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And You Thought the Best Part of a Coconut Was Its Center!

I’m always impressed by the resourceful nature of small artisan groups around the world. They take things that many would consider waste and transform them into beautiful, functional and sustainable artwork. The community of Padang Besar in Thailand, near the Malaysian border, took a stand against the common practice of […]

Indoor Pollution: So Last Season

As Elaine blogged recently, living walls are both eye-catching and environment-improving, easy on the eye and a purifying relief for the lungs. Cult favorite fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester‘s new store in Seoul, South Korea, takes this idea and grows madly in all directions. Designed by Minsuk Cho and Kisu Park, […]

Chromatic Theology: White

Dive into a pool of untainted color (white) as the Chromatic Theology series continues. Each post in this series explores an individual hue, but the characteristics of the topic color can be translated into tints and shades. Keep in mind that the effects and emotions we discuss are most prominent […]

Lustables: Hickory Vase

Stunning BDJ Craftworks Hickory Vase. Variegated wood whittled from a solid hickory block – it’s so good. This Hickory Vase ($60), by BDJ Craftworks (available at Spartan), has a removable glass insert for pragmatic usage and easy cleaning. This is one vessel you can be proud to put on a […]

Recycled Outdoor Furniture Eye Candy From Loll Designs

Is it just me, or does summertime beckon you to move your living space into the outdoors? Who doesn’t love soaking up all that the sunny weather has to offer? This brilliant company called Loll Designs creates colorful, affordable and modern 100 percent recycled plastic outdoor furniture to make the […]

10 Ways to Use a Dryer Sheet

From debugging the grill of your car to cleaning pots and pans, there’s more than one way to use a dryer sheet.  You’ve probably heard the tip about putting dryer sheets in your vacuum or bottom of the trash can to keep things smelling fresh. You haven’t? Well, it’s true. […]

Rad Fad or Bad Fad?

While recently scouring the internet for great eco fashion finds to blog about, I discovered a few designers who are turning vintage camera parts into wearable accessories. Now, I certainly wasn’t the first to discover Craig Arnold, the Aussie whose passion for cameras and recycling led him to develop his […]

Places & Spaces: Hotel Rafayel, London

London’s greenest hotel has fabulous river views and cutting-edge energy-saving features. In 2012, much international attention will be focused on London with the Olympic Games and all its attendant activities and events, including the cultural programme. If you want an eco-bed to lay your head on, the Rafayel may not be […]

Lustables: Girard Proof Jensen Tableware

Historic Girard prints: vintage American design that’s good ‘til the last drop.  The influence of America’s most beloved and legendary textile designers and colorists, Alexander Girard, is palpable even today. He is known in design circles for his work with Herman Miller, wherein he created fabrics for the house of Charles […]

The UNVÄR LABUR System at IKEA

Attention IKEA shoppers: yes, the EXPEDIT bookshelf might be the solution you’ve been looking for to sort out your life, but at what cost? Welcome to Sweden: population 9 million and change; number 6 on the Happiness Index. Here in America (where we rank number 10 on the same scale), […]

I Dream of Comfort

When I was a child, I religiously watched every episode ever made of “I Dream of Jeannie”. Every time she lounged on piles of plush pillows inside her bottle, I remember vowing to, one day, furnish a room that was sofa-free. Although I’ve long since outgrown this plan, I still […]

Take the Heavy Metal out of Leather

Literally. Leather can make sophisticated, long-lasting upholstery for both modern and traditional furniture. But you may be surprised to learn that toxic metals such as chrome are often used to tan leather. In response to this, the Schomisch Company in Germany’s Bavarian mountains has developed Ecopell, a soft leather made with an exclusive, […]

Good Cause, Instant Ambiance: Aluminum Napkin Rings

These earthy, hammered aluminum napkin holders are likely to become a favorite for relaxed entertaining. Substantial and durable, the texture helps to reflect light in charming patterns, adding instant mood to your tabletop.  At only $15 for a set of six, these richly-textured rings are an incredible value and support […]

Forget Pink and Blue: Nurseries are Meant to be Green

Have a bun in the oven? Maybe some friends who are expecting? Well, it’s never too early to get that baby started on the path to a green lifestyle. Kistner Supply recently launched three brand new eco-friendly product lines that are sure to make you the sustainable star at any […]

Adrift on the Global Warming Rug

It’s a stunning reminder of the precarious beauty at the top of our world. What would the Arctic be to us without the polar bear? The iconic image of our planet’s largest land predator forms the focus of this rug from Ninamarquina, adrift in a sea of blue wool (if […]

How to Get Better Sleep with Nighttime Rituals

Here’s how to get better sleep with four helpful nighttime rituals to make the most of your shut eye. Sleep is a time for your body to recharge. If you don’t get enough of it, you strain your organs and adrenal glands and compromise overall health. But it’s a matter […]

Reliable Friends

In first grade, my family moved from Northern California to Washington, and the adjustment was not easy for me. Plucked out of my happy classroom and dropped into another mid-year, I felt strange and shy with my new peers. To cheer myself, I spent recesses collecting "friends" – pebbles nestled […]

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7 Unexpectedly Gross Places Making You Sick

You may get sick from germs present in the most unexpected of places. Germs are everywhere, and 99 percent of them don’t do much harm. However, the rest can lead to illness. And while you may think you’ve got the formula cracked in avoiding germs, you may be surprised that […]

7 Drool-Worthy Decorating Blogs You Simply Must Read

If you are new to the world of decor and design inspiration, or just need some new outlets to eat up more of your free time, we have a delicious roundup of some of our favorite decorating blogs to get you started. Make certain to clear your schedule for the […]

Non-Toxic DIYing with Milk Paint?

Like the idea of painted old wood furniture or adding paint to your other DIY projects, but don’t like the idea of using toxic VOC-filled paints? Consider milk paint instead. That’s right. Milk. Paint. Milk paints are water-based paints that are made from milk and lime with added pigments. It’s […]

3 DIY Facial Toners for Oily, Sensitive, and Dry Skin Types

Use one (or more!) of these facial toner recipes to optimize your skincare regimen. Being the stickler I am about my skin, the toner concept always bugged me. Applying a facial toner has been the most neglected part of my skincare regimen to date. Doing so always seemed unnecessary – […]

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Have a Happy Home: the Psychology of Interior Design

Living a better and more efficient life begins at home, which is why the psychology of interior design is so vitally important to creating a happy home. Whether you’re a professional or a do-it-yourselfer, residential interior design is a multifaceted field that often involves various stages of renovating, remodeling, and […]

3 DIY Facial Toners for Oily, Sensitive, and Dry Skin Types

Use one (or more!) of these facial toner recipes to optimize your skincare regimen. Being the stickler I am about my skin, the toner concept always bugged me. Applying a facial toner has been the most neglected part of my skincare regimen to date. Doing so always seemed unnecessary – […]

13 Creative DIY Garden Planters to Make Your Garden Green(er)

Whether you want to plant a few potted plants around your deck or undertake a more expansive garden overhaul, consider repurposing unwanted items into useful garden planters. We all know that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and that is certainly true for the creative gardener. Instead of investing […]

7 Quirky Ideas for Repurposing Vintage Home Decor Goods

Repurpose vintage home decor goods because it looks cool–and because it’s better for the environment. No matter what your decorating style, there is always room to repurpose vintage home decor goods to add both form and functionality. Whether your space can be more accurately described rustic, boho, modern country, Scandinavian, mid-century, […]

7 Quirky and Sustainable Vacation Rentals to Lust Over

From repurposed airstreams to tiny houses, get inspired to head out on the road with one of these drool-worthy vacation rentals. Apps like Airbnb, HomeAway, Vacation Rental by Owner, and more are making it super easy to get away from it all and find quirky vacation rentals. Not too long […]