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As nana said, spend your money on your bed and on your shoes because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other. From cashmere and linen, to cotton and silk, we’ve rounded up our dream bedding for 2023.

Maybe not quite yet, but soon we’ll be able to line-dry our sheets. In the meantime, Sophie Allport’s pretty Dragonfly bedding is a reminder of the ethereal beauty of these springtime visitors. Bedding Set, from £50

Pure silk is best for crease-free skin and tangle-free hair. Pillowcase, duvet, fitted sheet and flat sheet in Blush, all by Gingerlily. From £96 for a pillowcase

For Spring 2023, Habitat are inspired by the Global Artisan. This bedroom features pieces from their forthcoming new collection.

H&M is rapidly becoming one of favourite places to shop for the home. We love these cheerful colours in crisp cotton. In store and online at

In the Wonderlust Tea Story Duvet Set (created in collaboration between Clarke & Clarke and Wedgewood) leopards, butterflies and cranes dance across 200 thread count cotton sateen and straight into your dreams. £160

We love this monochrome palette from Marks & Spencers and the precision of the botanical print, warmed for the bedroom by the subtle colour of that Ikat cushion. Bedding Set from £32.50, cushion £14

A cornucopia of jewel-tones and tactile fabrics. Cushions from £8,

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Raj Tent Club specialise in creating an ambience of laid-back luxe. Velvet tasselled bedspreads, £325 each

The stonewashed Ruby Turkish Cotton duvet cover set with its flounced ruffle details is available in a choice of colours. We love the chic Anthracite Grey. From £50

Soak&Sleep are the first UK brand to work with hemp bedding. An eco-luxurious choice in an unbleached tone which will work in any style of room. From £30

For readers of a certain age, seersucker bedding will take them straight back to their childhood but this look comes straight out of 2023’s fascination with playing with tone and texture to create a totally modern sanctuary. From £10


New build houses
Thu 18 Jul 2024

Congratulations! Buying a new home is such an exciting moment. Whether it is your very first home or you are upgrading your current property for something a bit nicer, there is no feeling like it. New build homes are such a great investment. Not only are they brand new for your family but you can feel confident that they have been designed with the future in mind. Many properties come with eco-friendly features which are great for safeguarding your family. Financing a new home can be a bit of a minefield. Let’s take a look at how you could buy your new home as well as some things to look out for along the way. Mortgage Mortgages are the most common financing option when buying a home. Buyers of new builds can benefit from mortgages designed for the intricacies of the new build process. Lenders may be a lot more critical when looking at your application as there is less security for them with a new build. As construction timelines can be subject to delays and issues, be sure to keep in touch with your lender and see if you can extend your mortgage in principal agreement. You may be able to get some help with buying a new build home. If you are a first-time buyer, look into whether you are eligible for a discount under the First Homes Scheme. Incentives from builders It is in the best interest of building developers to sell their new homes, so some may offer you incentives. You may be offered cash towards your deposit which will be transferred to your solicitor on completion. If you do take advantage of this, remember to inform your mortgage lender. For people who have already purchased a home, developers may be able to help you sell your old house. A developer-assisted sale is one where they will aid you with independent valuations, appropriate deals or the actual sale. This is often free, and they may pay for your estate agency fees. Hidden costs Buying a house can come with hidden costs such as stamp duty and moving costs. Delays in the construction of your new build can often be costly too. When thinking about your moving budget, it is wise to incorporate a buffer zone for additional expenses. Advice The home-buying process is not a straightforward one, so seeking help from professionals is prudent. A lot of the process includes legal intricacies which will be beyond your capabilities. Mortgage brokers, for example, will be invaluable when it comes to getting you a mortgage in principle that works for your situation. Not only will you be able to get the best deal and save money, but a broker will save you so much time. Instructing a firm of solicitors will also be worth the expense. They can do land searches, deed transfers and keep everything above board for you going forward.

Endellion Lycett Green - you drifted by
Mon 15 Jul 2024

This summer the Laura Lopes Gallery presents works by botanical artist Endellion Lycett Green in the Tithe Barn at Thyme. Through her art, Lycett Green pays testament to the inspiration she finds in the natural world.

Lydia Millen
Mon 15 Jul 2024

For anyone who hasn’t come across Lydia Millen, she is an influencer-turned-writer who has embraced a life of bucolic bliss. Her debut book, Evergreen: Discover the Joy in Every Season, came out last autumn and encourage readers to be inspired and soothed by connecting with the natural world.

Urban winner   Danny Kidby Hunter
Mon 15 Jul 2024

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) has opened its annual nature photography competition for 2024 with new categories and prizes.