• Home improvement: what to consider

    Good interior design doesn't have to cost a fortune if you use your discerning eye - ie you don't need a professional to tell you what's good quality from bad, chic from tasteless. But if you do want to improve your home, it makes sense to go about it step by step.

  • Big Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola for B+B Italia, from Chaplins Are you on a quest for a truly comfortable lounge chair?

    Finding something comfortable to sit on for more than a few moments is surprisingly dificult. Most sofas are too hard, most chairs have backs to high/low/rigid, beanbags to too hard to get in and out of and they make too much noise when you move around. So we've done a bit of legwork for you and have some suggestions for chairs you really can spend an evening on watching telly.


Old tyres can be upcycled into planters

Once you get your creative thinking cap on you'll be amazed at what you can upcycle

Nick's Bespoke Maps

Our young folks are dynamic in the face of adversity! Take history graduate Nick van Oosterom, who's finding success with his unique one-man map drawing business

lamp with base from used umbrella mechanism

The designers at anti love to reuse and recycle - and they've homed in on discarded umbrellas as the base material for their first collection of lamps. Here they explain their ethos


Artist Bonnie Saland has an ocean side house in California

Artist Bonnie Saland's live/work studio in northern California is full of colour and pattern. She's the designer behind textile brand Philomela and the family's laid-back ocean retreat is the ideal backdrop for her work.

Edward Bulmer Natural Paints contain no plastic

Paints have a big impact on air quality, something that's becoming more of a concern to homeowners. So which manufacturers score highly on great colour, environmental friendliness and quality? 

Rush Matters makes rugs from rushes

Ok, what's hemp? what's vicuña? ...not sure?..well you need Kay Hill's guide to fibres and fabrics to help you make the most environmentally-friendly choices when buying floor coverings and textiles