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  • 8 coastal properties on the market now

    With the prospect of a winter spent in lockdown looming, we're dreaming of summers to come spent by the sea. Care to indulge in a little fantasy property shopping?

  • Think your town is the best place to live?

    Prove it! Take a photo of your local area for Instagram to win a family portrait shoot with award-winning Lifestyle & Location Portrait Photographer of the Year Paul Wilkinson.

  • The Big Breakfast house is for sale!!

    Talk about a piece of iconic pop culture! The chaotic, flirty, naughty Nineties home of breakfast telly can be yours for a cool £5.75m. Shall we have a nose around?

  • Light it up! 42 cool indie candle brands

    The arrival of autumn means darker evenings snuggled indoors by candlelight. Looking for a new scent? Try one of these gorgeous indie candle brands from across the Muddy counties.

  • J’adore/J’abhor: Dulux’s ‘Brave Ground’

    Dulux's colour of 2021 is hot off the press and majorly dividing opinions at Muddy HQ - but will you be plastering your walls in 'Brave Ground'? Let us know in the comments!

  • Bottoms up! The best new indie drinks

    Got a large glass to hand? We’ve rounded up 43 of the best new independent drinks from across the Muddy counties from wine and gin to rum and beer.

  • Cladesi Ricciarelli biscuits white wavy plates black worktop and two cups of coffee

    It’s GBBO biscuit week! On your marks, get set, BAKE!

    Ditch the custard creams and get your bake on making these gluten-free Italian almond biscuits by Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi. They're made for dunking.

  • Comforting classics from The Pie Room

    Ooh, is there anything more satisfying than good flaky pastry? These two warming recipes from Calum Franklin's new cookbook The Pie Room will take you into autumn and beyond.

  • Weekend recipe inspo, courtesy of Jessie Ware

    Marmalade chicken and miso chocolate chip cookies, anyone? Foodie singer Jessie Ware shares her #PerfectPairing recipes to celebrate M&S launching at Ocado. Dig in!

  • Time to escape! The rise of the ‘She Shed’

    Gone are the days when garden buildings were the preserve of men. The 'She Shed' has arrived and not a moment too soon. We talk to three women about what their shed means to them.

  • House swap! What does £1m get you?

    Upping sticks to pastures new? Let's see what a cool million will get you on the property market across the Muddy counties - quite a lot, as it happens!

  • Lockdown Gardens in Bloom: the results!

    The results are in! See who's nabbed the top spots in our first ever Lockdown Gardens in Bloom competition with gorgeous gardens and homewares boutique Olive & Sage.

  • Weston Hall Northants

    Property flirt! Guess the price.

    Flirt alert! It's time to get nosy on someone else's home. Our idea of heaven. And this time you're in for a treat: we're talking baronets, baby, and a literary heritage to make you drool.

  • Transform your garden (and maybe your life)

    North Oxfordshire landscapers Nicholsons are the best in the biz, so who better to ask for advice on creating a sublime outdoor garden space from dreamy grand designs to creative quick fixes. We chatted to owner Liz Nicholson.

  • Speedy supper: smoked Haddock Curry

    Desperately seeking dinner inspiration? We've got a 30 minute fab fish curry for you from Tart London - the super-cool caterers of choice for the fashion set.

  • Let’s all live here! High Wycombe

    Thinking about upping sticks? In our new regular, we snoop around a town or village in the Muddy 'hood to get the local lowdown. First up: High Wycombe in Bucks.

  • House beautiful! 5 chic interiors trends for 2020

    New year, new decade, new home trends - time to go shopping, methinks...

  • Property flirt

    It's mahoosive, magnificent and a stunning mix of old and new but aha my little snoops: can you guess the price?

  • It’s phwaor wheel drive fun

    The family car just got a double shot of fun. Muddy revs up the JCW Mini Countryman and discovers compact SUVs can be safe, spacious and sporty.

  • Home truths

    Buying a house is an emotive act, fuelled by all kinds of desire - protecting a family, starting a new life, following a dream. Three Muddy readers open the door to their homes to share their personal stories.

  • Macaron masterclass Real Macaron Company

    Macaron making for dummies

    One step closer to the Paul Hollywood handshake, Muddy whips up the perfect macarons at The Real Macaron Company's masterclass. Great British Bake Off 2020, I'm coming for you.

  • Muddy’s Christmas Wreath Making at Chatsworth

    Combining feel-good festive creativity with a trip to one of her favourite childhood stomping grounds, Muddy Warwickshire’s Rhiannon Pursall heads north for a wreath making workshop at Chatsworth.

  • How to buy antiques like a pro

    Is watching Antiques Roadshow the extent of your expertise? Us too. But local dealer Ed Foster has some great tips on nabbing unique interiors buys.

  • Blaggers guide to buying art

    If buying art leaves you with a blank expression to match your blank walls, then read on, laydee. Before you make an expensive mistake, we called in the experts for some top tips.

  • Muddy meets… The Oxfordshire Gardener

    What would you ask an award-winning garden designer? What hand cream he uses, if his own garden ever looks rubbish and who's his favourite green-fingered celeb, obviously!

  • party setting with dance floor and purple lighting

    How to host a spectacular winter party

    If you're planning to host a party this winter, make sure your guests are still talking about it for months to come.

  • Into your interiors?

    Then you're going to LOVE Foster & Gane, a supercool antiques and mid-20th-century treasure trove in Milton Common. Shall we go inside?

