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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Earth Day Plans Anyone?

Becky

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Earth Day is April 22nd. Do you have any plans? Have you done much to live a more sustainable lifestyle this year? What have you done lately? I’m not the most aggressive tree hugger, but I do try. Most recently I realized my toilet was leaking and got it fixed. This doesn’t seem like much, but it keeps an unbelievable amount of water from being wasted.* The water company dude pleaded with me to save money by trying to fix it myself, but clearly he did not know he was dealing with the world’s worst D.I.Y.er. Sometimes you have to know when to suck it up and pay a trip fee. We’ve been through so many droughts here in Atlanta since I moved here ten years ago that I am pretty careful about conserving water.

Anyway, I found this part of The Earth Day site where you can check out all of the Earth Day events and see what’s going on in your city. You can also make up your own event, and you can pledge to do an Act of Green. It’s kind of fun and little things count. Some of the things people are pledging include:

  • Going paperless with bills
  • Eating More Local Food
  • Bringing Reusable Bags to the Grocery Store
  • Shorter Showers
  • Converting every last light bulb to LED
  • Banning plastic water bottles from their homes
  • Using a clothesline whenever possible
  • Buying a the most fuel efficient car possible
  • Replacing appliances with more energy efficient ones.

These were just some of the ones that were in between total, total DUHS and totally insane. I mean really, if you’re not already turning off the lights when you leave a room, get with the program! Same with those of you who don’t bring your own bags to the store. I mean, one genius wrote “Don’t Litter.” Really Don Draper? You’re still littering? Don’t you give a hoot?

So, is there anything you can do to improve the planet, from wasting less to hitting a beach clean up? You certainly don’t have to do it on Earth Day proper, it’s just a good excuse to think about it and make plans.

*Regarding leaky toilets, most local utility companies will provide you with a free test kit to see if yours is leaking. They also provide kits for saving more water per plush as well (basically, you can accomplish the same thing by placing a brick in the toilet tank.

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Environmental Tuesday: Reclaimed Vintage Lighting

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jenn Ryan of Reclaimed Lighting here in Atlanta and seeing her work used throughout her beautiful home. Jenn tracks down vintage bubbled glass mason jars and turns them into unique light fixtures. Check out the chandelier in her dining room:

Also, she created similar fixtures as pendant lights in her kitchen:

More information on Jennifer and her amazing light fixtures is here. She collects all kinds of vintage pieces to turn into lights, not just mason jars. I can’t wait to see what she finds next!

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Environmental Tuesday: Restyling

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While a a few of us would have recognized this yucko chair as totally tubular in its bones, one look at that gross upholstery that was dragging it down may have sent us straight to the curb with it.

I don’t know if I ever could have imagined it looking as fabulous as Jordan Cappella made it though! Check out what a few zigs and zags can do:

Check out the full post here, and the rest of Jordan’s blog to see what he did with another vintage chair and a yard or two of Trina Turk fabric! Oh, and by they way, the framed wallpaper was leftover from a design he did for a client. Waste not, want not! He had Home Depot match paint to the background color of the wallpaper and used it to paint the walls, Brilliant!

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Mondrian Shelves

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For this week’s Flickr fave of the week, I am loving these floating shelves from Jeremy Levine Design. I’m also digging the way they used the stacking shelves on the left side. Thanks for adding it to our Fresh New Spaces Group!

By the way, this was an addition and remodel to a residence. The house was built around three trees and includes: grey water recycling, storm water capture, recycled coal fly ash concrete, solar energy, recycled lumber, passive cooling, thermal rock wall, and mobile shade panels.

Office of floating shelves

Photographer: Tom Fowlkes

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Friday, January 28th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: A Mod Modular

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kitHAUS K1+K2, Santa Barbara

I couldn’t help but notice the new additions to our Fresh New Spaces Group from kitHAUS.

kitHAUS K1+K2, Santa Barbara

It made me want to know more about this project, like is it prefab? What green technologies were used? What is the rest of the context of the site? So I popped on over to their website, and recognized their smaller shed instantly, I know I’ve been in one a few times at different shows and exhibitions and such. This house is so much bigger – kitHAUS, we want to know more; you teased us by adding this to the flickr group, now come chat with us about how these modules are designed and how you put them together!

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