It’s been a while since I have posted about something with a bird motif. Too long, if you ask me. I can’t help it — I am just drawn to the little critters by some unknown force. Thankfully for me, there’s no shortage of eco-friendly art featuring friendly birdies. These Bird Collages by Petite Flaneur would be welcome in my home any day. Just don’t tell my husband that. He’s not quite as fond of the birdies as I am.
I’m pretty much feeling like a rock star today. Why, you ask? Well, Green Your Decor is a finalist for a Apartment Therapy’s Homie Awards in the Green Design category! Readers were asked to nominate their favorite design blogs of 2008, and GYD was nominated a couple of times. I am so flattered to be a finalist among great blogs like Inhabitat and my eco-hero Danny Seo’s blog.
With such awesome competition, I’m going to need your help to win this thing. So please, head on over to Apartment Therapy’s own green blog, Re-Nest, and give Green Your Decor your vote. The polls will close at 5 pm EST on January 5th, and winners will be announced on January 6, 2009.
One thing that I absolutely love about the sustainability movement is the ingenuity it breeds. Once you become conscious of the fact that everything you buy and use will eventually reach the end of its life cycle and have to be either discarded or recycled, you start thinking of ways to reuse and reinvent everyday items. Take this daisy vase, for example. It is a brilliant reuse of a simple, disposable Bic pen case.
Making pillows is one of the easiest craft projects you can do. Take it from me — I’m no seamstress or crafter, and even I can do it. For me, the tougher challenge has been finding eco-friendly pillow inserts. There’s always the option of using your existing throw pillows as inserts, if you have them available. The added benefit of doing that is you don’t have to find a place to store your old pillows. But if, for some reason, you need new inserts (ie. you don’t have any old pillows to use, you’re making the pillow as a gift, or some other reason), you’ll want to try finding eco-friendly fiber fill or a green insert.
One of the things I have learned to appreciate since I began my green journey is products that are handmade. There’s none of the waste or emmense energy use created by a factory, and often, handmade items are one of a kind. While mass-produced products might offer a little bit of a convenience, when you buy handmade, you know you are getting an item than the artist took time and care in creating, and that kind of attention to detail is priceless. So when I started looking for a clock for my daughter’s newly decorated room (more on that later, including photos), the first place I looked was Etsy.com. Although the clocks aren’t necessarily the style I am looking for, the handmade clocks from Infinity Arts are beautiful pieces of art.