Nicole Swengley

Design trends: stools

Designers, for years obsessed with creating the perfect chair, have now spotted the practical, aesthetic and space-saving potential of the humble stool

Steal the style: CitizenM at Bankside

Hip yet affordable, Dutch chain CitizenM's first London hotel opens in Bankside next week. Many Londoners may lust after its high-fashion furnishings and cutting-edge gadgetry

The luggage look

The desire to evoke the golden age of travel — when the journey was said to be better than the arrival — seems to be spreading as contemporary furniture designers turn to vintage luggage for homeware inspiration

Lights, camera, action

Create an award-winning and ultra-glamorous atmosphere at home with sweeping, strong, directional lighting, put on a glamorous outfit, strike a pose and wait for the applause.

Design trends: blue and white

Add shades of the sea to your home with these fresh blue and white designs for homeware - including bubble chairs, cushion covers, glassware and china

Design news for kids

The latest trends in children's furniture are so much fun - and go on show at the V&A Museum Of Childhood from Saturday.