Hanging artwork 101

If we had our way it would be on the national curriculum, but hanging art is a skill nobody's taught. Benefit from our lifetime of fastening faux-pas as we put some science (learnt the hard way) behind the guesswork.

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Notes on... Praza

We welcome with two perfectly placed air kisses the update given to the British institution that is afternoon tea, by Indian restaurant Praza.

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Proper picnic

Strike out at the first sign of sun with a well curated picnic. Swankiness levels can be upped with the help of OKA's glassware, ice buckets and — of course — the obligatory fizz.

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Make the meat-eaters weep

If Craig David's Seven Days was about National Vegetarian Week (we're on day two by the way), it would have been a triple platinum selling journey through our city's seven best veggie dishes.

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Rose gold

About as close as we’ll get to buying anything pink – rose gold is warm and feels super luxey. Contrast small accents with a dark colour, such as a charcoal grey wall, to make the metallic really pop.

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Urban Jungle

If you’ve got a postage-stamp sized garden and it's, well, a little lacklustre, relax, you’re not alone. We had a natter with the green-fingered demigods of about upgrading your lawn to a mini piece of paradise.

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Notes on... Gaucho

Steak aces Gaucho have launched on Church Street and we talked our way into their first not-breakast-not-lunch: The Electro Brunch.

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Organic bath time

Dear Shower People, bathing has actual scientific benefits. Uplift that long-overdue soak with these botanic, organic buys. Sincerely yours, Bath People.

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Green is the new black

You don't need to be a hardened crewmate of The Rainbow Warrior to care whose current account your pound eventually profits. With an emphasis on style not dogma, a burgeoning eco-clothing scene is emerging, making fair fashion desirable.

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Notes on... Santai Spa

If you know office-sorts who don't have shoulder strife, we applaud you, and them. For everyone else — your new BFF is Caroline of Santai Spa.

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Beach towels

If our Deputy Editor had her way we'd have been talking beach towels back in October. We held her off as long as we could.

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Table Plan

A period mansion and full staff aren’t prerequisites to hosting a right proper-grown-up dinner party. We've been chitchatting with Natasha Johnston — the interior designer at the new OKA store in Edgbaston — to get advice on how to expertly style three very different types of dinner party. Invites to follow.

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Light Lunch

Desk-side lunching has upped its game, allowing you to do the same. Our top six, day-enhancing, lighter lunches can be delivered anywhere in the city centre, by that clever Deliveroo lot.

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Notes on... S-Town

Binge-watching is commonplace. S-Town makes binge-listening a thing. Created by the people behind Serial and This American Life, the novelistic seven part documentary podcast is an unnerving tale that begins as a simple — if horribly real — whodunnit in the middle of nowhere, Alabama.  

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Seasonal Layering

We're in meteorological limbo. A weather-dicey No Man's Land that can swing wildly from Siberian to Iberian from one day to the next.

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Chocolate

Cocoa connoisseurs, this is your moment. Easter bunny, you'd better be taking copious notes.

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Barcelona

Clearly this isn't an inaugural itinerary but, having checked in with our first foreign love a fortnight ago, this is where you want to go on your next trip. Because with Barca, there's always a next trip.

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