Trends from the Nest: Sustainable Furniture

In celebration of Earth Day, I am focusing today’s blog on sustainable furniture which also happens to be an interior design trend for 2020.  

For furniture to be considered sustainable, it needs to consider the following: material, manufacturing, transport, and utility.

To break that down a little bit more, sustainable furniture should incorporate the following:

  1. Uses recycled, repurposed or renewable materials (such as bamboo)
  2. Incorporates safe manufacturing that does not pollute the environment, practices fair trade, and does not harm communities or destroy sensitive environments
  3. Is energy efficient using locally sourced materials
  4. Is built for durability

With quality and sustainability in mind, here are some companies that make beautiful furniture without leaving a heavy footprint on the environment.

The Joinery

The Joinery designs and handcrafts hardwood furniture from sustainable forest resources. The furniture is entirely built and signed by an individual builder in Portland Oregon with a lifetime warranty.


Medley furnishings are built in their workshop in Los Angeles, CA. Each item is custom crafted using premium eco-material demonstrating how American made furniture can lower the carbon footprint.


Burrow furniture is handcrafted from durable, sustainably-sourced hardwood and scratch- and stain-resistant, non-toxic fabrics. With an eye toward style, Burrow provides long-lasting and multi-purpose options.


Fair Trade Certified, Avocado is the only Climate Neutral® Certified mattress brand achieving “net-zero” carbon emissions. Designed in Hoboken, N.J., their mattresses are handmade in California with naturally non-toxic and 100% certified organic materials from their farms. And if you need more reason to feel good about a purchase, 1% of revenues go to 1% for the Planet®.

Viva Terra

Viva Terra began in 2004 on the coast of California driven by a mission to provide eco-friendly décor options at a time when few were available. Viva Terra sources from and supports artisan communities in more than 20 countries across the globe, seeking out fair-trade partners and sustainable methods of production.

The Citizenry

The Citizenry partners with master artisans, blending their modern style with their time-tested techniques. Offering handmade goods, crafted with the highest quality materials, they sell direct to the consumer to offer more reasonable prices than traditional luxury boutiques.

Vermont Wood Studios

Vermont Wood Studios began as an effort to protect the world’s endangered wildlife habitats. Providing handcrafted, custom made wood furniture made in Vermont, their work and products demonstrate craftsmanship and sustainability.

Happy Earth Day and share your sustainable home ideas.


Trends from the Nest: Home Office Solutions 2

How to incorporate a printer into your home office design

This blog is inspired by my friend Leslie who charged me with helping her to design an appealing way to house her printer in her home office.  With this project in mind, I created three vignettes featuring different design styles and price ranges that will take you from “Office Space” to “Office Style”.

Cottage Charm

This first vignette incorporates a buffet cabinet.  The lower shelf can house the printer so that it is less conspicuous.  The cabinets and drawers can be used to store office supplies such as printer paper and ink.  Notebooks or coffee table books align the top of the buffet while the floating shelves above display small plants, artwork, photos, and other types décor.  This buffet is reasonably priced at under $300 and can be found at Wayfair.com. The wallpaper background is Blue Book Tonal Damask from The Fabric & Wallpaper Co.

Mid-century Modern

My husband Mike is the inspiration for this next vignette.  He likes all things modern with simple clean lines coupled with vintage personality.  Using a wide drawer buffet, the center shelves can be adjusted to house a printer.  The side cabinet and drawers hide office supplies.  Two staggered floating shelves above display prints, books, and mementos to give the space personality.  This buffet is also available on Wayfair.com for under $300. The wallpaper background is Light Taupe Faux Texture from Total Wallcovering & Décor. This is a great way to get high style at a low price.

Modular Modern

This last vignette features a modular style cabinet by the British company, Ercol.  This is a splurge at over $3000 but because it is modular it can adapt to fit your needs and budget.  I love the Scandinavian look with the light wood and simple, functional design.  With layers of shelves and cabinets, it is ideal for storing what is unsightly while showcasing books and art objects.  The wallpaper background is Damson Tree by Sanderson Home.

Let us know your favorite style and happy designing!


Trends from the Nest – Home Office Solutions

Virtual offices have been trending over the past few years, however, with work from home policies in place, it has become a necessity.

