Green Interiors: 10 Green Interior Design Tips for Summer

10 Green Interior Design Tips for Summer Here is a collection of tips that will help keep your house cool, stylish, and efficient this summer! 1. Add cool, breezy, summery colors to your home to instantly update and transform your space for the summer months. Marine blues are classic while cobalt blues are fresh and lively. Turquoises, aquas, and minty greens are fun and on trend. Add fiery tangerines and sunny yellows to accentuate the blues and contrast with the greens. Summer is a great time to play with color and add vibrancy to your home! 2. Going on a …

Green Interiors: Flower Power

Flower Power Across the world and since ancient times, flowers have held special meaning. The ancient Greeks relied on flowers heavily in mythology as symbols in storytelling. In Victorian times, it was height of society to name your daughter after a flower to imbue purity, beauty, or grace. Modern society has taken the color of flowers, rather the type of flower, to represent different feelings: red means I love you, pink means I like you, yellow means let’s be friends. Yet, digging into the meaning of flowers, we’ve found the meaning of the flower varies greatly between colors and that …

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide

Green Interiors: Traditional Versus Sustainable Flooring Material Guide Whether you are dealing with new construction or you are contemplating a renovation, flooring is an important area in which to “go green.” Not only do floors cover, by definition, a large area in your home, they are some of the most heavily used materials you will install in your home. By selecting a sustainable, responsibly manufactured product, you will increase indoor air quality and eliminate unnecessary harm to the environment. The best part is, you don’t have to make any tradeoffs. Nothing is off limits and there are options for all …

Green Interiors: add a little green to your life

Winter’s Best Décor Ideas – add a little green to your life Plants do more than provide an organic lush quality to the indoors, they help filter and purify air. Whether you have a tried-and-true green thumb, a black thumb, or want to try tending houseplants for the first time, we’ve got you covered. Split Leaf Philodendron / Monstera Plant If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans, you will recognize the oversize, eye catching tropical leaves anywhere. These might be the most fun, charismatic houseplant you can have and are low maintenance to boot. Water them …

Green Interiors: Winterising Your Home

Six Green Design Tips for Winterizing Your Home There are many practical aspects of green design that can lead to better insulated, more comfortable homes during the winter months. Here are some top ways to conserve energy and save money! Invest in a programmable thermostat. One of our favorite ways to save energy is to update old thermostats with a smart panel that allows you to program the temperature of your home, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You will be surprised by how easy they are to install and how easy they are to use. Find …

Green Interiors: Ingredient List

Green Interiors: Ingredient List While green design is becoming more and more mainstream, there are still hurdles left to cross. Classification and transparency are two important factors that, when ironed out, will go a long way in establishing green design as the norm.  For a long time, companies have been issuing green products and giving general, non-descript labels like “natural” or “earth friendly. Think of it like the debate surrounding our food chain and what is classified as organic or natural. Organic food is the most black and white because it must meet specific standards to be classified as organic.  …

Energy Efficiency for the Summer

Energy Efficiency for the Summer As interior designers, we know the importance of laying a good, efficient foundation for your home. After all, beauty isn’t skin deep, it comes from the inside. Why bother making a house pretty if there are underlying problems that will stick-out like a sore thumb till corrected? Here are tips to keep you cool this summer! Top ways we’ve found to increase efficiency are insulation, windows, and doors. For insulation, think of your crawl space, basement, attic, fireplace, and even your walls. Are they drafty? It might sound silly, but do you feel “sheltered” from …

Eliminating Indoor VOCs

Eliminating Indoor VOCs Indoor air quality is one of the holy grails of sustainable design. Creating good indoor air quality is not the same as protecting good indoor air quality and what separates the two is VOCS. When a job is under construction, whether it be new construction or a remodel, the builders, architects, and engineers design systems that create good air flow, proper ventilation, and so forth. It can be simple elements like operable windows, central AC, or it can be more complex like solar powered skylights, curtain walls, louvers, and vents. This is one piece of the story. …

Green Interiors:Philosophy of Green Design

Philosophy of Green Design  Discussions about green design often get technical, but rarely do they get philosophical. We all want news about the latest and greatest sustainable resources, methods of installation, and the hottest new products, but sometimes it is nice to step back for a second and consider why it is important to “go green” in the first place. As you can imagine, there are many answers to this question, but the bottom line is green design can make you feel better, healthier, stronger, and more at ease. Biophilia, a term describing the extent to which humans are hard-wired …

The Great Light Bulb Debate

The Great Light Bulb Debate Are you overwhelmed when selecting something as simple as a light bulb? In the past, selecting a light bulb was only a matter of knowing that wattage you needed. With the new energy efficiency laws, the latest terminology, and the battle of LEDs vs CFL vs incandescents, selecting the best lighting for your home can be a challenge. What exactly do you need to know when you’re in the bulb aisle at your hardware store?  Here are some light bulb basics to get you started. Halogen Incandescents: These bulbs look like traditional incandescent bulbs, are …