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“With every decision, we asked: ‘What is it made of?’” says thom filicia

walls> paints Not so invigorated by new paint smell? You might be sensitive to VOCs, which off-gas for weeks after paint is applied. VOCs like ethylene glycol can trigger skin rashes, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. “From paints to countertops and more, with every decision, we asked: ‘Will this have off-gassing? What is it made of?’” Filicia says, noting that he chose low-VOC paints and materials for Riverhouse.

wallpaper The fading, yellow wallpaper in your grandmother’s kitchen is most likely toxic PVC vinyl, which can also trap moisture, encouraging mold growth. Nowadays, one can choose breathable, natural materials.

AFM Safecoat’s new zero-VOC Ayurveda Essence line is intended to help you find balance through colors that suit your personality.

+ The wallpaper paste should be chemical-free, too. Try Ecofix. roosintl.com

From $38.90 per gallon, afmsafecoat.com Yolocolorhouse (above) divides its

no-VOC palettes into categories like air, grain, and petal. There’s also a “little Yolo” line, and tinted or white primer.

Mythic Paint has no VOCs and is also,

Yolo, $39.95 per gallon, little Yolo, $10.95 per gallon; yolocolorhouse.com

About $38.95 per gallon, mythicpaint.com

Envirosafe’s no-VOC paint comes in fast-

drying satin, flat, and semigloss finishes. $29–$45 per gallon, envirosafepaint.com

Tip

According to Paul Marquis of Green Home Solutions (green homesolutions.net), milk-and-clay-based paints often don’t need a primer. How­ ever, they should not be used in humid bathrooms or basements, which are more likely to sup­port mold growth.

the company claims, free of carcinogenic chemicals. It comes in subtle earth tones.

For a timeless, gentle look, the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company’s Safepaint (below) combines milk protein and lime with pigments. It arrives as a powder and you add water. $45.95 per gallon, milkpaint.com

Brilliant, hand-printed, natural fabrics and grasscloths from Brooklyn design studio Twenty2 (above) can vitalize a room. $32 per yard, twenty2.net

Juicy Jute grasscloth from phillip jeffries is not only a renewable resource that provides great texture but it also comes in vivid vegetabledyed hues. About $28 per yard, phillipjeffries.com Innovations carries PVC-free wallpaper but only sells “to the trade,” so ask a decorator pal to order.

innovationsusa.com

Tip

Choose wall­coverings, flooring, and other products that are free of PVC vinyl, a nonrecy­clable plastic that can release phthalate chemicals, linked to hormonal and respiratory problems.

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Plenty Magazine Issue 23 Aug/Sept 2008  

beyond the bulb> the best Ideas In green desIgn krIstIn gore kIlls her laWn | saIlIng greece | gossIp gIrl’s eco star

Plenty Magazine Issue 23 Aug/Sept 2008  

beyond the bulb> the best Ideas In green desIgn krIstIn gore kIlls her laWn | saIlIng greece | gossIp gIrl’s eco star

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