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Boring Bedroom Goes Eco-Wow
Nikki Sharp was tired of her boring bedroom. A communication coordinator at Gaiam's Broomfield, Colo., headquarters, she brought in sad-looking photos of where she rested her head each night. She knew it was time for an update — and she wanted to go green.
We sent in designer Miki LaMont to make over this ho-hum bedroom into a retreat more suited to the life and style of this young, eco-minded professional. Lamont transformed the space into a sophisticated, eco-friendly bedroom retreat using organic and natural fabrics, recycled materials and fair trade décor.
"Now coming into this room is a completely different experience," says LaMont. "It went from feeling neglected and almost bleak to harmonious, cozy and inviting."
Lamont says getting started with a "green room" makeover begins with a single focal point. "Pick a primary piece that has a look, color and feel that pleases you," she says. "Starting a green makeover could begin with a fabulous lamp, rug or headboard that's made with eco-friendly materials. We started with the duvet, then chose colors and accessories to complement the print and create a subtle eastern theme."
Get this look with these green decorating finds from Gaiam.com:
Organic Cotton Bedding
Made without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals; finished using low eco-impact dyes.
Sateen Duvet in indigo, $109
Washed Paisley Quilt in raisin, $398
Washed Paisley Sheet Set in raisin, $198 to $298
Sateen Flat Sheet in eggplant, $50 to $80
Recycled steel frame covered in natural cotton jacquard made without synthetic chemical finishes or dyes, $298
100% Organic Cotton Fireside Throw
in mulberry, $94
Pressed Leaves Tea Set
Handmade Thai pottery with lead-free glaze. $60
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