Text by Holly Seng
As warmer temperatures emerge, bringing with them a welcomed breath of fresh air, the time has never been better to reevaluate your home’s décor with sustainability in mind. Discover simple ways to create an environmentally conscious cottage in Home for the Soul: Sustainable and Thoughtful Decorating and Design by Sara Bird and Dan Duchars of The CONTENTed Nest.
The duo founded The CONTENTed Nest as a way to create inspiring and engaging images and share the stories behind them. Dan’s experience as an interiors and lifestyle photographer coupled with Sara’s editorial eye as an art director and stylist ensures the team is well-versed when it comes to recognizing captivating design.
Throughout the book’s 176 pages, you’ll find countless dwellings that embody an eco-friendly mentality while reflecting the personality of their inhabitants. As a result, the interior designs are as beautiful as they are responsible and add a warmth and harmony to the spaces.
Divided into two parts, the book focuses first on the elements of soulful style—like nontoxic vegan paints and fabrics—and easy tips for incorporating them in your scheme. Find inspiration for crafting activities that make creative use of finds from around the home. Peruse part two of the book to see the elements executed in a variety of projects ranging both in styles and sizes.
From bright and airy spaces to rooms with a moodier feel, Sara and Dan successfully convey the message that designing with renewable and reclaimed materials can appeal to everyone.