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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

Putting up decorations is one of the joys of Christmas. But given that tinsel is made from PVC and so doesn't score highly on the eco points chart, how should we deck the halls?.. Kay Hill has some sustainable suggestions

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

Chalk Paint creator Annie Sloan, a woman who's become an international business success

Fervour, passion, zeal.... all are adjectives that describe how Annie Sloan's customers feel about her paint. Many a competitor company would kill to know just what it is about it that inspires such devotion. Its creator isn't entirely sure either, except that it's damn good stuff

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

Marmoleum is a good choice because it's cushioned and is easy to maintain

Continuing her look at resilient flooring, Kay Hill considers the eco merits of linoleum as well as rubber and cork flooring

Shutters are a clean, unobtrusive window treatment

Blinds or curtains? Or both? Or what about shutters? There are many ways to make windows look fabulous, and plenty of eco-friendly woods and fabrics to choose from

Oka source eclectic pieces of furniture from around the world

New research from British furniture company Oka suggests a lot of us are planning a home makeover next year...whether it's updating a room or doing more substantial decorating/refurbishing. So it's put together some advice on how to achieve great results

Compact and versatile FSC birch ply Bookie bookshelf by Louise Christie

While many countries are making huge efforts to protect their woodlands, not all wood is from managed forests. So do due diligence and don't buy wooden products from makers or retailers who can't vouch for the wood's sustainability

Jotul makes modern as well as traditional stoves

More of us are investing in wood burning stoves to keep our homesteads warm - and make us feel less dependent on the big energy suppliers. So are they a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Kevin McCloud headed up this year's GDL at Birmingham's NEC. Highlights included Kevin's latest Green Heroes ..and coffee grains take centre stage

Gorenje A+++ rated W8543 Colour Edition washing machine and heat pump dryer

Kay Hill looks at high and low tech ways of cutting energy use and costs when it comes to laundry and keeping your household in clean dry clothing and bedlinen

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