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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

Energy efficient appliances can help cut household bills

Are you doing due diligence and choosing the most energy-efficient household products when you need to replace them (having recycled the old of course...)?

Gardens of Villa Della Pergola at Alassio

Should you be visiting the Genoa region in the coming months and you're a keen gardener, find time to visit these gardens on the Ligurian coast, now restored to glory

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. We vote it our 2017 Product of the Year

Siemens i-Dos IQ700 WM14Y890GB.

Our choice of washing machine can make a big difference to our carbon footprint. Deco’s Kay Hill guides us through the features we should be looking for

Cotton Grass and Dogs Mercury paint from Nature Paint

Most commercial paints are now very low in VOCs and are water-based. But does that make them eco-friendly? Kay Hill puts a toe into a hot debate....

Poor indoor air quality is in no small part down to humidity which leads to condensation, damp and mould. But you can do something about it.

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It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa or armchair with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

The downstairs area is open and full of areas to sit and relax

Artist Bonnie Saland's live/work studio in northern California is full of colour and pattern. She's the designer behind textile brand Philomela and the family's laid-back ocean retreat is the ideal backdrop for her work

Beautiful gift-wrapping is eminently do-able with off-cuts of paper and fabric..not to mention shells and seaweed

Don't spend a fortune on gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan says we can all learn to wrap beautifully using paper off-cuts and bits-n-bobs we have lying around

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

Alpaca duvet from Penrose Products in Notts

Duvet's losing feathers and feeling somewhat limp? Could be time to invest in a new one because while a good mattress is essential, the quality of your sleep will be better if your duvet is right too

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