Green Resolutions for 2012

Well, it’s that time of year when many of us reflect and resolve to do something better or different in the New Year. I just want to share a few of the easy ways you can be a little friendlier to the earth in 2012. In turn, you can save money and live a little healthier, too. It’s win-win in the New Year.

Re-use that piece of furniture. Here we took a vintage settee, gilded it and added a fabulous Nina Campbell velvet that the client found. She had a very specific look in mind. What do you think of the difference?

Get certified. If you need new furnishings, look for certifications like the FSC, Forest Stewardship Council, (click here for more about the organization) which certifies that the lumber used to produce your furniture is taken from a forest where there is a sustainable plan in place for the replacement of that lumber. No clear-cutting the forest here.

The piece shown here is one of our Signature Collection made in Pennsylvania of solid FSC certified oak. You can search for certified retailers and interior designers on the Sustainable Furnishings Council website, too. Click  here to check out their site. We finished this piece with low VOC paint and sealer, as well. Which means there are no harmful odors released into your home. Some of our favorite vendors are certified like Vanguard Furniture, Lee Industries, Europe 2 You, and Lorts.

Shop Local- Not only do you help your local economy, but you also reduce fossil fuel consumption when you buy items produced locally. While your neighborhood may not have make everything you need, buying good made in America also is a more earth-friendly option compared to those shipped from overseas.

Reclaim it- you can also look for furnishings and accessories made of reclaimed materials. The candelabra below, by Roost, is made of driftwood and the collage of kitchen accessories by Europe2 You is composed of vintage vessels and new vessels made of recycled broken vintage glass.

Whether you make resolutions for the New Year or not, I hope this post will give you some good ideas about how easy it easy to incorporate earth-friendly furnishings into your home.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!