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  • One Pot Wonder

    Need a no-fuss, low-glycaemic classic? James Wong’s one pot mac-and-cheese at your service

  • In bed with Draper

    Wake up rested and refreshed by sleeping with Draper. No you saucy minxes, a stylish new bedlinen brand so lush, it was love at first sleep.

  • Are you a shady lady?

    If you want to create something unique for your home but don’t think you have the skills to pull it off. Oh but you do. Pop along to a creative workshop and you’ll give Kelly Hoppen and her designer pals a run for their money. *Ahem* sort of.

  • Speedy suppers: fish tacos

    Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas? Yup, us too. But help is at hand, as we tap up our favourite cooks to inspire us with an nifty new dish (because there’s only so much pasta and pesto a girl can eat)

  • Joe Swift’s April garden blitz

    TV presenter, author and gardener Joe Swift can add a new string to his beanstalk – he’s now a performer, with his own one man show A Man About the Garden (catch in Somerset this week if you’re down that way). Still, let’s not encourage him to give the day job until he’s given us some […]

  • Speedy suppers for frazzled cooks

    Having one of those days when ‘make dinner’ is just one of 8 million things on your to-do list? Totally run out of ideas?  Yup, us too. So with frazzled, time-poor cooks in mind, here’s the first recipe in our new series of speedy weekday suppers. In the coming weeks, we’ll be asking our favourite […]

  • 7 stunning candles

    Being a highly fragrant bunch here at Muddy HQ, we’re obsessed with scented candles – and we think they make a brilliant Mother’s Day gift for this Sunday (you had remembered, right?) Here’s our edit of the Muddy favourites. (Top, left) Loving by Bella Freud (£40) This tuberose, amber and sandalwood number has serious mantelpiece appeal thanks […]

  • Property Flirt: Great Scot! It’s a celeb crib

    Right then property pervs it’s time to look through the keyhole of another mega des res in Berkshire, have a poke around and guess how much it’s worth. The winner gets a romantic break with Tom Hiddleton in the Bahamas (*ahem*). Er, maybe not. Let’ get ready to rumble, here we go. Forest Lodge is a handsome Victorian country […]

    • Wouldn’t you though?

      Stylish new candle brand SevenSeventeen gets its name from that heavenly time when the kids are bundled into bed, the wine is poured, you light up and relax. Perfection… and so are the fragrances

    • Declutter and train your house wreckers

      Come on ‘fess up your clutter is out of control. It could be that yours is confined to the ‘junk’ drawer – a black hole where buttons, screws, drawing pins, random keys, cracker gifts and plastic bendy things gather cling together for moral support. Well, my house is fast becoming the supersize version of that drawer. The stuff gets bigger […]

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