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heARTbeat: Qi Wei’s Exploded Flowers Portend the End of a Season

Qi Wei’s Exploded Flowers series explores the complexities of nature in order to appreciate its simple beauty. Artist Qi Wei says of his Exploded Flowers series, “The use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature’s flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time let […]

12 Ways to Reuse a Bottle

Recycling is always an option, as are these 12 ways of reusing a bottle. We’ve written about recycled glass before, like the upcycled tumbler from The Bottle Mill and other born-again vessels. Given the amount of time we spend trolling the net for inventive eco design, we feel that it […]

Vintage Wallpaper Becomes You

No need for serious jewelry in springtime – your adornments can be lighthearted and still be sustainable and pretty. These one-of-a-kind squares of vintage wallpaper, preserved between glass and solder and hung from a sterling silver chain, come from Lucky Accessories (click on “vintage pendants”). The sweet surprise is that […]

Swing On, Sweet Eco-Hammock

Sustainably lounging. Eco-hammock retailer Yellow Leaf has a list of four simple hammocking rules and regulations. Simple, because complex would crimp your ride. As such, Yellow Leaf contends you should always: 1.)  Hammock with a refreshing beverage within reach: Iced tea, lemonade, seltzer or a more “adult” concoction will always […]

Behind the Label: West Elm Green

West Elm loves stamping their products “green,” but what exactly does that mean? Brooklyn-based home decor store West Elm caters to urban design lovers with its aspirational blend of minimalist furnishings, global influences, and sustainable practices. Indie artist collaborations and eco-friendly materials play a large role in West Elm’s marketing, with […]

Buying from Vegetable Seed Companies You Can Trust

VideoHow to get the right seeds from the right companies. We’ve gone through the apartment gardening basics to help get you started with your urban garden. Then we determined how much light your space gets to determine what vegetables you can grow. Now it’s time to start getting your seeds.

Behind The Label: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

ColumnAs incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, compact fluorescent light bulbs are stepping in to take their place. But are CFLs really the most environmentally-friendly alternative? Thomas Edison may have been on to something when he invented and popularized the modern incandescent light bulb in 1878. But 135 years […]

Handpicked: Art De Vivre & Interieurs

Each week here at EcoSalon, I beg my favorite bloggers and designers to hand select a beloved green product, whether it’s a finish, furnishing, or accessory. The end result? An endless anthology of aesthetically perfect products for your perusal. This week we are graced with the presence of Francine Gardner, […]

Bring the Forest Inside with the Fern Clock

Every autumn, I fall in love with the golden landscape, wishing that its glowing serenity could brighten every season. When I discovered the fern clock, I knew that I had found the ideal wall accent to achieve this desire through home decor. Modest brass dowels mounted on an oiled shesham […]

Places & Spaces: Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco

The Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco is a wallet-friendly city-center green retreat. When you’re travelling on business, how green are the places where you choose to stay? The Orchard Garden Hotel is slap-bang in the heart of Frisco, near Union Square, so you’ve got no excuse for not taking […]

heARTbeat: Jonathan Harris & Balloons for Bhutan

ColumnJonathan Harris measures happiness one balloon at a time. Jonathan Harris’ fingerprints are all over the web. And he leaves interesting marks. When I received an email from him last month about his recently completed project on happiness, I wasn’t disappointed.

50% Off and More from VivaTerra: The Kinder Way to Shop

Stayed home on Black Friday? Good. Here are some gifts you can buy for the comfort of your own home. Our favorite eco-retailer, VivaTerra, is having a fantastic holiday sale, just in time for dressing your house up in seasonal, original  fun. These five gems are all 50% off, so you’re within […]

5 Homemade Cleaners: DIY Green Cleaning on the Cheap

Homemade cleaners really do work! I’m a big fan of avoiding environmental toxins where I can, and skipping conventional household cleaners is an easy place to get started. Rather than having to call poison control, you can avoid the volatile organic chemicals  absorbed through both the skin and air by […]

