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Tangerine Tango

 “Orange is the happiest color.” — Frank Sinatra

Pantone’s 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango,  a ‘spirited reddish orange’.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says this about the color:  “It has some sophistication, but at the same time it has energy. It’s a color that symbolizes a need to recharge our batteries. With orange there’s always that undertone of friendliness and warmth.”   Love it!

Pantone’s color of the year influences interiors, fashion, print, and web design trends.  Bring it into your home through accessories to revive your decor this year.  Color affects us all differently, so consider the preferences you have. Orange is said to stimulate energy, appetite and socialization.  In China and Japan, orange is used to symbolize happiness and love.  American Indians associate the color orange with kinship.

Here are a few fun ways to bring tangerine into your home.  We love it with blue!

our mood board

and some spaces we love…

at the door

up the stairs

on the furniture

on the ceiling

on the wall

for the kids

in the bedroom

You feeling the energy?

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Burlap!

For the past month we have been in total craft mode for the holidays, and one material we have a slight obsession with at the moment is burlap.  We knew it was a natural fiber, and that burlap sacks are used to transport vegetables/grains or to cover plants in the winter… but that was about it.  Here’s what we found out.

Jute fibers are extracted by retting (image from Wikimedia Commons)

Burlap is a woven textile that is created most often from jute fibers – the coarse texture is from the skin of the jute plant.  Jute fibers have a high content of cellulose and lignin, an organic substance that binds natural wood and regulates the flow of liquid in plants…which makes vegetables firm and trees tall.  Jute is cultivated from the species of the plant Corchorus, which is predominantly found in the Indian, Bangladesh & Pakistan regions due to their climate (monsoon seasons provide adequate standing water).  The fibers are extracted through a process of retting (dissolving in water) and stripping (scraping fibers from the stem).

The result is a textile fiber that has a large weave pattern and a natural beige color.  It is part cloth and part wood… so it is heat resistant,  strong, breathable (so good in moist environments), and inexpensive!  We’ve been finding it for $2.99/yard.  Best of all, it is biodegradable.

burlap's amazing texture

We’ve seen some amazing interior products made from burlap including carpets, curtains, upholstery, and decorative items.  It is important to note that some burlap may have had chemicals applied to it by the time it reaches you, so good to know where yours is sourced.  Unfortunately this happens a lot with textiles to make them flame resistant, crease resistant, wrinkle free, soft, dyed, etc, etc.  But there are non-toxic options that are good alternatives.  Burlap is flammable so consider where it will be installed.

Since burlap texture is pretty coarse we use it on items meant to be decorative, rather than snuggled with.  Here are some fun ideas that can help bring a little nature inside your home.

our handmade wreath - straw, recycled blend yarn, burlap & vintage buttons

burlap stocking from Elgies on Etsy

burlap stockings from Inhabitation Boheme on Etsy

burlap bird from Our Sweet Home Alabama on Etsy

bu with vintage burlap and nailheads

our pillow with burlap band & vintage wooden button

burlap curtains - add a liner to prevent bleaching from sun

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O Ecotextiles

Petroleum-based synthetics.  Do you know what that is?   A typical ingredient found in most home textiles…the ones we sleep on.  Sit on.  Let our kids play on.  But they are durable so that’s good, right?

Our first product post was an easy decision because they were the first company that convinced me not everything *eco* is greenwashing.  O Ecotextiles is a seattle-based company founded by 2 sisters (fun!) who were set on identifying a cradle-to-cradle process for creating no impact, non-toxic, luxurious textiles based on science and ethics.  Better yet, their fabrics are made specifically for interior applications.

flax plant = linen fibers

As discussed on the O Ecotextiles website, processing textiles is one of the most chemically intensive activities on earth — and THE top industrial polluter of clean water.   Chemicals used to dye and finish fabrics are dissolved in wastewater that is expelled by the textile mills.  Where do you think that wastewater goes?   Right back into our ecosystem.

Think about your sofa.  It takes nearly 500 gallons of water to produce enough fabric just to cover it.  That water can also consist of 4-20 pounds of chemicals which can trigger all sorts of serious health problems as we inhale the off gassing, or absorb these chemicals through our skin.  Formaldehyde is often used to prevent creasing in cottons or wools.  Clippings from fabric mills are so loaded with dangerous chemicals that they are handled like toxic waste.

Ugh!

This stuff matters, it’s not a fad.  O Ecotextiles is a company providing us with information that will help us make more educated decisions.  So, how do they provide a healthy alternative?

beautiful colors without toxic chemicals

*They use renewable natural fibers such as flax (linen), hemp and bamboo that don’t need to be tampered with in order to provide durability.  Adding chemicals to fabrics only weakens the fibers in the long-term.

*They only use cotton that was grown by organic Peruvian farmers in a region with very high annual rainfall, so wasting water and depleting natural resources is avoided.

*They use biodegradable detergents, degreasers, surfactants and soaps only.

*All of the mills have wastewater treatment in place. Every 25 meters of an O Ecotextiles sofa fabric prevents 2,300 liters of chemically infused effluent from entering the environment.

*Their fabric finish is made of bee’s wax, aloe vera and Vitamin E… so soft.

*Most of their yarns are certified by Oeko Tex to Standard 100, the most stringent standard, meaning they are safe enough for infants to put in their mouths.

*Their dyes meet EU and Global Organic Textile Standards to be free of AZO colorants (a cancer causing toxin used in many dyes), and their dyestuffs, except for the blues, are completely biodegradable.  You can plant their fabric in your garden when your done with it.

*They are 100% against sweat shop labor.

tacoma in natural paired with our handmade felt flower & vintage button

We love them even more because they require no minimum yardage, have a variety of price points for budgets, and our orders have always been in stock so ship immediately.

Check out this video and their website.  We want to be your *friend.*  http://www.oecotextiles.com/wake-up-story.php

 
 
Holly Gagne

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