What is Sustainable Interior Design

 

Interior design is not a new concept. For decades, people have been making a living by creating works of art with furniture and accessories as their palette and empty rooms as their canvas. It is probably not a surprise that fashioning the perfect design for the inside of your home is crucial to how you feel and react in your environment. Interior design is all about aesthetics. It’s about taking items that are visually appealing and combining them with your personality to create something unique and personal to you.

With consumers becoming more conscious about their impacts on our environment, it is no shock that people are starting to ask for green, eco-friendly furniture and building materials for their homes. Interior designers are capitalizing on this trend by offering environmentally friendly alternatives when creating a design for a client’s home. Now this begs the question, what exactly does sustainable interior design mean?

Basically, the difference between interior design and sustainable interior design is the difference between beauty and beliefs and how much they mean to you. Sustainable (or green) interior design can probably be broken down into 4 major components:

  • *Air Quality
  • *Energy Efficiency
  • *Building Materials and the Three R’s (Recycling, Re-purposing, Reusing)
  • *Economic Impact

Air quality is very important to interior design. The biggest decision a designer has to make is choosing pieces that are free of chemicals that can make people sick or pollute our environment. This usually means watching out for volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that can be found in paints, primers, glues, ink and cleaning products. Luckily, you can now buy furniture that uses glues and finishes that contain little or no VOC’s.

The area of energy saving interior design techniques is very broad. It can mean anything from choosing light bulbs that use less energy (like LED) to choosing products that are produced in America to reduce the energy it takes to ship them.

We’ve all heard some form of “The Three R’s”. Now-a-days it feels like there are many “r” words related to conservation. When it comes to green interior design, it is important to remember to recycle, re-purpose and reuse. Choose materials that have been recycled, like furniture made from recycled plastic. Remember that there are many products that are made by re-purposing old materials, like Reclaimed Barnwood Furniture. And always keep in mind things that can be used again before you toss them out.

When you purchase items without checking where they are sourced from, you risk supporting imported goods, rather than supporting the local American worker. Always research where your furniture and building materials come from and support American jobs and our local economy by buying American-made.

Creating a sustainable interior design concept doesn’t mean that you have to be 100% green, but you can make smart choices that will benefit the environment in the long run. You also don’t have to overhaul your entire home to start a green interior design. Make small changes around your home, like opting for new cleaning products or donating that department store furniture piece and trade it in for one made in America that has little to no VOC’s. These little changes will someday make a big difference.

If you are an interior designer, check out the discounts we can offer on our Vermont-made fine furniture.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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The Home Portfolio article by Sharon Johnson, features design by Caryn Grossman, and shows how stunning a room can be when antique or vintage furnishings are combined with modern, contemporary pieces.

Customers often come to us at Vermont Woods Studios with photos of their home decor, asking about furniture designs that will fit in with their style. It's fun working with people to help them achieve their vision for a new bedroom, dining room, home office or living room.

We're always looking to America's leading designers for inspiration and Home Portfolio is a great place to do that.  It's an online library of high-end home products where interior design professionals show off their latest creations.

Sharon Johnson of Home Portfolio recently put together an interesting article called "Mixing Old With New" illustrating many design styles (Modern, Traditional, Urban, Classic, Transitional, Glamorous, Whimsical and more) and how stunning it can be to mix them up a bit. 

Sharon features nine gifted designers and shows us just how right a room can feel when traditional rubs shoulders with contemporary.  "It may seem counterintuitive, but combining antique or vintage furnishings with newer pieces is a great way to create an up-to-date and uniquely individual space."

Check out Sharon's photos and articles for more ideas on how to mix up your own home decor.

 

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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The shaded countries are those that have visited our website over the last 80 days. Only 7 countries have not.

 

The other day, Dennis mentioned that our Vermont Sustainable Furniture website has been visited by people in almost ever country in the world. How cool is that?  I couldn't resist having a look at our analytics program to see which countries have yet to discover Vermont's Fine Furniture. 

So… of the planet's 196 countries, it appears there are 7 that we've yet to reach: Turkmenistan, Gabon, Central African Republic, Chad, South Sudan, Mauritiana, Papua New Guinea.

I'm not sure what to do with this information but it was fun to see how far the Internet has spread the word about a tiny group of fine furniture makers nestled in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountain Forest. 

 

 

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Fine, handmade wood furniture from Vermont, USA

If you're reading this from abroad and wondering how to bring Vermont made, fine wood furniture to your country, contact us.  Exporting our eco-friendly furniture is part of our 10 year plan.  We're open to new ideas from established interior design, fine furniture and home decor professionals around the world.

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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Installation of Copeland's Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture

 

Are you a professional interior designer, architect, or home decorator sourcing luxury, high end commercial or residential projects?  If so, give Rebecca a call— she can make your life a whole lot easier.

We offer online and in-store furniture specification services for our clients.  Qualified professionals receive a trade discount on our Vermont made natural, eco-friendly, solid wood furniture.  Many designers have earned LEED credits for their projects through the purchase of our furniture.  It's green, sustainable, organic and American made.  Our clean, non-toxic finishes are low VOC, with many custom options available.

Vermont-made furniture is famous for its quality and durability, as evidenced by innumerable installations in businesses, schools, non-profits and hospitality venues across the country and around the world. 

Give us a call and check it out for your next project!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.