Working from home can be distracting if you are new to it.  One way to adapt is to create a space that is primarily used for work. This will define a start and stop period to help close your day by visibly separating your work from your home life. It is also important to create a space that you love so that you can face the day with a calm, yet energized state of mind.

Here are a few inspirations for home offices or work areas that fit a variety of budgets and spaces.

If you live in a small apartment, a leaning desk could be a great solution.  It is stylish enough to work within your living area and takes a minimal amount of space. This industrial look has clean lines and includes a leaning desk, Edison lamp, low profile chair, and metal waste paper basket.

Leaning Desk, https://www.crateandbarrel.com/leaning-desks;

Chair, https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdx/george-oliver-dimatteo-task-chair-pohm1628.html

Lamp, https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Bedside-Nightstand-Dressers-Bedroom/dp/B083LQC871

Wastepaper basket, https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/pleja-wastepaper-basket-black-60411466/

This next inspiration is luxe influenced and will work well in a master or spare bedroom.  High on style with a mirrored desk and upholstered chair, the look is ultra-feminine all within a small footprint.

Mirrored desk, https://www.lampsplus.com/products/thea-39-and-one-half-inch-wide-3-drawer-mirrored-small-desk__8x218.html

Chair, https://www.westelm.com/products/lila-dining-chair-h4370/?catalogId=71&sku=6990083&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Furniture%20%3E%20Dining%20Chairs&cm_ite=6990083&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KD0BRBUEiwA7MFNTQE59LxkiTydxmStCkOiGZXqfSp9DpEIx4FezKw-afrJCdi5ePr0QRoCGG0QAvD_BwE

Wastepaper basket, https://www.wayfair.com/Willa-Arlo-Interiors–Irie-Waste-Basket-X112195316-L500-K~W001084205.html?refid=GX217610917620-W001084205&device=c&ptid=610870950607&network=g&targetid=aud-354999624671:pla-610870950607&channel=GooglePLA&ireid=62669408&fdid=1817&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KD0BRBUEiwA7MFNTcjyuNsuR0YoadoLL7XOC9ayAnEuI9tTMrYAK0__qg2VCYmMW_je9hoC-3MQAvD_BwE

Lamp, https://www.potterybarn.com/products/post-led-task-lamp/?catalogId=84&sku=6540625&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Lighting%20%3E%20Table%20%26%20Desk%20Lamps&cm_ite=6540625&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KD0BRBUEiwA7MFNTZzfT4i5hPMCq5yjVnC7M4-MgBtLZ86KgYAk_txTPZyRjQHafrCR8xoCjcMQAvD_BwE

If you have a small room, then a writing desk with a patterned chair is a great way to get a well-designed look while not requiring much space.  Add a rattan waste paper basket and linen pinboard to finish the look.


Lamp, https://www.lampsplus.com/products/alleghany-copper-metal-desk-lamp__58k83.html

Wastepaper basket, https://www.potterybarn.com/products/tava-bath-accessories-white/?catalogId=84&sku=9070868&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Bath%20%3E%20Countertop%20Bath%20Accessories&cm_ite=9070868&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KD0BRBUEiwA7MFNTemeQ7cBkNotQb_adla39kjhscOSM_yEHnUOedWezQP5h_YusnqSnBoCMhgQAvD_BwE

Chair, https://www.worldmarket.com/product/driftwood+ikat+ava+upholstered+office+chair.do

Pinboard, https://www.potterybarn.com/products/daily-system-white/?catalogId=84&sku=7436884&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=&cm_ite=7436884&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KD0BRBUEiwA7MFNTXO4aTRtdDAywnpDa6jrNv6TzvkdgsP5qjTbJgyZomc7fJDGQcVwHRoCyx0QAvD_BwE

If you have an extra room, then spread out and make this space your own.  An L-shaped desk will give you plenty of space and fits nicely in a corner so that you can include other furniture.  If you need to use it as a guest bedroom then add a sleeper sofa or futon.  A sleek roller chair and neutral colors make this home office feel casual and comfortable but well put together.   Add pieces for extra storage such as a rolling rattan file cabinet, wire magazine rack and framed chalkboard for a project or to-do-list. 