  • GARDEN House Hurst Berkshire mature garden lawn main brick house

    Property flirt’s baaaack

    Is there anything more fun than nosing around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the snooping commence.

  • Property Flirt’s BACK!

    Is there anything more fun than peering around other people's houses, imagining yourself in situ and guessing the price? Er, nope! Let the nosiness commence.

  • Through the keyhole

    A sprawling quirky property bursting with character ready to be transformed into the home of your dreams – with your own business too if you wish – in Somerset's most fashionable town

  • BMW Z4 2019 silver on road past stop sign

    Vrooom! A car with zig-a-zig-ah

    Spice up your life with something sleek and sporty – sadly Posh has her mitts on David Beckham, so we'll have to settle for the brand new BMW Z4.

  • Property flirt

    Eyes down and look in: a supersized Victorian vicarage with spec-tac-ular kitchen, 7 beds, gym, hot tub and separate coach house in a Somerset village south of Bath

  • Pangbourne sign with viking boat on top

    Berkshire’s new property hotspot

    River location, great schools, indie shops a gogo and you can whizz into London in less than an hour. Pangbourne's ticking all the boxes.

  • New 2019 BMW X5 SUV driving ini woods

    Feeeeeeel the luxury

    Comfortable, luxurious and practically drives itself. Buckle up, baby, Muddy takes the sexy new X5 for a spin.

  • Property Flirt

    Mudsters, come and drool over a stunning Somerset house with oodles of land, a swimming pool – and its own vast Georgian tithe barn (every home should have one)

  • Sherry baby! It’s back

    If you think sherry is just that unfashionable fortified wine drunk by grannies at Christmas, think again. It's making a major comeback. And here's why.

  • Guess the price !

    It's huge, light and airy, and in a pretty, peaceful village lying neatly between Somerset's two cultural hotspots. Niiiice. So, fellow nosey parkers - how much do you reckon?

  • One reason to live in Somerset…

    ...the amazing houses! Like this vast Victorian vicarage with glorious grounds in a Somerset village not far from England's smallest city of Wells.

  • How to declutter your home

    If you're sick of tripping over an ever expanding mass of 'stuff' in your home, it's time to grab those bin bags and let's get sorting. We're going to declutter!

  • There’s a chef in my kitchen!

    Planning a special celebration in Cornwall? Hire this brilliant private chef and let the restaurant come to you.

  • Tomato bulgar salad

    Need some summer salad inspiration? Try this summer tomato bulgar salad bowl from private chef Laura Scott.

  • Treasure hunt

    Surrey is home to Europe's biggest and best antiques fair at Kempton Park, and now Sandown Park is joining the fun.

  • Edible art

    This is what the term 'edible art' was invented for. Cakes that look almost too good to eat. Grab a fork, and tuck in!

  • double bed blue cushions cream throw

    Blanket love

    Want to make your home cosy, inviting and super stylish all year round? We’ve found just the person to show you how.

  • The Kitchen

    So you know your julienne from your chiffonade? Thought not. Muddy sharpens its knife skills and dices like a Don at Chewton Glen's cookery school.

  • Lusophile Portuguese homewares, Portuguese homewares in Sussex, homewares in Sussex

    Lusophile Portuguese homewares

    Snap up these cheerful rugs and other accessories to give your home a touch of Portugal, via Battle, Sussex

  • white background crunchy batch of rectangular bars that look like flapjacks oats and fruit on baking paper and marble work surface golden colour and textured

    Deliciously Ella’s Honey & Lemon Breakfast Bars

    With a crunch and a zing, it's off to work we go. Deliciously Ella's breakfast bars are also good to munch on mid afternoon when you're having idle KitKat thoughts.

  • 15 Collingwood is just ‘fabulous’

    Beautiful mid-century and modern movement design classics mixed with industrial and reproduction furniture, it's all high quality, but most notably (to Philistine Muddy at least), it's VERY affordably priced.

  • Moving to Warks?

    Meet Jayne Horton - the Warwickshire & Midlands own answer to Kirsty and Phil.

  • Soup for the soul

    A hearty soup recipe to warm you up this winter from Leicestershire born food writer, cook, stylist and presenter Jo Pratt.

  • Somerset’s property hotspots

    Pretty countryside, quirky towns, good schools, fab properties – just some of the reasons Somerset's become a great place to live

  • Moving to the country?

    Leaving the big smoke and looking for that oh-so-perfect house in the country? We at Muddy are here to help!

  • country house for sale somerset

    Play property flirt

    It's mahoosive, magnifcent and a stunning mix of old and new but aha my little snoops: can you guess the price?

  • Shakespeare’s Gardens

    Been to visit the stunning contemporary new sculpture garden at Shakespeare's New Place in Stratford yet?

  • Snoopers Bazaar Interiors: Cool, Quirky, Unmissable

    A clean, chic, airy space filled with glorious French, antique and industrial furniture and gifts — all warm wood, sheepskin and stars. Whether you want a quiet browse or the thrill of the chase, Snoopers Bazaar is for you. Two separate creative friends of mine, both with a great eye, told me I had to go. So, armed with my trusty […]

  • Do the century mash-up

    Alongside bright green, natural materials, bronze, marble, and quirky lighting, one of the biggest trends for 2017 is mixing together different periods, vintage and contemporary, a sort of 'century mash-up'.

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