I found after moving to the Big City, that LEED was everywhere and talk about a win-win! Now, I know what LEED is, and I internally congratulate buildings that have a plaque on their walls, but, I don’t think everyone is fully aware of what LEED is – and why it is so important. So, I decided to give an incredibly brief overview, enjoy!
Mr. Dapper and I are rather big fans of breakfast – especially breakfast for dinner. Our breakfast burritos and omelets have grown from simple egg and cheese to: there are so many veggies, you sure we put the egg in? or my favorite: oops, I forgot to add the cheese! With so many eggs getting used (I’m talking 12-18 a week sometimes) we had a whole lot of leftover eggshells. So, I looked into what I could do with them . . .
What do we do when antibiotics don’t work anymore?
In my profession, I deal with serious bacteria from the sidelines. I’m talking the serious superbugs like MRSA or VRE– the pesky bacteria that could kill a person. As a designer, I must be aware of how I not only layout a space, like a patient room, but be aware of the finishes I’m placing down.
In the healthcare design field, there are plenty of products out there that are gaining traction with “antimicrobial” properties (I use the quotes because I feel there is a lot of work that still needs to be vetted before we, as designers, can feel confident enough to convince our clients that these more expensive products are worth it). Some contain coatings with chemicals and antibacterials, others contain metals (like copper or silver) that inherently kill bacteria, and then there are those that are manufactured to have a micropatterning in which bacteria cannot survive. In our world of design, we strongly consider every product that would get installed on to a project to ensure that we are not harming any of the occupants; whether that be everyday workers in an office, to nurses and patients in a hospital, to even your children at home. Unfortunately, not everything is working.
When Life Gives You Choices . . .
Sometimes life has a way of throwing all sorts of choices and situations at you at once. When Mr. Dapper and I were considering what to do with my Desert Oasis and our current residence, we could only do what two young adults knew how to: bust out the post-its!
As a fan of research (and self-diagnosed individual with OCD) post-its are a fantastic way to organize my thoughts. In fact, this technique was used more than once on our road to Project: Red.
Yes, that is, in fact, the way I introduce myself. Unfortunately, with a particular television channel creating an impression of what in “interior designer” is and does, many of us in the profession tend to steer clear of the title: Interior Designer (or use it consciously). I wanted to write this post to help give an understanding of what the difference is. I created The Green Hearth to show the difference from other DIY blogs or “remodel your entire house in 24 hours” type of television shows.