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salvaged wood mantle – rustic style


Here’s a straightforward, sustainable take on a wall shelf or small mantle. Phillie-based, CSC Design Lab, creates these made-to-order pieces from salvaged joists recovered from demolished local homes. The wood used is primarily Douglas fir or hemlock recovered from old buildings within a mile radius of the designer’s shop (reduced travel distance = lower emissions).

salvaged wood slab shelf

The shelf is mounted on steel pipe mounting brackets – the steel is usually 90% recycled – and sealed with zero VOC coating. The wood is finished with eco-friendly pure tung oil. The salvaged wood slabs are 8″ x 54″ and priced at $180 @ csc design lab.
If you’re handy in the woodshop and so inclined, this would make a great DIY project.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Amber Valletta’s Master & Muse – eco-conscious style

amber valletta master& muse

Master & Muse  has launched a fashion line on YOOXYGEN, a website committed to only selling eco-conscious products. Founded by Amber Valletta of supermodel fame or for all you Revenge fans out there, Lydia (!), Master & Muse partners with a myriad of different designers from Clare Vivier and Vivienne Westwood to designers that have been spotlighted on our website – like Daniel Silverstein and Dirty Librarian Chains. Valetta only partners with brands that are transparent in their production and offers sustainable options that are all fashion-forward. For all of you stylish kittens out there, this is one site that is definitely worth checking out. Below are some of my favorite pieces …

master and muse dress

Master & Muse x Flavialarocca Dress (above) – $471 – made of recycled polyester and cotton. This dress is so exciting because it can be worn as separates — top, skirt, or dress. The multifunctional design of this dress is genius.

master & muse bag

Kayu Bag (above) – $59 – ethically crafted with straw in a co-op in Asia which some of the proceeds going towards education and health initiatives. Polka dots + socially responsible + bag = amazing.

master & muse braceletKnotty Gal Bracelet (above) – $60 – handmade and proceeds go to the Bhandari Girls’ School in Bogra, Bangladesh. This is definitely a chic, go-with-everything bracelet. Want. (more…)

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