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Join the blush rush


Fling away the paint charts, ditch dithering over bafflingly-named colours and embrace the future - it's red wine and copper-coloured.

Fast-track to festive

Aged Zinc Florists Vase; Twenty four small red bauble set, Cox & Cox, See PA Feature INTERIORS Festive Finishers, PA Photo/Handout

If your home's still a festive-free zone, or despite your best efforts, still hasn't got top-of-the-tree style, there's no need to panic.


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Jewel purpose


From colourful gem-covered cuffs that wouldn't look out of place on the Strictly dance floor, to dainty antique pieces and sleek minimalist designs, there are oodles of beautiful jewels to covet in the shops right now.


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5 quick festive fixes for your home

Woman applying sealant between a wall and a sink

1. If the front door is letting you down, hanging a Christmas wreath on it won't necessarily smarten it up. You probably don't have time for a full revamp, but you should still be able to fill and sand, where necessary, and do a coat or two of paint, providing you use quick-drying exterior wood paint.

5 tips for fitting and using wood burners

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1. As great as open fires are in many ways, they are not very energy efficient, at only around 20%. Wood-burning stoves are much more efficient, at around 70-90%, so you get all the benefits of a real fire without most of your money going up in smoke.


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