Best for Remodeling and Redecorating

Update your home with fresh walls, fun flooring and stylish accents.

| May/June 2010

  • Varian Designs Dagda Chair in ash
    Photo Courtesy Varian Designs
  • Eleek bamboo sash lift
    Photo Courtesy Eleek
  • FLOR Fedora 2 Rug Kit in charcoal
    Photo Courtesy FLOR
  • Organelle Design "Hangelier 2.1"
    Photo Courtesy Organelle Design
  • Forbo Marmoleum flooring
    Photo Courtesy Forbo
  • Sunburst Knobs green lacquered knobs
    Photo Courtesy Sunburst Knobs
  • Viesso Pel chair
    Photo Courtesy Viesso Pel
  • Little Yolo nontoxic paint
    Photo Courtesy Little Yolo

Shine on

Illuminate a room—and your spirits—with a beautiful lamp or chandelier made from natural or repurposed materials. For optimal energy savings, use a compact fluorescent or LED bulb.

Paint pick-me-up

Painting is one of the least expensive, easiest ways to update. Look for brands with low emissions of volatile organic compounds—“low-VOC” or “zero-VOC”—to keep the odor and air quality as fresh as your home’s new look. Some paints now also have low-VOC colorants.



New floor, squared

Flooring squares or tiles are convenient alternatives to vinyl or conventional carpet. Plus, you can easily replace stained or damaged sections with a single new tile (buy a couple extra, just in case). Choose styles made from recycled rubber, cork, recycled plastic (including bottles and carpet scraps) or renewable linseed. Some types are biodegradable; others can be recycled by the manufacturer.

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