Lustables: Haskell Outdoor Furniture

Get ready for summer with sustainable outdoor furniture. The Haskell outdoor furniture collection is the perfect blend of modern luxury and simple, fun in the sun. It includes a chair (image above), chaise lounge, occasional table, side table and sultan riser. Prices range from around $1,000 to $2,500 per piece. Not inexpensive, but the company … Continue reading Lustables: Haskell Outdoor Furniture

Remade in Oregon: The White Stag Block Renewed

Portland is considered one of the greenest cities and is fast becoming a major player in sustainable fashion, food and culture. But did you know that Portland has historic architecture? It's true. The famous "Made in Oregon" sign (image above) sits atop the historic White Stag building, built in 1907. Portland also has people more … Continue reading Remade in Oregon: The White Stag Block Renewed

Gardener on the Roof: 15 Gorgeous Green Rooftops

Rooftops as sustainable, functional and gorgeous green spaces. Around the globe, more focus is being put on utilizing the vast square footage of the roof. People are creating private, green havens of relaxation or gardens that provide fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Take, for example, the rooftop pictured below. Add a little green and watch … Continue reading Gardener on the Roof: 15 Gorgeous Green Rooftops

Lustables: Casanova Sofa

Be wooed by the smooth moves of the Kelly sofa. At first sight, I fell for the Kelly sofa ($2,972 as shown above) and its subtle, svelte curves. Not voluptuous nor androgynous; just the perfect fit for any space. The yellow print upholstery adds a playful beat, but even in a solid hue the Kelly … Continue reading Lustables: Casanova Sofa

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.

Cutting Edge Concept: the Flow2 Kitchen

The kitchen could be considered the hub of a home. It's the spot where people congregate at parties, despite protests from the hostess; it's the place a family gathers to break bread as often as three times a day. There are all types of kitchens. We've shown you recycled or sustainable parts and entire islands … Continue reading Cutting Edge Concept: the Flow2 Kitchen

The Ceramic Industry: Is a Little Green Better Than None at All?

It wasn't the answer I had hoped for, in fact it threw me. And when I finally landed it was clear I had my next topic for EcoSalon. Is ceramic an eco-friendly material? Not really. Ceramic is certainly not 100% eco-friendly, although it does boast an honest list of good intentions. But first the aforementioned … Continue reading The Ceramic Industry: Is a Little Green Better Than None at All?

A Good Reason to Buy Something Useless

Of course, I never wasted my hard-earned cash on something I didn't need*. But in case you ever have, now there's a good reason...to go useless. Useless, in this situation, is guilt-free: sustainable, charitable and fashionable. It's got good written all over it. The eco-friendly brand Useless sells stuff people need and use and gives … Continue reading A Good Reason to Buy Something Useless

In the Mood for Sexy Summer Dresses

How do I know it's summer? I hear bees and see flowers blooming; I'm working out because that beach vacation is looming. I watch baby birds as they learn to fly; I welcome new beginnings into my life. And yes, I write terrible jingles that barely rhyme. Actually, I know summer is upon us because … Continue reading In the Mood for Sexy Summer Dresses

Covered by Coconut

It seems logical to me - coconuts and good design. I've heard of stranger things, so when I heard that Bahia coconut shells were being used to produce an interior design surface material, I didn't even flinch. In fact, I thought it's about time. Okay, not exactly, but it is innovative and ultra exotic. EKOBE … Continue reading Covered by Coconut

A Clever Way to Grow Your Greens

When devising ways to save energy, lessen footprints and lower bills, thinking outside the box, or inside the house, in this case, is a good place to start. Clever and multi-functional mixed with a dose of sustainable offers the designer any number of creative combinations. From this premise, product designer Judy Hoysak dreamt up a … Continue reading A Clever Way to Grow Your Greens

It’s Paper. It’s a Chair. It’s Paperchair.

The fact that young product designers just out of school are setting their sights on sustainable is truly a blessing. And they don't seem to be doing it for the money or the fame - but more as a mission. An eco-mission, that is. To them it's a no brainer, a given rather than an … Continue reading It’s Paper. It’s a Chair. It’s Paperchair.

The Flower Power of Prismera Jewelry

When I think stainless steel, I think...cutlery. Sturdy, dishwasher-safe knives, forks and spoons. Stainless steel does not usually bring pictures of blooming flowers and jewelry into mind"¦until now. Meet designer Laura Su, who works with stainless steel (an eco-friendly, sustainable material) to create simple and modern earrings and necklaces inspired by nature. Her company is … Continue reading The Flower Power of Prismera Jewelry

I Dare You to Read This Post About Alabama Chanin

I already know there's a reader out there who will find this post extravagant, excessive and possibly even outrageous. And if that reader is you, rest assured that I can hear you already. You're saying things like "don't waste our time. It's ridiculous to pay that for a dress or a coat, when the sky … Continue reading I Dare You to Read This Post About Alabama Chanin

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