Tag Archives: environmentally friendly interior design

Design Elements {Recycled Tires}


I’m really impressed with all the creative ways that companies are recycling old tires these days. I’ve been using rubber flooring made from recycled tires in my design projects for years. But, there are so many more options if you want to incorporate this unusual material into your interior design projects.

Take this stylish table and chair set for example. I really love the woven look to these and the table base is fantastic!

I really like the texture on this recycled tire basket and imagine how durable these would be:

I’ve always been a big fan of black floors. They make such a nice neutral backdrop to pop accent colors off of. This is a retail space with a rubber floor made from old car tires.

Picture Frames? …I never would have thought of this but I love the result! The texture from the different tire tread designs is so cool…

These bracelets from Urban Lace Jewelry are awesome!!! They also make a fun, lacey mask that would be perfect for a costume party.

Baa Baa Black Sheep…Who new that recycled inner tubes could be so adorable?

A larger basket design for your magazines and such. I have this one on my wish list for my husband’s bathroom reading…

How about a flower pot holder? The durability from the old tires would work perfectly for this application.

Super cool storage solution…

What do you think about these innovative solutions to solving our tire disposal problem? Do you know some other great uses to add to the list?

Design Elements {Cardboard}


Cardboard light fixtures? Furniture made from cardboard? Sure, it’s not a material that typically comes to mind when you think of interior design. But, that’s what makes it so cool! I’ve always been fascinated with the innovative use of unexpected materials in interior spaces. And, what could me more unexpected than cardboard furniture? My first exposure to cardboard furniture was in design school when I learned about ‘The Wiggle Chair’ designed by architect, Frank Gehry. I never would have imagined that a piece of furniture made out of cardboard could be so awesome! And, Gehry isn’t the only one expressing his creativity through cardboard. Just last week, I came across a pendant light fixture from Greypants with a layered cardboard shade. Now, this is one cool light fixture. The shape of it is great and the ‘glow’ from the backlit corrugated cardboard makes it even better.

My re-discovery of cardboard designs inspired me to find out what others are doing with cardboard these days. This surround has a great look to it. Not a bad idea to set the mood for a special event.

Very well designed chair! I love how the ottoman tucks into the chair itself. The details are great and the two-toned material combination and shape are spot-on too.


Cardboard Chair Design by Tim May via

Here’s a designer to keep your eye on. Domingos Tótora is doing some exciting things with recycled cardboard. Here’s one of his furniture designs. The base of the table is constructed from a pulp made from recycled cardboard. His website is full of great designs made from the same process.

Oh, and let’s not forget the one that started it all for me. The infamous ‘Wiggle Chair’. Just love it! I recently found out you can purchase one of your own from Hive Modern…Going on my wish list…

Here’s another fun cardboard chair design. Great for the angle lovers out there!

Another cardboard light shade design. This one from Inhabit. They have many different shapes to choose from. Definitely worth a look.

Another of Domingos Tótora‘s designs:

So, what do you think of the use of recycled cardboard for interior design objects? Are you as fascinated by it as I am? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Design Elements {Black Bamboo}


I’ve always loved the use of bamboo as a design element. It has such a great texture and it’s a renewable resource to boot. I lucked out this past fall and scored some free black bamboo poles from a couple that was cleaning up their back yard. Note to Self: Do not plant bamboo in the yard unless confining the roots! These poor folks planted a couple of bamboo plants for some decorative plantscaping and before long their back yard was a jungle. This stuff grows fast and multiplies! But, lucky for me it did because I took home a bundle of beautiful black bamboo for my next DIY project. What project you ask? Well, I haven’t really figured that out yet. But, I’m exploring the possibilities…

I really like what Elenberg Fraser did with bamboo in their Gingerboy Restaurant design. I didn’t score that much bamboo but I could maybe eek out a small feature wall with it.

These black bamboo vases are really cool. I don’t have large enough poles for this (or the woodworking skills for that matter). Good thing Fashion For Home sells them on their website. I’ll be putting these on my wish list. The plantscaping with live black bamboo plants is just beautiful. I love the contrast with the white wall behind. Nice, fresh look.

black bamboo decor

Above: Black Bamboo Floor Vase from Fashion For Home, Black Bamboo Plantscaping

Another great way to get this look is with black bamboo flooring. The monolithic black floor it creates is very striking.

So, what are your thoughts on black bamboo as a design element? I would love to hear from you!