Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Paprika Concept Board

Everything on this concept board is from PURE Inspired Design's Paprika Scheme! I love the contrast and warm colors, which are just in time for Fall!

1. The Pattern Draperies are in the Twin Flower - the fabric background is natural with paprika flower pattern. It is light and airy against the khaki walls.

2. The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Yorkshire Tan HC-23.

3. I love the look of a dark easy to keep clean sofa. This Eco-Leather Sofa is in Walnut Eco-Leather. The 18 x 18 Pattern Pillow is in Petal Ring and the 18 x 14 Pattern Pillow is in Fern.

4. The Basic Solid Chair is in Basic Natural Organic Canvas and the 18 x 14 Pattern Pillow is in Bud Vine.

5. The Rug is in Dahlia, which has a Khaki background with Walnut and Paprika flowers. Area rug tip: Make sure the front legs of your furniture can sit on the rug!

6. The eco-Leather cube ottomans are in Paprika Eco-Leather.

I love the combination of all these colors and patterns. Let me know if you have any comments or questions - I would love to hear from you!

Look at these recycled magazines!!

What a fun and beautiful way to recycle magazines. I love the colors and textures! I'm amazed at the number of home decor products made with recylcled magazines. Anyone find a favorite? Post a link!

Friday, September 17, 2010

More than just lighting...

I've always loved lamps and light fixtures not just for lighting but also because they add style, sculpture, and texture to a room. Here are a few lighting products that are beautiful, unique, and earth friendly!

This driftwood lamp from Shades of Light looks so natural and full of texture. I also love the rectangular shade - it would be perfect on a sofa table or buffet, especially if it was in a beach house!

This pendant light is made from eco-resin and designed by Brave Space Design out of Brooklyn, NY. This pendant is definitely a work of art - each piece is hand made and they do custom work as well.

Light Block

At Inhabit Living you can build your own lamp. They are eco-friendly with no VOC finishes, pieces are made from 100% recovered wood fibers, and no-added formaldehyde. They are so cute and you can customize the colors!

I've loved this lamp for a few years - it is from Brastilo. The base is made from an eco-friendly eucalyptus tree log and the shade is hand-woven from plant fiber. The shape makes such a statement and every lamp is different because of the natural wood.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Eco Clocks

I've always love clocks, usually large graphic clock that are more art than just a clock. Below are some different clocks that fit into the "GREEN" category.

A citrus powered clock - what! This clock uses lemon’s citric acid as well as the copper and zinc to generate enough current to power it for a week. I think it would be great if you had a lemon tree in your yard and so many lemons you didn't know what to do!

This fun clock runs on water and salt, which generates electrodes to power the clock! It is a cute little clock fun for a kid's bathroom or kitchen.

This clock runs on mud! I'm not sure how it works, but you could plant some herbs for your kitchen and tell the time.

Okay what about recycled materials made into clocks?

These clocks are made from detergent bottles - bright colors and modern shapes!

Love these hubcap clocks! This one is from a 1930's vintage Ford. Very retro!

1937-39 Red Vintage Ford V8 Hubcap Clock

Well, okay enough clocks for today. What will I find tomorrow!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sea Glass Concept Board

I've decided to start creating concept boards using the color schemes, which I have created for my eco-friendly furnishings line. It is fun to create these boards and prove that my concept works. I will be creating these board on a regular basis. Below each concept board I will display the sources for each item. In the future, other products from other great lines will be included, virtually creating an entire room design plan! If anyone wants me to create a concept board using their existing pieces mixed with my products just let me know - I would love to help design your space this way! Enjoy and send any questions my way!

Everything on this board is in the Sea Glass Scheme

1. The Pattern Draperies in the Big Flower - the fabric background is natural and really looks fresh against the light blue wall.

2. The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Wythe Blue HC-143.

3. I prefer the biggest piece of upholstered furniture to be solid fabric. The Solid Sofa is in our Soft Green velour solid upgraded fabric. The 18 x 18 Solid Pillow is in our Soft Blue matte textured solid fabric and the 18 x 14 Pattern Pillow is in our Wheat.

4. The Pattern Chair is in our fun Dahlia pattern and the 18 x 14 Solid Pillow is in Walnut velour solid fabric.

5. The Rug is our Bud Strand pattern in the Walnut background and Soft Green pattern. Area rug tip: Make sure the front legs of your furniture can sit on the rug!

6. The eco-Leather ottoman is rectangular and in our Walnut Eco-Leather.

I love the combination of all these colors and patterns. Let me know if you have any comments or questions - I would love to hear from you!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Unexpected Chairs

I've always been fascinated by the DWR champagne chair contest. The entries are always unique and interesting. It got me thinking about chairs made with recycled materials which are obvious... What I mean is that you know exactly what they are made from. See some great unique designed chairs below!

Suitcase Chair

Chair made from plastic shopping bags by designer Ryan Frank

Bike Chair

A cork chair by Aaron Kramer

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Add DIMENSION and ART to your walls

Think outside the box when looking for wall art. Here are a few unique examples that really got me thinking about our walls and how they act as a backdrop to our environment. Why not be different and bold! Be sure to comment and add your own unique ideas for striking wall art!

I love these paintable wall flats from inhabit living. They are made with 100% molded bamboo paper pulp with no chemicals or additives. You can cover an entire wall or group them as art. Great texture and no other art is needed because the wall is the art!

What a beautiful statement this 3D flower makes. It is made entirely of fabric and created by a textile designer Lorna Syson. It is 47" in diameter - WOW it would look great over a bed or sofa or anywhere you need to add color and wonderful focal point. I can't stop looking at it!

Words are always a meaningful way to add art to your home. This colorful word art is from Viva Terra - the letters are created with misprinted soda, juice, and soup can metal - so mistakes can be made into something fun!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tile That cleans the Air?!

ECOCARAT is a natural ceramic material that utilizes tiny holes to absorb excess humidity in the air and then releases it when the air becomes dry, so it improves the comfort level of living spaces by controlling the humidity. Plus controlling humidity also reduces mold & mites!

Beyond humidity, ECOCARAT absorbs and reduces unpleasant smells and harmful airborne toxins. One study showed that a room with 2-3 times higher than safe limits of formaldehyde was reduced to under save levels in only one day. Other studies show that harmful chemical substances emitted by building materials causing sick house syndrome where greatly reduced by installing ECOCARAT.

What an amazing and beautiful way to improve air quality in your home!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Custom Furniture for a Minneapolis designer

We created this beautiful custom furniture for a Minneapolis designer! We worked off photos for overall style as well as the designer's desired dimensions. We love that they are original and perfect!