Archive for June, 2012
I am on an endless quest to decorate and redecorate my house. Now it’s time to tackle a new project – the master bedroom. You might think this should be a fun project, but the truth is, the bedroom seems like somewhat of a thankless job. Why? Because no one ever sees it. For that reason, I have not touched it since we moved into our house. In those 8+ years, I have redone our kitchen, painted every other room in the house, and replaced furniture in our living areas many times. But no major re-decorating has taken place in the bedroom.
I never considered myself a “green” consumer, but I can’t help noticing all of the news stories, magazine articles and blogs that talk about the dangers of the chemicals found in common household products and how they affect our health – everything from cleaning products to paint, furniture, plastic bottles, even the clothes we wear and the food we eat.
As a mother to a 5-year-old, I have become more conscious of green products and try to give my daughter the healthiest environment possible for her to grow up in. For example, I always buy organic food and products that are certified to be healthy. I don’t want to risk her health by buying a product that could be toxic to our home.
At a family birthday party last weekend, my Aunt Cindy, who owns a beach house in Ocean City, New Jersey, was discussing her latest misfortune – the first level of her beach house had been flooded out. She told us that she wanted to get her home up and running quickly, so she and her two young daughters could enjoy the summer months at the shore. One of her remodeling decisions involved choosing a kitchen floor.
She posed the question at the dinner table of what everyone thought about a laminate floor for the kitchen. Turns out, not many of my relatives knew exactly what laminate flooring was. Some reacted with a less-than-positive response, calling laminate “cheap” and “artificial-looking”. After the dust settled, as usual, everyone turned to me for “expert” flooring advice.