The Nook in the Wye Valley

Anyone wanting to embark on a self-build project, or renovate or refurbish their existing property should head to the show at London's ExCel. Experts including Charlie Luxton and Julia Kendall will be on hand - and Deco has free tickets worth £36 a pair to give away

American White Oak kitchen by Sustainable Kitchens in Bristol

Whether you invest your life savings in a luxury one, or you do it on a shoestring, you can make sure your kitchen doesn't leave a giant-sized carbon footprint in its wake

Features

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

Hobbs sofa by SofaSofa is made in Britain

It's oft lamented that we don't make anything in Britain any more. Well, while heavy industry may have gone, the country's upholstery businesses are pretty perky all things considered. So if you're after a new sofa with a Made In Britain label, try these brands for size

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.

People

Two Lovers

Photographer Adam Harriden eschews both the latest in high-tech cameras and the immediacy of Instagram in favour of the Polaroid camera.

Shibori leather tablecloth by Pepa Martin and Karen Davis

Top Australian maker and stylist Tamara Maynes's new book explores how by using our hands to make things - both practical and decorative - we can put emotional resonance into our homes

Accessories

Two tone Bute wool fabric - cushions from Lane By Post

When it comes to cushions, throws and bedspreads, choose reversible fabrics so you can chop and change as the mood takes you

Peperomia plants come in many forms

We all know that plants improve our indoor air quality, yet younger Brits are surprisingly reluctant to embrace greenery indoors. If you're hesitant because you don't think you're green-fingered, try Peperomia plants, which are a breeze to care for

Ethnic recycled polyester rug by Inma Bermudez for NOW Carpets

Outdoor rugs made from recycled polyester or plastic are great for impromptu picnics or sprucing up your deck or terrace for that al fresco lunch party

Interiors

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

Strands of anodised aluminium form artistic curtains

Swishy metal curtains? Not sure about the idea?.. well Spain's KriskaDECOR has the design world agog with its fabulous colours and design capabilities..and you can use these curtains to bring colour and pattern into your home

Wall tiles made from recycled paper by US' MioCulture, £32 for 12 tiles, plus shipping

How environmentally friendly is wallpaper? If 'not very' is the answer...which it is.. what products can be used to make our walls green and interesting company? Kay Hill investigates