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

You'll find myriad designs on bamboo cups

With Environment Secretary Michael Gove saying the Government is considering seriously imposing a 25 pence 'latte levy' on disposable paper drinks cups, it's time to get used to carrying your own cup with you if you're a regular patron of the nation's take-away coffee shops. So if you've not yet invested a few quid on a biodegradable cup to carry around with you, well, what are you waiting for?

Acoustic treehouse donated in summer 2017 by Quietmark to Kew Gardens

With the focus on plastic pollution, we forget that noise is also polluting our lives to extent that many of us have no idea what the sound of silence sounds like.

Harewood House has many Chippendale pieces

Harewood House near Leeds is home to a remarkable collection of Thomas Chippendale furniture and it's inviting the public to visit a special Chippendale trail to mark the 300th anniversary of the designer's birth

Features

Charlie Luxton

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton is a zealot for low energy housing. He wants us to ditch the draughts and turn down the thermostat so we live in comfort, save money and save the planet

Grow your own herbs indoors

If you still haven't started composting your peelings and food waste, come on, get a grip! or a counter top caddy more to the point. And grow your own herbs, ditch the bleach and generally clamp down on waste

Duette honeycomb blinds can save you up to 25 per cent on your energy bills

Snug as a bug in a rug? Or are you plagued by draughts and chills up your spine? You need Deco’s guide to a warmer, more eco-friendly home

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.

Who says dining chairs must all be the same? Oliver Heath takes a mix and match approach in his home

He's put eco into chic, and if you're among those who would like to be more eco-friendly but think it's too much of a hassle or too expensive, he can help

Accessories

Heart Wood from Dulux

Yes, colours, like people, need championing, so let's hear it for warm pinky mauve Heart Wood, which Dulux has crowned COTY 2018

If family meals have gone to the dogs because your teens can't avert their eyes from their mobile phones even as they chew, well, you might like to invest in a Pearl Dish. This lidded vessel could well take on totemic qualities as an enabler of real communication

poinsettias are a lovely rich colourful flowering plant for indoors

..and not just for Christmas of course because poinsettias come in many other hues from cream to green to pink. But we tend to buy them as a yuletide tradition and rightly so because they are inject much needed colour at this time of year

Interiors

Pink rug from Modern Rugs

Different rooms need different types of flooring, so how do you know what's best? Modern Rugs has done some research and put together a useful guide which gives you the info you need at a glance

This award-winning refurbishment by 6a architects of a house in Devon shows the impact of wood on white

The downstairs area is open and full of areas to sit and relax

Artist Bonnie Saland's live/work studio in northern California is full of colour and pattern. She's the designer behind textile brand Philomela and the family's laid-back ocean retreat is the ideal backdrop for her work