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and abaca, a plant that is part of the banana family and is native to the Philippines. Both rugs are finished without the use of chemicals, and, in fact, the abaca can literally be chopped and used as lawn fertilizer if I decide to get rid of it in years to come. Next came the walls. I visited some wallpaper shops, narrowing my search to sustainably manufactured options, and ended up falling in love with a quirky ostrich-print paper that is equal parts delicate and bold. Since the pattern is rather busy, I applied it only to the main wall that connects my living and dining spaces to create a strong focal point for the room. I then softened the look with a barely-there gray paint called Blackened, by Farrow & Ball, which contains zero VOCs so I can breathe easy.


fter the walls came the windows. I’m admittedly choosy when it comes to window hardware, so when I discovered the classic Estate Rod from Restoration Hardware a few years ago I did a victory dance; it’s perfect. The large scale allows it to firmly frame a window, while the classic silver finish and simple flat end

Always on the hunt for secondhand steals, I buy most of my books from local used bookstores and top off the stacks with flea market finds. I love the cheeky juxtaposition of placing a macabre skull atop a dainty decorative box.

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