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June 15, 2008

Bamboo, is it Green?

Filed under: business,design,environment,living — Tags: , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:31 pm

image of bamboo flooringWhile I’m satisfied with the cheap wood laminate flooring that I inherited when I bought my home, I’ve been waiting for the time when I’ve got the extra change needed to get some real hardwood floors installed. And being, a tree-hugging liberal, the first thing that came to mind was, of course, bamboo.

Sure, bamboo, unlike trees, can be harvested like any other crop, and grows back remarkably fast, but how “green” is it, really? Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one thinking about this. In short, since bamboo is a renewable resource, it’s definitely better than your average hardwood flooring… but the industry behind it isn’t. Apparently, bamboo is so hot right now that forests are being razed to make room for more bamboo crops.

Much of it comes from China, which kind of sours the deal for Fair Trade fans and folks into locally sourced materials. Oh, and those chemicals used in other materials? They’re used with bamboo as well. Fortunately, as with any product, there are good and bad companies out there. Apparently, Teragen is one of the good companies. And there are no less than thirteen dealers in my area, so I’ll have to get a quote.

June 14, 2008

Apparently, I’m Good At Interior Design

Filed under: design,living — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 12:37 pm

Either that, or I’m just on to something here. A year and a half ago, I decided to paint my living room green—not just any green, mind you, but a green color-matched to the green used in all Xbox branding, packaging, logos, etc. Let’s call it Xbox Green.

Living Room

Then, a few months back, I came across this photo tour of a west coast couple’s home, headlined by the following photograph:

From Apartment Therapy

It’s a lot more finished, and a lot more classy, but it’s definitely familiar. Note that the green is very similar because when under similar lighting as in the second photo, my living room’s shade of green looks exactly the same as in the second photo. I’m also sure that the other place has got real wood flooring, where I’ve got cheap laminate.

Suddenly, I’ve got the desire to paint the right side cream and install a mirror above it.

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