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The dining room has lime plastered walls. It's simply furnished, with a large wooden table centrepiece.

This charming house in the Luberon region was until recently a ruin. But it's been restored in a style you could call rustic sophistication, using traditional building techniques and plenty of brocante-sourced furniture and objets

Cut your energy bill by paying heed to some tried and tested tricks and tips. For example, don't leave a mobile plugged in, give plug-in electric space heaters a wide berth and never leave a fan on if no-one's in the room

The Institute of Chemical Engineers' advice to its members is to be conscious about using the minimum of a substance. And we layfolk could do more for the environment by embracing minimalism

Stop Digging ground screws are great for small building projects

For small projects such as garden rooms, is it time to embrace the ground screw over concrete for the all important foundations?

blinds for bifold doors dotcomblinds.com

Blinds offer the best solution for window treatments. They can be eminently affordable, easy to install and they give a smart finished look to all rooms

Hansgrohe products have EcoSmart technology to cut water use by some 60 per cent

Our summers are getting hotter and the Environment Agency is warning that in 25 years' time there may not be enough water for our population. So we must take heed and learn to treat water like the precious resource it is. And that means re-thinking our bathrooms

Sphere8 poured floor in a south London house by Paul Warren Design

Sphere8 offers perfectly smooth and seamless resin floors with a difference - their product is plant rather than petrochemical-based.

Ecora supplied this oiled Oak Tennyson for a London terraced house

For larger rooms, the wider the planks, the more striking the floor can look. And wood from sustainable forests, or reclaimed wood, are good choices for the eco-minded home-owner.

Position different varieties of orchids on a display unit in a conservatory

They have long been the interior designer's favourite indoor plant - no Kelly Hoppen interior is complete without an arrangement of orchids. And prices have come down considerably, making them a good option for adding instant style to a room

Spring

Artist Dee McLean has made a series of paintings over the past two years that chronicles the resurgence of the plants and flowers in the ponds area of Hampstead Heath

Parrot upcycled sideboard Lucy Turner

Old, a bit shabby, but you sense there's potential for something fabulous? Then upcycle it, says Kathryn Beighton

This award-winning refurbishment by 6a architects of a house in Devon shows the impact of wood on white

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