exploring green interiors – new lead rules

exploring green interiors – new lead rules Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program I wanted to share some important information for homeowners who may be considering home renovations. Have you heard about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new “lead paint law” that went into effect on April 22nd? This law affects houses built prior to 1978—many of our homes! If you are considering home renovations, you may want to find out more. Here are the basics from the EPA’s website:

Exploring Green Interiors – Energy Challenge

exploring green interiors – Energy Challenge I live in an historic district, Davidson County’s District 18, to be exact. We have been given a challenge, “Go Green, District 18,” to reduce our energy consumption by 5 percent by the end of 2010, therefore decreasing our carbon emissions and thus our carbon footprint. This challenge asks us to sign up for the NES In-Home Energy Evaluation. I was really excited to hear about the challenge and signed up with the initial run. NES mailed me an evaluation to fill out which asked me to identify the details of my inner home …

exploring green interiors – certifying sustainable homes

exploring green interiors – certifying sustainable homes – By Beth Haley Through this series of articles and products, it is my hope that you are beginning to feel a little more knowledgeable about sustainable and green building products, practices, processes, and goals. Our aim is to break down barriers of confusion on the subject.  

exploring green interiors – 2010 Interior Design Trends?

exploring green interiors – 2010 Interior Design Trends? 2010 Interior Design Trends? 2010 Design Guides!  It’s funny how life comes together, seeds are planted, and ideas form. In the last month I have been asked three times to speak or write about 2010 Interior Design trends. Three times, I scoffed at the idea (although I do get excited about what is new in the market).  

exploring green interiors – composting—your garden will thank you!

exploring green interiors – composting—your garden will thank you!  –  By Beth Haley I remember shopping for my first home 20 years ago. On my priority list was a dishwasher, food disposal, yard for the dog, and different paint colors for each room—all the things you typically do not have as a renter! While I still have the same home (I remodeled it into my dream home), the dishwasher has been upgraded to a quiet Energy Star model, the dog has since passed away, different paint colors were replaced by a soothing creamy color throughout the house, the garbage cans …

exploring green interiors – future home design, per one interior designer

exploring green interiors – future home design, per one interior designer by Beth Haley I was listening to a speaker a couple of weeks ago, Kim Rodrigue, as she spoke on change and our reaction to change. I found several notes inspiring. She reminded us that in the second half of the 20th century, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote, “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is, the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will …

Exploring Green Interiors – Yes, Virginia There IS Eco-Friendly Plumbing

Exploring Green Interiors – Yes, Virginia There IS Eco-Friendly Plumbing by Karrie Seaton of Beth Haley Design When the idea to remodel and “go green” strikes a homeowner, the possibilities seem endless and exciting. But the stress of bud-gets, tight schedules, and the impending doom of being without a kitchen or bathroom for several weeks, create definite potential for homeowner meltdown. If I have learned anything in my time as an interior designer, it is to take a project step-by-step. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing. There are several eco-friendly plumbing options available that can decrease water …

Exploring Green Interiors – On Demand Hot Water

Exploring Green Interiors – On Demand Hot Water It seems like everything is “on demand” these days, why not hot water for our homes, especially if it saves energy and money? Does the thought of saving an average of 20 to 40 percent on your water heating bill appeal to you? What about the storage space that you can recapture when the tank is gone? Regarding the dollar savings, Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters reports that since July 1, 2006 until today, United States consumers have wasted $12,873,198,476 by heating hot water with tanks.