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Read This if You Are Serious About Creating a Non-Toxic Home

By Tammy Woeppel

Read This if You Are Serious About Creating a Non-Toxic Home

We have so much information about health all around us. We start our days with lemon water and green smoothies, we all know to exercise on a regular basis, we turn to yoga and acupuncture just as much as we turn to medical doctors. There are no shortage of restaurants where we can find an organic, non-gmo, seasonal farm-to-table menu sourced with local, fresh ingredients through small-farmer cooperatives. Skincare and toiletries have seen massive growth over the last several years with demand for clean, non-toxic ingredients skyrocketing as people realize that it's not just what we ingest, but what we slather on and absorb through our skin. But one thing people rarely think about is the toxicity of their actual homes and everything we put in it, from the materials used to construct it to the throw pillows we casually toss on the sofa.

I recently made the switch to organic pillows (I plan to purchase the mattresses for our family once we make our next move), and I also had our sofa upholstered in organic fabric, so I've initiated the process to 'green' up our house a bit more now that I have a good system in place with non-toxic cleaning products (vinegar and water on #repeat). However, after reading this series in the Chicago Tribune, it was really eye-opening (and downright alarming!) to realize how prevalent these heavy-duty chemicals are in our everyday lives and especially those of our little ones. 

So, how is a busy family with a budget supposed to combat this? Well, we can only do what we can do and it's definitely overwhelming to try and make every change at once. I'm a big fan of starting small and working your way up to bigger overhauls and that's what I'm currently working on.

For starters, you can shop for non-toxic products such as low VOC paints or sustainable wood furniture, but this is obviously very limiting. Without the demand though, companies won't produce it so it's good to always ask and put the request out there! Another tip is to purchase a floor model or vintage pieces that have already had the opportunity to offgas (ie, release a chemical gas that was dissolved, trapped, frozen, absorbed or adsorbed in some material)- in other words, it has already 'aired out'. Considering vintage dressers make the cutest changing tables, this is a great option when decorating that nursery for your little one. 

As I mentioned previously, one swap I made was our pillows. Around the same time that I started educating myself more on this subject, a friend and her husband happened to start a 'clean' mattress company, Avocado Green Mattress, and I'm seriously so proud of what they're doing. From their responsible sourcing of non-toxic raw materials like latex, wool, and organic cotton to their made-to-order model to their super-competitive pricing (their most expensive california king mattress is only $2199 including an additional pillow-top), they just and if you look at the reviews, you'll see that a LOT of their customers would agree. I highly recommend reading this for in-depth information on why it's so important to sleep on an eco-friendly mattress.

Another company that has become my first stop when looking for fabric is Two Sisters Eco-Textiles. I originally contacted them when we were sourcing for NONA but I ended up loving them for all my home fabrics (they sell apparel, drapery, and uphosltery fabrics as well as my new go-to housewarming gifts, these adorable napkins and tea towels)! Their customer service has been on point, and the owners are all about helping, even if it means sending you somewhere else to get what you want. They are clearly passionate about educating consumers and ultimately offering safe products with a transparent process. 

So, it's a start. I still have a long way to go- this is just the tip of the iceberg. But, knowledge is power and living clean isn't a trend that is going anywhere. I hope that green construction and home furnishings is a category that will continue to grown like the skincare industry has, giving us consumers an easier way to provide safe spaces for our families. 

Have you made any changes (big or small) to live a cleaner life? Would love to get inspired- leave us a comment below!

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13 Cool, Sweet and Very Enviable Nurseries to Inspire You

By Tammy Woeppel

13 Cool, Sweet and Very Enviable Nurseries to Inspire You

One of the most fun parts about becoming a parent is getting to design and decorate a nursery. Creating a room for a little bundle of joy used to entail choosing a generic crib + glider + changing table with either pink or blue accents and calling it a day. Now, more often than not, nurseries are an extension of the rest of the house with modern design sensibilities. There are endless inspiration ideas, especially with the return of the wallpaper trend (which I am personally such a fan of!). Read on for our chic nursery picks that any adult would be lucky enough to call home:

1) Source: Domino
Nona Roundup Blog Cutest Coolest Modern Nursery Luxury Spaces Decor Home Lifestyle

Equal parts clean, fresh, minimal, and stylish, this scandinavian-inspired room is sophisticated enough to easily transition from baby-child-adult space. 


