Craft works: ‘We both make things – it was important our home reflected that’

Salvaged wood and friends’ art make this old malthouse a warm family homeWirksworth has always been a place where people make things,” says Esther Patterson. The Derbyshire market town is where Richard Arkwright opened the world’s first steam-powered mill. During the 1800s they churned out actual red tape for...

Meet the ‘cleanfluencers’, the online gurus who like things nice and tidy

It may not be spring yet, but everybody’s cleaning. Or, at the very least, they are talking about it. It has only been a month since Tidying Up With Marie Kondo launched on Netflix, but the series, starring the Japanese organisation expert, has already become something of a phenomenon. It has sparked joy among...

The Marie Kondo wars: how Netflix’s clutter consultant is sparking domestic unrest

The Japanese expert has a show that aims to help us streamline our lives. But it is just as likely to end up sowing discord among couplesName: Marie Kondo.Age: 34.Who is she? Everyone’s talking about her, she’s a Japanese organising consultant.

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