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Simple yet sustainable furniture projects are designer Dan Faires’ specialty, and in case you missed any of projects, we’ve pulled them all together for you.

Watch Dan show you how to build each project and get detailed step-by-steps at DanMade.

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I arrived in Paris early Thursday morning to attend the Maison & Objet trade show, an international exhibit of home decor featuring the world’s most talented designers.

It’s been an exciting four days filled with the latest in home textiles, global design, interior decoration and accessories. Today, I had to tell you about the amazing work of the one of the designers being recognized this year for his outstanding talent.

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Dan Faires, winner of the Design Star season 5 fan favorite vote, shares a sneak peek of his upcoming online show, DanMade.

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One of our absolute favorite designers, Lori Dennis, wants to give you a sneak peak of her new book. Lori is an expert on executing green design that’s smart and chic. Green Interior Design is her easy-to-use, inspirational manual for creating a beautifully designed home that focuses on reducing waste and pollution, as well as protecting the health of those living in it.

This Allworth Press release is available in stores later this month, but I’ve got an advance copy with your name on it. Simply answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, Nov. 8. to win. And check out Lori Dennis on HGTV’s Designers’ Portfolio.

This week’s question: What ways have you gone green in your home?

PS If you’re coming here from Facebook.com/HGTV, you’ll need to answer the question in the comments below for it to count. Questions answered on the Facebook site aren’t entered into the contest.

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Everybody say hi to Anzfer Farms out of San Francisco. We love their line of butch-craft-style reclaimed wood furnishings, both for their rustic, masculine lines and the eco-friendly principles behind them. You could win the gorgeous Spalted Fragment Light and Vase, made by owners/artisans Jonathan Anzalone and Joseph Ferriso.

The bases of both lamp and vase are made from fragments gathered on the Northern California shoreline. To win the set, just answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, Oct. 4. Be sure to include a valid email address so we can contact you.

This week’s question: What kind of treasures have you created from another person’s trash?

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This week we’re giving away two sets of Priscilla Woolworth’s Natural Moth Repellent Sachets (three sachets per set). We love this store, started by a relative of one of the Woolworth’s founders, which stocks hard-to-find eco-friendly products.

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The sachets, filled with rosemary, lavender and a few “secret ingredients,” are just as effective as traditional mothballs but smell so much sweeter. When you switch to your fall wardrobe, tuck them in with your out-of-season clothes to fend off any critters that may be interested in devouring them.

For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, September 27. Be sure to include a valid email address so we can contact you.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite scent to use in your home?

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Kimberly Grigg is the principal designer and owner of Knotting Hills Interiors, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Kimberly earned her degree in business and interior design from Winthrop University. With her husband Roger she has six children — adopted, blended, and biological — and an assortment of pets. We love that volunteerism plays a significant role in her family’s life and that Kimberly makes a yearly to-do list of 50 things that make a difference.

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Sometimes going green can put a dent in the bank — a buggy full of organic groceries can cost almost as much as the monthly payment on a Prius. You don’t have to take out a loan to make your home, clothes and life more eco-friendly. I’ve found some eco-chic deals in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

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An aggressively bookmarked copy of Eco-Chic Home currently resides on my desk. It’s full of some of the smartest and cheapest green home ideas I’ve ever seen. My favorite tip is to take homeless buttons and turn them into napkin rings (p117).
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In March, Scripps Networks Interactive, our parent company, opened a new LEED-registered building at our headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. I love our sunlight-bathed, eco-friendly, beautiful digs featuring wall-sized windows, an open floor plan, brightly-colored, ergonomic furniture, and natural materials like bamboo and cork. One of my favorite features is the plant-covered living wall in the lobby.

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Patricia Gray-designed Apartment in Vancouver

In honor of the Olympics, we’re looking at Canadian design. Our neighbor to the north is home to gold-medal worthy style. Vancouver interior designer Patricia Gray is featured in this month’s Architectural Digest for her stunning makeover of an apartment there.

