Guest Post and Giveaway: ReUse is the Ultimate Green Statement

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ecologique Book Spread — Kelly LaPlante

Today, Green Your Decor has a guest post from a woman who I consider to be one of my eco-design heroes (or heroines), Kelly LaPlante.  She is a leading eco-designer who has been demonstrating for nearly 10 years that “green” can be the rule, rather than the exception.  Her showroom in Venice Beach, CA features vintage, antique and sustainable-new furnishings including LaPlante’s line of soy candles and her new studio collection, jak. She is currently appearing as an expert on TV shows including Discovery Home Channel’s “Greenovate” and Sundance Channel’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.” LaPlante’s first book, écologique, was released on July 1st to amazing reviews, and a giveaway of the book is included below, so keep reading!

Kelly LaPlanteAmazing how the world of green design has grown, isn’t it?  Ten years ago when I started my company there just were not very many sustainable materials that were also sleek and sexy.  Quite frankly, there were next-to-none, and the word “granola” came to mind more than a few times when I would go out searching for something green.

So I suppose it was a sign of the times that I ended up catering my business toward helping people to re-use what they already had.  In this way, I could not only help my clients save money, I could also help save their old furnishings from ending up in landfill and keep them from purchasing new pieces which required new materials and production as well as packaging and shipping.

It was a great lesson.  Not having new sustainable materials to work with made me see how very important (and how very simple!) it is just to re-use.  Today there are so many fantastic options for eco-friendly design — gorgeous sustainable fabrics, FSC certified woods, non-toxic finishes — the world is your eco-oyster!  Even still, after my clients and I decide on a style,  re-use is always our first step toward a sustainable design — whether I am just helping a someone with a bedroom makeover or designing a Lexus Hybrid Living suite at a Fairmont Hotel.  You would be amazed at how much can be re-purposed — and it is so much fun to see an old piece get a new life with a fresh coat of low-VOC paint or a new cushion upholstered in a fun organic cotton printed fabric.

With re-use as the first step and gorgeous green materials to carry the designs to completion, we are able to achieve everything from Victorian to ultra-modern!

Readers of Green Your Decor probably already know that green is a standard, not a style.  But believe it or not, there are still a lot of people who think that green is just another look.  To help them see their way out of that haze, I wrote the book écologique, which features 17 very different styles — all of them green.   The featured projects are in the homes and work spaces of actors, politicians, writers and other extraordinary people.  Each had their own unique reasons for wanting to go green and each had their own sense of style.  I had a great time working on these projects and I am in hopes that the book will now encourage others to find their own sustainable style!

And the best part — 100% of net proceeds benefit Global Green USA and The Blank Theatre Company in Hollywood (we’re helping to green the arts, now, too!) So if you’re not the lucky winner of the giveaway below, you can purchase your own copy of écologique. It’s for a good cause!

Keep on reading Jennae’s blog and keep on seeking sustainable style!



ecologique book by Kelly LaPlanteKelly has graciously offered up an autographed copy of écologique for one lucky reader of Green Your Decor to take home. There are several ways to enter:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for Green Your Decor email newsletter, sign up for the Green Your Decor newsletter by Monday, August 18, 2008. You must verify your email subscription to be eligible. After you sign up, FeedBurner will send you a verification email. Please do not ignore it — your entry will be invalid if you do not verify. All current subscribers are eligible to win.
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  3. Leave a comment about what you’re doing, or would like to do, in your home, to incorporate sustainable style.  Comments like “I’d love to win this,” “Great giveaway” or “Pick me! Pick me!” will be deleted. Please stick to the topic.
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Every participant can receive up to 4 entries. You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, August 18, 2008, to enter. U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. A winner will be chosen via and announced here on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at noon. Good luck everyone!

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  • zchamu August 5, 2008, 2:56 pm

    Want want want! I’ve posted about this giveaway over on – check it out:

  • Condo Blues August 5, 2008, 3:29 pm

    I signed for your RSS feed (which I was going to anyway before I read your post on the contest.

    condoblues [at] gmail [dot] com

    Condo Bluess last blog post..How to Make a Wine Glass Chandelier

  • Condo Blues August 5, 2008, 3:31 pm

    I Stumbled your contest post at

    I think reusing and refurbishing what we have is a green choice that many home decorators give a fair shake. You can do wonderful things to remake current tired old dated furnishings into something new, fun, and funky.

