We spend a good proportion of our time sitting on our sofa, so it's a piece worth investing in. Here's our pick of the best
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.
UK homeowners have spent £413 on kitchen gadgets in the past year
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
Upon arriving in Edinburgh for the Fringe, my show aside, my main concern is my accommodation. For performers, finding suitable accommodation for the festival is often a mixture of trial and error, following tip-offs and plain dumb luck.
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
Elation turns to sadness as colt suffers heart attack the day before Sir Henry's funeral
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