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“Are all your weavers friends?”

When I launched Organic Weave, my first appointment Patterson, Flynn, Martin, the renowned NYC based floorcovering company. One of the first questions from the lead designer and buyer was: “are all your weavers friends?

“Because I don’t want to see any fighting in your rugs.”

The question made me pause. For so many reasons. I expected to be grilled on price, minimum order quantity and my certifications. Instead, this buyer asked me about the soul of my product.

In our era of fast, cookie-cutter mass production, handmade products tell a different story. A rug weaver may take weeks or months or even years to complete a piece – is her energy woven into the fabric of each piece? Does the mood of the creator show itself in the final product?

Enter Slow Design. More than a trend, Slow Design promotes “well being for individuals, society, and the natural environment. Slow Design seeks a holistic approach to designing that takes into consideration a wide range of material and social factors as well as the short and long term impacts of the design.” – Wikipedia.

The cornerstones of Slow Design are:

HOLISTIC * SUSTAINABLE * NON TOXIC

This movement takes into consideration the maker of the product – is she paid a living wage? How are the working conditions? Is she working with materials that are non toxic?

Few products could define Slow Design better than handmade rugs, which are painstakingly woven and finished and washed by hand. Our work with a women’s cooperative in rural India – Unnayan – has taught me about the value of creating a happy & healthy work environment for our weavers – happy weavers make happy rugs. And everything is more beautiful when made by hand – wouldn’t you prefer I served you a fresh homemade apple pie than a store bought one?

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Lessons from Freud: layering rugs is cozy and inviting!

I’ll admit, I wouldn’t have pictured the office of Sigmund Freud to be layered with Persian Rugs.  And yet, it makes perfect sense to me that it would be….layering rugs creates a cozy atmosphere – and what could be more inviting to conversation, or unpacking the layers of your soul?

Layering Rugs – a trend, or not a trend? Judging from the pages of shelter magazines and the blogs of interior designers, this look is here to stay. Look beyond the  classic layering combination – oversized sisal rug with patterned rug – and experiment withe neutral + stripes, stripes + shags, stripes + patterns – the list goes on.

Here are some ideas for layering rugs:

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  • Place a small rug on a larger neutral rug to define the sitting area and create a focal point.

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Photo Credit: Katie Tarses Home. Photo by Nicole LaMotte via One Kings Lane.
  • Use similar textures, patterns and colors to unite the space.

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  • Layer over wall to wall carpeting or hardwood in a bedroom to create a cozy landing pad for your feet.  You’ll want to use non-slip rug underpad to keep the rugs from moving or sliding.

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  • Go Bold with your accent your rug – you can always change it or rotate summer/winter looks.

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  • Think about scale: you can mix modern + traditional or different patterns, but consider the scale of the designs. Intricate designs work well with other intricate designs and bolder designs work well with bolder designs.
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5 Products We Love for your Nursery

Crushing over these 5 Eco-friendly products – they’re hip, stylish and chic!

  1. Monte Design

Monte modern gliders and modern nursery rockersDorma Beds

Baby or not, these gliders are so comfortable!! Furniture For Babies, Kids & Grown Ups! Gliders, Beds, Cribs with a contemporary vibe.

2. Gautier Studio

Gautier Tchou-Tchou Storage Bin

 

 

Designed in Montreal (my home), natural wood and fabric accessories for bold impact.  Find it at: Go-Green Baby

 

 

3.  Our Green HouseOrganic Crocheted Baby BlanketCrocheted Baby BlanketGorgeous Baby Blankets – Vintage/Throw Back Look – in Organic Crochet !

4. Pure Paint Laboratories:  

Pure Couture Interior

Pure Paint is composed of non GMO plant and mineral ingredients and is biodegradable. Check out the colors!!

5. Organic Weave

Pom Pom PartySailor StripeTilly Trellis

(And of course I want to mention) Organic Weave –  Cotton & Wool Rugs – Design your own rug or select from our designs – Custom sizes and colors available.

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Every Purchase Has a Purpose

I made a promise to myself when I was 21.  That I would work with women in India.

I don’t believe that any Mother would have her child work, except out of economic necessity.

On my first trip to India in 1989, I saw children working & weaving, and their employers shamelessly explaining that child labor “is a way of life here”.

This “way of life” has changed dramatically since 1989, when an estimated 1,000,000 kids were working in India’s carpet industry.

But children continue to work. Illegally. In many industries, including prostitution.

We aim to provide a sustainable income to our women weavers so that they can contribute to the economic viability of their families, and keep their children with them, safe & sound, at home.

In addition, Organic Weave has pledged 1% of profit to Sudara Freedom Fund in India. Your purchase will also provide safe housing for women escaping trafficking and sexual exploitation.  The Founder of Sudara, Shannon Keith, works with women who are at a high risk of being forced into the sex trade by their families or picked up off the streets by local pimps, by providing employment and housing.

