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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

Etched glass door from Casali's Natura Collection. www.casali.net

Doors are easily overlooked and we tend meekly to accept what we inherit when we move into a property. But stylish interior doors can bring style, cohesiveness and even a quiet grandeur to your home

Vanessa Arbuthnott uses organic cotton and linen fabrics

Despite being used increasingly for clothing, organic fabrics for use in the home are hard to find. Kay Hill considers why interiors are lagging behind in this important area, and looks at what's on the market

No1 Pendant light made using steam bent wood by Tom Raffield

Designers are using much more wood for decorative lighting, and not just for the stands. From the elaborate to the pared down and minimal, wood is a surprisingly versatile material for lights

Saco baskets from the Holding Company

Cork's long been associated with bottle stops and dull flooring. Not any more: it's the eco-friendly, design-friendly material designers can't get enough of for furniture, homewares and decorative accessories

We remain a nation wedded to our stuff even though we don't look at it let alone use it. And that means we're making our homes more uncomfortable than they need be.

Artist Lisa Todd cushions

Wooden bedside tables, outdoor pouffes, new kitchen towel cones, flowery linen cushions...you'll love Abby Trow's Top 20 homewares picks for those of you with a bit of cash to splash this month

Paint moves to music..work by German artist Martin Klimas

Paint is a wonderful substance used by us all...but we buy too much of it and waste paint is a very big environmental problem that AkzoNobel and the British Coatings Federation are working to tackle

Roman blinds and curtains are a great combination

Roman blinds are fast becoming the nation's favourite window treatment, but there are other options too, depending on your needs and budget

Interior architect Daniel Hopwood prefers to use natural, sustainable materials and he has furniture made by UK craftspeople

This London townhouse is testament to the skill of the many craftspeople working in Britain, and more of us should make use of them, urges interior architect Daniel Hopwood

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....

Mendip marble

The Romans loved them. Now Britannicus Stone is reawakening interest in the many exquisite stones we have here in the UK

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