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My favorite type of interior design involves repurposing what’s lying around into something fresh. Here are some examples of reusing with style.

design-happens-milk-paint-dresserDesign*Sponge distresses an old dresser with milk paint.

young house love shows the alternative to buying a $200 drum pendent light.

Avid readers will adore Ohdeedoh’s beautiful book covers.

This rosy Malma mirror from IKEA hacker will take time, but the finished product is gorgeous.

lemon tree creations shows how to create chic monogram dishes.

Little Green Notebook upholsters furniture without the hassle of sewing, fabric and measuring. Jenny also shares how to repurpose craigslist furniture duds into gems.

For more, check out our photo gallery, eco-furniture on a budget.

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Eartheasy, a family-owned and operated business in Parksville, British Columbia, strives to improve the lives of their customers by offering products that promote a simpler life through sustainable living.  Eartheasy’s Ceramic Compost Keeper is an elegant reminder to return uneaten organic matter back to the earth. The compost keeper is an attractive and effective place to stash kitchen scraps until you’re ready to put them into your garden composter.

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One reader will receive the Ceramic Compost Keeper along with two filters. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, July 12.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite part about gardening?

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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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To continue our Black History Month series, we spoke with Atlanta interior designer Jack Poles. His background in floral design and retail merchandising created a love of wallpaper that led him to start Wallpaper Your World, a boutique wallpaper store that offers traditional, trendy and eco-friendly options. Read on to see what Jack has to say about his love of wallpaper and Palm Beach.
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Which African-American designers influenced you?
Starting out, I didn’t have an African-American designer to influence me. That void inspired me to pursue my dream, which was creating a name for myself so that I may inspire African-American and young designers.

What’s your favorite design style?
My favorite design style is traditional with a twist.

 What’s the essential home accessory (or piece of furniture) you use in your designs?
I love to use wallpaper. I think it really enhances the feeling of the room, much better than plain paint. I also like to throw in a hint of leopard print to add a little bit of fun to the room.

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design-happens-freebie-fridays-trace-designs200x200You have until 12 noon ET on Monday, February 15, to comment on this post with a valid email address and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.

This week, we partnered with TraceDesigns to bring you a fun and easy way to perk up your walls. Up for grabs: any stencil on this page. We like TraceDesigns stencils because they’re made from recycled, non-toxic materials and they’re simple to use. Tape the stencil to your wall, trace the design and then paint it however you like. This Week’s Question

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WaterWeek AluminumAnother Friday, another freebie! You have until 12 noon ET on Monday, February 8, to comment on this post with a valid email address and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.

This week we’re bringing a little green to your weekend with some help from our friends at REDUCE. Their WaterWeek system brings an end to the wasteful and expensive habit of purchasing bottled water. According to REDUCE, “WaterWeek is the ONLY true solution for consumers to end the wasteful and costly purchasing of bottled water, saving them over $500 a year!“ Just fill the 16 oz. BPA-free bottles at the beginning of the week and stash them in your fridge in the convenient tray. With WaterWeek there’s no need to buy water on the way to work or when heading to the gym.

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Casa Neverlandia

With all the chatter about Michael Jackson’s death, old and new tours of his Neverland Ranch have been all over TV, but MJ’s whimsical wonderland isn’t this country’s only take on Peter Pan’s classic fantasy island. Natural Home Magazine surfaced another “Neverland” that they found in Austin, Texas. This one — dubbed Casa Neverlandia — is much more compact than MJ’s sprawling pad (no train station or zoo here!), but its eco-elements, including solar panels, rainwater collection, salvaged material and more, and unusual style are definitely worth checking out.

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This is not your grandparents’ mobile home. I know firsthand because my grandparents lived in a mobile home (which they customized themselves) atop a quiet, tree-covered hill in East Tennessee for decades. I loved romping around that house as a child. Clayton Homes’ i-house arguably the most innovative manufactured home to hit the industry is a home that I could see myself romping around in as an adult. The i-house is smart, custom built to the buyer’s specifications and about as green as you can get, especially at this price point, starting at $74,000. And then there’s the design: modern, clean and downright cool. A few highlights:

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All images courtesy of Clayton Homes

More about Green Living in the i-house including more photos

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… HGTV Green Home and who will be Green with envy? Only time will tell.

I can’t take credit for that line. A friend shared it with me and I think it’s a hoot! Read More»

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Happy Earth Day, everyone! I have to share my latest obsession, which not only will add some major style to your laundry room, but is also great for the earth.

The Kelly Green Electrolux washer and dryer are more energy-efficient and use less water. Of course, I have to admit a big part of my love for these appliances is the gorgeous color, inspired by Mrs. Kelly Ripa herself.

Don’t miss all our incredible eco-friendly ideas at the HGTV Green Home. Plus, you can enter to win the gorgeous home located in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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Ready to change the world? Make an eco-friendly fashion statement with our Change the World Tee.

A portion of the proceeds benefit our non-profit partners the National Trust for Historic Preservation, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), and Rebuilding Together. You can designate all of the portion to go to one particular partner or divide it evenly among all three.

Plus, receive a free HGTV gift with purchase while supplies last and free ground shipping!

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In these penny-pinching days, the idea of building, rebuilding or just renovating your house yourself sounds mighty appealing — and finding ways to save on materials is even better. Last year, I met Robyn Griggs Lawrence, the editor of Natural Home Magazine, at a video shoot, and she told me all about this home she’d discovered in rural Alabama.

The family, the Bakers, had hand built their 1,100-square-foot, cabin-style abode almost entirely from salvaged materials. Now, I don’t mean old mismatched shingles or carpet scraps. But rather, the homeowners took five years to collect leftover tin, wood and other materials from at least 75 different sources (it helps that the husband was a contractor). The home has elements from old barns, sheds and even an old church — plus some locally sourced slate.

