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Nat Maks' suminagashi floating ink prints, made in Margate

For abstract art in lovely colours, Nat Maks' prints are unique as she uses the centuries old craft of Suminagashi

Albert Moon Downloadable and printable art on Etsy

Valentine's Day has become another of those days where marketing folks try to convince us our beloved will be thrilled with a bin or a hacksaw. Well, having quizzed a range of folks it seems the old favourites continue to reign supreme: flowers, champagne and a dinner that isn't pasta and pesto. Which isn't to say some new thinking couldn't come into play...

Interior architect Daniel Hopwood prefers to use natural, sustainable materials

This London townhouse is testament to the skill of the many craftspeople working in Britain, and more of us should make use of them, urges interior architect Daniel Hopwood

EGLOO terracotta heater

If you get chilly while working late at your desk, or you need a bit of heat during an al fresco supper, the Egloo could be just the thing to give you that soupçon of additional heat to keep you going

Graphene is essentially a thin layer of pure carbon and it's hailed as a wonder material. So cue great excitement about a new natural paint from Spain that contains graphene

Rap starts say stop deforestation in Kenya

Kenyan rappers Anderson Mwakazi (aka Harshkid Luckystah), Benard Kaisa (aka Benkaizah) and Simon Mwanjala (aka Popsodah) have a new rap song and video, Pray for Nature, that calls for an end to deforestation in Africa. See it on YouTube and heed their words

Joy Joliffe linen cushions

It's surprisingly hard to find linen cushion covers, so word up, designer Joy Joliffe has a sample sale - your chance to grab an eco-friendly, useful and not to say pretty interior accessory

Abundance of wisteria at Alassio

Fingers crossed we can all get to travel a bit later on this year, so if you plan to head to Italy's Genoa region, and you're a keen gardener, find time to visit these gardens on the Ligurian coast, fully restored to glory

Farmhouse revival

There's a lot of recycling, upcycling and makin' do and mendin' if you want an authentic farmhouse interior. Farmhouse Revival by Steve Gross and Susan Daley looks at 20 beautiful farmhouses in Northeast America, and should inspire those who want an antidote to minimalism

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