James Fryer's illustration of Texas property market
©James Fryer

Texas property boom: Dallas v Houston

One city has diversified its economy, the other still relies largely on oil. Yet home prices are rising in both thanks to low supply and high demand

Grayson Perry and Charles Holland’s ‘A House for Essex’
©Jack Hobhouse

Grayson Perry’s shrine to ornament

The artist’s ‘A House for Essex’ demonstrates how decoration can be assimilated into design


Cotoneaster St Monica ©Anne Gilbert/Alamy
There are several much overlooked varieties of cotoneaster that can help alleviate the winter gloom
– Robin Lane Fox
Times Square on Broadway
©Claudio Cassaro/4Corners

Broadway’s real estate showstoppers

A surge in new condos on Manhattan’s famous road offers a snapshot of the changing real estate scene in the borough

Patrick Blanc, botanist
©Magali Corouge

An Eden in Paris: botanist Patrick Blanc

The creator of vertical gardens shares his home in the suburbs with lizards, frogs, birds — and 268 plant species

Google’s offices in Dublin
©Wuermli Fotograf

Dublin harbours ambitions for docklands

New residential projects in the ‘Silicon Docks’ tech hub are a sign of renewed optimism in a city short of homes

Bliss Mill in Chipping Norton
©Michael Bugg

Chipping Norton, home of Cotswolds cool

The area appeals to those seeking pretty villages, proximity to London, good fee-paying schools and a sprinkling of stardust

Designers compete in the Great Heal’s Bodging Race, held at Heal’s store on Tottenham Court Road, London
©Malluma Chelavo

The furniture makers using living wood

Designers working with unseasoned ‘green’ wood aim to fuse the traditional craft of bodging with a modern aesthetic

All change for London’s Tooting

The once-shabby district is undergoing rapid gentrification as young families move in thanks to the ‘Northern Line effect’

Mandalay House, 383 Mandalay Road, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

Five homes with helipads

From a seven-bedroom house on Australia’s Queensland coast to a Georgian manor in Ireland with a private airstrip

View from Istanbul’s Galata Tower
©Tanatat Pongphibool/Getty Images

Prosperous on the Bosphorus

Investors eye return to double-digit growth — provided Turkey’s political stability can hold