Archive for March, 2010

Natural Lee from Lee Industries

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We’ve been talking about Eco-friendly products this month in conjunction with our Energy House Showhouse. One of my favorite sources for stylish and comfortable upholstery is Lee Industries. I use their products in almost every project, not because they are Eco-friendly, but because they are gorgeous! And what a great added bonus to have their earth conscious soy cushions and other sustainable features (called Natural Lee), as the standard option on every piece they produce.

Here are some of my favorite projects featuring Lee’s great pieces. 

This camel back lounge chair is a favorite of mine and the tufted ottoman is a great compliment.

Lee makes fantastic upholstered beds and I loved covering these in an F. Schumacher damask.

Lee is great with both traditional and cleaner pieces. These English style clubs look amazing in a country floral.

Sectionals of all shapes and sizes are a staple of the Lee line. Their recliners (called relaxors) make motion look great!

This daybed, the same style as the Energy House Daybed, is another favorite of mine. Sized to fit a twin mattress, this handsome piece works beautifully as a bed or a sofa.  And take another look at that great English style chair. Here it is in a sophisticated Clarence House print.

All 3 pieces in this comfy gameroom are courtesy of Lee Industries. When comfort is key, I choose Lee.

Be sure and check out the Lee Industries website for more great styles and options. You can also check out my April column for AY Magazine called “Eco Fabulous” that features more products from Lee. Keep in mind, for every piece of Natural Lee furniture sold, Lee Industries donates one tree to American Forests. So Lee Industries sits well with your tush and your conscience!

Before & After: Energy House Desk and Chair

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The Energy House Showhouse that I recently completed provided me with a fun opportunity to give new life to some not-so-new pieces.

One such piece…this Queen Anne desk circa 1985.

I knew this old desk had great potential.  Just look at those great cabriole legs.  It was a little beat up but that was nothing a fresh coat of paint couldn’t remedy.


For all of the Energy House painting projects I chose Sherwin-Williams’ Harmony interior acrylic latex.  Harmony paint is low odor and is safe for the environment.  It even has anti-microbial properties.


To pair up with the desk, I found this lovely, curvy vintage chair at a local antique mall that was a great candidate for a makeover.


As you can see, the result was stunning.  I used the same aqua paint from the channel back chairs on the desk chair and went a bit bolder on the desk.  The chair’s seat was reupholstered with a remnant trellis-patterned fabric.  Can’t you just imagine sitting here and writing letters the old fashioned way?

More Energy House features soon…

Tobi’s Top Ten Eco-friendly Finds

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 I’m back with my latest installment of Tobi’s Top Ten. In conjunction with my focus on the Energy House Showhouse, here is my list of Top Ten Eco-friendly finds.

10. This cute John Beck chalkboard pendant is from Green Depot and comes in 3 great sizes.

9. For your mod nursery or any hip spot in your home, this adorable modern rocker from Ducduc is sure to make a sustainable statement.

8. You would never know that any of these fabulous fabrics from Mod Green Pod are earth-friendly. Maybe it’s because they are so big on style!

 7. This curvy headboard from Vivaterra is made from reclaimed wood and finished with eco-friendly stain and wax. It’s gorgeous just the way it is or could be super fun painted a bright color (with low VOC paint of course!)

6. I love all the bold wallpaper designs from Given Campbell. Who knew you could be so chic and so responsible all at the same time?

5. I’m a sucker for an x-bench and this one from ducduc happens to be sustainable. I’ll take 2 please!

4. With their “Natural Lee” construction, all the stylish pieces from Lee Industries are good for the earth. I happen to think this apartment sofa has great lines too.

 3. I love a little David Hicks inspired fabric and these striking pillows from Inhabit Living marry the Hicks style with an earth friendly production. The result…a pillow that looks good and makes you feel great!

2. This curvy cocktail table made of Adler wood is from Lorts furniture, a member of the sustainable furniture council. Green never looked so good, and gray looks pretty great too!

1. “Responsible” manufacturing is the philosphy of Angela Adams and her all-wool rugs. This beauty is from her new flat weave collection.

Happy Sustainable Shopping! Don’t forget to carry your re-usable shopping bag!!

Add a little Energy to your Pillows…

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When putting together the daybed for the Energy House Sunroom, I decided at the last minute that the white pillows needed a little something more.  We had throw pillow covers made from white Rubie Green organic denim to match the organic Lee Industries daybed that is the focal point of the space.

To add a bit of color and design, I decided to add ribbon stripes on the pillows.  This is an easy and quick project that anyone can do, so I thought I would share  with my readers this fun decorating how-to.  Just a quick trip to your local fabric and crafts store and your ready to get started!

 
Items needed:
Scissors
Satin or Grosgrain ribbon
Heat-set fusible tape
Iron
 
1.      Cut your ribbon to the length you need.  Be sure to add a little extra length to each ribbon piece so that you may fold over the ends and have a smooth edge. You can create squares or other geometric designs, but I opted for simple stripes.
2.      Placing the heat-fusible tape between the pillow cover and the ribbon, run your iron over the ribbon.  Be sure to follow the directions provided with the fusible tape you purchase.  I used straight pins to help hold the ribbon in place during this process.
3.      Voila!  You’re done.  Most heat-fusible tape is a permanent bond which is washable and dry cleanable so there’s no need to worry about cleaning.

Now these are pillows with a kick!!