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 …

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While hardwoods remain a perennially popular flooring choice, other materials are making inroads with an increased interest in tile and luxury vinyl tile both of which today carry abstract patterns inspired by nature. The popularity of grey as a new classic color can be found in all flooring materials, and may in part explain the continued interest in concrete floors in urban-look homes. Townhomes being built by Carbine & Associates in The Nations neighborhood feature concrete floors and engineered, hand-scrapped acacia wood. “Concrete has a great industrial vibe and is modern and different, according to Kristen Carbine. “It’s easy to …

Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm

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Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm Nashville and the surrounding communities are full of historic areas that are reemerging, being redeveloped, and changing at an incredibly rapid rate. Attracting people to these areas are the charm of their structures, walk-ability, and accessibility. Preserving these existing structures, both residentially and commercially, maintains the character and history of our most popular neighborhoods while demonstrating age-old sustainability.   In addition to charm and history, what makes a structure worth saving? History buffs might consider an old house to be historic because of who occupied it at one time during its long life. Others might …

eco-friendly living 2011

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eco-friendly living by Sarai Johnson Eco-friendly living can cover a lot of ground, but generally it’s accepted that it refers to the use of low-impact materials, energy efficiency, quality and durability, reuse and recycling, sustainability, and renewability. In keeping with that definition, Carol Bass of The Practical Decorator says her favorite buzz word is “redesign.” “I understand why redesign is the fastest growing segment of the decorating industry. Interior redesign reuses what the homeowner already owns to create a space that is warm, inviting, and functional with a designer look without the designer price tag,” she says. Reusing and repurposing …