Woman who painted front door pink in Edinburgh is ordered to change its colour

Mother-of-two, 48, loses battle with officials after painting the front door of her Georgian home pink – and must now change it to ‘an appropriate dark and muted colour’ Miranda Dickson, 48, of Edinburgh, faces a £20,000 fine if door isn’t re-painted  She was told the door was ‘not in keeping with the historic character’ … Read more

Homeowner is ordered to rip out £4,000 ‘high quality’ gates he installed on luxury barn conversion

Homeowner, 53, is ordered to rip out the £4,000 ‘high quality’ gates he installed on luxury barn conversion as the design is ‘clearly domestic’ and does not ‘reflect the rural character of the area’ David Holman, 53, installed gates at his home in Croesyceiliog, Monmouthshire But locals objected and planning officials have ordered for them to … Read more

Turn over a new leaf: NIGEL COLBORN explains how to make 2023 a great gardening year

Turn over a new leaf: NIGEL COLBORN explains how to make 2023 a great gardening year After saturating rains in November and December came a pre-Christmas freeze  Nigel Colborn explains how we can now make 2023 a great gardening year  UK-based gardening expert details tips such as building a compost bay   By Nigel Colborn for … Read more

Smart mirrors, sensor taps and digital loos: Transformative tech for your bathroom

The bathroom is a place to soak, steam, and luxuriate. It’s not a space we think of as packed with gadgets. But the latest appliances are now creeping into this previously tech-free zone. Faye Young, senior designer with Ripples bathroom design, says: ‘Having technology in the bathroom, such as controllable mood lighting and music, helps … Read more

The world’s top ski resorts for executives revealed by Savills

The world’s most desirable ski resorts have been revealed by an upmarket estate agent, which says high-earning bosses who can work remotely are driving up property prices.  Savills has identified the top 20 luxury ski resorts around the world, based on their appeal and ease of access for remote workers. It ranked the resorts after finding … Read more

WHAT BOOK would thriller writer David Baldacci take to a desert island?

WHAT BOOK would thriller writer David Baldacci take to a desert island? David Baldacci is now reading The Warmth Of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson The writer says The Magic Squirrel by N.G. Grishina first gave him reading bug The thriller author says he would take ‘anything by Bill Bryson’ to desert island By Daily Mail Reporter … Read more

Halloween home decorations: Making these with your children will be frightfully good fun

The spooky season is upon us, and this year we’re collectively getting into the spirit by making our own decorations.  Hobbycraft reports that sales of DIY Halloween decorations are up by 330 per cent on last year.  ‘Halloween is always a popular time for our customers, but our products are selling very fast this year,’ … Read more