The green movement has become so common place, so mainstream that sometimes we fail to stop and think about why we go green. It’s just the thing we do. In truth, the reasons are endless – from protecting yourself and your family from harmful additives, chemicals and preservatives to preserving the planet and environment for future generations, or even just a love of animals or nature. Whatever the reasons, everything we do has an impact on our world; we don’t like to get preachy, but sometimes it’s important to remember why we think real sustainability is so important. It’s also why we believe in small steps – even little things can have big impact. Continue reading →
Inspiration! It’s the heart of any decorating project, whether you’re just updating your space, doing a complete overhaul or starting from scratch. That vision you have of your dream home, the picture of your perfect room, they keep us focused and help guide our decisions in the design and décor process. In years past, getting inspiring images meant clipping out magazine pages, and later, saving digital images into a file on your computer. Now, you can easily collect, save and access your inspirational images from any digital device. Oh yes, we love Pinterest!
The Jackson Mirror set is made from reclaimed elm that still bears the marks of its previous life.
Recycling, reclaimed, upcycled, repurposed… are they all the same? Well, yes and no. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, we like to think of them as slightly different. Recycling, the term everyone is most familiar with, is simply taking an item, breaking it down into its base material and creating something new (and sometimes different) with it. Repurposing, or upcycling, is using an item for something other than its intended purpose; maybe it was also reclaimed in the process. To be reclaimed, an item has to have reached the end of its useful life and be destined for the trash, but instead of being thrown away, it’s transformed into something new. Continue reading →
“Made from recycled materials.” Those words are emblazoned on everything from paper products to glassware, but what do they really mean? And what about “pre-consumer” and “post-consumer” labels? Is one better than the other?
It’s World Water Day, and the theme this year is international water cooperation. What does that mean? Every action involving water management requires effective cooperation between multiple agencies. Rivers cross geographic and political boundaries and cooperation is necessary to share the water resources of a transboundary river basin between upstream and downstream users with different and sometimes conflicting needs, claims and cultures.