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Position different varieties of orchids on a display unit in a conservatory

They have long been the interior designer's favourite indoor plant - no Kelly Hoppen interior is complete without an arrangement of orchids. And prices have come down considerably, making them a good option for adding instant style to a room

Leather is a great material but it comes at an environmental price

Leather's natural so it's good, right? No, it's not. It's a dirty business and many industry players still have a very long way to go in terms of cleaning up their act.

Micro living doesn't have to feel cramped

This contemporary flat shows that with very limited space, the input of an interior designer is invaluable. Because the devil's in the detail and getting the detail right can be devillishly difficult

Bamboo has a reputation as one of the most eco-friendly materials, a real super grass. It's used in products from flooring to t shirts and washable nappies - but is it always good stuff? Kay Hill investigates

Recently completed painted wood and walnut kitchen/diner

If you're looking to invest in a fine bespoke wooden kitchen, Stange Kraft is a company that can meet exacting standards, at a fraction of the cost of the big luxury kitchen manufacturers

Sphere8 poured floor in a south London house by Paul Warren Design

Sphere8 offers perfectly smooth and seamless resin floors with a difference - their product is plant rather than petrochemical-based.

Interior of Vita house in the Basque Country, built by Egoin, which works closely with architects

Egoin makes prefabricated wooden panels for construction, which means buildings can go up super fast. With an office in Edinburgh, this Basque Country company is here to get Britain to replace bricks with wood

Handmade Dartmouth mattress from Cottonsafe Natural Mattress in Devon uses no FR chemicals

A good bed is a major investment, so choose one made from quality natural materials that are sustainable, long-lasting, won't off-gas and can be recycled. And watch out for noxious fire retardant chemicals...

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

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

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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