Releases 10 "Green" Ways to Become Eco-friendly Using Interior Decorating Accessories

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Think before you throw -- reduce waste through reclaiming, repurposing, and relocating. The classic Tuscan trend achieves a unique and unusual decorating style that is also environmentally friendly.

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RSS releases 10 “green” ways to redecorate. Major redecorating creates massive waste. Much of it still ends up in the landfill but there are lots of interior decorating accessories that one can reclaim or repurpose.

Repurposing and reclaiming means being resourceful and selective in redecorating options and conserving scarce resources. These practices will go a long way towards reducing the millions of tons of construction and demolition waste that homes and businesses generate every year. One can create a unique and distinctive decorating effect reusing the interior decorating accessories one already has.

10 ways “green” ways to redecorate and be easy on the planet:

#1 - Mirrors, which are crackled or crazed, can look great with an interesting frame in a new location. And for a more finished look in a bathroom, the existing large mirror can be cut smaller and framed.

#2 - Kitchen cabinets can be transformed into a Tuscan-themed kitchen by painting them in a rustic faux finish or adding some molding and exposed wrought iron hinges (acquired from a second hand shop).

#3 - Cabinet doors, possibly with leaded glass inserts, can become “movable” cabinets for another part of the home.

#4 – Old windows can be utilized in new ways. If small enough, they can be used in cabinetry as a door, or inserted with mirrors and placed above a buffet instead of a hutch.

#5 - Marble or granite countertops that are being replaced can be cut down and used as a tabletop on a wrought iron stand or wooden base. Pieces can be used as cheeseboards and platters.

#6 - If there is a building being torn down nearby, pieces of salvaged wood can be custom-made into tables, benches, interesting stands...(Ask first!) Demolition sales can be a “find” for unusual pieces.

#7 - When changing to hardwood or tile (to achieve a Tuscan look), carpet that is in mint condition can be reused by having large pieces bound into area rugs. Area rugs are a great way to define spaces. An interesting tapestry border for the binding edge (perhaps 3 inches wide) can be acquired where carpet-binding is done.

#8 - To update wall-to wall-draperies, fabric can be reused in Roman Shades, or other smaller window coverings. (A local quilting shop is a great place to donate the rest of the fabric.)

# 9 - Instead of tossing the old sofa, consider reupholstering in a trendy Tuscan fabric.

#10 - If existing light fixtures don’t suit one’s new décor, they can be refinished instead of replaced - sprayed, powder-coated, or painted.

When in a redecorating frenzy, don’t just toss out those extraneous interior decorating accessories. Relocate them! People want materials such as mirrors, cabinets, windows, carpets, draperies, light fixtures. Whole businesses have been built up by enterprising entrepreneurs to match “don’t wanters” with “I’d love that!” folks. To find places that reclaim materials, contact the local Habitat for Humanity Restore, the municipal recycling hotline, or a local contractor to find where to responsibly dispose of these products. And as a special bonus, many of these locations have materials the home renovator is looking for! In keeping with the Tuscan Decor trend, look for second-hand treasures to get uncommon, even “old-world” looking pieces that can transform any home into a little piece of Tuscany. Antique stores and auctions are also great places to scout.

To reuse & repurpose interior decorating accessories is to reduce one’s carbon footprint. One can be environmentally friendly and a “classic” decorator. It’s definitely time to think before we throw!

About – This website was started in 2004 with the intent to provide timely and useful tips and techniques when decorating in the immensely popular Tuscan style. Thankfully, the ‘throw away’, ‘use it once and toss it’, impermanent mindset of recent decades has been abandoned in favor of enduring quality. Because the Tuscan style uses functional and “old” pieces of furniture, and embraces aged, weathered, and used items, Tuscan decorating epitomizes “making do”, refinishing, refurbishing, and taking care of things – for a good long time...

Linda Hutchinson, Designer
Phone: 250-298-8367


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