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Modular Recycled Carpet Squares

April 06, 2015 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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FLOR Parallel Reality Soda Shoppe 5x7 area rug
My FLOR Carpet squares, in Parallel Reality design, set up in a patchwork pattern.

When I first came across FLOR carpet squares, modular carpet tiles sounded like a really great idea to me - you can mix-n-match different colors and designs to create one-of-a-kind rugs, if one square gets dirty you can lift it up and clean it in the sink or replace it if need be, and when they are worn out you can send them back to the company to be recycled into new carpet tiles. But at the time, I was living in a house that had wall-to-wall carpet in almost every room. So even though I thought they had a cool product, there wasn't really a space that lent itself to trying them out.

In our new house, we were lucky enough to be able to install bamboo flooring throughout before moving in. And although I love the look, we have found that area rugs bring some much needed warmth to our spaces. I typically prefer to purchase rugs made from natural fibers, but I wanted a rug that could stand up to spills and traffic for the kitchen and entry. So I decided now was the perfect time to give FLOR carpet squares a try.

FLOR Recycled Carpet Squares - Made in the USA
Packaging was minimal, this is the box I received from UPS.

FLOR Recycled Carpet Squares - non-skid backing
The non-skid backing, shown in Line, Please design. | What was in the box.

I received them today, and it was super easy to get them all set up. I just placed them in my desired layout, and used the included adhesive dots to secure each carpet square to the bordering squares. The quality of the carpet squares seem very good. They are heavy with a non-skid backing and the pile looks very uniform, full and free from snags etc. They look like they will be very durable. And so far they have fit together so snug that the rugs almost look seamless.

The yellow adhesive "dots" used to secure the squares together.

I ordered the multi-colored wide stripe Parallel Reality in the Soda Shoppe area rug which was perfect for creating a fun and colorful centerpiece in our kitchen. And the Line, Please in Cayenne, which has very thin stripes, and worked well for creating a more subtle patchwork pattern in our entry. And I'm very impressed with the design, feel under foot and the overall quality so far.

Since I was opting for an easier to maintain nylon for high traffic areas, I wanted to make sure that it was eco-friendly. Both the Parallel Reality and the Line, Please carpet squares are made in the USA and are made from recycled fibers - 100% for Parallel Reality and 49% for Line, Please. And as I mentioned, once they are worn out you can send them back to FLOR to be recycled. All you have to do is contact them with the number of squares you will be sending, and they email you a prepaid UPS label. This is a huge bonus, to me, to know that they will not just end up in a landfill at the end of their life.

FLOR Carpet Squares in Horizontal Pattern
I ended up going with a horizontal pattern for the final layout.

Based on what I've seen so far, I'm hopeful that these will look nice for quite a while. And based on how easy they were to set up, I am even considering using FLOR carpet squares in a wall-to-wall installation in our basement living space...stay tuned.

Have you installed FLOR carpet squares in your house?  What do you think of them? 

Family Room Inspiration: Colorful, Artisan & Handmade Throw Pillows

Vibrant Modern Handmade Throw Pillows

We recently moved, we've been in our new house for just over a year, and we are still in the process of furnishing some empty spaces. So I've been spending loads of time browsing for ideas to inspire me. I'm drawn to neutral colors and simple, modern style for my main furniture pieces and wall colors, with colorful accents to set the mood (as I don't want to get locked into trendy design choices for years to come). So I wanted to share some of the fun and colorful, and of course "green", home accessories I've come across on my journey.

Right now I'm in search of some colorful and fun throw pillows for our family room. Novica has loads of unique, fair trade and handcrafted home accessories (fair trade throw pillows shown above). I also really love to look for modern, colorful home decor on Esty - you can always find tons of creative, handmade and unique, vintage items perfect for whatever vibe you are going for. Above are some fun, vibrant throw pillows that I pulled together to help spark some colorful family room inspiration. If you're looking for a little throw pillow inspiration, check out my full fav list of colorful handmade throw pillows on Etsy.


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VivaTerra - Win a $1,000 eco shopping spree

March 30, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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VivaTerra Shopping Spree

VivaTerra offers unique and beautiful sustainable fashion and home decor made from sustainable resources. Many items are handcrafted by inspired designers and artisans that honor cultures from around the world.

AND, they are currently offering a shopping spree giveaway – enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to VivaTerra! Deadline to enter is April 22, 2010. Open to U.S. residents 21 years or older.

Don't miss out, visit VivaTerra for details and to enter!

Eco Dining: reclaimed wood dining table & eco accessories

I usually lean towards modern, contemporary furniture and design, but lately I've been drawn to the rustic meets industrial design I thought I would share this eco dining room's earthy tablescape. I've been admiring the reclaimed wood dining table for a while, imagining it as the centerpiece to my dining room. And the mix of industrial and natural dining accessories, used in this dining room design, complement it perfectly.

