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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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<p>This machine does everything, it seems. An OptiSense washing system works out how big the load is and adjusts water, energy and so on accordingly. The drum is large (9kg capacity) with a big door for easy access. Excellent.</p>
<p>L98699FL ProTex PLUS, £849, currys.co.uk</p>

The 10 Best washing machines

Whether you need a washer that's compact or capacious, these high-tech options really are the sultans of spin

The Insider: New term inspiration

However long you've been out of education, that new-term feeling can still kick in around now, at the start of the university year. Why not channel the fresh-start enthusiasm into your home – by learning something, or simply seeking out new inspirations…

Interiors: Into the woods

Start feeling autumnal with these forest-inspired finds

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