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Bright idea: Pereen d'Avoine and Mat Witts

Check it out: it's easy to expand

One clever couple added 60 sq ft of floor space to their studio home, turning it into a smart one-bedroom apartment, says Ruth Bloomfield

The 10 Best money boxes

Keep your loose change in one of these containers with a difference and you’ll soon be coining it in

No stone unturned: Joanna Berryman has injected a rock'n'roll vibe into her Cotswolds cottage

The interior designer has brought fun and whimsy to the large stone 17th-century cottage in Gloucestershire

With a dark, autumnal colour palette and plenty of quirky touches, the Abigail Ahern Debenham's collection launches on 1 September. It includes this schnauzer cushion. £40, and a rather fine hare table lamp, £85, debenhams.com

Dark side of the room

Abigail Ahern’s new range for Debenhams blends quirky animal life with darker tones. It isn’t what you’d call bright and breezy, says Trish Lorenz

What’s new in store at Liberty?

From blue tits to badgers, Liberty’s autumn gifts are wild at heart, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

The 10 Best dog beds

Whether it's for a poodle or a pointer, we've got cosy cushions and brilliant baskets to let sleeping dogs lie

'There should only be joy in decorating': Megan Morton on how to create the happiest of homes

The Australian interior designer, dubbed the "house whisperer", invites readers into her Sydney home in her new book, Things I Love

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

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game