The oldest known redwood, found in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California, is believed to be 2,700 years old. Redwoods are known for their longevity, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that the logo for the California Redwood Company features a stylized infinity loop supporting a seedling redwood. It’s a fitting symbol, for, where many companies committed to a sustainable ethic may have been in operation for only a few years or a few decades, TCRC can boast a continuous history stretching back to 1890. Read the rest of this entry
We lived near the ocean back in the day. My family went to the beach often and I remember exploring the shoreline as a child, enjoying the crash of the waves, the briny smell of the water, the little joy of discovering shells.
I remember being fascinated by the wet, weathered textures and mysterious origins of the driftwood washed up on shore. Where did it come from? It was easy to imagine all sorts of stories: a wharf damaged by storms, or a pirate ship sunk with its treasure at the bottom of the sea…
Of course, there were never pirates off the coast of Los Angeles, were there? But one can dream.
Seattle, WA may be a Mecca for coffee lovers, but there’s so much more to the city than that. It’s also a hotbed for sustainable business ethics and the development of a low-impact lifestyle, both of which mesh nicely with this week’s featured company, Viola Park.
But to tell their story it’s necessary to back up a bit. Read the rest of this entry
William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
And 19th-century architect Louis Sullivan proclaimed that “form ever follows function,” an idea that vastly influenced the modernist movement in design.
One can find much to uphold both maxims in the work of Stella Bleu Designs, where the creations of Mississippi-born designer Katie Katzenmeyer are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, elegant and sturdy. In a word, useful.
On view at her website (along with her Etsy shop, here) are shelves and garment racks made from industrial steel pipe, reclaimed wood, and other salvage materials gleaned from local, family-owned salvage yards and demolition sites. Everything is made from scratch in house. Read the rest of this entry
Owls, deer, butterflies, songbirds of every sort,… even octopus! All have become trends in graphics and interiors over the last few years, and for good reason. Between the renewed interest in all things outdoors, and the surge in handcrafted artisan goods, it was inevitable that people would want to populate their homes with their own personal totem (or just animals they think are cool looking).
So, get ready to meet the “new” critter on the block…
So go ahead. Get a little foxy with your home!
To see more images, inspiration, and sources for some of these great fox finds, check out my Trending – Foxes board on Pinterest.
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St Patrick’s Day holds a special place in my heart, ’cause, well, it’s my birthday day too. So in celebration of all things green and Irish, here is a little St Patrick’s Day round-up, Etsy Style.
Looking for a little good luck? How about this Lucky Horseshoe?
This recycled burlap pillow has (Irish) Whiskey stamped all over it.
Love this sweet little felt bunting made from a recycled wool sweater.
The ear-jarring purr of a chop saw… the unmistakable scent of freshly cut wood and sawdust… Oh, yeah. Bring it on.
There are special properties to wood that remain hidden unless one physically works with it, gets one’s hands dirty, breathes that dust, learns that grain, that temperament, that joy…
Ariele Alasko, of Brooklyn to West, understands. This New York City-based artist – furniture maker, photographer, sculptress, blogger, cook – takes salvaged wood & reclaimed “junk” into her Brooklyn home and out of those castaways makes this delightful stuff. Her work is a living example of why home furnishings should be hand made. Read the rest of this entry
A hundred years or more ago logging teams all over the American Southeast harvested Cypress trees, binding the logs into rafts to be floated downriver to the waiting wood mills. Sometimes the rafts would break up, and the ancient logs would sink to the bottom of the river, there to sit, inviolate and perfectly preserved, for decades.
Ironically enough, as recovery teams reclaim those logs for use, that beautiful old-growth Cypress helps rescue forests from logging today.
Valentine’s Day is on its way folks, so i’ve put together a little selection of fun, sustainable gifts you can still snag in time for the holiday,… if you act fast!
Metal wall art, made from recycled aluminum cans by Transcendant Treasure. These pin up onto the wall in any configuration you want.
Love Pillow sewn from recycled plastic bottle felt by Personal Pillow. The heart is a pocket you can hide a little note or treat in.
Light a torch in your loved one’s heart with this red current scented, 100% soy wax candle from Torch Illumination.
“Demolish another building, it just gives us more to work with!”
John Stein is into demolitions, but not in the way one might think. The founder and president of California-based Kirei USA has a knack for finding the possibilities inherent in the unwanted.
This vision shows clearly in every Kirei product, including the newest line, Windfall. These engineered panels are produced in partnership with Windfall Lumber, which takes Douglas & Hemlock Fir from deconstructed buildings in the Pacific Northwest and brings the reclaimed wood to fresh, new life.
“It’s great to reuse demolition material that would otherwise take up space in the landfill,” says Mr. Stein. “Having it become beautiful wood panels is even better. This is old-growth wood that just can’t be found any more, and we get to bring it to designers.”
Windfall is manufactured in the United States using low-VOC adhesives. The reclaimed wood is milled into strips of differing width, which are then randomly stacked to form the panels and cut to size. Panels are available either solid or 3-ply with a NUAF/FSC-certified core. They may come unfinished, with a clear coat that shows off the natural grain, or stained and prefinished in Anthracite, Mocha, Ivory, and Leather colors. The result adds to any interior.