Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday FUN Find { solar, hand-crafted, lighting }

Summer weekends are for outdoor entertaining and I LOVE these hand-crafted, solar powered globe lights from Bambeco.  They are so beautiful and unique.  They would be so lovely surrounding a deck or patio...

What makes these bambeco outdoor lights eco-friendly?
  • hand-crafted
  • LED lights
  • solar powered
Have a FUN weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sneak Peek { zebra }

Just a quick "Sneak Peek" of a pattern, which will be in my new line of wool flat weave rugs.  This one is called Zebra.  It will be several weeks before I have actual samples, but I just had to share!  This new line will be fresh, bright, and affordable - inspired by easy beach living!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Furniture Inspiration { unique, modern, functional }

I came across this little versatile table and had to share it.  It's a project called “Excavations” De Intuitiefabriek.  I LOVE unique pieces of furniture - this one is modern and functional, as well as creative.  What an wonderful find!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Beautiful Wall Graphics...

I love wall graphics and Black Crow Studio does custom printed wallpaper and art.  They are unique and seamless and really makes any wall into art!  They have an option to print of fabric, which I prefer since vinyl is not eco-friendly.  They also print in glass, wood, and metal. And what a coincidence that I found Snug Furniture on their site, I just blog about them last week :)

Love Typography }

{ Great Texture }

{ Really Highlights Snug Furniture }

Beautiful Water Colors }

Modern Graphics }

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday FUN Find { bright, bold, baskets }

I'm loving these bright bambu baskets from Greenfeet.  That is not a spelling error, bambu is the company!  These baskets are so beautiful and bright, just perfect for Summer!

What makes these bamboo baskets from Greenfeet eco-friendly?
  • made by hand
  • made from organic bamboo
  • made responsibly - read more about the bambu company (I LOVE their products!)
Have a FUN weekend everyone!!!  And Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Unique furniture that really caught my eye...

I love finding unique furniture and Snug Furniture has some unusual designs that really caught my eye.  They are fun, original, and just amazingly different.  It is refreshing to see furniture designs that are truly a work of art - Great job Snug Furniture!

What makes Snug Furniture eco-friendly?
  • uses natural resources like bamboo, cane, coconut twig
  • work is done by hand, using minimal energy
  • follows Lacey Act standards
  • factories are accredited and practice strict environmental codes & standards.
  • gives to charities to help educated children in the Philippines

{ Bambooty Single Bench }

{ Bambooty Bench in White }

{ Boomerang Nesting Tables }

{ Jax Reversible Lo Cocktail Table }

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I took the "Caroma Flow Challenge"

I was invited to "Take the Caroma Flow Challenge" - Caroma just introduced their first low-flow shower head.  When I hear "low-flow", I think NO flow...  But I couldn't be more wrong!  I've been meaning to update my shower head for awhile - I still had the builder grade low-efficiency 2.5 gallons per minute shower head.  I know that is disappointing because I'm suppose to be so "eco-friendly", but things get in the way and prevent me from doing everything I should be doing :) 

My new Caroma shower head arrived quickly!  I really love the sleek design and the chrome fit in with my current fixtures perfectly.  My husband installed the new shower head it in about 2 minutes - super easy retrofit.  I testing the shower head and was VERY surprised!  It actually feels like more water than my old water wasting shower head, and a lot more luxurious.  I still can't believe it uses only 1.5 gallons per minute!  There are 2 spray settings - wide coverage and concentrated heavier flow.  I love the wide coverage!  I had to turn up the heat a little because the droplets are a little misty and the water felt cooler.  The bathroom really steams up with the wide coverage spray - I felt like I was at spa hotel in a steam shower!  I had no problem rinsing my hair, which is long and thick.  For extra pressure you can switch easily to the concentrated flow, but be sure to turn down the heat first because it will feel a little hotter.

Loved this challenge & I LOVE Caroma's new Flow Shower head!!  Now I need to buy 2 more for my other showers :)

So what makes Caroma's Flow shower head eco-friendly? {that's easy}
  • it only uses l.5 gallons per minute (nominal flow rate at 80psi)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

BEAUTIFUL Handcrafted Jewelry

I have a weakness for handcrafted jewelry and Andrea Bonelli Jewelry is so BEAUTIFUL - it is exactly my style plus it is eco-friendly!  I  love the simple clean shapes and the visual weight of each piece.  I also love that Andrea is self taught - she is like me, I taught myself textile design :)  I feel that people who are self taught are always driven to succeed by doing what they love, and doing it well!  Andrea Bonelli Jewelry really reminds me of what we can do if we have a dream - Thank you Andrea!!!

What makes Andrea Bonelli Jewelry eco-friendly?
  • handcrafted one beautiful piece at a time
  • uses recycled metals & ethically mined diamonds and gems
  • high quality to last a lifetime
  • made in the USA

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday FUN Find { Frozen Summer Treat }

School is out and my kids will be begging me to buy them freezies - you know the popsicles inside the plastic pouches.  I hate the plastic trash they create and they are just sugar!  Here is a great solution - Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker - it is fast and you can make sure the ingredients are healthy.  I love that it only take a few minutes so no more waiting over night for homemade popsicles!!

Have a FUN weekend everyone!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Pattern Preview!

I'm printing 5 new patterns for Summer!  Here is a preview in gray scale.  I will be printing on organic canvas in sunwash pigments, sooo perfect for Summer.  I haven't decided the exact colors yet...I will share more soon.  Also stay tuned for a great Summer fabric offer :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Recycled grass floors??

This beautiful Tiikeri is a surface material offered by Torzo Surfaces.  I love the texture and color variations - it is made from sorghum grass and resin.  It is very durable and can be used on floors, walls, counter tops, furniture...  anywhere you would use wood.  I love the unique character of Tiikeri - I can't wait to use it in a project!!

What makes Tiikeri eco-friendly?
  • made from recycled sorghum stalks - 50% sorghum/50% acrylic resin
  • no added urea formaldehyde
{ tiikeri - dusk }

tiikeri - natural }

tiikeri - midnight }

{ tiikeri - bronze }

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pendent light worthy of a cover!!

I LOVE this pendent light by whyrHymer so much I used in a render I specified for Green Builder Magazine.  It was so FUN to virtually designing a green home using my eco-friendly furnishings along with other wonderful green products, which I have blogged about in the past.  It was also awesome to ending up on the cover!!

What makes whyrHymer eco-friendly?
  • hand crafted one beautiful piece at a time
  • made with FSC certified woods, recycled aluminum, recycled glass, and other natural sustainable materials
  • finished with plant based oil and varnish, water based polyurethane, and natural wax
  • made in the USA
  • 3% of the sale goes to charity

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday FUN Find { typewriter jewelry }

My kids never believe me when I tell them about the OLD manual typewriter that I learned to type on in high school.  On a manual typewriter you really have to push those keys and remember the correction tape and the ding at the end of the line - it was FUN.  I love vintage and these bracelets by Paisley Monday are so FUN!  Each one is unique - I love that this obsolete tool is re-created into something beautiful to wear!

Have a FUN weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

LOVELY Reclaimed Chandeliers

I love these chandeliers I found at Napa Style!  They are not only interesting and a great use of reclaimed materials, but very beautiful.  My favorite is the burlap drum pendent!

{ wine glasses }

burlap bag }

chicken feeder }

{ wine bottles }