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

Take a shine to metal

Don't go over the top with this season's latest shiny trend. Subtly is king when is comes to metallics, says Trish Lorenz

'Apprentice' star Jamie Lester is changing the way Londoners buy their

Ten years ago when you walked into an estate agent you knew what to expect; rows of desks, sharp young men in sharp (ish) suits and hard young women in heels. Tack on to that a slight sneer at your proposed budget and a (never fulfilled) promise to call you when the right property came in, and the whole business of moving was liable to make your heart sink before you even put your house on the market.

The 10 Best budget travel buys

1. Duct Tape


It doesn't just seal tears and cuts in your suitcase, but can also be used to waterproof things, cheaply and quickly, on the hoof.

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The Insider: How to find top textiles

I wish I could sew, as I adore browsing fabrics (Timorous Beasties' urban toiles and's 50s range are big loves). But where to stray from the beaten track for such delights?