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The Guest by Jaime Hayón for Lladró

The word ornament has grim connotations. But don't make your dogs, birds or dancing ladies hide away, because ceramic ornaments mean a huge amount to us - and sales are on the rise

Off grid out in west Wales

Moving out of the city and want more energy independence and to reduce your CO2 emissions? It's not as hard as you may imagine

Silk and wool throws by felt expert Claudy Jongstra for Willer

Felt is one of the earliest fabrics made by man, and thousands of years later we still love it for its beauty, warmth, strength and eco-friendliness.

The shed is on show at the V&A in London until 25 October

The thing about sheds is when you see one, you want one..and you starting thinking about how yours could be really really nice. Well be inspired by this hardwood shed on castors

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.

Emma mattresses

Mattress ads are everywhere..and many of us are rejoicing that the mattress has gone from being an 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?

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

Roman blinds and curtains are a great combination

Roman blinds are fast becoming the nation's favourite window treatment, but there are other options too, depending on your needs and budget

New AirRam2 from Tech is cordless and lightweight

Low energy vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners are the way to go for a clean, fresh home

Roger Oates' Isis Leaf 100% wool carpet is made from British Cheviot wool

New carpet is a delight. But it can be an environmental horror when its time comes to die. So are there eco-friendly carpets on the market? And what can you do with a dead one? Kay Hill investigates

Graphene paint is made from natural ingredients yet is hugely hardwearing

Graphene is essentially a thin layer of pure carbon and it's hailed as a wonder material. So cue great excitement about a new natural paint from Spain that contains graphene

Liberty table and chairs

Designer maker mover shaker..this September marks 40 years since John Makepeace OBE founded Parnham College in Dorset - the design school that produced some of the best names in furniture today. And the cabinetmaker behind the exquisite and often extraordinary furniture that is much coveted by collectors around the world is himself still hard at work.

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