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Mohair Flair: a Fair Trade Flourish for Your Home

My passion for travel is evident in my home décor. Whether it’s a jewelry box from China or a wooden vase from Morocco, my living space is a three-dimensional photo album of my worldly adventures. Unfortunately, I’m stuck at home base for a while and can’t indulge my nomadic yearnings. […]

Jewelry Could Be the Culprit of an Unexplained Skin Rash

According to a recent health brief from Baylor Medical Center in Texas, unexplained skin irritations occur in millions of Americans, and for many, the culprit is an allergy to nickel. Lisa Garner, M.D., a dermatologist on the medical staff, said that only real treatment is to avoid contact with items […]

The Many Wonders of Beeswax

Anything that burns creates airborne byproducts. Do you need to feel green guilt when you light those wax tapers for a romantic dinner? The typical paraffin candle creates lung irritants when it burns because paraffin is derived from petroleum. Fortunately, a greener option has been brought to us by bees […]

Top Drawer Sachets for Scent and Shooing Moths

Sometimes my daughter Syd’s drawers smell a bit gamey, like her soccer uniform after a match of  living up to her title as “the finisher”. She’s a darling girl, don’t get me wrong. But she has a frightful habit of  tossing items into her drawers to avoid that exhausting chore […]

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 […]

Spirit Beauty Lounge: 20% Discount for EcoSalon Readers!

Search no more, eco queens, your one-stop green beauty shop has been found. Spirit Beauty Lounge – founded by the lovely Spirit Demerson – features a fantastic selection of organic, ethically sourced and totally luscious beauty and personal care products. This lovely site is easy to navigate and even Spirit’s […]

Take It to the Mat

Placemats offer a great alternative to tablecloths because they only need to be wiped off (or perhaps hosed down on pasta night) and not constantly thrown into the wash. Eco designs made with bamboo, raffia or recycled materials make both a stylish and sustainable statement at your table. They also help […]

Chinese Take Out or In: Garden Stools Make a Comeback!

It’s our good fortune that those barrel-shaped, ceramic Chinese garden seats are making a big comeback, surfacing in upscale catalogs and favorite decor haunts. My mom, an L.A. designer, gave me a reproduction French blue cloisonne stool in the 80s, a highly decorative piece peopled with 18th-century characters and rural […]

Sun and Stripes at Seasalt Organics

I last visited London, a favorite city, two years ago for a natural and organic products trade show. One of my most delightful finds there was Seasalt, a small but growing organic and eco-clothing company that makes some of the most charming, colorful, and well-made organic clothes I’ve seen anywhere. […]

Museum Shop Standout: Aita Design Woven Wire Baskets

I can learn a lot from Friday night dates with my husband. For starters, I learned I can convince him to change out of his crumpled work clothes into something chic if I smile real big and hand him a martini when he comes through the door. Once the babysitter arrives […]

High-Style Mystery with the Squid Necklace by Lulu Frost

Being such a huge fan of bold, chunky necklaces, I was instantly drawn to this art deco “Squid” necklace by Lulu Frost. The piece is a vintage steel cut buckle on an antique brass chain. In my opinion, using a buckle as a pendant couldn’t be more genius. Lulu says […]

Getting Crafty with Soda Cans

Soda can design has translated to gutters, sidewalks and beaches strewn with pull tabs – until now. Pull-tabs from everyday aluminum cans are a greener update on the metallic trend in handbags. It takes a few hundred pops of a soda can to create each bag in this line, handmade […]

Wood You Wear My Ring?

Artisan David Finch, in partnership with wife Nicola, lives off the grid in British Columbia and reclaims blown-down and bug-killed trees or scrap wood to make exquisite custom-designed rings. Sustainably harvested wood is one of our most precious and versatile natural resources, but you may not think of it as […]

Bellissima Fall Collection

You may remember Bellissima earrings from Kim’s post back in April, but we wanted to give designer Sarah Bridger a mention again now that her fall collection has been released. I find the pearl necklace with maple wood pendant to be particularly simple and charming while the Lydia earrings made […]

A Lovely Little Perch!

It’s not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there’s something about Amy Adams’ pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there’s more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics – her designs are modern, playful […]

Plight of the 'Eco-Birkin'

I’m not one to knock working hard and rewarding yourself with a few indulgences from time to time. I do draw the line, however, at overindulgence. You’ll still catch me rolling my eyes at anyone who aspires to one day own the infamous Hermès Birkin bag. Not only does the […]

Calling All San Franciscans

Summer in San Francisco. I have the privilege of living in San Francisco, and as all Bay Area folk know, this city is always ahead of the curve when it comes to pretty much everything eco-friendly (summer weather is another issue). So, for those times when the shopping bug comes […]

Flower Medicine for Spring Fever

Sitting inside on a warm spring day after a long winter drives me crazy, and I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s hard to stay at my desk when just outside there are birds, flowers and sun. Yet there’s no room on that well-used desk for an entire bouquet of blooms […]

A Guide to Eco Laptop Bags

I remember when owning a laptop was considered a luxury. Now it seems that everyone who’s anyone has one – my neighbor’s six-year-old, my grandfather (who, by the way, forwards far too many jokes and chain letters to me. I love you anyway, gramps!), writers and investment bankers, artists and […]

A 'Touch' of Brazil

Brazil is, among many things, a country of artists, many now using their talents to send a message of environmental awareness told with imagination and beauty. We love TOUCH, a division of the Los Angeles-based Zoe Melo design group and a cooperative marketing effort showcasing the work of contemporary Brazilian […]

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Over-the-Door Mat

Meet the rubber beach slip-on that became an urban fashion staple: The Flip Flop. So popular are these rubber thongs, you’ll find barrels full at your favorite boutiques in mod patterns, as well as more sensible Eco versions for the camping set.  College kids (male and female) ride bikes to […]

Hand-Me-Downs Come Out of the Closet

A friend of mine wants to keep it hush-hush when her daughter is gifted a hand-me-down dress, as if wearing used garb signifies poverty or shame that might not fly in her affluent social circle. My friend is a European whose family often struggled to make ends meet. And although […]

Take Back The Filter

Having happily sworn off bottled water in favor of refillable pitcher filters (like Brita or Pur), many of us save countless plastic bottles from the landfill. But now we have bulky plastic filters to throw out every couple of months. Sure, it’s less trash than bottles, but still, what gives? […]

Top Drawer Sachets for Scent and Shooing Moths

Sometimes my daughter Syd’s drawers smell a bit gamey, like her soccer uniform after a match of  living up to her title as “the finisher”. She’s a darling girl, don’t get me wrong. But she has a frightful habit of  tossing items into her drawers to avoid that exhausting chore […]

Brush Up on Your Tools

Bamboo cosmetic brushes are the fashion buzz, being touted in the December issue of InStyle as one of many new little ways to go green. As the magazine observes, “they’re making floors out of this prolific woody plant, so why not hair rollers and makeup brushes?” The ECOtools, which we […]

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