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  • 10th July 2014

    UK: Stonewall Garden wins gold at RHS flower show 1

    The garden was designed to increase awareness and support for Stonewall.

    3:25 PM — An LGBT-themed garden designed to support charity Stonewall has won gold at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

  • 7th March 2013

    Feature: Now is the perfect time to Extend A Room into your garden

    Nothing Extend A Room does is ‘off the shelf’; the team invests time in developing the best solution for each customer

    10:29 AM — With spring on the horizon – now is the perfect time to think about creating a lavish living space for your garden with the wonderfully assembled team at Extend A Room.

  • 1st June 2012

    Target Corp. releases gay pride t-shirts, angers anti-gay groups 23

    Target's record on gay rights has been controversial

    10:12 PM — US retail giant, Target, has begun selling gay pride t-shirts on its website in order to raise money for a pro-equality group, earning thus the wrath of anti-gay groups around the country.

  • 29th November 2011

    Erotic lampshade maker takes phallic chandelier on tour 13

    Swallow & Bone also make a range of lampshades

    3:37 PM — Swallow and Bone, a manufacturer of lampshades and products which enhance "sensual ambience", is marketing a phallic chandelier, titled Priapus. The manufacturer says it has taken stylistic influences from the fetish and bondage industries, to create a light fitting adorned with six hand-sculpted phalluses cast in translucent resin.

  • 13th July 2008

    Feature: Bring Brother Home

    Bring Big Brother Home

    8:10 PM — Love it or hate it, you can't ignore it. Reality TV programmeBig Brother is back on our screens with another gaggle of contestants grappling for their share of the limelight.

  • 29th June 2008

    Gardening: Spring and summer herb gardening 1

    Mint is a summer favourite. It is versatile enough to be crushed and used in fresh mojito cocktails, iced tea or even pesto.Mint is a summer favourite. It is versatile enough to be crushed and used in fresh mojito cocktails, iced tea or even pesto.

    11:34 AM — The whole process of growing and nurturing herbs, hand picking the aromatic leaves, adding them to home cooking and enjoying their flavour at the dinner table is a satisfying activity.

  • Gardening: Use your garden to boost your home’s value

    A simple de-cluttered garden could add thousands to your house price.

    11:14 AM — When most of us want to sell our home we focus on what we can do inside it, but the difference you make on the outside can prove extremely profitable. A well-kept garden can be a growing investment for your property, boosting its value by up to 10 per cent, according to garden maintenance firm Nicenstripy.

  • Gardening: tips for July 1

    11:07 AM — Let's hope the rain stays away and we have a sunny July. Even if you have lots of gardening jobs to get through, this is the time to relax and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work over the past year. However, try not to overdo it when the weather is hot; save any gardening tasks for the early morning or early evening.

  • Gardening: Custom build your own BBQ 1

    11:03 AM — If you want to make the barbecue a more permanent feature in your garden, the ideal solution is to build your own. A well-built barbecue will provide you with hundreds of chargrilled meals, with the obvious advantage of not having to store it every winter.

  • 28th June 2008

    Feature: Stay true to your home’s style

    Respect for age – try to retain a style that reflects your home’s period.

    11:41 AM — Whether your home was built in Victorian times or in the middle to latter half of the 20th century, it was born with certain architectural details specific to the times. Over the years or even centuries, homeowners like to leave their mark by adding new features, but too many take away the old to make room for the new.

  • Serve up new dining looks

    The Hawthorn range from Furniture Village: brings contemporary elegance to any dining space.

    11:33 AM — When people think about giving their home interior a makeover, it's often about a new colour scheme and replacing the three-piece suite with something a bit more up to date. But if you are a dinner party sort of person who likes to make an impression on guests, it makes sense to look at the dining room particularly.

  • Cooking up function and style

    Kitchen function isn't just about cooking – it's also about a warm heart to the home.

    11:28 AM — The average homeowners could easily spend over £10,000 for a stylish kitchen makeover, but style should never outweigh function, otherwise, the workhorse of their home will be all shiny appliances and no muscle power. Appearances, after all, aren’t everything.

  • Feature: Make a success of DIY design

    Stylish interiors come through using the right amount of furniture for the space.

    11:10 AM — Home makeover programmes have inspired millions of people to become a little more creative with their interiors. You can now choose from endless paint shades, rolls of designer wallpapers, floor coverings, furniture styles and accessories. It is piecing them all together that is the hard bit.

  • Feature: Recycling can’t keep up

    Recycling rates are rising, but so is the sheer volume of waste

    11:07 AM — The good news is that recycling rates have risen and the UK is on schedule to meet EU targets. However, the issue of waste is an escalating problem whose solution lies in changing the nation's buying habits and our attitudes to consumption, according to the authors of a new report.

  • House sicknesses

    Is your home sick?

    11:01 AM — Your property is your biggest asset, so you should make the most of it. That's what House Doctor and many other home decorating shows will tell you. Garish colour schemes, flower-power curtains and messy clutter are just some of the ways to devalue your property.

  • 10th June 2008

    Pride barbecues? Some friendly tips

    Ready to set the bbq up yet?

    9:33 PM — A bit of sun is the only excuse us Brits need to get the barbecue out and with Pride events on the calender across the country, there's even more of an excuse.

  • Gardening tips for June

    Prune and shape spring-flowering plants and deadhead summer ones to encourage more growth.

    9:29 PM — June is a great time to be outside: the weather is warm, but without the prolonged heat and humidity that’s sure to follow. Annuals and perennials are blooming, and if you’re lucky enough to have planted an early edible garden, you can harvest salad greens, spinach, peas and strawberries.

  • Gardening: A gay gazebo for your garden?

    A gazebo for your gay garden?

    9:23 PM — In Victorian times, a garden gazebo was a place for the ladies to retreat from the sun so as not to mar their perfect, porcelain skin. Today, gazebos can be used in a multitude of ways and can be designed to fit into any landscape. If you are thinking of adding a gazebo to your garden, there are some basic questions you will need to consider.

  • Feature: The dos and don’ts of décor

    The dos and don'ts all explained for you

    9:14 PM — When it comes to placing furnishing, soft furnishings and accessories in a nicely decorated room, there are a few design industry dos and don'ts to follow. These help to get a room in good proportion and style.

  • Bring a little green to your interiors

    Flowers can make all the difference

    9:10 PM — Interior designers spend time and money on the finishing touches that bring a room’s design together. Simple additions like living plants and fresh cut flowers can add a sense of calm and breathe life into a room’s design. But these are all too often ignored.

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