    Condo Bluess last blog post..How to Make a Wine Glass Chandelier

  • Lisa August 5, 2008, 6:50 pm

    This looks awesome and my hubby and I will be looking to buy a home soon. I already get your newsletter by the way. 🙂

    Lisas last blog post..Giveaway: Cloth Wipes and Gift Certificates!

  • Denise August 5, 2008, 6:54 pm

    We love to treasure hunt for old, pre-loved pieces of furniture and breath new life into them. We’ve done this with many of the pieces in our living room. It takes time and patience, but it is always worth the wait.

  • Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland August 5, 2008, 7:05 pm

    I would love to start slowly phasing out the furniture I have with green friendly items, but it might take a while! Great giveaway, thanks.

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommylands last blog post..DVD giveaway and A Bookworm(Mom)’s Diary

  • Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland August 5, 2008, 7:07 pm

    I stumbled you. Username hellomary018.

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommylands last blog post..DVD giveaway and A Bookworm(Mom)’s Diary

  • Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland August 5, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • Linda Pinto August 5, 2008, 7:26 pm

    I am using non-toxic cleaners, growing herbs and tomatoes and peppers etc. in my garden and using (painting and refurbishing) items that I might have disposed of before this. Waste less has become my motto.

  • Cindi August 5, 2008, 9:07 pm

    Hi, What a marvelous book and what timing for us! We are itching to redo some of the rooms in our home. I have been considering reupholstering with 100 % organic cotton fabric and plan to use eco paint on the walls. I am a subscriber to your newsletter. Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  • Gina Stratos August 5, 2008, 10:59 pm

    We recycle, reuse and are growing a small vegetable garden. What I really want to do is have Bamboo floors.

  • Liz Cranage August 6, 2008, 3:18 am

    I reuse & repurpose old furniture and fabrics. I just bought a 15 yards of vintage fabrics to make tote bags out of. I’m already a subscriber.

  • Debbie August 6, 2008, 8:43 am

    We don’t purchase new items unless it is absolutely necessary for our home. We reuse old furniture (more character anyway) and use the greenest products we can find.
    I am already a subscriber. Thanks.

  • Gidget August 6, 2008, 10:05 am

    I subscribed to your RSS a few days ago, does that count? 🙂

    Also, I stumbled you here:

    Something that I love and want to use someday (assuming I have the opportunity to design/remodel a kitchen) is the countertops made of recycled glass and concrete– they are beautiful!

    Gidgets last blog post..Homemade Cloth Diaper Liners

  • Elizabeth M. August 7, 2008, 3:38 pm

    I’m currently purchasing organic and fair trade bedding for the kids’ rooms. They needed to be replaced and I decided it was time to make a statement and a step in the right direction. My kids are good at nudging me towards a more green existence too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Elizabeth M. August 7, 2008, 3:38 pm

    I’m also a current subscriber.

  • carrie August 7, 2008, 4:06 pm

    I am very excited about all the new products that are “green”. I am getting ready to invest in some new towels, made from bamboo, so they are made from a renewable (quickly) plant. I hope to get some bed sheets that are made from bamboo too!

  • carrie August 7, 2008, 4:24 pm

    I just signed up for your RSS feed as well! I put it on my google homepage so that every time I open my browser I will see your updates!

  • Shannon August 8, 2008, 2:50 pm

    I do like to find new uses for old things. When buying new things I am looking for more sustainable options (especially minimal packaging).

  • Karen August 9, 2008, 3:12 pm

    Just posted your blog on to my facebook site … I am always on the lookout for great info. Not being a passionate writer myself I prefer to ‘pass it forward’ and let others know about your excellent resource. Great Work !! Thnx

  • Johannah B August 9, 2008, 4:20 pm

    We have embarked on a green journey in our house. We are slowly but surely changing everything to an “energy saving” alternative. Some projects are small — like changing the bulbs we use, others are larger like replacing all our windows and even our garage doors to the top rated energy savers, adding skylights, and planning on replacing the refrig for a more energy saving unit. Others include re-insulating the attic, getting rid of a 20 year old freezer, and tiling instead of carpeting. Green is the way to go, saves $$, and helps the environment.

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