2) Source: Boho Baby Heaven via Paul & Paula Nona Roundup Blog Cutest Coolest Modern Nursery Luxury Spaces Decor Home Lifestyle
Love that this blue color palette is still gender-neutral.


3) Source: Ruffled BlogNona Roundup Blog Cutest Coolest Modern Nursery Luxury Spaces Decor Home Lifestyle

Everything about this nursery is chic-yet-whimsical and totally appropriate for baby. I love how the space is grounded with that amazing wallpaper from Chasing Paper

4) Source: Geri Hirsch
Geri Hirsch Because I'm Addicted Luxury Lifestyle Mom Blogger Gender Neutral Minimalist Monochromatic Cool Stylish Modern Nursery
This super stylish lifestyle blogger has yet to do the full reveal and we cannot wait to see the rest of the space! Talk about a palette cleanser, and she was also adamant that it was as non-toxic as possible- a girl after our own hearts!


5) Source: Crystal Sinclair Designs
Nona Roundup Blog Cutest Coolest Modern Nursery Luxury Spaces Decor Home Lifestyle
Finding a boy nursery that isn't too theme-ey can be a challenge. This one strikes all the right notes with the masculine touches that are not too over-the-top. And can we talk about that wallpapered ceiling?! As a sidenote, Crystal Sinclair's gorgeous Instagram feed is a design-lover's heaven, so reader beware!


6) Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel 
Nona Roundup Blog Cutest Coolest Modern Nursery Luxury Spaces Decor Home LifestyleIn general, I'm obsessed with all things Sarah Sherman Samuel and this nursery 'nook' just knocked it out of the ballpark. I might be biased as I happened to choose the same wallpaper for my son's room, but I just think this is genius and the most creative use of a small space.


7) Source: The Brooklyn Home Company via Brownstoner.comBrooklyn Home Company Lyndsay Caleo Luxury Interior Design Boy Graphic Colorful Yellow Black Combo Nursery Cool Trendy Modern Stylish Space

Once again, utilizing that '5th wall' aka the ceiling is such a great, yet often overlooked, idea!  The Brooklyn Home Company is seriously creative on another level, perfectly pulling together all these prints/patterns without overwhelming this space. My dream is to work with their creative director, Lyndsay Caleo, on a house project someday!


8) Source: Sarah Sherman SamuelNona Roundup Blog Cutest Coolest Modern Nursery Luxury Spaces Decor Home LifestyleThis nursery has everything- it's dramatic yet somehow clean at the same time. That wallpaper, the emerald green glider, the vintage rocker, the classic stripe rug- simply perfection!


9) Source: Foxy OxieNona Roundup Blog Cutest Coolest Modern Nursery Luxury Spaces Decor Home Lifestyle

That statement floral wallpaper turns this space into a little jewel-box of a room. The simple color palette of black/white/gold is so incredibly sophisticated but this room feels anything but simple.


10) Source: Boho Baby Heaven via Paul & PaulaNursery Roundup Blog Luxury Cool Stylish Trendy Modern Nursery Spaces

It's really difficult to find a boho-esque nursery that is gender-neutral and this one is so dreamy and perfectly-layered with all those natural textures. I realized that I must also have a thing for that IKEA light fixture!


Emily Henderson just gets it right every.single.time and for her daughter's first room, she nailed it. The blush/white/green palette is such a fresh take on a feminine space. 


12) Source: Made By Girl 
made by girl noah nursery jen ramos

Another creative that provides never-ending inspiration, I always check in on Jen Ramos to get her take on all things style. That neon sign is everything!


13. Source: The GlowViolet Gaynor The Glow Luxury Parenting Mom Blog Plum's Girl Nursery Cool Modern Trendy Stylish Space

I could sift through all the ethereal images on The Glow all day long. Of course, co-founder Violet Gaynor's nursery would be the epitome of effortless sophistication and cool, like everything else in her life. 


Tell us in the comments which one is your favorite! 



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