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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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