If you’ve never heard of Kari Whitman, you’ve probably seen her work in the homes of Hollywood stars such as Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell and Emilio Estevez. This celebrity home interior designer is known for her “green thumb” inside the home through her eco-friendly choices for fabrics and furnishings, and even if you’re not a celebrity, she wants to help your house become as a green as the stars’.
Some of her well-praised green projects include furnishing a room mostly with antiques found in local shops and with a bookshelf made totally out of sustainable wood. Sustainable wood window shutters and the use of bamboo flooring and faux finishes also make for some of her popular green spaces. Whitman essentially goes on treasure hunts through architectural salvage yards, flea markets, antique stores and even websites such as Craigslist.com to find her green decorative pieces for the homes she furnishes. It’s all about reducing, reusing and recycling – something Whitman said she’s done since she left her mother’s womb.
Whitman’s green taste is easy for you to duplicate in your own home. Try scoping out your neighborhood home antique store for your living room’s next furniture piece, and consider mixing up your own eco-friendly paint colors. A non-toxic, zero-VOC product is the best type of paint to use when giving your home a new look this spring because it features no volatile organic compounds, which cause harm to both humans and to the environment. Whitman actually offers a paint-mixing kit that allows you to create more than a whopping 1,000 colors while saving the environment (www.wallmakeup.com).
Also, looking for a stylish dog bed for Rufus that will also add to your home’s green, environmentally friendly appeal? You can rest assured – or Rufus can rest assured – that he will be decreasing his own ecological footprint with Whitman’s eco-friendly dog beds, which are filled with materials made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles (www.greenerpup.com).
You can make your efforts to re-decorate your house this spring – whether you want one of Whitman’s well-known charming Mediterranean or Morocann looks or you simply want to finally create that shade of mauve that fits your sofa perfectly – planet-friendly. As Whitman leads a crusade against un-green living all across America and on television in shows such as “Designer to the Stars” on the WE network and “The Dude Room” on The Discovery Channel, you can lead your own green crusade right on your own neighborhood block.
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