9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: air quality, beauty products, bedding, carpet, chemicals, cleaners, clutter, Cosmetics, decor, detox, dirt, dry cleaning, family, flooring, food containers, furniture, green, home, house, indoor pollution, natural, organic, paint, personal care, plants, resolutions, spring cleaning, take off shoes, toxic, toxins, VOCs, window, winter

Woman cleaning the kitchen

You’ve had “spring cleaning” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation and yoga, now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality. Consider this: The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home, so you and your family and enjoy a healthier spring:

Romancing the Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | February 11th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: bedding, bedroom makeover, blankets, Cheryl Terrace, decor, decorating, Feng Shui, furniture, green home, interior design, love, organic, pillows, Relationships, romance, sex, sheets, sleep, Valentines Day

Romantic bedroomIt’s that romantic time of year again. As a holistic interior designer, I think this is perfect time to ask, “What kind of relationship are you having with your home?” As with true love, we know that home is much more than just a physical connection. I believe that if you treat your home as you treat your sweetest lover, you experience a deeper connection to your surroundings and —  ultimately — to yourself.

The most logical place to start this process is in the bedroom. Is your bedroom conducive to romance? In the homes I visit, this room, sadly, is often the least sexy of spaces.

Free to a Weird Home

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | October 18th, 2010 | 9 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living | tags: consumerism, disposable, DIY, Dumpster diving, environment, freecycle, furniture, home furnishing, paint, reclaimed, recycling, reuse. refinish, roadside, salvage, upcycling

Purple chair on the side of the road

I’m so busted. By the moms at my kids’ school. My neighbors. People in passing cars.

But I couldn’t help myself. It was perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. And there for the taking.

I looked to my right. My left. All clear. Grabbed it.

Beyond Material: What Makes Eco-Furniture Sustainable

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | November 4th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bamboo, carbon offset, eco-friendly furniture, eco-furniture, efficient shipping, FSC certified, furniture, green design, green furniture, home furnishings, multi-functional, recyclable, sustainable, sustainable furniture, transport

When I saw Artek's 10-Unit System, I also started to think that one piece of furniture is enough.

Artek's 10-Unit System Chair raises the cool factor (and wow factor) of sustainable design.

Think of sustainable home furnishings, and the words bamboo, recycled soda bottles and FSC-certified probably come to mind.

Makes sense. I mean, the material of a product is the easiest eco-criteria to evaluate. But lately I’ve been curious about the not-so-obvious qualities of a product that could make it a more sustainable choice — things like function, transport and recyclability.

Living Roundup: Mother’s Day, Prenatal Yoga, & More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 9th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: biodegradable, furniture, garden, mothers-day, obama, oil, organic, prenatal, the-office, vegetable, Yoga

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