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I love spending my Sundays going to open houses, even though I’m not currently in the market to buy a new home. Why? Because I love looking for design inspiration in other peoples’ homes.

This week I stumbled upon a very unusual open house…and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was a prefab home – and it was what I’d call Pre-Fabulous! It wasn’t your typical image of a mobile home…because it was contemporary, energy efficient, and ultra-hip!

When I got home I started searching online to see if I had stumbled upon a diamond in the rough, or whether this was a new trend in prefab housing…the second is definitely the truth. I stumbled upon a great website called zenkaya.com, which really whetted my appetite, and then later found Method Homes, which got me equally excited.

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Best of all, many of these prefab beauties are green and use only a fraction of the energy of a typical home. Plus, many of them are even LEED certified.

If you haven’t checked one out lately, I’d highly recommend you go-online – or open house hunting in your neighborhood – to check out the latest and greatest. This is especially true if you’re a fan of mid-century modern architecture. It certainly opened my eyes to a whole big prefabricated world!

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Candle Holder

One of my top eco-friendly, online shopping destinations is The Nest Store. I browse it every few weeks to see what new home accessories and products are in stock. One perennial favorite is this cool tealight candle holder from eco-designer Robin Wilson.

Wilson reuses leftover building materials and waste products to create her unique furniture and accessories. These contemporary candle holders are made from an eco-friendly concrete that’s created with the fly ash from industrial smokestacks; leftover concrete gets redirected to local recycling centers. Thanks to the sturdy material, these candle holders would work well indoors or out (added bonus: they’re on sale now).

If you have time, browse around the site for other modern design pieces, all made from unusual or sustainable materials.

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Your holiday decorations may already be in place, but if you’re anything like me, you’re always open to more inspiration (and thinking about next year). I did some online window shopping to see others’ creative — and re-creative — ideas for decking the halls in an eco-friendly way.

Here are a few favorite finds:

The Cardboard Christmas Tree
Forget all those pine needles and think inside the box this year – the cardboard box, that is. This recycled cardboard tree comes with ornaments or can host your own collection. Paint it, add some glitter, drape it in lights (like flickr user, Amanda385, does). Then when the season’s over – just fold it up and stash it in a closet. At three foot by three foot, it’s perfect for an office, kid’s room or dormitory. Plus, sales proceeds help the Arbor Day Foundation. Similarly, this Snowflake Tree from Cardboard Safari is a tabletop-friendly alternative.

(Eco-extra.: Between a live or fake fir tree, always opt for the real thing, which you can turn into mulch and feed to your garden – a gift that keeps on giving!)

Paper Wreath
I just discovered a clever crafter who rolls up old bits of wrapping paper, music sheets and other scraps to make indoor wreaths. You can buy her designs through Etsy – or if you’re extra industrious, follow her lead and see what kind of wreath you can create.


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Flickr user jamieleto takes old Art Forum issues and lets their colorful photos and graphics be her wrapping paper. With a little ribbon and a recycled gift tag attached, these presents looks good enough to appear in – and not just be made from – a magazine!


Bottle Tree

Maybe this bottle tree isn’t for you (it wasn’t for the folks at Ugly-Christmas-Tree.com, where I found it), but it’s definitely a Christmas conversation piece – and might fit right into a sporty game room. Here’s an idea: throw a holiday party, serve one or two types of bottled beer or soda, and ask guests to assemble the tree as they finish their drinks. It helps with post-party clean-up too!


Recycled Ornaments

And let’s not forget our own offerings. HGTV.com has some crafty ornament ideas“Spoonaments,” made from old or mismatched silverware (everyone has some crowding a kitchen drawer), and cross ornaments, made from used DVDs or CDs.

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed with bathrooms. More specifically, I’m obsessed with sinks. Whether touring a friend’s new home, staying in a boutique hotel, or even browsing this site’s ideas, I make a b-line for the bathroom to eyeball the goods.

An odd fixation maybe, but if you saw my minuscule bathroom and my pathetic sink, you’d understand. Actually, I can’t even call it a “sink.” It’s a mini-sink: a 10 by 10-inch basin attached to a wall. No countertop or vanity, just an equally small medicine cabinet above. Don’t even get me started on the salmon color! (I’ll spare you the picture.)

This week, my sink envy went into overdrive when I saw this beauty from eco-architect Michelle Kaufmann:

Made from recycled porcelain (material otherwise bound for landfills) and concrete, the mkPURE sink is too chic for words. How it melds into the countertop area is just magic. It looks like it’d be simple to clean, too. With a $1,950-plus price tag, this sink is a little rich for my blood (and probably my landlord’s), but it definitely gets a spot on my dream home wish list.

A structural or atypical sink can be such a centerpiece in the bathroom. Sure, your toothbrush holder or cosmetic case might mar its grandeur, but hey, that’s what cabinets are for — hide the realities! We spend a lot of time in the bathroom so why not surrounds ourselves with some design stars?

But surely, I’m preaching to the choir. Here are some other eco-lovelies I’ve been eyeballing lately:


Moso Bamboo Vessel Sink

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Gleen Glass Vessel Sink


Signature Erosion Sink by Gore Design Co.

Some other eco options:
VitraStone Cement Sink: made from 75 to 80 percent recycled materials
Ecohaus Recycled Copper Sink: this one’s Fair Trade, too

Of course, my tiny bathroom might benefit from this creative solution:

Whatever I choose, my dream sink will be outfitted with a faucet aerator — to cut down on water waste and costs. Then it’ll be truly perfect and totally green.

What sinks, conventional and creative, have you been lusting after lately?

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