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How Sustainable is your Household? Take this five minute Ecological Footprint Quiz.

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Take a break from what you are doing to do this cool interactive survey to determine your ecological footprint.  It will give you a printout of the statistics and how your household compares to the area you live. Print out the report with tips on how you can take action to reduce your footprint. 

Sustainable Lighting Can Be Beautiful – Its Not Just About Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Schmitt of
Schmitt Design in San Francisco, Ca
designs some beautiful handcrafted lighting that is also sustainable.  The bamboo veneer shade panels are
produced from sustainably managed bamboo forests and create an inviting warm
glow.  The innovative design is
combined with an energy-efficient light source. The shade panels are inserted
with out the use of glue or fasteners and are able to be shipped flat to
minimize packaging.

Luxuriously Green- Stephanie Odegard and California Homes Magazine at Design San Francisco 2010

A panel discussion featuring Stephanie
, President of Odegard,
, President of Barbara
Beckmann Designs and Sylvia Kwan, AIA and Principal,
Kwan-Henmi of Architecture and Planning, moderated by California
Homes Magazine

Join nationally acclaimed experts as they discuss sustainable
and environmentally responsible design and how incorporating lasting
craftsmanship with eco-friendly approaches in building and product design is
redefining today’s luxury market.

Other speakers include topics from The Basics of Building your
LED: New Energy Efficent Technology,
Organic Materials in Modern Design to
and Bold:Sustaining a Vision of the Future for the Bay Area

This event is part of Design San Francisco 2010, at the SFDC Showplace Building. A celebration of creativity,
Design San Francisco will inspire you with a stimulating mix of speakers,
discussions and showrooms filled with new ideas.

Sloane’s Super Bowl Sunday Chili

Our fitness trainer Sloane has made it a habit lately to talk about all of her favorite food cravings while she is kicking our butts. Given that she is a triathlete, I will tell you that her carb cravings are wide ranging,  chocolate croissants, key lime pie, tamale pie ( my favorite)…. Last week it was her favorite chili recipes. She did a lot of research and experimenting and came up with her favorite.  We asked her to post it here for you since Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner.
Posted for Globally Gorgeous by: Sloane Pellegrin
A few years ago a client
of mine introduced me to the art of cooking Chili. She was a new resident to
Santa Barbara and was previously living in Austin, Texas. Throughout the
football season she kept talking about her families tradition of “chili
cookouts” for the big games. At the time I was new to cooking and came from a
family that ate baked chicken, steamed vegetables and white minute rice for
dinner most nights. I had a new boyfriend at the time that was from Montana and
I wanted to impress him with my cooking… I finally asked my client for some
advice on cooking chili. She introduced me to Carroll Shelby’s Chili kit. It
can be found in most grocery stores. She suggests that you add all the “extra”
ingredients and any other ingredient you enjoy.

The Chili kit comes with
Chili seasoning, salt, cayenne pepper, and mesa flower. First I brown two
pounds of ground beef and sauté one large onion and one green pepper. After
both are cooked I add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and kidney beans. The
chili kit tells you at this point the chili will be ready in fifteen minutes
but I prefer to let mine simmer for three to four hours. In the last hour I add
the mesa flower to thicken the chili up and just a bit of the cayenne pepper (I
do not like it too spicy).
I like to serve the chili
with my favorite corn bread muffins (plopped right in the middle of the chili
bowl) and a fresh crispy salad. Enjoy!

By the way, you can also try for more ideas if your not partial to mine.

Recycled Glass Tile: Luxurious & Sustainable for a Modern Estate

Glass bottles take more than 4,000 years to decompose and approximately 5 out of every 6 bottles end up in our landfill.   Oceanside Glasstile creates beautiful art tile with it instead.  It takes more than two million pounds of bottle glass from curbside recycling programs in a closed-loop process that aims to have appositive impact on our communities and the environment.  Their glass contains up to 97% recycled material as well as being durable and making lasting design statements.  They have also developed a co-processing partnership to eliminate their manufacturing waste from going into a landfill.  They are committed to ongoing advancements and environmental leadership.  We have specified this gorgeous glass tile in our current eco luxury project  on Butterfly Beach in Montecito as well as in this luxurious modern estate we should you here.

Post Author: Tamara Wallop for Globally Gorgeous

Elegant Recyclable & Biodegradable Dinnerware So…Don’t feel Guilty about NOT doing the dishes tonight…..

Form, texture and ease of
use AND eco-friendly, 
WASARA paper tableware uses the
underlying concept of Japanese aesthetic and values. WASARA combines this pleasing
aesthetic with the use of reed, bamboo and bagasse pulp (sugarcane waste) as
its bio-degradable and compostable material. It is suitable for hot or cold
foods and beverages, and it is oil and water resistant.

This line has just recently
become available in the US and is available at

Guest Post by Tamara Wallop

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