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Want to have a greener home? An expert shared tips for every room.

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Ida Magntorn, an interiors writer and photographer who cares deeply about the earth, answered your questions on Thursday about making a greener home. She has penned blogs for Elle Decoration and works with a number of lifestyle magazines. A resident of Sweden, Magntorn’s work has taken her into the homes of creative, responsible people, which inspired her to do a book, “The Sustainable Home: Easy Ways to Live with Nature in Mind,” that shows ways to rethink decorating while considering low environmental impact as well as individual style. “There are so many simple tricks and ways to create a beautiful home with existing things instead of buying new,” she says. Here are some of the questions she answered:

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests — whether it’s Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, Jasmine Roth of HGTV, Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage or TikTok’s Folding Lady, Sophie Liard — answer your decorating, decluttering, design, entertaining and home-keeping questions. For more than 20 years, our Q&A has hosted conversations about how to make your home comfortable, stylish, organized and fun.

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.