This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

created at: 03/13/2012

Over at EcoSalon this past month – where Shelter is where the heart is and the green is always greener – we obsessed over Pantone in theory (the app) vs. practice (the hotel); celebrated Valentine’s Day like practical gals and fixed up a broken heart; font-renewed and blissed out; voyeured our way into the homes of some of our favorite design bloggers and curators and prodded the real life ethics of one of America’s most up-and-coming box store furniture purveyors. Continue Reading

Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest

created at: 12/09/2011

created at: 12/09/2011This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they’d like to receive this year. Today, we’re excited to welcome Cambria Bold, the managing editor of our favorite green and sustainable design blog, Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest.

As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my husband.    Continue Reading

Clipped: Inspiration from around the Web

Curbly’s Clippings section is a trove of user-gathered design inspiration. Check it out if your looking for some ideas, or create an account and get started saving your own clippings! Here are some of my recent favorites:

Pendant lamps array

Wood paneling in a bathroom

Sustainable Malibu house

Pendant lamp

Patterned fabric

Want more pictures? Try browsing the clippings by tag. Try all ‘Green’ clippings

Green clippings

Or, how about everything tagged ‘Modern’:

Modern clippings

If you find something really cool, let us know in the comments!

5 Tips for a Green Workspace!

created at: 01/14/2011

Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves.  Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier!   Continue Reading

Awesome Upcycling Ideas for Your Post-Holiday Garbage

 

Credit: Gregor Schuster [http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/88511457/Photographers-Choice-RF]

As you spend the next two days perfecting your wrapping skills consider the end use of the paper, tissue, ribbons, etc. Do your part in keeping the Earth clean as well by upcycling! Check out following upcycling ideas from The E Advisor Blog and turn your trash into treasure!  

  1. Origami: You can make an origami wrapping paper ornament, or search for other creative origami projects.
  2. Confetti: Package future gifts and gift baskets, such as Easter baskets, with colorful confetti.
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Super Cool New Green Gadgets

Credit: Jack Bloom [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-bloom/4940837251/]Not everyone can completely redesign their home to be 100% energy-efficient, but there are a number of products that can help us track and manage our energy consumption. These gadgets are awesome! created at: 11/14/2010created at: 11/14/2010created at: 11/14/2010created at: 11/14/2010created at: 11/14/2010created at: 11/14/2010created at: 11/14/2010

 

created at: 11/14/2010The Belkin Conserve Smart Energy-Saving Power Strip is a “smart” power strip that cuts all power to devices non-energy needing devices, while continuing to supply electricity to things low-awareness devices, like DVRs. When the TV is turned off the strip knows to shut off power to other devices (DVD player, home-theater system) that are plugged into it as well, avoiding “vampire” power leakage ($30).     Continue Reading

Trailer Living Off the Grid In Style

created at: 2009-11-03

Never say never, as in “You’d never catch me dead living in a trailer!” I’d gladly haul this little 350 square foot, fully sustainable vacay home around the country. It would beat timeshares and hotel bills. The only one of its kind ever built, this wind and solar powered trailer is being sold for a mere $100,000. It offers off-grid living in modern style, comfort and convenience. It even has a loft for some occasional ‘alone time’. Continue Reading

Earthbag Homes

The first time I read about earthbag homes, I had to repeat the ‘bag’ part a few times. Bags? Seriously? Yup. Basically, they’re stacked sandbags (which could be filled with a variety of materials) that are subsequently plastered over. One of their biggest proponents is Dr. Owen Geiger, who is the former director of Builders Without Boarders and founder of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building. His contention is that earthbag homes are one of the most practical and easy-to-assemble types of construction in the world. Continue Reading