How to Choose the Right Dining Table

With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner. I wanted to share a few guidelines on choosing the right dining table since we all are likely to do some kind of entertaining in the next month or so.

No.1 Choosing the right size

Floor plan with Dining Table

Floor plan with Dining Table

I recommend choosing a table that fits your space. The rule of thumb is to allow 30″ -36″ from the edge of the table to the wall or nearest piece of furniture. This allows for movement around the table even when guests are seated. In the floor plan I did above, we allowed more room by choosing a narrower table that was 36″ wide. However, we could have gone with a wider table of 42″ and still had plenty of room.

No.2 The right shape

If you have a square room for example 12′ x 12′ or a room that is 12’x 14′, but you place a server or buffet on the wall which leaves you with almost a 12′ x 12′ room. you might consider a 6′ round table or a square table instead of a rectangular table. This will fit the proportion of the room better. Just use the above guidelines to be sure you have the right amount of space to move around the table.

No.3 The right material

What your table is made of is a major consideration. You’ll want to take into account the style of your space and the function of the table.

White painted table Shabby and Charme

Live edge breakfast table

Glass Dining Table Kahn Design Group

Vintage Swedish Farm Table

Reclaimed Dining Table, Elle Decor July 2012

Reclaimed Dining Table, Elle Decor July 2012

You can go with a crisp, cottage look with a painted table, add texture with a live edge table, keep it light with a glass top, go vintage with an antique, or have a table created out of reclaimed lumber. You’ll want to consider what the table feels like, how easy it is to care for, and how it will hold up to your use. If you want to keep it eco-friendly, you can rescue an old table with a painted finish, find a vintage piece, or use reclaimed lumber. Hopefully, some of the above images will give you some ideas.

Be inspired,

Shannon

 

 

The H2Hotel: Part Two

With so many great examples of eco-friendly interior design in the H2hotel, I really wanted to delve a little deeper and share the details.

First of all, maybe I don’t get out often enough, but I’ve never seen a hotel room like this before.

 

H2Hotel Room

H2Hotel Room

The large balcony that is part of the room at the H2Hotel

The large balcony that is part of the room at the H2Hotel

 

Smaller balcony with the Fermob bistro chair and a view of the pool

Smaller balcony with the Fermob bistro chair and a view of the pool

Beautiful Soaker Tub at the H2Hotel

Beautiful Soaker Tub at the H2Hotel

Refillable bath amenities

Refillable bath amenities

Refrigertaor with refillable H2O bottle (both flat and sparkling) with water glasses made of recycle bottles

Refrigerator with refillable H2O bottle (both flat and sparkling) with water glasses made of recycle bottles

 

 

Recycle bin in the room at the H2Hotel

Recycle bin in the room at the H2Hotel

Two balconies (one featuring two Fermob bistro chairs in Verbena), an unbelievable soaker tub, a closet that I wish I had at home, the list goes on…But the materials are what make everything so sustainable. The flooring is bamboo (a rapid renewable resource). The bath amenities are in refillable containers. The water is in refillable glass jars and the water glasses are made of recycled glass. Want a refill? Just head down the hall where you can refill with filtered water through a tap like you would find at a bar. The sheets are organic linen, by Coyuchi (whose line we carry at Sea Green Designs)

When the building was constructed all of the lumber was either FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) or reclaimed. Many of the structural elements where made of recycled materials such as steel, concrete, and glazing.

Salt water pool at the H2Hotel heated by solar Power

Salt water pool at the H2Hotel heated by solar Power

H2Hotel Sign

H2Hotel Sign

 

Then, there is the stuff that isn’t pretty, but is practical: smart sensor for lights (your room needs the key inserted for the power to go on) low flow faucets and toilets, low VOC finishes for better indoor air quality. With all this, the H2hotel uses 28% less energy than other hotels and 20% less water.

You just feel healthy staying there! Have you been to a similar hotel or this one? I’d love to know if there are others like the H2hotel.

Thank you FermobUSA for providing such amazing accommodation for this training event!

Be Inspired,

Shannon

Fermob Outdoor Lounge Furniture & the H2Hotel: Part One

As a retail partner and oen of the first retailers in the US to carry Fermob outdoor lounge, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a training event  in Healdsburg, CA (Sonoma County).  Fermob USA hosted the event at the H2Hotel which was an amazing place to stay.What a lucky girl I am!

h2hotel balconies

I’ll talk more about Fermob in my next post, but this post is all about the H2Hotel. With my niche being eco-friendly interiors, staying there was an enormous inspiration. This hotel is LEED NC 2.2 Gold Certified which means it meets some of the highest standards of sustainable building.

From the water heated by solar roof panels (including the salt water pool) to the living roof which filters rain water reducing input into the town drainage and the heat given off by the hotel to the Eco Space elevator which uses 60% less electricity than a standard elevator and requires NO OIL this hotel has infused sustainable solutions into its design, operations, and attitude.

hotel room collage

My Room at the H2Hotel

I would also have loved to share some photos of the incredible dinner at the hotels’ restaurant, Spoon Bar, but I was enjoying my fellow retailers and the food too much to stop and take photos. Suffice it to say it is a farm to table restaurant using local, in season produce and everything was delicious! I did get a few shots of the restaurant and breakfast that I wanted to share.

note* the outside showcases a water fountain made of old tea spoons that the water trickles down through!

note* the outside showcases a water fountain made of old tea spoons that the water trickles down through!

