Dream Rooms: Furniture and Lighting

It's becoming easier all the time to find stylish sources for greener furnishings. Q Collection, for instance, a manufacturer of eco-friendly decor, was founded on the principle that serious design need not compromise the environment -- and vice versa. The company uses sustainably grown woods, natural fibers, and recycled glass to produce everything from the club chair at left to accent pillows and lamps.

One of the fastest ways to make your bedroom more environmentally friendly (and to reduce your electricity bill) is to install super-efficient bulbs wherever possible. Long-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs are now easy-to-find replacements for almost any standard incandescent bulb. For your favorite reading lamp, try a full-spectrum compact fluorescent, which mimics natural sunlight.

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Dream Bathroom
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Created by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz; text by Abbie Kozolchyk

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Comments (4)

  • sashpresby 6 May, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  • onceateacher 27 Apr, 2008

    Oops! See a mistake. A sentence is out of place. Do not fold lengthwise until width end are hemmed.

  • onceateacher 27 Apr, 2008

    Make a tube with fabric used in the room or a matching soliid. Fabric must be length of cord plus 6 inches. Cut a strip double the width of plug end of cord. Fold in half lengthwise. Hem width ends 1/4 inch. With wrong side out, sew together 2 lengthwise ends Turn right side out. Slip tube over the plug and all the way to the lamp base. Cord's still on the floor, but matches the decor. Also works for chandelier chains.

  • sashpresby 17 Apr, 2008

    With furniture and lamps in the middle of rooms, what do you do with the lamp cords going to the wall to plug in? I don't want people tripping over them. Any ideas?

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