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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

The house is furnished simply and the tiles bringing out the Arab soul

Rock the Kasbah furniture designer Philippe Xerri has renovated a charming house in Tunis in a simple style using local materials

The master bedroom in Scargill Castle

Caroline Hardie-Hammond was given the deeds to the wreck that was Scargill Castle on her wedding day in 1999 by her husband Niall. And after a long labour of love it's fully restored to glory

Timber bin storage from British Bins

Vital as they are, wheelie bins and recycling boxes aren't the most beautiful things. The answer? Store them in a wooden enclosure and make a feature of an eyesore

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.

Turquoise seas around the island of Harris

The story of that most renowned of fabrics, Harris Tweed, has been captured in a collection of beautiful photographs of its Hebridean home by Ian Lawson, who has produced a book charting his journey through these islands

Austrian made Team7 sideboard, available in the UK at Wharfside

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

we need to push for greener businesses

We consumers can do our bit for the planet but it's equally crucial that businesses are green through and through. And the good news is that more are becoming so

Family room at the Wilton Street house by Residence One

Come on, we all like a bit of vicarious luxury, since most of us don't live in it ourselves! And if you want to know whether eco issues do arise when designing for the super rich, interior designer Emily Carlisle at Laura Hammett Interiors says yes, they do

The new Gtech is an excellent machine

The Gtech has undergone a major overhaul.. and if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to vacuum, well, this lightweight and dare we say brilliant AirRam Mk2 device will turn you into a house-proud townmouse

Consider what more you can do to keep the heat in, control energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions

We've been fortunate that winter 2016 has, so far, been very mild - but next year's might see us plunged into a polar vortex. So if you've not checked up on how your building is insulated, now's a good time to do so

Antique radiators have an elegance. From the Old Radiator Company

The salvage business is doing rather well in these bargain-hunting times. And you may be surprised to find that the use of salvaged materials in interior design is driven by women, not their supposedly super-handy-where-there's muck-there's-money-menfolk.

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