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I Dream of Greenie

If your taste tends toward the graphic rather than trends of late, show your eco-conscious soft side with this recycle logo pillow made with 75% recycled cotton from apparel and upholstery factories that would otherwise be pitched. Inside pillow has un-dyed cotton sheeting outer, and inside is filled with 90% […]

'Packing Light' Lays It on Thick

Did I bring too much? Lately, I’ve come across a lot of hype about packing lighter. Our fellow eco-friendly sites and publications have accepted the stance that less of a load is somehow better for the environment and are touting the idea in all of their tips and guides to […]

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 […]

Raffia Clutch Adds Artisan Chic to Your Weekend Look

After five straight days of lugging around the eco-friendly grocery bag, the laptop tote, the latest magazines, myriad notepads and other giveaways of editorial geek, I love paring things down on the weekend. I slip my Blackberry and a debit card into a vest pocket or, if I can muster […]

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? […]

Feel the Beat on Your Feet

A little graffiti for your feet? This graphic shoe du jour by Ndeur, a Toronto-based company, is taking the streets in style. Using vintage pumps and sneakers as his canvas, Parisian artist Mathieu Missiaen hand-paints bold patterns on his customizable designs. Harking to my favorite decade (the 80s, of course), […]

Smart Green Gadgets for the Traveler

There’s a great list of new green gadgets for the traveler, or even the non-traveler who simply likes green gadgets, in the latest edition of Travel+Leisure. My favorite: the ever-so-practical but cute Water-Powered Travel Alarm Clock. All you have to do is add water and a pinch of salt and […]

Purists Give a Sheet

When you break open a new package of traditional cotton sheets, the chemical scent can blow you away. Why spend your precious R.E.M. hours enveloped in these chemicals when there are so many soft and stylish organic cotton alternatives surfacing in home stores and catalogs? Recently, I strolled into a […]

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 […]

10 Eco Friendly Gifts That Aren't Crunchy, Preachy or Political

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – whatever the event, a gift is in order. And being eco-conscious, you want to give a gift that doesn’t leave a huge footprint. All the same, no one wants to be political or preachy (well, I hope no one). Here are some eco gift ideas that […]

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 […]

Vintage Coaster Roundup

During my days of hunting goodies at the mesmerizing Butterfield Estate Sales, I was thrilled to locate a set of vintage Pimpernel coasters decorated with old San Francisco scenes, including cable cars on Hyde Street and the original Gump’s store. Old coasters with evocative scenes and motifs can add a lot of […]

Unraveling the Waste: A Peek Inside Etsy

Even old sweaters deserve a second chance. That’s the thinking behind the community of knitters that forms a part of the oh-so-addictive Etsy, which sells accessories made from the reclaimed yarn of old garments. In knitwear, you’ll find that many of the headbands, bags, gloves and baby wear are all […]

The Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Rebag

One of my favorite Christmas memories is of unwrapping gifts and watching my Grandpa stick the used bows all over his balding head. And when he ran out of territory uptown, he’d start sticking the bows to his limbs, all the way down to his feet. We grandkids adored him […]

Green Console-ation

There are so many options for encasing plasmas these days, from pricey wall frames that elevate the screens to an artform to pop-up consoles that only reveal the televisions when you’re ready to watch. I can see why Joe Wilkerson’s new “M21 Flat Panel” made of American black walnut is […]

Where I Left My Heart

I’m feeling nostalgic these days as my husband and I prepare to leave San Francisco after what has been the best 12 years of my life.  We are moving to Utah for an exciting job opportunity. From what I’ve heard mountain living has its rewards, especially in a state with […]

5 Easy Steps to Artisan Style for Your Home

It seems the whole world is trading in industrial, factory-made conformity for artisan style. “Many of the pieces at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair . . .felt more artisanal than manufactured,” wrote the New York Times on May 22. So, how do you get the look without breaking the […]

Found Creative Genius

A move from Berlin to San Diego 10 years ago sparked the creative fire in Micha Kuchenhoff’s mind. The young designer developed a knack for sewing and began to create designs from found objects. Turning vintage materials into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, a loyal following of friends and fans quickly grew. Always […]

Wearing of the Green

"Just a little green, like the color when the spring is born," is how my childhood idol, Joni Mitchell, waxed poetic about her favorite color. I concur, there’s nothing fresher and more natural than that shade found in wild grasses, sparkling emeralds, fragrant limes, mint ice cream and avocados. Jewelry designers […]

How to Capture the Sun in a Jar

When I first stumbled upon this item it took me back to my childhood summer nights in New Jersey, collecting fireflies in a glass jar. My brother and I would watch the yellow green bodies light up and flicker for hours before setting them free. I haven’t seen fireflies in […]

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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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evergreen Seasonal Symbols

My husband has promised the girls they can have a “yule tree” this year as a non-religious way for half-Jewish kids to bring the splendor of winter indoors. The idea of a yule tree dates back to the folk traditions of the Celtic Druids and Saxons, who collected trees from […]

Found Creative Genius

A move from Berlin to San Diego 10 years ago sparked the creative fire in Micha Kuchenhoff’s mind. The young designer developed a knack for sewing and began to create designs from found objects. Turning vintage materials into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, a loyal following of friends and fans quickly grew. Always […]

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