There’s also a piece in AD featuring Vancouver’s world-class architecture.

Don’t miss Dwell’s coverage of the Best of Quebec Architecture awards and this winner for outstanding project under $150,000.

Learn more about the look of the 2010 games in an interview with the design manager who explains how going green was an objective in Vancouver. Athletes’ quarters are bare bones; exteriors not so much. Check out the grass roof on the Olympic Village.

I want this ottoman from Toronto-based Gus Modern made out of recycled coffee sacks.

Can’t blog about Canadian design without including Candice Olson. Before starting her own design company, the Ontario native played for the Canadian National volleyball team. Besides transforming interiors on TV, she’s been busy translating her style into furniture, wallpaper, lighting, rugs and more. Talk about divine.

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Our next bInspired designer is Atlantan Suzanne Kasler. You can find her lovely book, Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors, if you want an in-depth look at her comfortable, French/Continental style. I particularly appreciate that she rejects over-designed, fussy elements, which allows the architecture of the room and the furniture to take center stage.

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Area rug by Antique Oushak, Moattar, Ltd. Finer Rugs/ADAC

Woodward bench by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Amsterdam dining chairs by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

A few of her inspirations:

Paris: “To me, it is the most beautiful and inspiring place in the world.”

Objects That Carry Emotions: “I’m a collector. I find things I love and I buy them, not always knowing exactly what I’m doing to do with them. These collections and pieces set a tone, create a mood, are stylish and personal and timeless.”

Eiffel Tower: “Metal, wire, crystal, paper, silver, porcelain… you name it…”

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With summer’s higher temps finally setting in on the east coast (along with an ocean’s worth of rain), I’ve been staring longingly at my ceiling fans, willing them to cool my big studio apartment down. To save energy, I only turn to the A/C on the stickiest of days. The more I’ve looked at them, the more I’ve realized they’re rather plain, utterly mismatched (one has bronze accents with dark wood blades; the other is hunter green) and don’t exactly go with my decor, which leans towards clean, modern lines, neutral colors (with a few splashes of red), lighter woods, and chrome or brushed nickel accents.

Looking to upgrade, I’ve started shopping around for designs that are more my style. I think I’d rather go without the light fixture (I’m more of floor lamp-kinda gal), and I’m definitely interested in a silver metallic finish and lighter wood or metal blades. The fewer the blades, the better. Right now, I’m only shopping on aesthetic and keeping my eye out for energy efficiency.

Without further ado, here are my top 5. Which one is your favorite? Help me decide!

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I’d opt for a lighter blade and I’m not sure I’m sold on the darker, brushed nickel, but I do like the cage.

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The Centaurus
I love the bent plywood blades and they’d match my bent plywood end tables, but I worry it might be too matchy-matchy.

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The most plain and simple of the batch. I think this would go with just about anything.

Cirrus

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This one reminds me of a jet propellor. It’s a little pricey but it’s Energy Star-rated, which is a definite plus.

Sycamore

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Now this is definitely a wishlister. This bulbous, asymetrical fan is a little more abstract, but TreeHugger tipped me off to its crazy-cool engineering that uses lower speeds — and less energy — to do the same amount of cooling. It’s inspired by those propeller-shaped seed pods that fall off Sycamore trees (hence the name).

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Loam Home

Photo: Laurie E. Dickinson/Natural Home

The beauty of working with design-minded folks is that we always tip each other off to cool finds. I have to give props to my cohort Kelley (also this blog’s administrative maven) for calling my attention to this unusual, eco-pad in Germany. When she linked me, she said, “Did you see this!? The bathroom sink is both cool and creepy (in a good way) — and all those colors are luscious!”

The place is indeed an unusual home. As the opening of the Natural Home article says, “Gernot’s home is barely visible from the street, and it looks like a large mound of dirt covered in grass and flowers. The hobbit-like entrance is the only clue that someone lives here.” Doesn’t sound like your typical house or a thing of visual wonder, right?

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