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Country Living: My Summer of Love and Learning to Let Go

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | September 7th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Eco Travel, Green Living, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: community, control freak, control issues, eco party planning, eco-design, green parties, happiness, happy, home, hospitality, humanely raised, Leonard Cohen quote, letting go, local farms, love, meat, nature, neighbors, perfection, perfectionist, summer, sustainable, the country, the unexpected, upcycling, vegetarian, vegetarianism, welcome

Cheryl and AndyThis summer I’ve spent a good deal of time upstate in the Catskills where my boyfriend manages a 2,000-acre estate. (Two and a half times the size of Central Park!) This Gilded Age estate includes a once grand 20,000-sq-ft mansion and riding stables. Needless to say, it’s paradise for me, Nature Gal. The abundant wildlife (including bobcat and bear), fresh air, pure spring water and total lack of light pollution has me ‘blissed out in the boonies.’ I believe nature is our ultimate healer, which is the reason I incorporate all things natural into my design work. And I have never felt healthier or happier in my whole life than I have this summer, enveloped in this magical kingdom.

Don’t Recycle That! 5 Cool DIY Upcycling Websites

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | November 26th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: artistic, arts and crafts, cereal box, crafting, crafts, creative, Danny Seo, DIY, garbage, handmade gifts, homemade gifts, recycle, recycling bin, reduce, reuse, trash to treasure, upcycle, upcycling

I’ve always been a huge recycler, even fishing through other people’s trashcans at work as a kind of self-proclaimed recycling police.

But you won’t find me digging in the trash anymore. Instead, I am bin-diving into the recyclables on an almost-daily basis — hunting for a new toy, utensil holder, coloring book, snack dispenser or anything else my little family and I might need.

Free to a Weird Home

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | October 18th, 2010 | 8 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.