Author Emily Anderson of Eco-Chic Weddings follows up her green nuptial guide with a green nesting guide, Eco-Chic Home: Rethink, Reuse & Remake Your Way to Sustainable Style ($16), in bookstores May 3.
Eco-Chic Home is essentially an earth-friendly DIY tutorial book, but Anderson's first chapter begins with some quite helpful information about rethinking our relationship with material goods and reducing our consumption and waste. For instance, did you know that though metal is a very plentiful resource and easily recyclable, the environmental impact of producing it (mining and extracting the metal) is actually substantial? While I consider myself quite well-read on eco topics, I found a lot of informative tips like this in the first few pages alone that have given me a better understanding of the impact of consumerism on the environment.
The gist of the book includes more than 60 DIY projects for inside and outside of your home, from the entryway to the bedroom. Want to hear my thoughts on the projects?
Each project teaches you to reuse the resources you might already have on hand, giving them a clever, functional, and chic new use in your home. Essentially, you'll learn to decorate your digs in an eco-friendly, affordable, and distinct way.
Projects range from the quick and simple — use old muffin tins as drawer organizers — to the complex and time-intensive — sew a hanging pocket organizer out of old men's button-down shirt pockets. Quite possibly every project in this book is something that both Martha Stewart and I would love to do. The cover of the book really doesn't do it justice. There are so many cute DIYs in here, and I'd take them on regardless of the affordable/eco-friendly factor!
The only trouble is that about a third of the ideas included don't have photos to go along with them. I'm such a visual person, and I need photos to guide me through the steps. I'm also not inspired to make my own natural centerpiece, clay cachepot, or chic tray if I don't have a photo to inspire me. It's not a major issue, but I'd definitely recommend flipping through the book to see if the projects you're interested in have photos.