remember how revolutionary online shopping felt? Perhaps the first time your groceries arrived in a van it seemed like they brought the future with them. Well, that was just phase one, fuelled by convenience, and in current times, necessity has taken charge. For reports of a surge in web shopping are accompanied by an intriguing trend: burgeoning retailer investment in augmented-reality (AR) technology, from decorating apps that bridge the ‘imagination gap’ – solving the problem of evaluating paint choices by projecting them onto walls via a smartphone – to shoppable ‘rooms’ that reveal how furniture will look in real life. Formerly, these might have felt like a gimmick; today, as we all shop from our sofas, they look essential.
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Design is going digital – yes, even more so than ever before. So what does virtual reality mean for how you’ll be decorating this year?
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Fashion designer Filippa Knutsson has brought a sense of lightness, fluidity and family functionality to this gorgeous Georgian terrace
Architect Danielle Siggerud’s relaxed Copenhagen home celebrates the beauty of natural materials and tactile surfaces.
The transformation of Gary and Keith’s home from period property to warehouse-style abode is amazing
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how we work now
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Designer Rayman Boozer creates colourful, upbeat and easy-going spaces – as perfectly showcased in his own abode
INTERIOR DESIGNER NICOLA HARDING TALKS PERFECT PAINT FINISHES AND SPACE-ENHANCING STRATEGIES
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Ten experts share savvy ways to control costs when managing an interior redesign
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Tyson Foods suspended operations at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation’s pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region.
A Star Is Born
A chance encounter with a waiting room songstress pulled my dad out of his Alzheimer’s fog
MY HISTORY HERO: Beatrice shilling 1909–90
Cathy Newman, journalist and broadcaster, chooses
Val looks at the benefits of growing poppies in her garden and the history behind the Shirley poppy strain
Martin Ainscough gives an overview of his Victorian countryside blacksmith’s forge
COOL TWIN THING
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Best Foot Forward
This year the Ramblers Association’s Festival of Winter Walks marks two major anniversaries. Duncan Hall finds out more