Category Archives: Green

Making The World a Better Home: Happy Earth Day!

 

Approximately 4 million trees were lost in the destructive Texas wildfire in 2011. A massive collaborative effort is being undertaken by the Arbor Day Foundation, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas Parks & Wildlife. They launched the Texas Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign to restore and plant trees in Central Texas over the next 5 years.

Since 2008,  High Fashion Home and Arbor Day Foundation have made a commitment to plant one tree for every piece of furniture purchased at High Fashion Home. Thanks to all of our wonderful customers, over 44,000 trees have been planted towards the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign. High Fashion Home might be just one store. But when working together with great people and incredible organizations, we can start making a difference.

As of March 31, 2014, High Fashion Home and the Arbor Day Foundation have committed to planting 70,031 trees around the world.

http://www.arborday.org/takeAction/disasters/lost-pines.cfm 
http://www.highfashionhome.com/green.html

The Gorgeous Green Sofa

A fantastic green sofa will stop me in my tracks. Is it because green is my favorite color? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s because a luxurious green couch is so unexpected that you can’t help but stop and take a second look. Here are some shots to show what I mean.

(photo from Sketch42)
 And, I love the “Get It Girl” pillow
(photo from The Glitter Guide)
The William Sofa from High Fashion Home
(photo from IKEA)
 (photo fro DUSTJACKET)
(photo from Lilly Bunn Interiors)
(photo from Oh Joy!)

Making the World a Better Home!

Approximately 4 million trees were lost in the destructive Texas wildfire in 2011.  High Fashion Home and Arbor Day Foundation will plant  40,054 trees in 2013 towards the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign.  And we are hoping to plant considerably more.  Thanks to all of our wonderful customers for contributing to a meaningful cause. High Fashion Home might be just one store.  But when working together with caring people and incredible organizations, we can start making a difference.

As of June 30, 2013, High Fashion Home and the Arbor Day Foundation have committed to planting 55,794 trees around the world.  Not bad for a partnership that just started 5 years ago.  This would have never been possible without the help of our passionate design enthusiasts.



Here are some photos below that the Arbor Day Foundation was kind enough to share from their recent trip to the Bastrop State Park.

 A newly planted tree.
A landscape photo showing a strand of trees that have just been planted.  The little pink/red specks throughout the photo are flags identifying a new tree.

Top 10 Green Building Projects 2013 – Fast CoExist

Last month, Fast Company’s CoExist featured 2013’s Top 10 Green Building Projects. These projects include a kids day school, a planned community and the US Army Corps of Engineers Northwest District regional headquarters. These designs are full of earth friendly technology, innovation and are great examples of the direction that modern architecture is moving in.
(all photos from Fast CoExist)

The Norris Houses live in an affordable planned community in Norris, Tennessee. The homes consist of solar hot water panels and passive solar design to help control the interior climate. 
The Charles David Keeling Apartments are on the UC San Diego campus. These apartments feature a solar rooftop array and on-site wastewater recycling.
The Clock Shadow Building houses non-profit health care organizations, an ice cream store and an artisan cheesemaker. The building itself features a rooftop garden, a rainwater harvesting system and carbon neutral energy usage
 The US Army Corps of Engineers Northwest District regional headquarters was constructed on brownfield land in Seattle. You would expect the USACE to use lots of green technology in the design and construction of this building and they did – “a rainwater collection system that will harvest 430,000 gallons of water each year, a building envelope outfitted with high-performing glass, and materials derived from a decommissioned WWII warehouse that was formerly on the site.”
 EHDD included student input and feedback when designing the Marin Country Day School Learning Resource Center and Courtyard. Students were involved from beginning to end, keeping track of the construction process and the end results. Now THAT’S a new idea!

The Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments were built by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (they were also responsible for the first housing community for autistic adults). Merritt Crossing was also built on brownfield land and features rooftop solar panels.

Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse was built on brownfield land in San Antonio, Texas. It features a 67,000 square foot LEED Gold Warehouse, beer vat rainwater tanks and Texas’s largest roof-mounted solar array.

The goal behind San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission Headquarters was for it to be “the greenest urban building in the United States.” The building features on-site grey and black water treatment, rooftop solar panels and an integrated wind turbine.

The Swenson Civil Engineering Building was made from local material and features an underground storm water retention system and occupancy and daylight sensor controls.

The Yin Yang House has almost net zero energy use and creates all of it’s own energy on-site using a 12-kW solar system. The home also features a green roof and uses passive cooling

Happy Earth Day!

Approximately 4 million trees were lost in the destructive Texas wildfire in 2011.  High Fashion Home and Arbor Day Foundation will plant  34,864 trees in 2013 towards the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign.  And we are hoping to plant considerably more.  Thanks to all of our wonderful customers for contributing to a meaningful cause. High Fashion Home might be just one store.  But when working together with caring people and incredible organizations, we can start making a difference.
As of March 31, 2013, High Fashion Home and the Arbor Day Foundation have committed to planting 50,604 trees around the world.


Here are some photos below that the Arbor Day Foundation was kind enough to share from their recent trip to the Bastrop State Park.

 A newly planted tree.
A landscape photo showing a strand of trees that have just been planted.  The little pink/red specks throughout the photo are flags identifying a new tree.

World Water Day Celebration!

Water is something that a lot of us take for granted.  Having clean, drinking water is akin to the sun rising every morning.  We assume both will just happen.

As it turns out, one out of every nine people in the world do not have access to clean water.   The impact from the global water crisis is 3.4 million people dying each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.  Often times, the burden of water collection from remote wells falls upon women and children in developing countries.

Today is World Water Day.  Make a difference and stand up for a cause where small contributions can make a big impact.  Check out the folks over at Water.org.  They do a wonderful job working towards real solutions.  Let’s help make the world a better home.

Other organizations addressing the water crisis:

OneDrop.org
CharityWater.org

Interior Design Trends for 2013!!

Wanna know some hot interior design trends for 2013?? Well, thanks to House Beautiful and Elle Decor, we have some idea! Here are their top design trends for this year.

BRASS!! That painting in the background is pretty fantastic too!
(House Beautiful)

 Elle Decor agrees with House Beautiful on BRASS!
(Elle Decor)

Elegant, graceful design
Homey Kitchens! More tile and wood accents.
From the runway to your living room sofa! Computer generated fabrics!!
(House Beautiful)

 GREEN!!! Yes! We already knew this. : )
(Elle Decor)

GLOSS!! Lacquer! POLISH! The shinier the better?? What do you think?
(House Beautiful)

 Embellished Walls!
(Elle Decor)

Emphasis on ART!
Bright Paint Colors!
Sophisticated Man Caves!
Antique Furniture!