We are becoming familiar with solar panels

Lots of us are bemused and confused about what renewable energy products are suitable for our homes and what the gains of installing them are. Carl Benfield of Prescient Power in Leicestershire aims to enlighten us

Cricket Pavilion wooden birdhouse by Lindleywood, £59

The decline in the number of birds seen in British gardens could be stemmed if they have regular food supplies.. so put up a birdhouse and do you bit for nature

Cutting Garden Dehlias, West Dean by Felicity House

Works by members of The Pastel Society celebrate the medium of pastels, as well as pencil, chalk and charcoal.

Globe bio ethanol fire by Scandinavian brand Vauni

They are largely decorative but bio-ethanol is a renewable fuel and contrary to public perception, these fires do provide some heat. And in these icy climes, a bit of extra heat isn't to be sniffed at

Calligraphy is a feature of works by Mustapha Amnaine

Nadia Echiguer introduces us to the exuberant, stimulating, colourful world of Moroccan art via Moroccan Fine Art, an online gallery that showcases work by some of the country's most talented artists.

Rush matting doesn't have to be the preserve of the humble cottage.. £260 m2 from Rush Matters

Ok, what's hemp? what's vicuña? ...not sure?..well you need Kay Hill's guide to fibres and fabrics to help you make the most environmentally-friendly choices when buying floor coverings and textiles

Wearth co founders Imogen Minoli and Edward Davies

Twentysomethings Imogen Minoli and Edward Davies have launched Wearth London, an online lifestyle store for the eco-friendly, ethical, vegan-minded, sustainability-mad, plastic-avoiding and of course super stylish consumer. So that's you and me.

We all love a Hug Rug

It's a fantastic eco story, a made in Britain story, a 'how have I lived without one?' story. Let's hear it for Hug Rug!

Extendable table from Modish Living

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

butterflies are a good sign your garden's supporting wildlife

A wildlife-friendly garden doesn't have to be wildly overgrown. Wildlife can live happily in well-tended gardens - as long as we make a few provisions for our dear little bird, bee and insect friends. And red squirrels. But not foxes.. because they're just too annoying..


Wood floors have many advantages – they're easy to keep clean, don’t harbour dust and mites, are hard-wearing, long-lasting, natural, biodegradable and, of course, they look fantastic. But with so many products on the market, what type of wood is best? Kay Hill investigates

A tidy room really does aid sleep

Loads of us are under slept and as you'll know, being tired day in day out is NOT GOOD. But don't reach for the sleeping pills, just listen to the sleep experts. A tidy room helps and no phone by the bed yeh!