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Reinventing the Schoolhouse

Futuristic, pretty, handmade, techie, and minimalist schools make high school look more fun than it really is.   Not that anyone in his or her right mind would want to repeat high school. Pretending that you could, however, might the innovative architecture of these structures make it a more compelling proposition? […]

Places & Spaces: Gotland’s Industrial Hotel & Curious Vegetables

Fabriken Furillen epitomizes industrial chic: it’s a converted factory on an old quarry in Gotland, Sweden. We know that the Swedes are decades ahead of everyone in terms of green living. So you won’t be surprised to hear that one of the Nordic country’s hippest hotels is in a converted factory. […]

Swede Things

Stockholm-based Jantze Brogard Asshoff studio produces thoughtful, elegant designs. Founders Moa Jantze, Hanna BrogÃ¥rd and Johanna Asshoff strive to simplify their surroundings to improve everyday life. “We create sophisticated, useful products with a poetic soul and playful character,” they explain. “Our backgrounds from different parts of Sweden will always be […]

10 of the Best Spices for Your Health

10 super spices and their health benefits. Spices don’t just add another element to your cooking; they’re also good for your health. In fact there’s a reason that people have been using spices for thousands of years. Scientists are now uncovering their vast potential power, from helping ease chronic conditions […]

8 Local Foods Worth Traveling For

Basic dishes you might consider getting on a plane for.  Travel isn’t travel without eating. You can’t get to know a place without tasting the local specialties, and food is often one of the best mediums to explore a culture. Be it in a market, on the street, at a […]

Making Homesteading Approachable

Urban homesteading is more doable than you think. At the risk of stirring up controversy for using The-Term-Formerly-Known-As –Urban Homesteading, I’d like to talk about the practice of achieving more self-sufficient, sustainable living in cities from a strictly aesthetic point of view. Who says keeping chickens has to be hard? […]

NOIR: A Scandinavian Fashion Label Oozing Sexy Social Conscience

As a fashionista and an eco-advocate, I am absolutely in love with the Danish eco-luxury collection Noir and their newer street label offered at a more price conscious level, Bllack Noir. “We want to be known as the first brand to bring sophistication and sexiness to corporate social responsibility,” says […]

Places & Spaces: Gotland’s Industrial Hotel & Curious Vegetables

Fabriken Furillen epitomizes industrial chic: it’s a converted factory on an old quarry in Gotland, Sweden. We know that the Swedes are decades ahead of everyone in terms of green living. So you won’t be surprised to hear that one of the Nordic country’s hippest hotels is in a converted factory. […]

Whimsical Purity: Make a Scandinavian Design Statement with Tetrad

Moving into a new office can be daunting, especially the storage dilemma. Where can I tastefully store my reference books, design magazines, showroom catalogs, music and fiber bars? Wildly popular among design lovers, Tetrad Shelving from Brave Space is the answer. The system runs $120 per block and ships to […]

Making Homesteading Approachable

Urban homesteading is more doable than you think. At the risk of stirring up controversy for using The-Term-Formerly-Known-As –Urban Homesteading, I’d like to talk about the practice of achieving more self-sufficient, sustainable living in cities from a strictly aesthetic point of view. Who says keeping chickens has to be hard? […]

Whip Your Home into Geometric Shape

I’ve always identified with the simple beauty of neoplasticism. And, it is this appreciation that has inspired me to embellish my walls with Mondrian, Doesburg and Bolotowsky prints. Well, in my dreams anyway. Fortunately, I can give my pad a geometric makeover with some of the looks from Brave Space […]

Hindsight Is 20/20

This week at EcoSalon we welcomed the brand new, shiny year with a week of charismatic home tours. To wrap up the inspiration, here’s a look back at five of my favorite home tours from 2010. 1. Blissfully Arranged Chaos 2. Not Fickle, Just in Love 3. Sex in a […]

EcoSalon Shops! Presents: H Fredriksson

Yesterday I wrote about the fun part of your closet with Feral Childe but forgot to mention another, more curious section you might want to consider: The dramatic. When it comes to this niche, where you find yourself actually wanting to wear art and channel Film Noir, you should consider […]

Foodie Underground: 5 Simple Serving Classics

ColumnServe your food up simple with these 5 classics. How often are we seduced by sexy packaging? All. The. Time. We live in a disposable world, full of plastic forks, coffee cups and styrofoam takeout boxes. At the same time, everywhere we turn we’re tempted to improve our culinary prowess […]

NOIR: A Scandinavian Fashion Label Oozing Sexy Social Conscience

As a fashionista and an eco-advocate, I am absolutely in love with the Danish eco-luxury collection Noir and their newer street label offered at a more price conscious level, Bllack Noir. “We want to be known as the first brand to bring sophistication and sexiness to corporate social responsibility,” says […]

From The Vault: We’re In This Together

The trials and tribulations of being in a relationship. It’s been a week of relationship inspiration at EcoSalon, from these famous quotes to these enticing-looking wedding suggestions, and naturally our thoughts have turned to our complicated life’s work of finding a mate. From the influence of Facebook to the growing […]

Foodie Underground: Scandinavian Takeover

Notice how any recent mention of fare from Sweden, Norway and Denmark also denotes how a Scandinavian food trend is quickly making its way into all kinds of food markets? Why it’s taken so long for Scandinavian fare to hit the global market is beyond me, but with simple, down […]

A Hot Hauz

We’ve all come to learn that Scandinavian is synonymous with cool design (just think Ikea). Meet Hau Hauz. Designer Satu Makkonen draws her inspiration from nature and different cultures. She uses only natural fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, and linen to create an extensive product line. Makkonen adorns her fabrics […]

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9 Phenomenal Subscription Boxes Perfect for Mother’s Day

Gift mom with one of these subscription boxes for Mother’s Day this year. It’s the gift that will keep on giving. For some of us, Mother’s Day can sometimes be fraught with the gift-giving conundrum. What to gift the woman who brought you into this world and continues to nourish […]

9 Fantastic Folkloric Finds: Adding Folk Art to Your Space

Get inspired with these folk art finds to create a magical folkloric hideaway. In case you are wondering just what we mean, today’s folkloric decor and design is inspired by primitive art styles of Scandinavia, Mexico, Peru, and other countries and cultures of the world. It’s an appreciation for the timeless […]

4 Super Easy DIY Ideas for How to Distress Wood

Learn simple techniques for how to distress wood. Like the look of distressed or weathered wood? Want to learn how to distress wood for your own DIY projects? Read on to learn some useful techniques and tricks to make it appear like it’s naturally weathered and rustically textured. Whether flipping […]

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9 Phenomenal Subscription Boxes Perfect for Mother’s Day

Gift mom with one of these subscription boxes for Mother’s Day this year. It’s the gift that will keep on giving. For some of us, Mother’s Day can sometimes be fraught with the gift-giving conundrum. What to gift the woman who brought you into this world and continues to nourish […]