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Looking Forward….. Sustainability In Your Home

member SFCWhile on my furniture pilgrimage to High Point, NC, I joined the Sustainable Furnishings Council. I was moved by a presentation about the health concerns created by furnishings in the home as well as the commitment of these fine folks to ensuring that planet friendly, sustainable practices are used during the manufacturing process. They define sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. I think this is very important. I have also found myself looking at the kitchen and bath products I am specifying with more focus on planet friendly manufacturing including using recycled materials and conservation practices.Two manufacturers have impressed me greatly with their commitment to the environment.

My love for all things Art Deco led me to checking out some bathing beauties from California Faucets.

California Faucets Art Deco Collection

California Faucets Art Deco Collection

California Faucets wall mount rain head

California Faucets wall mount rain head

California Faucets sleek lines

California Faucets sleek lines

I was so pleased to read about their concern for the environmentand the the sustainable practices they follow. This link is a listing of green concerns http://www.calfaucets.com/green-philosophy  and more can be found on their Facebook page in an album titled California Faucets Cares About the Environment.

Native Trails is an artisanal manufacturer of some beautiful hand crafted products for both the kitchen and bath industry and home decor. Lovely copper holiday ornaments are a new addition that caught my eye. Sustainable and recycled materials are used for the copper and concrete sinks they manufacture for both kitchen and bath. They also make some beautiful bath furniture using reclaimed wood and a gorgeous line of copper tables.

Native Trails Concrete sink

Native Trails Concrete sink

Copper Star Holiday Ornaments

Copper Star Holiday Ornaments

With so many choices available, it makes me happy to specify products from companies that share my values and concerns about sustainability. I encourage you to consider the culture of the brands you buy. I hope you find their practices in line with your values. ūüôā

 

 

Holidays………..Sabatino Style…..

GINGERBREADWell, another Holiday Season is upon us and again I find myself feeling grateful for all the joy the season brings. I remind myself to slow down, smell the gingerbread, and try not to do it all in one day. Having two adult children on different sides of the country, and making time for all those in what I refer to as¬†our “OPEN family”, ¬†(as someone that experienced divorce as an adult and a child¬†I do not like¬†the term¬†¬†“broken family”), ¬†is a balancing act¬†that¬†can actually add to the fun¬†. Traveling out west¬†to bake cookies with my daughter and grandson and creating a holiday meal in her home is a special joy even if it is¬†a week and a half before¬†Christmas Day. Seeing my grandson proudly smile as we displayed all the homemade decorations and watching him lick the chocolate from his fingers as we decorated gingerbread men will be memories I will always cherish. Christmas day will be spent with my son, mother and our crew¬†back in New York… and each day in between will¬†be spent wishing friends, associates and strangers, too, all the joy the season brings…¬† MERRY CHRISTMAS!……….

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Deck The Halls!

Merry Christmas! Sharing these photos at this special time of year gives me great pleasure. To me, Merry Christmas is an affectionate greeting to be shared with love throughout the season. The pride in the eyes of children displaying their homemade decorations, the joy of baking christmas cookies with loved ones (great recipe for lemon christmas cookies)¬†, singing carols in the neighborhood,¬†the¬†decorating and oh, yes, the shopping…. bring¬†us joy¬†but the true spirit of all the Holy Days is¬†sharing love with friends and family and remembering those that are¬†less fortunate. So…..Merry Christmas and deck the halls with boughs of holly, happiness, love and joy!

TONI SABATINO                         516-972-5455                       tonisab@optonline.net