Desk, https://colemanfurniture.com/starmore-brown-home-office-small-l-desk.htm

Chair, https://www.wayfair.com/Langley-Street%E2%84%A2–Saddle-Task-Chair-MHMZ7791-L10-K~LGLY6680.html?refid=GX245306817276-LGLY6680&device=c&ptid=446728927418&network=g&targetid=aud-354999624391:pla-446728927418&channel=GooglePLA&ireid=49897939&fdid=1817&PiID%5B%5D=29179231&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KD0BRBUEiwA7MFNTf3_Lly7LmB2TmsGz_YJdvBhJTSlCF7CT9QeaLJ79K7sjiRLWaN8wBoCFyQQAvD_BwERolling file cabinet https://www.potterybarn.com/products/savannah-recycling-basket-bin/?catalogId=84&sku=6443956&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=&cm_ite=6443956&gclid=CjwKCAjw4KD0BRBUEiwA7MFNTXiNQYVZjnsJcsByWIq7YEVF_IQLMwJis8hcntOFpGcltxfH89OddxoCM6EQAvD_BwE

Wastepaper basket, https://www.walmart.com/ip/Leather-Wastebasket-Round-Trash-Can-Desk-Waterproof-Little-Waste-Container-for-Home-Office-Blue-Map-Pattern/330840116

Framed chalkboard,https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Storage-Organization/Memo-Chalkboards/Galvanized-Framed-Chalkboard/p/80883666

Magazine rack, https://www.amazon.com/slp/hanging-magazine-rack/bk9zg6y2zrmz3wa

The three most important things to consider when designing your work area are space, functionality, and a style that reflects your personality.

Happy designing and share your office space with us!


Thoughts from the Nest: Ten Great Books You Never Read

Hi All,

During these trying times, managing stress, fear, and isolation is very difficult.  Escaping into the pages of a book can help remedy some of these concerns, at least for a short while.  Add a glass of wine and a comfy couch and it gets even better.

If you managed to get through the stack of books on your nightstand and are looking for some suggestions, then now is a good opportunity to share some favorites that, just maybe, you haven’t read. 

In curating a list of lesser-known but highly readable books, this exercise forced me to leave out some of my standard ten-best, such as To Kill A Mockingbird, The Help, The Secret Life of Bees, All the Light You Cannot See and so many more. 

With that in mind, I have tried my best to curate a list of lesser-known but not lesser great books.   I will get this started and hopefully, you will add your favorites to the list.  In no particular here are my top ten:

Take time for self-care and add to this list if you can so we can all get a little therapy through reading.

Stay well!


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Thoughts from the Nest

Have they locked the doors to your fitness club?

Breaking from our daily routines can be challenging.  There is comfort in the routine and sometimes, it is the routine itself that propels you to take action. 

I woke up the other morning to find out my local gym was closed.  There was a moment of panic because my routine had been disrupted.  How will I keep on track now that the habit has changed?

I took a deep breath and decided to try another gym.  Well, of course, they were all closed.  Then I decided to go to the park and go for a run.  It started raining.  Finally, I came home went on YouTube, found a workout, and got it done.

If you are feeling jostled by the closing of your gym – here are a few options that can keep you on track:


Go for a run or walk in your neighborhood if you are short on time.  But if you have an extra ten minutes or so, try discovering a new trail or park.  I picked a trail by my house this morning and, while due to the rain it was a little wet, I found it a refreshing to change to be outdoors.  I grabbed my phone and earbuds and listened to “Rising Strong” by Brene’ Brown on Audible.  The perfect hack – exercise plus self-improvement in 30 minutes and 2-1/4 miles.  If you are like me and need constant stimulus, an audiobook or podcast is the perfect way to make any walk or run go by faster. If not, listen to birds, music or find a walking buddy and some good conversation.



YouTube has a wide selection of free workouts.  You may have to watch an ad, but I just let it play while I get my mat, towel, and water ready. I have been using Fitness Blender.  Hosted by a husband and wife team, they have a many types of workouts at varying lengths.  I like that they have modifications for each move and that they are easy to follow. 



