While 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.
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
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. 🙂
Well, 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!……….
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!