Furniture made from reclaimed wood is warm, characterful and has a history behind it. And while it's associated with the rustic country look, reclaimed timber works well in contemporary interiors too because it can soften hard materials such as glass or stainless steel

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Blinds offer the best solution for window treatments. They can be eminently affordable, easy to install and they give a smart finished look to all rooms

Will Kirkman of Ecomerchant says house builders have to start putting people first

laundry strips are very eco friendly

If you're trying to use less plastic, then ditching those cumbersome bottles of detergent is a good place to start

Features

Etched glass door from Casali's Natura Collection. www.casali.net

Doors are easily overlooked and we tend meekly to accept what we inherit when we move into a property. But stylish interior doors can bring style, cohesiveness and even a quiet grandeur to your home

Cornwall-based Bark Furniture is introducing a junior sized version of its popular Kustom armchair

There's no doubt kids like furniture that's child-sized. But while it's generally not worth going overboard and buying munchkin-sized everything..you'll have a large and lumpen teen before you know it.. some pieces are worth investing in

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

Travel

Over ocean bungalows at MahaRaja resort in Indonesia

Scuba divers and snorkelers staying at the MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge can enjoy a more eco-friendly visit to the green deeps thanks to dive boats that fitted with electric outboards

Turquoise seas around the island of Harris

The story of that most renowned of fabrics, Harris Tweed, has been captured in a collection of beautiful photographs of its Hebridean home by Ian Lawson, who has produced a book charting his journey through these islands. Which, if you hate hot weather, are the perfect summer holiday destination.

A labour of love..Follonico has been beautifully restored

This house in southern Tuscany has been refurbished using reclaimed, recycled, upcycled materials, with plenty of antiques and vintage finds for charming, restful interiors

Accessories

Linen cloth from Chalk Pink Linen

Looks like covid means is keeping us on staycations - in which case why not do some work on your homestead and help those retailers struggling to stay in business?

Desktop, pinnable, foldable, from Woven Image, £135

Everyone competing for workspace on the kitchen table? why not mark out your territory with Desktop, an eco-friendly, sound absorbing mini screen

Small businesses need our business! We love the work of model maker Timothy Richards, especially his renditions of classic British design, so if you're after a quirky present for someone, take a look

Interiors

Edward Bulmer Natural Paints contain no plastic

Paints have a big impact on air quality, something that's becoming more of a concern to homeowners. So which manufacturers score highly on great colour, environmental friendliness and quality?

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

Heritage tiles from Spain's Gayafores

Don't be afraid to use patterned tiles in the kitchen