Three Tips to Make Home Design Greener...
(1) Reuse and Recycle:
Interior designer Kari Whitman scours antiques stores, flea markets, and clients' existing inventory before even thinking about buying new furniture. "The craftsmanship is often better in older pieces," Whitman says. "For Jessica Alba's house we bought almost every piece used."
(2) Choose hardwood floors.
(3) Choose a Saltwater Pool
"Saltwater has fewer toxins, it's softer on skin, and it won't cause red eyes, itchiness, or green hair!" says Whitman, who used one of the systems on Alba's pool, at left. Another reason the designer is a big fan: "The salt keeps pools clean and algae-free without chemicals, as these systems clean and monitor themselves." While they may cost more upfront, Whitman says they require much less maintenance—a big savings over time.