Interior Design and Going Green

For a time, green design products were basic and expensive.  Now, manufacturers are accommodating a growing demand for affordable eco-friendly and socially conscious products with an eye to high design.  The market for green materials is projected to expand to more than $80 billion over the next five years.

This ottoman from my most recent install in Atlanta not only looks  great but you can also feel good about it.  It was locally crafted with cruelty free (aka faux) leather.

Another way to go green is by up-cycling existing piece of furniture. These nightstands of our clients were important to the family but mismatched color with their new palette. Annie Sloan Chalk paint was just what the doctor ordered. This miraculous Chalk Paint is actually a very pure and an environmentally friendly product with very low VOC’s and virtually no odor so it’s great for using in enclosed spaces.

Another opportunity to reduce the environmental load of your design is to incorporate found objects. Utilizing beautiful antiques, architectural elements and unusual organic objects can bring not only beauty but also an element of history into your space without harming the environment.

I recently came across a company called Pentatonic.  They are making pieces for the home such as pillows, chairs, tables, and glassware.  What caught my attention was all the pieces are made from trash!  The pillows for example are made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.  This is the primary material thats used in making water bottles.  When treated in a specific way PET can be transform into yarn and woven like cotton.  The outcome can bring a funky flare to fabrics.

I also try to take a cue from the design industries approach to “doing good” in my personal life whenever possible.  You might be surprised to find that it’s easy to go into your favorite local stores and shop in a socially responsible way.  I snagged these faux leather leggings and Memphis recycled bag from Stock and Belle in Memphis, TN. I love the feel of the leggings both literally and figuratively!

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