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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.

Tambourine, 1990, for P Kaufmann

If you love fabric design, you'll want to immerse yourself in this book about sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, whose work revolutionised textile design from the 1960s.

Rush matting doesn't have to be the preserve of the humble cottage.. £260 m2 from Rush Matters

Ok, what's hemp? what's vicuña? ...not sure?..well you need Kay Hill's guide to fibres and fabrics to help you make the most environmentally-friendly choices when buying floor coverings and textiles

Life without built-in storage is intolerable. But you need design that suits your room. Limed oak storage with cream leather on door and drawer fronts

If you want built-in furniture, why not look to a local cabinet-maker or carpentry firm? Such as Leicestershire bespoke furniture makers Sealey Furniture, which demonstrates the very high level of skill and environmental awareness found in Britain's small workshops

The coffee table can be a difficult piece of furniture to get right. But if you forgo one, there's always the problem of where to put that tray of drinks or armful of books and papers.

No wires to trip on and an easy to empty bin

With more brands bringing out cordless vacuum cleaners, we've been testing out the Vax Air Cordless. For the house proud who want to be able to vacuum in an instant it's a boon.

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

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, with what should we deck the halls?.. Kay Hill has some sustainable suggestions

Art art and more art...the key to an interesting home

The designer assesses his flat from an eco angle, as well as sharing his tips for a stylish home

Kay Hill lists her top washing machines for a cleaner, cheaper and greener life

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

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