QE2 by Douglas Gray

Painting water is notoriously difficult..well painting anything well is notoriously difficult...so for inspiration, head to Mall Galleries for its upcoming annual exhibition of marine paintings. Yes, you really must go down to the sea today

Count the butterflies in your garden

Chris Packham, vice president of Butterfly Conservation, is urging us to do our bit for that most exquisite of garden insects, the butterfly. Give them flowers, give them nectar, give them colour..

Features

Nour Luxury organic cotton bedlinen

We love shopping at charity shops and auctions above all else but don't feel bad if we buy new from time to time. We've got some ideas for the eco home dweller and have been testing a few products out too, so share our thoughts

We're waking up to the urgent need to halt climate change and lobbying governments and industries is crucial. But don't think of yourself as a powerless tiny cog in the machine because behavioural change x millions does help the planet

A fantastic table..the oak Branch table by Blu Dot, from £1,395 at Heal's

A table is a key piece of furniture needed for a civilised life ...along with a bed and a chair. There's no shortage of good design in eco-friendly materials, but here are a few we particularly like across the price spectrum

People

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

You may lament the lack of cheap package holidays to the Seychelles, but you not going there is helping keep its islands as nature intended. Abby Trow talked tourism and the environment with Seychelles Tourism Minister Didier Dogley on his recent visit to the UK

Accessories

Houseplant Care Cards from Another Studio

If you're on the point of giving up on houseplants because they die on you not long after arriving home, don't, because help is at hand

Any Sharp Twist is a compact kitchen essential

AnySharp Twist is a nifty little device that allows everyone to sharpen their kitchen knives without risking life and limb. We've tested it and it's a thumbs up from deco

Pow Pots

Bring your interiors to life with some greenery in pots that pack a punch

Interiors

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