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The Revival of Stoke Ceramics

Unless you are a particular type of bride, you will know that the formal dinner service, with side plates matched to sauce boats, has gone the way of the antimacassar. Bad luck for unimaginative wedding guests, and terrible news for the manufacturing firms that used to occupy the part of Staffordshire known as the Potteries.

How to Achieve the English Country House Look

Colourful, comfortable, joyfully eclectic — and dog-friendly — the English country house (ECH) is a decorating trope of which the British homeowner never tires. Not so much a style statement as a badge of design rebellion, stately pile style has always refused to retire quietly to the shires, even at the height of minimalism. Its

Untidy Your Room

Untidy is the new chic. Careless, carefree decor that says: “I love my home as it is, not some pared-back, clutter-free version, rigid with effort and strangled by hospital corners.” It’s a style that celebrates the tiny events of domestic life, rather than racing to clear up everyday scenes of contentment for an imaginary visitor.

The Hottest Outdoor Bargains

The best design products for the garden this season include bargain buys and investment pieces. Among the seats, dining sets, parasols, picnicware, grills, loungers and lights, you’ll find chic barbecues for £20 and deckchairs for £25, as well as the latest must-haves for the back yard, pizza ovens, from about £600. Outdoor cooking kit has
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