old family photographs

Digital may dominate these days, but most of us have dog-eared collections of old-school family photos. For years I had mine patched together in a giant picture frame; it looked awful, as well as not doing the individual images justice. I binned the frame, but now what?

1. Lace ball pendant shade, £36.98, B&Q. A cut-out lampshade diffuses the light and casts lacy shadows. 0845 609 6688, diy.com

Play the lace card: Add some Victoriana drama with a frilling touch

1. Lace ball pendant shade

Grand designers: Inside the homes of Vivienne Westwood and Giorgio Armani

From the monochrome chic of Giorgio Armani to the blousy beauty of Vivienne Westwood, clothes have the power to delight us. But what of the houses that the fashion creators inhabit? They are, of course, as stylish and inspiring as you’d expect and, thanks to ‘The World of Interiors’, we can take a peek behind the front doors.

The Insider: How to restore old wooden furniture

I recently interviewed the people behind Out of the Dark (outofthedark.org.uk), an incredible social enterprise that trains underachieving youngsters to restore mid-century furniture. I asked co-founder Jay Blades for his guide to pimping Ercol et al…

The Billy bookcase is Ikea's bestseller. But what are the other items you're most likely to see in your neighbour's house? Here's our list of the Ikea products we bet you own, starting with: Frakta bag, 40p

Ikea: Manipulative corporate behemoth or saviour of British interiors?

One to thrash out in the queue as you throw in those extra tea-lights, perhaps. Kate Burt assesses a quarter century of Ikea

Ellie Harrington of Duck Egg Designs
1. Baroque velvet chaise longue £1,040, Black Orchid Interiors. Go goth with this decadent day bed. 0844 854 2794, blackorchidinteriors.co.uk

Put your feet up: Relax in indulgent luxury on a decadent chaise longue

1. Baroque velvet chaise longue

The Insider: Don't let low ceilings get you down

I've finally visited a Heston Blumenthal-ed Little Chef. The transformation from claustrophobia-inducing roadside last resort to everything one could hope for from a motorway fast-food chain is spectacular on all fronts. I was particularly impressed by the makeover of the trademark low ceilings, now adorned with trompe l'oeil sky. It got me thinking about less radical solutions to improve rooms with limited headroom – and I asked budget-friendly interior designer/stylist Beth Worth of LoveHouseDesign.com for her tips…

Sous Chef is a beautifully designed new destination-website for serious foodies
Who needs wall paper? Hiroyo Suzuki pins scraps of fabric to walls

The Insider: The art of display

I love Sarah Bagner's innovative shop supermarketsarah.com. She sells wares via creatively curated wall displays, each a work of art itself. Now Bagner has an excellent book out, Wonder Walls: Supermarket Sarah's Guide to Display (£19.99, Cico Books), on imaginative ways to show off your stuff. Here's what she learnt writing it…

Interior insider: Jocelyne Sibuet, luxury hotelier

Interior insider: Jocelyne Sibuet, luxury hotelier

Jocelyne Sibuet is France’s ultimate interior designer. Dubbed the French Martha Stewart, Sibuet is co-founder of (the super chic) Sibuet Hotels & Spa Group and author of A French Country Home: Style and Entertaining. She searches far and wide to kit out her hotels, chalets, restaurants and spas in the French Alps, Paris, Lyon and in the South of France. Here, she talks inspiration, favorite hotels and decorating mistakes with Annie Deakin.

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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

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Open letter to David Cameron

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How to follow Kevin Spacey
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To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
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Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders