From bed and bath linens to rugs, pillows and more, there are a lot of textiles in our lives. We come in contact with these things every day, from the sheets we sleep on to the clothes we wear, and even the air we breathe. Synthetic materials, or even natural fibers treated with a lot of chemicals, can do something called off gassing—which is basically leaching chemical gasses into the surrounding air. Not a nice thought when it comes down to it. While it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid all chemical exposure (even the greenest laundry detergent is technically a chemical), it is possible to reduce negative or harmful chemical exposure by choosing natural fibers that are treated in a safe manner. The other alternative, of course, are recycled materials that have been specifically created to create no harmful off gassing. Continue reading
What’s your style? We’re all so used to seeing decorating styles defined. There’s traditional, contemporary, midcentury modern, modern, transitional, eclectic, southwestern, arts and crafts, and the list goes on. While we tend to avoid putting our style in a box (which puts us firmly in the eclectic category), we do know that a little definition can make decorating so much easier. We’ve gathered a few pieces to create three of our favorite looks—feelings really. Your décor style is as much about creating a mood as it about creating a look. Ready? Here we go! Continue reading
We love the natural, organic appeal of bringing a little of nature indoors. We love the blurring of the lines, the unique aesthetic, and the sense of beauty and harmony it creates. You don’t have to create an indoor oasis, even the smallest touches can help bring the beauty nature into your interiors. It can be as simple as organic bedding, adding a bubbling fountain to your home office, or displaying a few river stones in a glass hurricane. The trick is to bring a bit of nature into every space of your home, and to embrace it. Continue reading
There are some things that just go together – wine and cheese, chocolate and port, fall and blankets. As days turn cooler and nights get crisp, we naturally reach for cozy blankets and throws to ward off the chill. Sometimes all that’s needed is something light and soft, other times only the thickest, warmest of blankets will do. Outside or in, a cozy throw is comfortable, a little shot of nostalgia, and stylish as well. How to choose a fall blanket? We’ve got you covered. Continue reading
Coir is the not-so-new word seen in everything from welcome mats to garden twine and planting medium and it’s being lauded for its sustainability and remarkable properties. But what is it really? And just how sustainable is it? And by the way, how do you pronounce it?
The easy stuff first: Coir, most commonly pronounced like coy-er, is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. So much for the easy stuff. Continue reading