A delightful breakfast.

A delightful breakfast.

 

Headed to Sonoma County? Definitely check out the H2Hotel and the Spoon Bar inside You will not be disappointed.

Be Inspired,

Shannon

Save the Date: Annual Holiday Open House

 

Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE!!!!

It seems soooo early for Holiday planning, but we already have to get our ads ready. I thought I would share one of them as a teaser for our Annual Holiday Open House. I’ll be posting more about it soon, but in the meantime. Save the Date!

Be Inspired,

Shannon

Coastal Combo for Fall

I put together a Coastal Color Combo this week with deeper blue tones for fall. My hope is to share a Coastal Color Combo weekly to keep you inspired with all the fabrics, paints, and textures that are available through us and that inspire me. You can follow me on instagram for the weekly picture before the blog post unfolds.

Deep Blue coastal color combo

Deep Blue coastal color combo

So, I mentioned in last weeks post we received many memos of some new Schumacher fabrics. There are a few more here, but the one that really inspired me is the large coral jacquard by Robert Allen.

Tree Branch in Cobalt by Robert Allen

The repeat is quite large and it is a heavy weight fabric which would be great for an arm chair or headboard. I put together a board for inspiration below. The accents follow.

Our suggested use of the elements

Our suggested use of the elements

Navy Linen throw by Pom Pom at Home

Navy Linen throw by Pom Pom at Home

regina andrew king nine recycled glass lamp

The King Nine Recycled Glass Lamp by Regina Andrew

Hand made waste basket in navy with starfish

Hand made waste basket in navy with starfish

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Hand made “flower” arrangement by Karen Robertson. Made of seashells!

The accents are some of our favorites in the shop. Hand-crafted, natural, and made of recycled materials. These are some of the criteria we use when choosing eco-friendly pieces for the shop. With the exception of the Tree Branch fabric by Robert Allen, all the fabrics are natural cotton or linen. I would suggest organic linen for the bedding to top it all off!

What would you choose? Would you like this color combo?

Best,

Shannon

Sustainable Style: Lighting

When I decided to focus on the niche of eco-friendly home furnishings and accessories for our home furnishings store and interior design business in Southampton, NY a few years ago, it was not too difficult to find furnishings made with sustainable practices. There are many manufacturers using certified lumber, renewable, and reclaimed resources. In lighting however, it’s taken me awhile to find fixtures that would have any characteristics of sustainable production. I was thrilled when I found Ro Sham Beaux! The Malibu chandelier is featured below in a few variations.

Malibu 18"

Malibu 18″

Malibu 12"

Malibu 12″

 

Turquoise Malibu 18"

Turquoise Malibu 18″

What makes them eco-friendly? Three things.

  1. Their fixtures are made in the US.
  2. Their are many bead options, but the recycled glass is the eco-friendly choice. And they have several recycled glass options.
  3. Their fixtures use many natural materials like hemp and stone.

I personally am obsessed with the multitude of of seagreen color choices.

coke bottle glass

Recycled Coke Bottle Beads

teal recycled glass

 

Aqua Recycle Glass Beads

 

Ro Sham Beaux makes a perfect coastal accent in any room. You can visit their website to see all their styles, but we’ve included several of our favorites in our online shop, too.

All of their fixtures are made to order and you can really get creative with their choices. Take a look and tell me if you have a favorite.

Best,

Shannon

Workshop Schedule

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Register for our August 24th Workshop Here.

Register for our September 14th Workshop Here.

 

 

A Great Read

Coopers Beach from Hamptons.com Beach Cam

I just came across great article on Hamptons.com, by Cindy Lee Bergusen, about interior design trends and how “Small is Beautiful and Green is Healthy”.  “Still, strong trends bear out because not only are they a very good idea, i.e., the Greening of America, but also because art does imitate life and interior design trends catch fire because they illustrate what’s important today in terms of identity and values in broad strokes. These trends speak to us about who we are and how we want to live.” Says Bergusen in her article. Click here to check it out.

Let me know if you agree or disagree.

Happy Tuesday,

Shannon

Sustainable Color: So Many Choices!

Olympic paints, Natural Home

I caught a post on Natural Home’s blog, by Kim Wallace that is filled with one of my favorite coastal colors and is all about using zero-VOC paint, and I thought it would be great to share some great sources.

Kim Wallace's color choices from Olympic Paint

Zero- VOC paint is the best choice for your walls. It contains no volatile organic compounds which means the chemicals in them don’t evaporate at room temperature creating negative health effects and contributing to air pollution. If we all used zero-VOC paints in the United States, 150 million to 100 billion pounds of chemical would be stopped from being released into the atmosphere! Yolo Colorhouse is another great source for zero-VOC paint. Click here for more products facts and information on zero-VOC paint.

Yolo Colourhouse Paint

Mythic paint is another wonderful non-toxic paint that has gotten a lot of press. They have a great website full of information, too.

Mythic Paints

There are also many of the big brands of paint companies that are producing zero-VOC paints, like Natura by Benjamin Moore and Harmony by Sherwin-Williams. With so many options in zero-VOC paints, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a color you’ll love! I would love to hear which paint and color you choose.

All the best,

Shannon

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