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Grass Roots Green: Humble Things in Nature Can ‘Make’ a Room

Posted By Cheryl Terrace On September 24, 2009 @ 4:00 pm In Eco Decorating, Green Living | No Comments

cropped2ndblogI have always been a frugalista, eco-fashionista, and precycler — I just didn’t know the labels! Eco thinking is embodied in my everyday behavior and the natural way I have always designed spaces, which I refer to as conscious design [1]. Having elements from nature in a home environment signals a presence of life supporting systems, which inherently give us a feel-good-green-vibe. The good news (really good news these days) is that it is not expensive; in fact, it’s often free!

People have been using plants, flowers, rocks, branches and shells since time immemorial to bring the beauty of nature indoors. One of my favorite tables is a tree stump. I’ve created hanging rods from elegant branches and have even wrapped the standpipe in my 1930s bathroom in birch bark to mimic a tree. Sometimes the most humble items turn out to be our most prized possessions. After all, how many bowls of fruit have been painted in history?

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Behold, my beloved tree stump table

We all have the ability to connect with our homes in an enriching and healthy way without spending a lot of money, especially now when many of us are spending more time at home given the ‘economic climate’ (or whatever the euphemism of the day is). It is a time to make home matter. Call it Grass Roots Green, Eco Chic Elements, Super Groovy Sustainable … There’s no lack of terms these days. It’s just about connecting to a bigger picture to honor the majesty of our Earth. Make your own eco statement.


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