Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.
Tim Richardson's book The New English Garden (Frances Lincoln, £40) is the best kind of book to have by your side over Christmas. It is a big, lush production, superbly put together and is printed on thick paper that captures images beautifully. Most of the photographs are by Andrew Lawson (nobody is better) and they are well used, in luscious double spreads of reflecting pools and stilt hedges, bamboo groves and bananas, eremurus ("compulsory" in Noughties planting, says Richardson) and stipa.
Whether you’re leaving for an overnight stay on business or going on a city break, hoteliers know what you want and the rooms are about to change. Simon Calder investigates
The hollow steel fallout bunker constructed for President John F Kennedy on Peanut Island near Riviera Beach in Florida is now a museum which attracts about 12,000 visitors a year.
George Zimmerman, who shot dead unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin sparking a nationwide debate in the US about race and self-defence, has been accused of pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, police said last night.
Palm-sized cubes use flywheels and magnets to snap together with future applications including emergency repairs and configurable furniture
Holes in the roof, haunted fire alarms and over-friendly cockroaches; Louise Tompkins has lived to tell the tale
Book claims thrifty furniture billionaire battled to retain control but was finally defeated
If after the Newtown school massacre last year, the US was in shock because of the tender ages of so many of the victims, it was the maturity of those gunned down during Monday’s deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that hit home today. The youngest was 46, all had had long careers, some were grandparents.
The Australian interior designer, dubbed the "house whisperer", invites readers into her Sydney home in her new book, Things I Love
Interiors brand Matruska has a new website that shows off the founder’s fashionable past.
The book on Regency furniture was originally borrowed in 1958 - when the fee for overdue books was 2d a week
Your baby may not be an heir to the throne, but every little one deserves the good start in life that these nursery items provide
Middle-class problems: Ikea furniture
Storage is coming out of the shadows with a blaze of bright boxes and chic cupboards, says Trish Lorenz
A dozen apartments in a converted 18th-century building offer an insight to local life in the city, says Caroline Kamp
There were concerns when Mrs Bercow invited winning bidders to collect items from their Westminster flat