K. Emily Bond

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in southern Spain, reporting on trends in art, design, sustainable living and lifestyle.
Inspired by Nature: iPhone 5 Cases from Society6
Inspired by Nature: iPhone 5 Cases from Society6

Caress your tech with these nature-inspired skins and covers.  In celebration of the new iPhone 5, here are ten cases and other gadget holding devices from Society6 that fuse nature with technology. Cost is $35/each. What is Society6? Good question, but may we suggest switching that “what” to “who?” Thousands […]

Salvaged Bike Chain Chandeliers Defy Concepts of Wealth
Salvaged Bike Chain Chandeliers Defy Concepts of Wealth

File this under sexy: dripping chandeliers made from salvaged bicycle chains. LA-based multidisciplinary artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga produces what she calls “reflections and documents of…shifting realities” inspired by her tri-cultural upbringing in Mexico, Brazil and the USA. Referencing tricycles at this stage would seem a natural progression, given that these functional […]

The Changing Façade of Urban Architecture
The Changing Façade of Urban Architecture

Big city, smaller footprint: blurring the line between landscape design and modern architecture.  The trend of vertical gardening is up, as is the rise of the jolly green skyscraper. Easy on the eyes and easier on the planet, the trend of upward greenery is transforming our concrete jungles into ivied […]

Ideas, Inspiration & DIY: Oh, The Things You Can Do With Rope
Ideas, Inspiration & DIY: Oh, The Things You Can Do With Rope

Get roped into this year’s hottest trend. Sometimes naughty and often nautical, ropes are everywhere this year – from fashion to interior design. What started with a well-spotted rope entwined bowl by one of our shelter writers, has now unraveled into an all-out search for all things strung up. The […]

What the World Needs Now is Prayer Flags, Lots of Prayer Flags
What the World Needs Now is Prayer Flags, Lots of Prayer Flags

Ever feel like the world’s a mess? Say a little prayer and spread a lot of love with an optimistic set of prayer flags.  A prayer flag is simple enough: a panel of cloth imprinted with text or images strung to spread that sentiment to whomever the wind touches. Quilter Vivika […]

Why Design? Herman Miller Calls on the Industry’s Brain Trust For Answers
Why Design? Herman Miller Calls on the Industry’s Brain Trust For Answers

“I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were.” – George Nelson Herman Miller, manufacturer of some of America’s most iconic pieces of modernist furniture (think the Equa Chair, Aeron chair, Noguchi table, Marshmallow sofa and- all hail — the Eames Lounger) […]

Doing It Herself: The Fab ‘Can Do’ Girls of DIY
Doing It Herself: The Fab ‘Can Do’ Girls of DIY

Kick-butt home improvement, by women for women (or anyone with a glue gun). The arts and crafts movement has heralded a new era of DIY, an alterna-consumer culture for “roll your sleeves up” boys and girls with a penchant for putting the three Rs into messy (and oftentimes beautiful) practice. […]