Style & Sustainability Workshop_50th Anniversary Earth Day

 

WE ARE NOW OFFERING OUR WORKSHOP AS A WEBINAR AND VIDEO TUTORIAL, ON APRIL 22, 2020, THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY. REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2020. JOIN US AND LEARN TIPS FOR SUSTAINABLY DECORATING YOUR SPACE!

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When it comes to interior decorating, does it ever feel like you have to choose between making sustainable choices for your home and creating stylish spaces that feel both refreshed and completely you? We believe in making mindful choices in interior decorating while capturing the eclectic aspects that make us all individuals. How do we do this? Our interior design experts find it best to workshop our visions and the visions of our clients using mood boards.

Mood boards are a very useful tool in interior decorating when attempting to convey the feeling that you want for your space. They can help to convey color scheme, style, and furniture pieces you would like to be present. Mood boards can be especially helpful when thinking of sustainable decorating. If you use what you have in the way of furniture as a basis for your design, you can reduce the need to buy new products. At the same time, understanding the feeling you want in your space can help in the search for recycled products, refurbished products, or else, mindfully sourced products. This doesn’t mean that you have to stick with the looks you have or the exact look of what you found. Some of the most successful reupholstered furniture stores in Portland, such as Acanthus and Revive PDX  provide services to refurbish and renew older furniture into beautiful and relevant pieces for your space. Upcycling these items is also an option for the D.I.Y.er at heart. With our guidance, you will be able to create the space of your dreams, with the smallest impact on the environment possible.

For this reason, the interior decorating experts at Mobius Home chose to provide the style and sustainability online workshop on the 50th Anniversary of Earthday, April 22, 2020, to give you an inside look into our process of mindful interior decoration. The style and sustainability online workshop is designed to inspire and empower you to create a space that reflects your individual tastes and vision while drawing on expert advice in design, furniture and accessory placement, and sustainable sourcing practices. 

Join us as owner and chief designer of Mobius Home, Lynn Feinstein, speaks on how to source mindfully manufactured furniture, explores creative upcycling, introduces color and current trends, and unveils the principles behind cohesively pulling together the many items you already own to work in your refreshed spaces. 

After the presentation, you’ll view a thoughtful and inspiring video instructing you on creating a personalized mood board with help from the Mobius Home, Interior Decorating expert team. Basing your design off of the space that challenges you the most, or else the space you are thinking about most, be it your office or a room in your home. Take a moment to look into what you can make this space into. Take inspiration from the place of your dreams while discussing what is attainable right now. We will demonstrate with palettes, swatches and samples from our local partners. All while utilizing the expertise of the Mobius Home team who will guide you in the process of creating your dream space.

You will leave the workshop with a clearer vision of your space and knowledge on how you can support a sustainable lifestyle with the decisions you make for your home and beyond.

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Sustainable Furnishings Council

When we source product for you, the SFC is our resource to find manufacturers who follow these principles for a safer environment inside and out.

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is an educational and marketing organization, promoting healthy environments, inside and outside.  A balanced coalition of home furnishings industry players, SFC was founded at High Point, NC in October 2006 to promote sustainable practices among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike.

The SFC recognizes the overwhelming scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change. SFC members acknowledge the tremendous urgency, and take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under their control. SFC members utilize Life Cycle Assessment as the best method for analyzing the environmental and health impact of their products, and a verifiable chain of custody as the only acceptable method for tracking wood flow. SFC members support the triple bottom line of PEOPLE – PLANET – PROFITS and lead the industry in developing awareness of best practices throughout their supply chains. Members accomplish this goal by increasing their purchases from suppliers that show continual improvement toward meeting our high standards.

