Sustainable Interior Design: Time to red-eco-rate!

Living room got you down? Time to red-eco-rate!

OK, so that was a stretch in our eco-vocab, but in the season of spring, there’s a feeling in the air to do more to our living spaces than just spring cleaning. Redecorating can sound daunting, especially with the un-implied notion to get rid of the old and bring in the new, meaning consuming more stuff

Not always. When we picked up Kelly LaPlante’s beautiful coffee table book, ecologique, we were inspired.

 LaPlante is a eco-designer who has spiffed, greened and brought sustainable design to the well-known and not-so-well-known folks for over nine years now, and it shows. The beautiful photographs of take you on a journey through fifteen stunning spaces, each meticulously and aesthetically designed with the environment in mind.

Some of our favorite ideas?

  • Use a piece of eucalyptus (bamboo or driftwood could work too) as a decorative mantle space above the fireplace.
  • Place an old adorned frame around a cardboard cutout, old poster or photo.
  • Recycled furniture made, recovered with vegetable-dyed fabrics.
  • Use fabric as wallpaper.
  • Pick a style (mid century? 50’s diner? Soft country?) and then go antiquing or to the flea market.

The spaces range from bedrooms to loft spaces, decks to foyers, each packed with an eco-punch. Pouring through the glossy pages, you’ll find yourself saying “hey, i’ve got one of those frames” or “I never thought about using fabric like that before.” An organized “design details” list at the end of ecologique thoughtfully lines out exactly what was used in each room, as well as which designers can become your new favorites. There’s also a list of addresses and websites so you can begin your hunt for the perfect eco-accessories right away.

By the end of ecologique, you’ll be equipped with enough ideas to – at least! – reorganize a room in your house without having to buy a thing. However, if you do find yourself at a flea market, you’ll know what you are doing.

Find out more about ecologique and Kelly on her website.



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