Spring Refresh With Ethically-Sourced Home Decor
It’s that time of year again! The trees and grass are looking a little greener, and new blooms are getting their first taste of sunlight; you may even be itching to open up the windows, and let some fresh air (and new style) in. If you’d like to give your home a Springtime update, our ethically-sourced workshop partners are more than ready to lend a little inspiration. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Spring by incorporating ethically-sourced decor into your life:
Bedroom Gets A Fresh New Look
As the weather warms up, you might want to swap out those heavier blankets and duvets for something cooler. We love Libeco, not only for their gorgeous, 100% organic linen products made from locally-sourced flax, but also for their company commitment to sustainable practices, and their efforts toward becoming a CO2 neutral production. Try their Stripe Duvet Cover for a medium-weight, super soft night’s rest, or consider the Patagonian Stripe Coverlet made of unique linen yarns, for artisanal beauty that can be appreciated with or without a duvet. Another way to lighten up for Spring is to open up your color palette with more breezy pastels and cooler earth tones. Amber Lewis x Loloi throw pillows come in Madera green, Cypress beige and pink squares, or Marin natural rust. They also happen to be hand-woven, and made from 100% sustainable cotton, so you can be sure you’re investing in the best for your family and the environment!
Out With The Old, In With The New
A seasonal decluttering is a great way to “decorate” for Spring. By clearing out pieces and decor accents that may not feel as exciting or inspiring anymore, you make space for new ideas, and fresh design opportunities. One company that’s doing just that with their circular and renewable manufacturing processes is Ethnicraft, whose wood is responsibly-sourced from carefully managed forests. Their Rise Rack is an excellent option for streamlining a larger space with five oak shelves of wide space to display favorite family heirlooms, or store dish ware that might otherwise crowd countertops and cupboards. For a simple solution that adds a little more tidy storage to your rooms, you might also try the sleek and understated PI Wall Hanger in sets of two. Once you’ve taken a good look at your space, and the items you may be ready to part with, a Stedge Shelf could be an ideal fit for highlighting the pieces you cherish most. This lightweight design from Woud imparts a floating-on-air feel, and its minimalist look is an effortless fit for any room. With their focus on “aesthetic sustainability,” Woud is another workshop we’re proud to partner with for the high quality products they craft from ethically-sourced, and sustainable materials. This Spring, why not use your redesign energy to create a little less clutter, and a lot more possibility for the seasons ahead?
Resetting Your Table
From garden vegetables to fruit salads, nothing says springtime like a well-set table with friends. An easy way to incorporate a lighter look for this season is to trade out any dark colored dishes, napkins and cutlery for something a little crisper and bright. Farmhouse Pottery offers beautiful gold Essex Flatware made from stainless steel in a timeless design you’ll want to show off year-round, and their petite gingham scalloped napkins in pastel colors are 100% cotton, and a perfect way to welcome in that lovely picnic weather! We also love their versatile Silo Bowls, handcrafted and wheel-thrown by expert artisans to complement your every meal and occasion. When it’s time to complete a more elegant table, Libeco’s Hudson linen tablecloths come in various earth tones to highlight the natural beauty of spring in an organic and ethically sourced way.
Bring On Some Botanical Bliss
Whether you’re a green thumb in the garden, or simply an appreciator of the green that sprouts up this time of year, one way to infuse some more seasonal decor into your space is with plants and flowers. Woud’s Pidestall indoor planter takes a minimalistic approach to showcasing your plants that really lets them shine; use a few of them to kickstart your indoor herb garden, or to bring some greenery into your home sanctuary. When it comes to spring flowers, Farmhouse Pottery has you covered with their hand-crafted Trunk Vases, inspired by the trees of a Vermont forest. Their Farmer’s Pitcher is also an exquisite way to show off some colorful flowers, or use for afternoon iced tea or lemonade on the patio. If you’d rather enjoy your plants from a dirt-free distance, we might recommend a piece of Botanical Wall Art from Loloi. With options of horse chestnut, maple leaf, mountain mint or monstera to gaze at, Loloi wall art takes advantage of intricate textile work to create detailed, multi-dimensional pieces that are framed and assembled by hand. As a company, Loloi also supports its ethically-sourced commitments by partnering with GoodWeave, a nonprofit that aims to end child, forced and bonded labor in factories.Whatever “springs” your way this season, we hope you’ll consider these and other ethically-minded manufacturers when making your home decor updates. As one of Urban Natural’s five core values for offering quality craftsmanship that reduces harm to people and planet, ethically-sourced processes and materials are a great way to invest in the future, while giving your home the Spring Refresh you've been craving.