Green Style: Michelle Adams of Rubie Green

Green Style: Michelle Adams of Rubie Green

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Apr 15, 2010

These gorgeous photos are of Michelle Adams' home in New York. Michelle is a co-founder of Lonny magazine, and designer behind the eco-friendly textile brand Rubie Green. She recently renovated her apartment to be more eco-friendly, and filled it with affordable vintage and Craigslist finds, environmentally-friendly accessories (like the West Elm tree stump side table, made from a fallen cypress tree), and of course, plenty of Rubie Green's signature organic textiles. She gave an interview recently with Decor8, so jump below to read her tips on how to green your home:

1. Do your homework: "Ask questions and read product descriptions to find out exactly how products are really made. If you're unclear about something, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call customer service to ask. Companies that make the effort to truly manufacture earth friendly items will be happy to tell you all about them."

2. Start with a clear inspiration in mind: "Rather than looking for eco products and buying them simply because they're earth-friendly, figure out what style you're hoping to achieve and select your furnishings accordingly. In my own apartment, I decided early on that my inspiration was "English conservatory meets Dorothy Draper," so I searched for items that were bold (i.e. Dorothy) yet still charming, relaxed and natural. My wallpaper is clearly a bold statement, as the birds are large and highly repetitive, yet when you look closely they are delicately drawn and very feminine. I tried to look for these sorts of juxtapositions in every piece that I brought into my home. Since I'm fascinated by flea markets, I also wanted to inject a bit of history into my decor, with pieces that have been around for decades."

3. Make the easy switches: "If eco-chic design feels a bit overwhelming, start with the basics. When painting your walls or furniture, opt for paints with zero VOCs. There are so many easily accessible options on the market that you won't have to hunt whatsoever (Benjamin Moore, Home Depot, etc.) and you can rest assured that your walls won't be emitting toxic gases that you and your family will breathe in. When choosing rugs, always buy an eco-friendly rug pad and look for rugs made with natural fibers. Be sure they aren't finished with a chemical coating (this is key!) and look for certification stamps like RugMark and Goodweave to ensure that you're buying pieces which were not created with child labor. For furniture, look for pieces made from reclaimed or sustainably harvested wood, and when cleaning your home you can make the simple switch to natural and biodegradable products. (Which honestly smell better than chemically produced ones anyway!)"

Read the rest of Michelle's tips, see more photos and read the full article at Decor8.

(Images: Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine, via Decor8)

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