• Seashells for gift decoration Beautiful gift-wrapping the eco way with Arona Khan

    Don't spend a fortune on gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan says we can all learn to wrap beautifully using paper off-cuts and bits-n-bobs we have lying around

  • insulate your roof space Reasons to make your home green

    With more of us feeling the effects of climate change - rising temperatures and more extreme weather events - so we know we have to do what we can in our own lives to protect the environment. Crucially we need to ensure our homes are insulated and our appliances are the most energy-efficient models.

  • mio culture Eco friendly wall coverings

    How environmentally friendly is wallpaper? If 'not very' is the answer...which it is.. what products can be used to make our walls green and interesting company? Kay Hill investigates


The Tartan Blanket Company has recycled wool blankets from £40

It's getting decidedly chilly, but don't turn up the heating - wrap up in a recycled wool blanket to keep warm 

With covid 19 still far from over, and with strain on many household budgets, it's a great opportunity for us all to appreciate that less is more when it comes to gifts. So get out the brown paper and the biodegradable glitter, don't buy more food than Bruce Bogtrotter could eat, and remember to compost ALL your peelings

..and not just for Christmas of course because poinsettias come in many other hues from cream to green to pink. But we tend to buy them as a yuletide tradition and rightly so because they are inject much needed colour at this time of year


Buying antiques is a great way of furnishing with minimal impact on the environment. And if you're always on the look-out for fascinating one-off pieces, don't miss the Decorative Antiques & Textile Fairs 

Ron Lawson is a distinctive artist

The Perthshire based artist is much in demand for his evocative landscape paintings of life on the isles around Scotland. If you're in Perthshire in November, you can see an exhibition of his latest works at the Strathearn Gallery

Floriade Exp 2022, tradition and innovation in horticulture

If tulips are your favourite flower, head to Amsterdam next year for a chance to truly immerse yourself in them at the upcoming Floriade. Not that they're the only flower on show of course because this once-in-a-decade event showcases all things horticultural