Our Commitment to Elegant Yet Environmentally Friendly Design

As a designer, creating an environment that is not only healthy for its inhabitants but also healthy for our environment is of utmost importance.  

Because everyone interrupts sustainability differently, we ask a lot of questions upfront to understand to what degree our clients wish to include sustainability in their project.  

To some, it means sourcing locally what we can. To others, it means making sure there are no toxic chemicals in the products. Someone else may want a passive solar home with only natural materials. We’ve seen it all and love working with eco-conscious clients!

What Does Sustainability Mean to Us?

 

1. We strive to source products locally when we can to reduce our carbon footprint.  When something is not available locally, we start diving into the details of manufacturers to better understand their practices. Do they have any certifications or environmentally sustainable practices in place?  How are their products shipped?  Are they wrapped in plastic and styrofoam or recyclable cardboard and paper?  We have recently become a founding member of the Interior Design greenlist to help us sort through all this information.

2. We inquire about the product’s makeup/composition.  Ideally, products are free from harmful chemicals like formaldehyde or VOC’s.  We love working with natural materials like wool carpet.

3. Life span is also important.  We believe in specifying high-quality and timeless materials so they don’t end up in the landfill sooner than they should.  We hate fast furniture!

4. Waste.  We also focus on the amount of waste that is produced on a job site from demo to installation.  We understand, through being part of The GFDA, the amount of waste our industry contributes. Read about the commitment of The GFDA on our blog here

Focus on Longevity

We often talk to our clients about why we might recommend they spend more on a custom sofa rather than a big box retail sofa.  While the initial investment upfront is more, we know that the lifecycle of a high-end sofa could last decades, and it keeps fast furniture out of the landfill.  

Of course, we help our clients determine where it makes sense to splurge and where it does not.  We also like to be creative and potentially use a local resource to find a bathroom vanity that was previously a dresser or other “pre-used” materials that can be upcycled.  Vintage furniture that we can make modern again gets our creativity flowing.

Commitment to Conscientiousness

We are always striving to do better.  We will continue to refine and hone in on the best vendors and put our money where it makes an impact.  We will specify materials that are timeless or that can be re-used once they age (like reupholstering a worn sofa) and we educate our clients along the way.

We all need to be conscious of our impact on the environment.  It can be daunting to embark on a new build or remodel but we are here to help you navigate this process and make the right decisions for a happy, healthy home…and ideally get you some tax credits when you donate your used items like kitchen cabinets or appliances.

If you’re ready to enhance your home and care about the impact on our planet in the process, reach out! We can’t wait to hear about your project!

Warmly,
Dawn

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Our Commitment to Elegant Yet Environmentally Friendly Design

As a designer, creating an environment that is not only healthy for its inhabitants but also healthy for our environment is of utmost importance. Because everyone interrupts sustainability differently, we ask a lot of questions upfront to understand to what degree our clients wish to include sustainability in their project. We’ve seen it all and love working with eco-conscious clients!

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