News Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

Laura Ashley defends decision to ask suppliers for price reductions

Retailer Laura Ashley has mounted a vigorous defence of its decision to ask suppliers for price reductions, as strong sales of home furnishings produced a leap in annual profits.

Controversial decorations on the wall of Leamington Spa's Moo Bar

Warwick student backlash against 'sexist, racist and violent' bar decor

A Warwick bar decorated with “sexist, racist and violent wallpaper” has inspired a petition which garnered over 2,400 signatures in three days, organised by the University of Warwick Anti-Sexism Society. WASS is concerned that the images and text used to decorate the bar may “sexualise school girls, slavery and violence”.

Keen as mustard: Combine orange, mustard and bold patterns with charcoal grey for a contemporary take on 1970s style. Orla Kiely House sofa, £2,195, heals.co.uk

iStyle: Can you dig it?

Give your home a groovy makeover with  some of  the greatest hits from the Seventies – just in time for David Bowie blasting back into orbit. By Trish Lorenz

In pictures: Quentin Blake's illustrations from 'The Witches' to wallpaper

As Quentin Blake receives his knighthood from the Queen today, we look back at some of his distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations.

Needles at the ready

Forget loo-roll covers and tea cosies, the latest woolly wonders have made knitting cool again, says Trish Lorenz

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British food 'barbarous'? Clearly, Orwell never got to eat at this Mayfair café

GO WILD: Animal inspired finishes are all the vogue. £34.95/roll, galeriewallcoverings.com

Beauty is skin deep: latest trend in interiors

From aged finishes to shimmering metallics it's what on the surface that counts this season, says Trish Lorenz

1, Cover an entire wall with a Royal Horticultural Society print from Surface View. From £50/ sq m, surfaceview.co.uk

Pretty as a peach

Nature's bounty is the inspiration for an interiors look bound to bring a breath of fresh air to your home. Trish Lorenz steps outside

<p>{1} Brink and Campman Orchid Rug</p>
<p>This hand-tufted rug will bring a splash of colour to any living room. A contemporary twist on florals, this acrylic rug has been carved to highlight its fantastic mix of colours and looks wonderful set against a neutral decor.</p>
<p>From £100, heals.co.uk</p>

The 10 best rugs

Need to feel warm in this freezing weather or want a splash of colour in your home? Then invest in a bright or cosy floor covering

Welcome to Emerald City

Diamonds may be forever, but emeralds are for 2013. Trish Lorenz goes shopping for this year's interiors colour of choice

32 per cent of bread ends up in the bin - when you could use it for other things around the house

Don't waste bread: Clean an oil painting with it

Half of the world's food is wasted and bread is high on the list, with 32 per cent ending up in the bin. Just because it's stale doesn't mean it's inedible. Aside from the obvious breadcrumbs and croutons, try making Tuscan bread soup or bruschetta. Or else...

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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