More on GREEN (smoke and mirrors)


 GREEN SMOKE green-smoke-gage1

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  Sustainable:   Wikipedia says:  Sustainable product development and design is concerned with balancing economic, environmental, and social aspects in the creation of products and services.

I say: Many products have a fabulous, common sense story to tell which is not a new idea. For example, wood floors have a longevity that outlasts nearly every other floor product. And, most suppliers know they must replenish the trees as they harvest. Like I said, it’s not a new idea for wood producers. Because they are as proud of their forests as they are of their products, most wood flooring companies love to educate the consumer about what they have been doing for the environment.

Recycled:According to Wikipedia: Recycling involves processing used materials into new products in order to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. 

I say: Some of this stuff gets boring. How about spray painting(!) an old end table? Does that count?

 Wonder if I spray it lime green?


Environmentally friendly: One more time from Wikipedia:(eco-friendly and nature friendly) are synonyms used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment.[1] To make consumers aware, environmentally friendly goods and services often are marked with eco-labels. But because there is no single international standard for this concept, the International Organization for Standardization considers such labels too vague to be meaningful.[2]

I say: I concur. Keep your eyes and ears open. Look at yourself in the mirror. Refuse to smoke sardines.  Ask questions. Research.

Rotting, smelly garbage is called eco-friendly when one is discussing a compost pile!


Ever Upward photo 

Buyer beware of green smoke and mirrors!


Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors


Hand scraped wood. WHY?

                          Hand scraped what?! Hardwood floors? Really?                                                       

                                                                 !YES YES YES!

The technique is not altogether new in the market place but Iowa home owners are beginning a love affair with this look. Yes, the finest (wood floor) brands offer planks that are indeed, hand scraped. The scraping is done to create a warm vintage look, to give the floor “instant” character with the feel of heritage, or history.

The unique distressing holds a comfortable flavor within itself. It’s a floor that says welcome. The wood varieties selected for these planks have quite a range, as well. Stained with an intense charcoal color, for example, the floor easily moves toward contemporary tastes. One thing is certain – it is here to stay

 If you haven’t had the opportunity to see or feel hand scraped hardwoods, stop in the store and check it out!  You can also get great information from one of our lines by going to

If you have other questions concerning hardwoods,  or engineered wood floors, or whatever – just BLOG me!

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer

Phelan’s Interiors