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Beko looks at homes in a post pandemic world

Beko's report in collaboration with The Future Laboratory explores the long-term impact of global lockdowns on how we'll live in the near future.
 

AntikBar original vintage poster auction

Always a great opportunity to buy a fascinating piece of art, AntikBar is holding their next Original Vintage Poster Auction on Saturday 17 April. This online auction has over 500 lots featuring motor racing  - find the perfect gift for the car enthusiast in your life - as well as vintage posters covering cinema, propaganda, travel and sport.

View the auction catalogue and register to bid:

— Invaluable at www.invaluable.com/catalog/vc3yj2qz2v  

Plant clinic - keeping your plants fighting fit

Keep plants in full bloom is never that easy... despite our best efforts, plants can all too easily get out of shape. So if you want to learn how to care for them, Miracle-Gro is offering free virtual Plant Clinic appointments with gardening expert Kate Turner.

Tenant safety: asbestos rules

Asbestos is a highly damaging group of microscopic fibres that if inhaled can severely damage our lungs. The fibres become trapped within our alveoli where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. Since the fibres are lodged, they can irritate and scar lung tissue, making it difficult to breathe. Although the effects of inhaling asbestos may not be noticed at first, they will more than likely severely impact health later in life, causing conditions such as asbestosis and lung cancer.

Keep involved in fighting climate change

Gareth King, WWF's head of climate change, and Michaela Strachan are particularly concerned by the impact rising temperatures and extreme flooding have on bio-diversity and they have been looking at fairly simple things we can all do to curb climate change.  

1) Keep your garden wild: plant native flowers for pollinators and keep a patch of your garden unmown and unweeded to help attract bees, hedgehogs, beetles and slugs.

Nat Maks' Suminagashi wall prints

Nat Maks' wallpapers, murals and prints are hand-printed using the Suminagashi technique.

The process involves a medley of colours being placed on water, which then start to expand on its surface. The colours move on the water in an organic way and when a dynamic pattern has been formed, Nat makes a print by placing and moving paper on the water so it picks up the colour pattern. This technique means each piece is unique. 'There are no pattern repeats - we create individual rolls of paintings,' she explains.

Wall prints, which come unframed, are signed by the artist. 

Valentine's Day gifts: please, no bins

Valentine's Day gifts should be person and flowers top the list. Eco friendly and biodegradable, they top the sustainability list too if they're grown in the UK

Hard craft: period house refurbishment by Daniel Hopwood

Interior architect practice Daniel Hopwood is based in London. He champions craftspeople to make his designs and works in a style to suit clients.

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