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Mercedes and Beemer Up the Electric Ante

With their impending releases later this year – and what we really hope is an honest-to-goodness demand for electric cars – the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt have been front-and-center news in recent months. In fact, just last week we were telling you about the Nissan entry selling out during its […]

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 […]

Fall Color Trend: Purple

Eggplant, aubergine, plum, violet, mulberry – any way you slice it, purple is the hot color for fall. This is not your color-sucking pale lavender circa 1987 purple. We’re talking rich, deep hues. Too much of the shade and you’ll end up looking like the grape man in Fruit-of-the-Loom commercials, […]

Ikat Indulgence

Fabric is my life. When I met Ikat it was a match made in heaven (if not on J-date). My exotic wiring can’t get enough of the resist-dyed, Uzbek village motifs tempting much of the design world, from world-class vendors like Travers and Scalamandre to fashion legends Oscar de la […]

Tina Spies: Cork Furniture

Last winter, Mike introduced us to the cork flooring trend, but that’s not the only way this sustainable resource is making a splash in the world of design. This fall, the stunning natural texture of this renewable material is popping up in furniture collections across the web. The organic contours […]

Don’t Shy Away from Silky Shorts

On most days I think I’m still 25.* I feel and think and act young-ish, so many of my friends are younger, and yes, I’ve been known to date a younger man” once or twice. Every so often I’m rudely awakened from this fantasy – like when I hear a […]

‘Tis the Season to Wear Some Romance

Romance isn’t just a concept worn thin by fairy tales and Hollywood movies that leave women like me wondering “where’s my knight in shining armor?” It’s an attitude easily accessible from within each and every one of us. And it’s a good thing. Since summer 2008 we’ve seen ruffles and […]

Ask Not What Your Environment Can Do for You…

You hear cynics say that bringing your own grocery bags to the store isn’t going to make a difference. That we need to get industry to stop polluting and government to commit to renewable energy. And then they say, with none-too-little smugness: “But hey…go ahead and do it if it […]

Get in Line? Rogan Gregory's Green Garb Comes to Target

lsaac Mizrahi is ditching Target after five years to revamp Liz Claiborne. The fashion world’s boy-wonder brought cache to Target with his take on the old classics: orange and pink resort wear, seersucker pants and blazers, cheerful oxford shirts. Stepping in to fill his sizable loafers is New York designer Rogan Gregory. […]

Is Green Just a Trend?

The less optimistic among us love to point out that “green” is a trend, and, like all trends, that it will fade with time. I proudly say that I’m not green because it’s trendy, but because it’s who I am. I strive for beauty and balance in my life, and […]

The Best Green Tips and News: 220+ Lifestyle Links to Start Your New Year

A year in Lifestyle – from dire rumblings over biofuel to the unprecedented eco-promises of President Elect Obama, from ravaged coral to eco sunscreen, personal sustainability to green careers. It’s been a whirlwind 12 months…and here’s why. January: we first look at the menaces of urban tumbleweed, plastic hotel toiletries, […]

No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Go Green

We interrupt your normal EcoSalon programming for an urgent public service message, Dire, really. Is the world’s favourite super-spy greening up his act? Coming soon to a big screen near you is Quantum of Solace, the second outing for Daniel Craig’s reimagined James Bond. (Sadly, ladies, he won’t be wearing […]

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 […]

Nonsmoking Beaches in the Future?

Have you ever had your day at the beach ruined by cigarette smoke? You’re there to breathe in the fresh salt air and you just can’t stop smelling that harsh cigarette smoke wafting in from one of your beach bunny neighbors. The town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, agrees. (I’m on a […]

Le Chic Du Shabby

Shabby Chic is not my "thing". I’ve never understood the need to pay 4,500 dollars for a beat-up – excuse me, timeworn – old desk that looks like something you could have found in my first apartment. In truth, though, it’s not the price that grates. It’s the frills, the […]

Le Chic Du Shabby

Shabby Chic is not my "thing". I’ve never understood the need to pay 4,500 dollars for a beat-up – excuse me, timeworn – old desk that looks like something you could have found in my first apartment. In truth, though, it’s not the price that grates. It’s the frills, the […]

Rock On!

If rocking chairs conjure visions of Grandma and her knitting needles, then it’s darned time for a fresh perspective. Take a glimpse at the popular reinvention of this classic chair. The higher a chair is, the less comfortable it is, I feel. The low profile and unique contours of the […]

Dream a Little Dress

Week of the Dress This time of year brings about daydreams of sunny vacations – sipping a margarita poolside in Mexico or strolling the clean, quiet streets of Bermuda. These fantasies conjure up images of light, flowing dresses. And then it begins: your real-life hunt for the perfect sundress. This […]

10 Hottest Green Cars of 2010

Once upon a time, green cars weren’t exactly hot. Only hardcore treehuggers knew much about them, let alone owned one, while most of the world continued to carry on the grand love affair with SUVs. It’s 2010, and the times have definitely changed. Now, fuel-efficient cars of all stripes, from […]

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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. […]

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 […]

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