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This beautiful image of the first moments of the new Millenium creeping over the planet is the beginning of a photojournalism journey through the last ten years. Decade is a collection of 500 photographs of moments that defined the Noughties – whether they’re beautiful, tragic, celebratory or enraging – as well as themed essays.

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Pity Stella McCartney’s electricity bill come January, given the wattage being consumed by the flashing display in her Mayfair shop window!

The fashion designer known for her upmarket urban look must have had her tongue firmly in her cheek when agreeing to a festive frontage which is surely more Oxford Street than Conduit Street? Love it or loathe it, you can’t help but notice it… Wonder what the neighbours think? Neil, Dep ed

Thanks to a rather stylish bit of engineering, these new PradaPrivate sunglasses can be customised with letters or symbols by the wearer (replacement letters or symbols will be available individually or as a set). Available from 2 December in London’s Prada boutique.

As well as the off-the-shelf green colourway of Suzanne Sharp’s Chiesa rug (above), The Rug Company’s beautiful blog tells us that we can have it in any colour we want. Where to start? These are a few of their favourites…

Tie a bit of organza together with an orange feather boa to create… well, erm, to create what exactly? Sorry late-nineties Livingetc, but this is teetering on the brink of being as bad as the ‘boudoir’ that Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen did on Changing Rooms.

Break the rules: Colour co-ordination’s a no-no. Create a riot of shades and patterns. Sheer indulgence: Hang two lengths of fabric and tie back with a boa. Blitz bedside tables: Put up a shelf and trim with beaded ribbon.

Ever since style coordinator Hannah showed us this spectacular kitchen island, we’ve noticed a bit of a mini trend and it’s taking us right back to our childhood. Lego! Did you know that lego first launched in the Forties? No, us neither, but we’re so pleased it has stuck around to inspire colourful and creative things, such as this jewellery, mouse, MP3 player and digital camera.

Vicky, editorial assistant

… And buy your Christmas gifts straight from a designer/maker’s workspace during the Hidden Art Studio Open Studio weekends, 27-28th November and 4-5th December. With 30-plus studios to explore, a map would be handy wouldn’t it? They’ve thought of everything.

Look out for DesignK‘s lollipop-cool stools…

Chocolate Creative‘s brilliant graphic textiles…

The Hanitape wallet by Haniboi

And these delicate Tulpe bowls by Michael Ruh

These fabulous hand-screenprinted wallpapers from Brooklyn-based design studio Grow House Grow are inspired by such wonderful subjects as female scientists of the 19th century, and the imagined parlour rooms of infamous occultist Aleister Crowley and Captain Smith of The Titanic. Eccentric and brilliant. Captain Smith is available from Anthropologie in the UK, but you can ship the rest no problemo.

Photos: Jacob Krupnick

Christmas shop windows. They’re one of those things (like wedding hair or animal print) that some get so right, while for others it goes disastrously wrong. This festive season, we’re keeping our eyes peeled in order to bring you an occasional series that celebrates the best, the worst, the over the top, the imaginative, the inspired and the downright ‘what were they thinking’ festive displays of 2010.

Starting with Nicole Farhi, who this year has collaborated with renowned paper sculptor Su Blackwell to give her flagship Bond Street store frontage a fairy tale feel. Blackwell’s hauntingly beautiful works are cut from vintage books and are as whimsical, poetic and intricate as they are fragile.

Lesser retailers could learn much from the complete absence of fake snow while even the most hardened maximalist must agree that a pared-back palette can indeed look festive. Su Blackwell’s work will be adorning windows of Nicole Farhi stores across London throughout December. To find out more about her work, click here.

Neil, Dep Ed

This new Buttons chair by Steuart Padwick caught our eye. It’s a nice blend of retro style with a sleeker 21st century shape.

As the team behind Livingetc, the UK’s leading magazine for modern interiors, we’re always out and about, scouting for inspiration. And when we see something that makes our design minds flutter with joy, we’ll share it with you here. To purchase the digital version of the magazine, click here.

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