FR or no FR - let consumers choose

Former civil servant and fire regulations expert Terry Edge says it's time people in the UK were told just what chemicals are in our furniture and given the option to buy non-FR products if we want

Shutters are a clean, unobtrusive window treatment

Blinds or curtains? Or both? Or what about shutters? There are many ways to make windows look fabulous, and plenty of eco-friendly woods and fabrics to choose from

modular wood units by ByAlex, from £100

ByAlex has launched Playwell, a contemporary wooden modular storage system you can add to over time

The coffee table can be a difficult piece of furniture to get right. But if you forgo one, there's always the problem of where to put that tray of drinks or armful of books and papers.

Features

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, with what should we deck the halls?.. Kay Hill has some sustainable suggestions

Art art and more art...the key to an interesting home

The designer assesses his flat from an eco angle, as well as sharing his tips for a stylish home

Kay Hill lists her top washing machines for a cleaner, cheaper and greener life

People

Fleeting Clocks by Nacho Carbonell, shown this year at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan

Nacho Carbonell is a conceptual artist and designer whose work can leave you scratching your head when you first see it. But there is method in the madness and Carbonell's oeuvre is as much for the mind as the eye.

Tiny tiny pots...a must have for the doll's house

If, like me, your heart melts at the sight of tiny things, you'll be swooning at the work of Yuta Segawa whose miniature pots would be the perfect gift for Thumbelina

Accessories

hyacinths are wonderful because they look and smell divine

Make a basket of hyacinths to brighten up your sitting room or act as a wonderfully fragranced table centrepiece. And it's an easy gift for children to make for their parents, grandparents or teachers..

Lampshades by Mairi Helena

Edinburgh-based Mairi Helena is a surface print designer who combines photography and watercolour painting to produce mesmerising contemporary abstract patterns

The bluebellgray showroom

The Glasgow-based textiles brand known for its contemporary take on florals has opened its first showroom

Interiors

Micro living doesn't have to feel cramped

This contemporary flat shows that with very limited space, the input of an interior designer is invaluable. Because the devil's in the detail and getting the detail right can be devillishly difficult

Naga by Gan

It's fresh, modern and textured..the Naga rug by Spanish brand Gan is perfect for rooms with a blue/grey/green colour scheme

The new Gtech is an excellent machine

The Gtech has undergone a major overhaul.. and if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to vacuum, well, this lightweight and dare we say brilliant AirRam Mk2 device will turn you into a house-proud townmouse