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Succulents are fat leafed plants..they're plump with water

Succulents were the height of bohemian chic in the '70s and they're enjoying a resurgence thanks to a focus on easy-care plants and the need to do something about our indoor air quality. Grower Fiona Weymss of Kent-based Blueleaf Plants gives us the lowdown on these adorable little creatures

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

flowers flowers and more flowers are essential at weddings

You've got weddings or civil partnerships coming up. The happy couples have eschewed a list at a department store, saying airily that 'anything recyclable, bio-degradable or generally CO2-lite will be simply divine!' Rejoice, there's much that fits the bill

Lava lamps come in at number 11

A recent survey confirms that avocado suites and woodchip wallpaper are universally reviled, but did you know that lava lamps and faux flowers also feature in a home horrors list?

Emma mattresses

Mattress ads are everywhere..and many of us are rejoicing that the mattress has gone from unwieldy monster to being delivered in a box, ready to unroll and voila. But mattresses at the end of their lives invariably get dumped in landfill, so what are manufacturers of this new breed doing to lessen their products' environmental impact?

Concept kitchen by German brand Naber is easy to assemble and disassemble without tools

We Brits have some of the smallest homes in the EU, as builders and developers give us tiny rooms, invariably with no built-in storage. And as buying property remains unaffordable for many so we're going back to being a nation of renters. In which case don't deny yourself good furniture, just make sure it's easy to pack up and take with you when you move.

Vinyl floor printed by Floorink

It's the wipe clean sensible choice - yet lots of us think vinyl flooring is decidedly un-eco-friendly, not to mention a bit low-rent, so don't choose it so much these days. But Kay Hill finds many stylish designs and a product that's recyclable

Cornwall-based Bark Furniture is introducing a junior sized version of its popular Kustom armchair

There's no doubt kids like furniture that's child-sized. But while it's generally not worth going overboard and buying munchkin-sized everything..you'll have a large and lumpen teen before you know it.. some pieces are worth investing in

We are becoming familiar with solar panels

Lots of us are bemused and confused about what renewable energy products are suitable for our homes and what the gains of installing them are. Carl Benfield of Prescient Power in Leicestershire aims to enlighten us

Cricket Pavilion wooden birdhouse by Lindleywood, £59

The decline in the number of birds seen in British gardens could be stemmed if they have regular food supplies.. so put up a birdhouse and do you bit for nature

Cutting Garden Dehlias, West Dean by Felicity House

Works by members of The Pastel Society celebrate the medium of pastels, as well as pencil, chalk and charcoal.

Globe bio ethanol fire by Scandinavian brand Vauni

They are largely decorative but bio-ethanol is a renewable fuel and contrary to public perception, these fires do provide some heat. And in these icy climes, a bit of extra heat isn't to be sniffed at

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