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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

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

Topman design AW13

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

Virgule Tartan, £485, exclusive to Selfridges

Roger Vivier: In the footsteps of greatness

Roger Vivier’s signature comma-shaped heel is being given a new lease of life, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Layer sheepskins across your rocking chair for a luxurious feel. You can fake exposed walls with faux concrete and wood coverings, £40/sq metre, from surfaceview.co.uksurfaceview.co.uk" width="140" height="186" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/istyle-give-your-home-a-cosy-overhaul-8872549.html';" class="" />

iStyle: Give your home a cosy overhaul

Keep yourself warm and snug in the long winter months

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.

Freja fever: shorts £182 available from Harrods and department stores nationwide, 0207 580 8644

iStyle: Model behaviour - Freja Beha Erichsen dons denim for charity

Freja Beha Erichsen has collaborated with Mother denim in aid of charity, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Somerset by Alice Temperley

Alice Temperlay Lingerie - Bedtime stories

Alice Temperley’s debut for John Lewis broke sales records, a year on, will her first lingerie line be another dream come true? By Rebecca Gonsalves

Wall or nothing: Patricia Anne wallpaper, £49/roll, liberty.co.uk

iStyle: We’re on a roll - Liberty follows the trend as wallpaper range launches

Liberty has launched a wallpaper range – but its prints aren’t the only tempting ones. By Trish Lorenz

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