1. Under Foot
Silex metallic porcelain floor and wall tile from Italy contains 40 percent recycled content and is third-party certified to qualify for LEED points. Available through Mosaic Tile, it comes in 12-by-24-inch and 24-inch-square sizes, and in mosaics with an array of trim options. www.mosaic tileco.com.
2. Sustainable Storage
Constructed entirely of recycled wood, Eco-Nize Closets’ EcoCloset is made from a wood core product manufactured in a formaldehyde-free process. The laminated surface is available in 13 color options and a variety of door styles; pictured here, a walk-in closet done in the popular light cherry laminate. www.eco-nize.com.
3. Inspired By Nature
Sustainable Solutions, International, recently introduced the Penguin Collection. With a silhouette resembling the lines of the waddling waterfowl, the polished-brass faucet features a flow-regulated aerator; it operates at a low 1.5 gallons per minute, which has earned it WaterSense Certification. www.fluidfaucets.com.
4. Wall to Wall
Kravet’s eco-friendly Grasscloth Collection of wallcoverings brings the outdoors in. Handmade from a combination of bamboo and other natural grasses and paper, it comes in a variety of weaves and colors and offers a natural backdrop to any décor. www.kravet.com.
5. Beautiful Bedding
Portico Home’s new bedding collection includes duvets, mattress pads, pillows, comforters and more, made using a choice of eco-friendly fillers: Freshness Assured Down or a renewable, recycled polyester and Lycell fiber blend. Sheets and bath towels are also part of the collection, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
6. Wonderful Wood
Herndon, Virginia-based Wirth Interior Custom Cabinetry produces rich, warm wood paneling using totally green construction methods and materials. Hardwood and hardwood veneers—which carry FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification—assure a formaldehyde-free manufacturing process, and Greenguard waterborne coatings create a durable finish low in VOCs.
7. Eco Chic
Sublimehome furniture is stylish, modern—and earth-friendly. Its pieces, including tables, desks, consoles and the buffet shown above, are made with sustainable woods such as bamboo, plyboo, kirei board and palm wood, using low-VOC finishes and toxin-free adhesives. Created by Scottsdale, Arizona, designer Paul Jeffrey, a limited number of pieces are available, but more can be custom-ordered. www.sublimehome.biz.
8. Energy Audit
Home Performance Solutions’ Diagnostic Energy Audit identifies the causes of energy inefficiency and also helps homeowners pinpoint problems that may be causing ailments such as headaches, asthma or allergies in new or recently built residential construction. The company performs an in-home walk-through that includes on-site diagnostic testing with electronic equipment. Written results and recommendations are provided. www.hps.net.
**Out of the array of interior design magazines, Home and Design magazine stands out as a primary idea source for luxury home design and building/remodeling features. Wonderful visuals of custom homes and eco-friendly resources are combined with expert advice to provide a fundamental reference point for bringing amazing home interior design and remodeling projects to life.