Dining & Wine
Serena & Lily
Bring a touch of Africa into your home with the Swaziland Collection at Serena & Lily. No matter if you have modern or traditional decor, these eco-friendly pieces from Serena and Lily are sure to take your home to a new level. With a purchase of these items you are also supporting the economic prosperity of local artisans in Swaziland. However, you do not need to stop there. Serena and Lily provide you with stories of their trips to countries within Africa.
To see more of the Swaziland Collection, click here.
To learn more about the Artisans they met along the way, click here.
To explore more collections from Africa at Serena & Lily, click here.
By Birungi Ives
Tapping into Ferngully
Seed to Stem, a botanical art boutique based out of Sterling Massachusetts, is working on “connecting humans to their roots” in a variety of ways. Their unique design style has caught the eye of many (including yours truly) and is ripe with a potential that is bound to flourish.
"Seed to Stem celebrates the beauty and perfection of the natural world. We would love to share our love of nature with you! We hope our offerings and services will add beauty, joy, nature, and style to your life.
Offering: terrariums, container gardens, plants, antiquities and oddities, art, vintage items, home decor items, our own crafts, and everything else we love!
Our services include: terrarium and plant delivery, interior home decorating and staging, interior plant design, exterior landscape design, exquisite fresh floral design for weddings, events, and parties, and terrarium/container garden workshops!"
Walking through one of their shops, you feel transported to a magical realm of baby green ferns and soft mossy hues. Treasures are scattered among vibrant plant life, as if you have landed in Ferngully. You could easily spend an entire day in constant awe. Personally, I was ready to set up a hammock, grab a few necessities and move right in. I’d be a happy woman.
Artistic innovation and a clear vision has led Seed to Stem to where they are today. With such creatively green thumbs the business will surely be well tended as it blossoms into the future. Have a look at what they’ve been up to and see for yourself. The best part is, you can take a bit of the magic home in the form of one of their beautiful creations.
I did.Article by Haley Ann O'neil
Where Art Meets Architecture
When it comes to your dream house, look no further than the work of Clark Sanders. His innovative work marries art and architecture to create masterpieces of form and function. Each home is custom–designed using a wide array of sustainable, locally–sourced products such as straw, adobe, stone, plaster, and reclaimed or recycled wood. Many of his homes feature posts and beams from fallen barns, fusing old and
new into incredible sculptures that are filled with a one of a kind, environmentally conscientious character.
Sanders is located near the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York, and has been designing and building with alternative products since the 1970’s. He is well known for having built the first legally permitted straw bale building in the country in 1989.
Straw bale homes are a cost effective alternative to mainstream buildings, saving in construction as well as heating and cooling costs. They have evolved from what were make–shift shelters in the 1800’s into the magnificent pieces of artistic engineering we see in Clark Sanderson’s work today. As he states on his website, "Ultimately if we (the client and I), have done our job well, we will have sculpted a home which embraces, soothes and protects the occupants
while providing refuge from the inherent stresses of life".
To learn more about Clark Sanders work visit his website Here.
You can also read “In the Catskills, Building Stone by Stone, Bale by Bale” in the Home and Garden section of the New York Times featuring Clark Sanders.
Article By Haley Ann O'Neil
Touching History and Being In Touch
The magic of time has always enchanted me. Old People, old treasures, old stories they all have attracted me with the lingering residue of lives lived and time past. This very attraction for the ancient, the sacred and the aging has carried me towards my passion for conservation. The preservation of the environment, the grasp to maintain and gain cultural identity, the need to protect sacred sites is all a part of my desire to hold a space of honor for our ancestors and all the magic of the earth around us.
I have spent time caring for my elders, related and not. I have listened to their stories, shared some of my own, swapped recipes and shared meals. I spent time laughing with them and time crying and all through those moments I was honored by their wisdom, grace and abilities to see life with the clarity only time can give you. I urge you to reach out to your elders.
I have collected treasures along the journey of my life. Old books, pictures, statues, jewelery, clothes, letters, all with the imagination of their history. Thinking of the unique journey of things. Antique shops, yard sales, flea markets, all holding the lost artifacts from owners come and gone. What a blessing to behold these things, a moment in their life. Yet even better was always to receive these treasures as a gift. I think of my grandmothers engagement ring, my grandfathers hat, a set of short stories from a dear friend, all with added meaning for me as they carry the memory of my love for the givers. Go out and seek treasures, give gifts and you shall receive them. Old stories have always fascinated me. The memories we hold with us,the smells and the tastes. The love and laughter and the magical moments of connection. I often ask people what their childhood was like, a request to travel with them down memory lane. I think of cool damp woods and chocolate colored salamanders scurrying under rocks. I think of dress up and tea parties and my mother singing Moon River as the fan blew warm summer air around my room. That curious light of afternoon naps and the dreams I held so close to reality. What was your childhood like?
When I share with people my passions for sustainability, sacred site protection, support of green industry, recycling, honoring our heritage and our histories, I am talking about honoring connection. Honoring the sacredness of life itself and the value of our own existence, and our own power. We can change life around us simply by tuning in, being in touch. Reaching out to our family and neighbors, connecting and sharing. Buying treasures with past lives, bringing an artifact of time into our lives rather than going out and buying a brand new one. The simple step of using what is already here can make your life richer, both in dollars and character and bring the new adventure of the hunt back to you.
