February 2016

Butterflies live for just a few days, but their bodies can last for years under glass

There's a resurgence of interest in that prettiest of Victoriana, the butterfly dome. Indeed butterflies seem to be the creature of the moment, says dome maker Charlotte Proudlove

Ali Tomlin bowls £38 for a small and £42 for the larger size.

Ali Tomlin's pieces may look delicate, but don't think they're best off kept in a display cabinet. No, her refined, contemporary porcelain bowls, dishes and vases are pretty hardy and can go in the oven and the dishwasher

Cornwall candle maker St Eval has brought out new glass hurricane lamps for candles

Sales of candles, particularly fragranced ones, continue to grow. And we're seeing more small artisan manufacturers bring delicious new fragrances to the market while striving to make their products environmentally friendly

New colours from Farrow & Ball

The middle classes' favourite made-in-Britain paint brand has brought out nine new colours for 2016

Spring fair to put a spring in your step

If you like craft, all things pretty and rural and find yourself in London between 16-20 March, the Country Living Spring Fair is for you

Mother Most Amiable - Mater Amabilis

A Royal School of Needlework exhibition this month celebrates the beauty of hand-embroidery and its role in the life of the church

Verdure & Decay by Anna Airy (1882-1964)

The popular fair offers a chance to buy original drawings and watercolours. And this year you can see an exhibition of works by Laurie Lee, and hear a talk by Simon Schama

Bisca won Best Product Design award

The mighty oak is very much in evidence in this bespoke staircase for a restored sixteenth century shippon ..which in case you haven't got a dictionary to hand means cow shed/barn