Happy January and welcome to 2022!
Around the new year, I’m always itching for change around the house – rearranging furniture, seeking out new art, and shopping new design trends. And as Portland is a hub for environmentally responsible entrepreneurship, it’s easy to indulge my need for novelty sustainably.
Let me share all of my favorite small business hookups, crafting delightful modern furniture while minimizing pollution, waste, and environmentally hazardous habits—now you can scratch that new feng shui itch too! Stay tuned for:
Exciting new home decor…
Supporting our community…
And keeping our planet green!
Let’s get started!
Furniture, lighting, and home goods “built to last”
At Folk, you’ll find sleek and simple pieces that blend beautifully in any modern home. Folk Built Furniture was founded on a few key concepts: sourcing sustainable materials, creating livable wages, designing furniture to last 100+ years, and giving back to the community. Founder, Richard Korhler, was frustrated with the “overabundance of cheap disposable products while simultaneously seeing the underutilized and highly talented craftsmen right here in Portland” and set out to create furniture that would last a lifetime.
Leather Sling Lounge Chair – A single leather piece suspended over a wood frame
Bench – Hardwood in Cheery, White Oak, Western Walnut, and Eastern Walnut with a steel frame. The cushion is made from Pendleton wool!
Coat Stand – Solid hardwood in Cherry and Walnut with cold-rolled steel hardware
Mibourn Woodworks has an incredible selection of reclaimed wood furniture and live edge furniture. The company sources exclusively from recycled, reclaimed, salvaged, and FSC certified hardwood. Their mission is to “prevent the destruction of our forests, the waste of beautiful old wood during historical home demolitions, and the tossing of perfectly good trees due to urban development.”
Almost everything at Milbourn Woodworks is custom-made! Here are a few past pieces that knocked my socks off. Click here to inquire about a custom furniture design.
The Joinery is one of the few B-Corp furniture companies in Portland and has been awarded “Best for the Environment” under B-Corp standards year after year! The Joinery guarantees their furniture to last for a lifetime in order to keep furniture out of the landfills and powers all of their facilities with solar and wind energy. One of my favorite things about the company is that they recycle all of their scrap lumber, break it down into wood briquettes, and donate the material to the Portland community.
Live Edge Dining Table – Single slab of Western Walnut and metal base
Nesting Live-Edge End Tables – Two end tables, nestled within one another
Modern Brian’s Chest – Mission pull, square knob, kor knob, or kor pull options
Celio Lounge Chair – 12 different upholstery options, and 5 different wood finishes!
Plank and Coil is best known for their comfy bedding and organic mattresses, but it was their bed frames that caught my attention. Not only are they modern and sleek, but all the lumber is ethically sourced. The company recently put out a statement, committing to never sourcing wood from these unethical sources:
- Illegally harvested or traded timber.
- Timber which is deemed rare and endangered.
- Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management.
- Timber harvested from areas being converted from forests to plantations or non-forest use.
- Timber from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.
This year, if you have the option to redecorate your home with modern pieces, support the Portland community, and encourage environmental responsibility… why wouldn’t you?
Stay tuned for future blogs on sustainable interior design, like this. For now, stay connected on my Instagram and leave a comment below!