Möbius Home Is Now Certified in Eco Friendly Home Furnishings and Design!

 

 

Owner and Chief Designer, Lynn Feinstein, just completed an intensive course in sustainability, taking the wealth of knowledge she has to the next level, and received my certification as an Accredited Professional.

The course is an industry-first, developed in conjunction with the Sustainable Furnishings Council and approved by ranking staff of Rainforest Alliance, World Wildlife Fund and one of the co-founders of USGBC/LEED. The program was written by a LEED AP and is designed to pick up where LEED leaves off, focusing specifically on the furnishings themselves and other
interior design issues.

It provided a ton of detailed information on the environmental issues affecting choices and the wide range of product solutions, most of which don’t cost any more than ordinary ones. It’s simply a matter of knowing the right places to look and the right questions to ask.

She gained in depth knowledge how important all of this is, and  she looks forward to being able to share what she has learned!

Safety First!

 

Mobius Home is taking on new projects during the pandemic with extended precautions to ensure the safety of our clients and our staff. We feel a deep responsibility to protect the health and well-being of everyone while continuing to provide the personalized interior design service you deserve. 

We have a variety of online consultation and design packages suitable for almost any project. Our tech-savvy design tools ensure that we will be able to craft a cohesive and personalized plan for your space, without ever having to step foot in it.

If an in-person consultation is needed, our COVID-19 policy dictates that all parties will wear masks and practice social distancing. We will sanitize tools and swatches and will reschedule at any sign of illness. 

Our goal remains to partner with subcontractors and vendors who share our vision of a healthy living environment for our clients. Therefore, we will only recommend partners who practice clear safety precautions similar to our own. 

Stay safe and stay healthy, 

Mobius Home 

Creating A Room Decorating Board

 

Enjoy watching our tutorial on creating your own room decorating board, which was part of our virtual Style and Sustainability webinar/workshop from April 22. We share a few tips to help you decorate your space while we shelter in place.

Click on the image below to access the link.

Creating a Room Decorating Board

5 Interior Tips & Trends to Apply To Your Space While Staying in Place

 

How do you like that? A title that rhymes. Ha!

On April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we held our adapted Style and Sustainability Workshop online, where we covered tips and trends on mindfully decorating your own space. Over all it went well, but as seems to be common, we had a technical issue. I lost sound during Q&A at the end, and did my best to answer the questions through the chat box.

I wasn’t able to give a sufficient answer to all of them, and in our post webinar survey, a few people were disappointed with those answers. It’s the challenge of offering sound advice as an interior designer. Often it requires further thought and research. A doctor won’t give a patient all the answers they want, even if they are expecting one right away, until they have done their research. We encourage and welcome you to send us questions about your decorating challenges to: info@mobiushome.com. Then we have the time to thoughtfully consider your questions and do some investigation using our resources, before sending a reply.

And now, some tips…..

#1: Refresh Your Old Sofa

Instead of replacing your worn out sofa, consider a refresh with new cushions and updated upholstery if it still has good bones.

Before and After (In Progress)

#2: Curate Your Collectibles

Following a basic principle from the Renaissance, create a flow of your objects, collectibles or furnishings, that allows the eye to follow, to create movement and visual interest. Place objects low to high to low, or high to low to high. Also, pair objects that are alike in shape, style, color, patterns or materials.

#3: Upcycling

The photos below are created by Shannon Quimby and are perfect examples of upcycling, or taking something old or worn out, and turning it into something new. On the left, she found old beer and wine bottles and turned them into pendant lighting over her table, in the middle, she converted old sweaters into poufs, and on the right, she hacked an old IKEA dresser and added scrap wood to it, and created an ombre painting technique with no VOC paint.

#4: Bring the Outside In

A major trend in 2020-21 is an ever growing need to be connected with nature and bring those elements indoors, either with live plants, or plant inspired graphic elements, materials, textures and color.

#5: Sourcing Mindfully

The Sustainable Furnishings Council has an ongoing campaign called “What’s It Made Of?”, which is an easy question to remember to ask yourself before buying anything new. Below is useful information to know before you purchase.

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!

SIGN UP HERE

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.