March 2017

Incised lidded jars, £45 at Jardins Florian

The Japanese ceramicist studied at Falmouth University but has returned home to set up her studio specialising in elegantly informal and eminently useable pieces

The light-filled main living room

Edward and Emma Bulmer's splendid Herefordshire home is full of colour and pattern...and boasts surprisingly low running costs

This year marks the centenary of the celebrated textile designer's birth and among many events the mark the occasion is an exhibition of her work in Manchester

A novel idea for a splash back

If your kids won't stop drawing on the walls, or you harbour latent talents as a mural artist, why not turn your house into a wipe-clean canvas... And we're not talking black walls, because you can buy low to no VOC chalkboard paint in every colour under the sun

Vibrant Jassa range from Ikea

With Mother's Day hoving into view you may be inspired to buy more than flowers for your mum...a vase to put them in perhaps, or a rose scented candle. We've also been on the hunt for useful and always attractive pieces for the home, from baskets and bedside cabinets to pot stands and linen cushions and fabrics. All eco friendly, of course

Berry Bowl colander is made in the Potteries of stoke on trent

A great idea from Stoke on Trent ceramicist Reiko Kaneko, the from tap-to-table Berry Bowl colander

Lisboa ash veneer desk, £115, has only one leg fitting

If putting together flat pack furniture fills you with a certain dread, take heart from Ikea's wedge dowel joint which makes it easy peasy to assemble and disassemble its products

Business can be ethical and being ethical includes being environmentally friendly

M&S is among several UK companies to make it onto the list of the world's most ethical companies compiled by the Arizona-based think tank, the Ethisphere Institute

cattedrale vegetale

This cathedral made from trees has opened in the city of Lodi, south east of Milan. It's a homage to its architect, the late Giuliano Mauri, and a place for all to enjoy the wonder of nature

A new infographic has useful information if you're looking to buy a home in the UK

World Water Day 2017 highlights the suffering caused to millions of people by having to live without access to clean water

Winter Sleep by Allan Forsyth

There are flowers. And there are Allan Forsyth flowers...

pop art tiles by ceramicist Chris Taylor

It’s the wheel of fortune because ceramics have become every bit as collectible as paintings. So if you're potty about pots don't miss CAL, where you'll see work from some 90 leading ceramicists