December 2013

Painted chairs

Annie Sloan's latest book, Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture, shows you how to upcycle old furniture and tired walls and floors using eco-friendly chalk paint

Aircraft aluminium used to make stools by Germany's Aero-46

For the passionate enthusiast, there's no such thing as a helicopter or a motorcycle graveyard. There's simply resurrection in a new form.

Think greener in 2014

Ikea's UK head of sustainability offers a few handy hints to help us all be that bit more eco-friendly in 2014. Yes, you may think you know them..but have you acted on them yet?

Alexandre Caldas with the his new take on the '50s Goncalo chair

AROUNDtheTREE is a new Portuguese furniture company that is combining wood and cork to produce a range of stunning chairs

Mini Moderns strives to manufacture product in the UK

If you're involved in the world of interiors, you'll find plenty of inspiration at these three trade events. And if you're looking for eco-friendly, sustainable products, you won't be disappointed

Murano glass containers with brightly coloured lids by Yali

For lovers of Italian style and craftsmanship, don't miss this exclusive pop-up shop. It's your chance to treat your nearest and dearest this Christmas to a little something that is unusual and bellissima

Cayman bed with fabric upholstered headboard

Bed sales peak in January as generous discounts spur us to get rid of that awful old thing that's been giving us back ache. Sustainable UK bed retailer Warren Evans is offering up to 60 per cent off on many of its stylish models - so, as they say, hurry hurry hurry

Table and chairs by Gareth Neal, engraved stone wall panels by Gary Breeze and metal pendant light by Junko Mori

Works by remarkably talented designer-makers can be seen at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, with many pieces in Sotheby's Modern Makers exhibition being made from sustainable, recyclable materials

Cashmere and virgin wool throws by Dutch designer Anouk van der Laan

It may bankrupt us coming so soon after Christmas, but with all those sales on.... and if we've got a bit of Christmas present money to spend, a spot of judicious home enhancement can't be frowned on can it?

Let's all holiday in ..Armenia. Poster from Antik Bar www.antikbar.co.uk

The Soviet party machine presented the USSR in the 1920s and '30s as a tourist paradise using stylised, evocative art deco-style posters

Clare Pascoe believes in keeping things close to home if at all possible

Clare Pascoe is an interior designer who loves to upcycle, recycle and generally rejoice in the best of British craftsmanship

The Diggin' Design fair takes place at the Garden Museum on 1 December

For all things eco-friendly and home-grown, don't miss the Diggin' Design fair at the Garden Museum in central London. It's perfect if you're on the hunt for one-off Christmas gifts.

Paloma cream worktop and dark chocolate splashback, from Formica®

A Formica® laminate worktop was a dream come true for many a post-war housewife - and high pressure laminate shouldn't be overlooked today, because it's got colour, design kudos and eco cred