Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Eco-Friendly Design & Local Color Inspiration

Even though Minnesota is currently in the middle of a deep freeze, consumers are seeing GREEN everywhere they look! The eco-friendly “green” trend of today is not the tree-hugging, holier-than-thou movement from days of yore. Today’s consumer has countless ways to practice being green, and can even save a little green in their wallets by doing so. The design community is placing more emphasis than ever on locally sourced products and resource conservation features like “green” rooftops and backyard vegetable gardens. In addition, handmade items crafted by local artisans from raw, natural materials cut down on manufacturing waste and can easily add a unique touch to your home’s décor. A movement to “own” one’s heritage and support the local community is becoming more and more prevalent.

Take a look around your own neighborhood and take the time to notice its unique colors and architecture. You’re sure to walk away with a new perspective and perhaps some inspiration! The photos throughout this entry of of local colors that inspired this slate kitchen design.

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