Sustainable Design Dilemma – Call for Entries!

One of the new features we are working on is a weekly series called “Sustainable Design Dilemma”.  Other than the fact that plowing through a thesaurus failed to come up with a good alliterative series title, we’re really happy with how this feature is shaping up.  Since much of my spare work time for the last four years has been spent connecting clients to the products that will help them achieve their sustainable design goals, it seems a natural step to open this up to everyone!

Are you a residential designer who can’t find a durable, eco-friendly fabric for a client’s family room sofa, that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?  Are you designing a restaurant, and thinking of using LEDs, but concerned the color quality will make the food look weird?  Are you a homeowner looking for a way to keep the heat of the sun out, but still let the light in?  Well, we just might be able to help!  And if we can’t find the solution, we have a lot of experts at our fingertips who almost certainly can.

So send us your dilemma!  Contact us at info [at] theinteriorevolution [dot] com , and provide us with your name, email address and the issue you need help with, and we’ll see if we can use it for the Sustainable Design Dilemma!  And if we can’t, we’ll still see if we can steer you the right direction.

Squirrel! – Amenity Nursery

image by Amenity Home

image by Amenity Home

I’m a sucker for squirrels, so It’s no wonder I’m absolutely in love with this adorable organic bedding collection from Amenity Nursery.

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image by Amenity Home

And if squirrels aren’t your thing, how about this great little duck family, which I swear looks like one of the early reader books from when I was a kid. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Wrap-up wk#1

Welcome to the first in our Friday Wrap-up series.  There are so many interesting things that I run across during the week that I want to share, and rather than make you wait for me to get around to writing a big post for each, I thought I would just do a quick post every Friday to keep you up to date.

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image credit: Killer Robot Designs

This week I’ll start with this very on trend, reclaimed hanging light fixture from Killer Robot Designs, seen on The Steampunk Home.  Now if they could only find some more energy efficient bulbs that looked nearly as cool! Read the rest of this entry »

Whyrhymer Glass Series No. 2

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One of many absolutely gorgeous pieces of functional sculpture from Brandon Morrison of  Whyrhymer.  Using sustainable woods, metals, and recycled glass, Morrison creates unique lighting and furniture that will no doubt find a home in museum collections someday.

Whyrhymer is exclusively represented at DeSousa Hughes in San Francisco.  It is also available for viewing by appointment at the Whyrhymer showroom and studio in Los Angeles.  Whyrhymer will work with both the trade and the public, and can customize pieces by request.

It’s Not Easy Being… “Sustainable?”

When I first started my company, Path Design, the movie An Inconvenient Truth had not yet made an appearance, and words such as “green”, “eco-friendly” and “sustainable” were just beginning to find their way out of the hippie realm.  Design options were a lot more limited.  When I would shop for clients, and asked a vendor if they had any “green” fabrics, I was either met with blank looks, or was asked something along the lines of “do you want something perhaps in sage?”

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These days “green” is everywhere.  From the bookstore to the coffee shop, everyone is trumpeting how green they are. Hundreds of books, blogs and newsletters are devoted to the word and the idea.   And what was once something of a feel good word for a particular approach to design, has now become overused to the point of being, as a friend calls it, “twee“. Read the rest of this entry »

In Harmony With Nature…

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One of the first fabric companies to use organic cotton exclusively, Harmony Art has been creating beautiful prints since 2005.

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Often based on flowers and other botanicals found on walks in nearby fields, fabric designer Harmony Susalla combines a whimsical love for color with an artist’s sense of style and proportion. Read the rest of this entry »

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From finding the best no-VOC paints, to the latest in LED lighting technology, we aim to be an invaluable information resource for the design professional, as well as the general public. We’ll be taking time to explore in depth issues such as organic vs. conventional cotton, and whether bamboo is truly “green”. We’ll review the latest design books and sources, and have guest posts by experts on green design materials and trends. By cutting through the greenwashing and clarifying what counts, we hope to make sustainable design accessible to all.

At no time in our history have interior designers had a more significant opportunity to bring about a wholesale change in the way we live. Let’s make the most of it!