The doll’s house: a mini history

A new exhibition reveals how the 16th-century creation has served as a children’s toy, a housekeeping aid and a plaything of the wealthy

James Ferguson illustration
©James Ferguson

Property law: the rules on reluctant buyers

What to do if your buyer gets cold feet between exchange and completion — and how to deal with trespassing neighbours


Garden of the Six Sublimities in Kanazawa, Japan, which is featured in 'The Gardener’s Garden' ©Claire Takacs
A look at this year’s standout horticultural books, from English style to the new ‘Shabby-Look’
Illustration by Dan Mitchell of a multiple-storied house
©Dan Mitchell

Rise of London’s superhomes

The UK capital has become a global hotspot for extended ‘monster houses’ — but will it last?

Dame Carol Robinson at her home in Oxfordshire
©Sam Frost

Inside the home of chemist Dame Carol Robinson

The first female professor of chemistry at both Oxford and Cambridge universities talks about her groundbreaking career

View across the Huangpu river of the Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai
©Robert Smith

Bund and beyond: Shanghai’s waterfront market

Rising demand for high-end, river-facing homes in the city’s financial district is being led by Chinese buyers

Avantika Chilkoti stands by the sea front at Marine Drive, her favourite Place in Mumbai
©Subhash Sharma

Expat lives: FT reporter returns to a changed Mumbai

Avantika Chilkoti recalls feeling like a foreigner after moving back to the Indian city she lived in as a child

The stand of Milan’s Nilurfar Gallery at Design Miami this month
©James Harris

Repeat performance: geometric patterns back in vogue

From bedding to wallpaper, designers are experimenting in using symmetrical lines and shapes on a range of products

Christmas decorations in Eastgate Street, Chester
©Frank Fell/Robert Harding

Treasured Chester: ancient city with new appeal

The Roman city is benefiting from Manchester’s growing economy, but has been attracting newcomers for 2,000 years

Fulling Mill, The Weir, Whitchurch, Hampshire, UK

High-end homes with mills and farms

From a 600-year-old Tuscan farm that locals claim was the original Garden of Eden to a 2,000-acre estate in Virginia

Gerard Grech in the kitchen of his home in north London
©Chris Winter

Inside the home of Tech City UK’s chief executive

Gerard Grech explains why Britain is well on its way to becoming a digital powerhouse