One of my favorite hobbies is hunting in salvage yards. I just love the thrill and adventure of finding something promising in a pile of junk that otherwise would have been thrown out. It is a creative challenge to think outside the box to reinvent, reclaim and repurpose found objects into fabulous décor for your home. At Shades of Light, we have focused that passion into an Eco-Chic look that is out of the box and full of interest, charm and the unexpected. That look is exactly what we wanted to present in our latest cover “Eco-Chic.”
This cover was all about earth-friendly yet fabulous! Being “green” and “eco-friendly” doesn’t have to be boring and I set out to prove that. I challenged myself to use either renewable, earth-friendly products or reclaimed and repurposed products only. What a fun challenge, right!?! The earth is full of beautiful color and natural texture from renewable resources that help our earth’s eco-system, and of course reusing old things that are headed to already over flowing landfills is “oh so green”! So I started with my inspiration from our beautiful earth to create the color palette of leafy green with warm tones of browns and beiges. The room was warm and inviting with all the natural texture and the cool green walls contrasting perfectly to create a feel that almost makes you think you are dining in a beautiful forest.
I chose all reclaimed wood for the furniture. Every item is made from 100% reclaimed wood and the coolest piece, the reclaimed Railroad Ties Bistro table, was my favorite find. The naturally aged texture of this wood is perfect and the unpolished marble top continues the natural look.
The Reclaimed Wood Bistro Chairs I loved so much I actually purchased them for my own home.
I wanted to keep the texture flowing as I designed the light fixture for above the table. I picked hemp fabric to create the open-weave drum shade pendant. ,Unlike other plants used for fabric making, hemp is naturally eco-friendly because it requires no pesticides, herbicides or any other harmful chemicals to be grown and harvested. I loved the open weave of this fabric because it shows the bulbs, giving this pendant a cool industrial feel.
I dressed the wall with driftwood framed mirrors, no trees harmed here! I picked our popular demi-john table lamp because of the color (obviously) but also because it is made from recycled glass, SCORE!
Finally, I wanted a rug that was not only eco-friendly but hip and cool. I designed our Concentric Stripe rug made from un-dyed wool as to not harm the earth and to keep the naturally beautiful hues of nature untouched. I made the stripes extra wide and chunky because fat stripes are all the rage! I fell in love with this rug and guess what; it also made it home with me!
Not finished yet, I wanted to carry our Eco-Chic style to the back cover as well to showcase our reclaimed style that Shades of Light has made extremely popular but also easily accessible for the home owner. We featured our reclaimed Rotor Pendants that are not only “green” but so industrial chic, a WIN, WIN in my opinion.
Lastly, I chose reclaimed Vintage Patchwork rugs, vintage rugs that have been spared from the landfill to be stitched together to make large rugs. Now they have that sought after “worn” look of antique rugs updated in hot new fashion colors but at a fraction of the price!
I hope you find our Eco-Chic cover inspiring and decide to find ways to decrease your carbon foot print while increasing your style impact! Visit our website where we have an entire category devoted to “Green” products as well as our popular and ever changing “One of a Kind Finds” category where we feature all of our reclaimed lighting products, some of which I have found personally during my salvage yard explorations.
P.S. Worried about all the new light bulb regulations and want a better understanding of what is to come for our beloved light bulb in this new era of “going green?” Click here where our experts explain the upcoming changes and how Shades of Light will be there to walk you through the ever changing legislation while still offering lighting options that you will love and enjoy in your home.