Posts Tagged ‘sustainable interior design’

Friday, August 26, 2011

fabric friday: eco-friendly parlor textiles

If you've been look­ing for tra­di­tional fab­rics with a slightly mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity, some­thing that fits effort­lessly into your tra­di­tional home, then Par­lor Tex­tiles is a ter­rific option! And amaz­ingly, they are eco-friendly too! Intrigued yet? This com­pany wraps social respon­si­bil­ity in a beau­ti­ful pack­age. The fab­ric itself is a blend of eco-friendly hemp and organic cot­ton. Made in the United States, their process uses water-based inks, heat and pres­sure rather than chem­i­cals to print the pat­terns onto the cloth.

Take a peek at a few of their pat­terns. Any one would seam­lessly work on a wing chair or drap­ery, with Ori­en­tal car­pets, in a trad home. Equally lovely in a mod­ern set­ting, the pat­terns have an East­ern fla­vor. Very ver­sa­tile from a design standpoint!

parlor ailey in indigo

par­lor ailey in indigo

parlor blockstripe in indigo

par­lor block­stripe in indigo

parlor dixie in red

par­lor dixie in red

parlor indian deco floral in red

par­lor indian deco flo­ral in red

parlor simple ikat in indigo

par­lor sim­ple ikat in indigo

parlor pinwheel in leaf

par­lor pin­wheel in leaf

I'm lov­ing the Indian Deco Flo­ral — so stun­ning in it's sim­plic­ity! Do you have a fave? Visit their site for more options.

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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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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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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

something lovely…spotted at modcraft

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 ceramic tile hudson in white

mod­craft Hud­son tile in white

closeup of modcraft tile hudson in lobster glaze

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!

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