From painted furniture and pretty ceramics to fabulous wallpapers and textiles, our houses this month are full of beautiful ideas to inspire your decorating and collecting. Rhiannon Batten speaks to six artists whose works involve taking inherited possessions and turning them into something new, bringing their sentimental value to the next level. While Jenny Oldaker discovers how science and art collide in the vibrant world of ornithological prints, Emma Longstaff takes us through the beguiling collecting area that is buttons, and Luke Honey focuses his gaze on charming Edwardian pond yachts. Plus, if you’re planning a summer holiday, make sure you add a few of our excellent reads for art and antiques lovers to your wishlist!