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Young at heart: 'Creative Family Home' shows how to let your childrens' imaginations run free at home

As easy as child’s play

A new interiors bible shows that family life doesn’t have to mean an end to good design. By Trish Lorenz

The original Morris manor: Nuffield Place and the remarkable history of its gadget-obsessed philanthropist owner

The Oxfordshire home of the multimillionaire founder of Morris Motors is now open to the public as a 1930s time warp. Matthew Bell pays a visit

If you don’t live in a warehouse but hanker after the concrete walls this faux concrete wall mural might be just what you need. Surface View Concrete III mural, from £35/sq metre, <a>surfaceview.co.uk</a>

iStyle: Hard and fast, concrete design

The quickest way to update your home is to add concrete to the mix, and from lamps to flooring, the high street has it covered. By Trish Lorenz

Ikea furniture has featured in hardcore porn films

Oh my, look at the size of that shelf unit... Ikea furniture in hardcore porn films

We all know Ikea has taken over the world (and have the flat-pack furniture to prove it), but a new tumblr has reiterated the fact that in a rather eye-opening way.

The 10 Best bathroom scales

Measure everything from weight to body fat and water percentages with devices that even send results to your smartphone

New Market Hall - Ikea

The write stuff

The digital age was meant to put an end to paper, but a new Ikea  boutique shows that we can’t get enough of it, writes Kate Burt

The 10 Best patio heaters

From Mexican chimineas to outdoor fireplaces, we look at ways of keeping warm and toasty on cool summer evenings

INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Concrete is the material of the moment and we like the industrial feel of these bowls by Katharina Eisenkoeck. £95 for a set, katharinaeisenkoeck.comkatharinaeisenkoeck.com" width="140" height="105" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/istyle-bright-young-things-8677588.html';" class="" />

iStyle: Bright young things

This week’s New Designers exhibition offers visitors the chance to buy  a future design classic. Trish Lorenz tracks down the names to watch

Jude Law reclines in style in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley'

Going swimmingly

When it’s time to hit the beach, a good pair of trunks is the last line of defence your modesty has, so it’s worth doing your homework, says Lee Holmes

Orla Kiely House Wall Unit, £2,000, uniqueandunity.co.uk

iStyle: Colourful chambers of secrets

Storage is coming out of the shadows with a blaze of bright boxes and chic cupboards, says Trish Lorenz

Fernanda Semler of Botanique

Interiors insider: Fernanda Semler, Botanique

‘The most common decorating mistake is trying hard to make everything match,’ says design entrepreneur Fernanda Semler who opened the luxury hotel Botanique near Sao Paolo in Brazil last Autumn. She tells Annie Deakin about taking design risks, interior trends and what is post-luxury.

A Yo! Home convertible desk/bed

The art of living in small spaces: Architects are learning how to make less, more

New flats are smaller than ever and space in cities at a premium, as Chris Beanland discovers.

Mix textural ceramics, metallics, cut metal pieces and lace cushions to create a neutral scheme that’s full of visual interest. John Rocha bowls from £8-£25, debenhams.com

A delicate situation

Don’t tell granny but lace is for more than doilies and curtains. Try it on lamps, linens and even ceramics, says Trish Lorenz

August will see the launch of Ikea’s 2014 catalogue which, for the first time, includes a set of dinky versions of some of its most famous pieces

No more flat pack? Ikea furniture now comes ready-built, but there's a catch: it's for dolls' houses, not grown-ups

Bagging yourself a sofa, table, storage unit, rug, chair and cushion for £12 might sound like a steal even by Ikea’s standards, but there is a catch: you’d have to share measurements with the Lilliputians if you wanted to kick back and relax on this particular living room furniture.

Square roots: Artist Donald Judd's New York apartment opens its doors to the public

It's time to reappraise the artist's work in the context of his home, says Charles Darwent.

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