It makes no difference if your renovating, redecorating or creating a new space from scratch, all interior design starts with a vision. And when it comes to sustainability and renewable resources, interior design is one of the fastest growing industries incorporating and focusing on "green"interiors.
From the use of rain water to offset water waste, to choosing sustainable and ethically sourced materials like linen, bamboo, cork and recycled glass, the options are endless when using your imagination and creativity.
We believe sustainability should be a part of everyone's interior design approach, in order to help reduce environmental impact and create a healthy home environment.
1. Use energy-wise and efficient design materials
From windows and doors, to flooring and panelling, choose energy efficient materials for your home. Rapidly renewable resources like bamboo are perfect for flooring, and properly sealed, large windows are perfect for using natural light - reducing your electricity needs and helping to create dynamic in design.
2. Decorate with products that are created in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.
We, of course, can't rave enough about choosing sustainable decor. Linen is our textile of choice and for good reason. The fabric is one of the most biodegradable and stylish fabrics. With its strong, naturally moth resistant make up, the material made from flax plant fibres is fully biodegradable when untreated. Not to mention, it helps maintain body temperatures and lasts forever.
3. Reclaim old items and use recycled decor
Vintage, antique and recycled DIY decor is more popular than ever before...and we are NOT complaining. The interior trend is right up our alley and offers a fun, creative way to keep your home sustainable and eco-friendly. Re-purpose old dressers, frames and jars with shabby chic chalk-finish paint, or look in your storage for unused items like old windows, doors and lighting fixtures. Chances are good there's more than enough to work with to create new, stunning interior accessories.
4. Use non-toxic and non-polluting products and materials
It's important for interior designers to know their products. This means understanding what paint and materials are used throughout the home. To truly create a sustainable, healthy environment be sure you are using hypoallergenic paint and wood that have not been treated with pesticides or dangerous chemicals. And always look to what's already in the space. Exposed brick walls and reused shiplap are both stunning and sustainable options.
5. Add greenery anywhere and everywhere
The more greens, the better green design! Add indoor greenery and plants wherever you can. Not only will this bring a touch of the outdoors inside, offering a natural and rustic charm, but many plants actually help to keep the air clean for you and your family (like palms and peace lilies). You can also choose to keep plants like aloe and agave, which also offer different uses in the home, or even keep an ongoing slew of natural herbs growing indoors for use in the kitchen, not just aesthetics.
Summertime is here and it's one of our favourite seasons! Sure, the heat can be overwhelming, and the sunburns may be uncomfortable. But the warmer months are full of outdoor celebrations, late nights spent on the patio and early mornings with tea on the porch.
As much as we love linen interiors, we love a chance to create comfy, cosy spaces outside as well. And there's plenty of options when it comes to incorporating our shabby chic, farmhouse style into the porch and patio.
1. Mini Mud Room
We love an indoor, fixer upper style mud room. But we love an outdoor mini mud room even more! Keep the mess outside this summer by creating your own patio space for all the goods.
Vintage crates and baskets can be used for storing linens, towels and other outdoor necessities, hooks can be hung for clothing and other items, and chalkboards can be used for family reminders and notes. All you need to create the space is a simple desk, shelf or table - perhaps repainted to match your outdoor decor - and voila! You've got a mini mud room ready to go.
2. Bar Cart
Okay, we're not going to lie - this is one of our favourite trends this summer. The vintage bar cart is such a versatile and useful accessory, we don't know how we ever entertained or got a long without one!
You can find them everywhere, but searching for the perfect one may take some time. Fill them up with your drink of choice, a few linen napkins, glasses and an ice bucket and you're ready to go. You can place them on your front porch, back deck or patio - and roll them inside once the weather cools down.
3. Linen, Linen & More Linen
Linens are our jam, and - of course - our go-to summer decor textile. From linen throw pillows, cushion covers and throw blankets, to linen napkins, towels and seat covers, there's simply a place for linen in every nook and cranny. And it's simply the best summer material you can choose.
The flax fabric literally helps your body stay cool in the summer months and absorbs more moisture (or sweat) than cotton and other fabrics. Our stonewashed french linens also offer super soft and comfortable spaces for you and your loved ones, all year long.
4. Tiered Planters
We always say the more green the better! And tiered planters are the perfect way to display your best summer blooms. Stacked next to the front door, surrounding the patio or anywhere they can find the right amount of sun needed to grow, these convenient and design-friendly accessories are a classic.
Some of our favourite summer florals include daisies, morning glories, ivy and lavender (yum!). Depending on your decor colour scheme, you may choose to incorporate more colourful blooms or more pure greens - either way you can't go wrong with a few tiered planters, water and sunshine!
Lighting is just as important outside as it is inside. The dynamics may be different, and the design choices more limited, but if you get creative you can create a summer wonderland right tin your own backyard.
From white christmas/string lights to hanging vintage lanterns and tiki lamps, you can use outdoor lighting to not only cultivate a whimsical and cozy space, but to also keep the pesky mosquitos away. And there's nothing better than a fun summer night spent outside with friends, family and a few good drinks.
6. Hanging Seats
Hanging porch swings and chairs are a must-have when it comes to summer style. The best place to cozy up with a good book, cup of tea or cold beverage, and the place where so many memories are made. From first kisses, to hellos and goodbyes, engagements and family photos - the porch swing has a long standing tradition of love and family in our home.
Take your hanging seat up a notch this year and add thick rope for a vintage, fixer upper feel, and (as always) throw as many linen pillows, cushions and items as possible. We love whites, beige and natural tones for the summer, but if you have young kids you might want to mix it up to avoid constant cleaning.
7. Fire pit
Our favourite way to end a summer weekend is by the fire pit. Roasting marshmallows, sipping rose and laughing with the family, there's simply nothing better than time spent around the fire. And you don't have to be a camp, or inside to enjoy the flames, it's now easier than ever before to have your own outdoor pit.
Whether you purchase a portable fire pit or build your own, it's easy to keep the pit mess localised and to your liking. The flames will also help keep away bugs and offer a soft, ambient light - perfect for every occasion!