See more at: http://sustainablefurnishings.org/content/our-mission

Spring Clean Toxin-Free

This article from Apartment Therapy; 25 Green Cleaning Recipes for the Entire House!, offers simple and affordable recipes using 5-6 basic ingredients. For example, the ingredients and supplies listed below are everything you’ll need to make your own kitchen cleaners:

Ingredients:
Vinegar
Baking Soda
Lemon
Essential Oil (optional)
Water
Dish soap

Equipment or Tools:
Spray bottle
Bowl
Sponge
Scrub brush
Measuring spoons

 

 

Redecorate Resourcefully and Cost Free

With a bit of ingenuity, a minimal amount of work and a creative imagination, you can redecorate your interior and exterior property without spending money. The environment also benefits when utilizing existing materials already on hand to decorate a room or outdoor area. Recycling old materials can provide an exquisite makeover without investing anything other than a can of paint.

Recreating Old Furniture Pieces:

  • When you think “out of the box”, there is no end to the design creation. An old dresser turns into a beautiful window seat. After removing the dresser legs, lay a decorative cushion or blanket and some throw pillows on the top of the dresser and place in a window with a view, interior walkway or room corner. The top of the dresser functions as the seating space. Additionally, the dresser drawers provide convenient storage space. Whether or not you should add a coat of paint depends on your design preference. Leaving the dresser in the original state creates an antique “shabby chic” style while a coat of paint creates the perfect modern accent piece for any room. Using this same dresser concept produces a versatile coffee table with built in drawers as well as a child’s toy box.
  • An old baby crib can become a decorative quilt or magazine rack in very little time and with hardly any effort. Once you remove the side railing sections of the crib, simply display them vertically against any wall. Hang your favorite quilts over the individual posts or drape magazines, hanging them by their spine, with the front magazine cover facing out.

Window Treatments:

  • Window treatments can run rather costly yet the average household contains a variety of fabrics and prints for the choosing. Common bed linens come in an array of colors, styles and sizes, are machine washable and require little work in constructing. With the help of a measuring stick or tape, thread, a needle and a pair of scissors, cut out your own patterns for beautiful yet original window treatment designs.

See this article for a no sew option: One Yard, No Sew Window Treatment 3 Ways.

Exterior Property Decor:

  • When gardening season rolls around, instead of purchasing flower boxes, using an old antique bed frame adds a unique and stunning conversation piece to any front yard or flower garden. Simply remove the headboard and foot-board and use as the exterior back and front walls of your garden. Plant rows of your favorite flowers in the ground area located between the head and foot-board. Once the flowers reach maturity, they become the bed spread, creating a literal floral bed.
  • Any common item can become an eye-catching masterpiece. An old claw-footed bathtub serves as the perfect container garden. Just drill a few holes in the bottom of the bathtub and fill with gardening soil. This design idea works perfectly for areas with minimal gardening space or for growing any type of small herb, vegetable or flower garden.
Clawfoot Tub Planter Box

Clawfoot Tub Planter Box

Antique Bed Frame Planter Box

Antique Bed Frame Planter Box

 

Move With Reusable Boxes

AlienBox, Perfect for Moving!

Next time you move, forget about cardboard packing boxes! Formerly AlienBox, RediBox is a local, Portland based company, and rents reusable boxes for moving. Each RediBox eliminates 200 cardboard boxes from the waste cycle, making a move with RediBox an eco-friendly one. The company delivers the boxes directly to you and picks them up after you’re unpacked.

To plan for your move, contact us, and we’ll make the process of redecorating in your new home simple and stress-free!

Sustainable Furniture Purchasing Tips

The Sustainable Furnishings Counsel created these guidelines to help you choose mindfully manufactured furniture. The SFC is a non-profit, balanced coalition of the home furnishings industry and environmental leaders. Their mission is to promote sustainable practices and raise awareness among suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, designers and consumers. It is their belief that sustainable practices are those that support a healthy balance between the environment, social equity, and local economy.

Before purchasing new furniture, consider these questions the next time you make a purchase:

• Where does the wood come from that was used in this furniture?
• Is the wood third-party certified? (FSC and/or SFI approved).
• Does this manufacturer have a Social Equity Code of Conduct for the production processes?
• Does this manufacturer have an energy use reduction plan?
• Where was this furniture manufactured?
• Were paints or finishes with high Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) used on this product?

We can all do our part through our purchasing power to slow down the effects of global climate change, and make the choice to support companies that put an effort into their part as well.

For more information, please check out their website.