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Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Preparing Your Space for Holiday House Guests

It's that special time of year - the time that brings (invited or not) extravagant eating, kindness and giving, and friends and family visiting. And if your people are anything like my people, they come bearing gifts and all sorts of sweet love and excitement. It warms my heart. Mi casa es su casa. I … Continue reading Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Preparing Your Space for Holiday House Guests

Style Clash: Bohemian Eclectic Meets Globally Eccentric

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Bohemian Eclectic Meets Globally Eccentric

Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend

Who am I to argue with the Madison Avenue suits who coined the phrase "diamonds are a girl's best friend"? If only diamonds were all we believe them to be. The violence resulting from the diamond mining and trading industry is, in a word, tragic. And, as it turns out, diamonds aren't even as valuable … Continue reading Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend

Style Clash: Streamlined Sleek Meets Wintry Wonderland

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Streamlined Sleek Meets Wintry Wonderland

Style Clash: Raw and Rustic Meets Smoothly Serene

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Raw and Rustic Meets Smoothly Serene

Tearing Down the Past Leads to Nowhere Fast

We talk about it a lot here at EcoSalon. Conscious choices. Mindful decisions. The easiest way to make a difference and effect change in the world is to live consciously and mindfully. To try to be aware of what we buy, how (or if) we drive, where we shop, what we eat. If we're present … Continue reading Tearing Down the Past Leads to Nowhere Fast

Style Clash: Purely Classical Meets Glitzy Glam

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Purely Classical Meets Glitzy Glam

Style Clash: Country Comfort Meets Simple Scandinavian

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Country Comfort Meets Simple Scandinavian

Style Clash: Functional Finesse Meets Dark and Dramatic

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Functional Finesse Meets Dark and Dramatic

Style Clash: Old World Meets Sleek and Chic

Style. It's that 'je ne sais quoi' about someone or some place. You can't put your finger on it, but you like it. Or you don't. It's personal and evolves with time and maturity. And then it might change, again. Style is expressed through fashion, music, decor, tattoos. Our style communicates who we are, what … Continue reading Style Clash: Old World Meets Sleek and Chic

Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles when phones were rotary and the coolest video game going was Atari Pong. Or maybe it was Pac Man. My point being that there wasn't a lot to do indoors after school, so we headed outside. After a quick snack, it was out the door on … Continue reading Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

Moss Talking

I've rarely been accused of being 'at a loss for words,' except when it comes to small talk. Inane chit-chat serves a purpose, I understand, but I'd rather just hear the silence in between. Call me anti-social, aloof or just plain boring, but my shutting up leaves plenty of room for observing, which has made … Continue reading Moss Talking

Autumn Inspiration: Just Don’t Say Holiday Decoration

I'm not much of a holiday decorator. I don't spend two days unwrapping little chotskies out of bubble wrap (you know, the same ones I spent two days re-wrapping last year) and setting them up all over my home. I don't hang hundreds of blinking lights from my roof or station large plastic figures on … Continue reading Autumn Inspiration: Just Don’t Say Holiday Decoration

Prefab: Sustainable and Stylish. Seriously.

The word sounds so, shall we say, cheap and chintzy? It doesn't roll off your tongue and linger on your lips like Chateau Marmont or Fontainbleau. In fact, when I first heard the word prefab back in 2000, trailer park and double-wide sprang to mind. But then I laid my eyes on the Eames House … Continue reading Prefab: Sustainable and Stylish. Seriously.

Simply Ceramics: From Bauhaus to Your House

Isn't she lovely? There's not much to not like about the Tac Tea Pot (image above) designed by Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus. In fact, it's been called "the most beautiful tea service ever produced". Simple, minimal, functional. What else is there? Enduring, that's what. Gropius (1883-1969) was a genius designer of … Continue reading Simply Ceramics: From Bauhaus to Your House

The Not So Mighty McMansion. RIP.

Somewhere along the way, America the Beautiful land of the free, has morphed into Home of the big, bigger and biggest. Did it happen when no one was looking? Is it like those five pounds you gain over the holidays? Did they just sneak up on us? Not exactly. In fact, it took years. Of … Continue reading The Not So Mighty McMansion. RIP.

Home Is Where the Art… Should be

I'm a down to business, cut through the clutter, don't beat around the bush type of gal. So when it comes to the home and "collecting" I agree with Mies (van der Rohe, that is) that 'Less is More'. That is unless we're talking art. Collecting art is not an elitist activity, nor is it … Continue reading Home Is Where the Art… Should be

Is That a Woolly Pocket on Your Wall, or Are You Just…?

I'll get my mind out of the gutter and onto the green, where it belongs, and tell you about my latest obsession - plants in pockets. I'd heard of hanging plants and plants that are potted, but the idea of putting a plant in a cloth-like pocket wasn't in my repertoire. That is, until I … Continue reading Is That a Woolly Pocket on Your Wall, or Are You Just…?

Smart Shopping Is Always Green

There are some of us who have cut waaaaay back, but just can't quit cold turkey. And I don't mean smoking, although I did quit recently. (Yay for me!) The can't quit I'm referring to here is shopping. I can admit my faults and this is certainly one of them. I love to shop for … Continue reading Smart Shopping Is Always Green

Hartfelt and Fancy Free: Eco-Friendly Felt Cushions

For the record, in the US we call them pillows. Not that there's anything wrong with cushions. In fact, call them whatever you like. If they're soft and cozy you have my attention; make them from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles (eco-fi felt), in cool and colorful designs and I'm sold. These modern, graphic cushions, … Continue reading Hartfelt and Fancy Free: Eco-Friendly Felt Cushions