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Green Decorating 72 Ideabooks

When LEDs (light-emitting diodes) came on the market, people were slow to use them at home, because the lights tended to give off a bluish-white hue. Today that has all changed. Advancements in technology mean that LEDs can produce that warm, yellow light many homeowners prefer in their living spaces. Though...
6 Tips From a Nearly Zero-Waste Home
When Bea Johnson downsized from a 3,000-square-foot home to a 1,400-square-foot one in Mill Valley, California, she set her goals at zero. In the book Zero Waste Home, she...
Dumpster Decorating: Furnishing Your Home With Repurposed Pieces
I must confess that Castle is one of my favorite TV shows. Great writing, well-conceived stories, hunky star — everything a girl could want. Mikey loves it, too (at least the great writing and story part). Anyway, a recent...
5 Things LEED Interior Designers Want You to Know
If you are interested in going greener at home, you have likely run into the term "LEED" or "LEED Certified." LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program developed by the U.S. Green...
Houzz Tour: Sustainable, Comfy Living in 196 Square Feet
Chris and Malissa Tack didn't think they were living in excess. Content in their 800-square-foot apartment, they had everything they wanted. But a spontaneous crash course in small living changed their minds....
Vinegar and Voilà: Clean Your House the Natural Way
Many homeowners strive for a healthier home — whether that means choosing ecofriendly materials for a remodel or greener products for everyday life. For me, finding healthier, more effective and budget-friendly cleaning alternatives is at the top of...
Easy Green: Big and Small Ways to Be More Water-Wise at Home
With warmer temperatures and less rainfall in many regions, summer is a great time to get serious about conserving water. Whether your goal is to help your community during a time of drought, keep pollution out of waterways, or save money on your home...
Detox Your Kitchen for the Healthiest Cooking
Most of us strive to fill our kitchen with the healthiest foods possible for ourselves and our families. But many of us don't stop to think about potential health hazards in our kitchen itself. Improperly vented gas stoves, Teflon-coated pans...
Sleep Happier and Healthier in a Toxin-Free Bedroom
We spend 30 to 40 percent of our time in the bedroom, according to the American Time Use Survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ideally, it’s where our bodies and minds rest and rejuvenate, and where we...
Build Your Own Wooden Deck Chair From a Pallet — for $10!
The days of old iron patio furniture are behind us. We're all about going green and reclaiming materials for new purposes! Today the possibilities with pallets are endless, and the materials are often free. If you've got access to pallet wood and
Bamboo Products — Earth Friend or Foe?
Bamboo was first found and used in China about 5,000 years ago. Technically classified as a grass, it grows faster than any other woody plant in the world. Since bamboo also needs few pesticides and fertilizers and little irrigation, it has become a popular...
Go Cuckoo for Coconut Furniture and Surfaces
When I first came across coconut as a furniture material several years ago, the idea absolutey intrigued me. Coconut shell and palm wood are normally industry by-products, typically either burned or thrown into landfills. But a number of manufacturers...
Uncover Your Junk's Hidden Decorating Potential — Scads of DIY Ideas
There is so much to be said for using old stuff instead of heading to the store every time the mood to decorate strikes. First, it's environmentally friendly and much easier on the pocketbook. But do-gooding aside, homes that incorporate old or odd items...
Easy Green: 23 Ways to Reduce Waste at Home
We all know that growing landfill mass and, sadly, even trash floating out at sea are real issues, but it can be hard to know where to start if you want to make a difference. Thankfully, it's actually quite easy to cut way down on your household trash...
Easy Green: Cut Electricity Use With 15 Unplugged Home Devices
Whether you want to slash your energy bill, go greener or just be more prepared next time the power goes out, these hand-cranked and other human-powered household items will help you get the job done in style. From the sleek and innovative to time-tested...
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