Vintage Academe: Fabulous Eco-Couture & More

There's "penny pinching" and "getting your money's worth", but what happened to "more for your money"? Where went the possibility of making a true investment and feeling secure and confident that yes, you spent your money well? In these trying, financially frenzied times, the possibility of more of anything is very rare indeed. That's why … Continue reading Vintage Academe: Fabulous Eco-Couture & More

Red (and Green) Aphrodite

I've never been good at sending holiday cards to friends and family. I enjoy keeping in touch throughout the year via e-mail and phone calls, but when it comes to spreading holiday cheer I fall tragically short. But this year could be different. I've come across a line of stationary that might just cure my … Continue reading Red (and Green) Aphrodite

Handmade One of a Kind Finds for Less Than $25

The current climate of corporate cutbacks and headcount hacking doesn't exactly send me spending, especially on frivolities like jewelry. But when the jewels are vintage and priced within any penny-pincher's budget, it doesn't hurt to look, does it? I hope not, because I couldn't help myself. The gems and trinkets at Eclectic Eccentricity (say that … Continue reading Handmade One of a Kind Finds for Less Than $25

A Lovely Little Perch!

It's not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there's something about Amy Adams' pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there's more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics - her designs are modern, playful and charming. All perch! pieces … Continue reading A Lovely Little Perch!

The Seaside Views of Zoe Murphy

Do you appreciate a good view when you see one? It could be of the beach at sunset or snow-covered trees in the mountains or a full moon in the desert sky. Anything. But do you actually see it, when you happen to see it as often as everyday? The young British designer Zoe Murphy … Continue reading The Seaside Views of Zoe Murphy

Hard to Resist Eco-Coats

I'm a California girl so I don't talk much about wool coats or down jackets. Maybe 5/365 I'll need more than a sweater, scarf and light jacket, so I'm set with my two timeless cold-weather coats. But sometimes it's hard to resist all the hoodies and leather jackets and pea coats! The eco-movement has inspired … Continue reading Hard to Resist Eco-Coats

Wearing Eco on the Inside and Out

Sometimes I wonder if the small eco-efforts I make each day actually affect anything at all, let alone the larger eco-atmosphere. At other times I haven't a worry or a wonder, and am grateful to carry on with my day changing what I can. I do know that the green movement is firmly established as … Continue reading Wearing Eco on the Inside and Out

Steam-Bent and Rolling Through A Garden Near You

According to our calendars, summer is almost over. Kids are returning home from camp, school supplies are being purchased and I'm wondering where the time goes. Want your summer to last forever? The Rolling Summer House may be just what this doctor ordered. It's a huge spherical structure constructed of unseasoned wood (from local, sustainable … Continue reading Steam-Bent and Rolling Through A Garden Near You

Leftover Leather Stays Together in Manon Juliette’s Carpet Collection

There's a lot of "scrapping" going on these days in the fashion and decor industries, mostly out of earnest consideration for eco-friendly living. I appreciate every kind of re-use, reclaim or re-invent including vintage and antique. Wood scraps are another fave of mine. The possibilities are endless when a creative mind confronts a pile of … Continue reading Leftover Leather Stays Together in Manon Juliette’s Carpet Collection

Guide to the Best Eco Jewelry Designers

I've said it before (in Say Yes to Seconds) and I'll say it again - I have no interest in looking like the twin of every eco-chic woman walking out of Barneys. I lean toward unique and edgy, and there's no faster way to get there than with vintage, especially when it comes to jewelry. … Continue reading Guide to the Best Eco Jewelry Designers

5 Favorite Cutting Edge Eco-Chairs

I'm all about sitting. I'm a mover and a shaker when the occasion requires, but when it's time to call it quits I bet my butt finds a chair before yours. How can I be so sure? Because I was master of musical chairs in kindergarten. I would somehow throw my little body into place … Continue reading 5 Favorite Cutting Edge Eco-Chairs

The Ultimate Guide to Eco Lighting

Maybe it's the way they can make or break a room, like the way the perfect accessory can pull together an outfit. Or maybe the whys don't matter as much as the facts. Eco-lighting is front-page news and everyone who's anyone is making the switch to green. For your viewing pleasure, I've gathered a cutting … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Eco Lighting

Stella McCartney Vegan Bag: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Wannabe?

I enjoy the occasional controversy. Not the "throw one below the belt" emotionally-charged controversy, but the intelligent discussion chock full of thoughtful comments and ideas even-in-the-throes-of-opposing-views controversy. And I especially enjoy them when they're eco-related. So, here goes. Yes, I covet the new faux leather bag by Stella McCartney. (And word has it a certain … Continue reading Stella McCartney Vegan Bag: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Wannabe?

Geoff McFetridge: Coming to a Wall Near You

I didn't think it was possible but wallpaper has become huge, as in popular, hip, happenin' - most likely due to its turning a lovely shade of green (as in eco, eco, eco). It also doesn't hurt that a few of the ultra cool graphic designers du jour have lent their creative juices to the … Continue reading Geoff McFetridge: Coming to a Wall Near You