Eco-friendly Interior Design: Real Vs. Faux Leather

So... Leather - Leather can be a contentious issue for people looking for an eco-friendly option. I feel that recycled and reclaimed leather is the best option, as opposed to vegan leather, or new leather marketed otherwise marketed as eco-friendly. For instance, chrome-free leather still has many other chemicals in its processing such as dyes, softeners, and the like. Reclaimed and recycled leather does not create demand for more cows/new leather. What about "vegan" leather? Well, It's usually made from petroleum oil. We don't want to support that industry where the process emits chemicals, the extraction is damaging to the environment AND it breaks down much sooner than real leather, going

Eco-friendly interior design: wood goods

So for eco-friendly interior design dealing with any wood goods, what I want you to do, after you determine your budget and style of the item, is to look for eco-friendly pieces that are better for your health and the environment by avoiding MDF composite pieces and choose solid wood pieces. Compressed wood furniture often has formaldehyde in the wood adhesive. Now any wood won't do. We can't just chop down jungle and habitat to get that beautiful desk or cabinet. Look for suppliers that have FSC (forestry stewardship council) certified wood, which means it was responsibly sourced. With this in mind you can curate a healthier collection for you and the planet.

Eco-friendly interior design: lighting fixtures

I am making it a point to source out eco-friendly lighting fixtures - and this goes beyond the bulb. We do want to have an energy efficient bulb, which is a no-brainer, but we also want the shade and frame to be made from eco-friendly resources (and are stylish too). In this video shot in a downtown Los Angeles loft, the shades above my head are made from all natural seagrass that grows quickly and can even be considered a pest in some areas. If you have a fixture made of steel from the US - it's like recycled. You may also find some made of reclaimed wood. The shade could also be made from other fascinating and natural materials like mycelium fiber, linen, hemp, seagrass, and recycled produ

Eco-Friendly Interior Design: Mattresses are the "gateway drug"

Look at this goodness I am laying on in this video shot in a Santa Monica, California bohemian dream space! I have found that people are most educated about mattresses in terms of realizing that they need to bring products and pieces into their home that are healthy for them and the planet - without any gnarly chemicals or overuse of resources. So mattresses are typically the gateway to more when people realize they need to bring in pieces that aren't bad for them. From their I encourage people who are going through a remodel or redecorating to go beyond the mattress and get help sourcing pieces throughout the home that they spend time on, like chairs, sofas, pillows, rugs and more, made fro

Eco-Friendly Interior Design: WallPapers

Wallpaper - It's back and with more variety than ever. How can we get eco-friendly wallpaper. The first step is to look for paper that does not have PVC in the paper, as it off-gasses VOCs, which are a group of chemicals that are unstable and get into the atmosphere easily, which is why you can often smell that plasticy or offensive chemical smells. Step two, is to avoid papers that already come with the adhesive on the back of the paper. This is so you can buy your own adhesive so that you can get a low-VOC low toxin one. So we want to keep the VOCs down and the PVC out of the paper itself. There are in fact, companies out there selling no-PVC wall coverings and plenty of low toxin adhesive

Eco-Friendly Interior Design: Textiles in soft goods

So what I tell people to do first to get the most bang for their eco-buck when going green as you decorate and design your space, is to replace conventional soft goods with non-toxic and eco-friendly ones. What I mean by soft goods is things that include throw pillows (like these cool boho-contemporary ones seen in this video shot in a fun Beverly Hills, California studio space), rugs, curtains, cushions, sofas and the like. Number 1, start with the materials - are they made out of natural fabrics that you know and can pronounce and understand? Number 2, look for things without flame retardants and other processing like softeners or similar treatments. Number 3 if you can find vendors sellin

Eco-Friendly Interior Design: Sustainable Artworks OK so How to be eco-friendly when decorating with artwork? I think this can be done through two ways. One is when buying reprints of artwork you can have a green printer print onto recycled paper and using low-impact inks. I have found most major cities have at least one green printer. The same can go for the matting inside the frame, so look for recycled paper matting. Lastly, you may be able to find frames made from recycled plastic, aluminum or reclaimed wood. Easy peasy, lemon-squeezy eco-friendly art!

Eco-friendly Interior Design: Design Psychology

So What is design psychology? Design psychology looks at the impact of your mood and wellbeing is impacted by your physical surroundings. So looking at how things like color, lighting, texture, and exposure to the outdoors and things that make you happy is going to impact you; and how it does so. What we know from some very smart researchers is that all those aforementioned things as well as texture and the comfort of your space is quite important to your overall well-being. So design psychology is really important in looking at how we are impacted by our spaces at home and work. 50% of what I do is focused on this concept of feeling better in your spaces that you hang out in the most, and t

Eco-Friendly Interior Design: Countertop Options

Hey there, So I'm in San Diego this week, and in addition to this business seminar workshop thingy, I am also working on a kitchen remodel for a client up in Los Angeles. For that project I am going to be recommending recycled glass countertops, which has a cool quartz-like affect. In addition there are so many manufacturers making alternative and unique countertop options from recycled content materials besides glass, such as recycled compressed paper, recycled copper and metal waste, recycled acrylic materials , and agricultural byproduct that's been compressed- really cool stuff. So if you want to know what's available in the market or have questions about the use of recycled countertops

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