Green Home Decor

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Cork Flooring: Qualities, Care, and Cautions

Cork is a sustainable, versatile material that has been covering floors for hundreds of years.  Unlike other woods, cork floor is usually produced in easy-to-work-with 12 inch squares, which makes it an ideal do-it-yourself project for green home remodeling.  Let’s review some of the qualities, care, and cautions to keep in mind if you’re considering […]

October 30th

Eco Options for Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can provide homeowners with sufficient light at night to walk about safely, discourage crime, and add an aesthetic to the night landscape—without being a big energy drain.  Safe, energy efficient, low-voltage outdoor lighting systems are readily available in variety sufficient for almost all applications, including deck lighting, garden walkways, and floodlights.  Like all […]

October 30th

Daylighting for Green Homes and Spaces

Designing buildings that maximize sunlight for illumination is an efficient and effective way to lower your energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and protect the environment. In addition, it’s important to note that we humans are phototropic beings, meaning that we are drawn to and thrive in environments infused with natural light. Studies show that […]

October 23rd

Natural Options for Wood Floor Polish

It can be tough to find a wood floor polish that is healthy for you, kind to the environment, and gets the job done. There are natural options out there and sometimes something simple works best! Before petroleum products dominated store shelves, many homeowners used natural oils to finish their wood floors… Here’s a fact […]

October 22nd

Concrete Flooring

Looking for a durable, low-maintenance, and aesthetically attractive floor with an amazing capacity for boosting your home’s energy efficiency?  Concrete may be just the thing—it can be stamped, stained, and finished to resemble many other materials, and it provides a rather environmentally friendly option, depending on where you get it and how it’s processed. Thermal […]

October 22nd

Redecorating Your Home with Green Furniture

You have decided to live green and that means considering green furniture options for your redecorating project.  However, this is one time where going green uses a lot of that paper green you were trying to save.  How can you make eco friendly choices in this department without ruining your budget?  Unless your current furniture consists of milk […]

October 22nd

Light Your Green Kitchen

Anyone who loves to cook knows that a kitchen needs good lighting.  Yet light costs money—and energy.  If you’re designing or remodeling a kitchen, leave room for windows so natural light can reach your work surfaces.  Use motion sensors to detect when people are in the room (and turn off the lights when it’s empty). […]

October 22nd

Choosing Green Furniture

If you are new to eco friendly living, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of shopping for green furniture.  After all, shopping for traditional furniture is bad enough!  How are you ever going to be able to decide if it has to be ‘green’ on top of everything else?  Here are a couple […]

October 22nd

Alternative Fibers make Healthier Carpets

Is there such a thing as “green” carpet?  There’s some debate about what constitutes a green carpet, and though carpeting can be made from a variety of eco-friendly resources, it’s commonly regarded as problematic for indoor air quality.  That assessment isn’t universally true, however, even among carpets of the same material. Ultimately, the variety in fibers […]

October 21st

A Brighter Future with Eco Home Lighting

Sunlight floods our planet during daylight hours, providing natural lighting, warmth, and a clean-energy source for things like solar space heating, solar water heating, and solar energy/photovoltaic applications.  Nighttime hours are a different story, however, during which human reliance on energy-inefficient artificial lighting sources is cast into the spotlight. Traditional lighting options in use today […]

October 21st

Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy efficient lighting is one of the five key elements of the Green Building Rating System from The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  Green remodeling with window placement is one way to achieve sustainability.  Another less expensive method is the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, […]

October 15th

Wood Flooring Treatments

VOCs, those volatile, organic, quite likely carcinogenic compounds abound in the wood used in our homes and office spaces—and floors are a large part of that space.  Many of the woods that we walk on come chock full of harmful formaldehyde coatings and toxic adhesives that become part of the natural interior of our home. Wood treatments […]

October 11th