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house near Valencia by Ramon Esteve

Brextit notwithstanding, with land prices in Spain still fairly low, you might be considering doing a self-build by the sea... Let this contemporary villa near Valencia by Ramón Esteve architects spur you into action

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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

 

Collier campbell Cote D'Azur

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.

Linen cloth from Chalk Pink Linen

Looks like covid means it'll be a staycation this summer  - in which case why not do some work on your homestead and help those retailers struggling to stay in business?

Enjoy a splendid real tree from Pines & Needles

Whether you like your decorations refined and glamorous, folksy and natural or bright and kitsch, there’s something wonderful about these upcoming few weeks of the year when we stumble bleary-eyed out of bed and find ourselves in a winter wonderland. Kay Hill puts on her elf hat and offers some decorating advice.

Tesla Powerwall2 allows you to store energy from your PV panels

If you have solar PV panels, as actor, TV presenter and renewable energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn does, have you looked into storing the electricity they generate using a battery such as the Tesla Powerwall2?

Family room at the Wilton Street house by Residence One

Come on, we all like a bit of vicarious luxury, since most of us don't live in it ourselves! And if you want to know whether eco issues do arise when designing for the super rich, interior designer Emily Carlisle at Laura Hammett Interiors says yes, they do

Putting up decorations is one of the joys of Christmas. But given that tinsel is made from PVC and so doesn't score highly on the eco points chart, how should we deck the halls? Kay Hill has some sustainable suggestions

Steel figures from Origami Steel

Christmas in a pandemic isn't anyone's idea of fun. But if we can't get together with family and friends for large jolly gatherings at least we can cheer each other up with an appealing gift or two. Eco of course.

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