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Annabel Freyberg: Gifted writer and editor whose wit, taste, and brio

Annabel Freyberg was, for 30 years, one of the most vivid and memorable figures in London journalism. An easy prose stylist and a sympathetic, sharp-eyed editor, she held senior editorial positions at The Independent (where she was deputy editor of the obituaries pages from 1995-99), the London Evening Standard, The World of Interiors, and the Daily Telegraph Magazine. She wrote with brio – and with a fresh, scholarly, and unexpected take – on fine and decorative arts, artists, interiors, houses and food. She published Ceramics for the Home (1999) and in recent years produced a handsome, quirky Teapot & Tea Calendar. That she should have delighted in teapots – the most practical, elegant but complicated product of the potter's art – was all of a piece with Freyberg, a trained artist and unfettered collector of objets d'art who understood the discipline and touch of a craftsman.

Style up: 10 best hair tools

Want to make a style statement this year? Try one of these curlers, stylers and straighteners on your locks to start 2014 with a new do

The 10 best power tools

DIY is one New Year's resolution that's not hard to keep. Make those changes and fixes to your home with the help of one of these handy bits of kit

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

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Pucker Up

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