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Blodwen: putting Welsh design on the map

Denise Lewis is on a mission to revive the traditional skills of rural Wales, finds Emily Jenkinson

Rising textile star: Deryn Relph

The knitting newcomer on trade shows, trends and the challenge of going solo.

Detox your home for the New Year

Annie Deakin finds space for new Christmas toys and increases home storage for 2012.

Wishing you a quirky Christmas with Abigail Ahern

Time to throw out the Christmas tradition rulebook, and show more creativity. Famed for her unexpected decorating twists, designer and author Abigail Ahern is sharing ten tips for creating an unconventional festive home. Says Annie Deakin.

Christmas wreaths made easy

Want to make your own Christmas wreath? Wendy Black, designer florist at The Dorchester, shared her top tips at last month’s Spirit of Christmas Fair. By Annie Deakin

Wrapping expert Jane Means shares tips in time for Christmas

First impressions count - under the Christmas tree

How to wrap presents with style, by industry expert Jane Means, says Annie Deakin

By varying the heights of these black candles, the look is informal yet sleek. All available at the new John Lewis candle shop.

Home sweet smelling home

Tips and tricks for creating room fragrance, according to candle expert Kat Silva Lozanza.

Artistic angels of the North

Who scooped prizes at Newcastle’s Design Event 2011? Asks Annie Deakin

Turn yours into a haunted house for Halloween

Get inspired by top party planner’s decorating ideas, says Annie Deakin

How to design a kitchen by Michel Roux

Top chef shares kitchen secrets with Annie Deakin

Has Reiko Kaneko lost her sense of humour?

The British-Japanese designer tells Annie Deakin why she is targeting a more serious market

Knitted furniture debut at Tent London

Why LDF first-timer Melanie Porter is spinning a yarn, says Annie Deakin

What to see at the London Design Festival

The top ten highlights worth a visit

Capital trend that just won’t die

Why Annie Deakin thinks you shouldn’t tire of Brit mania at home

Create vintage style at home

Stylist Naomi Thompson on why to avoid bunting and Cath Kidston

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