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The art of elevated gifting

Five gift parcels that’ll elevate a humble present into something oh-so thoughtful this Christmas....

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Flower pressing creations

In our last journal post – ‘Autumnal flower pressing’ – Izzi Hudson, founder of florist, Flower and ...

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Autumnal flower pressing

Izzi Hudson, founder of florist, Flower and Press, gives us a step-by-step guide on flower pressing ...

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A late autumn walk

Our suggestions for discovering your local patch this month by getting out for a walk – including tr...

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Biophilia and connecting to nature

Most of us feel good in nature. Ask people to imagine a place where they feel happy and relaxed, man...

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Window wildlife

How to encourage wildlife to your garden, balcony or windowsill, and how to make time to enjoy the s...

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Savouring Bonfire Night at home

Autumn is a season to relish all by itself, but there’s one particular November celebration that bri...

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The Enchanted Forest

Look beyond a Sunday afternoon stroll with the dog through your local woods. Our ancient forests are...

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You'll find me in the orchard

Apple orchards hold more than just apples, as chef and food writer James Rich explains....

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How to grow baby leaf spinach

There’s much lore regarding spinach. The legendary pipe-smoking sailor, Popeye, got his strength fro...

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Remembering Sir Terence Conran

In tribute to one of Britain’s most influential and ground-breaking designers, former Livingetc edit...

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Going green

In 2019 visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show saw, alongside polished displays of sculptural grasses a...

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For the love of the humble bee

Over the summer, while our roads and streets fell silent, it wasn’t only the birds whose presence be...

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Reaching new heights

Two years ago, Neptune co-founder John Sims-Hilditch began mentoring Neil, an ex-soldier who lost bo...

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A flower visionary: Philippa Craddock

“I must have flowers, always, and always,” declared Impressionist artist Claude Monet. And he has a ...

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An expert’s eye on lighting

A favourite subject amongst interior designers and writers alike, there’s a lot to say (and a lot th...

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Demystifying the design process

Embarking on a home project can be refreshing, exciting and creative. It can also be daunting. Where...

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How to keep your home cool in summer

As the mercury rises this week, sun worshipers may rejoice, but the other side of the coin is the in...

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A potted history

The dinner parties held by Catherine the Great must have been a sight to behold. In 1778, the Empres...

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Caring for Charleston

Kathy Crisp is the conservation cleaner at Charleston House, originally the summer sanctuary and now...

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Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden

Nestled in the East Sussex countryside just outside Lewes is Charleston, originally the summer sanct...

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Talking to: Neptune's stylist, Meaghan

A photoshoot is a busy place. Between photographer and props, set-builders and models (often of the ...

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A time to read

There’s a lot of power contained within the pages of a book. The power to enlighten, to transport, t...

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How to reconnect with the simple things

When we grow up, so much of the wonder and sense of adventure we possessed as children is lost. Hour...

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Detox your wardrobe

Who, in lockdown, hasn’t thought they really should use this time to sort through their wardrobe, r...

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The right note

Hidden in a London basement is that most specialist of workshops – the restoration centre for broken...

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Inspired by the silver screen

You’re probably watching more movies than ever right now, so why not be inspired by the sets as well...

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Greenhouses, orangeries and conservatories, a short history

What is the difference between an orangery, a greenhouse and a conservatory? Like many ‘back of hous...

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Five quick kitchen fixes

Marcus, one of the kitchen designers from Neptune York, shares five ways to update your kitchen – s...

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Designing a galley kitchen

When thinking of your ‘dream’ kitchen, it’s probably fair to assume that most of us don’t picture a ...

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A noble ascent

"The world is like a grand staircase,” Samuel Johnson once said. “Some are going up, and some are go...

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Alexandra Shulman on fashion at home

As she examines how our style choices evolve with time, former editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Sh...

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The Great British Garden Show

Extraordinary situations can sometimes spark extraordinary ideas, and the current lockdown is no exc...

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Creative influences

Join interiors and brand expert, and former editor of Livingetc magazine, Suzanne Imre, as she catch...

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Thoughts on Saffron

Michelle Ogundehin, colour and design expert and former editor of Elle Decoration, explores the rich...

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12 went to Provence (to shoot the new spring collection)

Back in January, when life felt very different, our creative team headed to Provence, France, to sho...

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How to organise and file, elegantly

You don’t need to have a dedicated home office – or even to actually do any work from home – to know...

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Learn something new: our pick of the best online courses

It’s no surprise that there are now more courses and workshops to take part it online than ever – an...

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Behind the walls of Houghton Lodge

Afew weeks ago, just before we all found ourselves spending a lot more time at home, Kat and Alex f...

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On our bookshelf: Happy Inside by Michelle Ogundehin

Internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, trends and style, Michelle Ogundehin is a wri...