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Interiors Insider: What's your interiors manifesto?

I love the idea of a manifesto for decorating your home – and was inspired by seeing one in an inspiringly unconventional new homes book called Things I Love (£25, Conran Octopus), by the super-successful Australian interiors stylist Megan Morton. Here are highlights from her brilliant list of house-y do's and don'ts…

Light bites: Brighten up meal times with a splash of colour

1 | Babell Tiered Fruit Dish £19.80, Koziol. This three-tiered plastic stand makes a red-hot table centrepiece. 0121 224 7728, redcandy.co.uk

The 50 Best lights

From chic shades and pendants to glowing globes for your garden, Kate Watson-Smyth flicks the switch on the most desirable designs to brighten up your home

SITTING PRETTY: One of the highlights of the collection, this tan leather SO3 Seglora sofa is eminently desirable and the leather should age beautifully. £1,400

A rare Stockholm collection

Ikea launches its seldom seen Stockholm range next month. Trish Lorenz gets a sneak peak

Interiors insider: Sophie Gaze of Andara

Sophie Gaze read Structured Textile Design at Leeds University before working for a leading furniture and home accessories store.

The 10 Best home gym equipment

Give expensive memberships a miss and turn your house into a health club with this range of exercise essentials

The Insider: Second-hand wood in the home

It adds warmth, texture, history and a link to the outside world… a home simply can't have too much wood. Especially second-hand – which gives you multiples of the above, as well as an eco glow.

Second nature: Bring the outside in with an homage to botanical beauty

1. Orla Kiely Acorn shade

The Insider: Miniature gardening (minus the garden)

Who needs flowerpots? Whether you're planting indoors or on a windowsill, patio or balcony – or even in a garden with (like mine) minimal flowerbed space – take tips from a lovely new book, Teeny, Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy (£14,99, Cico). It is stuffed with inventive ideas for weeny things you can turn into quirky planters. Such as…

The 10 Best desk lamps

Throw some light on whatever you're working on with a classic, quirky or even a canine design

Sitting comfortably?

A new exhibition shows how to create an ethical world of interiors

The 10 Best irons

Whether you prefer hi-tech or low-cost, these appliances will keep your shirts sleek and your creases sharp

Feast your eyes on these delectable dining chairs

1. Wishbone chair (beech/citrus)

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