Name: Emily Smith
Started at Re-Nest: January, 2011
Lives in: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
As an avid biker (you may spot her cycling around her hometown of Vancouver!), gardener, and crafter, Emily's posts often draw on her enthusiasm for DIY projects and her passion for local, mindful living.
You most enjoy writing about: My favourite posts to write are when I get to share simple discoveries that I've sorted out at home that have made my own life a little bit greener. For example, in an effort to give up the dryer and find a clothes hanging solution that would work indoors (it rains A LOT in Vancouver), and would work with a space that has high ceilings and very little floor space (as I had), I figured that the Dutch Airer would be a perfect fit. Now, it took me a while to actually get it installed (a few friends had to come over and help me find the studs), but once I got it hanging, it worked like a charm. I've since been hanging all of my clothes, and rarely use the dryer.
I like that writing for a blog like Re-Nest really motivates me to take a look around me and think about how I can cut down on energy consumption, or lower my carbon footprint.
I also really enjoy anything DIY, and innovations that can help improve the state of the world. I'm so inspired by the whole DIY movement, and feel that the only way that we're going to find the solutions to the big problems that we're facing - like climate change - is to be empowered in ourselves, to understand what we're consuming, and how we can affect change on an individual level. So, learning how to make things, or learning about people that are making things, are what really get my wheels turning.
Your personal home style is: Well, I'd like to say that I have clean surfaces and a minimal aesthetic, but I've always got a number of projects on the go. So, I guess I'd have to say that my personal home style is busy, until everything's put away. I've got a home for everything, but I'm always experimenting with new things, trying out new materials, colours and projects, and pretty deep in making things. So, at any given moment, I'm usually multi-tasking.
As far as the aesthetic, though, I love anything mid-century modern and am a die-hard Eames fan. My absolute favourite period of architecture is the arts and crafts period.
Your green home must-have is: Cast iron pans. Because teflon is just silly.
Your ideal Saturday morning is: Biking uphill to the farmer's market and riding home to make a nice big brunch.
What's on your nightstand? Two books that I'm currently reading: Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, as well as Cory Doctorow's book Makers. I've also got my knitting needles or drop spindle ready at any moment's notice.
Where you go for inspiration/info/help? TreeHugger, Fast Company, Design*Sponge, Poppytalk*Handmade, Stair Porn, decor8, and I often look to Craft Magazine or Instructables for the odd DIY project or How-To for around the home. I've also got some magazines and books on urban farming and gardening around the house that I sometimes use for reference, and/or inspiration.
DIY or buy? DIY!
Favorite CFL or LED lightbulb brand? I've used Acuity LED lights. It's worked pretty well for me.
Favorite green paint brand and color? I'm a fan of the Yolo paints. I've been really in to earth tones these days, so I'd have to say the olive-y green colour labelled as LEAF .05 on their colour guide.
In 2011 you're going to: Take the train when traveling instead of flying whenever possible. And learn to be a better bicycle rider in the rain!
Posts from Emily
• Getting Ready for Spring: Dream Green Style
• Greenhouses and Cold Frames For All Locations and Budgets
• Kaufmann Mercantile: Everyday Items Built to Last
• How To Dye Wool with Acorns
• How To Make Sprouts from Lentils
• Lower Your Carbon Footprint With an Eco Floating Home
• Build a Worm Tower To Spread Compost Over Your Garden
• Steve Burns' New Brooklyn House
• How To Make Homemade Powder Deodorant
• Dutch Airer: A Beautiful, Space Saving Alternative to Air Drying
(Images: see linked posts for full image credits)