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engineered oak boards from Quick Step

Wood floors have many advantages – they're easy to keep clean, don’t harbour dust and mites, are hard-wearing, long-lasting, natural, biodegradable and, of course, they look fantastic. But with so many products on the market, what type of wood is best? Kay Hill investigates

Flowers made from tin cans by US artist Harriete Estel Berman

Plenty of artists are eschewing the high street art supplies shop, preferring to find their materials on the beach, in the kids' dressing up box or in their own..and their neighbours'.. waste bins

The dining room has lime plastered walls. It's simply furnished, with a large wooden table centrepiece.

This charming house in the Luberon region was until recently a ruin. But it's been restored in a style you could call rustic sophistication, using traditional building techniques and plenty of brocante-sourced furniture and objets

RHI at the moment is very generous and people stand to make money

Richard Hiblen at renewable energy centre Green Square says we're mad if we pass up the chance to install renewable energy products in our homes using the Renewable Heat Incentive

A table should be a once in a lifetime purchase

A table, a bed, a chair... everyone needs these pieces of furniture says Mark Godsell-Fletcher, founder of the popular independent reclaimed wood furniture company Eat Sleep Live

Chop & Change kitchen workbench by Mette. www.mettecreates.com

It makes sense to have some kitchen furniture you can take with you when you move, such as island units, dressers and butcher's blocks. And if want a more individual, eclectic kitchen, freestanding is the way to go

A master bathroom featuring antique French mirrors

Toronto artist Vivian Reiss has a love of antiques, vintage and architectural salvage. Her colourful city home is a triumph of eclecticism over conformity

Trex decking is made from recycled plastic bottles and wood waste

We are making progress when it comes to recycling plastics, with more designers using recycled plastic to make attractive products for home and garden, says Kay Hill.

Duette honeycomb blinds can save you up to 25 per cent on your energy bills

Snug as a bug in a rug? Or are you plagued by draughts and chills up your spine? You need Deco’s guide to a warmer, more eco-friendly home

The shed is on show at the V&A in London until 25 October

The thing about sheds is when you see one, you want one..and you starting thinking about how yours could be really really nice. Well be inspired by this hardwood shed on castors

Choose a small compact kitchen.. Gallery Kitchen Design has kitchen modules

We Brits have some of the smallest homes in the EU, as builders and developers give us tiny rooms, invariably with no built-in storage. But as long as you're not overcrowded, there are ways to make bijou residences pleasant

We are becoming familiar with solar panels

Lots of us are bemused and confused about what renewable energy products are suitable for our homes and what the gains of installing them are. Carl Benfield of Prescient Power in Leicestershire aims to enlighten us

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