Fill your home with plants

Let's hear it for house plants, outdoor cooking and British craftspeople who make good things out of wood and wool. Not to mention scented candles that really DO fill a room with fragrance.

Should you have a garden that's big enough, it makes sense to put in a garden room if you need a home office, somewhere to put growing kids, sprightly grandparents or overnight guests, or you need a place to escape to. Sheds ain't what they used to be you know

H&G Festival has lots of great lifestyle brands and quirky one offs

The House & Garden Festival at London's Olympia brings together three shows under one umbrella..not that it'll be raining..this is summer. In short the Spirit of Summer Fair, GROW London and The House Fair have become one

Ethical and fair trade brand Sep offers exquisite hand-embroidered homewares and decorative accessories. Pieces are hand-made by Palestinian refugees in Jordan who are skilled in the art of cross stitching; and four years into the project, some 800 women are working with Sep

Features

This kitchen has Richlite worktops, which are, to all extent and purposes made from paper

There's no need to sacrifice good looks and wonderful colour options when choosing environmentally-friendly worktops

Keep your desk tidy with Mad Lab storage boxes and pen holders

Mad Lab likes to think small. Choose from Useful or Soul objects, all hand-made from sustainable woods

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

People

Land of milk and honey..but at a price

The award-winning architect has designed homes for a new co-housing project in Cambridge. These projects are great, he says - though the future for housing lies in far greater freeing up of land.

Cawley's job is to be keen, green and not mean when it comes to working with small suppliers in far off lands

Stephen Cawley has the task of ensuring John Lewis puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to ethics and the environment

Accessories

Chrysanthemum rug by Jennifer Manners

Rugs are a wonder product because they have the capacity to make a room look great in an instant

eglooinfo.it - Egloo says it can warm up a 20m2 space by 2-3 degrees in 30 minutes

If you get chilly while working late at your desk, or you need a bit of heat during an al fresco supper, the Egloo could be just the thing to give you that soupçon of additional heat to keep you going

With summer almost upon us, it's time to embrace the pale pinks, baby blues and lilacs over darker hues

Interiors

With summer almost upon us, it's time to embrace the pale pinks, baby blues and lilacs over darker hues

Jonathan Walter and wife Lakshmi Bhaskaran of Bark Furniture

The West Country is becoming a power house of sustainable design businesses. Middle of nowhere or not, like birds of a feather, they flock together

The light-filled main living room

Edward and Emma Bulmer's splendid Herefordshire home is full of colour and pattern...and boasts surprisingly low running costs