Sustainable design

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

lovely things…spotted at west end

Usu­ally unso­licited cat­a­logs are quickly dis­patched to the recy­cling bin, but this one caught my eye. At West End is full of cute recy­cled and rus­tic dec­o­ra­tive acces­sories. This fun take on "See No Evil" is charm­ing and so on trend!

see no evil hear no evil speak no evil owls

"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" owls from at west end

This wee­nie dog made me smile and think of my friend Jane and her lit­tle Jack:

recycled weenie dog from at west end

recy­cled wee­nie dog from at west end

This really could live on my patio!

head stool from at west end

head stool from at west end

The cat­a­log is beau­ti­fully pho­tographed, but every­thing is on the web­site too. Be sure to stop by if recy­cled and rus­tic works for you!

 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

brimfield, with a twitter twist

Now you know I love Brim­field, and enjoyed shar­ing with you all my lovely and weird finds last year. This year, this Fri­day actu­ally, I will expe­ri­ence Brim­field in a new and dif­fer­ent way. The won­der­ful ladies from The Daily Basics and Gretchen Aubu­chon Design are host­ing a Tweetup at Brim­field! For non-Twitterers, a TweetUp is when Twit­ter friends and mutual fol­low­ers meet each other IRL — in real life. It feels like a meet­ing of friends who've been apart too long — even though they may be meet­ing for the first time. It's the usu­ally joy­ous col­li­sion of social media and the "real" world. Hard to explain if you haven't expe­ri­enced it for yourself.

brimfield may 2010

brim­field may 2010

And the most excit­ing part: there are (so far) 82 design­ers, design blog­gers and indus­try insid­ers from across the coun­try join­ing this TweetUp! Look at this list! It is over-flowing with tal­ented, cre­ative peo­ple, all com­ing together to trea­sure hunt, meet their Tweeps and expe­ri­ence Brim­field in an unde­ni­ably new way. If you fol­low the Twit­ter hash­tag #Brim­field on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, you will surely see a steady stream of amaz­ing finds as this group explores the mar­ket. Don't expect too many tweets from me, as tweet­ing and walk­ing at the same time is not a skill I have mastered!

We can (and will) thank the won­der­ful spon­sors Ben­jamin Moore and Aubu­chon Hard­ware and the amaz­ing orga­niz­ers Cyn­thia Bog­art and Gretchen Aubu­chon. They have arranged for par­tic­i­pants a centrally-located tent, food, charg­ing sta­tions and myr­iad other com­forts. I expect this will be an event to remember.

If you are look­ing for any­thing spe­cial from Brim­field, let me know. There will be plenty of eyes scout­ing the treasures!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

architectural digest home show 2011: bornholm kitchen

It was my very great plea­sure to visit Susan Serra (@SusanSerraCKD), Pres­i­dent of Born­holm Kitchen, at what was essen­tially the débu­tante party of her new line. Show­cased for the first time at the AD Home­Show, Born­holm Kitchen's story is multi-faceted. Inspired by clas­sic Scan­di­na­vian style, this line of cab­i­netry and van­i­ties is at once smooth and mod­ern, warm and ele­gant. With chameleon-like ease, these pieces blend into their sur­round­ings, from Euro­pean coun­try to Shaker sim­plic­ity, while still mak­ing a design statement.

bornholm kitchen with inset cooktop

born­holm kitchen with inset cooktop

The Born­holm line is the per­fect choice for a fitted-furniture kitchen. A depar­ture from the look of tra­di­tional Amer­i­can kitchen cab­i­netry, Born­holm can be con­fig­ured to offer all the stor­age you need.

bornholm kitchen pantry

born­holm kitchen pantry

Another ter­rific fea­ture of Born­holm Kitchen is their sus­tain­abil­ity story. U.S. made, the cab­i­net bod­ies use soy-based resins instead of urea formalde­hyde. The durable oil fin­ish is 100% VOC-FREE and con­tains no toxic chem­i­cals. Addi­tion­ally, the Born­holm Kitchen fac­tory has been awarded the ESP (Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Pro­gram) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Kitchen Cab­i­netry Man­u­fac­tur­ers Asso­ci­a­tion (KCMA). Beau­ti­ful for you, beau­ti­ful for the environment.

bornholm vanity fitted with vessel sink

born­holm van­ity fit­ted with ves­sel sink

Intrigued? Can you see your­self with a fit­ted kitchen? To see more, visit the Born­holm Kitchen.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

fabric friday: australian botanicals outdoor collection from mokum

Here is another exam­ple of sus­tain­able design in the world of fab­rics! From Aus­tralian com­pany Mokum, the Aus­tralian Botan­i­cals Out­door col­lec­tion is con­structed entirely from post-industrial waste fibers using an envi­ron­men­tally friendly pro­duc­tion process. These fab­rics are them­selves fully recy­clable and  Cradle-to-Cradle Sil­ver Cer­ti­fied.

Just a few sam­ples shown here, but other excit­ing col­ors are avail­able. The col­lec­tion, includ­ing graphic pat­terns, stripes and coör­di­nat­ing solids, is for indoor and out­door use. What a fun chance to extend your green dec­o­rat­ing phi­los­o­phy to your out­door space!

"firewheel" outdoor fabric from mokum

"firewheel" out­door fab­ric from mokum

"acacia stripe" from mokum

"aca­cia stripe" from mokum

"mimosa" from mokum

"mimosa" from mokum

"hakea" from mokum

"hakea" from mokum

As clients become more open to embrac­ing sus­tain­able design alter­na­tives, it helps when those alter­na­tives are aes­thet­i­cally appeal­ing even with­out their green story. Bravo to Mokum for this lovely collection!

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