Eco-Chic Home: Rethink, Reuse & Remake Your Way to Sustainable Style


More than 60 easy design projects for an eco-friendly home

• Strong green message brings a twist to the DIY genre
• Offers ways to enhance personal style at home
• Perfect for the "recessionista" or "economista" in every family!
• Printed on 100% recycled paper with soy inks By featuring more than sixty projects that embrace the popular ...

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More than 60 easy design projects for an eco-friendly home

• Strong green message brings a twist to the DIY genre
• Offers ways to enhance personal style at home
• Perfect for the "recessionista" or "economista" in every family!
• Printed on 100% recycled paper with soy inks By featuring more than sixty projects that embrace the popular eco-ethic, Emily Anderson takes the DIY genre to every room in the house. From detailed instructions on turning old sweaters into hand-knotted rugs to tips on assessing local thrift shops and estate sales, Anderson makes re-styling a home practical and fresh at a very low cost. Projects encourage first-time crafters and DIY pros alike to use repurposed items—old lamps, extra sheets, mismatched dishes—to create new décor. Turn old bed pillows into stylish floor cushions, teacups into candles (soy wax only, please!), and old fabric into festive holiday garlands.

Creative and resourceful domestic advice throughout inspires readers to shop local consignment stores, raid grandma's closet, and recycle a home's excess clutter through craigslist or garage sales. Eco-Chic Home proves that with a little ingenuity and thoughtful changes, everything old can be new again.

EMILY ANDERSON is an author and designer whose work has been featured in The New York Times, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Today Show, among other media. She is the author of Eco-Chic Weddings and hosts a popular blog by the same name. She received a degree in interior design from Parson's School of Design and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594851407
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    Altering our Mindset

    Since when does taking care of and respecting our environment happen by indulging in the material? Now! Eco-Chic Home is not about denying the beauty and pleasure of a well-made product; rather, it is about appreciating what we have, seeing it is an extension of ourselves and respecting its ability to give back - for years to come. The underlying premise of this book is a sustainable idea in and of itself. While I am not a die-hard doer, I am a believer that we as a society should extract more meaning from what we already have. Eco-Chic Home sees the many uses of the everyday, reinterpreting a tired set of dishes into a fabulous tiered cupcake stand or reinventing the grandfather clock via paint and a bit of whimsy. Really, our daily lives are already beautiful and this book shows us how and why! The "Eco-Bits" sprinkled amongst the how-tos - along with the authors deep knowledge of how and where to eco source - are fun to read, even if you don't plan on making a magazine bowl or reupholstering a flea market chair any time soon. By reading this book, you will change your mindset and habits. Here's to doing good, with style!

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