Posts tagged ‘green’

April 10, 2012

Using Color in Your Home Interior: Green

by rebecca elisabeth design

Nature shows us that green is the ultimate neutral color. Any possible color you can imagine is shown in combination with green in the plant world. Think of your local florist and how spectacular their windows look teaming with the multitudes of colors, red, yellow, blue, etc. all supported by one shade of green or the other.

apple, aquamarine, chartreuse, emerald, firn,
grass green, jade, kelly green,
lime, mint, moss, olive
, pea green, pine, sage
sea green, seafoam, spring green

It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility; it suggests stability and endurance. The cool, tranquil effect of green makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep. On a subconscious level green is a restful color for the human eye, it can help to improve vision and creates a feeling of safety. However, sometimes green is associated with a lack of experience, envy and jealousy.

What color green are you attracted to?

  • Soft greens are restful and calming ideal for kids rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms for its relaxing and calming effects, however it is not good for skin color rendition so be sure that when used in bathrooms that it doesn’t reflect in the mirrors
  • Green works well with strong and vivid colors
  • Green appears rich when seen in velvets or silks
  • Watch for combining with red and avoid a Christmas themed room


Related articles:  Color Theory: Brighten Up With a Pop of Kelly GreenColor Theory Made Easy

December 15, 2010

Interior Design: Ditch the Mansion?

by rebecca elisabeth design

In this month’s green article, I can hardly believe I’m going to tell you the first rule of being green is living smaller, fewer resources for initial construction, less for maintenance and less for heating and cooling.  In the name of full disclosure, I need to mention that I have worked on some very large homes. One home was 14,000 sq.ft. and I had an incredible time working with the home owner to make it spectacular. If living ‘klein aber fein’ (small but spectacular) is difficult, and bigger is better for you, just go the extra mile and do as much green as you can.  In the large home I mentioned, we used sustainable woods for the over 1,000 linear feet of cabinetry in the home, solar roof, and instant hot water heaters, just to mention a few.

Luckily for the environment, urban living is on an upward trend, which means people are learning to live in smaller spaces. Interestingly though, according to TIME,  the size of new home construction square footage has increased from the 1,000 average sq.ft. in 1950 to 2,500 today, even thought the average household has gone from 3.4 to 2.6.   If you have decided you want to live smaller, don’t think you have to sacrifice on luxury, there are wonderful materials on the market that are green to help make your home special and unique to you.

So why do we need so much more space now? Please use the comment feature to tell us your thoughts on this.

October 26, 2010

Beautiful furnishings I saw at market.

by rebecca elisabeth design

Market comes but twice a year – typically spring and fall.  For those of you that don’t know what I mean when I say ‘market’, it is when trade-only design centers show their newest product and put on educational seminars for design professionals.  This is where interior designers can see new trends, expand their knowledge, and get inspired.  Interior designers in Southern Californians are a little spoiled, as we have access to some of the largest and best design centers in America. While I spent most of my short time at market this year in seminars, I was able to snap a few iPhone shots of some of the beautiful things that we, as design professionals, have access to, to create gorgeous unique designs for our clients.

#1 Fantastic Glam Chandalier and Bronze Sculpture - 2010 Market

Fantastic Glam Chandelier and Bronze Sculpture - 2010 Market

Wow, this chandelier (Fantastic Glam Chandelier and Bronze Sculpture – 2010 Market) – what a statement this would make in someones home. Thin chains hung from oval bands of dye-cut metal, drape luxuriously around the light source, creating amazing light and shadow patterns on the surrounding walls. The juxtaposition of this glam fixture paired with this organic edged walnut table with hammered metal legs is where design is headed. Mixing and matching vs. matchy matchy is the new way to go.

Ecletic Living Room - 2010 Market

Eclectic Living Room - 2010 Market

This living room is a classic beauty with clean lines, warm neutral coloring and easy style  would look great in many homes. While the furnishings are of the highest quality and look picture perfect, what’s really cool here is the rug.  I’ve included a close up of the rug in picture #3- [Detail of Rug from Eclectic Living Room – 2010 Market], the texture, warmth and intrigue this rug adds to the room is priceless.

Traditional Dining Set - 2010 Market

Traditional Dining Set - 2010 Market

While this photo [Traditional Dining Set – 2010 Market] isn’t super clear, don’t overlook the stunning turning on this inlay dining room table leg.  Plus, this 3 light chandelier is amazing for the traditionalist.

Dining Vignette - 2010 Market

Dining Vignette - 2010 Market

This final photo is a quaint little dining vignette with great art which makes the space pop.

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May 11, 2010

Forest Stewardship Council: what is it exactly?

by rebecca elisabeth design

The FSC – Forest Stewardship Council.

History – The council was formed in 1993 after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where many questions were left unresolved. It was formed in response to the failure of intergovernmental agencies to agree on a global forest compact. Now the FSC has national offices in more than 40 countries.

The goal – was to define the practice of forest management and create guidelines for logging that wouldn’t perpetuate habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples, and violence against people who work in the forest and the wildlife that dwells there. There is a certification process for forest land owners and a CoC (Chain of Custody) which traces the wood from the forest through all stages of processing and distribution.

How to buy – woods certified by the FSC bear the FSC logo. Large retailers like Home Depot and Lowes stock FSC products. For furnishings ask if FSC woods are being used. Watch out for green washing which is where products claim to be green but don’t have what it takes to back it up.

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April 30, 2010

Green Washing in San Diego and the World

by rebecca elisabeth design

Companies or products that aggrandize their environmental practices or a product’s attributes are common place in this new eco-driven era. So, how do you look for green washing?

The entire product must be considered to be truly green and not just greenwashed. Consider the following:

  • Where is it made and therefore how far must it be shipped?
  • Does it use one or all renewable components and where are they from?
  • How is the product packaged – is that environmentally friendly?
  • Is there some sort of certification associated with the product such as: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), LCA (life-cycle assessment). EPD (environmental product declaration), etc?
  • What is the lifespan of the product?
  • Is there a recycling or disposal program for the product?
  • What kind of maintenance is needed to keep this product performing as intended?
  • Do the parts, that may need replacing, have a detrimental environmental impact?

This may sound like a daunting task with everything else we need to take care of in our lives. While many products may not meet all of the above expectations, of course the more items you can check off the better. But know, more and more products are meeting these standards due to improved regulations and demand, but they will need our support to succeed.

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.

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