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Handpicked: elle oh

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 will be a slight divergence as the girl (Leigha […]

Take Your Green Thumb Inside

Herb garden kits and accessories to delight your green thumb. The soggy, wet drizzle of spring isn’t exactly an open invitation for outdoor gardening. If you want to skip the rain boots, start an indoor garden that you can tend to from the comfort of your kitchen. And because there’s […]

Places & Spaces: Ninh Van Bay

Ninh Van Bay is a resort that balances luxury and sustainability. The vivid imagery of Six Senses Ninh Van Bay caught my eye, but the casual atmosphere held my attention. “You will not need to wear shoes at any time during your visit…” Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Nha […]

Modern Obsessions

The walls of this mid-century modern muse contain handfuls of obsessive compulsive delights. Perpendicular angles. Gleaming surfaces. Right-angled wonders. Unspoiled purity. This space makes all my compulsions ease with modern allure. The natural materials and palette of this home blend seamlessly with the mountains they are nestled in. The scenic […]

Pulp? Or No Pulp?

Remember when pulp was just an optional serving of fruit flesh in your morning glass of orange juice? Now it’s an optional serving of cellulose fibers at your dining table. Designer Debbie Wijskamp uses recycled newspaper to make delicate pulp objects and robust furniture. Yes, furniture. Each piece varies slightly […]

Chromatic Theology: Violet

Sink into glamor with a drip of royalty as the Chromatic Theology series continues with violet. 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 […]

Lustables: Thunder Tote

Kate Bush’s lyrics on a lusty black tote. Lyrics from Kate Bush’s song Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) makes a lusty black Thunder in Our Hearts Tote ($20). The conversation-sparking line is hand-printed on a cotton tote for you to carry here, there, and everywhere. Look for […]

The Year of Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia has had many years of renowned recognition – and 2011 will be no exception. This year will be skeletal, as in obsessed with framework. Design, specifically furniture and accessory design, will be stripped down to wire framework. Living Etc. predicts the wire frame will be a 2011 shelter […]

Elegant and Effortless: 3 Ways to Recreate This Look

This delicate and feminine glimpse from Knack Studio is seducing me with soft whispers of playful colors (click here for more on Knack Studio). The combination of newsprint and coral furniture is a match to covet. I borrowed this bit from Barb Blair’s ravishing portfolio. Here are three (almost) effortless […]

Design for Mankind

Design for Mankind is a daily design blog from writer Erin Loechner. Ms. Loechner promises to be “always quirky, never reverent.” There are handfuls of reasons to swoon for this blog, I’ll give you my top three. 1: There is something enticing about a designer who is also a writer, […]

Chromatic Theology: Black

Explore the depths of black 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 and intense in […]

Colorful Caprice

Yesterday we kicked off the New Year with a fresh start and a clean slate of Scandinavian modernism. This week we will be serving up handfuls of home tours full of style and charisma. Today we’ll supply heaps of color with a side of optimism and eclecticism. This is the […]

Hotel Basico Por Favor

Sure, the name means basic, but basic it is not. Hotel Basico in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is a property beautifully convoluted with basic, local materials. Here’s a quantified list of Hotel Basico’s intricacies (notice the relative weights of sand and plastic, not all hotels can boast this impressive ratio).

Take a Number

Typography is an alluring graphic pleasure – and typography with numerical embellishments is even better. This post combines the aesthetics of mathematics with the charm of décor. The Ordinal Dresser can help prioritize your wardrobe with a combination of wood grain and numerical delight. Or add a dash of digits and […]

Patterns, Flamingo Pink and More in 2011

It’s officially 2011. I realize the world has been knee-deep in 2011 for thirteen days, but I am just now delving into the new year. In my world, the new year isn’t official until my shiny new annual planner is tarnished with my chicken scratch. It’s tarnished. My Litte Otsu […]

Places & Spaces: Canvas Hotel

Canvas Hotel is a playground for adults (and bicycles). Southern Norway is home to the enviable Canvas Hotel, sited on an island in a small lake, surrounded by big adventure. The Canvas Hotel is no ordinary hotel, the simple yurts take a backseat to a passion for peddles. This destination […]

Auction House Awe

Spray Paint Eclecticism. Broken Baroque. Auction House Awe. It seems no amount of categorical wit can do this space justice. Spray paint, auction houses, paint brushes, second-hand stores, and graffiti all live in these walls. Owners Jimmie Karlsson and Rick Schultz have turned this two-story flat in London into beautifully […]

Hysterical Algebra & Glossy Musings

The 365 days of 2010 are seeping through the hourglass and fading into the past. The last week of the year is universally begging for comic relief. The knitted sweaters laced with holiday propaganda, stale fruit cakes, and handfuls of extra pounds nestling in from the excess of sugar cookies […]

Handpicked: Kim Derby

Each week here at EcoSalon, I ask 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 viewing pleasure. This week I am honored to host Kim Derby. Does Ms. […]

The House That War Built

The Waterhouse hotel in Shanghai is an industrial gem, salvaged from the spoils of war. The four-story hotel was built from a three-story Japanese Army headquarters from the 1930s. The Chinese architecture firm NHDRO (Neri & Hu Design and Research Office) made a series of perfect decisions to arrive at the […]

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Lustables: Blocked Paisley Bedding

Organic cotton blocked paisley duvet cover. This Blocked Paisley Duvet Cover ($89) isn’t simply bedding, it’s a place to nestle your dreams. The pretty weave of 100% organic cotton is a repetitive graphic wonder. Look for Lustables daily at EcoSalon. 100% gorgeous green finds, and never sponsored. Submit your favorite […]

Follow the LEED

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) explained. LEED is an acronym that has taken hold of the sustainable building movement and become integrated in many industries beyond. If you have any interest in green building, you have stumbled across the ubiquitous acronym a handful of times – enough to […]

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 […]

Garden Variety

Garden gear to kick-start spring. It’s time to don your gardening gloves and mingle among the ravishes of plucking, pulling, weeding, fertilizing, and planting- Are you ready for it? If not, here’s a gathering of garden muses to inspire your green thumb including a fair trade hat with a wide […]

Bulb Naked

The Plumen 001 is a gorgeous compact florescent light bulb. There are a handful of adverbs that swirl around the presence of compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), efficient, effective, energy saving, eco friendly, functional and economical, But gorgeous rarely comes to mind – until now. The Plumen 001 light bulb […]

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