Meet the original upcyclers: Mark and Sally Bailey

Mark and Sally Bailey Baileys Home and Garden

Mark and Sally Bailey, king and queen of up cycling, talk us through their stripped-back style

Win a cosy winter break with New Forest Living and The Simple Things

Relax, recharge, unwind. Spend a long weekend in a forest hideaway, Hunters Moon cottage in Godshill is the perfect setting for a weekend getaway… As the summer holiday season draws to a close we’re already dreaming of winter breaks in unspoilt countryside: watching the sun rise across misty fields, warming our toes in front of… Continue reading

Craig Sams: The Simple Things interview

Craig Sams

Sharon O’Connell meets Green & Black’s co-founder and biochar champion Craig Sams. Unlikely as it may seem, sweet-toothed foodies with a fondness for Green & Black’s organic chocolate have the US Navy’s inefficiency to thank for their fix. When company co-founder and Nebraska native Craig Sams was in his late teens, his life path seemed set. Kenneth Sams… Continue reading

The perfect summer lunch: Gazpacho

Photography: Rosie Barnett

Honour the tomato with this cold Spanish soup. Top with croutons and Serrano ham for a perfect lunch. Serves 6 6 large tomatoes 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped 2 yellow peppers, deseeded and chopped 1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped 3 spring onions, chopped 1 large garlic clove 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, or a… Continue reading

Sponsored post: Chic staycations closer to home

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This guest blog post is a sponsored message from the people at Sykes Cottages. With the summer holidays on the horizon, we’re looking forward to never-ending days of sunshine, picnics in the park and trips to the beach. For a stylish staycation this year, find a self-catering holiday cottage in the UK; it’s the green… Continue reading

Sponsored post: A summer escape in Somerset

Somerset yurts

Somerset Yurts is run by husband and wife team, Mark and Emma Cavill along with our two young boys, Will and Tommy. Having spent 10 years in hectic corporate life around the Thames Valley, we decided the time was right to move back to Mark’s family farm and settle down in our beloved West Country…. Continue reading

Sponsored post: Learn a new skill for free with The Amazings

Make an heirloom patchwork quilt with help from Virgina

Have you heard of The Amazings? It’s an online platform for skill-sharing, where older teachers (over 50s, AKA ‘Amazings’) teach the younger generation skills for life. Whether that’s carpentry, crochet or jewellery making. Classes have been running in London for over a year now but the exciting news is The Amazings has recently launched online… Continue reading

Pitching tents this summer, the dos and don'ts

Photography: XPeria2Day

Heading to Glastonbury this week? Or perhaps you’re preparing for the first camping trip of the year, either way here’s a recap of everything you’ve forgotten since the last time. 1. Lay the flysheet (outer layer) flat, ensuring doors and so on are zipped up. Think: “I could be at home now, catching up on… Continue reading

Sponsored post: Happy glampers in Herefordshire


If your tastes run to a touch of up-market camping accommodation set amid the glorious Herefordshire countryside, then look no further than our chic new Glamping units. We have two high-class bell tents, which are sited on raised wooden decking. The tents are spacious and well equipped, with luxuries not normally found when camping. These… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: A journey through Southern Italy

Puglia Italy, photography: Inntravel

Dreaming of getting lost between olive groves, discovering secret caves on the coastline, and marveling at the Baroque architecture. To find out more about Puglia visit the Inntravel website.