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Have a bauble this Christmas

Annie Deakin discovers the world's most expensive bauble and fun affordable alternatives

Is the skull trend dead or alive?

It's Halloween all year round among top designers, reports Annie Deakin

Death of an estate agent

Does the future of the property market belong online?

Flock it

Velvety wallpaper is back with a vengeance but not as we know it, reports Annie Deakin

BILLY bookcase goes bling

Turning thirty this month, IKEA’s bestseller gets a funky makeover for limited editions

Bigger the better at London Design Festival

There's no need to register for trade shows to get a piece of London Design Festival - just look to the streets, says Annie Deakin

The ultimate deck of cards

As the housing market is on the brink of disaster, famous designers Damien Hirst, Vivienne Westwood and Ron Arad design playing cards for a homeless charity

Steuart Padwick the brand

Designer Steuart Padwick is launching his first collection under his own name at 100% Design

Eighties resurrected

Be warned, neon furniture, furry phones and sequined cushions are muscling into your home this season

Word on the street: Ben de Lisi is a home maker

Got more money than creativity? Annie Deakin discovers the latest estate agent ploy - designer property

A fine spread

Marmite leaps from the kitchen cupboard to the forefront of design this season, says Annie Deakin

Design collaborations on the high street

Will Neisha Crosland, James Irvine and Sebastian Conran be household names when the summer’s over?

What’s that smell?

A desperate housewife in a damp rental flat, Annie Deakin discovers that room fragrance is not to be sniffed at

Birthday rivalry on the high street

Cath Kidston, Heal’s, OKA and M&S get nostalgic - and cut-throat - over their milestone anniversaries, Annie Deakin reports

Investing in the future

Discover flourishing design start-ups while you can still afford them, says Annie Deakin
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