Simple Ways to Decorate “Green”.

Considering the environment when designing a home has become more and more important to people as we understand the greater impact how we live has on the environment.  It’s no longer “trendy” but something every person should think about when building and decorating their space- from tiny to big!  One of the reasons I partnered with resource Natural Spring Water  on their eco home remodel sweepstakes (you can still enter until May 12th! NO PURCH NEC. 18+. ENDS 5/12/15. Rules here) was to help spread the word about green design.  So here are some quick and easy tips that help incorporate green design into your space in big and small ways- every little bit counts!

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1. Low VOC Paint– Using this type of paint reduces the amount of volatile organic compounds in your air, and in turn is far less smelly! Almost every major brand has a low or no VOC formula, so pick your favorite color and have it mixed in that formula! This is a very easy choice to make when doing home renovations.

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2. Energy Efficient Lighting- When replacing fixtures think about using energy efficient ones (and LED bulbs).  The not only make great looking fixtures now that use less energy, but also bulbs that emit soft, lovely light, unlike the first generation LED’s which were harsh and ugly! They may be more expensive up front, but last far longer and reduce your energy bill.

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3. Adding Greenery– Simple adding a few houseplants to your home can help you have cleaner air, while adding great color to your space! Types that help eliminate VOC’s from your home’s air include the spider plant, aloe plant, snake plant, ficus and bamboo palm.  Plus every space needs a little green life to make it look complete.

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4. Low Flow Showerheads, Faucets and Toilets –  You can find showerheads and faucet that help conserve water while maintaining nice, strong water pressure! Look for items with the WaterSense mark for those approved by the EPA.  There are SO many choices available from all the best brands.

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5. Reclaimed Wood Details- From reclaimed wood for flooring, beams and construction materials to using old barn wood tables decoratively, using older wood is both green and an amazing way to add texture and depth to your home. As you know from reading this blog, I LOVE reclaimed wood furniture and beams, so there is no compromise here!

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6. Employ Antiques– Nothing is greener than using something that already exists instead of buying something new! Shopping online vintage sources like Etsy, eBay and 1stDibs is great, as is scouring your local flea market and tag sales.  And don’t be afraid to paint something with great lines that is an off-putting color (with low VOC paint of course, if you want to be really green.)  Every home should have something antique or vintage in order to keep the space interesting and unique!

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7. Buy Organically Made Furniture–  There can be a lot of icky chemicals in furniture (especially true with upholstery and mattresses) but there are some great companies that construct their furniture from environmentally friendly materials. All you have to do is a little bit more research into what goes inside those cushions!

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8. Be wary of furniture made of MDF- Of course, a piece of furniture here and there made of MDF is fine (and helpful to the old decorating budget).  But too much in your home can be unhealthy as MDF can emit formaldehyde into the air, which is a known human carcinogen.  Budget furniture companies like IKEA are looking into using alternatives to make their furniture, so this may be a thing of the past with some inventiveness.

This Month’s Budget Friendly Finds!

I thought I’d round up some budget friendly finds I’ve spotted as of late from a bunch of our favorite retail biggies as well as some Etsy and auction house treasures!

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1. // 2. – on sale today! // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8.on clearance! // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20. // 21.– super sale- I used these on a project! // 22. // 23. // 24. // 25. // 26. have this by my bed // 27. // 28. // 29.– great sale on custom woven woods! // 30. starting bid of $50! // 31. with a trundle bed, great for kids! // 32.

The Best Shower Curtains

Some days it’s SO hard to come up with good blog content.  Thinking back of the thousands of posts I’ve done, it truly amazes me sometimes that I’ve had that much to write about.  So it’s been great to see you guys chime in in the comments section about specific ideas and needs for posts.  Just yesterday two of you suggested I write about finding stylish shower curtains, something I would not have thought would be particularly helpful.  And seeing as I had no other genius ideas for today, I thought “why not?” So here it is- ask and you shall receive. :)

I like to keep shower curtains relatively simple, preferring white, classic styles to overly cute.  But sometimes in a very plain bathroom, you can really inject some style with a nice pattern or a touch of color.  Here are my current favorites when it comes to the almighty shower curtain. Click the pictures for links!

Plain, Bordered and Embroidered

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If you want to go really (and I mean, really) crazy, this custom Leontine Linens curtain at left is the Rolls Royce of shower curtains. I bet you didn’t know there was such a thing. :)

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New Budget Friendly Decor Finds

There is SUCH a wealth of affordable home decor out there these days. It never ceases to amaze me- a trip to Target can result in the perfect basket for a tree in my living room and a jaunt through Ikea can bring about the most fabulous light fixture! No matter what my clients’ budgets are, I always mix in some affordable finds, because sometimes it makes NO sense to pay more even if you can! Especially with finds like these! Below are some new finds from four of my favorite budget friendly sources!

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