….so this idea started with the idea of working with women, and I needed a product. Rugs? Yes, my roots are rugs, I’m the third generation in my family in this business. Partner? My family is well connected with a family of rug merchants in India. Perfect. But, wait. Women don’t weave rugs (it’s a male dominated craft). Back up. Build looms and train women to weave. oh, and while I’m at it, why not make one of the home’s greenest products more green? A certified organic rug company. Great! But WAIT! This certification is taking forever (it took 3 years), but I was already committed….

 

 

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5 Websites for Design Inspiration

Scrolling through interiors on instagram never disappoints.

Often dubbed “design porn”, here are my current favorite websites/instagram accounts:


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1. Dering Hall – delivered to your inbox daily at 6 pm (EST), you’ll find a gorgeous photo essay on some aspect of design “Gorgeous Bathrooms with Wood Ceilings”, and the resources (where to shop) to support the story.  Need ideas? Look no further….every topic is covered here. Need a design professional? Check out the profiles on interior designers across North America.


lark & linen2. Lark & Linen – Seasoned Blogger and Interior Designer Jacqueline Clark offers tips on all things decor as well as food and shopping resources – all beautifully presented and affordable!! From cookie recipes to home tours, you’ll find a breath of fresh air in the pretty pages of Lark & Linen.

 


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3. HommeMaker – Orlando Soria had me at HOMME. Seriously? What a brilliant play on words – Home + Homme (French for man). Orlando has more style in his pinky….and his makeovers are magical, including the laundry room makeovers that could make anyone want to chill while with the washing.


4.  Amber Interiors – scrolling through the blog and projects of talented interior designer, Amber Lewis, is like taking the most relaxing walk on the beach.  The images themselves are soothing! You’ll feel like you’re having a conversation with Amber as she takes us with her on the journey towards “cozy, eclectic, unique” and functional interiors.


5. The Good Trade – need to know where to eat vegan while you travel? Need to know which organic mascara to try? The Good Trade has you covered. From fashion to beauty to home to travel, The Good Trade was “created for those seeking to live an inspired and intentional life,”. Here you’ll find ethical brands, artisan made homewares, all natural and eco-friendly offerings for home and life. It’s a deep dive that will inspire you to make more conscious decisions about how you spend your money. (and believe me, it’ll make you want to spend your money! especially on travel!)

 


 

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Happy Feet – the case for Organic Wall to Wall Carpeting

Introduced in the 1960s, and wildly popular in the 1970s – wall to wall carpeting is enjoying a resurgence in popularity mainly because of its warmth and softness.

Do you remember the 70s shag? Whole living rooms blanketed with avocado or tangerine shag floors that needed to be raked?

Or perhaps like me, you grew up watching The Brady Bunch, with almost the entire set covered in wall to wall carpet?

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Somewhere in the 90’s, flooring trends changed.  Wall to wall carpeting was ripped out and replaced with hardwood floors and area rugs.

Carpet has lost favor as a decor choice, partly due to the ‘bad rap’ it has endured. That new carpet smell? The result of the chemicals used to manufacture the carpet.  Critics maintain that these chemicals off gas and create poor indoor air quality.

Besides no off gassing/ new carpet smell, here are some of the reasons why Organic Wool Carpet is an ideal choice for living areas, hallways and bedrooms:

  • soft and comfortable underfoot
  • natural material from rapidly renewable resource (sheep)
  • filters dust and allergens
  • durable and long-lasting; wears well, resilient, retains original texture
  • flameproof, abrasion resistant
  • excellent sound absorption and heat insulation
  • easily cleaned and maintained
  • no chemical stain protectors or moth proofing treatments

What’s old is new again.  Organic Weave offers a myriad of color and style choices, including shags. Shags that need no rake.

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The Non Toxic Bedroom

Recharge your batteries in a comfortable, chic, cozy and non toxic bedroom! We spend one third of our lives sleeping, and the environment in which we sleep impacts the quality of sleep we enjoy, as well as our general health, according to Mary Cordaro, an expert on healthy homes. Hiring an expert like Cordaro to do an assessment of your home, beginning with the bedroom, is a great choice if you suffer from chemical sensitives, asthma, or simply wish to live in a non toxic home.

 

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Update your bedroom with non toxic, chemical free & organic choices, starting with your bed.  Consider:

  • mattress
  • pillows
  • bed linens
  • paint
  • furniture
  • rugs & carpets

 

Beyond the (organic) sheets….some tips for creating a healthier bedroom:

  • check for moisture and mold, poor ventilation and contaminants from forced air/cooling systems
  • reduce or eliminate the use of screens in the bedroom – get rid of the cell phones, TV, laptops, WIFI, as the electromagnetic waves are known to interfere with peaceful rest
  • vacuum with a hepa filter vacuum and use an air purifier
  • dust regularly
  • use all natural household cleaners, soaps and detergents
  • remove any candles/air fresheners that are not pure + natural
  • open the windows and let the fresh air in!

 

Check out these sources for healthy products for your bedroombed-bedroom-blanket-545012

Mattress:

Pillows:

Bed Linens

Furniture:

Paint

  • Fallow & Ball
  • check out the non toxic options @ Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams & Behr

….finish your room with Rugs & Wall to Wall Carpeting from Organic Weave!


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