* I’d like Tuscan yellow kitchen walls and recycled glass counters and cork floors, but frankly, with a busy working-mom schedule and a whole lot of other demands on my wallet, I’m having trouble justifying any remodeling for remodeling’s sake. That’s why my ears perked up when I saw Kudzu asked its Facebook fans what home design or decorating decision they made that they feel was really worth it. Number one winner? That would have to go to the dramatic and pleasant changes that a can of paint can bring to your life. In honor of Earth Week, go with no-VOC paint and you won’t have to live with those nasty paint toxins. ECOS Organic Paints, based in Great Britain and now manufacturing and shipping in the United States, offers paint for walls, wood, floors, and masonry. It’s pretty darn dear at $199 a gallon, however! Benjamin Moore’s no-VOC paint is named Natura, and it sells for between 50-70 bucks, depending on if you can snag a deal. My fave is still Freshaire Choice, by Home Depot, for under 40 bucks a gallon. I’ve used it three times already, and am still raving about it. Nice website, too.
* A Kudzu fan named Louise Morman said her best decision was bucking the wood-floor trend and going for thick carpet. Kudzu fan Maureen Monhollen-Soules is right there with her, singing the praises of the plush carpet she had installed in her master bedroom eight years ago that still looks like new. Others just love their wood floors. Want both–wood floors but areas of “cozy” for your feet? Interface’s FLOR division offers modular carpet tiles in a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns–and they’re all easy on your wallet, easy to install, and easy on the environment (they are crafted from recycled or renewable materials.)
* More “worth it” ideas include adding walls, knocking down walls, renovating kitchens, expanding closets, and the sweet, simple suggestion of refinishing bistro chair cushions (a great eco decision, rather than throw away!) Don’t have a bistro set yet? Check out garage sales first so you can repurpose someone else’s discards. No luck there? This bistro set from Target is cute, don’t you think?
* My fave Kudzu fan comment, however? Cathy Griffith got rid of the one-big-table in the dining room and put in three round pub-style tables instead! She says it feels like an 18th-century tavern and everyone loves it! Clever, clever clever. Maybe the tables look something like this:
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