flowers flowers and more flowers are essential at weddings

You've got weddings or civil partnerships coming up. The happy couples have eschewed a list at a department store, saying airily that 'anything recyclable, bio-degradable or generally CO2-lite will be simply divine!' Rejoice, there's much that fits the bill

Succulents are fat leafed plants..they're plump with water

Succulents were the height of bohemian chic in the '70s and they're enjoying a resurgence thanks to a focus on easy-care plants and the need to do something about our indoor air quality. Grower Fiona Weymss of Kent-based Blueleaf Plants gives us the lowdown on these adorable little creatures

Linen cushions by Rapture & Wright

That bellweather of British taste, John Lewis, says 'flamingo' continues to be one of the most popular search words on its website and sales of all things flamingo remain high. Well, they are very beautiful so we've tracking down some quality, tasteful and eco friendly flamingo-themed homewares to lift the spirits over the winter months

Features

Adventures In Furniture

Call it what you will, but a credenza.. or sideboard..or buffet..is a wonderful piece of furniture that too many of us are going without

Lava lamps come in at number 11

A recent survey confirms that avocado suites and woodchip wallpaper are universally reviled, but did you know that lava lamps and faux flowers also feature in a home horrors list?

Emma mattresses

Mattress ads are everywhere..and many of us are rejoicing that the mattress has gone from unwieldy monster to being delivered in a box, ready to unroll and voila. But mattresses at the end of their lives invariably get dumped in landfill, so what are manufacturers of this new breed doing to lessen their products' environmental impact?

People

Martin Azua

Top designer Martín Azúa talks about nature, craft, going local and his Numbered collection of homewares that he hopes will make daily life better

Lisa is brand ambassador for Hotpoint

The former Celebrity Masterchef winner who's left acting for a career in cooking tells Deco she does compost her peelings, doesn't go overboard on gadgets and wants to tackle food waste

Accessories

A group of Irish travellers who appeared during a photoshoot in 1963

Nigel Trow was a successful professional photographer in the 1960s before moving into art higher education. He's releasing for the first time, and exclusively to Deco, some of his works from the era, images that bring to life that most captivating decade which continues to cast a spell

We all love a Hug Rug

It's a fantastic eco story, a made in Britain story, a 'how have I lived without one?' story. Let's hear it for Hug Rug!

Lilipad by Sealey Furniture

Fed up with constantly mislaying your tablet computer? the solution - keep the thing upright in a stunning Lilipad holder from Sealey Furniture, available to buy from the deco shop

Interiors

Pinky mac

Macramé plant pot holders were big in the '70s but subsequently fell away into obscurity. But what goes around comes around and macramé is having a modern moment again.

Peronda is one of Spain's leading tile manufacturers

Wood is wonderful but it's not always the best flooring for a room. So if you're heart's set on wood but your head tells you it's a no-no, look to ceramics, because manufacturers have perfected their imitation of wood

Globe bio ethanol fire by Scandinavian brand Vauni

They are largely decorative but bio-ethanol is a renewable fuel and contrary to public perception, these fires do provide some heat. And in these icy climes, a bit of extra heat isn't to be sniffed at