Conscious Style Home: Eco-Friendly Living for the 21st Century

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The Essence of Danny Seo's Conscious Style philosophy is simple. As a leading environmentalist and lifestyle expert, Seo believes it doesn't take much time, effort, or money to make a difference in the world. It's the small choices you make every day -- from what you wear to what you use to furnish your home -- that have a tremendous impact. In this lavishly illustrated book, Seo describes hundreds of unique, readily available products and easy projects to help anyone create a ...
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Overview

The Essence of Danny Seo's Conscious Style philosophy is simple. As a leading environmentalist and lifestyle expert, Seo believes it doesn't take much time, effort, or money to make a difference in the world. It's the small choices you make every day -- from what you wear to what you use to furnish your home -- that have a tremendous impact. In this lavishly illustrated book, Seo describes hundreds of unique, readily available products and easy projects to help anyone create a comfortable, elegant living space without harming the planet.

In Conscious Style Home, Seo transforms his parents' suburban home. Recycled paint in gorgeous colors brightens the rooms; bamboo blinds allow plenty of natural light; simple white canvas and hemp slipcovers give sofas and chairs a face-lift; recycled glass tiles accent the bathroom; luxurious organic cotton sheets and fluffy comforters stuffed with EcoSpun (made from recycled plastic) make the bedrooms a sanctuary.

So whether you're planning to paint a wall, redecorate a cluttered office, plant a garden, redo the kitchen, or buy a new comforter, Conscious Style Home is an invaluable resource, packed with fun projects, creative ideas, and suggestions for enhancing your living space, indoors and out.

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No wonder Danny Seo is called “the eco-groovy Martha Stewart” -- his design tips make redecorating a smog-free breeze. His ideas for refurbishing the home are fresh and planet-friendly, with more than a dash of panache. In this book, he takes us through the steps of refreshing a typical home (his parents’) inexpensively and conscientiously. Room by room, Seo points out small ways we can upgrade, not only for ourselves but also for the earth.

Seo begins with a very necessary (for most of us) lesson on the art of purging. Before we start redecorating our homes, he notes, it’s imperative that we dredge the sediment from our lives -- as he did for his parents’ cluttered home. “Overaccessorised rooms are too busy, distracting, and unnerving to spend time in,” Seo notes sagely. “I made a list of everything in the home that could go -- to charity, the recycling center, or the landfill -- and spent two hours hauling everything.” Next, Seo tell us how we can update our walls, windows and floors with exciting, eco-friendly materials. Surprise! Seo points out that we can find funky, environmentally correct furnishings right on the Internet, all at a reasonable price. “All I had to do was type words like “hemp rug” or “bamboo blinds” into a web search engine, and I’d be offered a myriad of beautiful options,” Seo crows. “With the money I saved, I could indulge on custom upholstery and purchase handmade tiles for the bathroom.”

Seo goes on to detail what kinds of appliances and furnishings work best in an eco-friendly home: washing machines, refrigerators, and more. On top of all this, Seo explains how to find wooden furniture that’s cut and milled in a responsible way: “You can find sustainably harvested tropical woods in unexpected places. IKEA, for instance.” Who knew? Seo advises cool, affordable furnishings that don’t hurt the planet -- and with his guidance, readers can find ways to make their own homes more environmentally friendly. From the kitchen to the bedroom to the backyard and garden, Seo shows us how we can get our lives and homes into clean, healthy shape.

Like Seo’s other books, such as Heaven on Earth and Generation React, Conscious Style Home is written in clear, lively prose that’s actually fun to read. With lush photographs depicting Seo’s changes to his parents’ house, this book both delights and inspires. (Jesse Gale)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312276614
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny Seo is the founder of Danny Seo Media Ventures, a cause-related lifestyle media company. He is also creator of Danny Seo Home, a line of stylish eco-friendly housewares and accessories. His particular take on style has been featured in People, The Washington Post, and on ABC's The View and The Today Show. His books include Generation React, Heaven on Earth, and most recently, Be the Difference.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 Less Is More: Sorting, Storing, and Maintaining - Use these strategies to exile clutter and simplify your living space 1
Chapter 2 Walls, Windows, and Floors - Understand how these three elements create your overall design scheme 13
Chapter 3 Cooking and Entertaining - Low-stress cooking is good for you and the planet 31
Chapter 4 Furniture - Blast from the Past meets Back to the Future 45
Chapter 5 Sanctuary - Go ahead and hit the snooze button one more time 61
Chapter 6 Refresh - Say, ahhhh. Clean, soothe, and replenish yourself 75
Chapter 7 Working @ Home - Office furniture is for the office, silly 87
Chapter 8 Decorative Accessories - You can make cool accessories in under an hour 103
Chapter 9 Outdoors - Lounge in the shade, sip your lemonade, and let the garden grow itself 115
Chapter 10 Taking Care - Time-tested homemade remedies actually work. How clever 135
Resource Guide: Where I Bought It 153
Index 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    Great Book!!!

    Wish I had had this book before I bought and decorated my home three years ago. I¿m giving it as a wedding gift and to someone else as a birthday gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2001

    A simple Guide with lots of inspiration

    Like any other parent, I wanted to create a home that was warm, inviting, stylish and healthy. There are very few books on eco-friendly living that help you create that. Conscious Style Home is a really great book. The information was helpful. For example, when I was picking new floors for the kitchen, I didn't even know bamboo existed. That's what my husband I chose and it's fabulous. I only wish the book was full-color, but for the photos that are included, they are gorgeous and good examples of Danny's lifestyle philosophy.

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