By Cathy Hobbs
As a Real Estate Stager and LEED AP Certified ASID Interior Designer, I believe that environmentally-friendly choices can be integrated into every aspect of your home, as well as your life. Living green doesn’t mean you have to give up on good design. Buying products such as upholstery, textiles, and rugs made of natural fibers that have not been treated with chemicals are all wonderful opportunities to incorporate green design into any space. One of my biggest tips when purchasing products is to look to see if plant or mineral-based dyes have been used instead of chemicals. Furniture aficionados, be sure to keep a lookout for furniture made of reclaimed, salvaged or recycled materials—all eco-friendly buzz words.
Tips on Buying Green
Think local. There are numerous artists, artisans, and furniture makers who utilize reclaimed, sustainably harvested local woods for their designs, as well as employ environmentally-friendly manufacturing techniques.
When purchasing an item, be sure to ask the manufacturer, retailer or designer specific questions about how their design is sustainable or green. Inquire not only about the material a specific item is made of, but also ask about the process in which the product is made.
Do Your Homework
There are several nationally respected certifying entities that certify green products, for example, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) (www.greenguard.org). McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry is a product and process design firm that certifies companies and products with its Cradle to Cradle Certification. Green Seal (www.greenseal.org), an independent non-profit organization that certifies green products and conducts factory visits to oversee the manufacturing process of the products it certifies, is another respected source.
My Top Product Picks for Greening Your Bedroom
1. Organic cotton by Rubie Green - Former Domino magazine alum, Michelle Adams creates gorgeous textiles made of 100% certified organic cotton. Her products do not use bleach and are printed using non toxic inks. www.rubiegreen.com
2. Frette - Simply some of the best bedding and sheeting in the world. This is pure luxury. I love Frette for luxurious organic cottons in spectacular patterns. www.frette.com
3. E. Braun - E. Braun does bedding better than anyone else. If you are looking for luxe and green options, look no further! www.ebraunandco.com
Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes is a residential interior design firm founded in 2004 by Celebrity Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs, a 5-time Emmy Award Winning TV Host and Finalist on Season 6 of HGTV Design Star. An ASID, NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and LEED AP, Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes specializes in full interior design services, sustainable design, new development construction, home staging and real estate styling. With design studios in Brooklyn, New York, The Hudson Valley, and Concord, Massachusetts, Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes is currently working in the New York City Tri-State Area, including Long Island and The Hamptons, Northern New Jersey, Westchester, Columbia, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster, Putnam, and Orange Counties, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. An experienced world traveler, Cathy is known for her global approach to design as well as her clean, modern, timeless interiors that infuse pattern, color and texture; often with a touch of “Hollywood Glamour.” From small studio apartments to gracious homes, Cathy’s approach is to blend her professional expertise flawlessly with the homeowner’s wish list and aesthetic to create an impeccable design and sales tool when it comes to home staging and styling. The design philosophy at Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes is based on ‘approachable’ design: working with various budgets in order to achieve the best design possible for our clients.
Cathy Hobbs is the owner of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes / Real Estate Stager/ASID Interior Designer/LEED AP