Eco-friendly Updates for a Tired Old Bathroom, Part 1

Many of us have them…ugly, outdated bathrooms that oftentimes include damaged or disintegrating components.  When it’s time to give your bathroom a face lift, there are several things that can be done to bring your bath into the 21st century. Some ideas are easy and inexpensive to implement, while others are a bit more involved.

Treat your Windows to Natural Fiber Shades

Looking for a decorative and eco-friendly solution to control sunlight and heat in your home?  One option is to use window shades and draperies made from natural fibers, such as reeds, grasses and hemp, without the use of chemicals, dyes or other harsh processing.  An amazing variety of styles and natural hues are available to […]

Recycled Materials + Concrete = Cool Countertops

Looking for a modern, green countertop for your kitchen or bath?  Many durable, eco-friendly options are now available that will transform the look of your space.  Some forward-thinking manufacturers, here in the U.S., are adding a waste product, fly ash, to increase the green quotient of concrete and cement (most of which is not energy-intensive […]

Green Ways To Give New Life To Recycled Furniture

The following is a guest post by Caroline Smith of, where you can find a selection of bar stools made from recycled or sustainably-sourced materials. Since I moved to my new house I’ve been concentrating on redecorating one room at a time, as my budget allows.  Furnishing a room from scratch can be expensive, […]

Eco-friendly Butcher Block Countertops

The timeless look of butcher block in the kitchen has a new, modern twist.  Creative options include the use of eco-friendly FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) woods, reclaimed woods, local hardwoods, bamboo, and even recycled paper composites. These countertops are sure to have a great impact in your kitchen with unique details including inlays, accent stains, […]

Why Conserve Water?

Fresh water is a scarce resource, only 1% of the water on this planet is usable.A recent government survey showed at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013. By using water more efficiently, we can help preserve water supplies for future generations, save money, and protect the environment. We […]

Caulk, Sealants, and Adhesives that Won’t Jeopardize Indoor Air Quality

Maintaining indoor air quality is an important aspect of living “green”, and who doesn’t want clean air to breathe anyway?  VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than […]

Easy, Green Kitchen and Bath Makeover Tips

Want a new look for your kitchen, or bath, that won’t break the bank, yet still have a high impact?  The most eco-friendly way to redecorate any room in your home is by working with what you already have, as much as possible.  You don’t need to tear out the old to create a fresh, […]

Beautiful Backsplashes

Looking to spruce up your kitchen or bath?  One high-impact, do-it-yourself project is to install glass tiles to your backsplash.  These unique tiles will add sparkle and color to any room.  Of course, you are only limited by your imagination, as these tiles are perfect for indoors and out.  They’ll add instant character to fireplace […]

Non-toxic, Natural Cleaning Products, Part II

Last week, I began a series of posts about homemade, natural cleaning products.  The first post divulged the many varied uses for vinegar.  Here, I’ll be touting the cleaning power of baking soda.  Its mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a must-have alternative to commercial scouring powders.

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