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Rooms to dine for

Rooms to dine for

With modern lives as hectic as they are, the dining room can often become an overlooked and under-used space. For many of us - particularly given the extraordinary events of the past 18 months - formal dinner parties have morphed into more casual kitchen suppers with our nearest and dearest. Alongside this, we’ve enjoyed a summer of entertaining outdoors under starry skies. But now the nights are now drawing in and all thoughts are turning to our homes once again. Gathering our favourites for great food, good wine and sparkling company is one of life’s great pleasures - and a dining room is the perfect place to indulge.
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Six of the best corner sofas

Six of the best corner sofas

Whether you’re settling down with the whole family to watch the world’s greatest Olympic sporting endeavours or you’re curling up with a good book for some peace and quiet, a comfortable corner sofa ticks all the boxes. Roomy, practical and undeniably good looking, these pieces can work in even the smallest of spaces - go bigger, and they'll anchor the largest open-plan room. Choose your corner sofa carefully and you’ll create an inviting space for years to come, with plenty of seating to welcome even the biggest crowd and yet a space so cocooning, it's perfect for two. Here are six of the best corner sofas - however contemporary or traditional your style.
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Ways with Burnt Sienna

Ways with Burnt Sienna

Meet Burnt Sienna, Neptune’s new-season terracotta. Redolent of sun-kissed Tuscan walls and hazy afternoons in Provence, it’s at once warm and earthy, rich and soothing. Never overpowering in a scheme, it can be dialled up or down depending on the shade you pair it with. Victoria Twinberrow, from Neptune by Holloways, shows you how to introduce it in your home.
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Lighting inspiration for your garden

Lighting inspiration for your garden

One of the most magical times to be in the garden is the golden hour - that fleeting moment when the setting sun radiates a kaleidoscope of colour and the peaceful shadows of the evening creep in. The relationship between light and shadow is as important when creating an outdoor scheme as it is an indoor one, and indeed great lighting in a garden can create depth, enhance texture and highlight structure. Undeniably functional - we all need illumination to move around our gardens after dark, and to cook safely - clever lighting also invokes a highly emotional response.
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Our terracotta pots have arrived!

Our terracotta pots have arrived!

How do we get our terracotta pots from Italy to our Worcestershire showrooms? Carefully! Once a year, we take delivery of an incredible array of terracotta pots and planters to restock our courtyards - and here's the story of their journey.
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Eight decorating ideas to steal for your outdoor dining area

Eight decorating ideas to steal for your outdoor dining area

We’ve waited patiently for so long, and now we’re able to welcome friends into our gardens again it’s time to dress our outdoor dining spaces for long, lazy lunches, starlit suppers and a cocktail party or two. Choosing the right table, adding comfortable chairs to cocoon your Rule of Six favourites and clever accessorising will transform your alfresco dining experience into an occasion to remember.
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New year: a time to reflect and renew

New year: a time to reflect and renew

The new year is always a time to reflect and renew. And this year, more than most - now the festivities are over and the Christmas decorations are safely packed away - all thoughts are returning to our homes. While our horizons may have been temporarily reduced again, there’s much to love about the weeks to come as the days lengthen, the first, green, hopeful shoots of snowdrops poke through underfoot and we set out afresh with new goals for the year ahead.
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Enchanting tablescapes for a magical Christmas

Enchanting tablescapes for a magical Christmas

Whether you’re planning on serving a huge feast to your three-family bubble, or your festivities are pointing to a much more intimate affair, your dining table will always be the focal point of the Christmas celebrations. From flickering candles to the scent of pine branches, twinkling fairy lights to glittering baubles, add a touch of ceremony to your table this year with Holloways Interior Designer Annie Blackledge.
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Inspiration for a wonderful white Christmas

Inspiration for a wonderful white Christmas

Who isn't dreaming of a white Christmas? Crisp, white decor that’s at once cool and wintry spells elegance and style for the festive season, whatever the world is doing outside. And with enchanting trees laden with natural decorations, frosted tablescapes laid with shimmering glass and crisp linen, and neutral furniture dressed with faux fur throws and textured accessories, the stage is set for a magical celebration.
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