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Think green at the outset if you're doing an extension

We've had a mild winter so far, and spring's not far off, but don't be complacent...now's a good time to think about how you can make your home more energy efficient for next winter

Gardens of Villa Della Pergola at Alassio

Should you be visiting the Genoa region in the coming months and you're a keen gardener, find time to visit these gardens on the Ligurian coast, now restored to glory

Ston-Ker by porcelanosa

The tile manufacturing industry in the US and in Europe scores highly in terms of effort made to reduce its carbon footprint. And more companies are increasing the amount of recycled material used in their products

Mike Harris's Kent garden is kept looking tiptop thanks to his homemade compost

If you haven't started composting your peelings and food waste, there's no time like the present to get into the habit. Deco reader and interiors photographer Mike Harris has, and he's keen to spread the word as well as the mulch

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 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

Simple ceramic tiles were used for the floors

Casa Luz was a crumbling wreck. This house in rural central west Spain shows just why it's well worth seeking out an architect with vision and the ability to do clever things using inexpensive materials such as ceramic tiles

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