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A master bathroom featuring antique French mirrors

Toronto artist Vivian Reiss has a love of antiques, vintage and architectural salvage. Her colourful city home is a triumph of eclecticism over conformity

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...

Gorenje A+++ rated W8543 Colour Edition washing machine and heat pump dryer

Kay Hill looks at high and low tech ways of cutting energy use and costs when it comes to laundry and keeping your household in clean dry clothing and bedlinen

Erosion dishes from Royal Selangor

Pewter designs have become highly contemporary and beautiful. But pewter's main ingredient is tin and tin mining is anything but eco-friendly. Manufacturer Royal Selangor and Friends of the Earth consider the implications of using it.

Sulapac packaging from Finnish green start-up Sulapac

A worktop made from quartz and waste plastic, premium packaging made from wood and a re-usable disposable vending cup are among the finalists in this year's Green Alley Awards

Pendant space dividing EchoPanel panels can be suspended from thin wires

Woven Image's EchoPanel is a brilliant lightweight material with myriad uses. It comes in stunning colours and patterns, it's eco-friendly - and it's got great acoustic properties too. Time to get creative!

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It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

Beautiful gift-wrapping is eminently do-able with off-cuts of paper and fabric..not to mention shells and seaweed

Don't spend a fortune on gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan says we can all learn to wrap beautifully using paper off-cuts and bits-n-bobs we have lying around

It's In The Water by Bianca Green

The art world has often seemed very polarised between original art, good, posters and prints, naff. But Monde Mosaic says it's time we all just buy what we like and liberate ourselves from art snobbery

Adventures In Furniture

Call it what you will, but a credenza.. or sideboard..or buffet..is a wonderful piece of furniture that too many of us are going without

Alpaca duvet from Penrose Products in Notts

Duvet's losing feathers and feeling somewhat limp? Could be time to invest in a new one because while a good mattress is essential, the quality of your sleep will be better if your duvet is right too

No1 Pendant light made using steam bent wood by Tom Raffield

Designers are using much more wood for decorative lighting, and not just for the stands. From the elaborate to the pared down and minimal, wood is a surprisingly versatile material for lights

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