28 September 2012

find it friday: vintage wallpaper

As I was reading through the special edition of Domino magazine recently I came across this kid's room that was cleverly and sustainably designed. 

vintage wallpaper silhouette
The floor tiles are recycled, the paint is no-VOC and the fabrics are organic. But what I really fell in love with was the giraffe cutout from vintage wallpaper. Great idea to use old leftover wallpaper with the cool designs from days gone by! 

I found a source for the silhouettes, but you could also simply cut your own from vintage paper. Here are some great shops to find it in. 
vintage wallpaper silhouettes by Inke Heiland via CO

Hannah's Treasures via Etsy
Vintage Wallpapers
this one isn't vintage, but the pictures for the designs are, and it is sustainably made - by Studio Ditte via CO
Rosie's Vintage Wallpaper

27 September 2012

countertop decisions: trendy and sustainable

I came across a great article recently on Fresh Home about the 10 hottest kitchen countertops. 

sustainable countertop
Fresh Home
Interestingly, many match up with those that are sustainable, eco-friendly versions as well.  I blogged last year about green options for countertops. Go take a look and then compare them against the trends. I'm betting you can find one you love that fits both categories! 

25 September 2012

find it: create an eco-chic cozy home

Yearning for a cozy home for Fall and Winter, but with products that will make your home healthy and also leave a light footprint on the planet? Look no further. 

1 - eco-friendly setee from Pure by Ami McKay
2 - organic wool throw By Nord
3 - chic felt storage basket from recycled PET bottles, by The Lollipop Shoppe
4 - sustainable, natural cowhide from PURE
5 - natural tree stump bench from FSC certified wood, from Kalon Studios via All Modern
6 - sustainable and stylish wood desk from SlowWood
7 - bamboo globe from KILO ZULU
8 - 100% organic ikat sheet set from West Elm
9 - recycled wire floor lamp from EcoChic

23 September 2012

quick refresh: flower pot fix

I love the inexpensive Fall flowers you can get at the grocery store. I don't however, like the ugly plastic pots they come in. A quick and cheap fix is simply to wrap it in burlap and tie it with jute rope. Fits right into a natural look and dramatically refreshes a table or doorway. 

Hope you are enjoying Fall as much as I am! 

19 September 2012

room of the week: light and bright workspace

I'm drooling over this light, bright and calming room, which I am pinning as a favourite workspace to mimic one day. Not only is it black and white (which I am just slightly obsessed with) but it is simple and uncluttered, uses natural materials and has a ton of sunshine coming through. Perfection. 

bright home office
photo by Kira Brandt via 

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17 September 2012

quick refresh: mid mod footstool

If you visit much you know I love vintage seeking, especially for mid-century modern pieces. A while back I found a footstool that had lots of potential. A little paint on the legs, and new fabric stapled onto the bottom and I now have a refreshed mid mod stool. Easy peesy, right? 



diy footstool

14 September 2012

find it friday: fall tableware

On Monday I showed you my refreshed Fall table. Here are my sources, and a few others I'm swooning over as well. 

rattan place mats: Crate&Barrel / salt and pepper shakers: Crate&Barrel / water carafe: IKEA / dishware: West Elm / wood salad bowl: Crate&Barrel / cutting board: Indigo / oil infuser: the Bay / woven basket: Ten Thousand Villages / linen napkins: Etsy

12 September 2012

black and white day 19

I'm loving this renovated kitchen and living room in sleek black and white by Mango Design Co. The space is modern and clean-lined, but still exudes warmth with the wood floors and colourful accessories like books.  

Black, white, natural materials and books. Yup. My kind of home. 

All images via Mango Design Co. 

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9 September 2012

monday refresh: fall table setting

Check back for Find it Friday to see sources for my table and other lovely dining finds. 

6 September 2012

sticks and stones

The cheapest and most natural way to refresh your home for Fall? Bring the outdoors in.


Chelsea Atelier

Style At Home



Apartment Therapy

3 September 2012

school colours

Etsy / Etsy