Archive for March, 2010

March 30, 2010

paints that won’t endanger your health

by rebecca elisabeth design

According to the EPA, indoor air is 3x more polluted than outdoor air and is one of the top 5 hazards to human health.  Paints and finishes are among the leading causes due to their VOC emissions.

VOCs – volatile organic (don’t let this word fool you) compounds are additives that at normal temperatures, pressure, humidity, etc. can emit gasses that negatively affect air quality and can contribute to the greenhouse effect. Measured in grams per liter, the lower the number the fewer VOCs

3 categories of paints and a few brands that have lines of paints in the category listed:

  • Natural Paints – safest for health, made from natural ingredients such as milk, bees’ wax, earth and mineral dyes, plant oils, water, etc.

  • Zero VOC – less than 5 grams/liter  ** note adding a color tint can bring the VOC level up to 10 grams/liter;  may contain biocides and fungicides with VOCs

  • Low VOC –  less than 200 grams/liter;  no or very low levels of heavy metals and formaldehyde; 300 grams/liter for varnishes

For brands you are familiar with that fall within these categories please visit – Earth Easy if you don’t see your favorite brand here, check out their web site, as brands can be region specific.

March 6, 2010

how do u feel about designer purchasing

by rebecca elisabeth design

Below is great caption that I found, which eloquently explains the value designers bring to the purchasing process.  In an article, by Gail Dolby on Decorati, geared toward designers, on adapting to the ever-changing and internet savvy consumer, she also takes time to address consumer concerns.

… Consumers: Ask your designers how they handle purchasing and mark-ups. Designers work very hard to create a fabulous result for you, and if they do purchasing on your behalf, it is a valuable service that saves you time and expensive mistakes. Most designers take care of problems that you don’t know about and just make it right for you at their expense…
full article

March 4, 2010

tract home bathroom make over

by rebecca elisabeth design

In this tract home, located in Carlsbad, CA (San Diego area) a bland, washed out bath was converted to an intriguing blend of warm finishes. On a tight $25,000 budget,  the home owners wanted design consultation on how to spruce up their master bath.  Like many tract homes they had the typical ugly oak cabinets with white tile countertops. For a quick face lift we replaced the face-frame cabinets with a more contemporary frameless cabinet stained in ebony. Flooring was replaced with warm granite. Glass tile backsplash and accents were added to the tub and shower to add interest and a splash of color.  See the before and after:

master bath BEFORE & AFTER

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