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Conscious Style Home: Eco-Friendly Living for the 21st Century Hardcover – September 19, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312276613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312276614
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did the environmentally conscious movement fade away in the millennium? Not according to Seo, who ascribes his pro-eco stance to an Earth Day birthday. Believe it or not, Seo talked--or conned--his parents into redoing their suburban home in an Earth-friendly manner. That means an uncluttered house, free of trash and unwanted items, and recycled paint, old-fashioned linoleum floors, and wood such as tanoak and heart maple, which are produced by responsible logging. It means kitchen countertops that welcome organic produce. Room by room, he examines the good, the bad, and the 63 hazardous products in every home, warning against formaldehyde, PVC, and other noxious substances while providing complete tips, lists, and in-depth profiles of certain organic manufacturers. Other advice includes using stones, leaves, and beach-found objects in place of expensive decorative accessories. Barbara Jacobs
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About the Author

Danny Seo is the founder of Danny Seo Media Ventures, a cause-related lifestyle media company. He is also creator of Danny Seo Home, a line of stylish eco-friendly housewares and accessories. His particular take on style has been featured in People, The Washington Post, and on ABC's The View and The Today Show. His books include Generation React, Heaven on Earth, and most recently, Be the Difference.

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Environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo calls his eco-friendly way of living Simply Green. Through his bestselling books, his how-to lifestyle lectures, weekly Sirius Satellite Radio program and his upcoming companion TV show, Danny Seo continues to share his creative ideas that has made him America's leading lifestyle authority on modern, eco-friendly living.

Born on Earth Day in 1977, Danny has championed on behalf of the natural biodiversity of our planet from a very young age. On his 12th birthday, he founded the organization Earth 2000 with just a few friends and $23. By his 18th birthday, he transformed the grassroots organization into the country's largest teenage activist charity spearheading worldwide campaigns on behalf of the environment.

Today, Danny, 29, encourages America to live a greener lifestyle. His lifestyle book Conscious Style Home (St. Martin's Press; 2001) chronicles his renovation of his parents' Green Hills, Pennsylvania home. Using easy-to-find eco-friendly materials, the beautifully photographed book received rave reviews in The New York Times, Elle, Food & Wine, Elle Decor, and USA Today, who raved "Say 'environment' to Danny Seo, and it's as if you've punched the word into the search engine Google: Out roars an avalanche of ideas and references that threatens to scramble your brain.'"

His brand new books Simply Green Parties and Simply Green Giving showcases Danny's unique take and approach to stylish green living. Both books feature lush, colorful photography and clear, step-by-step instructions along with Danny's secret tips and how-to information on living the Simply Green way.

As Editor-at-Large of Country Home magazine, Danny pens a monthly column for the magazine and produce feature stories for the magazine's 7.6 million readers. Each month, his "Fresh Thinking" column features clever and easy ideas to recycle anything into gorgeously chic home accessories with quick and easy tips that prove green living can be gorgeous living, too.

Debuting in September 2006, Danny's TV series will debut on the LIME cable channel, the new Steve Case backed network with the tagline, "Healthy Living with a Twist." The show, also titled Simply Green, will feature stylish and eco-friendly tips for the home, all shot on location from Danny's new bungalow style dwelling in Pennsylvania. Danny also hosts a weekly talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio of the same name.

Danny also assists some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities as an eco-stylist. He dresses actors and actresses in environmentally-friendly fashion, consults on the renovation of their homes, and helps them raise money for their eco-charities.

Danny has been named one of "40 Under 40" to watch by Crain's New York Business and in an honor of a lighter note, one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." He stars in a nationwide TV public service announcement campaign airing on HGTV and TLC encouraging Americans to recycle their old cell phones through a nonprofit program called Call2Recycle. A popular speaker at colleges, corporations and special events, Danny has given hundreds of keynote addresses including the College of William & Mary, and The State of the World Forums and the National Kitchen & Bath Association. In May 2006, he gave the commencement speech to the University of California's Berkeley graduating class.

Customer Reviews

The photos are really inspirational and I got lots of clever ideas from it.
Abbey Scott
I've been looking for a book to help me transform my old farm into an eco-friendly place to live for myself and my children.
Deborah
As a person who has long struggled with ADD, a book that can keep my attention is a rare find.
The Batman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Betty Wilson on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Well, I've never gone to amazon and submitted a review, but I felt compelled to after reading Conscious Style. I am renovating my 19th century farmhouse and found great, simple tips in this book we are using RIGHT NOW! Bamboo flooring is great. Recycled glass tile is amazing. Toxic-free paints have no odor! My only complaint is that there aren't enough color photos...but the 200 photos are beautiful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Delia Montgomery on February 17, 2002
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For people who want to understand what conscious living is all about, this book is a great start. And there are some tips for those in the eco industry too. I didn't know, for example, that about half of marble mined is wasted. That is because marble lies deep in the earth and it is destroyed by machinery to retrieve it. Danny points out that a marble pastry rolling pin can be justified, but a marble floor too is a bit much. A case of less is more.
The reason I believe the beginning lacked enthusiasm for me was because of the subject matter being cleaning and sorting. I'd rather read fun stuff or see pictures first. Then there happen to be some opinions I didn't agree with. Choosing synthetics over real leather, for example. I really don't look to Danny as an eco guru, but then he's not trying to be. It's just about what the title reads, "Conscious Style." Once you get the hang of it, you use your own particular earth-friendly fashion. I hope this book is inspiring for many because mindful decor is a good thing for everybody.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Abbey Scott on June 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that I care about the planet, I want to do my part, but feel there are so many hardcore green people who say, "you either do it all the way or not at all."
Well, I disagree. This book is so perfect....while you want to make a difference and help the planet, you don't wanna live in a hut. The photos are really inspirational and I got lots of clever ideas from it. Good job!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Florio on December 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book rocks! I recently purchased a home in upstate New York and wanted to do simple renovations to the kitchen, gardens and bathroom. I didn't have a tremendous amount of moolah to spend, but I did want to make changes. I realize this book is all about saving the planet and incorporating green building products....but there are sooooooo many tips in here to decorate, renovate and change on a dime!!! It's very very clever...I love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book last year when I started the renovation process on my home. I have always wanted to do the right thing in home design, but didn't really know what the "right" thing is.
One of the things that I found really useful in this book was that it wasn't about building a home from scratch. It also didn't have weird green building ideas I kept seeing in other books---like straw insulation. I realize that it's very green to use straw bales...but, c'mon, I already have insulation in the walls! What am I supposed to use?
There really is a wealth of ideas and resources in the book. Who would've thought moving the fridge a few inches away from the wall could make it so much more energy efficient?
I highly recommend this book to all who care about our planet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2001
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When my first child was born, I was concerned about keeping a clean home without using harsh chemicals. I picked up Conscious Style Home to see if there were ideas how I could do that. What's refreshing about this book is that the author doesn't keep lamenting what's wrong with the frickin' world...he just gives ideas. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book last year when I started the renovation process on my home. I have always wanted to do the right thing in home design, but didn't really know what the "right" thing is.
One of the things that I found really useful in this book was that it wasn't about building a home from scratch. It also didn't have weird green building ideas I kept seeing in other books---like straw insulation. I realize that it's very green to use straw bales...but, c'mon, I already have insulation in the walls! What am I supposed to use?
There really is a wealth of ideas and resources in the book. Who would've thought moving the fridge a few inches away from the wall could make it so much more energy efficient?
I highly recommend this book to all who care about our planet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Batman on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Just as one of the implicit themes in this book is keeping everything well balanced, the book too, is well balanced. Mr. Seo manages to brew a richly roasted blend of humor, sensible ideas, updated recycling facts and most importantly, readability. As a person who has long struggled with ADD, a book that can keep my attention is a rare find. I was also surprised to discover that many things I was taught about recycling and the environment are simply no longer true. It certainly opened my eyes more and taught this old monkey some new tricks.
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