Design trends at the shows

Striking graphics, bold printing and angular designs took centre stage at the January shows - from Maison & Objet in Paris, to the London Home Show and Interiors UK - as fabrics, wallpapers and furniture turned to technology for inspiration

Manet at the Royal Academy

The comfortable, casual elegance of miffle-class home life in the France of the 1860s is captured on canvas in a new show at the Royal Academy

Train routes abroad

If you can't face more cancelled flights take the train instead. Cathy Hawker finds homes on routes through France and Spain

Search in the sun

Cathy Hawker advises on how and where to buy a home abroad this year