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Tesla Powerwall2 allows you to store energy from your PV panels

If you have solar PV panels, as actor, TV presenter and renewable energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn does, have you looked into storing the electricity they generate using a battery such as the Tesla Powerwall2?

LZF lighting founders Marivi Colvi and Sandro Tothill

Abby Trow talks to lighting designer Mariví Calvo of innovative wood veneer lighting brand LZF. She reckons the company is about as eco as it's possible for a designer brand to be.

FR or no FR - let consumers choose

Former civil servant and fire regulations expert Terry Edge says it's time people in the UK were told just what chemicals are in our furniture and given the option to buy non-FR products if they want

Edward Bulmer Natural Paints contain no plastic

Paints have a big impact on air quality, something that's becoming more of a concern to homeowners. So which manufacturers score highly on great colour, environmental friendliness and quality? 

Should you have a garden that's big enough, it makes sense to put in a garden room if you need a home office, somewhere to put growing kids, sprightly grandparents or overnight guests, or you need a place to escape to. We're nearly in 2021 and sheds ain't what they used to be you know

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. 

Oak Furnitureland's oak credenza from Boston range

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

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, nature-loving home-owner

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If your home is looking lacklustre, and you don't have the budget for a major revamp, take heart. Interior designers have tips that are easy to follow, don't cost much and which definitely do make a difference, whether you live in a bedsit or a large house.

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