Apartment Therapy’s The Homies 2009

Wow!  You “go away” for a little holiday vacation and look what happens!  Thank you to all our fans for getting us into the final voting round of The Homies!  Many thanks as well to Apartment Therapy for providing such a great opportunity for shelter blogs to get a little recognition!

For anyone who is visiting this blog for the first time – welcome!  We are a fledgling enterprise, but full of heart, knowledge and passion for what we do.  We will be back to our daily posting on Monday the 4th, but until then please feel free to poke around and see what you can find in our archives.   If you like what you see, or have ideas for something you haven’t seen yet, please take just a minute to fill out our little survey.  We are always looking for great feedback!

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Happy Holidays!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Key with christmas tree

In order to enjoy the the holidays with my family, (and maybe indulge in a little too much hot buttered rum), I will be taking a break from blogging from now until the New Year.  I’m looking forward to 2010 and new and exciting content to share with you!

Until then…

Friday Wrap-up 12/18/09

For the final Friday Wrap-up of 2009, I present you with some lists of last minute sustainable design gifts and a peek at some holiday decor – plus a fun giveaway I spied!

image via re-nest

image via re-nest

Win a fabulous WoollyPocket from re-nest!  I saw these at Dwell on Design this summer and fell in love.   A garden you can hang anywhere!

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Lil’ Bit of an Idea (Paint)


I was excited to see that Idea Paint has introduced the new “Lil’ Bit” kit, which contains just enough of their terrific dry erase paint (in White), to cover 3 square feet.  The next size up kit covers 25 sf, and costs $99, while the Lil’ Bit kit is a mere pittance at $25!  Durable, water based, easy to apply, and environmentally friendly, Idea Paint can be applied to any flat surface.  Walls, furniture, refrigerators, chalkboards – you name it! Read the rest of this entry »

New LED Sconces from Lutron

New from Lutron’s Ivalo Collection are these lovely LED interior sconces.  Designed to take advantage of the LEDs smaller profile, these slim and trim fixtures easily meet ADA requirements, all while consuming minimal energy.

all images via Lutron

all images via Lutron

Perhaps the most elegant of Ivalo’s new offerings is the L’ale sconce (above).  With its low profile and gentle curves, it has an air of modern sophistication.  Made of cast aluminum.

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Etsy Finds – Sustainable Tables

I thought it would be fun to take a little walk through the world of Etsy, the premiere website for finding handmade goods, and see what a search for “sustainable table” came up with.

image from michaelarras

image from michaelarras

First up is this fun cocktail/coffee table by Michael Arras.  Created from multiple free form circles of bamboo plywood that are joined together using mortise and tenon joints, it has a a nice, organic feel to it.  Made to order for $699 with a 3 to 4 week lead time.

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Friday Wrap-up – 12/11/09

Happy Friday everyone!  In case you missed them, here are some of the sustainable design stories on the web this week…


Penny Bonda wrote on the Design Green blog about the ecoScorecard system, and how it can save designers many hours of research trying to find out a product’s sustainabilty.

image via Re-nest

image via Re-nest

Re-Nest doesn’t have a telephone booth as a library, but they do have this fun 100 sf remodel, made with salvaged materials.

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Book Review – “Downtown Chic”

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Ben Franklin

Peppered throughout with quotes like that above, “Downtown Chic”, from Sixx Design, is equal parts inspiration, design philosophy treatise, and how-to book.


Robert and Cortney Novogratz began their path into the design world as passionate amateurs, seeking to convert a dilapidated brownstone in Chelsea into a warm and eclectic home in time to welcome their first child into the world.  Now, many projects (and six kids) later they have developed a thriving design business in New York City and environs.

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Lighting Takes “Flight”

New from Lights Up! comes Flight, a line of floor and table lamps with whimsical shades made of 100% recycled PET fabric.


A member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Lights Up! also shows concern for the environment by packing Flights colorful wire bases in recycled cardboard.

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