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

Landed, By Tim Pears

Cracks show in family portrait

How to decorate children's rooms

Creating a desirable den doesn't have to be a struggle, says Kate Watson-Smyth

Well hung: There's nothing cosy about this wallpaper

Who says the humble wall can't be a talking point? A new show called Walls are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture, at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, is the first major UK exhibition of wallpaper by artists. It transports domestic wallpaper design far from the world of the cosy sprigged Laura Ashley pattern and into an altogether darker place, where themes of warfare, racism and sexuality often take centre stage.

Observations: Award-winning young artists master Raphael and Dürer

The inaugural winners of the Young Masters Art Prize have been announced – artists Hector de Gregorio and Ghost of a Dream, jointly. They are among 16 artists who were inspired by the Old Masters to create new work. For 35 year-old, Spanish, de Gregorio, this year was already going rather well, with a sell-out Royal Academy graduation show which saw Sir Terence Conran and Theo Fennell snap up his mixed-media work, which reinvents historical paintings by introducing his own new narratives. He digitally photographs his subjects and prints the images onto canvas before treating them heavily with varnishes, oils, and waxes to make them look like weathered, 500 year-old, works.

Looks good on paper: Trompes l'oeil, tartans, skulls...the return of wallpaper is complete, with subtly outrageous designs to suit all pastes

The trends that influence the way we decorate our homes may move at a less frenetic pace than those that influence our clothing but, if anything, that makes them all the more pervasive. While most of us are fairly forgiving of individuals' sartorial eccentricities (it doesn't do to be too slavishly fashionable, after all), when it comes to other people's houses there is often frighteningly little mercy in our condemnation of anything that runs against the grain of collective contemporary taste. An avocado bath suite, for example, dusty fake flowers, or co-ordinated leopard-print soft furnishings are all more or less guaranteed to elicit snooty grimaces.

Album: Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk (Rough Trade)

Obvious differences of scale prevent this alliance of American indie luminaries

Album: Riceboy Sleeps, Riceboy Sleeps, (Parlophone)

Sigur Ros's Jon Thor Birgisson certainly can't be accused of wrongfooting anyone with this instrumental side-project with boyfriend Alex Somers.

Block colours: Get the look

Follow the catwalk and use bright, bold hues to revitalise your home, says Kate Watson-Smyth

The Abduction From The Seraglio, Grand Theatre, Leeds

In creating a new "book" for Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio Tim Hopkins and Nicholas Ridout have liberally fleshed out the original narrative. By putting words into the mouth of the mute servant of Pasha Selim, the story is narrated, the characters' situations and feelings explained and the dramatic action moved on. The intention was surely to make everything clearer, but in watering down the conventional characteristics, and changing the characters' relationships, the onstage chemistry is crucially altered. It plays down the psychological situation in a work marked by contrasts of class and culture.

Album: Röyksopp, Junior, (Virgin)

The first two seconds of Junior are laughter, which tells you more than words ever could about the overriding playfulness of the album.

One Minute With: Leanda de Lisle

Coffee tables: Making a statement

These tables aren't just a place for coffee, says Kate Watson-Smyth

Rivals (15)

Flics with flares, jangly rock music, brown wallpaper, Jason King moustaches – yes, the Seventies happened in France, too.

Turk's tapestry: Turning trash to treasure

Gavin Turk has a new take on tapestry – and he tells Clare Dwyer Hogg why it's rubbish

Magic carpets: the modern art of tapestry

The tapestry unfolds, piece by piece, until its dimensions are revealed. At nearly five metres high and wide, it could cover the side of a small house.

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