It's that time again already...Deco Christmas gift time that is, with perfect presents for your nearest and dearest that have the added benefit of being pretty darn eco...

London carpenter and builder Tim Mansfield with client Abby Trow on the green roof

Should you have a garden that's big enough, it makes sense to put in a garden room if you need a home office, somewhere to put growing kids, sprightly grandparents or overnight guests, or you need a place to escape to. Sheds ain't what they used to be you know

fair trade candles, hand painted by cooperatives in South Africa

Putting up decorations is one of the joys of Christmas. But given that tinsel is made from PVC and so doesn't score highly on the eco points chart, how should we deck the halls?.. Kay Hill has some sustainable suggestions

Plantashelf

Indoor air quality is greatly improved by having plants at home but they can take over surfaces and generally get in the way. Plantashelf is a new product that allows plant and shelf to live in harmony on the wall

Cedar of Lebanon table with a high shine. Picture courtesy of www.paleamber.net

Many of us reach for a pot of paint when wooden furniture starts to look tired. Is that because we've forgotten about the noble art of French polishing, which restores wood to its former glories? Abby Trow talks to expert Dan Norris

Features

Marmoleum is a good choice because it's cushioned and is easy to maintain

Continuing her look at resilient flooring, Kay Hill considers the eco merits of linoleum as well as rubber and cork flooring

The mansions of Edinburgh New Town

If England's continuing seeming enthusiasm for Brexit has left you wondering if it wouldn't be a bad move to head north of the border...the question is to which city?

Shutters are a clean, unobtrusive window treatment

Blinds or curtains? Or both? Or what about shutters? There are many ways to make windows look fabulous, and plenty of eco-friendly woods and fabrics to choose from

People

Marivi Colvo and Sandro Tothill of LZF

Abby Trow talks to lighting designer Mariví Calvo of innovative wood veneer lighting brand LZF. She reckons the company is about as eco as it's possible for a designer brand to be.

Luminescences

French artist Joëlle Kem Lika uses her art to celebrate nature and encourage us all to value the planet we live on. She's held successful exhibitions in London and interest in her work is growing this side of the Channel

Accessories

Tony Hawk on his Iris board

The perfect Christmas gift for the eco-minded skateboard mad teen...a recycled skateboard skateboard. Now you can follow in Tony Hawk's slipstream

Bicoca portable lamp

Portable lamps are such a good idea and Marset's Bicoca is a great example of this growing genre of rechargeable lighting

Do you bit to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by using Wrag Wrap

Wrap your gifts in an eco-friendly fabric that looks and feels remarkably like wrapping paper. Wrag Wrap won't tear or degrade, and it's meant to be re-used again and again

Interiors

Shutters are a clean, unobtrusive window treatment

Blinds or curtains? Or both? Or what about shutters? There are many ways to make windows look fabulous, and plenty of eco-friendly woods and fabrics to choose from

Lean Man units by Notts-based And Then Design, £175

You can't fail to have noticed the trend for furniture that leans against the wall. It's so useful and space-saving and you don't drills, screws or spirit levels...

Oka source eclectic pieces of furniture from around the world

New research from British furniture company Oka suggests a lot of us are planning a home makeover next year...whether it's updating a room or doing more substantial decorating/refurbishing. So it's put together some advice on how to achieve great results