flowers flowers and more flowers are essential at weddings

You've got weddings or civil partnerships coming up. The happy couples have eschewed a list at a department store, saying airily that 'anything recyclable, bio-degradable or generally CO2-lite will be simply divine!' Rejoice, there's much that fits the bill

Succulents are fat leafed plants..they're plump with water

Succulents were the height of bohemian chic in the '70s and they're enjoying a resurgence thanks to a focus on easy-care plants and the need to do something about our indoor air quality. Grower Fiona Weymss of Kent-based Blueleaf Plants gives us the lowdown on these adorable little creatures

Linen cushions by Rapture & Wright

That bellweather of British taste, John Lewis, says 'flamingo' continues to be one of the most popular search words on its website and sales of all things flamingo remain high. Well, they are very beautiful so we've tracking down some quality, tasteful and eco friendly flamingo-themed homewares to lift the spirits over the winter months

Features

Adventures In Furniture

Call it what you will, but a credenza.. or sideboard..or buffet..is a wonderful piece of furniture that too many of us are going without

Lava lamps come in at number 11

A recent survey confirms that avocado suites and woodchip wallpaper are universally reviled, but did you know that lava lamps and faux flowers also feature in a home horrors list?

Emma mattresses

Mattress ads are everywhere..and many of us are rejoicing that the mattress has gone from unwieldy monster to being delivered in a box, ready to unroll and voila. But mattresses at the end of their lives invariably get dumped in landfill, so what are manufacturers of this new breed doing to lessen their products' environmental impact?

People

Catherine Southon

Auctions are fun and if you're doing up your home on a tight budget you'd be mad not to go to a few, says auctioneer Catherine Southon - a familiar face on the BBC. And you can't really get more eco-friendly than antiques, she says

Upcycling expert Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo urges us all to unleash our inner practicality and creativity and join him in the immersive world of making, doing and mending

Accessories

Lilipad by Sealey Furniture

Fed up with constantly mislaying your tablet computer? the solution - keep the thing upright in a stunning Lilipad holder from Sealey Furniture, available to buy from the deco shop

abeego wraps. Set of six small wraps £15. Find at green pioneer.co.uk

Forget cling film and switch to natural plastic-free products to keep your food fresher for longer. Such as Abeego. It's organic cotton treated with beeswax and the resulting wrap is breathable, reusable and highly effective

We all love a Hug Rug

It's a fantastic eco story, a made in Britain story, a 'how have I lived without one?' story. Let's hear it for Hug Rug!

Interiors

This two-floor villa is simple and modern

With land prices in Spain still pretty low, you might be considering doing a self-build by the sea... Let this contemporary villa near Valencia by Ramón Esteve architects spur you into action

Pinky mac

Macramé plant pot holders were big in the '70s but subsequently fell away into obscurity. But what goes around comes around and macramé is having a modern moment again.

Heart Wood from Dulux

Yes, colours, like people, need championing, so let's hear it for warm pinky mauve Heart Wood, which Dulux has crowned COTY 2018