Salvage has become increasingly popular in regard to eco-friendly, custom-designed pieces. To add one-of-a-kind flair to a basic mirror, plywood was cut to size, then a corrugated metal remnant was cut as a frame using a grinder with a cut-off wheel attachment. To protect the raw edge of the corrugated metal, a whitewashed strip of trim was attached to the plywood. Lastly, the mirror was put in place, then secured to plywood using mirror mastic.
Glazed, tempered glass countertops can offer an almost ethereal, light feeling in a kitchen where the countertop is usually a solid mass. As a trend, they’ve become more popular recently, but as lovely as these gleaming glass-tops are, they come with a hefty price tag: some can go as high as $300 a square foot. An equally cool-looking and more eco-friendly alternative is 3form’s Chroma Countertops, which come in a variety of colors and almost seem to be lit from within.
Originally, this historic home's backyard contained a swimming pool that was damaged beyond repair, so after filling in the pool, homeowners wanted a fresh, new look. Designers helped the homeowners come up with a color concept, and began work on their New Modern design by defining entertainment spaces. In one corner, a custom barbecue pit with a concrete island makes the space perfect for grilling. In another, an intimate conversation corner welcomes guests. A putting green is the focal point of the space, but the central living space is this elegant sitting area created from sustainable furniture that matches the couple's eco-friendly lifestyle.
Open through October 7, the Pinewood Forest Idea Home sponsored by Atlanta magazine is nestled in a community of design-forward homes situated close to the motion picture studio Pinewood Studios, half an hour from Atlanta. Focused on eco-friendly construction and a blend of old and new that mixes European home styles, Pinewood Forest is a 234-acre New Urbanism community that will eventually include 600 single family homes. The Atlanta area is already home to countless Hollywood film shoots and locally-shot TV shows (including Ozark, Stranger Things, Atlanta and The Walking Dead) and its rumored that at least one TV star is already calling Pinewood Forest home.
There’s no getting around it: Lava stone is gorgeous. It’s beautiful, with its amazing color, its luster and its you-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it magnificence. It’s also literally one of the most expensive options in the world for countertops, sometimes ending up around $300 a square foot. The reality is, nothing will look like lava stone. But Paperstone, a composite countertop made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and non-petroleum-based resins, might just make you forget about it. It seems like a solid-surface material but is eco-friendly in almost every way you could imagine, and when you drink in its warm Cabernet color, you might just wonder why you ever considered another crazy-expensive option.