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FROM DRAB TO FAB IN 3 SUSTAINABLE STEPS

Updated: Jan 14, 2019

By Leah Alexander

With a passion for interior design, blogger and design professional, Leah Alexander, is here to share tips on how to make any space sustainably stylish!


As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited Design Consultant and Interior Design Blogger fixated on sustainable design, it's no wonder I fell in love with Design w Care's mission to design aesthetically pleasing, zero waste spaces for a greener, more beautiful today and tomorrow.


It only makes sense that Design w Care Founder, Laura Baross, and I share a common wavelength in honor of Design w Care's five design principles: 


Repurpose, reduce, reuse, redo, and recycle.

Here are three quick tips to transform your space from drab to fab with these principles in mind!

1 TO THROW OR NOT TO THROW? 

Not! Repurpose those throw pillows!  

It's not always about introducing more "stuff" into your home. A stale or disjointed-feeling space may simply require reworking.



For good measure, before buying new things, try rearranging what you already own.


Perhaps you have a couch in the den and one in the living room. Between the two, there may be more throw pillows than you can count on your fingers and toes. Try swapping them, or mixing and matching in a way that makes you feel like they're new. 



2 GOT BOOKS?

If you're considering throwing out obsolete textbooks or those guilty pleasure novellas, think twice! 


Books with tattered spines and highlighted pages are beautiful when arranged with the spines facing in, pages facing out and visible, to give any space a collected, scholastic feel.









3 RECORD BREAKING ART.

Record players and their artful jackets may be as old-school as... I don't know what the kids did back then. I'm a millennial.


Records are just old. But what they lack in technological relevance, they make up for in style.


So why not frame these babies for a gallery wall or for artwork to lean on a shelf



A large part of our ever-growing carbon footprint, which jeopardizes our indoor and outdoor air quality, is created by construction and design pollution. 

By starting small, right in our own bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens, we are linking arms and resisting the temptation to slide down the slippery slope of mindless discarding and consuming. 

There are so many ways to reinvent what we already have at home, making our spaces thoughtfully refreshed! 


While I'm no DIY-er, I can certainly apply quick tips like these to reduce my waste and enjoy what I spent my hard-earned cash on for a little while longer.


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