Design Extra is hosting St. Louis Art Museum Senior Designer Jon Cournoyer during the first Friday art walk this Friday.
Stop by our studio at 1901 Park Avenue from 5-8pm for snacks, wine and art!
Join Design Extra in December to view art by Mark Hurd with Dancing Moon Graphics.
The first Friday of each month showcases the art in Lafayette Square. From 5pm to 8pm, walk around the neighborhood to see original art, hear live music, and taste the delicious foods. Along with the art galleries opening their doors, stop in businesses hosting artists for the evening.
First Friday Art Walk is an event established by the art galleries, music venues and sponsoring businesses.
Join us October 20th to see some amazing dresses designed from carpet, tile, plants and more products! We’ve been working hard on a dress made from tiles.
Its at the Palladium, a neat event space in Lafayette Square, down the street from our studio.
Historically Green Design- Published in the October 2010 Marquis Newspaper in St. Louis, MO
“From Main Street to your street, the greenest building is often the one that is already built.”
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
One of the things Design Extra loves about Lafayette Square is the naturally eco-friendly qualities of its homes and businesses. No matter how ‘green’ and environmentally friendly a new building might try to be, it is undeniable that the new construction of homes and businesses is still draining our resources and creating large amounts of waste & harmful emissions. The demolition and construction associated with creating new buildings accounts for 48% the United States greenhouse gas emissions! Just by living and working in the historic Lafayette Square you are doing your part to create a more sustainable world. Now, what if we want to take this one step further?
When we choose to buy new products and finishes for our historic buildings, we can keep this same mindset. Not just the production of new materials, but the actual transportation and installation of new materials can be equally damaging on our air quality and our environment. When working with a historic building the most eco friendly thing you can do is to work with your existing materials. Pull up old carpet and see what floor awaits below. Sand down and refinish your existing cabinetry to update your kitchen. Use a great piece of furniture as the base for a kitchen island or a bathroom vanity. Taking a creative look at what you have helps you find a solution to your design dilemmas that is unique to you and your one of a kind home. The buildings in Lafayette Square were created with such detail and care; you would be hard to find a new product that has the charm and longevity.
While refinishing and reworking existing finishes is always the ‘greenest’ option, sometimes this just isn’t an option. Or, sometimes you just do not care for your pink and brown master bathroom tiles no matter how much you try to work with them. And that’s okay. There are an abundance of salvageable materials out there that might work perfectly for your home. In the world of green design this is called using a post consumer material. You can look for local building and construction material on the City of St Louis’s website (www.stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/recycle/) under the building and construction materials link. This is a one stop shop for finding salvageable material in your area. And, get creative with your search! Beautiful old wooden doors can be turned on their side and used as a dining room table top or wainscoting for your walls. Scraps and pieces from a stone fabricators shop can be used for window sills, end table tops, or shelving. If you have something you need in mind, search our local resources and see what ideas you can come up with.
When used won’t do, we still have new products that lessen the environmental impact. Magazines and retail stores are flooded with products that are eco friendly. The names are familiar; bamboo, wool, cotton, linoleum, strawboard and cork. A great green word to see is ‘rapidly renewable product.’ This means that the product is made from a natural source that can grow and be ready to harvest again within 10 years. All the products above meet this criteria. The location of harvest & manufacturing is another point to consider. The closer to your home a product is harvested and produced, the smaller of an environmental impact it will have. Strive for a product that was made within 500 miles of St Louis.
While there are so many different ways to be green, it is good to know that before your project even starts you are already living green just by living and working in the historic Lafayette Square. All of these tips and ideas are meant to help you become a couple shades greener!
Design Extra Studio specializes in green interiors for residential and commercial spaces. Whether it is a full ‘green overhaul’ were we create a team of architects, contractors and energy auditors, or simply updating and remodeling with an environmentally conscious mindset, Design Extra Studio is a team of designers ready to help!