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What could be less like shopping in a big box store than being offered a cup of tea while you choose a paint color?
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That's what it's like when you visit EcoHome Improvement in Berkeley, California. While the store serves primarily local customers, a visit to their website provides plenty of inspiration, and it's as close to being there as you can get online. Like this dreamy bit:
"At the Paint Bar™, you have a place to sit, have a glass of water or cup of tea, browse color decks, books and magazines, and spend time looking for just the right color."


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Owners Taja DiLeonardi and Nina Boeddeker believe that green can be stylish and offer up a unique mix of products in a stress-free environment. If you're away from the East Bay, chances are you can find some of these favorites in your local green building store:

Yolo Colorhouse zero-VOC paint
Marmoleum linoleum flooring, which EcoHome Improvement also sells locally as fabricated countertops
EcoTimber FSC certified flooring

But they've got more than a few other products that we haven't seen anywhere else. If you're in or around Berkeley, won't you share your favorites?