Ilve Roma 150cm range cooker is made in Italy

Get the low down on range cookers from an energy efficiency point of view. Kay Hill chooses 20 models, both cast iron heat storage and freestanding range cookers

Roger Oates' Isis Leaf 100% wool carpet is made from British Cheviot wool

New carpet is a delight. But it can be an environmental horror when its time comes to die. So are there eco-friendly carpets on the market? And what can you do with a dead one? Kay Hill investigates

Peony Red Charm

Nurseryman Alec White of Befordshire’s Primrose Hall Nursery urges us to fill our gardens with peonies, that most lushly petalled beauty

Fiskars New Generation of axes

If you have a wood-burning stove, you may find yourself having to become the Ray Mears of the house and chop logs on a regular basis. So make sure you've got a good sharp axe to hand

Features

The Guest by Jaime Hayón for Lladró

The word ornament has grim connotations. But don't make your dogs, birds or dancing ladies hide away, because ceramic ornaments mean a huge amount to us - and sales are on the rise

Cornwall-based Bark Furniture is introducing a junior sized version of its popular Kustom armchair

There's no doubt children like furniture that's child-sized. But while it's generally not worth going overboard and buying munchkin-sized everything..you'll have a large and lumpen teen before you know it.. some pieces are worth investing in

Red roses are a winner

Valentine's Day has become another of those days where marketing folks try to convince us our loved one will be thrilled with a bin or a hacksaw. Well, having quizzed people out on the streets it would seem the old favourites reign supreme: flowers, champagne and a dinner that isn't pasta and pesto

People

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He's the go-to man for stripes. Soft, subtle, abstract, hard, straight, curved, technicolour, wild, ordered, garish, it's stripes unlimited

Cawley's job is to be keen, green and not mean when it comes to working with small suppliers in far off lands

Stephen Cawley has the task of ensuring John Lewis puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to ethics and the environment

Accessories

Transylvania birdhouse by Gary Edwin Wild, 80cm, £150

Gary's left London to return to his native Northumberland...and he's so thrilled to back in the bosom of nature that he's designed a charming collection of houses for our discerning feathered friends

Linen cushions by Rapture & Wright

That bellweather of British taste, John Lewis, says 'flamingo' has been one of the most popular search words on its website and sales of all things flamingo have been rocketing. 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

LiliLite by Crowdy House

Looking for a light that really does make it enjoyable to read in bed? Want an overhead lamp you can just plug in to a socket...and works as a bookshelf to boot? The plywood LiliLite could be just the ticket

Interiors

Family room at the Wilton Street house by Residence One

Come on, we all like a bit of vicarious luxury, since most of us don't live in it ourselves! And if you want to know whether eco issues do arise when designing for the super rich, interior designer Emily Carlisle at Laura Hammett Interiors says yes, they do

The master bedroom in Scargill Castle

Caroline Hardie-Hammond was given the deeds to the wreck that was Scargill Castle on her wedding day in 1999 by her husband Niall. And after a long labour of love it's fully restored to glory

The house is furnished simply and the tiles bringing out the Arab soul

Rock the Kasbah furniture designer Philippe Xerri has renovated a charming house in Tunis in a simple style using local materials