It's that time again...Deco Christmas gift time that is, with perfect presents for your nearest and dearest that have the added benefit of being pretty darn eco...

Emma mattresses

Mattress ads are everywhere..and many of us are rejoicing that the mattress has gone from being an unwieldy monster to being delivered in a box, ready to unroll and voila. But mattresses at the end of their lives invariably get dumped in landfill, so what are manufacturers of this new breed doing to lessen their products' environmental impact?

Features

The downstairs area is open and full of areas to sit and relax

Artist Bonnie Saland's live/work studio in northern California is full of colour and pattern. She's the designer behind textile brand Philomela and the family's laid-back ocean retreat is the ideal backdrop for her work

Beautiful gift-wrapping is eminently do-able with off-cuts of paper and fabric..not to mention shells and seaweed

Don't spend a fortune on gift-wrap. Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan says we can all learn to wrap beautifully using paper off-cuts and bits-n-bobs we have lying around

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

People

Old ceramics are perfect for bathroom splash backs and decorative panels

Perthshire mosaic artist and upcycling fanatic Katy Galbraith urges us to look at our old crockery and glassware with a creative eye....and turn them into something useful and beautiful ...or purely decorative. She tells us about her work

Lisa is brand ambassador for Hotpoint

The former Celebrity Masterchef winner who's left acting for a career in cooking tells Deco she does compost her peelings, doesn't go overboard on gadgets and wants to tackle food waste

Accessories

Plantashelf

Indoor air quality is greatly improved by having plants at home but they can take over surfaces and generally get in the way. Plantashelf is a new product that allows plant and shelf to live in harmony on the wall

Fruitopia.. grab a piece and go...

Kingston University student George Woolley has a novel proposal to get us to eat more fruit...take apples, pears, bananas etc out of the fruit bowl and mount them in a plum position on the wall instead. His design is called Fruitopia. Loony or a damn good idea?

If you've got to grips with hygge, you can turn your attention to lagom, a Swedish word that encapsulates a way of living that is about having enough but not too much. Lagom by Niki Brantmark is a new book that explains all

Interiors

Cassini is a new design from Pilkington

Clear glass is wonderful as it lets there be light, but it's obviously problematic when it comes to privacy. Textured or patterned glass is the answer and UK manufacturer Pilkington has launched two new designs that are lovely to look at without baring all....

This award-winning refurbishment by 6a architects of a house in Devon shows the impact of wood on white

Pink rug from Modern Rugs

Different rooms need different types of flooring, so how do you know what's best? Modern Rugs has done some research and put together a useful guide which gives you the info you need at a glance