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When did chairs become works of art?

Originally designed to fulfil a simple function in the home, chairs have become closer to works of art with the advent of modern materials and contemporary designs. So when is a chair not just a chair?

Brown leather and grey silk sofas with circular side table in living room of Macclesfield townhouse, Cheshire, England, UK

Which type of coffee table is right for you?

The coffee table is one of the hardest working pieces of furniture in your home. But which one is best suited to your needs and style? Luxury homes expert Steven Short gives some options

Modern Contemporary Home at Night-time. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.

Super home extensions guide – part 2

After the dust has settled and the builders have packed away their tools, property expert Nicola Venning finds out what words of wisdom homeowners can pass on about their new extensions

Red brick cottage with extension, Ashurstwood, West Sussex, England, UK.. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown.

Super home extensions guide – part 1

Thinking about transforming your loft into a panoramic leisure lounge or blending the kitchen and garden space? Property expert Nicola Venning guides you through the extension planning process…

A large kitchen island unit.

Making the kitchen the focal point of your home

Whether it’s the place where you share the day’s events during an evening meal or catch up with friends over a glass of wine, kitchens are now the most important room in the house. Here are five ways to help transform your kitchen into a modern hub of family activity

Hammer and bent nail shot on a rustic barn board surface

DIY Quiz: Can you really fix it?

Does the thought of picking up a screwdriver fill you with horror? Do you half-heartedly try to fix little problems or are you gung-ho with every power tool, despite having no expertise to balance your enthusiasm? Take home improvement expert Becky Clarke’s DIY quiz to find out whether you should attempt to fix those nagging problems or leave it to the professionals.