Sustainablilty

Blog posts from KidSpace Interiors designer Jeanette Simpson on how to incorporate sustainable practices in any room for babies, kids, and teens.

Mar 162012
 
Thoughts on Green Design {Opinion}

As an interior designer, the green and sustainable movement has always perplexed me. I thought architects, contractors, designers, and others were already supposed to be thinking about making buildings “green”? I was taught to space plan floor layouts carefully….to place plumbing in different rooms back-to-back or as close together as possible to use less materials, […]

Mar 082012
 
Eco-Friendly Kids' Room Finishes

“Finish — to complete the manufacture or decoration of a material, object or place by giving it an attractive surface appearance.” Add “not harmful to the environment” and you have just made the finish Eco-friendly. If it’s safe for the environment, it’s safe for kids….and protecting the little guys are what adults are supposed to […]

Mar 072012
 
"Green" Kids' Room Furniture

via Argington Babies and kids are the most vulnerable for adverse reactions to toxins in the environment….including toxins emitted from furniture in their rooms. Why? They take in more air in proportion to their body weight, potentially harming developing nervous and immune systems. Learning this, parents have begun requesting green kids’ room furniture.Toxin free, eco-friendly […]

Mar 062012
 
Eco-Friendly Kids' Room Fabrics

The strong smell and burning eyes should have been a clue each time I entered the fabric store, but what did a 10-year old kid know about dyes and VOC’s? Nothing in the 70’s pointed to indoor air quality problems and effects on people. Times have changed. Parents are now learning the importance of Eco-friendly […]

Mar 052012
 
Organic vs. Sustainable vs. Green Kids' Rooms

Seems the focus on taking care of the environment is everywhere. Buzzwords like “carbon footprint”, “organic”, “sustainable”, “eco-friendly’, and “green” are bantered about in the media and stamped in prominent places on products. I’m sure you’ve heard them and even used a few….but how does it apply to your kids’ rooms? Interchangeable Terms, Yet Different […]

Jan 122012
 
Energy Efficient Window Treatments

Did you know energy loss through windows is ten times greater than through walls? That’s right…..even with double pane glass, heat goes through windows, taking money out of your pocket. While you can’t stop all the heat transfer, you can slow it down or reduce it with energy efficient window treatments. Along with thermal improvements […]