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Light bulb moment

Blue Glass Chandelier, George Home at ASDA,  PA Photo/Handout

How you light a room is - perhaps surprisingly - one of the most important factors of a decor scheme.

Designs on winter

Sainsurys Multi colour pattern crewel work cushion, 20GBP; wooden candle stick, 10GBP; Sainsburys, PA Photo/Handout

Winter's a time to hunker down, snuggle indoors and enjoy a home whose decor matches the season.

Fashion

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Once upon a time…

Razan dress, 149GBP; Valencia shoe, 59GBP, Monsoon (www.monsoon.co.uk.), PA Photo/Handout

Fashion is often fantastical, but it's gone all-out this winter, as folklore and fairy tales were the inspiration for some of the stand-out shows during the AW14 fashion weeks.

DIY

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Tap into a trend

the Mira Fluency tap (www.mirashowers-store.co.uk See PA Feature HOMES Homes Column

Bath and basin taps are essential to any bathroom, but their beauty doesn't stop at function; they can also be a design statement in their own right.

Brighten up

a white room, PA Photo/Handout

North-facing rooms are always a challenge to decorate, because they get little or no direct sunlight, and any little natural light they do get is cold. For this reason, it's best to avoid cold colours like grey and stick to warm ones; go for yellows and creamy neutrals to make the room feel lighter and brighter. If you want a bit more colour, you can also embrace darker ones as long as they are warm, perhaps choose a moody, dramatic colour like purple.

Food

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