Green Crush: Recycled Tile Backsplash

One glance at a backsplash made of recycled tile on Re-Nest.com, and we were smitten. (When I sent the link to Sara, her response was hilariously succinct: “want.” That makes two of us.) If you have leftover tile from a bathroom remodel or tile that’s slightly cracked or irregular in […]

Clever Advertising with 12 Arty Ads

With ads like these, you could almost skip the museum. From cradle to grave, we are being marketed to. At this point in life, we’re more inclined to tolerate the relentless bombardment from Saatchi & Saatchi as long as our personal aesthetics are given the respect they deserve. Make us […]

Mr. Morris Would Be Proud

The wise William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Mr. Morris graced the world with his presence and the industry with his designs many years ago (1834 – 1896) but his sentiments still ring true […]

All The Pretty Clotheshorses

We are big believers in hang drying our clothes as an easy way to save energy after washing. Sadly, the image of your grandmother’s bloomers blowing in the breeze is what most people think about when they think of line drying their clothes. The clever design minds behind Casamania by […]

Gardens in Glass: Make Your Own Upcycled Terrarium

Like bell bottoms, leisure suits and The Hustle, terrariums were totally groovin’ in the 70s but seemingly fell off the face of the earth as the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 1980. But if feathered Farrah Fawcett hair can come back, so can these gorgeous gardens in glass – […]

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7 Simple DIY Projects to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day all year long with simple and green DIY projects. April 22nd is when we celebrate Earth Day, but don’t just stop there. Earth Day actually has a year-round mission to widen and engage the environmental movement worldwide through education and action. You don’t have to wait until […]

25 Awesome DIY Projects Made From Nature

Use nature to decorate your space with these gorgeous DIY projects. Spring is an amazing time of year to combine two of my favorite things–nature and DIY.  My husband and I like to take walks at the local nature reserve near our home. We also like to garden and spend […]

6 Recycling Benefits That Put Your Lame Excuses to Shame

Recycling benefits everything and everyone. Here, 6 common myths to throw away. Like, right now. Maybe you started off with a passionate mission to recycle and do your part for the environment, but it’s since fallen by the wayside with an apathetic “thud.” Or maybe you’re one of the many […]

A Little Bit of ’70s Home Decor that Goes a Long Way

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In the past few months, we’ve reported quite frequently that the 70s are back in a big way. While we’ve given you plenty of tips to master personal 70s inspired looks, we’ve yet to give you some fab 70s inspired ideas for the home. Well, that time has come, readers.

The Real Reason Men Who Clean the House Have Less Sex

Science says men who clean the house have less sex. Here’s why science can suck it. Back in the day—okay, 2013—a study came out that said men who do more chores around the house have less sex than husbands who don’t clean the house as much. (Can I meet the […]

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8 Clever Repurposing Ideas for the Most Common Items That Get Trashed

Reuse and recycle some of the most commonly thrown out items with these repurposing ideas for around your home. You know the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, but it’s never truer than when referring to repurposing items destined for the landfill or recycling center into practical, […]

7 Surprising Reasons You Should Make Your Bed

You might not want to make your bed—like, ever—but here’s why you totally should. Let’s face facts: Nobody wants to make the bed. It’s boring. It’s monotonous. It’s one of those thankless chores, like doing dishes or laundry, where the chore just never goes away. Ever. Sure, your bed looks […]

The Many Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera

The benefits of aloe vera are not new information. In fact, aloe vera has been used for centuries by cultures around the world as both a medicinal and beauty agent. Aloe vera is a panacea of sorts that has thoroughly earned its reputation. Today, aloe is gaining more clout in […]

12 Simple, Elegant DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas to Deck Your Halls

Need some inspiration for Christmas decorating ideas that are fresh and elegant, but completely simple? Read on. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, it’s way past time to stop procrastinating and deck those halls with boughs of holly in preparation for all our holiday entertaining functions. Your guests are […]