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American Clay & Healthy Home Tour…
Breathing Easy Indoors and Out

3 Comments 06 October 2010

Photography by Nick Novelli, Novelli PhotoDesign


Healthy Home 2010 is the first designer showhouse in the nation to bridge the gap between traditional green building and healthy interiors. Showcase participants had to adhere to a new interior design guidelines developed by a distinguished advisory board consisting of industry leaders in sustainable design. The guidelines were intended to direct the product specification and selection process.

The team of designers named the nursery one of their favorites, and we’re sure that it has to do with the smoky, blue walls by American Clay. Keren Navarro, President of Twig and Feather, Inc, used American Clay’s reclaimed shell-based Marittimo clay plaster customizing the color by combining Kentucky Moon with Wild Horse Smoke. The result is beautiful…and breathable…and extremely healthy. What a nice way for baby to begin!

Nursery Resource Recap:

Wall treatments: American Clay – Marittimo
Reason for choice: The clay has no VOCs, is made from 72% post-industrial recycled content from stone quarries, is a an extremely durable surface, ships dry for less weight and is made in the USA.

Area Rug: Orley Shabahang
Reason for choice: Rug is made from organic wool with all-natural dye.

Crib: Q Collection Junior, Solare
Changing Table: Q Collection Junior, Solare
Reason for choice: Products are GREENGUARD Certified and made from 100% certified woods and 100% biodegradable fabrics or recyclable materials.

Glider: Repurposed and upholstered in O Ecotextiles
Reason for choice: Fabric is made from organic materials and all-natural dyes.

Window treatments: Hartman & Forbes
Reason for choice: Fabric is made of 100% natural fibers that are sustainably grown and harvested.

Lighting: Visual Comfort
Reason for choice: Products are made from natural materials.

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Design Chronicles

For a Cause: Adopt-A-Room

2 Comments 16 September 2010



Read Vanessa Kogevinas’ Full Feature in Issue No. 4.


Interior designer, Vanessa De Vargas—my dear friend—recently assembled 18 designers from Los Angeles asking each to “adopt” and decorate a room at Upward Bound House’s new emergency family shelter in Culver City. The shelter opened earlier this year and now houses very grateful, formerly homeless families. Each room is full of color and ingenuity, and is packed with great design ideas for small spaces. Nesting Newbies asked me to bring you these six…

Images by Laure Joliet

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