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Needles at the ready

Forget loo-roll covers and tea cosies, the latest woolly wonders have made knitting cool again, says Trish Lorenz

NILS: Both men and women are pretty fond of sitting. But as you’re not able to fold this and it’s not made of lace, Ikea’s made it male

Ikea furniture: Are Billy, Sofia and friends really sexist?

It’s incredible what you can get at Ikea these days: those mugs with the too-small handles; fairy lights; beds; meatballs; a bit of casual sexism. If you were to have a flick through the Swedish flat-pack company’s substantial catalogue, paying attention to the names it gives its products, among the many Nordic place names it uses for things such as mirrors and bedside tables, it seems to have a distinctly gendered naming process.

You wear it well: Costume-maker Pernilla Lindfors' Scandinavian style

When Lindfors was on maternity leave, she couldn't keep her hands still - which meant dressing up her house instead...

Shine on: the power of lighting

As this year’s Light Show comes to London’s Southbank Centre, Trish Lorenz suggests bright ideas for all budgets

Interiors insider: Charlie Marshall of Loaf

Founder of Loaf Charlie Marshall shares top tips on what to look for when buying a bed and his favourite interior shops in London.

GO WILD: Animal inspired finishes are all the vogue. £34.95/roll, galeriewallcoverings.com

Beauty is skin deep: latest trend in interiors

From aged finishes to shimmering metallics it's what on the surface that counts this season, says Trish Lorenz

1, Cover an entire wall with a Royal Horticultural Society print from Surface View. From £50/ sq m, surfaceview.co.uk

Pretty as a peach

Nature's bounty is the inspiration for an interiors look bound to bring a breath of fresh air to your home. Trish Lorenz steps outside

Reclamation projects: It helps to have a plan as to the sort of objects you're looking for before entering junk shops such as Aladdin's Cave in London

The Insider: A professional's guide to junk-hunting

A new TV show for junk nerds started this month on Sky Arts 2 (Tuesdays, 8pm). Design Dealers follows Sarah Brunner and Paul Liengaard as they trawl flea markets to furnish some of the UK's swishest spaces. As frugal furnishing infiltrates the mainstream, I asked Brunner for her shopping list…

Emerald elegance: Luxuriate in Pantone's refined colour of 2013

1. Velvet tub chair

<p>1. Chelsea Antiques Fair, London £5, penman-fairs.co.uk</p>
<p>Established in 1950, this annual event is relaunched this year with new stands and displays and a fresh style. It's held on 13-17 March.</p>

The 10 Best antiques fairs

Whether you’re hunting for an heirloom or looking for a bargain, try one of these treasure troves

Melody Roseveare

Interiors insider: Melody Roseveare

 



<p>{1} Brink and Campman Orchid Rug</p>
<p>This hand-tufted rug will bring a splash of colour to any living room. A contemporary twist on florals, this acrylic rug has been carved to highlight its fantastic mix of colours and looks wonderful set against a neutral decor.</p>
<p>From £100, heals.co.uk</p>

The 10 best rugs

Need to feel warm in this freezing weather or want a splash of colour in your home? Then invest in a bright or cosy floor covering

The Insider: How to make your fairy lights fantastic

You may think the time of the year for fairy lights has passed – but I think all year is good for fairy lights. Why? Because they're lovely! They add warmth to any room – so don't pack them away now the tree's down. Get creative…

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