You may also worry you're not conversant enough in current design lingo to get much out of new BBC2 series The Great Interior Design Challenge. Fear not. The only vocab you needed to enjoy last night's episode was "upcycle". It's a verb meaning "to take a perfectly decent piece of furniture and ruin it by the addition of some old tat you bought at a car boot sale".
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Sunday 16 December 2012
Two London entrepreneurs have restored a riad as a base to explore this imperial Morrocan city. Sarah Gilbert soaks it up
Thursday 13 December 2012
Puma chief quits after slowdown
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Fizz Foam Fold Out, £189.99
With its deep, plump pillows and jet-black cover, you'd never guess that the Fizz Foam Fold out costs less than £200. Even less so, when you see it fold out, which it does with unusual ease, and turn into a comfy occasional bed." width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/the-10-best-sofa-beds-8382232.html';" class="" />
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Got the relatives coming to stay this Christmas? Put them up in style with one of these stylish (and comfy) couches
Henry Cockburn: I was trying to listen to my shoes. I thought I was going to be put in a straitjacket
Monday 26 November 2012
'I was completely introverted. I felt there was no one I could trust to tell them what was going on in my head'
Sunday 18 November 2012
An unflinching drama tackles the cinematic taboos of old age and degeneration
Friday 16 November 2012
From La Banane's secluded bungalows to a 400-year-old country estate that was once the home of Perry Henzell, director of the first Jamaican feature film, The Harder They Come...
Sunday 11 November 2012
Ipads and other electronics have helped department store chain John Lewis start its run up to Christmas with festive cheer.
Friday 09 November 2012
From flash sales to high-end boutiques, Britain's online design shops are booming. Trish Lorenz favourites her top bookmarks in time for Christmas
Friday 09 November 2012
Hotel Lamée, Innere Stadt
Thursday 01 November 2012
A few months ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a cover story for the Atlantic - "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" - that caused a major rumpus. Mostly, it seemed at the time, because she stated the obvious in an elegant way. Now she has returned to the issue for the Atlantic - sort of. This time she's looking at men. But mostly she's soliciting views on whether men feel they are afflicted by the same struggles.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
The controversial method of withholding food and drink from terminally ill patients so they die quicker has “transformed” end of life care, according to an article in a leading medical journal.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
A ten-year-old boy who used a snub-nosed revolver to shoot his neo-Nazi father in the head "thought that what he was doing was right," and therefore "cannot be held responsible" for the crime of murder, his attorneys have claimed.
'You've brought shame on us all:' Angry family members target Jimmy Savile's great-niece on Facebook after she speaks out about the star molesting her
Monday 29 October 2012
Revelations came the same day as Jimmy Savile’s Scottish holiday home is attacked by vandals
Saturday 06 October 2012
You may feel like you are window-shopping at Harrods or the Burlington Arcade when you step inside the slick new furniture gallery at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, which opens in December.
Thursday 04 October 2012
United Carpets today became the latest high street casualty as it warned of “significant” store closures after its main trading arm collapsed into administration.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales