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Reclaiming Sustainable Style

Former Sunset Magazine Staff writer Bridget Bradley has written enough home improvement books to know where to go to greenify an environment from top to bottom. Tapping the best resources at her fingertips, she and her husband, Kirk, have opened Reclaim, a green home boutique store in the Bay Area suburb of Menlo […]

Behind the Label: Design Within Reach

Looking at the costs of making modern design accessible. In 1999, while on a trip to London, Rob Forbes bemoaned the fact that authentic modern design was only available to architects, decorators and people in a certain strata of society. Forbes made it his mission to make design accessible to […]

Resource Revival: Functional Art from Old Bikes

A little over 15 years ago, Graham Bergh was on his way to work when his bicycle tire went flat. He wound up using the old inner tube as a cradle for his stereo speakers, and began experimenting with other bike parts to create things like clocks, picture frames, and bowls, from old […]

DIY Alternatives to Traditional Holiday Gift Tags

This year, put as much love into labeling your gift as you did buying it.  Gift tags are one of those things we think about after wrapping a gift and we generally whip up with some leftover wrapping paper, scribbling something uninspiring on it. That, or we run out and buy […]

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? […]

Margaret Devadson: Making a Difference

With a helpful suggestion from a charitable soul and Margaret Devadson’s dedication to the people of India, the small artisan group of Ashirad was born. At this time, Devadson, part of the Mennonite Central Committee, once received a reply to a Christmas card that had been sent to one of […]

13 Brilliant Staircase Ideas to Give Your Stairs a Step Up

Add drama, color, and pattern to your home with these easy DIY staircase ideas. Many people don’t think about the staircase when decorating their homes, but it’s actually a great place to add color and pattern. Whether you have a high traffic stairs or a lesser used staircase, there are plenty […]

A Gentle Guide in Your Home

If you’ve been searching for a way to imbue your home with an air of tranquility, then look no further. The Serene Buddha panel is your ticket to decorating Nirvana. The halcyon face of Buddha is etched masterfully across three panels of gorgeous sustainable monkey pod wood. With its aura […]

10 Fresh Looks, 1 Simple Step: Collection Roundup

There are the tacky collections – shot glasses, dried roses, license plates. If done right, though, collections are striking. United by color or theme instead of design or period, collections make a confident statement without much cost (carbon or cash). Using what you already have around the house or scooping […]

The Difference Between 'Value' and Real Value

Wood is good value. Now there’s a misunderstood word. Modern retailers would love us to believe that "value" is all about money. If it’s expensive, it’s naturally worth more to you – even if it falls apart after 6 months (forcing you to buy the next model, of course). Never […]

Ebay Does a World of Good

The recently-launched World Of Good  eBay community wants to encourage transparency and positive action through commerce. It’s a place for consumers to discuss tactics for shopping responsibly, encouraging ethical sourcing and empowering handcrafting artisans. And for those artisans, there’s the World Of Good marketplace within eBay, ready to champion their […]

Entertaining and Environmental: 12 Free Green DIY Projects

Stuck inside on a rainy, dreary day? Have a hankering to start a new, crafty project? Using random objects and materials from around your home, these fun and eco-friendly DIY projects will cost you little to nothing. Scrap Paper Notebook You have a scrap paper galore in the drawer next […]

Sweet Dreams With VivaTerra

Make your bed. Lounge in it. We’re still thrilled that our Shelter section is being sponsored this month by VivaTerra (uh hum, contest!), not only because of their 100% certified commitment to eco-friendliness, but also because it gives us an excuse to mentally assemble the boudoir of our dreams. A […]

30 Quotes on Gardening

On getting your hands dirty. Gardening is the purest of human pleasures. -Francis Bacon No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. -Thomas Jefferson The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to […]

School of Hard Nots

Teaching the nation’s future fabric designers not to use flame retardants and harsh dyes is one thing. Teaming up with a leading manufacturer who is going the green route is another. These are the lessons being learned at the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley, California, founded 35 […]

Someday/Today: Mediterranean Staircase

Someday, a vintage Spanish staircase. Today, hand stencils straight out of Marrakesh.  Someday… I would like build a staircase using vintage Spanish tiles like designer Betsy Burnham. Betsy believes in mixing thrift with couture, my beloved style. The unapologetic use of colors and patterns is spot on – both ponderous […]

A Hex on All Your Noises

Gorgeous, geometric, and green insulation. What type of noise do your neighbors torment you with? Songs of the 80s (on repeat) at three in the morning? A healthy, animated (and loud) sex life? A seventh grader who is just learning to play the trombone by dedicating two hours of every […]

11 Simple Ways to Make Extra Money for the Holidays

Make extra money to avoid spiraling into debt during the holidays. Here’s how. ‘Tis the season for being merry and bright. And broke. If you’re looking to earn extra coin for that hefty holiday shopping list without cutting into your Shondaland lineup, look no further. Here are 11 ways you […]

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Would You Live in a Cardboard House? [Video]

After watching this video, you’ll probably want to sell whatever you’re residing in, and invest in the super-sustainable Wikkelhouse. The video below explains how Wikkelhouse was created and why it’s so sustainable and strong—it can last up to 100 years, people. Related on EcoSalon Prefab: Sustainable and Stylish. Seriously. 10 […]

Shine On with EcoSalon’s Glam Renewal Box!

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your home, body, and soul radiant and colorful for those lighter, longer days. EcoSalon’s Glam Renewal Box is here to help! This bright bundle of goodies features $450 worth of gorgeous and refreshing treats to help you view the most radiant of seasons through rose-colored, eco-friendly glasses. Renew yourself and get your […]

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11 Super Easy Instant Updates to Create Luxe Decor

Luxe decor isn’t really out of your reach with these quick and easy fixes. If you have Nordstrom taste for your home but a Target Budget, join the club. Honestly, get in line. Most of us don’t fall into the category of folks with a limitless budget for our luxe […]

4 Totally Doable DIY Aromatherapy Projects Using Essential Oils

Aromatherapy, sometimes referred to as essential oil therapy, is beneficial in so many ways. Not only can it make you feel better, but your house will smell wonderful too, which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite DIY aromatherapy projects using the revitalizing tinctures. The National Association for […]

Shine On with EcoSalon’s Glam Renewal Box!

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your home, body, and soul radiant and colorful for those lighter, longer days. EcoSalon’s Glam Renewal Box is here to help! This bright bundle of goodies features $450 worth of gorgeous and refreshing treats to help you view the most radiant of seasons through rose-colored, eco-friendly glasses. Renew yourself and get your […]

5 Fun Ideas to Decorate Easter Eggs, Vegan Style

Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between, it’s always fun to celebrate the holidays by decorating Easter eggs, especially with an adult spin. Fortunately, a cruelty-free Easter is easier to come by than ever with five of the coolest vegan “egg” alternatives we’ve seen. The billions of chickens used […]