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A fresh start: sustainable interior design makeover for a women’s shelter

Alex Shield faced the challenge of a lifetime when she began a pro bono interior design project for Old Brewery Mission, a shelter for women experiencing homelessness. Not one to back down from a challenge, Alex decided to add one more requirement to this project: to make it as sustainable as possible. She also wanted to make sure that her final design was comfortable, calming, and felt like home to the women staying there.

Biophilic beauty: the story behind this nature-inspired interior design project

A passion for balance with the natural world is a driving force in the work of designer Sarah Barnard and the inspiration behind one of her recent projects. Sarah was approached by the owners of a beautifully situated property in the hills of the Pacific Palisades who wanted more than a typical redesign. As environmentalists and naturalists, they were keen to take advantage of their idyllic surroundings and to bring the tranquility of the mountains and ocean around them into their design.

open box of fast furniture pieces waiting to be assembled

Why fast furniture is not the answer

The fast furniture problem is tied up in the very attributes that have made it so successful. The fast furniture model promotes a cycle of buying, discarding, and replacing furniture faster than ever before, leading to a host of environmental and social issues.

Exploring design: finding your interior design style

While few people fit perfectly into one design style, an understanding of what you like and what feels right in your home can be helpful. If you appreciate a lot of interior design styles and can’t figure out how to blend them together or just have no idea whatsoever what your design style is, this article is for you. We’ll review some of the major interior design styles, help you determine what feels right for you, and give you the first tips on how to get started bringing your style to life.

20 top apartment decor ideas you can use today!

Apartment decorating, especially if it’s a temporary situation, can be tricky. It’s your home, so you want it to be a comfortable place where you can relax and recharge. At the same time, if you’re not sure how long you’ll be there, or if you have a landlord with a lot of strict rules, you’ll want to be careful how much time and money you invest.

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Treading lightly: eco friendly flooring options you’ll love

Flooring can have a big impact on your design aesthetic and budget, which is why making a final decision can be so hard. Among many considerations, you’ll want to make sure that what you’re selecting is appropriate for your situation and that it will be a good long-term investment. We believe part of making the best decision for the long haul means finding an eco-friendly flooring option that is safe for you and the planet.