What on earth is sustainable design?
Sustainable Design is an often used – but not necessarily understood – term. And it’s one of those terms that can have a very simple explanation, or a very complex one.
At it’s root, sustainable design is a process that considers how a building, product or service will impact the planet and all who live here. From the tiniest microorganism to the tallest tree. And of course, people like you and I.
In order for something to be truly sustainable, we have to consider how it will effect the environment in every stage of its existence. From its conceptualization, to its production, to what it becomes at the end of its life cycle.
A few important sustainable design principles include using materials that are renewable and have a low environmental impact. Employing manufacturing processes that use less energy and create less waste. And designing buildings and products so their parts can be reused or recycled when they outlive their original purpose.
Sounds like a lot of work, you say?
Well, it kind of is. But only if you look at it the way most of us have been taught to see the world. As something that belongs to us instead of something we are a part of.
As Canadian activist and writer Peter Denton puts it, “Good people make bad choices because they don’t think enough (or at all) about what they are choosing.”
Sustainable design is about making better choices in the things we build and the things we create.
Of Houses and Trees focuses on the things we as individuals can do to help sustainable design become the norm. From the homes we buy and build to the furniture and decor we put in them, together we can make better choices.
Find the latest posts on sustainable design below!
And though the holiday season does amp me up a bit, I try not to let the I-must-have-all-the-things-and-do-all-the-things spirit completely take me over.
I find that one of the best ways to manage the frenetic holiday energy is to keep my seasonal decorating quite minimal.
I also tend to put up the majority of our Christmas decor in the living room instead of all over the house.Click here to read full post...
Normally I'm not on the ball enough to participate in home decor challenges. But when The Collection Vintage over on YouTube proposed a home challenge that consisted of creating three vignettes featuring budget fall decor, I was like - I may actually be able to do that... and I'm a-gonna do it in conjunction with creating some DIY fall decor!Click here to read full post...
Ever wish you could make one for your own home, but without having to learn how to use programs like Photoshop or online tools like Canva?
Well, you're in luck!
I'm going to teach you the easiest way to create a mood board for interior design and decor.Click here to read full post...
If you raised both hands, then you've come to the right place.
Because I'm about to give you a tour of some of my favourite antique and thrifted home decor items that I own.
Most of these beauties have followed me from previous houses. Though I think our sustainable home is where they fit best since we've got kind of a minimalist meets rustic home decor style going on.Click here to read full post...
You know those images on Pinterest and Instagram featuring homes with stunning displays of woven basket wall decor? Wish you could create something similar in your home, but aren't sure where to start?
I wanted to make it super simple for anyone out there drooling over photos of basket walls to select, purchase and arrange sustainably and ethically made woven baskets - creating their very own customized basket wall decor set.Click here to read full post...
If you love your home, but you also love the planet, you're in luck! I've gathered ten Of Houses and Trees posts offering more than sixty sustainable products, tips on home decor and home design ideas.Click here to read full post...
Thankfully, now all you really need is a laptop and an internet connection and you're good to go! Of course, not everyone can focus if they just plunk their computer down on their dining room table.
Creating a space that helps you feel peaceful and productive is the key to a successful work-at-home situation.Click here to read full post...
If you love cozy, eclectic bohemian bedroom decor, but need a little guidance in finding the perfect pieces to pull the look together - you've come to the right place! And the best part is that all the items featured below are eco-conscious and ethically made. Because if you're going to do bohemian, you better do it right. Right?
For this bedroom, I've carefully selected items from online marketplace Made Trade. Made Trade believes "we can make the world a more beautiful place by holding ourselves to a higher ethical standard."Click here to read full post...
You'd think after eight years of planning, five months of building, one month of moving and another month of pinching ourselves in disbelief, I'd be sick of talking about Our House in Trees. I mean, you could think that. But you'd be wrong.
As I keep saying, I feel like a decade into this journey we are just finally getting started.
Getting started living in a home we carefully designed to be the perfect size for our family and as users of solar energy and as microgenerators.Click here to read full post...
We've moved into our eco-friendly home! Just had to get that out there.
I'm a little behind in posting about the process, but I've decided that's okay. Life is already busy when you're not building a house. You add that part in and - well - what's the word for a hundred steps past busy?
I am wordless because I am a big ball of emotions. Grateful. Excited. Overwhelmed. Exhausted.
But that's now. Want to know how I got here?Click here to read full post...