The Nook in the Wye Valley

Anyone wanting to embark on a self-build project, or renovate or refurbish their existing property should head to the show at London's ExCel. Experts including Charlie Luxton and Julia Kendall will be on hand - and Deco has free tickets worth £36 a pair to give away

Conservatories are topping the spend

Nearly half of UK homeowners are planning to spend thousands of pounds on their property over the next six months according to new research, with extensions, conservatories and kitchens top of the list

Features

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

American White Oak kitchen by Sustainable Kitchens in Bristol

Whether you invest your life savings in a luxury one, or you do it on a shoestring, you can make sure your kitchen doesn't leave a giant-sized carbon footprint in its wake

Hobbs sofa by SofaSofa is made in Britain

It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

People

Madeleine Boulesteix

Madeleine Boulesteix can take a box of unwanted glasses, teacups and jelly moulds and turn them into chandelier that will captivate and delight you for years to come. She talks to Abby Trow about her work

Martin Azua

We profile top designer Martín Azúa, who talks about nature, craft, going local and his Numbered collection of homewares that he hopes will make daily life better

Accessories

Flock's Northmore design on a Metier coffee table with orange steel hairpin legs

Eco friendly, unpretentious and affordable, birch plywood has become a popular material for contemporary furniture. Now textile design studio Flock and surface design and furniture company Métier have taken it up some notches with a collection of digitally-printed tables

Ali Tomlin bowls £38 for a small and £42 for the larger size.

Ali Tomlin's pieces may look delicate, but don't think they're best off kept in a display cabinet. No, her refined, contemporary porcelain bowls, dishes and vases are pretty hardy and can go in the oven and the dishwasher

PinPres by Ooo My Design is hand-made in Spain from wood

Cupboards and wardrobes are so fuddy duddy... if you want your children to keep their things tidy, get them to pin them away

Interiors

The downstairs area is open and full of areas to sit and relax

Artist Bonnie Saland's live/work studio in northern California is full of colour and pattern. She's the designer behind textile brand Philomela and the family's laid-back ocean retreat is the ideal backdrop for her work

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

Wall tiles made from recycled paper by US' MioCulture, £32 for 12 tiles, plus shipping

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