As much as I love bright, vibrant colors, my room designs generally tend to revolve around 3 or 4 colors, alternating shades of those colors throughout the space. I love the look of rooms that blend colors without abandon. The home of Jennifer Ramos of Made By Girl comes to mind when I think of this type of fearless, eclectic design. And the new Barcelona series from Viva Terra is just the incentive I need to create a room design free of color constraints.
I’ve said before that throw pillows are a great, inexpensive way to “redecorate” your home once you’re tired of a certain look. For example, my husband I have a large red sectional sofa in storage that we’ve had for several years. Although the sectional is no longer my taste, with my lofty green ideals, it would be hard to justify replacing it just because I’m tired of the way it looks. We previously used deep browns, blacks and tans around the red sofa that gave our home a warm, Earthy look. As much as I like Earthy, I want something bolder with sharper contrast this time around. Since I can’t replace the sofa, I will certainly add a few pops of interest with some new accent pillows. Fabricadbra will be one of the first stops on my list.
It makes me smile on the inside that eco-friendly products, companies and living are becoming more prominent, and that people are responding to it. As demand for healthier living grows, it breeds innovation. My new sponsor, C60 Bamboo, has taken that spirit of innovation to a whole new level with their bamboo carbon products.
Bamboo charcoal, put simply, is charcoal made from bamboo. From the images above, you can see that it looks like traditional charcoal, just in bamboo form, but you can read more about how it is made. Bamboo charcoal for healthy living purposes is made by using a special high-temperature heating process that turns the bamboo into pure carbon. That process creates a product with the ability to absorb a wide range of odors, chemicals, radio-magnetic energy and other harmful substances found around your home.
This week, New to You is featuring great finds in the greater Toronto area. I know that I have quite a few Canadian readers, so I want to make sure I’m not excluding them. I found a lot of great vintage pieces and a lot of furniture that would be perfect for a low-cost rehab project. Here are today’s used deals:
As of October 1, 2010, all of these items are sold out. Click here for more affordable, eco-friendly seating options that are currently available.
As you all well know, eco-friendly upholstered furniture can definitely lean toward the unaffordable for many people. While I would be willing to cut back and save up for an $8000 sofa that will likely last my family a lifetime (perhaps even several), I know that there are lots of readers who won’t, or can’t, do that. If you still want to go green, but not at so high a cost, here are some great sustainable furniture options.