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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".

On the tiles: Makarbas suite

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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.

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Fizz Foam Fold Out, £189.99

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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.

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The 10 Best sofa beds

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Henry Cockburn: I was trying to listen to my shoes. I thought I was going to be put in a straitjacket

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Amour, Michael Haneke's new film

IoS film review: Amour

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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...

Ipads and other gadgets boost sales at John Lewis in Christmas run up

Ipads and other electronics have helped department store chain John Lewis start its run up to Christmas with festive cheer.

1. Top drawer: Try Fears and Kahn for glam vintage furniture such as this Etienne chest of drawers, £850, fearsandkahn.co.uk.

World (wide web) of interiors

From flash sales to high-end boutiques, Britain's online design shops are booming. Trish Lorenz favourites her top bookmarks in time for Christmas

The Big Six: Modern Viennese hotels

Hotel Lamée, Innere Stadt

Guys! Women don't have a monopoly on work-life balance, you know

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.

Withholding food and drink from terminally ill patients has 'transformed' end of life care

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.

Boy 'thought he was right' to shoot neo-Nazi father

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

Revelations came the same day as Jimmy Savile’s Scottish holiday home is attacked by vandals

Room at the top for old V&A furniture

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.

United Carpets warns of closures

United Carpets today became the latest high street casualty as it warned of “significant” store closures after its main trading arm collapsed into administration.

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