Katy Hahn Designs, located in Central Florida, specializes in residential interior home decorating and space planning for your home so that everything works well together. Her design consultation services can help clients learn new ways to update, upgrade and enhance the value of their home. Katy will address your unique decorating challenges, assess your needs and give you design advice and ideas. She also offers design specific consultation for clients that may need help in furniture or accessory selections in any area of their home. Katy can assist you in redesigning your space by re-purposing your existing furniture. We can redesign your home in one day without having to replace furniture and sometimes adding new design elements.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Ecodesign and Green Living

Ecodesign is a conscious awareness of the environment that we live in.  It begins by choosing eco-friendly products, improving air quality, conserving our natural resources and reducing waste.

As a former respiratory therapist, I am always aware of our indoor air quality and how to improve it.  Children and adults can have allergic reactions to materials we use, such as cleaners, laundry detergents, VOC in paints, glue in carpets and pressed wood products.  Also formaldehyde can be off-gassed from cabinetry, flooring and furniture.  Choosing eco-friendly products will improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergic reactions as well.

Ecodesigning our homes is all about designing a room that is functional, beautiful and healthy, so why not choose products that will improve your indoor air quality and reduce the use of our natural resources?  For example, if I am doing a lighting design for a client, I am also thinking how I can help them conserve energy, such as replacing light bulbs with CFL bulbs, which use less energy.  

There are other ways you can conserve.  When updating your kitchen or bathroom, choose fixtures such as low flow shower heads and faucets that can help you reduce water use and save money.  By using water saving tips and making our homes more energy efficient, we can reduce the consumption of our natural resources.  These are all easy ways you can design and create an eco-friendly home.

Begin slowly by practicing the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.  When we reduce clutter in our homes, we are reducing indoor air toxins, the end products of bacteria caused by dust mites and pet dander which contribute to asthma symptoms and allergies.  You can also reduce clutter by simply purging what you no longer use such as papers, clothing, toys, etc.  You are also cleaning up your home environment, improving indoor air quality and making it easier to dust and keep clean.  

One affordable way to decorate a room is to use a technique called redesign.  What we do is “shop” your house.  We will reuse existing furniture from other rooms to create a new look.  Also, recycling is a great way to ecodesign your home.  You can recycle furniture that you no longer want at Goodwill, missions or charities.  By doing this, you are giving your things a good home and helping someone else.  In addition, you may find a recycled furniture piece that you can purchase for your home at a fraction of its cost.  Look at Nate Berkus.  He does it all the time.

To ecodesign your home today doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can go through each room and take inventory, decide what you want to keep and what you will recycle.  Then reuse your furniture by moving them to other rooms or repurpose them like Sabrina Soto does on “The High Low Project” show.

Greening up your home is a new way of thinking.  It takes time to be environmentally friendly.  Begin slowly with small changes.  Read labels and try to choose products that are eco-friendly.  You even have green plumbing options.  It’s up to you to decide how much or how little you want to incorporate ecodesign in your home.

Katy Hahn Designs offers ecodesign solutions with an in-home or online design consultation.  Contact us today to make an appointment.