Home & Style

Ikea's advice for improving your private life

Livia Gamble   Flat-pack giant Ikea says the key to a happy private life is buying new furniture.

Perfect plan?

Urban myth or April Fools' joke: Playboy Mansion planned 'tunnels' to nearby celebrity homes

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Hefner.

Michael Idato   Revelations about an alleged network of tunnels between the Playboy Mansion and stars' homes appear too good to be true.

Live like Leo

Leonardo DiCaprio is renting out his Palm Springs abode

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for a photograph at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London last year.

Livia Gamble   Leonardo DiCaprio's grandiose Palm Springs apartment can be rented for a king's ransom.

Working from home

Make your home office homely

Make your home office a place of calm and creativity.

Megan Blandford   If you have the freedom to work from home, make it an office of inspiration.

'Green' cleaning products may not be what they seem

Green cleaners.

Alana Schetzer   Consumers buying products marked "green" or "natural" may think they are doing the right thing for the environment, but scientists have discovered a link between many common ingredients and risks to human health.

Pantry staples

Pantry staples: How long can you keep food in your cupboards?

Danger alert: Stay away from mouldy nuts.

Livia Gamble   The saying waste not want not makes perfect sense, right?

Allergy risk may be tied to how you wash your dishes

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Anahad O'Connor   A new study suggests that parents who wash their dishes by hand, rather than in a dishwashing machine, may unwittingly lower the likelihood that their children will develop allergies.

Five second rule

Five second rule: Four times it's not okay to eat food off the floor

Five-second rule: foods high in sugar and salt are safer to eat after being dropped on the floor.

Livia Gamble   Despite the figures, the question: can you drop your food and eat it too? has been debated. Here’s four times you shouldn't eat food off the floor.

Inside Reese Witherspoon's home

Sarah Jessica Parker inside her New York terrace.

Mary Ward   Calling all stickybeaks...

Personal style

How to take centre stage at home

How to add personality into your home style.

Megan Blandford   Style is important, but a balance needs to be struck between the things in our homes and our personalities.

Lose the clutter

Is clutter making you fat?

People who hoard are more likely to be overweight.

Paula Goodyer   Excess weight and excess stuff can creep up on us slowly over time until one day you realise your zipper won't do up or the cupboard won't close.

Home porn

The best home designs for 2015 revealed

Mary Ward   Warning: serious Pinterest porn ahead.

Equality in the home?

Men who earn more money do less housework

All couples interviewed agreed there should be more equality when it came to housework, however that was often not the way it panned out.

Nedahl Stelio   Who does more housework, men or women? We all know the answer to that question, but a new study has just come out which correlates the amount men earn to the amount of housework they do.

12 easy tips for cleaning tough messes

Cleaning doesn't have to be a chore.

Rachel Clun   There are some household items that always seem impossible to clean, no matter how many times you wash or scrub them.

Interior turn-offs

Five tips for your home if you want to impress a date

You may want to move your teddy off the bed before you bring a date home.

Rachel Clun   Your surroundings say a lot about you so you want to be sure it's sending the right messages when you bring a date home.

How to organise your wardrobe

Japanese decluttering method will change your life

Closet organisation: "Hang up clothes that look happier."

Livia Gamble   Organisational expert Marie Kondo says there is a time to let things go, and a time to fold.

Expert tips

Six simple ways to declutter your kitchen

Kitchen cleanout: Don't let kitchen clutter rule your life.

Rachel Clun   There are some easy things you can do to renew your kitchen space.

Home styling tips

Designs on the five top tips to 'upstyle' your home

Take your home from ordinary to extraordinary with these style tips.

Megan Blandford   Achieving a polished finish for your home might be simpler than you think.

You've been doing it wrong

New study reveals how you should stack your dishwasher

End of argument: Researchers say there is a right way to stack a dishwasher.

Livia Gamble   Instead of making our lives easier the dishwasher, and how to stack it, can drive a domestic wedge between couple and housemates.

Tips and tricks

Five easy tips to add value to your home

Sometimes a lick of paint can make all the difference to your home ... and it won't cost the earth.

C. Mitchell   You’ve given your body an overhaul as part of your new year’s resolution – why not do the same for your living space?