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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


eco art: four seasons tree paintings on reclaimed board

seasons paintings on reclaimed wood

Looking for something unique to put on the walls of your loft or apartment? The colorful panels of artist Rafi Perez’s  “Seasons of Change” tree paintings will certainly get the job done. The mixed-medium paintings are a colorful, abstract depiction of the four seasons and are created on reclaimed wood – creating a juxtaposition of new and old, abstract and organic.

seasons paintings on reclaimed wood

Perez creates each piece on commission and has designs in a variety of sizes. Sets of four range in price from $80 to $395 depending on size. Individual panels are also available. Perez maintains his studio in Pensacola, Florida and you can purchase his art online @ the Rafi Was Here Studio shop.

It’s always great to see designers keeping things sustainable by using repurposed and reclaimed materials.

related: more eco art featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

scraplights – designer pendant lamps from recycled cardboard

scraplight sun pendant light

I just discovered these striking designer pendant lights created by cutting-edge, Seattle-based design firm, graypants. The company’s flagship “Scraplights” series of handmade lights is finely crafted from recycled, corrugated cardboard.

scraplight moons

scraplight drum light urban

The lights come in a variety of elegant shapes and provide warm, intimate light that can work stylistically in a wide range of interior spaces – from rustic to modern.

scraplights production

Rugged and sexy, each unit is precision cut with a laser and assembled by hand using a nontoxic adhesive. All scraplights are treated with an environmentally friendly fire retardant. Custom shapes and sizes are available. (prices range from $235 – $8,000)

scraplight drum detail

about graypants:
Seattle architects, Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker founded “graypants” in 2007 as an expansion of their architectural work and the Scraplights series was one of their first creations. The Seattle design firm now has a sister office in Amsterdam.

related: more eco-friendly home decor finds from The Alternative Consumer

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

handmade beetle-kill pine bat house

handmade bat house

Spring is the time to start thinking about the critters you want to keep close to your home. Instead of fearing beneficial insect eaters like bats, you should embrace these much-maligned little creatures and encourage them to roost around your yard, making a bat house a smart addition. Chris Bradley makes his handmade, signature bat houses (pictured above & below) from upcycled beetle-kill pine – a very eco-friendly detail.

handmade bat house

A single little brown bat can gobble-up 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour – so put down the Off and bug spray, make some new furry friends and start using natural pest control. About beetle-kill pine – the mountain pine beetle has decimated the lodgepole and ponderosa pine forests of northwest Colorado. One of the few positives of this invasive attack – as the beetles lay their eggs, a blue-green fungus stains the outer sapwood layers of the tree, resulting in a dramatic blue and cream coloring of the underlying wood.

The bat house dimensions are 16″w x 16″h x 3 1/4″ deep. The shelter has a single 3/4-inch wide opening that houses up to 20 bats – the house’s exterior has a smooth varnished finish, while the interior surfaces are left rough for bats to cling to. Includes instructions and mounting hardware. On Sale Through April with free shipping to the US.  $50 @ sacred resource

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Monday, March 24, 2014

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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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

reclaimed wood media console

reclaimed wood media console

Lucky Blu Designs scours NYC and Connecticut for reclaimed wood from old buildings under renovation or demolition. From their character-laden salvaged wood they craft tables, desks and unique pieces of furniture like this media console (above and below).

reclaimed wood media console

This media console is from the designer’s SOHO Collection and features an open concept storage area, a variety of carefully selected recycled and reclaimed woods and steel legs. The interior storage area is finished with a dark Jacobean stain – with a clear sealant applied inside and out.


I like the idea of placing modern technology – like your bloated flat screen TV – on top of a OOAK chunk of New York City history. (more…)

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Monday, March 10, 2014

reclaimed green – salvaged wood dining table

salvaged wood dining table

As many of you may already know, we’ve got big love for stylish furniture made out of salvaged and reclaimed wood. Happy Home Austin, and designer/company owner Dena T., make just such items … their custom farm-style tables are created from reclaimed wood, accentuated with just enough paint or stain to create some character and visual pizzazz.

The table featured above is a great example of their straight-forward design of tables. A 65″ x 35″ table with hairpin legs will cost about $500. Custom sizes and stains are available. It’s always a great idea to purchase furniture made from reclaimed or salvaged wood. All the carbon-gobbling old-growth trees saved from the sawmill will thank you – and the furniture looks great.


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