Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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 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
This really could live on my patio!
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!
Friday, March 18, 2011
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
"acacia stripe" from mokum
"mimosa" 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!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I have a soft spot for dimensional tile. It offers the chance to add texture in places usually relegated to flat-plane status like showers and back-splashes. This wonderful pattern is named Hudson, referring to the Hudson River's undulations. Some might consider it modern, but it works in a variety of different styles. Can you picture it vertically in a shower? (FAB!) Made nearby in Beacon NY, ModCraft uses stoneware clay because of its strength and durablility.
modcraft Hudson tile in white
closeup of modcraft tile hudson in lobster glaze
Looking for beautiful tile, I also found a sustainability story. ModCraft strives to operate in an environmentally friendly way. They recycle all packing materials and only use recycled corrugated cardboard or cornstarch peanut material. They also reuse clay and glaze to reduce waste and sell or donate seconds to local mosaic artists and childrens' projects. All their materials are made of non-toxic components and are lead free. Sustainable design can be beautiful!