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5 Decor Trends That Go Too Far

Your editor has had enough. First, a recap: On the green path to Woodland Chic, we’ve seen faux bois. And regular old bois. Unless you’re an oblivious sort of fauna you know that 2008 has been having a field day with all things sylvan. At EcoSalon, we’ve covered this nature-inspired […]

Concept Watch: the Capsule Wardrobe

We all know the threefold mantra of ecofashion. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. While many of our top green designers have the reduce and recycle aspects down pat, the reuse ideal deserves more exploration. British boutique and design collective DePloy have a mission to fit the "largest wardobe in the smallest suitcase" […]

Checking in With the Home Team: You Still Down With Science?

One of my favorite Charles Darwin quotes is from The Descent of Man: “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” Sadly, it appears that lately there are a lot of confident people out there when it comes to knowing what’s real in this universe and what’s not. And science and […]

Green Consumers Impressed by Results, not Promises

The Greenwashers are scrambling. That’s the conclusion reached by the State Of Green Business Report 2008 (pdf), produced by Greener World Media (edited by Joel Makower). The report surveyed the so-called greening up of the top corporations in the U.S. We have a long way to go, and despite progress […]

Hung Up on Cell Phones

Once, for a short period of time, I had The Man by the balls. And when I say “The Man,” I mean The Man – a corporate giant who keeps us down, corners us and our pocketbooks, gives us no choice, frustrates us at every turn and manufactures, along with […]

Being Bike-Curious

Do you have romantic daydreams of transporting your farm-fresh groceries home in a wicker basket attached to your bike’s handlebars? How about laughing at the stressed-out commuters as you whiz past them on your speedy road bike? If you answered yes, you might be bike-curious. There are plenty of excuses […]

Tina Spies: Branch-Inspired Objet

Mother Nature has served as an inspiration for designers for hundreds of years. So, what is the focus of creative minds today? From local artisans to chain stores, branch-inspired objet continues to dominate the décor scene. If you like the look, choose wisely – look for eco credibility and durability. […]

6 Ways to Rock Polka Dots for You and Your Home

Polka dots. You either love them or you hate them. We happen to love them and we aren’t the only ones. 2015 has been the year of the dots–especially on the spring and summer fashion runways. If you too love the polka dot, read on for some tips on how wear […]

Agricultural Skyscrapers: Green Buildings You Can Munch On

Agricultural skyscrapers: talk about green building, literally. Vertical farming is on the horizon, because in the city, growth is up, not out. In an urban area where there’s no land left on the ground, it’s only the sky that’s the limit. French architect and Columbia professor, Dickson Despommier, has caught […]

Divine Intervention

Shimmer – just because you can. Glamour is back and it’s taking all different forms this fall. Tailored looks flatter the feminine figure but it’s the playful fantasia that’s got me going. Gold may be "the" hue for jewelry this season, but who said it couldn’t spill over into apparel? […]

Tartan Is "On Trend" – We're Seeing a Pattern

We’re all warm and cozy at the news that Tartan is "back". Plaid patterns are a trend that always comes back around; fortunately this time it’s free of grungy jeans and Doc Martens. Keep it modern with pieces like this Stewart + Brown button dress. A perennial favorite, S+B always […]

Sexy 70s, Sustainably.

The era of ultra-low and oft-unflattering jeans may finally be coming to an end (notwithstanding the bleats of the thong underwear industry). High-waist, feminine, flowing jeans have made their biggest comeback since the “Ëœ70s this spring, only now they’re being done in loose, comfortable style. Get in on this trend […]

Eat Your Meat and Feel Good About It, Too

Many people are confronting the ethical dilemma of eating meat produced through factory farming. And the recent Pew Study confirms some of our worst environmental and public health fears. At some point, the claims of “all natural” at the local grocery store’s butcher counter just start to ring hollow. What’s […]

Grain Power

A desire to see wood striations seems ingrained in our modern sensibilities, from the art of Rex Ray to the sleek carved furniture gliding into showrooms and onto green websites. The most skilled craftsmen have always been keen on sharing their process which often involves revealing the beauty of nature […]

25 Gentle Reminders to Cultivate Your Gratitude Attitude

The economy isn’t stunning (all right, I admit, that’s putting it generously). And climate change just keeps on changing. But the truth is that in spite of great challenges, there are also plenty of things going on in the world – and in your life – to be thankful for. […]

And If I See So Much As One Fanny Pack…

I’m a true “Ëœ80s girl at heart and I openly confess that I was pumped when leggings came back in style. Much to my surprise, the trend, along with off-the-shoulder and billowy tees, have lasted through the seasons and may just have broken into the mainstream for good. Fast-forward to […]

A Lick of Eco Lacquer Does the Trick

Lacquer. So modern, so sleek, so juicy with those pops of fresh color. And not the garish black lacquer furniture of the 80s, but the chic sheen of eco-friendly lacquered finds. Yes, eco-friendly! We’ve all been tempted to trade in mixed greens for fish ‘n chips. The Bamboo Salad Suite […]

Song of Suzani

This fall, Suzani rugs, pillows, blankets and more are sure to take center stage, so, before this craze is unleashed, I consider it my duty as a décor dilettante to explore its origin and history. Suzani is much more than just a trend; it represents centuries of Central Asian culture. […]

Confessions of a Yoga Hater

Note: this is a post by Kate Carter, one of our pals at the fabulous Divine Caroline. For years, I’ve felt obligated to say I like yoga. Who doesn’t like it? It’s the cool thing to do. Soul-enriching exercise. Stretchy pants. Hollywood endorsements. Hip and calm. But after enrolling in […]

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Taxidermy: Sustainable Chic or Complete Eek?

Is taxidermy too macabre for home decor? Taxidermy, a Greek word meaning skin arranging, is something one might associate with cat obsessives or hunter-types that rely on hoofs and antlers to mount their egos. The collection of artistic taxidermy meanwhile, which was traditionally a rather Victorian pursuit, has given the […]

Foodie Underground: From Trendy to Tradition

ColumnWhy we have to stop thinking of the “foodie” movement as a trend. Luxury continues to inspire the culinary world, and its eager diners. From $3,000 dinner reservations to a select list of the world’s 50 best restaurants, the top tier of the food chain is elevating the art of […]

The Rise of Geoengineering: Smart? Safe? Too Easy?

Though the it’s-too-late set seems to be growing, most scientists agree that when it comes to human-induced climate change, there are solutions. Most of these solutions are ambitious. Some, in fact, might be too ambitious – and perhaps too dangerous on a number of fronts. Geoengineering is exactly what it […]

Foodie Underground: Give ‘Em Something to Tweet About

The fact that Twitter changed the food cart movement is no news; foodies consume deals and specials from dining entrepreneurs like they’re candy. But the micro-blogging site hasn’t just become a guerrilla marketing tool to get the word out about tacos and tempeh, it’s becoming a source of foodie inspiration. […]

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