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Compiled by Ben Naylor

Wednesday 18 March 2009 01:00


The annual event that is an indispensable date in the diary of every interior design enthusiast returns to Earl’s Court on Friday. This year the organisers are hoping to reflect issues affecting both prospective and current homeowners, with themes of saving money, energy and space. There will be numerous exhibitors displaying exciting new products, showhomes and advice from experts offering space-saving ideas. Buy tickets online and get a £3 discount. www.idealhomeshow.co.uk


While the first signs of spring offer a welcome reprieve from another winter they also beckon the beginning of hay fever season. One in four of us suffer from this affliction in the UK making it the population’s most common allergic reaction but air purifiers can help. By removing dust and pollen from the air, purifiers can stop the body from releasing histamines.Myairzone, which is approved by the BUPA and the British lung foundation, can be used inside or outdoors to clear allergens from the air.The purifiers are available from www.myairzone.co.uk for £99.


If you’re keen to makeover your shed into an office or workshop you’ll need electricity. The Solar Mate, offers aneco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to joining up to the mains. It’s a crystalline solar panel which when fitted to the roof of your building – no planning permission required– will convert sunlight into energy and store it in a 12V battery. When full, it contains enoughenergy to light a 40W bulb for five hours. Kits startsat £78.29. www.selectsolar.co.uk

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