Peony Red Charm

Nurseryman Alec White of Befordshire’s Primrose Hall Nursery urges us to fill our gardens with peonies, that most lushly petalled beauty

Fiskars New Generation of axes

If you have a wood-burning stove, you may find yourself having to become the Ray Mears of the house and chop logs on a regular basis. So make sure you've got a good sharp axe to hand

Black bamboo flooring looks stunning

Bamboo has a reputation as one of the most eco-friendly materials, a real super grass. It's used in products from flooring to t shirts and washable nappies - but is it always good stuff? Kay Hill investigates

Sphere8 poured floor in a south London house by Paul Warren Design

Sphere8 offers perfectly smooth and seamless resin floors with a difference - their product is plant rather than petrochemical-based.

Features

Ilve Roma 150cm range cooker is made in Italy

Get the low down on range cookers from an energy efficiency point of view. Kay Hill chooses 20 models, both cast iron heat storage and freestanding range cookers

Hobbs sofa by SofaSofa is made in Britain

It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

Roger Oates' Isis Leaf 100% wool carpet is made from British Cheviot wool

New carpet is a delight. But it can be an environmental horror when its time comes to die. So are there eco-friendly carpets on the market? And what can you do with a dead one? Kay Hill investigates

People

Chalk Paint creator Annie Sloan, a woman who's become an international business success

Fervour, passion, zeal.... all are adjectives that describe how Annie Sloan's customers feel about her paint. Many a competitor company would kill to know just what it is about it that inspires such devotion. Its creator isn't entirely sure either, except that it's damn good stuff

Choose your message

He's the go-to man for stripes. Soft, subtle, abstract, hard, straight, curved, technicolour, wild, ordered, garish, it's stripes unlimited

Accessories

Two tone Bute wool fabric - cushions from Lane By Post

When it comes to cushions, throws and bedspreads, choose reversible fabrics so you can chop and change as the mood takes you

LiliLite by Crowdy House

Looking for a light that really does make it enjoyable to read in bed? Want an overhead lamp you can just plug in to a socket...and works as a bookshelf to boot? The plywood LiliLite could be just the ticket

Red roses are a winner

Valentine's Day has become another of those days where marketing folks try to convince us our loved one will be thrilled with a bin or a hacksaw. Well, having quizzed people out on the streets it would seem the old favourites reign supreme: flowers, champagne and a dinner that isn't pasta and pesto

Interiors

Family room at the Wilton Street house by Residence One

Come on, we all like a bit of vicarious luxury, since most of us don't live in it ourselves! And if you want to know whether eco issues do arise when designing for the super rich, interior designer Emily Carlisle at Laura Hammett Interiors says yes, they do

The house is furnished simply and the tiles bringing out the Arab soul

Rock the Kasbah furniture designer Philippe Xerri has renovated a charming house in Tunis in a simple style using local materials

The master bedroom in Scargill Castle

Caroline Hardie-Hammond was given the deeds to the wreck that was Scargill Castle on her wedding day in 1999 by her husband Niall. And after a long labour of love it's fully restored to glory