How to grow houseplants fit for the Chelsea flower show

How to grow houseplants fit for the Chelsea flower show The UK’s top gardening competition now has a houseplant category – but even beginners can nurture medal-worthy plants with a little expert advice There is a whole generation of people who know their Pilea peperomioides from their Monstera deliciosa and the Royal Read more about How to grow houseplants fit for the Chelsea flower show[…]

Should we buy a home in London or save for one in the north?

Should we buy a home in London or save for one in the north? We’re priced out of much of the capital and are planning to move nearer family in the two years Q My fiance and I are looking to buy our first home. We are in our early to mid-30s Read more about Should we buy a home in London or save for one in the north?[…]

UK house prices rise at fastest rate on record

UK house prices rise at fastest rate on record 2019 general election result provided period of ‘stability’ following Brexit uncertainty UK house prices rose over the last month at the fastest rate on record for the time of the year, as sellers felt more confident about the outlook for the housing market Read more about UK house prices rise at fastest rate on record[…]

Mi casa es su casa: the family who turned their Lisbon home into a hotel

Mi casa es su casa: the family who turned their Lisbon home into a hotel In a 1900s building in Lisbon, António Costa Lopes and Filipa Fortunato have created an intimate hotel that feels like a family home – because it is one Over the years, Casa Fortunato in Lisbon has been Read more about Mi casa es su casa: the family who turned their Lisbon home into a hotel[…]

Are your houseplants environmentally friendly? | James Wong

Are your houseplants environmentally friendly? | James Wong Keep your ‘plant miles’ down by following these tips on importing, greenhouse use and propogating I have been getting loads of questions about the sustainability of houseplants recently. To me, it’s very encouraging that people are so interested in greening their indoors (in both Read more about Are your houseplants environmentally friendly? | James Wong[…]

Hungry birds and marauding moles create a sense of wonder

Hungry birds and marauding moles create a sense of wonder Fill up the feeders, grab some binoculars and a guidebook, and watch as the tits, finches and blackbirds swoop in Denmark, end of December. The constant sound of the sea, the smell of wood smoke and salt. The air is almost kippered. Read more about Hungry birds and marauding moles create a sense of wonder[…]

Norman conquest: an imaginatively restored French farmhouse

Norman conquest: an imaginatively restored French farmhouse With everything from running water to a new roof needed, the key to updating this once-derelict farm in Normandy was patience When Vincent Dewas first came to view the farm that is now his Normandy home, several potential buyers had already been put off by Read more about Norman conquest: an imaginatively restored French farmhouse[…]

Illuminating: the making of Bert Frank's luxury lighting – in pictures

Illuminating: the making of Bert Frank’s luxury lighting – in pictures Robbie Llewellyn and Adam Yeats met by chance at a London lighting shop, and soon found they shared a vision. Llewellyn’s design ideas and Yeats’s industrial knowledge have been beautifully combined to create Bert Frank. In Yeats’s presswork factory in Clerkenwell, Read more about Illuminating: the making of Bert Frank's luxury lighting – in pictures[…]

Rich pickings: a fashion stylist’s palace of glamour

Rich pickings: a fashion stylist’s palace of glamour Floral wallpaper, luxurious textures and jewel-toned accents rule in Leith Clark’s romantic home From gold-patterned wallpaper and velvet upholstery to peacock feather fabric, there is barely a corner of Leith Clark’s glamorous Victorian house that isn’t filled with rich, dramatic shades. The hallway is Read more about Rich pickings: a fashion stylist’s palace of glamour[…]

Gardening tips: plant a black-stemmed dogwood

Gardening tips: plant a black-stemmed dogwood Then visit the Giant Houseplant Takeover at RHS Wisley or read about modern plant hunters Plant this Looking for something showy for your garden this month? Black-stemmed dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’) underplanted with evergreen grasses or snowdrops makes a dramatic winter picture. This hardy shrub will Read more about Gardening tips: plant a black-stemmed dogwood[…]