Standard Magazine Winter 2011

I am so excited to share with you my design for the Good Shepherd Charity Design Project that is being featured in the wonderful Standard Magazine!!!! Yay!! Standard Magazine is full of vibrant designs specializing in eco friendly products and ideas. I am honored to be a part of it! It is so exciting to be in the great company of so many awesome designers, not only in Standard Magazine but with the Good Shepherd Project. Take a look around the magazine and be sure to stop at page 106-109 where the room I designed is featured!! Thank you again Standard Magazine!

Spring Design Trends

This spring’s trends reflect modern neutrals and subtle accents. We are seeing many grey tones in bedding, drapes, and rugs. This modern take on spring renewal is a drastic change from bright spring colors we’ve seen in the past. This spring we are focusing more on vibrant accent colors to pop in contrast with the subdued greys surrounding them. Modern accessories are a beautiful way to accent this style in your spring design. Unique shapes and colors can add an interesting attention piece to your space.

Stixx Bed Linens from CB2

Another trend that has been pushing its way into priority the past few years is sustainable design. We are seeing many new items coming into the market with a focus on reusable and recycled material. This is another great reflection of spring season’s renewal. Get creative with the way you stay green in your home. Being eco-conscious no longer means sacrificing design and style. Industrial-inspired furniture made from reusable materials have made an impressive entry into the design world this year. The unique contrast of industrialism with eco-friendly design has captivated both designers and home owners alike. There are many great options for the green designer today, making it easy to freshen your design while helping your environment.

This spring keep things clean, fresh, and green.

Eco-Friendly Design

Today, we have a newfound interest in recyclable and renewable resources. Society is trying to minimize our “footprint” by using eco-friendly products; this is no different in the world of design. Interior design is an easy way to take the first step to living a green, low energy lifestyle. With many recycled products now available in many mainstream furniture and hardware stores, change is easier than ever. But if replacing your appliances with low-energy equivalents and installing energy efficient windows seems a bit out of reach at the moment, an easy baby step into an eco-friendly design is through accessories. From the coasters on your coffee table, to the artwork over your fire place, there are many green alternatives to our every day accents.

A change you will hardly notice is switching out your tableware for recycled glass tableware. There are many available recycled options out there, one we found interesting were the Recycled Glass Drinkware from West Elm.
west elm recycled glass drinkware

For an interesting art piece to start off a conversation, try a recycled glass sculpture. This could range from a piece made of used bottles, sea glass, or manufactured with recycled glass materials. A good example is the Recycled Glass Head from Pier 1 Imports.
recycled glass head pier 1 imports

Glass is not the only material we see in eco-friendly design, which is clearly shown in this unique Recycled Newspaper Vase from Target.
Recycled Newspaper Vase Target

As you can see, taking steps toward living a green lifestyle do not have to overwhelm or break the bank. There are simple, easy changes we can all make that in the end will show a huge difference. It would be nice to see every home transform into an energy efficient, eco-friendly structure, but any step taken, no matter how minimal, is a good one.