Compostable wallpaper, wooden lights, reclaimed teak coffee tables, recyclable/biodegradable kitchen utensils, recycled denim throws and beautiful pottery - there are plenty of good things out there for the eco-conscious, style conscious home maker
Spring is not far away and thoughts may be turning to a bit of sprucing up here and some interior refreshment there.
If you've been iffy about wallpaper because of its non-recyclability, the new range of papers from Herts-based hand-pulled screen printers Bold & Noble (launched at the Home show in London last month) should interest you. The North Easterly design is very evocative of a blowy day, and the papers should be compostable because the design is printed using water-based inks on to fibrous paper, rather than the non-woven vinyl materials, which aren't recyclable.
The UK factory that makes the paper has not done formal tests on its biodegradability but says the fact that its paper means you can put it on the compost heap at the end of its life.
Hugely talented Tom Raffield, who works deep in the countryside near Helston, has made a lovely new ash/oak pendant light, the Flux, which is something of a departure from his trademark curled wood fixtures. Flux made from different lengths of wood which fan out at the bottom and undulate gently, giving the piece a simple flow and elegance. H60cms, dia 15cms top and 60cms bottom. £475.
At the other end of the country, Martin Scarth at Broomley Furniture hand-makes fine quality contemporary furniture and lighting using FSC/PEFC certified woods, including European oak, American walnut and black cherry. His Ternion standard lamp is a striking tripod design that comes in several sizes, with either a glass shade that's made in Edinburgh, or a silk drum shade made in the south east of England. Prices from £629.
For reclaimed teak furniture, James Tatham's Manchester-based Ombak Furniture company has an versatile range of solid, contemporary pieces that are designed to fit into many styles of interior. We love the Rinjani coffee table (from £295), available in three sizes, which has a top made from two smooth planks of teak. Tatham's reclaimed teak furniture is unique to Ombak, with the teak coming from Dutch colonial buildings in Indonesia that have been demolished, as well as from old railway bridges and government buildings.
Moving into the kitchen, we're always on the look out for organic cotton teatowels, and have found great products at Victoria Eggs, which prints fun designs onto unbleached organic cotton. Products are made in the UK. Green Fingered Gardener's tea towel, £9.95, or gift set with tea towel, apron and mug, £45.95.
Special Offer from Harts of Stur on Judge BioChef cooking utensils
For eco-friendly cooking utensils, the Judge BioChef range is made from biomass plastic. The handles are biodegradable and the bodies of the spoons, slatted spoons and slices are recyclable. Available at Harts of Stur, Deco readers can enjoy a 10% discount in February on the BioChef collection by putting the code BIOCHEF1 at the checkout.
Organic lavender doorstops from Celia Lindsell
Doors that won't say open or closed are a pain, and there are times when the thing you need most in the world is a door-stop. And why not choose a pretty and fragrant one, rather than a chunky old weight... enter the organic lavender-filled linen doorstop from Celia Lindsell, the designer who fills our homes with the scent of Provence lavender fields. Weight:1kg, £29.99.
Linen towels from fou furnishings - which has a Special Offer for you
Linen towels are a good alternative to cotton ones, linen being a far more sustainable material than conventional cotton, plus the fact that flax grows widely in Europe. Glasgow's fou furnishings has a good selection - oh and don't miss your Special Offer from fou, which is offering you 15 per cent off across its product range in February.
Ceramics - including mugs for cat lovers and the perfect gift for that relative who needs help on the grammar front
Britian has a wealth of designers making beautiful chinaware. Hove-based modern home and giftware designer Jinny Ursell of Jin Designs has smartly charming pure white bone china mugs (made in Stoke On Trent) decorated with her black cat designs. Perfect for the monochrome kitchen not to mention cat lovers. £12 or £22 for set of two.
Ken and Valerie Shelton of Shelton Pottery in Cheshire make decorative bowls and vases, which are thrown by Ken and hand-painted by his artist wife Valerie. Her exquisite designs are loose florals in subtle colours and no two pieces are the same. Prices from £60. The Sheltons are members of the Craft Potters Assocation of Great Britain.
The ceramics of Hawaiian-born Barcelona resident Maia Ming are attracting a lot of attention, as they combine Asian and Scandinavian influences with a whimsical touch. Her curvaceous Eva teapot with matching cups, in black or white, is a stunning tactile piece that would enhance any table set for tea. Ming's designs are made in small potteries in Spain, Portugal and a few pieces in Vietnam.
It's great news that France-based UK potter Sue Ure is bringing out a Sue Ure Maison, a new range of slip-cast china in her trademark elegant forms and washed-out pastel colours. Pieces are being made in Poland and they'll be more affordable than her hand-thrown originals, with prices from £10. See her website for stockists.
And Deco LOVES these...Grammar Mugs from The Literary Gift Company. Anyone who struggles with their fewers and less thans, or they're/there/their, or with loose and lose.. we could go on...can improve their literacy no end with these.. £7.95 each, made and decorated in the UK.