Honoring and connecting with history, the World’s History and your own will help you to tune into the beauty around you, the potential within you and the value of time and being in touch. The root of this conservation and sustainability effort is a conscious people, with the insight to care for the earth and its inhabitants and the respect to celebrate while we do, as I believe all these moments are a gift.
Article by Haley Ann O'neil
Restoration Hardware has been the go to place for beautiful housewares, furniture and gifts. But don't forget the Restoration in Restoration Hardware. There are many antique pieces that Restoration Hardware has beautiful restored by restoration experts around the world. Rather than manufacturing a brand new piece of furniture, it is in our global best interest to invest in pieces that already exist. In doing so, you cut down on the waste associated with the manufacturing process. So think outside the box. The best things in life are not always brand new! Visit www.restorationhardware.com to learn more.
Originally used to ferry goods across a 1930s Lancashire, England, cotton mill floor, these vintage originals have the patina of an industrial antique. $995.00
Plover Organic offers beautiful textiles from crib bedding to tableware and euro shams to bed sheets made of 100% Organic Cotton. Confetti is my favorite pattern, with its modern whimsical touch. But they offer more traditional patterns along side their more contemporary patterns. They have styles to cover all taste. So please feel free to visit at www.ploverorganic.com .
Kerry Washington’s Eco Pad
As featured in the June 2009 issue of O Magazine, Kerry’s apartment went under an eco overhaul after designer Danny Seo quite simply stated, “...her apartment was ugly and not even functional”. Kerry had moved into an apartment after the break up with her former fiancé. And people, we all know what it means to recoup from a major life change like a break-up! Girl needed to get her head together before she could get her pad together. Makes sense to me!! Throwing herself into her work was one of the ways she chose to get through a tough time in her life. But as the fog lifts, you can see your space for what it truly is and that is when she called on Danny. Making use of organic textiles, recycled materials, bold colors and prints and compact fluorescent lighting, Kerry’s apartment went from Drab to Eco Fab. She now has a place that reflects her eco-friendly sensibilities, with a Kitchen that sports energy efficient appliances, an office with Gorgeously GREEN Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)- Free paint color and in the bedroom a climbing frame for her dog covered in a flea market found Peruvian rug (Only $15!!!)! That is just to mention a few of the updates! Kerry now has an eco-friendly space to truly call home!
Kerry in her New Kitchen
Kerry's Bedroom Before
Kerry's Bedroom After
Kerry's Kitchen Before
Kerry's Kitchen After
Kerry's Balcony Before
Kerry's Balcony After
Kerry's Office Before
Kerry's Office After
Kerry's Living Room Before
Kerry's Living Room After
Kerry's Driftwood Mirror In Bathroom
All Photos Courtesy of Grey Crawford at Oprah.com
The Drip Table
Born in Mexico in 1974, Emiliano Godoy is an industrial designer from Pratt Institute’s graduate program (New York), with a BA degree in industrial design from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City) and furniture design studies from the Danish Design School (Copenhagen).
As the designer of this beautiful table, he expresses his commitment to the welfare of our planet by using FSC certified thinning teak. Grown by Proteak, a Renewable Forestry organization, this young teakwood is removed from these new sustainable forests to make room for maturing trees. As this wood is harvested in small formats it is unable to be used by normal woodworking factories. So, ingeniously, Emiliano made use of these remnants to build his beautifully designed “Drip Table”. The “Drip Table” is manufactured by Proteak and Priwi, a fine furniture brand based in Mexico and committed to the sustainable design and green manufacturing of high quality beautiful furniture.
Design: Emiliano Godoy, 2009
Materials: FSC certified young teak
Dimensions: 75 x 210 x 100 cm
Now you cannot get more luxurious than leather flooring. However, with the use of vintage belts, TING takes flooring to a new eco-friendly level. Equally fitting in a modern and traditional setting, this flooring adds texture, a vintage patina, visual interest and character to your floors. With all of these attributes, TING leather flooring is a stylish foundation for your eco-friendly lifestyle. For more information, please visit www.tinglondon.com!
11101 State Route One
P.O. Box 845
Point Reyes Station, CA
As the founder of Coyuchi, Christine Nielson, started a company that is not only earth friendly through the use of ethically manufactured organic cotton for its bedding, bathwear, sleepwear, babywear and accessories; it is also working towards the organic manufacturing of all cotton worldwide.
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Minelola, New York 11501
We exist to create interest and excitement around renewable materials and sustainable practices; we do that with original design innovation and imagination.
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35 Miller Avenue #192
Mill Valley, CA 94941
2Modern features the most talented and innovative international designers of modern
furniture, modern lighting, hip personal accessories, art, & eco-friendly products for
your home and office. 2Modern|eco is proud to support the world of sustainable
design. Whether featuring reclaimed wood, recycled parts, or fair-trade certification,
we have identified the most talented sustainable designers of modern furniture,
lighting and accessories who seamlessly integrate form, function, and 'eco-
ABC Carpet and Home
ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway @ east 19th Street
New York, NY 10003
212 473 3000
ABC Home's mission is to serve by manifesting a retail paradigm shift in which we
compose a revolutionary platform for offering cause related product through beauty,
experience and magic, in order to guide you to creatively express your individuality,
values and to actualize your home as a sacred space.