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Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design

Vanessa from Turquoise in LA wants to tell us about new book she’s loving so I’m handing the mic over to her for a moment… Take it away, V!

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design
By: Vanessa De Vargas

I am so happy to blog about Ecologique “The Style of Sustainable Design” a new self-published book by interior designer Kelly LaPlante of Organic Interior Design. Kelly LaPlante is an eco designer located in Venice Beach, CA. Kelly?s retail store and design firm showcases custom eco-friendly furnishings while mixing recycled and vintage pieces. Her new coffee table book is a wonderful display of how green design looks polished and oh so chic! The many pages are filled with impressive images from classic style to tradition to eclectic and is printed on acid-free paper with soy-based ink.

The book is available through Organic Interior Design and 100% of the proceeds go to Global Green the national green resource center and The Blank Theatre Company, a playhouse in Los Angeles – which are both very important causes to Kelly. The book is $50 (or $55 including shipping) and all orders can be placed right here.

Just a couple months ago Kelly designed suites at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and in Washington in partnership with Lexus Hybrid. Her classic design merged perfectly with the style and sophistication of the history of the hotel. In my opinion I have seen a lot of green design and I can fully say that Kelly not only has the eye for interiors but she has the knowledge to showcase exactly how eco design can look timeless and refined. For more design inspiration please check out her website.

And if you’re interested in more sustainable design, be sure you check out upcoming appearances of Kelly on Discovery Home Channel?s Greenovate and Sundance Channels Big Ideas for a Small Planet!

Vanessa De Vargas

Posted in Books + Magazines on July 07, 2008

Rubie Green {eco-friendly fabric}

I recently mentioned Rubie Green when I wrote New Revolution of Decorating on 6/2, but at that time her website wasn’t up and running. Things have changed! Ez recently told me that the site is now live so I thought I’d share the news.

If you recall, Rubie Green is a small fabric company based out of New York owned by former Domino magazine assistant Michelle Adams. When Michelle was working on their green issue, she realized that very few companies made eco-friendly textiles in classic prints at that time. Seeing an opportunity to combine her twin passions of interior design and sustainability, Michelle left Domino in 2007 to launch Rubie Green.

Michelle is also a blogger… I really liked her bicycle post (love this J Crew photo above) and to learn that some of the photographs on her website were taken in Boston. Yay Boston!

(images from rubie green and jcrew)

Posted in Objects on July 07, 2008

Trine Thorsen Photography + Rom123 {Norway}

One of my favorite things to do is to spotlight photographers that I love. Today I’d like to show you the work of Norwegian photographer Trine Thorsen. She has a great eye for photographing food, lifestyle, fashion and interiors as I’m sure you’ll agree. Here are some of my favorites from her dazzling portfolio. So much color, warmth and texture here, simply dreamy… A nice way to kick off a new week after a long holiday weekend, don’t you think? I love seeing fresh new interiors.

I discovered Trine’s work via Hei Astrid, a lovely blogger based in Bergen, Norway. Astrid took her readers on a little tour of Trine’s home as featured in Rom123, a design magazine in Norway. Rom123, despite my inability to understand a single word of their website, has some beautiful images if you feel like clicking around over there today. It looks like a really nice interiors magazine. Here are a few inspiring interiors and a few dresser DIY ideas that you may like. Check out those funky knobs!

What do you think of the styles shown above? Do these looks appeal to you? What elements do you like or dislike?

(images from trine thorsten and rom123)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on July 07, 2008

Sanctuary {Austin}

I was so pleased when Hanna Curran from Sanctuary in Austin, Texas wrote to me over the weekend. Sanctuary is a new boutique dedicated to timeless, beautiful, and unique gifts — mostly collected from emerging designers from around the world. Hanna believes in the beauty of simplicity and that objects should be indulgent, functional and affordable.

One very encouraging point Hanna made was when she mentioned how many of her ideas for Sanctuary came from reading decor8. It’s always so exciting to hear from readers and to learn about the projects that you are working on that involve doing what you love. I receive so many emails from readers who have either set up shop, started their own blog, left a job that they hated to pursue their own business… All of these goals take guts to set and achieve but you are all making it happen on a constant basis! I can’t help but feel proud of each one of you and how we come together through blogs to help motivate one another to action.

All of the blogs out there in our great community help to contribute to the progress people are making as they work towards their dreams. And not all these dreams include shop ownership, some write in showing a chair they’ve reupholstered or an art wall they’ve created using prints discovered on their favorite blogs. It makes my day to read emails like this, that’s why I try to share what readers are doing from time to time, such as Hanna’s new shop in Austin. Congratulations Hanna on your gorgeous new store!

(images from sanctuary)

Posted in Shop Tours on July 07, 2008


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