Wednesday, April 18, 2012

EARTH WEEK WEDNESDAY: Green Home of the Week

From now on, I am going to feature each week a Green home.  I am obsessed with Dwell Magazine and read every issue cover to cover and can't get over how breath taking some of these off the grid homes are.  So this week is a small family beach home in the beautiful Montauk, New York.

Green features such as a prefabricated foundation and a geothermal heating and cooling system are buried below ground.  Nontoxic finishes and passive systems inside the home add to its sustainable credit and helped keep the project on budget.  The result is an elegant beach house that is perfect in tune with its environment.

Side view of the house which is landscaped with native plants and trees.

Bedroom with retracting doors to create outdoor space into a larger living space 
A kitchen I drool over
Beautiful hallway made from sustainable and certified wood

All I can say is...a prefab home will be in my future.  


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Earth Week Continued...Solar Powered...what?!?!

Earth Week continued!!

Solar Power is becoming more popular and somewhat mainstreamed in today's world.  I cam across some interesting solar powered gadgets that are out on the market today.  Check 'em out!

cell phone charger

solar powered backpacks to charge accessories
solar powered tree 

solar powered toys like this "spider"


Monday, April 16, 2012


Monday April 16th marks the beginning of Earth Week!  This week each blog post will be dedicated to Green Design and ways to live a more sustainable life.
An easy way to be Green is to REUSE anything and everything as much as possible!  If you think about what it is that you are throwing away, you may find that some of your trash may be someone else's treasure.  Here are some simple ways to reuse:

*Since plastic grocery bags can't be recycled, take them back to the store and use them to bag new groceries.  I reuse these plastic bags for poop bags when I walk my pup!

*Don't throw away old books!!! Donate them to libraries or school programs!

*Instead of using disposable paper towels, use rags, sponges or towels to clean up messes or for your everyday cleaning.  I ONLY use towels/rags and it makes such a difference!

*Save plastic containers that you get when you order take-out or delivery.  They can be repurposed to store leftovers!

*When Spring cleaning-out your closet, don't throw away old clothes, donate them!

There are such simple ways to reuse "trash" that easily accumulates throughout your home.  If you follow these simple steps you will see a very noticeable difference in the amount of trash you collect.  So, REUSE, REUSE, REUSE!!!

Happy Earth Week!!!