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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 always a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Vinyl floor printed by Floorink

It's the wipe clean sensible choice - yet lots of us think vinyl flooring is decidedly un-eco-friendly, not to mention a bit low-rent, so don't choose it so much these days. But Kay Hill finds many stylish designs and a product that's recyclable

Fairground collage by Rosalind Freeborn

Do you find yourself wondering 'but is it eco?' when you look at pieces of art? If so, you'll be glad to know plenty of artists are striving to create work that is as environmentally-friendly as it is aesthetically-pleasing

Worktops in Tundra Dekton XGloss

The biggest brands, which sell very well in the UK and the US, are Silestone and now Dekton. Both are by global player Cosentino, which asserts that it's a very eco friendly business

Big Husk chair by Patricia Urquiola for B+B Italia, from Chaplins

One that you can spend an evening in watching the TV without ending up with neck or backache; one that is not too hard or too doughy? It's a subjective business of course, but here are some chairs we think are a pleasure to sit in - and they're eco-friendly of course

Farmhouse Revival looks at fine examples of the American farmhouse

There's a lot of recycling, upcycling and makin' do and mendin' if you want an authentic farmhouse interior. Farmhouse Revival by Steve Gross and Susan Daley looks at 20 beautiful farmhouses in Northeast America, and should inspire those who want an antidote to minimalism

FORMcard is made in the UK and it's biodegradable

Forgotten how to make do and mend? Get yourself a pack of bioplastic FORMcard, which less than a year after its launch is proving a remarkable global success.

Get into the habit of taking a bamboo coffee cup with your in your bag..get your coffee to go made in it..

Got into the habit yet? Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is on the warpath against disposable cups, so if you're a regular buyer of take-away drinks, why not spend a small sum on a biodegradable cup to carry around with you? And how there's Frugalpac, a paper cup that can be recycled.

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

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

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