November 2015

Butterfly mix tins contain 20 small balls of seeds, normally £5.49 a tin

A very affordable present has become twice as affordable as Seedball offers you half price on its lovely tins of seedballs. So do your bit to fill the world with flowers

Hessian stockings by dejaooh, £26

Christmas is a time lots of us keep our fingers crossed that we'll get a gift or two that's really useful or that we need. So if you want to give gifts that are practical, we've got ideas to suit all budgets, from funky bellows to reclaimed wood coasters via hydroponic indoor veg growing. All wrapped in recycled giftwrap.

Elin Isaksson

The Handmade in Britain fair is a great champion of our kings and queens of craft

Ceramic sound amplifiers for mobile phones

Listen to music on your phone? amplify the sound with these funky Smartdogs from Galician ceramicist Nacho Porto

Antiques or contemporary?

Want to refresh your home but you're not sure about your taste and style? A fun new online tool can point in the right direction

Tony Williams' The Snow Moon Farm

The institute's annual show takes place at Mall Galleries in central London, with plenty of contemporary paintings on show. So come along and be inspired

Rebelle by Sonia Rykiel at Lelievre. 100% linen

If you're a bit iffy about floral fabrics, don't be, because used judiciously a few flowers about the place can make everyone happier. And if the English country house look isn't your thing..well, many contemporary designs allude to flowers in an abstract kind of way.

John Thackara

In his new book, John Thackara considers new ways of doing things that don't require us to devour the natural world in pursuit of endless growth that ultimately achieves financial profit only for the mighty few

Botanica products are made from materials used pre Bakelite

A new book by Rebecca Proctor explores sustainability in design, looking closely at materials as well as finished products from furniture to decorative accessories.

1960s travel poster about the delights of Austria

If you collect vintage posters or think you'd like to start, then click into top dealer Antikbar's upcoming online auction with some 600 posters available across cinema, advertising, travel and politics