Leather cube doorstop by Elvis & Kresse

We've taken making do and mending to new heights, with imaginative, often innovative products made by skilled craftspeople.

A novel idea for a splash back

If your kids won't stop drawing on the walls, or you harbour latent talents as a mural artist, why not turn your house into a wipe-clean canvas... And we're not talking black walls, because you can buy low to no VOC chalkboard paint in every colour under the sun

renovation work is nearly always more expensive than you think

More people are finding the only property they can afford is a rundown one that needs work. Oldrids & Downtown, the Lincs-based furniture and homewares company, has been looking into the costs of home renovation

Features

Acers are small trees suitable for compact urban gardens

We need trees and if you think they're the preserve of folks with large gardens, well that's not the case. A pot will prove a fine home for many small or dwarf trees.

New for 2016, A3 LED wall panels by B.Lux. www.grupoblux.com

Does your heart sink when you look around a lighting shop? Find much of what's on offer too fussy, too dated, too samey or too unimaginative? Then look to modern lighting from Spain, which is home to scores of great manufacturers who've embraced energy-saving LED technology

Position different varieties of orchids on a display unit in a conservatory

They have long been the interior designer's favourite indoor plant - no Kelly Hoppen interior is complete without an arrangement of orchids. And prices have come down considerably, making them a good option for adding instant style to a room

People

Fleeting Clocks by Nacho Carbonell, shown this year at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan

Nacho Carbonell is a conceptual artist and designer whose work can leave you scratching your head when you first see it. But there is method in the madness and Carbonell's oeuvre is as much for the mind as the eye.

Catherine Southon

Auctions are fun and if you're doing up your home on a tight budget you'd be mad not to go to a few, says auctioneer Catherine Southon - a familiar face on the BBC. And you can't really get more eco-friendly than antiques, she says

Accessories

special effects from Amberlights

For lighting that creates special effects that are relaxing and more interesting that anything on TV, choose an eco-friendly LED lamp by Amberlights

Incised lidded jars, £45 at Jardins Florian

The Japanese ceramicist studied at Falmouth University but has returned home to set up her studio specialising in elegantly informal and eminently useable pieces

Vibrant Jassa range from Ikea

With Mother's Day hoving into view you may be inspired to buy more than flowers for your mum...a vase to put them in perhaps, or a rose scented candle. We've also been on the hunt for useful and always attractive pieces for the home, from baskets and bedside cabinets to pot stands and linen cushions and fabrics. All eco friendly, of course

Interiors

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

Micro living doesn't have to feel cramped

This contemporary flat shows that with very limited space, the input of an interior designer is invaluable. Because the devil's in the detail and getting the detail right can be devillishly difficult

Silk Calla lillies form Bloom

If your home is looking rather lacklustre, and you don't have the budget for a major revamp, take heart. Interior designers have tips that are easy to follow, don't cost much and which definitely do make a difference, whether you live in a bedsit or a large house.