CB2 Eco Dining Room

The darjeeling dining table is constructed from reclaimed Indian railroad ties that have been pieced into a mosaic plank dining top and supported by industrial metal legs. The dining table and all accessories are available at

CB2 Eco Dining Accessories

{a} Reed chair - Antiqued iron wires are handwoven and welded to create this seat. Sits on sleigh legs.
{b} Carson wine glass - This handblown wine glass is designed to enhance color and aroma.
{c} Gear candleholder - Reclaimed iron gears make up each industrial tealight candle holder.
{d} Duo linen placemat for two - 100% linen placemat that spans opposite sides of the table.
{e} FLOR™ High Tide™ rug tiles - FLOR, build-your-own rug tile system, made from recyclable materials.

What's your favorite design style?

Wedding centerpieces: A greener alternative to glass vases

January 27, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Blumebox Photographed by Christina Carroll

I recently was introduced to Blumebox on twitter and and wanted to share their unique alternative to glass vases that are perfect for wedding reception flower arrangements.

Blumebox offers a greener option to the ususal glass vase that will reflect your personal style, complement your flowers and is environmentally friendly. Their green design allows the blumebox to be shipped and stored flat, easily snapped together for assembly, and folded back down to be stored between uses. And the eco friendly materials used to make the blumeboxes is 100% recyclable.

Blumeboxes come in 16 colors and 4 different shapes/sizes making them perfect for green-ing weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, everyday bouquets and even your houseplants. The 4" cube is a great option for traditional wedding centerpieces as well as living plant centerpieces. The 6" blumebox is the perfect height for below eye-level centerpieces. The 8" blumebox makes a stylish holder for bridesmaid and bridal bouquets at the reception. And blumebuds double as place card holders / bud vases.

And if you are the DIY type, blumebox also offers coordinating ribbons and boas to spice things up. Check out their blog for fun, creative design ideas.

The blume box featured above was used in a real wedding - check out the amazing photos by photographer Christina Carroll.

Eco Friendly Etsy Favs

Seeing its been a while since my last post, I thought I'd get back into it by sharing some of my new Etsy Favs...

Vintage Fabric Coasters

rikrak offers upcycled vintage fabric creations, including coasters, wallets, clutches and fun shaped patches.

Recycled Silver Jewelry

favorJewelry offers a sustainable collection of simple, timeless jewelry made from recycled silver. Each earring, bracelet, necklace and ring is handcrafted and unique.

Eco Letterpress Cards

sweetbeets offers eco-friendly letterpress cards, invitations and calendars with colorful, whimsical designs.

Green Christmas Ornaments & Decorations

Green Christmas Ornaments

VivaTerra has a unique selection of Christmas decorations made from recycled and natural materials. Whether you are looking for a hostess gift idea or christmas decorations for your own holiday party, you should check out their eco-friendly Christmas ornaments, wreaths and angels.

Eco-friendly Wreaths

Also check out Organic Bouquet if you are looking for sustainably sourced holiday wreaths, holiday bouquets or table centerpieces. They also have an adorable, eco-friendly Mini Living Christmas Tree and are currently running a 20% off site-wide sale! 

Handcrafted Christmas Ornaments

And Crate&Barrel has some really cute fairly traded and handcrafted christmas ornaments made from felt and papier mâché.

Enjoy and happy decorating!

Green Deals: Up to 70% off eco home accessories at Viva Terra

October 23, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Viva Terra Home Accessories Sale

'Tis the season for entertaining...and if you enjoy being the host, then don't miss the great deals on eco home accessories at VivaTerra. Save up to 70% on green dining and kitchen items including glassware, dinnerware, servers and placemats made from recycled glass, reclaimed wood and river rock. Shop VivaTerra's eco home sale

Modern Decorative Pillows and Art in bold colors and patterns

October 06, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Inhabit's new, modern prints are bold and colorful in shades like lime green, sunflower yellow, rust orange, cornflower blue and scarlet red accented by silver, chocolate and ivory. Their new Modern Classics collection offers graphic prints inspired by retro furniture. New additions to their Aequorea and Rhythm collections offer abstract prints inspired by nature. And new graphic patterns are available in their Estrella collection. These graphic and colorful prints are available for Inhabit's eco-friendly decorative pillows and wall art and are a great housewarming gift idea. Made from 100% recycled polyester and handprinted and handcrafted in the USA with eco-friendly inks. visit Inhabit

Eco lighting: Shabby chic, upcycled lamps

June 23, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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recycled lamps

Etsy Favs: These hand-crafted, upcycled and recycled lamps and lamp shades are one-of-a-kind works of art created by BirdWingProductions.