Happy Earth Day! Things have been so busy lately that I didn't realize it was Earth Day already! As a product designer and decorator I am confronted with many decisions that impact how we use and buy "stuff" in our lives. The "stuff" can be furniture, accessories, or any kind of product that we use. I have always felt it is important to reduce. reuse. recycle. but going green doesn't mean committing to hemp and granola design for the rest of your life! There are many companies that offer eco friendly solutions to help lighten our environmental footprints. There are also many small actions you can take that make big impact in reducing energy use. To narrow down some options I posted a few of my favorites tips that are easy to incorporate into your life!Firstly, since this is a decorating blog let's talk about how to "reduce" the need to buy new things by "Using What You Have !" My decorating training emphasizes how to repurpose people's existing furniture and create a fresh look. Sometimes you already have the right pieces but just need a fresh set of eyes to see new decorating solutions!
Somewhat related to the above, if you have a room in your home redesigned and decide to upgrade your furnishings please (PRETTY PLEASE!) donate your gently used items. I can't believe how much good furniture goes into the garbage just because the fabric has gone out of style, the wood is worn, or the legs are loose. There are many people out there who could work magic on your unwanted items, so let's keep them out of the landfill. Remember - one person's trash is another person's treasure! If you are able to donate furniture or household items take a look around for local charities that could use your donation. Some of them even offer free pick up, here are my favorites: Habitat ReStore, Salvation Army, United War Veterans, Big Brother Big Sister.
Another suggestion is to harness the natural warming powers of the sun, and know the best ways to block it. If you have any windows that are south/ southeast facing you are in luck! You can use passive energy from the sun to your advantage. In the winter months use window treatments that you can pull back to let the sun in. If you can put any stone or concrete in the room it will help absorb the warmth during the day and release it into the evening.