Stylish Finds

By Margaret Coventry / September 7, 2011

From the Floor Up

If you like the look of precious rainforest hardwoods but want a more environmental alternative, check out the new Portfolio Collection from Teragren. The innovative strand bamboo flooring is not only eco-friendly, but very durable and comes in intricate artisan textures and colors. It’s shown here in Hewn Port. Planks are simply dropped and locked into place with a patented self-locking system. Starting at $8.49 per square foot, Credit: Teragren Photo: Courtesy of Teragren R Bamboo)





Eco-Friendly Paint Brush System

Say “hello” to the Green Toad! This ergonomic pivoting paint brush is made from biodegradable, compostable,
and recyclable plastic parts and makes painting quick and easy. Designed by Margco International in consultation with physical therapists, the Green Toad system combines a patent-pending comfort-grip handle with a 360-degree pivoting brush head that locks securely in eight different positions. This feature enables the application of paint, stain, or varnish from any angle. $10.99,



Good Enough to Eat
We love everything about the Food Paints from Anna Sova. They’re made with 90 percent food-grade ingredients (think milkshakes and powdered doughnuts for starters!) like milk casein, are non-VOC, and come in a bunch of beautiful palettes. We’re partial to Mid-Century Modern, Au Naturals, and the Odd Sorbet collections. Brand new from the company: Essential Oil Aromatherapy Paints ($28 to $36 per gallon). $16 to $59 per gallon,



Recycled Rug Sets
Refresh any room in your home with these clever modular carpet squares from Floresse. Made from 37 percent post-industrial recycled content, the rugs are 100 percent recyclable and the company offers a Return & Recycle Program that makes sure carpets do not end up in landfills. Square Dance, pictured here, can be arranged in a circle pattern or as a pinwheel of contrasting colors. Each rug is comprised of two four-tile sets that create one individual circle outlined in a complementary color. Choose from Tan/Brown, Red/Brown, or Blue/Brown. $149.99,



A Touch of Elegance
Brighten up any space with these elegant, hand-poured candles from Modern Alchemy. They’re not only beautiful to look at (they’re crafted of handblown glass), but they’re beautiful to burn. Each perfumed candle is blended from rare and exotic absolutes, concretes, and essential oils from around the world—and made from the company’s special blend of soy, maple, and palm waxes. Shown here in Swirl, a gift set featuring 2.5-ounce votives in Vermillion, Pomello, Tiger Lily, and Pulp. $60,



An Ancient Handicraft
Choose from nine unique designs for a truly distinctive bedroom. These beautiful hand-woven Ikat duvet covers, shams, and bedskirts are lovingly spun by hand at an artisan co-op. No two are alike, and the maximum bedding per Ikat order is one duvet cover or bedskirt and two to four shams. Prices range from $485 for a twin cover to $650 for a California King cover.

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