A Weekend Bedroom Makeover: A Fast Green Remodel

Use our weekend schedule and handy resources to make your bedroom cleaner and greener in just two days!

| November/December 2003

  • Hermine does a final check for EMFs with a Gauss meter. Removing the phone and the digital alarm clock from her bedside have eliminated the biggest EMF sources in her bedroom—especially because the couple has chosen a metal-free bed.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Jean-Charles and Hermine trowel Terramed plaster onto the wall, creating texture and depth that didn’t exist before. Nontoxic plaster allows you artistic license to experiment with troweled wall textures.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Terramed natural ochre plaster is so simple and nontoxic that even the kids can get involved in prep work. Stacey helps mix a batch of Golden Wheat color Terramed that will bring a soft, honey color into the bedroom. The rich tint adds more warmth than a ­neutral color without overpowering this small room.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Jean-Charles and Hermine hang a jute and paper shade that controls light into the bedroom and is also easy to keep clean. You can purchase a custom-made nontoxic shade similar to this one at Earthshade.com.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Hermine and Jean-Charles easily zip together a Green Sleep Hevea natural rubber mattress. The cover is made of organic cotton, silk, and wool layers that surround a rubber mattress core—a design that allows the layers to come apart quickly and air out in good weather.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Now a luxurious space that invites deep slumber and quiet relaxation, Hermine and Jean-Charles’s bedroom is also free of toxins and other harmful elements. The finishing touches on their bed include a comforter, courtesy Suite Sleep; a classic print duvet cover and pillowcases from Indika; and ­pillows from Pacific Coast Feather Company. A Zen Alarm Clock (available at Gaiam.com) on the heirloom bedside table will chime morning tidings to rouse them serenely from slumber. And stepping out of bed in the morning, their feet will land softly on a natural area rug, hand woven and naturally dyed from Garuda Woven Art (303-442-2096). Their new bedroom will luxuriate their senses while nourishing them physically and spiritually.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison
  • Now a luxurious space that invites deep slumber and quiet relaxation, Hermine and Jean-Charles’s bedroom is also free of toxins and other harmful elements. The finishing touches on their bed include a comforter, courtesy Suite Sleep; a classic print duvet cover and pillowcases from Indika; and ­pillows from Pacific Coast Feather Company. A Zen Alarm Clock (available at Gaiam.com) on the heirloom bedside table will chime morning tidings to rouse them serenely from slumber. And stepping out of bed in the morning, their feet will land softly on a natural area rug, hand woven and naturally dyed from Garuda Woven Art (303-442-2096). Their new bedroom will luxuriate their senses while nourishing them physically and spiritually.
    Photography By Povy Kendal Atchison

Greener and cleaner in just two days? You bet!

Maybe allergies are keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. Maybe your bedroom’s atmosphere needs sprucing up. Regardless of your motivation, the fact remains: It’s time for a change. If the thought of a room redo is so overwhelming that you’re waiting until the “Trading Spaces” TV crew knocks at your door, read on. We’ve got lists of ideas for quick fixes—from changing the sheets to eliminating electromagnetic fields—that will transform your boudoir in just a little more than two days.

The first step is identifying what needs to be done, then prioritizing according to your budget and how much you can realistically achieve in a single weekend. Is eliminating allergens your goal? Do you want to change the wall color or get new furniture? The more ambitious your ideas, the more you should plan ahead—at least a month in advance, possibly more if you need to custom-order items.

To create a natural bedroom, start with the bed. Perhaps your weekend project will be to clean out junk stored underneath and outfit it with natural, nontoxic organic cotton sheets, and a wool comforter and pillows. Once your bed is a healthy zone, turn your attention to the lights or windows.



“It’s important to have a vision for your bedroom,” says interior designer Cheryl Terrace, who advises clipping magazine photos to help define your personal style and decide on an overall mood. “Have fun and express your personality while designing your space. Let all your senses get involved in the process.”

1. Color your world



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