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Inspiration

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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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How to: no-sew fabric bunting for a summer celebration

Our simple step by step guide to making bunting for the jubilee and beyond....

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Forever and a day: presents for the happy couple

Our pick of timeless, keep-forever gifts to give to a just-married couple....

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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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The garden picnic

It’s a simple fact that fresh, summertime food tastes better outdoors. A slice of peppery frittata. ...

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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

Discover the inspirations behind our cushion collaboration with textile designer Beki Bright....

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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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Oh Easter tree

Much like its December counterpart, the Christmas tree, it seems it’s the Germans we have to thank f...

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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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Behind the walls of Houghton Lodge

We take an early springtime stroll around this Hampshire home’s walled garden....

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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: our approach to design

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

Author and presenter Ben Fogle looks at how people have discovered and protected their inner peace b...

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Making home design enjoyable: advice from our founders

John and Emma Sims-Hilditch share their tried and tested tips to help your home redesign go a lot sm...

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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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Our favourite interiors books

Whether you’re on the hunt for a hardback that will act as a manual for decorating your home or a ph...

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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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A voyage of craftsmanship and creativity

Craftsmanship is both an inspiration and an abiding principle for Neptune and its co-founder John Si...

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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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Reasons to love the first days of autumn

With the warm weather we’ve had so far this September, it feels like we’re only just getting into ea...

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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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Greenhouses, orangeries and conservatories, a short history

How garden rooms have been designed and used throughout history, and how you might decorate one toda...

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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....