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I’m a traitor. I’ve joined the Kirstie Allsopp club

I feel like a traitor. Earlier this month – despite knowing how deleterious our national obsession with home ownership is to the young – I bought a one-bedroom flat in south London. I’m now a fully mortgaged-up member of the Kirstie Allsopp club.

Stuff and nonsense: The fashion for taxidermy is growing apace, but

Once, stuffing a guinea pig for pleasure was considered mildly eccentric. Now, the craze has become so popular that even leading practitioners say it has got out of hand. Polly Morgan, who made taxidermy fashionable 10 years ago with her zany displays of birds, says she has become "uncomfortable with the direction taxidermy is taking", saying it is "ghoulish and macabre to stuff animals for kicks". She thinks that young people are "glorifying or sexualising" dead animals.

iStyle: Anyone for crochet?

Keep your cool in the heat of summer with a simple shift dress in this feminine fabric, says Naomi Attwood

The write stuff

The digital age was meant to put an end to paper, but a new Ikea  boutique shows that we can’t get enough of it, writes Kate Burt

Pucker Up

Fashion favourite Sophia Webster’s new range of lipsticks for Revlon come with an added kick, says Rebecca Gonsalves

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