Yoga is one of the easiest practices to do at home since it requires so little equipment – a mat, and possibly a block and strap.  Yoga with Adriene, on YouTube, is my favorite, but the selection runs far and wide. There are also some great yoga apps such as Yoga Studio, https://www.yogastudioapp.com/



If you don’t already have a home gym, now might be a good time to invest in a few fitness accessories. If you have limited space, I suggest a mat that can be used for both exercise and yoga, and a few hand weights.  There are so many exercises using your own body weight, so if you really don’t have space, then just buy a mat.  If you have some storage or a dedicated space, I would add a stability ball, resistance bands, and resistance tubing.   I am going to give a shameless plug here to the company where I was employed for over a decade. Go to gaiam.com and you can find all of these things or if you are looking to get out of the house, you can find all these items in the sporting goods aisle at Target.

Here is the silver lining. Changing my routine has forced me to challenge new muscles.  I wake to sore muscles telling me I needed to do this anyway.

If you don’t have a fitness routine, this may be a good time to start.  It will help you manage your stress, strengthen your body and immune system while elevating your mood.  If you didn’t work from home before, and are now, use your morning or evening commute time to start a new routine. 

Good luck and let us know if you have any fitness tips that will help keep us all motivated.


Trends from the Nest – Mixing Patterns

Mixing patterns continues to be a design trend in 2020.

Mixing patterns will give your home style, character, and depth.  That said, combining patterns can also be complicated resulting in chaotic and unbalanced design.  In order to ensure that you apply this trend with success, here are the basic guidelines:

Use no more than three patterns and be sure to vary in size –  large, medium, and small.


Distribute the patterns evenly around the room to ensure proper balance.


Use colors that are the same hues and intensity.


Be sure to break up the patterns with solids.



For a subtle look, use tone on tone colors.


Another thing to consider when selecting a pattern is what style you are going for as this will set the tone of the room.  Here are some examples:


Florals in pastel colors will help you achieve a soft, airy, feminine look.



Vivid color and eclectic prints will result in a bohemian style.  The trick is to make it look unstructured yet balanced. 


Geometric patterns work well in modern, luxe and minimalistic décor.  The look is clean and angular and needs to be softened with rounded furniture and spherical shapes.

Animal Prints

If you looking for luxe and ready to go big, animal prints will deliver that look.



Bordering on eclectic, a global style feels earthy and welcoming. The prints are bold with strong colors or muted colors.



Depending on the type, stripes can give you either a farmhouse or a nautical look.  Bold stripes in cool colors will give you a coastal feel while delicate stripes like ‘ticking” will give you a farmhouse or rustic vibe.


Once you know the rules, playing with pattern can be both a great way to update a room without spending a great deal of money.  Have fun and share your pattern mixing ideas with us!


Spark of Color

Spark of Color

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  There is more to celebrate than green beer today.  In 2020, green is showing up in varying shades giving you many ways to update your space. 

Color sets the mood in your home and green is known to evoke balance, harmony and growth.  Depending on the hue, green can make a bold statement or can act as a neutral color.  Here are four ways to reimagine your space:

Cushing Green by Benjamin Moore

This rich and elegant color is part of the Benjamin Moore Historic Color Collection that can be used in traditional as well as contemporary spaces.


Current Mood by Clare

This color green is not for the faint of heart, but I love the depth and drama that this could lend any space. 


Hunter Green is having its day this year. Strong, earthy and masculine, this color is bold yet traditional.


This fresh minty green could easily be used as a neutral color on walls, kitchen cabinets and on doors as pictured here. 


Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and let us know how you are using green in your home!

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Trends From the Nest

“Two-Tone Kitchens” take center stage in 2020.

As one of the most talked-about trends in 2020, two-toned kitchen cabinets are a great way to add style to your kitchen.  And while all-white kitchens are not going away – this color-rich trend is a perfect way to make your space unique and personalized.  Two-tone cabinets work better for larger spaces but you can add a splash of color to a small kitchen by using colorful appliances to create that dual-tone feel.

When determining what colors to select, I recommend contrasting colors for a dramatic feel, such as blue and white or black and white.  A more subtle look can be created using more neutral combinations such a creamy white and dove grey or natural woods.  If you are looking for a more vintage feel – incorporate colors such as mint greens, light blues, and shades of yellow.

The best way to decide what is right for you is to create a color board with all the colors in your kitchen including walls, floors, back-splash, counters, lighting, and appliances.

Here are some inspirations to help you create your dream kitchen.

What are your kitchen ideas and inspirations?

Images courtesy of Domino, Houzz, Medallion Cabinetry, Benjamin Moore, HGTV, and Architectural Digest.