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An explorer finds refuge at home

For our winter 2021 issue of Stories, we asked adventurer and presenter Ben Fogle to share the ways ...

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The architecture of happiness: how buildings can create joy

Why do some buildings and designed environments bring us more joy than others?...

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The joy of moving to the coast

We chat to two former city dwellers about the highs (and occasional lows) of relocating to the coast...

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Ways to say thank you: gifts for hosts

Present ideas that go beyond a bottle of wine for taking along to parties....

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From Barbury to Bloomsbury: how we name our designs

A quick look at some of the stories that lie behind our collection names....

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A touch of genius: why we value original art

We explore why it is that original art pieces hold such emotional potency....

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Meet the designer: Beki Bright and our Odette cushions

See the Odette design on our Florence cushions in more detail here. You can also explore Beki’s own ...

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Kneading time: the rise of the artisan bakery

Inside Grain & Hearth, the Whitstable-based bakery that takes a slower approach....

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The joy of trees with Charlie Marsden

Tree consultant and dendrologist Charlie Marsden tells us about the fascinating hidden life of trees...

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The joy of spring: moments to cherish

Moments and traditions to help you make the most of March, April and May, and bring you closer to th...

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Why meadows matter

Conserving our natural habitats protects the ecosystem and promises beguiling blooms....

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Nature versus nurture: how to create an authentic home

Where does personal taste come from? What influences the colours and designs you choose to fill your...

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Book club: books for favourite pursuits

Our pick of page-turners both old and new for (just about) every type of hobbyist, whether you’re a ...

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One step forward: why you should go barefoot

The reflective ritual of ‘grounding’ is fast becoming popular, as journalist Lucy Dunn discovered wh...

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The gentle balance of food preservation

Food historian Dr Annie Gray explains how science and sociology have combined to keep our palettes p...

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The heirloom tray: designing Terence

A considered design story for the simplest of objects....

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The one-hundred-year mindset

Neptune co-founder John Sims-Hilditch tells journalist Suzanne Imre how looking beyond the here and ...

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The search for contentment by Ben Fogle

The last couple of years has forced many of us to slow down. It has given us a chance to think about...

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Celebrating the beauty of winter light

Finding the joy in winter’s light, come crystal clear sun or moodily overcast skies....

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How to define your personal style

As social media and TV programmes have allowed us indulgent glimpses into other people’s homes, so o...

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Homemade presents: fabric-covered notebooks

Bookbinder Emma Williams shares her tips for covering plain notebooks or journals with fabric to cre...

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Meet the designer: Francesca Wardle & our Francesca fabric

We chat to the designer behind our new Francesca fabric collection....

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Record players and typewriters: celebrating slow pastimes

From record players to hand-written letters – why, in some cases, patience is very much a virtue....

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Cooking over fire with Gill Meller

River Cottage chef and author Gill Meller on the year-round appeal of cooking outdoors over fire....

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Luxury on the loch: inside the Todd & Duncan cashmere mill

Tucked away on the banks of a loch in eastern Scotland sits an unprepossessing mill with an unexpect...

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The bigger picture

Our co-founder, John Sims Hilditch, reflects on the far-reaching impact of restoration....

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Life in your hands

What rhythms of life are etched on your hands? Palms roughened by working the soil, fingers agile fr...

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Our autumn collection in the making

A country walk was the starting point for the new collection...

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Material matters, part two: wellbeing

Part two in our series looking at the materials we should be using in our homes in the future...

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The art of combining old and new

How to work antiques and treasures into your scheme...

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Material matters, part one: sustainability

Part one in our series exploring the materials we’ll be making and living with in the future....

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The stitches that connect us

Stitched slowly and carefully over days and weeks, if not months, quilts are one of those crafted ob...

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Slowly does it: the slow food movement today

The slow food movement has been attracting leading foodies in the UK for some years now, but lockdow...

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Restored to new glory: our Cheltenham store

Interiors journalist Giles Kime explores how the Neptune design team breathed new life into an histo...

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Perfectly imperfect: the Japanese craft of kintsugi

Design writer Roddy Clarke explores the Japanese craft of kintsugi, which celebrates the beauty of b...

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Get to know us: Chris from Neptune Weybridge

We chat to Chris, who owns our store in Weybridge, in the latest of our ‘getting to know you’ interv...

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Call us collectors

What does it mean to be a collector? Why do we do it? And what is it that people collect? We sent an...

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In the garden with Jane: the productive garden

Author and stylist Jane Cumberbatch on creating a productive and beautiful garden....

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Antiques & the art scene

Hunting for antiques to proudly display in your home? Homes & Antiques writer Caroline Wheater r...

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In the garden with Jane: the sustainable garden

Author and designer Jane Cumberbatch on creating a beautiful and sustainable garden....