With production delays and freight increases in furniture and home decor in the past two years, we had to become more thoughtful on our choices. No one wanted to wait for a year to receive a piece of furniture! Vintage and antique pieces have gained popularity due to their well made construction and immediate availability. It has also brought a new interest to sustainable design. Similar to “fast fashion,” furniture is being thrown away at a rate of 12 million tons a year according to The New York Times. In addition, skipping the manufacturing, shipping and packaging is a greener practice.
What are some sustainable design practices that can create a signature style?
Source vintage and antique. Vintage pieces as a rule are made better and have a higher quality than new pieces. Their well worn surfaces give character and richness for a one of a kind look that is unique to your space.
Consider using what you have in a new way. Move it to a new space in your home. Try giving it a fresh coat of paint or stain. Shop local from local makers and shops. Shopping local helps your community because your dollar stays local. Local makers are also interested in finding the unique for you!