June 2017

Lechuza planters mean you allow you not to water your plants for up to 12 weeks

Keeping plants in containers watered can be a drag, especially in hot weather. Lechuza recyclable plastic planters have an internal reservoir that gets round the problem

Stamford dining chairs in various bright colours by Lloyd Loom of Spalding.

If the warmer weather is inspiring you to improve your homestead, here's are a few little and not so little somethings to tempt you ..eco-friendly of course

Autumn may be hoving into view, but it's always time to embrace pale pinks, baby blues and lilacs

The House of Lords has appointed a new committee chaired by Lord Cameron of Dillington that will report by the end of March 2018

Fill your home with plants

Let's hear it for house plants, outdoor cooking and British craftspeople who make good things out of wood and wool. Not to mention scented candles that really DO fill a room with fragrance.

Copenhagen by Lesley Hilling

Fascinatingly intricate works made with salvaged wood and found objects tell personal yet universal stories

Tijn van Elderen of Dutch global homewares brand Brabantia

The boss of the company that's turned the household bin into an object of desire talks to Abby Trow about Brabantia's devotion to good design and crucially to sustainable design

award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is from Burkina Faso

This year's pavilion outside the Serpentine Galleries in London's Hyde Park has been designed by award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré

You can find zinc pots in salvage yards and second-hand shops

For the second in her series of super quick and easy upcycling projects, Kajsa Kinsella works her magic on the humble zinc pail. It's a fun thing to do with children if you want to get them upcycling early

Joanna Lumley with Andrew Motion and Satish Kumar

Gerard Manley Hopkins would no doubt have been a winner if it had been running in his lifetime... Poets who share his love of the natural world are invited to submit a poem on the theme of ecology for this year's Resurgence Prize

Chinatown poster by John Bellany

The renowned experts in original vintage posters are hosting a talk about London Underground's hugely successful Art On The Underground programme ahead of an online auction of some of its original posters

Lavender bag by maker extraordinaire Kajsa Kinsella

If you class yourself as hopelessly, irredeemably incompetent when it comes to making anything in the art and craft department, Kajsa Kinsella has plans for you. She's here to help you unleash your latent powers of makery and she's starting with an easy peasy lavender bag. Gather round folks

H&G Festival has lots of great lifestyle brands and quirky one offs

The House & Garden Festival at London's Olympia brings together three shows under one umbrella..not that it'll be raining..this is summer. In short the Spirit of Summer Fair, GROW London and The House Fair have become one