It’s Not Easy Being Green… or is it?

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It was Kermit the Frog who first said it.  “It’s not easy being green,” referring to the colour of his froggy skin.  But while Kermy’s heart felt ballad is loved by many, there’s definitely a part of his song that I’d have to disagree with; the part where he says,

“It’s not easy being green because it seems like you blend in with so many ordinary things.”

So my question is, what’s so wrong with that? … especially when it comes to “being green” in the environmentally friendly sense combined with the office furnishings industry.

What? Too violent of a turn from Sesame Street songs to office furniture?  Wait.  Just hear me out.

With the wide range of projects I get to work on at Custom Home Interiors, it’s no surprise that I’m constantly being updated on the latest trends in the design world.

On a recent site visit to a new office space we are renovating, one of my clients expressed the importance of having “green” office furniture and flooring – no VOCs!

VOC = Volatile Organic Compound

My good friend Wikipedia informed me that VOC’s are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. While most people can smell high levels of some VOCs, others have no odor and there are thousands of different VOCs produced and used in our daily lives.  Many products we come into contact with on a daily basis contain VOC’s.

Stuff like:

  • Carpet
  • Composite wood products
  • Paints
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Vinyl floors
  • Varnishes

People spend 90% of their time indoors where they may be exposed to numerous chemical pollutants.
Greenguard Environmental Institute

Think about how much time you spend at work.   If you’re a business owner, do your employees get sick often?  Do you have proper air circulation in your office or does the space always have that ‘stale’ feeling?

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As I strive to find suitable solutions for my clients needs, I am happy to share some suggestions that can make “being green” easy.  (Sorry Kermit but it IS possible).

  1. Rip up that old dirty carpet!
    Instead, try some of CHI’s Bamboo flooring – a sustainable resource and it looks great too.
  2. Pay attention to the products that go in to making up your cubicles, desks and other office furniture.
    Be on the look out for those nasty VOC’s.  There ARE options like the DE line of products (we have at CHI) who meet the Green Guard Certification criteria as a manufacturer.
  3. Paint Green!
    I don’t just mean the colour.  Our C2 eco-friendly, LoVo line is available in 496 richly pigmented colours.

You see! Being “green” and being able to blend in with so many ordinary things is a GOOD thing.

If you’d like more information on making your space more friendly to the environment and yourself, shoot me an email. 🙂

Suzy Kendrick

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Bathroom Renovations – From “Overlooked” to “Incredible”

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The bathroom is often one of the most outdated areas in the home as it is not a highly visible area.  But by tearing down the outdated wall paper and updating those mustard yellow fixtures, the value of your home can increase significantly.  So why not unveil the hidden potential that exists in your bathroom!

Minding your budget, you can choose to renovate your bathroom in one go, or work on it in stages. Either way, here are some helpful tips to make the most out of your bathroom space!

• The variety available in tiles today is endless.  Ditch the linoleum and install a beautiful porcelain tile for the floor, such as the one seen below.  This tile has the look of a linen suit, gorgeous and unique!

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• A fresh coat of paint goes a long way!  Think “spa atmosphere” and work with muted colours.  Some of my favorites from C2 include “Seraph”; a pale, soft grey, and “Parchment”; a warm fawn shade.

• Replacing the fixtures will make a huge difference.  The standard builder fixtures do not add any “sparkle” to your bathroom.  Consider the two sink faucets below.  Which one would you choose?

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standard builder Fixture

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“Dryden” Faucet by Delta

Lighting can make a world of difference in the bathroom!  A chic pot light in the shower and over head vanity light complemented by simple wall sconces make it easier to see when shaving or applying makeup.

• Small details and accessories go a long way, adding a sensible and aesthetically pleasing touch.  A stylish teak bench in the shower, glass apothecary jars on the vanity and a storage unit for towels marry practical and pretty!

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The bathroom should be a retreat.  Update this space to make the most of it now for your own use and to attract potential buyers for the future!  If you are considering a bathroom renovation in your own home, visit Custom Home Interiors Showroom & Design Center to “ignite your imagination”!

Say it with me, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh”.

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Kiersten Lowden
Custom Home Interiors

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