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Bee Osborn is an interior designer who lives in London with her three daughters and art dealer husband

Interiors insider: Bee Osborn

Inchbald-trained Bee Osborn is an interior designer who lives in London with her three daughters and art dealer husband. She is currently working on the refurbishment of the iconic Hotel St Barth Isle de France, which is part of the Oetker Collection. Osborn talks to Annie Deakin about lighting, Kit Kemp and design tricks.

The 10 Best garden power tools

The sun is out, the grass is dry. Here’s all you need to plug in and make your garden picture-perfect for summer

The 10 Best lawnmowers

The sun is finally out, so there’s no excuse not to tidy up that lawn. Here’s our pick of the finest grass trimmers in town

Sebastian Conran

Interiors insider: Sebastian Conran

The eldest son of Sir Terence Conran, Sebastian Conran runs his own design studio in Barons Court, London. He has recently launched Universal Expert collection of homewares, available from www.johnlewis.com. He talks to Annie Deakin about his mentors, common design mistakes and his dream project.

The 10 Best steam cleaners

Trade in your mop and bucket and get to work on that stubborn grease and grime

The insider: How to create a happy home

Does your home make you happy? Charlotte Hedeman Guéniau knows a thing or two about that. She's just written a book on the topic – Happy Home: Everyday Magic for a Colourful Life (£25, Jacqui Small). She shares some of her excellent cheap-as-chips tips for lifting your pad's mood here – just what we need as we will the last of winter away…

Damned beautiful: Get in the mood for Gatsby's second coming next month

1. Charleston cup and saucer

The Insider: Planning for lodgers

If you've been touched by the financial gloom (and which of us hasn't?), letting – or, if permitted, sub-letting – a room in your home can be an ace income-booster. But if you fear a new experience that might conjure up a studenty house-sharing vibe, consider revamping your space thoughtfully before you rent out...

Craftwork: Fort Standard’s marble trivets typify the focus on craft from US design. £65 each, fatelondon.com

Born in the USA

American fashion labels dominate the high street, but now it's time to welcome the country's homewares into our homes, says Trish Lorenz

The 10 Best kettles

It's no longer enough to just boil water... The latest kitchen appliances look smart, think smart and even save you money

The 10 Best cordless cleaners

Lightweight but powerful, these suckers are just the things to make vacuuming quick and easy with no tangled wires

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A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
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If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory