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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Skipstone Press (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594851409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594851407
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

EMILY ANDERSON is an author and designer whose work has been featured in The New York Times, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The Today Show, among other media. She is the author of Eco-Chic Weddings and hosts a popular blog by the same name. She received a degree in interior design from Parson's School of Design and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

More About the Author

Hello, I'm author and designer Emily Anderson and Eco Chic Home is my third and most recent book. Read more of my bio on http://www.EmilyAnderson.com.

Eco-Chic Home has more than sixty different projects for every room in your home. Each project repurposes a common household item, like a coat hanger, plastic CD cases, even plastic shopping bags. I intentionally chose projects that are purposeful as opposed to just art. I want you to see how it is possible to have something that is well-designed and eco-friendly. My goal was that you wouldn't know what the design was made out of right away. I am not interested in creating the typically "green" aesthetic, because I want everything to be green, whatever it's "image" is. Here are a few of the projects featured in the book:

Please feel free to reach out and say hi: emily {at} emilyanderson {dot} com

SAMPLE PROJECTS:
1.Coat Hanger Reimagined as a Vessel for Your Table (As seen in June 2010 Ladies Home Journal)
2. CD Jewel Cases (which are not recyclable) Reimagined as a Mod Bookshelf Light
3. Wall Clock Reimagined as part of a Trompe L'Oeil Grandfather Clock

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Sowers on April 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really like this book. It focuses on re-purposing things we have instead of always buying a new physical item. Unlike some other 'Eco-friendly' books that only have pictures and platitudes, this book had projects with step-by-step instructions for you to follow. Even if each individual project is not for you - they are inspirational. I made the bowl from folded recycled magazine pages and had a great time. That was a lot more fun than throwing the old magazines in the recycle bin.
The only reason that I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 is that I could use a little more detail in the step by step project instructions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Knecht on April 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I think this is a great book for someone looking for a way to Go Green around their home, without heading down the slippery slope of TACKY. Most of the projects seem like great ways to repurpose normal everyday objects into the sort of pieces people will notice and possibly ask where you bought it!

I especially like the Recycled Magazine Bowl because it looks like something that you would buy at a kitchy/hip store for 30 dollars when in fact it is something made from old, never to be read again magazines! The Clever Clock speaks to me as well because when you're short on funds, and want to give a room a dramatic upgrade, this tip is a great way to make people do a double take.

Is it a clock? Is it a painting?

It's both!

In this economy, and this climate of GO GREEN, this book is a great resource to help inspire anyone to look at the things lying around their house and find a second home for them.

Of course, doesn't hurt that the book is well made and beautifully shot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm getting a little wary of the eco-crafting/repurposing movement, because it seems like a lot of the ideas are either reaching, unattractive, or recycled from the 60s or 70s (as a middle-aged woman I can say that I've seen this or that before -sometimes "with a twist" but pretty much the same idea). And just to vent: what the hell is up with all of the twine and burlap in home decorating...ugh -two of the most scratchy, unattractive materials ever...love the visual texture, but I can't get past the itch-factor!!!

This book has a lot of ideas. Many of them are a pass for me. I have no interest in either crafting or displaying those items in my home. A lamp base made out of two painted clay pots, a hanging pocket organizer made out of shirt pockets...not my thing. Some of the suggestions, like using oilcloth or a large fabric remnant to cover a table top are laughable, especially when the latter is tied with two pieces of twine, and sloppily at that. I don't think I'd try this in a home...maybe at a park BBQ on a wood table on a windy day -but not at home!

I DO appreciate the message: Reduce, reuse and buy second-hand. But that's pretty much common sense. Anyone who hasn't thought of that is living in an income bracket that doesn't exactly encourage that kind of thinking. I do understand how wasteful this society is, and the "need" for new things. I myself try to shop used, just because I was brought up that way. I do my research and buy things that will last decades (I also buy Made in America because I want the money to stay here). I'm always looking for ways to reuse or creative ideas for the home. But this book isn't that helpful, IMO. I just don't see anything fresh or exciting here. Really -chalkboard paint?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi M. Judd on June 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I found this book on sustainable style to be beautifully organized. It offered so many great ideas for rethinking, reusing, and remaking things from around the house that one might not normally think of. This book blended a great intro chapter about alternative thinking (places to shop besides "big-box" stores, how to stop junk mail etc.) with several how-to chapters for steps on actual projects. These are easy to follow and sprinkled throughout are "Eco-Bits" facts, which I found myself reading ahead before I even read about the project on that page.
This book also has a smooth layout and design, but I only wish there were more photographs. The ones that are included are great and make me want to make those things! But not every project has a picture to go with it. It would have been nice if there were at least a little photo with each project.
All-in-all this is a fabulous book that everyone should have as a home reference. I for one am excited to make my two favorites: magazine holders from cereal boxes, and a drawer organizer from an old muffin tin!
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